Updated: Nov 6, 2020
After all these months in quarantine, it’s no news that we have needed to take on the responsibility of our beauty wants and needs into our own hands! Healthy hair starts at the root — quite literally. If you want lustrous, shiny hair that’s soft to the touch, you’ll need to make sure your scalp is getting the right nourishment it needs!
You might think that hair care requires all of these high-end products, but if there’s one thing these last few months at home taught us, it’s that that’s completely false! In fact, you can easily provide all the nourishment your hair needs with just a few things you may already have in your home.
Let’s start off with coconut oil. Widely known for its intensive hair care properties, this oil works for all hair and scalp types. With regular use, this promotes healthy hair growth and a healthy scalp, improving the overall look of the hair by retaining moisture and adding shine. It can also protect against heat and heat damage, as well as repair damaged and broken hair. This oil is extremely versatile and easy to incorporate into your hair care routine! Since at room temperature it can be solid, warm it up for about 30 seconds to have a completely liquid oil base, and massage into roots and scalp. Leave on for as long as you’d like and rinse out with your favorite shampoo and conditioner of choice for shinier hair and a nourished scalp!
Second on the list is cedarwood oil. This powerful essential oil deriving from the needles, leaves, bark and berries of cedar trees can powerfully combat scalp eczema and dandruff! The components within the oil contain antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, diuretic, insecticidal and antifungal properties. Studies have shown this oil to also aid in promoting hair growth to those suffering with alopecia areata. Use this with a carrier oil, such as coconut or castor, as this can be too strong on its own and in turn cause irritation or a burning sensation.
Jojoba oil may not be something in your kitchen, but it is an inexpensive addition to your list of hair-care products. This oil, from the jojoba plant, shares many common characteristics of the sebum produced from our own scalp, and is a wonderful natural moisturizer. It is an amazing savior for hair that is dry, damaged or dull, and very helpful to those with dandruff and dry scalp issues! Apply to your root and ends and leave for as long as you’d like, or even overnight, and then wash out in the morning with the shampoo and conditioner of choice.
Fourth, we have pumpkin seed oil! This nutrient-dense, vitamin and antioxidant packed oil also promotes collagen production, all wonderful things for our scalp and hair. Some research has also shown pumpkin seed oil to even be a natural DHT blocker, as high DHT levels in the scalp have shown to correlate to hair loss. Mix this with another oil of your choice and leave it for 30-60 minutes for a moisturizing, at-home pre-shampoo treatment!
Jamaican Black Castor Oil, also known as JBCO, has gained a lot of popularity recently — if you give it a shot and use it consistently, you’ll definitely see why! Derived from Jamaican castor beans, it can cleanse the scalp of toxins and harmful fungi. Most commonly used for damaged edges and baby hairs, it’s been known to bring thinning hair back to life by penetrating through the scalp to deeply nourish the hair. While it is very thick on its own, using it with other oils such as coconut, argan or cedarwood may help to thin it down enough to where it’s easy to massage and spread into the scalp and hair.
These five oils are just among the top few of an endless list of natural, inexpensive ways to treat and help your hair and scalp both. Try some out and experiment, some mixtures work better for some than they do others, it’s all about knowing what your personal hair and scalp needs, goals, and wants are! Best of all, all these oils will leave your hair feeling soft, and smelling amazing. Incorporating these at-home hair “masks” is an easy way to promote faster, healthier growth and a happier scalp, so in other words, using at least one oil for your hair once a week is a positive habit to pick up!
Stay Beautiful Always,
The Stay Beautiful Team