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Healthy Hair Starts at the Scalp: Part I

Posted on March 22nd, 2011 | 11 comments

There’s been a lot of talk about hair recently, especially with the launch of our new Signature Hair Care line. We’re very proud of our new lavender-mint and copaiba-vanilla blends, and love sharing their benefits with you! But when you really get down to it, if your scalp isn’t healthy, no shampoo or conditioner can get your hair where you want it to be. So here are a few natural recipes we’ve found for tackling the most common hair-care complaints where they start: at your scalp. If your scalp is in great condition, your hair can be too!

The Issue—Dry Scalp

  • Description: Dry, moisture-sapped skin surrounding hair follicles
  • Symptoms: Tight-feeling or itchy scalp; small flakes of dry skin that land on the shoulders
  • Healthy recommendation: Mix 10 drops of moisturizing, pure essential oil such as lavender or sandalwood with 1 ounce of sweet almond or jojoba oil. For sensitive scalps, use straight jojoba oil. Massage in for five minutes before showering.

Nutrition tip: To help nourish a dry scalp, take an omega-3 fatty acid supplement like Young Living’s Omega Blue™.

Other blends to try:

For fine hair:

  1. Heat a half cup of apple-cider vinegar.
  2. While vinegar is warm, gently massage it into your scalp. The acid in the apple-cider vinegar helps restore the scalp’s pH balance.
  3. Cover your head with a towel or shower cap.
  4. Rinse with water after 30–40 minutes.

For normal to coarse hair:

  1. After shampooing, massage 1 tablespoon of olive oil into your scalp and onto your hair from roots to ends.
  2. Wrap head with plastic wrap or a damp towel heated in the microwave. This will trap the oil and let it soak in. Wait at least five minutes.
  3. Rinse out thoroughly and follow with conditioner.
  4. Repeat once a week if hair is coarse; once a month for normal hair.

The Issue—Dandruff

  • Description: An overgrowth of bacteria that causes dead skin cells to accumulate; dandruff can flair up on both oily and dry scalps
  • Symptoms: Flakes on your shoulders
  • Healthy recommendation: Blend 10 drops of tea tree, eucalyptus, or bergamot essential oil with 1 ounce of jojoba or sweet-almond oil. Massage for 5–10 minutes before showering. For a leave-in anti-flaking treatment, mix a small amount of witch hazel with a little mouthwash and rub your scalp after shampooing, conditioning, and towel drying. Then dry and style as usual.

Nutrition tip: To combat dandruff, it’s also recommended to consume 8 milligrams of zinc (found in clams, crab meat, lean meats, lobster, peanut butter, pumpkin seeds, and salmon) per day.

Extra exfoliating recipes to try:

For oily scalp:

  1. Dip a clean, natural-bristle brush into a bowl filled with cornstarch, a natural oil absorber. Brush through dry hair from roots to ends.
  2. Part hair into sections. With clean fingertips, rub cornstarch into your scalp and use a brush to work through your hair for 10 minutes.
  3. Remove coating of cornstarch with a clean brush or comb and rinse.

For dry scalp:

  1. Add 4–5 tablespoons of dried thyme to 2 cups of water and boil for 10 minutes.
  2. Allow mixture to cool and strain thyme leaves.
  3. Massage the liquid into your scalp for 10 minutes, wait 30 minutes, rinse, and apply conditioner.

Look for Part II of this blog post in the coming weeks!

—Rebecca
Product Manager, Essential Care

  • Ronnie Morsey

    How often is the apple-cider vinegar method used for a dry scalp?

  • Marietta Fitzhugh

    My mother is concerned that she can no longer order Rosewood Shampoo. She has had Psoriasis of the scalp for many years and the stuff the doctors prescribed didn’t work very well. It was expanding from her scalp into her face and was hard to control. She started using rosewood shampoo and it cleared up over a period of time and she has not used any cortisone products since about 2004. As long as she uses the rosewood shampoo every day or two she has no problem with psoriasis.

    Since it is no longer available, do you have any plans to bring it back or any other suggestions.
    Thanks.
    Marietta Fitzhugh

    • http://www.youngliving.com Young Living

      Hi Marietta,

      Unfortunately we don’t have any immediate plans for the return of the Rosewood shampoo and conditioner. She might find the copaiba vanilla blend very good for moisturizing overall. Also, there are some oils that are great for psoriasis; here’s a recipe your mother could try that might help:
      Ingredients:

      • Jojoba oil—1 tablespoon
      • Vitamin E—1 capsule
      • Oil of oregano—4 drops
      • Neem oil—2 drops
      • Lavender—4 drops
      • Chamomile—4 drops
      • Dead sea salts—1 teaspoon
      • Distilled water—1 tablespoon

      Mix all the ingredients in a glass bottle with a dropper. Shake well before applying it.

      This recipe can be applied as often as needed.

      • Jojoba oil is very moisturizing and is ideal for a dry scalp
      • Vitamin E is healing
      • Oil of oregano and neem have anti-inflamatory properties and are soothing.
      • Lavender and Chamomlile are good for PH balance
      • Dead Sea salts remineralize your skin.

      This could be a potential solution in combination with a moisturizing shampoo like the copaiba vanilla. Let me know how it goes!

      - Rebecca

  • http://www.ecolatin.com Nicoline

    Hello,

    i was wondering if you could help me with my question. My 2,5 year old daughter has sort of orange oily crusts on her head. They don’t seem the go away. What do you think I can do about it?
    Thanks,
    Nicoline

    • http://www.youngliving.com Young Living

      Hi Nicoline,

      It sounds a bit like cradle cap, based on the crusts and the orange color. One solution you could try that has been successful with cradle cap and similar issues is the following:

      • Wash her scalp with baking soda dissolved in water, working it into the scalp, using a comb to clean the scalp. Rinse, wash again if needed.
      • Now rinse hair thoroughly with clean water, followed by another rinse with 3 Tblsp’s of Apple Cider vinegar in 1 quart of water.
      • Dry hair.
      • Mix: ½ cup of olive oil or coconut oil, 10 drops of Rosemary oil, and 10 drops of Lavender Oil. Warm very slightly.
      • Work this blend into the scalp and hair. Braid hair tightly (depending on length) and cover with plastic. Leave on for at least 1 hour (up to a full day).
      • Wash out with vinegar mixture. Dry, and you are done!

      You can repeat this oil treatment once a week or once a month until the scalp appears healthy.

      - Rebecca

  • Gen

    What do you recommend for people who have thinning hair. I have a female friend who has thinning hair-almost to the point of being bald on top of her head. Can you give me suggestions for her?

    • http://www.youngliving.com Young Living

      Hi Gen,

      I would have her try one or both of the recipes below that have had great results with thickening hair and helping stimulate hair growth

      Hair Loss Tonic:

      • 10 drops of Rosemary
      • 10 drops of Lavender
      • 5 drops of basil
      • 4 ounces of jojoba oils

      Blend well in an amber bottle and massage a few drops into the scalp at night or apply them on your brush or comb and work through the hair thoroughly.

      More intensive Hair Growth Tonic:

      • 2 drops thyme essential oil
      • 2 drops Altas cerdarwood essential oil
      • 3 drops Lavender essential oil
      • 3 drops Rosemary essential oil
      • 3 ml teaspoon jojoba oil
      • 20ml grapeseed oil

      Mix thyme, cedarwood, lavender, and rosemary essential oils well in a small glass jar. After that add the remaining carrier oils. Mix thoroughly. Massage this recipe into the scalp for at least two minutes every night. Wrap your head in a warm towel after treatment to enhance absorption.
      It’s suggested to use the blend recipe once daily on the scalp for an hour before washing your hair. Use this blend for about two weeks and then take a break for a week before restarting again.

      Let me know which one she tries and how it goes!

      - Rebecca

      • Dino

        Hi Rebecca

        I am a 35 year old male I been losing my hair since i was 20 years old is when i first saw my hair line receding now today I lost all of my hair on the top and front but what I noticed is that in the areas where i have lost all of my hair I see that there are fine tiny tiny hairs that can been by those 8 times magnifying mirrors is there any way to grow back those fine tiny hairs with oils for man.

        Highest regards,
        Dino

  • michele

    I have the same problem, very thin hair and getting thinner. I am just getting started with the essential oils. What would you recommend for thin hair? Thanks, Michele

  • Nancy

    For thinning hair in women, Progessence Plus Serum.

  • Courtney Robinson

    Where is a quality place to get the jojoba oil, vitamin E, neem oil, and dead sea salts? I looked in the product catalog and didn’t see that Young Living sold them. I’m new to using oils so I’m not sure where to look. Thank you.