Lavender Essential Oil, when used correctly, can prevent and even reverse many common hair problems such as hair loss, thinning and falling hair, hair breakage, dry hair, itchy scalp, dandruff, damaged hair and so much more.
Read this material carefully and you will become an expert in HOW & WHY to use Lavender Essential Oil for your hair in a safe and effective way.
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5 IMPORTANT BENEFITS OF LAVENDER ESSENTIAL OIL FOR HAIR AND HOW TO USE IT:
Benefit 1: Lavender Essential Oil is antiseptic and antimicrobial and prevents bacteria and fungi from growing
When we use Lavender Essential Oil for our hair, we promote the healthy hair and health scalp, by using the natural and healthy antiseptic qualities of the Lavender Oil. Not to mention that it nourishes the hair and smells divine!
The antimicrobial quality of Lavender oil CANNOT be substituted with hair products. Doesn’t matter how often you wash your hair with shampoo and conditioner, it will not kill bacteria!
So, what you need to do is add lavender essential oil to your hair routine, thus naturally disinfecting your hair and scalp, as frequently as you wash your hair. The easiest way to do that is to mix a few drops of Lavender Essential Oil to a little bit of mild shampoo in the palm of your hand, and massage into the scalp. (Do not mix the Lavender Oil directly into the bottle of your Shampoo, since the oil will separate)
Add 5-10 drops of Lavender oil to a little a bit of shampoo in the palm of your hand and massage into your scalp
Another approach is to make your own home made Lavender Shampoo.
Lavender Essential Oil natural, strong antimicrobial qualities is the reason why producers don’t need to add any preservatives to the oil to keep it fresh. It will stay strong even after a year from opening the bottle. (Note that for periods more than a 1 year, the Lavender Oil oxidizes and its qualities diminish substantially!)
Lavender Oil antimicrobial qualities are actually so strong that it can be used to prevent head lice!
A 2011 study found that Lavender essential oil could be used to prevent head lice. The strong antiseptic qualities of Lavender Oil are effective for clearing the eggs of head lice, so it can be used as natural, homeopathic prevention. However there is not enough evidence to show that Lavender Oil can actually kill head lice, after they have already spread. So Lavender Oil CANNOT be used as an alternative to a prescribed treatment plan! The best approach is to use Lavender Oil after the treatment plan, as a prevention of head lice re-occurring from any surviving eggs.
Benefit 2: Lavender Essential Oil stimulates blood circulation in your scalp
Here are some common questions we received: Can Lavender Oil regrow hair? How to use Lavender Oil for hair growth and thickness?
Improving blood circulation is the real reason why Lavender Essential Oil is used for promoting hair growth and hair thickness. A 2016 study applied Lavender Essential Oil to a control group of mice. The study showed that the mice treated with Lavender Essential Oil grew much more hair than their regular counterparts. It is a natural, herbal way to prevent shedding hair and hair breakage.
Warning: Some internet sources started recommending using Lavender Essential Oil into your mascara to promote growth and to strengthen lashes. (People seem to infer that what is true for your hair must also be true for your lashes, without any scientific evidence). This is WRONG! Do not use Lavender Essential Oil anywhere near your eyes, even if it is diluted, it is not safe!
How to use Lavender Essential Oil to prevent hair loss and promote hair growth
Lavender Essential Oil can effectively be used in treating hair loss. This is because it combines Lavender Oil’s natural antiseptic qualities with improvement of scalp blood circulation, while, at the same time, nourishes the hair.
In addition to that Lavender Oil is widely used to treat insomnia, stress, anxiety and depression, which are additional causes of hair loss, because these conditions suppress good blood circulation throughout the body.
Furthermore, Lavender Essential Oil can be used as treatment of Alopecia Areata, an autoimmune disease where the body rejects its own hair follicles. This results in hair loss in patches.
A Scottish study reported positive effect in hair regrowth after a few Months of regular dry scalp massage of Lavender Essential Oil. Almost 40% of Alopecia patients noted an increase in hair growth.
A wonderful way to promote healthy hair is to mix Lavender Essential oil into Coconut oil, add Jojoba oil and liquid Vitamin E. This homemade conditioner by Free People is recommended by Visagenics
Benefit 3: Lavender Essential Oil prevents dry itch scalp and spots of inflammations
A 2012 study examined lavender oil used topically on skin inflammations and ulcers. The study proved the effectiveness of the Lavender Oil in treating those conditions. It reduced inflammation and sped up the healing process.
Lavender Essential Oil excellent antiseptic and antimicrobial action were invaluable in controlling the problem
How to use Lavender Essential Oil to relieve a dry, itchy scalp and dandruff
Natural way to Improve the condition of the hair and scalp
Mix 15 drops of lavender essential oil with 2 tablespoons of almond or olive oil, and then heat it up in the microwave for about 10 seconds. Massage your scalp with the mixture and then put on a shower cap. Let it sit for about an hour and then wash as normal.
Benefit 4: Lavender Essential Oil use to fight or prevent dandruff
Lavender Essential Oil both nourishes and moisturizes the skin on your head. This together with its powerful antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties makes it an efficient, all-natural remedy to fight dandruff and hair loss.
How to use Lavender Essential Oil to fight Dandruff:
You can mix five drops of rosemary and lavender oils with three tablespoons of some unscented oil, like olive oil. Massage the oil into your scalp and leave it undisturbed for 10 minutes. After that, wash your hair with shampoo – this is another effective way of treating dandruff.
Benefit 5. Lavender Essential Oil nourishes and moisturizes the hair and scalp.
Nourishes hair. Lavender oil lubricates the scalp and helps to balance sebum production. Add a few drops of lavender essential oil to your conditioner or hair mask for a nutrient boost.
HOW TO USE LAVENDER OIL SAFELY TO PREVENT ADVERSE REACTIONS
Lavender Essential Oil is one of the few Essential oils that can be used, even undiluted, on your skin and hair. However, as every natural product, high concentrations can cause allergic reaction, so always use it sparingly or dilute in carrier oils. (There are plenty of suggestions below in this article on how to use safely). Important: before you start using Lavender Oil, test it on small patch of your hand to see if you have allergy to some of its components. If it goes red after a while, do not use! Do not use anywhere near your eyes! Do not use Lavender Oil together with antidepressants, as it will cause additional drowsiness. (Detailed safety usage is below in this guide).
4 SIMPLE WAYS TO USE LAVENDER ESSENTIAL OIL FOR YOUR HAIR.
1. Massage the oil into your scalp
Want to get the very best of lavender oil’s hair growth and scalp benefits? Massage diluted lavender oil onto your scalp as frequently as you wash your hair.
You can dilute lavender essential oil with a carrier oil, such as jojoba or coconut oil. Do not use higher concertation of Lavender Oil than Lavender and Carrier Oils mixed in equal parts.
This is best to do following a bath or shower. Let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes and then rinse out afterward (. You can leave it in overnight with your hair wrapped in a towel if you want maximum benefits. You’ll also experience lavender’s calming and lovely scent as well as scalp-healing effects.
2. Add Lavender oil to your hair products
For scalp benefit, hair growth, fragrance, and calming effects, add Lavender oil to your hair products.
For example, you can safely add a little lavender oil to your shampoo, conditioner, or another product. Be sparing. Only add about five drops per ounce of product is enough. Note that if you mix it directly into the bottle, the oil and the product may separate, so it is recommended to alternatively add two to three drops directly to a dollop of hair product in your palm before applying.
Use it as often as you would use your hair products.
3. Use lavender essential oil hair serum
Hair serums are products designed for specific hair care benefits. This includes frizzy hair, oily hair, split ends, and more.
Some hair serums are designed to include lavender essential oil for its effects. They may have some scalp benefits but fewer hair-growth benefits, though they may also prevent hair from breaking.
Just like with purchasing any product, look at the ingredient list on the label. Products that list lavender essential oil content and natural ingredients are your best bet. Follow directions on hair serum product for how often you should use it, daily or weekly.
4. Try a lavender hair mask once per week
Try a weekly lavender hair mask. This gives you all the best benefits of lavender oil for hair care. Like a hair serum, it could also give benefits such as preventing breakage or moisturizing.
Some commercial hair masks contain lavender essential oils—check their ingredient lists. We recommend Momma B’s Naturals Hair Mask, which contains lavender essential oil.
DOES LAVENDER OIL HAVE SIDE EFFECTS?
Make sure not to apply too much oil to scalp or products. Too much essential oil can irritate the skin. To avoid this, always use with a carrier oil when using plain oils.
If, despite using carrier oils, you get a rash, hives, or dermatitis, stop use immediately. It may be a sign that you’re allergic to lavender. Many people are.
Never ingest plain essential oils or get them in your eyes. If you accidentally get them in your eyes, wash your eyes out immediately with cool water.
Be cautious using or inhaling lavender if you take nervous system sedatives or depressants. There are known interactions with these medications that may exaggerate sleepiness or drowsiness. Other interactions are unknown.
Other than these considerations, using diluted lavender essential oil topically is perfectly safe.