Dandruff is a nightmare for many people. A study shows that 1 in every 5 people is suffering from dandruff. In only one case black and white combination are hated by everyone i.e. black dress and dandruff combination. Dandruff is the shedding of dead skin cells. There are many over the counter medicines as well as products in the market which are not fulfilling our hair and scalp requirements. If they are removing the white flakes then they make hair and scalp dry and if not then they are not removing the problem. You should look forward to removing the problem from root permanently. I am going to share DIY hair oil for dandruff, hair fall, and scalp problem. But before that, we should know the causes for getting dandruff. A number of factors contributing to dandruff formation and hair fall are as follows:
- Dry scalp
- Allergy due to hair care products
- Oily or irritated skin
- Head and hair hygiene
- Improper diet
- Malassezia, a type of fungus
- Change of weather, especially in winters
- Using excessive hair gel or hairspray or other hair styling products
My experience with DIY hair oil
I am going to share my experience on dandruff, hair fall and oily scalp and how I troubleshoot these skin problem. I use homemade face serum made from essential oils and it is doing great on my skin. So I thought I should also give a chance to my hair to absorb the benefits of essential oil. After searching on the internet I came to know that the gentle power of these plant extracted oil can work wonders on your hair and scalp. These aromatic oils penetrate deeply into hair shaft and follicles and help produce healthy, shiny hair. Essential oils can be used to:
- Promote healthy hair growth
- Strengthen hair shaft
- Improve condition
- Help with dandruff
- Soothe irritated scalp
- Normalize the function of sebaceous gland which produces oil to our scalp
Now, I am sharing the recipe of DIY hair oil for dandruff, hair fall and scalp problem that I am using for the past 4 months from which I got a problem free scalp and a shiny frizz free hair. I use some of the essential oils mixed with my favourite carrier oil because when some essential oil is blended with other essential oils, it becomes more effective on skin because you will get various types of benefits from different oils in one application.
If you are a DIY person you can create some very beneficial hair or skin care products for yourself and your family. So, this DIY hair oil will suit your need. There are hundreds of essential oils to choose from, each with different wonderful properties. But here’s my top favourite and I use twice a week before shampooing my hair.
How to make DIY hair oil
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Castor oil
- Vitamin E capsule
- Rosemary essential oil
- Cedarwood essential oil
- Lemongrass essential oil
- Tea tree essential oil
- Take castor oil and extra virgin olive oil in equal quantity as per your hair requirements in a small bowl. Place this bowl in a larger bowl containing hot water. This will warm the oil and warm oil will deep condition your hair and scalp.
- Remove the smaller bowl from warm water when the oil gets warm. Now, add 2-5 drops of each rosemary, tea tree, cedarwood, lemongrass essential oil to the warm oil depending upon the quantity of castor and olive oil (e.g for lesser quantity add 2 drops of each essential oil).
- Add 2 capsules of vitamin E. Vitamin E is the staple for eradicating hair or scalp problem.
- Apply to the scalp and your hair.
Method to apply DIY hair oil in your hair:
To use this oil as a leave-in treatment to remove dandruff, to repair split ends, to prevent hair fall, moisturize your scalp, and add a healthy glow to your tresses; just follow these easy steps: –
- Dip fingers in the oil. Make a partition of your hair with your hand and apply the oil to the scalp.
- Do not just pour oil on the head. Use oil in adequate quantity only. Using too much oil will mean you’ll need to use more shampoo. Gently massage the scalp with your fingertips.
Never rub your hair with your palms as it can break. Massage is an essential as it improves blood circulation in your scalp area. You should massage your hair for 5 to 10 minutes.
- Leave the oil in your hair overnight. You can wash it off the next morning.
Steaming your hair with a hot towel after oiling is excellent as it helps hair to absorb the oil. Just wrap a warm towel around it for 10 minutes. Make sure that the towel is not too hot as too much heat can harm the hair shaft.
- Oil at least once a week, but you can go ahead and do it more frequently.
Why does this DIY hair oil work
- Castor oil carries ricinoleic acid and omega- 6 essential fatty acids, which accelerate blood circulation to the scalp, hence increasing hair growth. It works on nourishing the scalp and strengthening the roots with the help of essential nutrients.
- Olive oil solves the problems like dry, flaky scalp or dandruff, switching to olive oil is a good idea.
- Rosemary essential oil is one of the premier hair growth enhancing essential oils. It is packed with antioxidants which help scavenge free radicals – that are responsible for graying as well as hair thinning. it is also effective for treating dandruff, itchiness, scalp irritation and oily skin.
- Cedarwood essential oil balances the oil secretion of the sebaceous glands; hence, it is equally beneficial for a dry or an oily scalp. Its antiseptic action helps control bacterial and fungal problems, including dandruff. It also adds shine and protect my hair from the heat of a blow dryer.
- Lemongrass essential oil Strengthens hair follicles which promote hair growth, Treats oily hair and Keeps scalp healthy.
- Tea tree essential oil has antibacterial, antiseptic, and antioxidant properties which stimulate healthy hair growth and heal many scalp problems such as dryness and flakiness.
Things to remember:
- I use castor oil and olive oil because it is a carrier oil which is used to dilute essential oils before they are applied to the skin & scalp in massage. Essential oils should always be diluted because it may irritate your skin. Carrier oils are so named because they carry the essential oil onto the skin. It ensures that essential oils applied topically are comfortable to the skin.
- Using Essential oils you have to be patient as it takes the time to show their power on your skin and scalp. I am using these oils for the past 4 months and I have seen the effect on my scalp.
Additionally, certain essential oils should be avoided by pregnant women, infants, and young children and Be sure to do a patch test to make sure your skin does not have an adverse reaction to the oils.
Go ahead and try these remedies and do let me know your experiences in the comments section below.