Best Essential Oils for Hair and Scalp Health

We love using essential oils for hair and scalp health. There is just something about the natural fragrance of essential oils; it replaces the artificial scents found in most products with something that is aromatic and long lasting. It is important to remember that essential oils must be added to a carrier oil before application to the skin (this includes hair and scalp). These all natural carrier oils play an important role when it comes to hair type. If you are looking for the best oils for your hair, look no further. We have addressed some of the best for every hair type and their most practical use and application.

Best Essential Oils for Hair and Scalp

Fine Hair

Fine hair can be burdensome. If you use the wrong store bought product, you may just end up with limp oily hair. One of the most sought after results for fine hair is added volume and there are essential oils that will do just that, while adding strength and shine to your hair. When it comes to carrier oils, look to Sunflower, Grapeseed, Jojoba, Coconut, or Flaxseed as your base oil. For the best essential oil Lavender will provide strength, balance natural scalp oils (if you have issues with dry or flaky scalp this is also a good choice), and will make hair soft and shiny. Peppermint oil is another essential oil commonly used on fine hair. It also has the added benefit of increased blood flow to the scalp (that tingling sensation is very invigorating) and will promote healthy hair growth. Rounding off our top 3 is Rosemary; this essential oil is great for fine hair and scalp; an added benefit is that it helps to retain your natural hair color which will help prevent graying.

Coarse Hair

For thick coarse hair that requires a little taming; use a carrier oil such as avocado, olive, hemp, rosehip, or almond as your base. These oils will provide tons of hydration, resulting in soft shiny hair. Focus on essential oils such as Sweet Almond, Rosemary, and Tea Tree. All 3 of these oils will encourage healthy hair growth, treat scalp issues, and leave shiny soft results. Roman Chamomile is also a great essential oil for coarse hair; it also produces a lightening effect; a great alternative to harsh chemical for those who wish to give their hair a color boost.

Curly Hair

For those of you blessed or cursed with natural curls, there are some wonderful options for you in the world of essential oils. Use carrier oils such as coconut, grapeseed, and olive oil to add sleekness and shine to your curls. The best essential oils for your hair type are Rosemary, Tea Tree, Lemon, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Sandalwood, and Jasmine. All of these essential oil options work well to combat frizz, promote hair growth and strength, and leave a sleek shiny set of curls.

Scalp Health

Scalp health is important, it is key to beautiful healthy hair. Essential oils that work to combat many scalp issues include Ylang-Ylang, German Chamomile, Lavender, Rosemary, Helichrysum, and Clary Sage. These essential oils can tackle a host of problems, from increasing the shaft of the hair (Lavender and Ylang-Ylang) for thickness to preventing hair loss (German Chamomile). Helichrysum is a known regenerator of aging soft tissue, when used on the scalp it can help prevent hair loss due to aging. A very worthy try for those who may be considering cosmetic surgery to fight hair loss; it is very cost effective and absolutely non-invasive.

Other Worthy Hair and Scalp Essential Oils

We have given you a guide to essential oils that can be used for specific hair types but we thought we should include some other worthy contenders in the hair and scalp care category. Sandalwood and Geranium work well on dry hair. Basil, Eucalyptus, Cedarwood, Chamomile, Lemongrass, Cypress, and Sage all work wonders on oily hair types; mixing them with your favorite carrier oil will make for the perfect and wonderfully fragrant hair treatment.

Ways to Use the Essential Oil

For hair and scalp treatment topical is the way to go, mix your chosen carrier oil with your chosen essential oil. You can warm this mixture for hot oil treatments, or you can get a little creative. One of our favorite things is to experiment! Really, it is the best way to discover something you really love. After mixing your favorite carrier and essential oil; whip them up. Use a standard mixer to whip air into the essential oil mixture. You will end up with a wonderful conditioner; there are several other fun ways to make and store your finished products. Once you get started, you probably won’t ever stop.


Hair and scalp care can become fun, healthy, and beneficial. It takes very little research and is very cost effective; not to mention completely safe. We hope this article helps you narrow down where to start and brings you another step closer to a healthy well balanced lifestyle.

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