Essential Oils & Masks For 5 Common Hair Problems, By Our Beauty Experts

No matter how much we try some troubles come back to our lives as they were never gone in the first place. Itchy scalp and dandruff, frizzy hair and hair fall – yes, we are talking about these common yet very persistent hair problems. The good thing is you can get rid of them, for good, if you can be a little persistent too! Our beauty expert Nivedita shares how, with the help of essential oils and specific hair masks, you can treat your hair problems and have happy hair.

Although essential oils have been in use for long, they have become the talk of the town only recently. However, we relate them mostly with stress relief, thanks to the millions of videos and posts on social media. While it is absolutely true that essential oils can soak up your stress and anxiety, and we love them for that, they can also be used for beauty benefits, such as hair treatments. If any of the below hair problems ring a bell, we assure you that the cure for it will work like magic.

Before You Begin:
Remember these:

  1. Essential oils are highly recommended for treating your hair concerns. However, do not panic if you don’t have one handy with you. Just use a carrier oil of your preference.
  2. If you are only using a carrier oil, keep it for 20 to 30 minutes before washing off.
  3. If you are using an essential oil, make sure you dilute it before using. Keep it for a couple of hours for best results.
  4. Always use a shower cap after oil massage or after applying a hair pack. This will not only save you from the mess but also will help you absorb the moisture and goodness.

Itch Is Not Good For Your Scalp:
Dandruff is not the only reason for having an itchy scalp. It can also happen from scalp acne and inflammation. All you need to do is reduce the dryness and moisture your scalp good.

What You Need:
Essential Oil: With soothing elements like Chamomile or Tea Tree Oil.
Carrier Oil: Any light oil such as Coconut oil, almond oil, sesame oil, jojoba oil or argan oil

What You Need To Do:

  1. Heat the carrier oil of your choice lightly
  2. Massage the oil on your scalp and all over your hair
  3. Add a few drops of the essential oil to it if you like
  4. Rinse the oil off with a shampoo after a while

Pro-Tip: You can add Vitamin E for some extra moisture

Mask It Up:
A strawberry and yogurt pack is what you should be looking for to treat an itchy scalp.

What You Need:
3-7 ripe strawberries
1/2 cup of yogurt
1/2 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar

Use this hair pack once a week for best results.

Dandruff Can Be Real Rough!
Those white little flakes, innocent like snow, annoying like hell. You need three steps to prevent them from coming back: keeping your scalp moisture, stopping dandruff formation, and cleansing your scalp to keep it healthy.

What You Need:
Lemon oil: To stop and prevent dandruff
Rosemary oil: To treat dry and flaky scalp
Peppermint oil: To cleanse your scalp and hair
Carrier Oil: Any light oil such as Coconut oil, almond oil, sesame oil, jojoba oil or argan oil

What You Need To Do:

  1. Pick the essential oil as per your need
  2. Mix it with the choice of your carrier oil and apply on your scalp
  3. Leave it for a couple of hours before rinsing your hair

Mask It Up:
A citrusy hair pack would help you get rid of this particular hair concern.

What You Need:
1/2 cup of plain yogurt
1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon of lemon, diluted in 2 tablespoons of water

Apply once a week 30 minutes before shampooing.

Hair Fall? Stop It From Becoming A Snowball:
It starts with falling of hair, which leads to stress (because I like thin hair, said no one ever!), which leads to more hair fall. The saga continues unless you put a stop to it.

What You Need:
Essential Oil: Something which will help in hair growth like cedarwood oil
Carrier Oil: Coconut oil, castor oil, almond oil, sesame oil, olive oil, jojoba oil, argan oil

What To Do:

  1. Heat your choice of carrier oil lightly
  2. Apply on the scalp and all over your hair
  3. Add essential oil if you like
  4. Massage the scalp for a couple of minutes so that the oil is absorbed easily

Mask It Up:
This hair mask may stink, but hey, anything for thick, healthy hair, right?

What You Need:
2 teaspoon of onion juice
A few drops of castor oil
1/2 teaspoon fenugreek seeds

Crush fenugreek seeds and mix it with the other two ingredients to make a paste. Apply before shampooing.

Freeze That Frizz Like A Pro:
Come monsoon, and you will find yourself looking up all over the internet for a single cure-all for frizzy hair. Well, we have got your back lady.

What You Need:
Essential Oil: Something that will lock the shine in like lavender oil
Carrier Oil: Anything from coconut oil to jojoba, from argan oil to olive or sesame oil

What To Do:

  1. Mix your essential oil with your choice of carrier oil
  2. Gently massage for a couple of minutes
  3. Leave it on for a couple of hours
  4. Rinse off gently

Mask It Up:
Easy to find in your kitchen, these are ingredients that you will gather when you bake a cake too!

What You Need:
1 egg, whipped
1/4 cup whole milk
1/2 ripe banana
2 tablespoons of coconut oil

Make a fine paste. Apply it on your scalp and hair 30 minutes before shampooing. Rinse it off thoroughly.

Pour Your Heart Into Fixing The Pores
Hair porosity is nothing but your hair’s ability to absorb and retain moisture. Now, if you have high porosity that means your hair cuticles are more open or widely spread. While it absorbs moisture, it cannot retain it for long, resulting in breakage and frizz.

What You Need:
Essential Oil: Grapeseed oil which penetrates the hair shaft easily
Carrier Oil: Anything from coconut oil to jojoba, from argan oil to olive or sesame oil

What To Do:

  1. Apply the carrier oil of your choice on the scalp
  2. Add essential oil if you like
  3. Gently massage for a couple of minutes
  4. Leave it on for a couple of hours

Mask It Up:
If you are fond of fruit yogurt, then do not throw away your leftover ingredients!

What You Need:
A few cubes of ripe papaya
2 tablespoons honey
2 teaspoons of curd
1 Vitamin E capsule

Apply this mask once a week for best results.

Now that you are at the end of your read, know that these treatments and masks will work wonders to your hair if you continue them on a regular basis. If you are short of time or patience to make your own hair masks, here are a few alternatives. You can thank us later!

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