By Erin Lukas
Updated Nov 25, 2015 @ 7:30 pm
Essential Oils
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Dryness, thinning, oily, breakage: There's a whole slew of products on the market that promise to cure whatever hair woe you may be experiencing. While many of these said products do get the job done, they may not work for you. As an alternative, essential oils are a natural way to treat hair, and can drastically improve the condition that’s causing you grief.

While you can purchase some of the following oils as products specifically designed for your scalp, if you’re using concentrated oils they’re more potent, so it’s important to dilute them with water, or a base oil, like (olive oil) before applying them. As an extra precaution, apply a small amount to a test area to ensure you don’t have any sensitivity to the oil you’re using. Read on to learn which essential oils work wonders on common hair conundrums.

Ginger Oil
Genetics, stress, hormone imbalances: there are many factors that can cause hair loss, and it can appear in many forms. Despite whether the hair loss occurs in patches, along the hairline, or all-over thinness, it can be disheartening and impossible to find the root of the problem without consulting a physician. However, ginger oil contains circulatory agents that when applied to the scalp, can increase blood circulation, stimulating the hair follicles, and help trigger new growth. It also contains fatty acids, which aid in preventing hair thinning.

Jojoba Oil
Regular heat styling, coloring, or even the environment, can leave hair dry and brittle. Jojoba oil is a fantastic natural way to replenish and lock in your strands’ moisture. Although it’s referred to as an oil, jojoba oil is actually a wax ester that’s full of fatty acids and organically close to sebum, a natural moisturizer produced by your skin, and is what makes it such an effective hydrator.

Lavender Oil
Lavender is known for its soothing its soothing effects, and aromatherapy properties. It makes it a great deep conditioner that boosts shine, nourishes hair, and leaves a pleasant scent that will linger throughout the day. It’s also effective in treating hair loss because of its calming properties. The plant is considered an adaptogen, a herb or plant that has the ability to resist a stressor and can help cure insomnia, anxiety, and stress—all of which can trigger hair loss.

Tea Tree Oil
Dandruff can become an issue in cold, dry weather, and while the forecast may call for snow, the weather anchor doesn’t mean the flakes falling on your shoulders. Most often, dandruff is caused by dry skin, but can also be the result of irritated, oily skin, sensitivity to hair products, or worse—fungus. Tea tree oil also moisturizes in addition to its calming, anti-bacterial, antifungal, and antiseptic properties.

Rosemary Oil
If your hair is always greasy no matter how many times you wash it, the cause could be that your scalp is producing too much of its natural oils. Applying rosemary oil to your scalp can help regulate the secretion of the sebum gland (natural oils produced by your skin), to stop the excess oils.

Geranium Oil
Breakage and split ends can cause frizz and fuzz, making hair harder to style and control, not to mention it’s aesthetically unpleasant. Use geranium oil—which is full of antioxidants— as a treatment to strengthen weak strands and follicles and minimize and prevent further damage. The floral essential oil also works wonders in bringing dull hair back to life by boosting its shine.