Dandruff, hair fall, hair loss, hair thinning and split ends are all common problems that a lot of men and women suffer from. While there are a lot of expensive treatments that claim to offer relief from these problems, very few of them actually yield results. Did you know several oils can actually address these issues and end them once and for all? Moreover, these essential oils for the hair are made using the extracts of natural ingredients found in nature such as flowers, leaves and spices. This means essential oils are completely safe to use on your hair and have no side effects whatsoever.

Plus, essential oils are cost-effective. One bottle of essential oil lasts for months, as you only need a few drops to mix with your carrier oil and apply on the scalp and hair to target the hair problem. These oils not only benefit your hair but they can also be used to reduce stress, alleviate pain as well as fight skin infections. Now that you know all the ways in which essential oils can help you, let’s find out which essential oil should be used to address which problem and how to use it.


1. Lavender oil

Lavender oil for hair problem

Due to its antimicrobial properties, lavender oil fights bacterial and fungal problems (1) of the hair. Using this essential oil on your scalp helps get rid of infections and dandruff. It also soothes the scalp to fight dry skin and hair and leaves your tresses looking smooth and silky. This essential oil can be used by mixing it with two tablespoons of olive or coconut oil and massaging it into the scalp. Leave it on for 30 minutes or overnight before washing for best results.


2. Rosemary oil

Rosemary oil for hair problem

The woody and minty aroma of this oil can be a little strong for some people. But you can get a lot of benefits from using rosemary essential oil for hair growth. Loaded with antioxidants, it is perfect for those suffering from hair thinning and premature greying. When applied to the scalp, it promotes blood circulation and stimulates hair follicles, thereby encouraging hair growth. Heat three tablespoons of olive oil and once it's warm enough to use, add 10 drops of rosemary essential oil to it. Massage into the hair and scalp and wrap a hot towel (dip a towel in hot water and wring out the water) around. Wash your hair after 30 minutes with a mild shampoo.


3. Lemongrass oil

Lemongrass oil for hair problem

The natural healing properties of lemongrass oil soothes itchy and irritated scalps by giving it a thorough cleanse. Regular application of lemongrass essential oil on the hair removes dandruff effectively(2) and shows results in just about 15 days. Other than addressing common hair concerns, it can also be used to treat headaches and relieve stress. Add 10 drops of lemongrass essential oil to your regular shampoo bottle or massage two to three drops along with a carrier oil. If dandruff and itchy scalp are your main hair concerns, this essential oil will surely offer relief from it.


4. Peppermint oil

Peppermint oil for hair problem

We are all aware of the cooling properties of peppermint oil but did you know it has a deep cleansing action on the scalp and helps open pores that get clogged due to product build-up and dirt. This is the best essential oil for hair growth (3) is perfect for people suffering from scalp problems such as dryness and dandruff. Simply add five drops of this essential oil to two tablespoons of warm coconut oil and massage into the hair using your fingertips. Let it stay for 15-20 minutes before washing with a cleansing shampoo. Repeat this at least twice a week for best results.


5. Chamomile oil

Chamomile oil for hair problem

Chamomile essential oil offers more than one benefit to the hair(4). Other than soothing the scalp, it adds shine, softness and reduces frizz. In fact, this essential oil can also be used to lighten hair naturally. If you want to try lightening your hair using this essential oil, mix five drops of chamomile oil with a tablespoon of sea salt and one-third cup of baking soda. Add warm water to this mix and create a paste and apply it all over your hair. Let it stay for about 30 minutes before washing. This natural form of hair dye is safe and free of chemicals that most conventional dyes contain.


6. Thyme oil

Thyme oil for hair problem

Thyme oil contains thymol that helps promote blood flow and rejuvenates hair follicles to promote hair growth(5). It is added to a lot of hair care products such as hair oils and shampoos formulated to treat hair loss. It also has the ability to resolve scalp issues such as itchiness and dandruff. Since it is a strong oil, this essential oil should be used in moderation, and always with carrier oils on your hair. Mix two drops of thyme essential oil with five drops of lavender oil and two tablespoons of olive oil. Massage the mixture into the hair and wash after 15-20 minutes.


7. Clary sage oil

Clary sage oil for hair problem

This oil has an amazing smell and is known for making unmanageable hair smooth and frizz-free. Those who are experiencing premature balding can benefit from clary sage essential oil. What’s more, it can be used on both dry and oily scalps, as it regulates oil production and fights common scalp problems(6). To use this essential oil for hair, take equal portions of clary sage and jojoba oil, mix and massage into the roots. Wash off after 30 minutes with warm water and a mild shampoo.


FAQ's about Essential Oils for Hair:


Q. Is it safe to use essential oils for my hair?

A. Essential oils are highly concentrated and potent oils derived from trees and flowers. However, these oils should never be used directly, as they can burn the skin, but once mixed with a carrier oil, they are safe to use on hair and skin.

Q. Which essential oils can make my hair grow faster?

A. If you feel your hair growth has become stagnant, you can use essential oils to boost growth. Thyme, peppermint, lemongrass, rosemary, ylang-ylang are great for promoting hair growth.

Q. How do I prepare a mix of essential oils for my hair?

A. Once you have figured out which essential oil works best for your hair concern, simply take a few drops and mix it with a carrier oil such as coconut, olive or jojoba oil and massage into the hair. You can also try almond oil as a carrier oil.