Oils Explained: Essential Oils and Carrier Oils For Hair

There are several oils that can be used in hair. By now we know that using mineral oil and petroleum oils and their derivatives is not necessarily the best thing for hair as they seal out moisture, thus contributing to hair dryness in the long run. If like me, you were a bit confused as to what the best oils are for hair and when you should use them, this article offers a look at what the major oils are and which ones are especially good for hair.

Essential Oils

Essential Oils are also called EOs. Oil is considered “essential” in the sense that it carries a distinctive scent, or essence, of the plant from which the oil is extracted. Essential oils are volatile, and are usually derived from the non-seed parts of the plants. Essential oils are generally extracted by distillation.

Essential oils are very useful in homemade hair care products and many of them are very good to treat scalp conditions such as tea tree oil for dandruff, rosemary to grow hair faster, lavender for dry scalp, and peppermint for itchy scalp and to stimulate hair growth. If you are a ‘do it yourselfer’ you can create some very beneficial hair care products for your hair or you can enhance your store bought products by adding a few drops to them for added benefits. Usually essential oils are used very sparingly because they are so concentrated.

List of Essential Oils and Their Benefits To Hair

Lavender Oil: Not only known for its gorgeous scent, it has proven hair benefits and is good for all hair types.  Lavender oil is extracted mostly from the flowers of the lavender plant, primarily through steam distillation. It is a good treatment for dandruff and itching, helpful in controlling hair breakage and improving hair growth. Most widely known to treat alopecia areata, a condition where you lose excessive hair, especially in patches. Daily massage with lavender oil has proven to help significant re-growth and gives you the results in a few months. Lavender oil blends well with many other essential oils including jojoba, rosemary and tea tree oils.

Chamomile Oil:  chamomile is known to  soothe the nerves  and it does the same for your hair and scalp, in fact it is the most soothing of the essential oils for the hair and scalp. Chamomile helps to retract skin cells that have been inflamed from chemical procedures, and harsh weather conditions and helps with itching scaly scalp and dandruff.

Peppermint Oil: helps to stimulate blood flow to the root of the hair. This is very important for hair as it helps the hair to receive proper nourishment. This in turn will lead to hair growth. That tingly feeling when peppermint oil is felt on the scalp is actually the stimulation of  blood flow to hair.

Rosemary Oil – Is another oil which doubles as a fragrant oil and an essential oil. The oil is derived from the rosemary plant and is very useful for dandruff problems and flaky itchy scalp. Rosemary oil stimulates the hair follicles; as a result hair, can grow longer and stronger.

Tea Tree Oil: is a great moisturizer for the hair, it helps to keep the scalp free of bacteria and fungal problems. Tea tree oil unblocks the sebaceous glands and encourage the flow of the scalp’s own moisturizing oils while clearing away dead skin cells. Tea tree oil mixed with other essential oils is especially good as a scalp treatment for relieving dandruff.

Lemon Oil:  is especially beneficial for oily hair, it is recommended that persons with dry hair not use lemon oil, it is a good treatment for dry scalp, dandruff, lice, and under-active sebaceous glands

Myrrh Oil: On the other hand myrrh is very good for dry hair. It helps with the treatment for dry scalp, dandruff problems and under-active sebaceous glands. Use instead of lemon oil if your hair is not oily.

There are several other essential oils that can be used for various hair and scalp conditions. The beauty about essential oils is that once you find one that is good for your hair you can stick with it and you will continue getting great results.

Fragrant Oils For Hair

The best fragrances to use are the natural ones (synthetic fragrances can damage hair) and that is why pure essential oils, diluted in carrier oils are great when you want to add a nice scent to your hair. Put a few drops on your comb or in your final hair rinse water or in your favorite carrier oil and your hair will smell great while being conditioned.

Fragrant Essential Oil Suggestions:

Rosemary,

Lavender,

Sandalwood,

Jasmine.

Scalp Massage: Put 3-5 drops on your fingertips and lightly massage into scalp.

Carrier Oils

Another type of oil for hair is called carrier oils. The oils are called carrier oils because they carry the essential oil onto the skin. Carrier oils are also known as base oil or vegetable oil they are usually derived from seeds or nuts. Carrier oils are best used as natural and unadulterated as possible. Cold pressing and maceration are the two main methods of producing carrier oils. Carrier oils are very important in hair care; they are great moisturizers, strengtheners and very nourishing for hair.

List of Carrier Oils and Their Benefits To Hair

Jojoba Oil – The debate is whether jojoba is the king of the carrier oils. Many scalp related problems are caused by a hardened build-up of sebum that clogs the hair follicles and may cause some types of scaling. If this hardened build-up is not removed, it can eventually obstruct the hair follicle’s ability to function properly, jojoba rapidly penetrates down to the scalp and hair shaft, and readily loosens and dissolves this hardened build-up. The scalp and hair follicles are left clean and free to continue their normal function. Jojoba is great for all hair types and has an ability to inhibit excess activity of the sebaceous glands making it the perfect choice for people with oily scalps that still need conditioning. Likewise it can be used for dry hair as it helps to moisturize your hair properly.

Olive Oil – Only olive oil that is labelled “extra virgin” guarantees that the oil has been cold pressed from freshly harvested olives and does not contain chemicals. Extra virgin olive oil that is green in color is of higher quality than golden-yellow oil. Olive oil helps in preventing as well as curing hair loss as  it prevents the production of the hormone DTH which causes the hair follicle shaft to decrease. Regular application of olive oil to hair prevents the production of DTH hormones on the scalp, thus getting rid of the problem of hair loss. For relaxed/permed hair ladies excessive chemical use can cause hair damage, olive oil contains antioxidants that promotes a healthy hair  and scalp. Olive oil strengthens and smooths hair cuticles.

Coconut Oil- Coconut oil consists of more than ninety percent of saturated fats Vitamin-E and Vitamin K and minerals such as Iron. Coconut oil is considered one of the best natural nutrition for hair and is in contention with olive and jojoba oils as the king of the carrier oils. It is an excellent conditioner and helps in the re-growth of damaged hair. It also provides the essential proteins required for nourishing damaged hair and it softens the hair and conditions the scalp.

Castor Oil – is a vegetable oil obtained from the castor bean. Castor oil is a colorless to very pale yellow liquid with mild or no odor or taste. It is rich in ricinoleic acid and can be used to treat skin conditions such as fungal infections. It nourishes hair and prevents the scalp from drying by retaining moisture. Castor oil added to hair care products helps to seal moisture, softens, and visibly thickens hair. Castor oil can also be used by itself on the hair to seal in moisture.

Vitamin E Oil - Proper circulation leads to thriving hair follicles  which leads to hair growth. Vitamin E contains valuable antioxidants that help to keep the immune system up and improves circulation to all parts of the body, including the scalp. When added to homemade products, Vitamin E extends their shelf life. This oil  rejuvenates and offers protection for the scalp and skin.

Avocado Oil- is extracted from the king of the ‘hair’ fruits avocado. It is full of vitamins that your hair needs like vitamins A, E, D and potassium. If you want a super deep conditioner treatment without having to buy a commercial preparation, you can add avocado oil to the other carrier oils and you will definitely feel and see the difference.

Source:

  1. Worwood, Valerie Ann: The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy, 1991,  New World Library
  2. Jones, Marlene, The Complete Guide to Creating Oils, Soaps, Creams, and Herbal Gels for Your Body and Mind: 101 Natural Body Care Recipes, 2011, Atlantic Publishing Company.

 

 

275 Comments »

  • NellyMa32115 said:

    Can you make a post that explains how much EO to put in the CO? Dilution ratio (I can’t figure out the word I’m looking for)

    • Brenda said:

      Yes I will.

      • Karen said:

        Do you have to mix an essential oil with a carrier oil? Or can you just use an essential oil on it’s own?

        Is it also okay to just put a few drops of peppermint oil in my shampoo?

        • Brenda Barrett said:

          Hi Karen,
          You can use EO’s on its own when treating certain scalp conditions. Like tea tree oil for dandruff. It is recommended that you use EO sparingly because they are so potent. It is okay to put a few drops of peppermint oil in your shampoo.

  • NellyMa32115 said:

    Thanks! Really appreciate it

  • Kim said:

    Great article. Very informative. Thank you!!!

  • paul said:

    hi i have dry scalp very bad and sometime it get inflamed please help

    • Brenda said:

      Hi Paul,
      Check out this article and the recommendations: Dry Scalp Causes and Solutions

  • Tina said:

    Can you put all of these oils together and put them on your hair to promote growth or is their a combination that is best? Thanks!

    Tina

    • Brenda said:

      Hi Tina,
      You can use a carrier oil with an essential or use a carrier by itself. I had to do some trial and error with the carrier oils to know that castor oil was my favorite.

      • Crystal said:

        I’ve had locs approaching 15 years now. I’ve always battled with dry scalp (along with my mother and siblings). Anyhow, I’ve done my own hair for the first 8 years trying out all types of oils and products that haven’t been effective for me. When I started allowing a hairdresser to do it she used caster oil only and used alot of it. Over time my scalp has gotten worse with itching, scabbing, large dandruff flake. A couple of years ago I’ve began bringing my own products and told her not to use the castor oil. I’ve tried many other tactics and I’m still trying new stuff on my own for the past couple of months. I’ve tried just tea tree oil, or just olive oil, or just castor oil….none of that worked. Please advise.

        • Brenda Barrett said:

          Hi Crystal,
          Your scalp needs moisture. Oil is very good at sealing in moisture but it is by itself not moisture. The best moisturizer is water. Please see this article Moisture and Hair and this simple Homemade Moisturizing Recipe (for your locs, please skip the conditioner and seal with a little carrier oil-with peppermint or tea tree added).
          Please look at this article too, there are some further suggestions in there to battle dry scalp:Dry Scalp Causes and Solutions
          I hope the info. helps.

      • Val said:

        Hi Brenda! Just discovered your site when I was trying to get some info on dry coarse4c hair that my son has. Hope this isn’t a stupid question but what is “carrier oil”? I was going to buy avocado, castor and coconut oil and just mix them for my sons hair HELP!

  • MzzHonnee47 said:

    Hi, I went natural a year ago,and I never took time out of my schedule to seek important information on taking care of my hair,because I always kelp it cut short up until now! It’s now about 3inches long. I looked on YouTube ,and to my advantage I’m proud that I did…because now i know my hair type,which is 4c I’m experiencing dry brittle/ hair to comb that is leaving me with a soar head if I tried to comb it,because of the roughness… I hv been reading a lot of naturals postings! But my question is,what type of products is exactly recommend for my type of hair,because it’s a lot of products out there,and I really dont want to spend a fortune….I would really like some ideas!

    Thanks!

  • Nomsa said:

    Hi,
    Thank you for the very informative article, after reading it I decided to buy lavender and rosemary as I have a tiny patch of alopecia areata from where i used to have my middle parting. MY question is, my favourite scalp oil is castor oil and I know it holds on my scalp longer than coconut oil, so if I used castor oil as a carrier for my EOs, how often would I need to apply it to my scalp?

    Many thanks,

    • Brenda said:

      Hi Nomsa,
      I must confess that I do not use carrier oils directly on my scalp except when I am doing an overnight DC, however, because your purpose is to combat areata, every two days or so mixed with your EO’s should be fine. Remember to apply sparingly.

  • Heldiii said:

    Hi Brenda :)
    Can you please tell me which kind of oil I must apply to my scalp?
    And which kind of oil i must apply to my ends?
    Thanks.

  • Heldiii said:

    And can You tell the best oil kind(essential or carrier) Good for my split ends?

    • Brenda Barrett said:

      Hi Heldy,
      In my experience, it is better to cut off the split ends and start afresh. My favorite carrier oil is castor oil and my most used essential oil is rosemary.

  • Terry said:

    I had my hair relaxed 3 weeks ago. just applied some eucalytus/mint oil drops in a 1/2 cup of olive oil and washed it. my hair is falling out in chunks. help

    • Brenda Barrett said:

      Hi Terry,
      I wish I had seen this comment before. I know my response is a bit late but I went through this very same situation some years ago, after relaxing my hair two weeks later I was washing it and the back of my hair fell out in chunks. My diagnosis for my situation was that the area where it fell out was over-processed, my hair dresser had relaxed my already relaxed hair. I can recall feeling very down and out about it, luckily for me it was at the back and could be easily covered. My advice would be to nurse your scalp area back to health by using more organic products and keeping the protein and moisture balanced on your hair. Ironically, when I went to another hair dresser after my hair fell out she used castor oil, molasses and egg for a weekly treatment. It worked.

  • sharonda said:

    Hello, I came across your site looking for info on EO for strenthening and growing hair. All of the sites gave wonderful info similar to what you are, however being a black woman all of their info seem to pertain to our causian sisters. Black women do not wash their hair everyday. I have really gotten into E0s because of rhe natural healing and health components. They are so vast in their uses. I have been wearing my hair short and with a texturizer in it because I wanted to come away from harsh perms. I know texturizers are chemical too, I also enjoy the no fuss, low maintenance. However, now I am getting bored with it. I have been wearing for 6 years now, except for a short break with a perm a few years ago and a short stint of wearing it natural recently. What would you suggest I do to move on from texting? I also have thinning at topfront crown of my head.

    • Brenda Barrett said:

      Hi Sharonda,
      You said thinning and instantly I thought of castor oil. It really works with thinning hair, maybe you could add an appropriate essential oil with that. I would suggest that you take care of the thinning problem and when that is sorted out then you experiment with another hair style. What would I suggest? mmmmm, I am thinking sister locks, you did say you like a no fuss, low maintenance style.

  • Keith said:

    Hi Brenda,

    Great article.

    I have excessive dry scalp as a result of eczema. To re-iterate a previous question, can I use all ingredients together for a more effective result or is there a specific combination that you would recommend? I use some over the counter natural essential oil hair moisturizers and shampoo’s, so I know they help, but I’m looking for something more effective.

    Thanks.

    • Brenda Barrett said:

      Hi Keith, Thank you. When you said eczema I immediately thought tea tree oil and horsetail. According to anecdotal reports, there are some oils (that are not really oils like tea tree) which work great with herbs like horsetail to help with eczema. I have an article on here, http://blackhair101.com/hair-care/horsetail-rinse-to-nourish-and-condition-hair, additionally you can add a drop or two of tea tree oil to your hair products and see if that helps. All the best, can you update us and let us know how it goes?

  • Keith said:

    Brenda,

    Thanks for the information. I will apprise you of my progress. Also, do you think in addition Peppermint oil would be effective to use and if so what carrier oils would you recommend to use with it?

    Thanks.

    • Brenda Barrett said:

      Hi Keith,
      Peppermint oil balances the pH on your scalp. I think it is a good oil to use for any situation. Remember though that only a drop or two is fine to add to your carrier oil. I am firm fan of castor oil, that’s my number one go to carrier oil and I do combine it with peppermint oil. However, I would suggest that you pick up sample sizes of the other carrier oils and see which one suits your hair best.

  • joe said:

    hi brenda
    i just wanted to know if its a good idea to mix oils together. for example olive oil, castor oil and rosemary…
    will mixing them effect the performance of the oils, or is it better.

    thanks

    • Brenda Barrett said:

      Hi Joe,
      Some carrier oils are more penetrative than others, avocado, almond, jojoba and coconut are super penetrative. They make great base oils for skin and hair products, which means if you use them in their virgin state you get all the nutrition from the oil. Carrier oils have various nutrients, so its just a matter of choosing what your hair needs are and matching it with the oils. Hence, a super penetrative oil mixed with a so-so penetrative oil can reap great benefits. I do know that mixing carrier oils with essential oils, will improve the performance of the essential oils because the carrier allows the essential oils to penetrate hair and skin.

  • Kendra said:

    My hair has been transitioning from relaxed to natural it been 2 months. I want to know if you can combine caster oil, olive oil, coconut oil, rosemary oil, peppermint oil, and tea tree oil as a pre-poo. And can you explain how to moisturize my hair. And some oils to use for dry, itchy, and flacky scalp.

    • Brenda Barrett said:

      Hi Kendra,
      Keep it simple, use one carrier oil at a time with one essential oil. Eventually you will find the combination that works well. Please see this link for hair moisturizing info. Moisture and Hair

  • Raychelle said:

    Hi Brenda,
    Thank you for such an informative article. It was concise and answered most of the questions I had regarding essential oils. However, I am yet to find, unless I am looking in the wrong place, a simple recipe for itchy scalp and thinning hair. If possible can you give me specifics like one cup of olive oil, 2 drops of peppermint, etc. Thanks a bunch and keep up the good work.

  • Shamiso said:

    Hie Brenda!

    I have hair that is prone to extreme dryness and an itchy scalp (particularly when I wear a weave or cornrows).

    What combination of essential oils and carrier oil would you recommend?

  • Princess T said:

    Hi,

    I relaxed my hair about 6 weeks ago, and have been fairly religious with the deep conditioning. However, I want to make my own leave-in conditioner using natural ingredients and I’m wondering if there is any downside to mixing loads of oils and butters together to make one super-conditioner? Or do you HAVE to use a certain combination?

    My hair was damaged quite a bit the first time I relaxed it so I am keen to prevent breakage, promote growth and the maintain a heLthy scalp, roots and ends.

    Any help?

    • Brenda Barrett said:

      Hi Princess T
      I will have to address your question in an in-depth article, yes there are certain pointers that could be beneficial when making your own products. Please check back soon for that article.

  • Princess T said:

    Thanks

  • Asia said:

    Hi, I live in Maryland, where can I go to purchase the oils for my hair?

    • Brenda Barrett said:

      Hi Asia,

      I am going to post your comment and hope that someone in Maryland can help you out. If not I would suggest trying an online store like Amazon for your oils. I have bought stuff from them and I get it in good time.

  • Sparkleme said:

    Hi Brenda,
    I’m natural and just did my big chop in July. I want to make a homemade moisturizer using aloe Vera juice with oils. What would you recommend that I use? Would It be fine to use a carrier and an EO in the mix? I Also plan on making a flaxseed gel for my hair after using the moisturizer. And because it’s sticky I’m not sure if I can add oils in the gel and it still be beneficial to my hair? One more… Sorry =( where can I go to find these oils, I can’t find them anywhere around where I live. Thank you

    • Brenda Barrett said:

      Hi Spakleme,
      Congrats on the big chop. I am going to have to do some research with the portion of oils to use with aloe vera gel and use my Moms hair as our guinea pig (she has natural hair), before I can answer that. From personal experience, aloe vera as a leave-in makes my hair hard, after a day or so, even if I use oils. I have never used flax seed gel but I encourage you to experiment and then share with us at blackhair101. You did not say where you are from but I find that some of the oils, are not available where I live too, so I have to order those that are not readily available on Amazon.

  • Brittney said:

    Is it ok to mix castor oil, peppermint oil, tea trea oil & vitamin E oil all together? If so, how much of each should I use?

    • Brenda Barrett said:

      Hi Brittney,
      This is just an example of how much oil would be required for a single application with shoulder length hair you can use more or less based on your needs:

      2 teaspoons castor oil
      2 drops peppermint oil
      2 drops tea tree oil
      4 drops vitamin E oil

      Yes, you can mix the four oils together.

  • Rose said:

    Can I mix castor oil, jojoba oil and peppermint oil together to make an oil treatment?

    And also, how often would I need to do this treatment?

    • Brenda Barrett said:

      Yes you can mix the three. I have seen several commercial preparations with quite a few more oils mixed together. I am not sure what to tell you about the frequency of using it because I have no idea about the condition of your hair or what your regimen is like. I would suggest though, based on my own hair, that you can use it as a hot oil treatment as needed (twice per month) and you can also use it to seal in moisture. Jojoba and peppermint are especially useful when you have dry scalp, before and after getting your hair relaxed or as a regular way to boost your hair sheen.

  • Rose said:

    Thank you for your reply. They are the top 3 best oils to me. I was wondering, have you got any ideas of ratios of quantities to add? Is it half a tablespoon of essential oil for a full tablespoon of carrier oil? And castor is quite thick.

    And please check out my new blog, since I just started my hair journey: http://mynaturalhairproject.blogspot.co.uk/ I referenced you on the second page, just to inspire others :)

  • Rose said:

    And how often do you relax your hair? x
    And I’m thinking to do the oil treatments every week.

    • Brenda Barrett said:

      Hi Rose,
      I relax my hair every four months. Three times for the year. Its not a problem to do the treatments every week. Your hair will look super healthy.

  • Shunita said:

    I want to just use carrier oils on my hair, what would be your suggestion. I have dry hair.

    • Brenda Barrett said:

      My fave carrier oil is castor oil. It is also exceptionally good for dry hair.

      • Shunita said:

        It’s crazy because i just start using castor oil last week. I love the thickness. Thanks for letting me know Im on the right page.

  • Shunita said:

    What is a good oil touch with Shea Butter for twist.

  • simon said:

    hi , which oils do u think is the best to promote growth ?

    • Brenda Barrett said:

      Hi Simon, there are some oils like peppermint, eucalyptus, jojoba which are said to balance the pH on the scalp. I am sure there are several more but these oils when used are said to greatly enhance the condition on the scalp and thus promote hair growth.

  • Shunita said:

    Have you heard ofJamaica black castor oil

  • Asia said:

    Hi Brenda, I didn’t see any posts about where to get these different essential oils in the state I live in. Therefore, what kind of stores just happen to sell the above mentioned oils (for hair). Would a vitamin store, supermarket, or a beauty supply shop sell them. I would rather go to a store than pay shipping and handling online, if I have a choice. These essential oils, are they the same oils people use in their homes to add scent/fragrance? Also how do I make sure I am a getting a 100% essential oil, should it say something specific on the label?
    Thanks in advance

    • Brenda Barrett said:

      Hi Asia,
      A good place to get oils are health food stores, aromatherapy/massage stores, supermarkets (olive oil, coconut oil, peppermint oil, eucalyptus oil), some hair stores. I understand about the shipping and handling, I told my local beauty supply store that I was tired of traipsing all over the place to find certain oils and they started carrying the ones I told them I’d buy.
      Basically there are four grades in EO’s (A,B,C,Floral Water)- Grade A is the best, then there is Floral Water. This is turning into a long response, I’ll write an article on this soon. Most person’s use Grade C oils to add scent to their products.
      Usually you will see 100% Pure Therapeutic Grade. That is the oil made from organically grown plants, distilled at correct temperature, time, pressure and harvested at proper season. These are the EO’s that are best to use.
      Will update on this soon, hope this helps.

  • Ronni said:

    Hi Brenda,
    I love the info on EO’s. My daughter recently got lice from school. It’s gone now but I’d like to be able to add EO’s to her hair in the morning as a preventative. She has long curly hair and I plan to braid and keep her hair back. It would be ideal to put EO’s in her hair before school and leave in to prevent the critter from wanting to come back. My question is how can i do it so her hair isn’t too oily looking for school? any info would be greatly appreciated.

    • Brenda Barrett said:

      Hi Ronni,
      There are some carrier oils like jojoba that absorbs fast, add a drop or two of an EO to that and you should be fine. Remember to use EO’s sparingly, usually a drop or two will suffice.

  • kimberly said:

    Can I mix black castro oil peppermint oil and rosemary with vitamin e or that too much

    • Brenda Barrett said:

      That sounds fine but you can use just the castor with the rosemary or peppermint and you’d be fine too. If you have them already, experiment. If not, just keep it simple.

  • Cynthia K said:

    Hi Brenda,
    im in transtion, almost complete, into becoming natural with the goal of dreading my hair. But my edges are very thin and even balding, i currently use tea tree oil for my dry scalp along with coconut oil. I was thinking of using Vitamin E oil on my edges, do you think this will promote regrowth? And also what oils do u suggest after i lock my hair? What other oils do u suggest?

    • Brenda Barrett said:

      Hi Cynthia,
      Congrats on gaining back your natural hair. Maybe you should allow your edges to grow in before you lock it. Tea tree oil with coconut sounds fine. Vitamin E is good to promote hair growth, why not add it to your coconut mixture and gently apply to your edges?
      Can I tell you Cynthia, I am not very experienced when it comes to care and maintenance of locks but I will do some research on that and add some articles on that topic on the site.

  • Nneka said:

    Hello!

    Your post has been very helpful and I am excited to start experimenting with my regiment! I have relaxed hair – I use Affirm Sensitive Scalp every 8 to 10 weeks. My hair is very thick and healthy, however, I want it to grow! In addition to juicing for nutrients, I am interested in starting an all-natural regiment (excluding the perm, of course).

    I am thinking for Peppermint for an EO and since I saw that you love lavender castor oil, then that too.

    When you say 1 to 2 “drops” of an EO in the carrier oil… do you mean the whole bottle? Or just as much as you are about to massage in your scalp?

    In addition, do you use a scalp massager? Do you recommend doing this in the morning or at night?

    Thank you and I look forward to your response!

    • Brenda Barrett said:

      Hi Nneka,
      We are similar thinkers, I wanted to go 100 % natural for 2013 (excluding relaxer). Don’t know how that will work out but its great to hear from a health nut like myself :)

      Peppermint is a great EO. Do you know those eyedroppers that come in eye medication? A drop or two is usually all the patient needs to drop in the eyes? When I say a ‘drop’ I am talking about an eyedropper ‘drop’. The device is called a pipette eyedropper. Usually they come in oil bottles so it makes the work easier but sometimes they don’t. They can be found in art supplies or pharmacies in packs.

      No, I don’t use a scalp massager. I usually remember to massage my scalp when I have a headache, which means I am not practicing what I preach *sigh*
      When I used to massage my scalp on a regular basis, I did it in the nights before I combed my hair.

      • Nneka said:

        Thank you so much! This time I tried eucalyptus and jojoba but I will try peppermint next time. Hope our journeys work out to our favor!

  • Desirey said:

    I have a 6 month old baby girl who has fine curly hair that seems to be also a little dry….I’m trying to get her hair some moisture as well as grow out. Since she’s so young I don’t want to go over board. What would you suggest, how much and how often? Thank you in advance

  • Sara said:

    Hi Brenda,

    I have been experiencing severe hair loss for the last 5 months. I have no idea why this happened, but I’m trying my best to find a solution. I’ve been taking omega 3 pills for the last 7 weeks and I see a significant difference. I’ve been told that I have very dry hair but I do not know if that has something to do with the loss.

    I’ve been using a mix of castor, almond and coconut oil on my scalp for over a month now and I would like to ask whether this mix will help in reducing the loss and whether applying this every other day is harmful to my scalp.

    Thank you very much

    • Brenda Barrett said:

      Hi Sara,

      Sorry to hear about your hair loss :( . If your hair is dry that could indeed be a factor. The mix of castor, almond and coconut won’t hurt but I need to know if you use a water based moisturizer before you use the oils. The thing is, oils are perfect for sealing but using a water based moisturizer or just plain water first will ensure that your hair is supple and moisturized.

  • Sara said:

    Hi Brenda, thanks for the reply. I dont use any moisturizer. I just heat the oil for a bit and apply it straight to my hair.

  • Jackie said:

    I have relaxed pretty healthy hair. I want it to stay healthy and grow more. But I also have dandruff. Can I mix Castor oil with the Olive oil to better my hair and get rid of the dandruff?

    • Brenda Barrett said:

      Hi Jackie,
      I am going to assume you mean dry scalp (like flaky scalp) and not dandruff which is oily and scaly. You can use either one of the carrier oils mentioned and then add something to balance the pH on your scalp like peppermint oil, tea tree oil or eucalyptus. Three or so drops to a tablespoon of carrier oil will be fine.

  • bill said:

    Hi brenda…my hair goin thin.what would u recommenf

  • bill said:

    Hi brenda..plz could u tell me what is good for making hair thick?.. thank you

  • Nakia said:

    Hello Brenda,
    I’m new to using the oil and just want to make sure I’m using the right mixture on my hair and daughters hair. Our hair is very dry and we are both natural. My hair is thin around my crown area and I’m trying to get it to grow back. It came out due to my psoriasis and is almost bald. I recently purchased lavendar, peppermint oil castor oil, vitamin e oil, and African black soap. Just wondering what would be a Good
    mixture for my daughter thick dry hair and my thinning crown dry hair. How much and what mixture? Also want my daughter hair to grow, so what would be good for that. Thanks in advance!

    • Brenda Barrett said:

      Hi Nakia,
      That sounds like a good stock you have there. For your hair, a daily application of all your oils mixed together can work. You can mix together, 1 Tablespoon of castor (put this in your container first), add three drops (with an eyedropper) of lavender and then vitamin E oil. Add vitamin E oil last, then mix these together, apply to hair as needed. You can add the peppermint to the castor oil for a weekly hot oil treatment for both you and your daughter.

  • Jef. said:

    Just a thank you. Run a remedial Eastern massage centre; head massage, if you will, was as high as I went! Coming across this information, some careful mixing and being able to pass your website on to customers now completes the treatment. Getting very positive feedback. Thank you.

  • J Thomas said:

    Thank you for such an informative and practical article. I am also suffering from mild alopaecia A and dandruff. My hair is also quite thin. I wanted to know how to go about treating my hair, for thickness and growth. I wash my hair every two weeks and apply egg mayonnaise, honey and conditioner. I Then oil my scalp with kera care oil. I understand that you do not advice oiling the scalp as it can clog the pores. My scalp gets dry and I want advice as to how to keep my scalp moisturized and what oils I can add to condition my hair . Thank you in advance.

    • Brenda Barrett said:

      Hi J Thomas,
      Your regimen sounds good. I don’t oil my scalp everyday, however, I do apply oil to it during a hot oil treatment. This is usually sufficient for it to stay pretty moisturized till my next wash. maybe you could try a hot oil treatment every week or oil your scalp thoroughly the night before you wash, massage in the oil gently in your scalp and then cover with a cap overnight. Choose a good carrier oil (maybe castor and/or coconut and an essential like tea tree) since you have both dandruff and alopecia. Tell me how it goes for you.

      • J Thoms said:

        Thank you for the advice Brenda. You’re a Godsend, will keep you updated.

      • J Thoms said:

        Hello Brenda. I hope you are well. I took your advice and have began doing a hot oil treatment once a week . So far the dandruff is under control and I look forward to the next session. My hair feels soft and fluffy after the hot oil treatment. I’ll update you again in a few moths regarding my alopaecia.

  • Gee said:

    Hi Brenda, i live in the uk & it is super hard to find hair care advice here for black people.
    Anyway, I had amazing hair when i was young growing up then i once had single extensions braids around 5 years ago & my hair has never grown back around the hairline, it is very embarassing for a young person. Also, the condition of my hair seems to be unhealthy & dry. I struggle to put my hair back to let it grow more evenly because i will not show my hairline so i have no choice but to keep applying heat pressure too it just so it looks presentable to leave for work everyday.
    My hair is relaxed & i wondered if u could tell me what i should use on it & whether i can keep relaxing it whilst using these oils. I am really in need of getting my good hair back. I think stress also added to the unhealthiness too. Some people will look at my hair & not see the uneveness & weak flaws but i just hide it well.
    Please help if u can with any advice.
    Thanks,
    Gee x

  • Gee said:

    Thanks Brenda, the article has some really good advice, i will try some of these things & hope i achieve healthy hair going forward.
    Much appreciated x

  • Gee said:

    Hi Brenda,
    Do you think it sounds like a good routine for relaxed hair to:
    - do a hot oil treatment once a month with castor oil & almond oil to give my hair more body/volume & help with hair growth & strength.
    - deep condition (or prepoo as u all call it) once a week with coconut oil & a conditioner on my hair wash day (minus the above week when i hot oil treat instead).
    - use jojoba oil on my scalp & hair every few days as sort of a daily moisturizer, as it is apparently light & will not weigh down hair like the other oils (so i have read).

    Does this sound like a good routine? Also, what do you think of jamaican black castor oil for relaxed hair, ive seen mixed reviews, is it ok to use on relaxed hair or is it treated with salt. If so is there anything else you recommend, i bought afrotics west indian castor oil but im skeptical of using it without a little advice first.

    Thanks,
    Gee x

    • Brenda Barrett said:

      It sounds great, pre-poo is before you shampoo and deep conditioning is after you shampoo though. I consider the hot oil treatment pre-poo or anything prior to shampooing to mitigate the effects of harsh shampoos. Castor oil and almond oil sounds like a good combo. I use castor oil exclusively these days and my hair is really thick.
      Jamaican Black Castor Oil is definitely okay to use on relaxed hair. The brand by Tropical Isle does not use salt. Afrotic does not seem as if they have any salt added to their processing either.
      All the best with your hair, your regimen sounds really good.

  • Gee said:

    Thanks Brenda, i’m on it from this wknd ????

  • Gee said:

    Error with the question marks, was meant to be s smiley facey!

  • Nicole said:

    Hello Brenda! I’m natural now and looking for a oil mix to stimulate hair growth throughout and especially for patchy areas on my crown and sides. Can I combine coconut oil, jojoba oil, rosemary, lavender and peppermint oil? If not, what combination do you recommend and how much of each should I mix together? Your response would be greatly appreciated.

    • Brenda Barrett said:

      Hi Nicole,
      You have a good mix of oils here. There is no need to use them all at once. Here are some combos I came up with:
      1 Tablespoon Coconut oil + 1/2 Tablespoon Jojoba + 3-4 drops Rosemary.
      1 Tablespoon Coconut oil + 1/2 Tablespoon Jojoba + 3-4 drops Lavender.
      1 Tablespoon Coconut oil + 1/2 Tablespoon Jojoba + 2 drops Peppermint.
      OR– you could just use 1 Tablespoon jojoba or coconut with each of the essential oils(3-4 drops, less for peppermint).
      You can also mix different combinations every week or so.

      • Nicole said:

        Thanks Brenda! Will it disrupt the effects of each oil or cause any type of hair damage or loss if I mixed them all together? I’ve been reading a lot on essential oils and it looks like coconut, jojoba, rosemary, lavender and peppermint oils all have great effects on hair growth, but in different ways.

        • Brenda Barrett said:

          No disruption at all. You can mix them all together but the essential oils are pretty strongly scented and combined together the scent will be weird. Yes they have different effects especially with certain scalp conditions.

  • Joanne said:

    Hello Brenda,

    your article is an excellent source for information. I wanted to ask, what do you recommend for daily moisture? could one use the carrier oil and EO, whatever the combination, as a daily regimen? I workout (sweat) everyday, what do you recommend to lock in the moisture after a intense workout?

    • Brenda Barrett said:

      Hi Joanne,
      I am writing a series of articles on exercise and hair, to be posted soon. I have a whole new regimen these days because I exercise too. Usually I rinse my scalp with water or a little teensy bit of Castile Soap every time I sweat in my hair. After I rinse out the salty sweat I seal with my castor oil. I am down to using just three things in my hair these past weeks—Castile Soap (for shampooing), Motions PR (for DC) and castor oil for sealing moisture. That’s it.

      • Joanne said:

        Thank you, Brenda!

        These 3 ingredients are used as frequent as your workouts (even if you get to the gym everyday)?

        • Brenda Barrett said:

          No, I DC once per week. I only rinse hair every other day. If I am doing cardio and sweat profusely, I shampoo with the Castile Soap. If I just do weights and no major sweating I don’t wash at all. But if I do cardio all week. I rinse/wash my hair every single day and then seal.

  • Jason said:

    I’m 21. African male. My hair is thining in the front at either side, effecting my hair line and also at the top of the head along the middle. I have lavender rosemary and coconut oil. What ratio do I mix these in? How do I apply and how often.

    I also have a shampoo — Izzi grow: herbal gro stimulating shampoo with tea tree tingle.

    Am I better off not mixing the oils?

    • Brenda Barrett said:

      Hi Jason,
      You can use the carrier oil (coconut) as a base, say a tablespoon and add two drops essential to each tablespoon. Hence one drop rosemary and one drop lavender or two drops rosemary or two drops lavender to the base. You can also check out this article Thin Hair Solutions At Home

  • Sylwia said:

    Hello! Thank you for such an informative article! It really helped me decide which oils I want to use. I’m just wondering – would that be ok to mix peppermint, castor and avocado oil together for my scalp treatment? I’m suffering from dandruff and itchy scalp. I will appreciate your answer!
    Regards,
    Sylwia

    • Brenda Barrett said:

      Hi Sylwia,
      The peppermint alone applied to the itchy areas can make a difference. The mix of peppermint with the other oils can work too.

  • Josie said:

    I have extremely oily scalp that becomes super super oily on day after washed! However also experiencing severe hair thinning due to medication used before! Want to try castor oil or grapeseed oil + rosemary + lavender! But also in need of something to minimize scalp oil production! Tried jojoba already but did not stop oil!

  • Razzi said:

    Hi

    I just started making my own lotion but now i want to make my own shampoo and conditioner. What is the simplest one to actually start with??? Also how can i exactly what type of hair i have…..ii never had a perm in my life its just all natural..and i always have an itchy scalp and the back of my hair is also all brittle and dry like while the front is all silky smooth

  • rose said:

    Hi brenda,

    very useful article. i have an oily scalp with dry hair ends.so my scalp get oily on 2nd day after hairwash. i have severe problems of split ends. i have very fine hair(minimal thickness) and also experiencing hairfall. can u suggest which oils suit me?

    • Brenda Barrett said:

      Hi Rose,
      Sounds like you have combination hair. Lavender essential oil is usually very good for this type of hair, jojoba oil and grapeseed oil are usually very good carrier oils to use.

  • cassie said:

    Hi Brenda:
    I’m natural and recently I’m hearing a lot about grapeseed oil being
    excellent for natural hair-do you know anything about grapeseed oil

    thanks and keep up the good work

    • Brenda Barrett said:

      Hi Cassie,
      Grapeseed oil is great for every hair type and works well for skin too especially stretch marks. It has numerous benefits including not being oily and it absorbs in the scalp/skin quickly.

  • Alyaj said:

    I have thin hair and I would like it to be thicker . Is Olive Oil a good oil to make this happen or should i use something different ? ?

  • Vette said:

    Hello Brenda! I’ve been transitioning my hair since July/2012. I didn’t do the big chop letting my perm grow out on its own.I started using castor oil and my hair feel and look and is thicker especially around my edges and Not dry and brittle as before my usage. My only problem I have is itchy scalp can it be from the castor oil? I will try a different oil the coconut oil but, will it give my hair the boost like the castor oil did? Oh did I mention how easy it is to manage and comb my 4b-c type hair since using the oil.

    • Brenda Barrett said:

      Vette,
      Since the castor oil is working for you don’t change. To get rid of the itching, use peppermint, eucalyptus or tea tree to the scalp where it itches. One of these oils will suffice.

  • Coletha Browning said:

    Can essential oils break out the hair? I started using an essential oil blend about a month ago. I struggle with Androgenic Alopecia. I did some research and learned that using essential oil and washing my hair with apple cider vinegar can do a lot to reverse hair loss because it strips the hair follicle of DHT build up. I believe I started seeing new growth in areas where my hair hadn’t grown in years, but I am also loosing hair, to the point where I have had to change my hairstyle to hide the loss. It is devastating and really breaking my heart, but at the same time it looks like my hair is growing at the same time too (at least I hope that is what is happening). My problem is I wear locks and I have lost a few since starting the essential oil treatments too. I drop rosemary, lavender, ylang ylang, and tree tea oil together in an 8 oz bottle filled with African Pride Olive Miracle mixed with coconut oil as a carrier oil. I like the African Pride Olive Miracle. I started using it about a year ago after I color treated my hair and it all but stopped the shedding I was experiencing after coloring just the ends. I tried just the coconut oil, but it was too thick. There isn’t a lot of research regarding how many drops. I would say less than a 1/4 of the volume has essential oil (all of them together). Is what I am seeing normal?

    • Brenda Barrett said:

      Hi Coletha,
      Since your African Pride mix works, why don’t you use it alone. Your combination of oils sounds good. Maybe you can use them too but not with the African Pride product. Assess your hair after using both after a few weeks and stick to what works.

      • Tamika said:

        Hi brenda, i hope u can help. My daughter who’s 3 went into the bathroom and cut and i mean completely shaved the edges and side of her hair with a clipper she is bald. What can i use to regrow her hair! Do u think Shea butter is good for a carrier oil or not? She also had a fairly good amount of hair before this! Please help i need her hair to grow back quickly! What oils because it is also dry and what shampoo are best for a lil one. Thx a lot for the help

  • Razzi said:

    Hi

    I just started making my own lotion but now i want to make my own shampoo and conditioner. What is the simplest one to actually start with??? Also how can i exactly what type of hair i have…..ii never had a perm in my life its just all natural..and i always have an itchy scalp and the back of my hair is also all brittle and dry like while the front is all silky smooth

  • aisher said:

    Hi am Tanzanian i got natural hair and i have been loss my hair for 2 months now,am using oil called vatika. please help me out…

    • Brenda Barrett said:

      Hi Aisher,
      I need more info. to help, hair loss can be caused from a number of factors including stress. You mentioned Vatika oil, I had to google it. It sounds good (it is a mixture of coconut oil and herbs). Remember to moisturize hair first and then use it as a seal.

  • nicole said:

    Hi!
    What are the best essential oils to use for my 7 yr old daughter to
    promote hair growth? Her hair is very dry, tends to split and
    break easily. I recently purchased lavendar and rosemary
    to add to her shampoo and conditioner.

    • Brenda Barrett said:

      Lavender and rosemary are a good start. You can also moisturize her hair every day with a water based moisturizer (or just plain water), spritz it on so it is barely damp, pay close attention the ends and then seal with a carrier oil (coconut, castor, almond, olive etc). Make sure the oils are organic and not overly processed.

  • Kara said:

    Hi. Just curious, what does it mean to relax your hair? I am a healthy 18 year old female and I wash my hair 3 times a week, I exercise, eat well, and yet my hair is very very thin near my forehead. I am so worried, I don’t understand why it has been thinning there. Do you have any advise as to what kind of regimn or oil I should use? Thank you!!!

  • Liezel said:

    Hi Brenda, u posts are so beneficial… i just have one question….castor oil is so viscous….Do you mix it with anything before using it as a sealant?

    • Brenda Barrett said:

      Hi Liezel,
      The castor oils that I use have medium to low viscosity(they flow freely). If yours is very thick you can add a free flowing carrier oil to it (like coconut or olive) and then see how it goes. What brand are you using? I have not seen thick castor oil in ages.

  • SunShine said:

    Hello…I have sisterlocks. Can I use all of the oils mixed together that you mentioned?

    Thank You

    • Brenda Barrett said:

      Hi SunShine,
      I have no experience with the care of sister locks. What I do know is that there are some oils which can build up on your locks and is a nightmare to wash out (coconut oil is one of them.)

  • praveen said:

    hi
    i hav dry hair and i hav many bald patches and thining also kindly tell wat essential oil helps to recover from bald patches and on wat rate

  • Syed said:

    My brother who is getting married in June this year has been loosing hair as a side effect of a medication he was on.
    Now his patchy baldly thinness is seen visibly right above his forehead . He is 26 years old. Your authority on hair care is second to none! . A formulation will be of immense help.
    Also any genuine online sellers of EOs and herbs. Thanks in advance Brenda!

  • Debbie Secrest said:

    Hi, I have nautural curly hair and my hair does not produce any oils at all I massage oils in my hair everynight. I use peppermint,rosemary,lavender,ylang-ylang and coconut oils with a carrier oil of a mixture of oils called wonder oil that has like 6 oils in it.I use the generic shampoo so my hair will not fall out so much. My hair is very thin and dry.I try to eat protien with every meal and take vitamins for the hair is there any thing else I can do to get my hair thicker and longer.I am confident you can help me thank you so much

  • mia said:

    Hi Brenda,
    I went natural and love it. I transitioned for about a year and finally got a hair cut that took of about 2 inches of hair….so not twa but short enough to get rid of all the old hair. I decided to had some highlights to give it some punch. Needless to say, my hair fell out in horrible patches( the highlighted areas are gone) we are talking about a large chunk of my hair broken down to the new growth dark hair. Lucky for me i have enough hair to camouflage the missing areas with extensions up in a loose bun( most of the lose is at the top). It is quite disturbing to have hair one minute and none the next. i am interested in how to help my hair. So how do i mix these or do i just throw all of them in to a spritzer bottle with some water and get to spraying at night? i have a few pics if you would like to see them.

  • Marco said:

    Hello,
    My wife has had thinning hair with slightly dry flakey patches for years so she is going to try EO’s, bicarbonate/water for shampoo and ACV/water for conditioner. Since I told her I’d help massage in the EO’s in which order do I apply. EO’S – BS- ACV? I’m going to try to combine Jojoba oil, castor oil, peppermint, rosemary and sage oil and rub that in. Also how often should I apply.
    Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

    • Brenda Barrett said:

      Hi Marco,
      Her regimen sounds good, let me recap with suggestions:
      Hot Oil Treatment (at least every two weeks, she can leave it in overnight before hair wash day)- castor oil, rosemary.
      Shampoo- Baking Soda
      Conditioner- Apple Cider Vinegar
      Moisturizer- Here’s a recipe she can include sage oil instead of lavender.
      Seal in moisture with castor oil or jojoba oil.
      Massage hair with rosemary for ten minutes every day- here’s a guide-Hair and Scalp Massage For Hair Growth
      I hope this helps all the best.

  • Jasmeen said:

    Hi, Im suffering from split ends and breakage. Realised I was supposed to be past chin length two days ago when I found some stray strands lingering then remembered I was chin length last summer. Anywho, what do you suggest I do? I dont have a hair dryer accessible to me as I am a uni student.

    I was thinking of having peppermint oil, unrefined castor oil, lavender oil, rosemary oil, olive oil and avacado oil if I can find them anywhere in the UK.

    • Brenda Barrett said:

      Hi Jasmeen,
      You can check out this link for an in depth hair regimen- Hair Regimen for Breaking/Shedding Hair. I always encourage no heat so not having a dryer is not a big deal.

      • Jasmeen said:

        Hi Brenda,

        I know my hair doesn’t like extreme heat and I’ve learnt the hard way. I hear my hair trimmed last Saturday and a blow dryer was used and I was anxious the whole time. The water here in the UK is already slightly acidic. Do you think it wise to use even more acidic compounds when it’s me likely to lower the pH of your scalp and cause more damage?

  • Holly said:

    Hi Brenda.

    Great article. I used to have really thick hair but was put on thyroid medication 3 years ago and my hair started to fall out in handfuls. Turns out I didn’t need the medication, after all. I stopped taking it within 6 months but my hair loss has never stopped since. Now I have very thin hair, daily crazy hair loss, and bald patches. No doctor knows why, since I have been off medication for 3 years (and my bloodwork is normal). I have recently added rosemary essential oil to my shampoo, and at first (1 week) it seemed to decrease my hair loss a bit, but now the loss is back to pre-oil days. Also, I have noticed my hair has become extra dry and flyaway/frizzy since adding the rosemary oil to my shampoo (I added 10 drops to 16 oz shampoo). I have tried jojoba oil, coconut oil, and castor oil (separately) for occasional treatment of my scalp, but they all make my scalp very oily and do not wash out easily. Oiling pre-shampoo also seems to double my hair loss. And by now, I can just hold on to a strand of hair for it come out – I don’t even have to tug. :/ I am losing all my hair fast and I don’t know how to make it stop.

    Any advise or suggestions?

    Thank you.

  • Girish said:

    Hi Brenda
    im losing hairs on the forehead and crown since last 4 to 5 years im 20 years old. Im not getting which essential oil to use . I thought of lavender,rosemary, jojoba or castor oil. I want my hairs to regrow. Could u help me please?? It would be very kind of urs.

    • Brenda Barrett said:

      Hi Girish,
      Please see this link Shedding Hair Causes There are several reasons why the hair would be breaking like that over time and for so long. There is also a corresponding link to some remedies at the bottom of the article. Please check the remedies out. To your question, all the oils you mentioned above are good for hair breakage. You can use jojoba or castor along with lavender or rosemary.

  • Sam said:

    Hi Brenda,
    It’ really nice of you to reply to all these ppl and trying to help them. I have an almost afro hair when I was a kid I relaxed it and that totally damaged my hair and I used different remedies and natural stuff to restore my damaged hair for years and at long last it start to grow without keep breaking ( can’t rememebr what did work really becasue i used many products , but then 8 years ago again i relaxed it thinking relaxing products become better , but again to same result and till now my hair keep breaking and that’s why it dose not want to grow longer at all. I’m using now essential oils trying to revive it . Recently I’m using phyoto scalp treatment , also really good hair oil as hair oil before shampoo. Also i’m keep using olive oil and coconut oil for a while now but again it make me depressed when i see my hair breaking , when i hold a hair shaft between my hands and stretch it break so easily . i can see that the hair is so dry and coarse in the area where really affected by the relaxer . also at the back of my head the hair much softer and grow easier . I hope you can help me with this problem . many thanks again :)

  • Ty said:

    I have kinky twists right now and I actually saw a video about EOs and I started using the peppermint oil and tea tree oil in my apple cider vinegar rinse. But I really don’t know anything about COs. I plan to go natural after I take my twists out but my biggest problem is dry scalp etc. I’ve been to the doctor and he thinks I have Seborrheic dermatitis. What do you think would be the best COs and EOs for my scalp especially if I am planning to go natural?

  • Ty said:

    Thank you so much…I’ve dealt with this for some many years and having the dry scalp and the flakes can be very embarrassing!

  • Kelly said:

    Hi,
    My hair is relaxed and colored. My hairdresser told me this week that it is breaking so i should wear it down more instead of in a ponytail. Thing is though i only do pony tail like once a week, maybe not even so much. Can u advise me of the best way to get rid of the breakage without cutting it off?

  • V said:

    Hi Brenda,

    My hair is dry all the time even after I’ve oiled my scalp, the next day it’s like I never put any oil on it. Can you please give me some advise on how to keep my hair moisturized.

  • ashley said:

    can you have grape fruit as an essential oil?

  • leosha said:

    Hi,Brend. My hair relaxed n color treated.I need a mixture to stop hair from falling out and promote growth.
    I’ve only used olive oil in my hair since 2005.Do you have a suggestion using olive oil,coconut oil,rose water,peppermint & castor oil.

  • Sweta said:

    My son( 3yrs old ) has very dull and thin hair…what do I do for him to have healthy and thick hair forever.

  • adam said:

    hiya, ive been having issues with hair loss.what mixture of oils would you recomend and what is the correct way to mix them.
    thank
    p.s your artice was very informative.

  • Vee said:

    Hello Brenda,

    Thank you for this wonderful article.

    I have oily scalp, very oily as it almost always starts to get oily after a few hours after wash. having dry split ends, thinning hair with an almost bald spot as well.

    You mentioned that not recommended to use CO on scalp but most EOs need diluting so if I were to treat those hair issues mentioned, how am I going to go about it?

    I hv olive oil, rosemary, peppermint, ecalpytus, lavender, tea tree eos at hand.

    Thank you ahead!

  • PAVLINA MENELAOU said:

    HELLO I HAVE DRY HAIR, VERY DRY AND THEY TOLD ME TO MAKE A MASK WITH ROSEMARY OIL, JOJOBA OIL, BAY OIL AND ALMOND OIL. WHAT DO YOU THINK? THANK YOU :)

    • Brenda Barrett said:

      Hi Pavlina,
      This mask- will it be used as a hot oil treatment? The oil combination sounds good. Jojoba and Almond are carrier oils so they will make up the base of your combination, maybe use them half and half. Rosemary and Bay should only be used sparingly.

  • anu said:

    heyyy awsome article……thnxx a lot….. i m 20 yrs old indian girl….i suffer from extreme hairloss(to such extent that u can see few bald spots on scalp),thinning hair,oily scalp n occasional dandruff,so now i m thinking to try essential oils…i was initially afraid to use them as i have zero knowledge about them…so please please help me… i m thinking to try coconut, olive n castor oil along with lavender n rosemary oil….can i combine them all??? if yes in what proportions….please explain d proportions again coz i read all d previous comments but didnt understand dem dat well….. also can i use dem on alternate days coz i have a reaalllly oily scalp such dat i have to wash my hair everyday…..
    pls pls pls help me…..

  • Dana said:

    Hello,
    I’ve been natural for nearly three years. My hair is past my shoulders and will not grow any further. I’ve purchased a number of EOs and COs but haven’t a clue as to what I’m doing. I have jojoba oil, lavender oil, peppermint, cedar wood, thyme, and rosemary; just to name a few. I really need a regimen. I’ve bought conditioners, shampoos, etc., I don’t know when to do a particular thing or what to do. I apologize for being ignorant to the way I’m supposed to care for my hair. I just want a routine. Please help me. Thank you so much.

  • liz said:

    her Brenda,
    i recently read an article regarding EOs but i cnt remember the exact ratios..castor oil,eucalyptus,peppermint,rosemary,vitamin E..how do i mix mix these ratios to promote my thinnning hairline?thanks

  • Adriyan said:

    thanks for breaking down the difference between EO’s and CO’s it helped me better understand what oils where right for my hair.

  • Sabina said:

    Hello Brenda, thanks for the awesome info.
    I have a problem of really fine hair. My hair is naturally thin and really would kill for naturally thick and volumized hair, specially on the fringe when you clip back. Mine just sits down and doesn’t stay up as I’ve got thin hair. (I can’t cut any of my back hair for the fringe as my back hair is already too thin.) Also, I’ve got lots of baby hair at the front which are taking forever to grow. I think that if they grow long to the standard length, I will have volumized fringe as more hair would be added to the fringe.

    I have realized that there are more than one oil to aid to thick hair, but I can’t conclude which one would work the best for my type of hair. I would relaly appreciate if you consider the best oil out of all the oils you mentioned that could help me grow my hair thick according to my condition.

    Thank you
    :)

  • Debra Whatley said:

    Hi, I have had Sisterlocks for about 2.5 years and love them. I recently moved to El Paso, TX and the weather is very dry; no humidity. I am looking for a recipe for hair growth/thickness and dry hair and scalp. I have heard I am not to use glycerin because it has the opposite effective on hair in dry desert like climates. Can I add lavender oil, tea tree oil and peppermint oil to coconut oil, castor oil or evoo.
    Thanks for all your info.
    Peace

    • Brenda Barrett said:

      Hi Debra,
      Yes you can use all three oils with your favorite CO. Though, I would be very spearing with the peppermint and tea tree oils.

  • sakiah said:

    How much eo do you add to your co. thank you

  • Maya said:

    Hi, I have been transitioning for about 3 months so my new growth is only about 2 inches. I have minor breakagebut I still feel like my hair needs more nourishment so it will grow faster. I have a super dry scalp that is dry only 1 or 2 days after it being deep conditioned and its sooo itchy. I feel like I’m tearing up my scalp when I scratch it. I’m trying to find out if 1. Can I use peppermint oil in my shampoo. And can EOs be used in conditioner. 2. Can I mix lavender and peppermint or tea tree with coconut oil?

    • Brenda Barrett said:

      HI Maya,
      Most def. peppermint oil works for anti itching. Yes, EO’s can be used in your conditioner. Yes you can mix lavender, peppermint or tea tree with coconut.

    • Brenda Barrett said:

      HI Maya,
      Most def. peppermint oil works for anti itching. Yes, EO’s can be used in your conditioner. Yes you can mix lavender, peppermint or tea tree with cocnut.

  • Noonie said:

    I have an oil mixture that I use that consists of: EVO,EV coconut oil, tea tree oil, jojoba oil, Jamaican black castor oil, chamomile oil, lavender oil, vitamin E oil and avocado oil. Basically I just want to know if this mixture of oils is ok?

    • Brenda Barrett said:

      Wow Noonie. That’s alot of oily goodness in one. There are months when I use just one carrier oil with or without an essential and my hair is okay. This month I have organic jojoba oil and it feels wonderful especially on wet hair. How does your mixture feel on your hair? If it works for you then don’t stop.

  • susanka said:

    hello Brenda,
    thank you for your amazing page, it is soooo much helpfull. I have few questions for you. the page is called blackhair, so is it ok to apply your advises on fine blond hair too? And my main problem is hair falling. In past two years I have lost more then 50% of my hair. I try to use many products but it keeps falling out. Do you have any recommendation about combination of oil I should use and how. I don’t wash my hair every day either. Please help. Thank you so much!!!

  • Alexandra said:

    I’m confused with the use of lemon essential oil. It says here that it is good for oil hair but not recommended for dry hair. And also that it is good for treating dry scalp. I don’t understand how all these all go together. I have oil scalp so the top parts of my hair gets oily fast but the ends of my hair are dry so I could say I have dry hair… Would lemon benefit this or not be recommended since I’m definitely trying to moisturize the dry, bottom 3/4 of my hair.

    Also it is good for under active sebaceous glands. If you have an oily scalp is this OVER active sebaceous glands?

  • Tiara said:

    Hello Brenda,
    This article is very helpful and informative. I just wanted to get your opinion on my hair situation. My last relaxer was July 2012 and I did my bc in May of this year. My hair is very dry, frizzy, and it doesnt seem to be growing. My curl pattern so far is a little wavy with tight coils. I dont really have a regimen at all because I dont know a lot about taking care of hair. What do you suggest I try or use to jumpstart my hair into being moisturized n less frizzy? Thank you for your time. :)

  • Claire said:

    Jojoba is NOT an ‘essential oil’. I do wish self-proclaimed ‘authorities’ on subjects like these would at least do their homework before they start ‘sharing’ knowledge they don’t have!

    • Brenda Barrett said:

      Hi Claire,

      I almost died a slow, mortified death when I saw your comment. I thought I had written that jojoba was an essential oil. *phew* wipes brow. I saw that I didn’t have it under essential oils. So I breathe a sigh of relief. I do use this oil on a regular basis with several essential oils or by itself so I know what it is. :)

      • johnny said:

        i think u considered jojoba oil as EO in the lavender oil description……..
        thanks for the whole good research.

    • Jeni said:

      I’m a little confused by your comment as in the article she clearly states that Jajoba is a carrier oil.

  • Nikki said:

    Hi Brenda, I know the site is called “blackhair 101″ but does your advice apply to caucasian hair as well? My hair used to be thick and healthy but now so much of it has fallen out I have maybe 1/4th of what I used to and it’s really dry and thin and limp but then really greasy after not even a day, I feel like I need to take more drastic measures than buying the Garnier “Fall Fight” shampoo I have been which seems to have slowed the hair loss slightly but not really help with it growing back at all. Please I need help before I’m bald, I’m only 27 years old.

  • Faith said:

    Hello! You’re an inspiration and a great writer! Question… Is it an overkill to mix three carrier oils together for a pre-shampoo? Three of the oils have benefits that I need/want for my hair. If yes, how would *you* do it? Thank you.

    • Brenda Barrett said:

      Hi Faith,
      Thanks! Yes it would be overkill. Just use one at a time. I would alternate the carrier oil every other week if I needed to along with the essential. So if one week, I wanted my hair to be thicker than usual- castor oil with maybe rosemary would be my choice. Another week, I want my hair to feel soft and moisturized for a while- Jojoba and lavender would be my choice or something along those lines.

  • jackie said:

    i was wondering if mixing peppermint oil with avocado oil and water would be good for hair growth?

    • Brenda Barrett said:

      It would make your hair feel good and smell minty. Along with other best practices, it would be a nice addition to your regimen.

  • Kevin said:

    Hello, i have gone to various barbers for cuts & shape ups. When i we to a Dominican barber he came in on the corners of the shape up & took me back. Since then I’ve had trouble getting the corners of the front of my hair line to grow in full & thick. What should i use to help with the regrowth of my hair line? By the wag I’ve stopped going to that barber for cuts & frequent a shop that has gentlemen there that know how to cut a brothers hair. Can you help me w this hair line issue!

  • Mi said:

    Happy Holidays Brenda,

    I’ve been doing MUCH MUCH research into EO and their benefits (which is what brought me to you):) I have long, dark, dry, wavy, THIN, hair. I’ve been looking for ways to to gain longer, stonger, THICKER, more lustrous, healthy hair, So I came up with the following reg: JBCO, coconut, lavender. rosemary, & peppermint. Did i leave anything out?? or is this TOO much??

    • Brenda Barrett said:

      Hi Mi,
      I am an eternal researcher myself and currently I have more than 60 EO’s experimenting with :). Your regimen sounds good. Be very sparing with the peppermint or leave it out all together. I say that, just because of the minty scent mixed with the lavender and rosemary, I think it is a bit much, scent wise.

  • cece said:

    How do you mix olive oil and the lavender together like the quantities

  • vikram said:

    Hi Brenda,

    Can i use only jojoba carrier oil without any essential oil?

  • Holly said:

    My daughter is 9. She had a sever cough last week and I gave her lemon water…8 0z cup of water with two drops of lemon essential oil. In a day her cough was gone. But she lost a clump of hair and has a white patch of baldness on the top of her head. Could the lemon essential oil have caused her to lose her hair? What can I do to help her hair grow back? Im nervous she might lose more hair.

  • Heidi said:

    Hello. I suffered with severe hair loss after the birth of my daughter. And recently I was diagnosed with scarring alopecia in some areas of my scalp. Someone recently recommended the use of rosemary and tea tree oil to stimulate growth.

    Do you have any suggestions? I was thinking of massaging scalp with a mix of black castor oil and rosemary.

    I live in Barbados which is extremely hot climate, so the hair becomes dry very quickly. Especially after a night’s sleep the oil has vanished from hair and scalp.

    I have my hair cut low in a TWA due to the thinning areas.

    Maybe you can provide the measurements with your recommendation. I normally have to oil hair and scalp daily due to dryness.

  • Bushra said:

    Hey Brenda,

    I would like to know which oils i would need to mix for faster hair growth , moisturizing and to increase the volume of my hair because i have thin hair and don’t have alot of volume. Pleaseeee help me with this , I would really appreciate.
    Thankx alott !!!

    • Brenda Barrett said:

      Bushra, faster hair growth (none) Your hair grows at the pace it is genetically coded to grow. Moisturizing (coconut, sweet almond, olive, jojoba carrier oils). For volume (use castor oil, egg and molasses as a conditioner twice per month).

  • abhishek said:

    hi brenda

    m from india
    19m

    i have very thin hairs n very few hairs as compared to others of my age.
    And my scalp is visible through my hairs. All of my friends keep tauting me that soon you’ll have no hairs at all.

    So i want to ask that is there any such combination of oils which will help in hair regrowth and make my hairs thick.

    Plzzz reply soon…!

  • Andrea Butler said:

    Can someone please tell me WHERE I can buy these hair oils. My afro is about 7 or 8 inches long and I’ve been a natural since 2007. Sad, isn’t it? Always had slow growing hair and its very dry and brittle. I wanted to buy at least 4 oils to start off with then I wanted to move towards a good moisturizer later. Almost every website I check out these hair oils, they’re either sold out or they don’t sell enough of the oils. Any info would b helpful please.

  • ema said:

    hi brenda,
    I have medium size hair and its dry. can you please tell me which oil will help me to grow my hair really fast?

  • abby said:

    Hi,

    I recently brought jojoba, olive, coconut, castor and peppermint oil. I usually use olive or coconut oil straight on my scalp every 2 days. Is this too much? and is it okay to mix all of the oils i enlisted above together? if so, what quantities of each?
    My aim is for thicker, longer hair

    Also, Is it unusual for strands of hair to to come out every time you come your hair?

    Thank you

    P.s. I have natural, hot-combed hair

  • Odette said:

    Can you please give me tips on what to use for making my eyebrows grow? there an essential oil that works for this?

    Many thanks

  • WendellCartwright said:

    Wish essential oil! It’s useful for alleviating symptoms of anxiety and depression. It can help to boost your mood and relieve feelings of sadness as well as enhance mental performance and feelings of happiness.

  • amber charles said:

    i have actually the three oils together among with a few others and my hair has grown at least 7 inches in the past year and two months

  • karan kapoor said:

    hi,
    i had make my hair curly using relaxer in “april 2013″ they start falling out from july ,but now there are so problem wiht my hair. my hair is faaling out from root with white bulb and become very thinning…………. plzzzzzzzzzzzz help me to avoid hair loss and regrow new hair plzzzzzzzzzzzz….. :(

  • Sylvia said:

    Hi there. Not sure if the question has already been asked and answered but would it be a bad idea to mix, say, 6 CO and 3 EO in the same batch? Unsure if that would do more damage than good?!?

  • Mel Stevens said:

    I think the pro naturals argan oil is essential to my hair care routine!

  • Daniel said:

    Hello Brenda,

    This blog is very informative and going by the comments, it is clear you know what you’re talking about, which gives a lot of confidence to people like me. I’ll give a brief history, explain what it is I’m doing and perhaps you will be able to assist:

    As a 31-year-old male, with a grandfather who had thin hair by his old age (I should add, not bald, just thin), it is of no great shock to me that I have, over the past few years, noticed a slow but graduating thinness to the hair above my forehead, going back through my crown. It is typical male pattern, but at this stage I am not that concerned; I have no actual baldness, just a general thinness, which only annoys me when photos are taken in bright light and it is so clear! It is a bit of a confidence knocker. In my time I have tried various remedies that include Nourkrin, Nioxin, Alpecin shampoo and various other chemical products, all with little success at best! I should add, I’m never one to rush; I understand things take time, but none of these have worked long term, beyond a superficial, vague illusion of thickening.

    I have been doing a lot of research and, correct me if I’m wrong, but I have concluded dumping chemicals on your hair on a regular basis, even ones that claim to do wonders, is not the way forward. Below is my current regime, from all sides; I would appreciate your feedback about things I should introduce that I haven’t, things I should do differently…I’m not after miracles, I understand I am genetically predisposed to thinness, but general advice on how to foster the strongest, healthiest hair possible is most welcome:

    Firstly, I drink a lot of water and at least one piece of fruit a day

    I drink a fair amount of tea and coffee (I have never had a clear message on whether this is good or bad?)

    I eat a balanced diet, supplemented by: Vitamin B Complex, Zinc, Saw Palmetto and Cod Liver Oil.

    I now sue Dr Organic Coconut Oil Shampoo and Conditioner; they do various oil extract shampoos, so advice on which might be best for me, or indeed a better organic brand that YOU would recommend is welcome.

    I use a boar bristle brush before sleep, and to gently brush my hair after conditioning. Any other time I should do this, or should I stop completely?

    I now wash and condition my hair three times a week, following oil treatment, currently with Coconut Oil, but I have only just started this; before going out and buying all sorts of other things, I wanted advice from somebody who knows what they are doing with hair. What are the best oils, best combinations for treatment and best ways of applying these oils to give my hair the best chance?

    I do try to let my hair breathe between washes, not putting anything on at all! I do not style with anything now, nor do I apply any essential oils….is this right?

    As you can tell, I’m new to this whole organic way of working, so when advising, the more specific about details, the better. I await your reply and thank you greatly in advance for your advice.

    Daniel (United Kingdom)

  • chavonda said:

    Thank You for the information at oils for the hair. There are so many out there that it becomes confusing what to use and when to use it.

  • Alexandria said:

    What would you recommend for fine black hair? It is not thinning at all it is just fine and a little dry. Would coconut oil help to make my hair look fuller, stronger, and healthier?

  • Shalini Agrawal said:

    HI,
    Thanking you alot for this great article.
    M having a question..
    I am suffering for Trichotillomania and i am having a huge bald patch at my head. Can i mix Castor oil, almond oil, olive oil, avocado oil, jojoba oil and coconut oil for this.
    I have the information that Castor oil is useful to grow hairs. I am using a mixture of castor and almond oil. But now as i read this article, i would like to know if rest of the essensial oil will be useful to treat me the problem of Bald patch or not?

  • Rayray said:

    Hi! Thank you very much for this article it was very helpful.
    My hair broke badly because I was not taking care of it properly. My back and middle are short, but my front is about 2 inches longer than the rest of my hair!
    I am trying to do a big trim so my hair can be even and so I can have a fresh start.
    So, for moisturizing and growth, I have made my own hair oil.
    It consists of:
    Coconut Oil, Extra Vigrin Olive Oil, and Caster Oil.
    Can I add a few drops of Rosemary, Peppermit, and Lavendar Essential Oils to the hair oil? Will it help my hair grow more, or not?
    Much thanks!
    Please reply soon

  • MRS. ROBINSON said:

    I know a lot of these posts are OLD (from 2013) but I am doing some things differently for my hair this year. I have been reading the benefits for each of these oils. My main question is this: is it safe to add peppermint, teatree, jojoba, vitamin E, avocado, castor altogether in a conditioner and perform a DC? for the last past few weeks I have noticed that my hair (edges) were coming out ( I believe from my glasses, I need to get them tighten so they will not slip off), so I have changed my shampoos already I now make sure to use SULFATE FREE products (Crème of Nature- Sulfate Free is what I have chosen) I do love this product thus far, bur for the conditioner, can I add the oils listed to my conditioner and do a DC? to help with rejuvenating my hair? Please advise.

  • Franceska W. said:

    Hi,
    I am fairly new to all the EOs and Natural Hair. But can you make one bottle of EOs (for moisture, growth, dryness, and itchiness)

  • yunicko said:

    Hi Brenda,

    This is indeed a very informative article. Seems like nobody
    asks u anything on white hair.. i hv a few strands of white hair.. pls
    advise on what to use to prevent more white hair… tq

  • Sophia said:

    Hi Brenda,

    I suffer severe hair loss to an extent where u can see some bald patches. I also have dry hair with some dandruff issues once a while. Could you please suggest me some essential, carrier oils to help hair growth and on what proportions should they be used and how many times a week? Thanks in advance.

  • KeishaY said:

    I am natural and I am having a terrible time trying to find the right products for my hair. I have two small spots that have no hair, my hair seems to have stopped growing and I have an issue with dryness. I have tried wrapping my hair with a silk/satin scarf, hot oil treatments, all natural hair care products, etc. I am considering mixing my own oils, and I am wondering if a.) two or more essential oils can be mixed together with a carrier oil, and b.) if so, I am thinking of using rosemary, peppermint, and tea tree oil. What do you think?

  • Chianti said:

    Hey Brenda

    I have thick hair but its dry, i have itchy scalp and my hair sheds alot. Could u let me know if mixing almond oil, avocodo oil, coconut oil, jojoba oil and pepperment oil are good combinations to use all together? If not what are good to combine? Also coudld

  • Chianti said:

    Hey Brenda

    I have thick hair but its dry, i have itchy scalp and my hair sheds alot. Could u let me know if mixing almond oil, avocodo oil, coconut oil, jojoba oil and pepperment oil are good combinations to use all together? If not what oils is good to combine for daily use? Something that will moisturize, help breakage and grow my hair longer.
    Thank you..love ur advice~ :-)

  • Candice Lawrence said:

    Hi
    Im from trindad, an i only just read your articles an im in love.
    You break it down so simple an in depth..
    I have a few questions though,
    I recently started my hair regimen an i currently moisturize with O.R.S moisturizers.
    Then seal with a mixture of olive oil an castor oil.
    Do you think i should mix all the together? Meaning i wanted to mix peppermint rosemary avocado jojoba an some of the other oils u mentioned????

    After i wash my hair my ends get puffy an is noticeably changed in texture whilst from the middle is smooth an straight. I steam before i shampoo or cowash with a mix of
    coconut, olive, castor, an morracaan argon oils. I also add it to my conditioner. Shuold i continue or am i adding excesive amounts?? I am also looking for a new moisturizer help me plsss..

  • Lee-Asha said:

    Hey Brenda. This is a toughy I’m mixed race so I have Indian Taiwanese and Sotho well black hair. My hair is now mid back length and use to b very thick. It’s curly wavy frizzy and everything you can think of lol.

    I just wanna know I’d love to make it thicker because it’s falling out a lot now and to strengthen and thicken it. But I’m mainly concerned for the hair loss and dryness. Need a serious fix and cutting is the last fix ill resort too.

    Thank you

  • jyoshna said:

    Hai, mam I have problem of hairfall, splitends, dryness and no thickness in my hair and my hairs are turned to light brown in colour. So plz can you help me in mixture of different oils so that I can make my hair better. But I dont have drandruff. And say me few hair mask

  • Ju said:

    Hi Brenda,
    I used to relax my hair, and went from relax to kinky twist to outgrow the relaxer, it’s been 3yrs since I started the process of going natural so that I can start locking my hair. Its apparent now that my hair need real attention especially at my crown area! I am practically bald with very few hairs at top. It doesn’t show which I’m grateful for but I don’t feel good about it! I’m very close to shaving my shoulder length locks as I’m frustrated and upset by it. I have started to do research on oils after coming across your site it has me very intrigued! I’m basically looking for a regrowth/stimulation oil or something to start my hair growing back fast and thick. So far I have tea tree oil, and jus purchased Jamaican black castor oil, coconut oil and peppermint oil as I’ve discovered if correct these help with my problem. Please can you advise me on the best way to apply these to my hair and how much to use. Or would you say I better to shave it all off and start again? I wish I did this from the get go!

  • maria perry said:

    Hi Brenda,
    I was wondering if I could mix four drops of peppermint oil, four drops of lavender oil, four drops of avocado oil and one cup of water mixture to my scalp? I’m trying to get blood circulation and hair growth. I also have a itching problem.

    Thank you,
    maria

  • maria perry said:

    what oil mixture you have for alopecia?

  • maria perry said:

    I have alopecia, do you have a remedy for that?

  • maria perry said:

    I have a problem with alopecia, what’s a good oil treatment for that?

  • Jeni said:

    One of the best and most informative articles I’ve read on essential and carrier oils! Thanks for writing it. Because of pesky thyroid issues my hair has been extremely dry and brittle as well as falling out. My brush is constantly full of hair as well as shower drain. And to top off all of this fun stuff my skin is dry and scalp is a little itchy. I’m considering using a coconut oil base with a couple drops of rosemary oil, and lavender oil for my hair. Is that a combo you’d recommend for the issues I’m having? Also do you have any suggestions for EO and carrier oil to use on dry skin?

  • jina said:

    I was wondering I mix the peppermint, cator oil, rosemary,olive oil, tea tree coconut oil
    Is it ok.

  • Nicole said:

    I started going natural with my hair for about a year now. I have been suffering with itchy scalp. So I put tea tree oil in my regular shampoo and have been experiencing a lot of hair shedding. Is this surpose to happen? And how do I reverse it! Help!

  • deep said:

    hey brenda….
    i read your articles and they are awesome…thank you so much…
    I have an oily scalp but dry curly thin hair..hair fall becomes excessive during summers and rains..and scalp is visible due to thin hair…and i really(badly) want to grow them longer..
    I am very fond of oiling hair and wanted your suggestion that can I use Argan coldpressed carrier oil Plus rosemary EO.
    Or if you can suggest me a combination so that i can grow my hair thick on scalp and longer in lenths.Please Please…

  • deep said:

    Can i put any of the essentials oils directly on my skin or scalp?
    Like rosemary or tea tree?

  • Abhisek said:

    Hi, I am having severe hair loss since the last 3 years . I have a oily scalp and lots of dandruff . I m suffering from that desease Alopecia. So tell me how far is olive oil effective. Should I use it . Plz reply . Thank you!!

  • Gina said:

    Hi, Brenda

    Can you add tea tree oil, rosemary oil, peppermint oil and lavender oil together in castor oil, and if so, how much of each?

  • CowgirlHS said:

    Hello, I am looking forward to trying your “Grow Your Hair Back Solution.” What is a good amount of each oil to use? …3 drops of this… And do you mix it with olive oil so it spreads easier? And how much of that?

    Thank you so much!

  • Peter Brown said:

    I Love your page and your work and respect highly your knowledge Queen..keep on keepin on..

  • Caroline said:

    Hi Brenda,

    Love reading your articles. I’m just a bit confused with what you mean by sealing your hair after moisturizing. I am about to try out ORS hair mayonnaise for deep conditioning. I have also recently purchased 100% pure cold pressed caster oil and 100% pur cold pressed coconut fractionated (not sure what that means) oil. I mixed 50/50 and apply to my scalp and work towards the ends of hair once applied. Then cover with a plastic bag and shower cap for a couple of hours then rinse shampoo then conditioner. Is that me sealing my hair?? I think I should use the hair mayonnaise first but not sure if the 50/50 oil mixture is sealing my hair or does this mean I’m doing something else?

    Could you explain thanks.

    Hope this makes sense.

    Caroline

  • Priya.M said:

    Hi
    shall i mix all the e.o and use it

  • Zizi said:

    I began to lose a few strands of my hair whenever I brushed it, so I used olive oil like you suggested and my
    hair is better than ever thick, stronger and longer but still dry. I have done everything and anything to get my hair out of the dry condition, but nothing works any suggestions???

  • Karen Yeong said:

    I would like to know if the Rosemary Essential Oil could be used directly onto the scalp itself
    (after shampoo – the leave-it-on effect kind)

    • Brenda Barrett said:

      Hi Karen, these oils are pretty potent. It is best to use an essential oil with a carrier. Test it on your skin first to see if it is fine.

  • Rochelle said:

    Hi!
    This is my first time to research in this homepage and I was very interesting to learn about hair. Actually I did used the natural hair relaxed from your recipe. However; I couldn’t find the name
    Of molasses. I was looking everywhere so do you know where I can find it? Thanks

  • Lulu said:

    Hey Brenda!

    Thank you so much for your efforts! I really love this site!
    When I started using some of the oils, I felt like my hair started to fall more. I dont know maybe its because of me or could some of the oils really cause hair fall?
    Another thing, what is the max number of hours that I could keep the oil? Can I leave it over night?
    My hair is thin and and is very soft, baby hair. It gets oily very fast. What do you recommend?
    Many Thanks!
    Lulu

  • EOndre said:

    I want to make two oils. One for retwisting and one for a moisturizer daily. For the retwisting can you tell me what oils to blend and how much for dry scalps, fast and strong growth, and real nice smell. Moisturizer I’m looking for something that I can apply daily to give my dreads over all a healthy look and good smell. My dreds always look dry. Thanks in advance !

    • Brenda Barrett said:

      Hi EOndre,
      There are so many combos that can work for you: sweet almond, hemp seed and jojoba are great light oils, you can use one of them and then add four drops of an EO for scent such as sweet orange. For extra moisture and scalp nourishment you can add a drop of carrot oil, it smells earthy (that’s why I suggested a drop) but it is exceptional when it comes to moisture.

  • Eneia said:

    Hi Brenda

    I have very kinky hair, I think it’s 4c and I am trying to be natural cuz I’m used to doing braids but I just do it cuz I don’t want to use relaxers but I could notice that it’s breaking a lot and I don’t really know how to start to take care of it . I’ve changed my shampoo for dry and damaged hair tresemme I’ll see how it will work but I’m a little bit worried about using lots of oils in a day cuz there are many good oils for growth, itchy and breakage so I want your help. How many natural oils can I use per day or week??

  • Eneia said:

    I forgot to say Brenda . I relaxed once in 2012 but I didn’t cut my hair but it broke a lot and it stayed short but now it has grown a lot but it’s still breaking. I have braids now but I’m planning to cut the ends after taking them so Do I have to cut a lot or just the ends?

  • Eneia said:

    Thank you for help . Can use more than 2 oils a day?

  • Jonathan said:

    Hi Brenda,
    My 2 1/2 yr old has very thick shoulder length hair. (looks like a lil’ samoan..lol) His hair loses moisture very quickly and looks dry. What combination of CO & EO would you suggest to eliminate the dry scalp, retain moisture, soften, and promote healthy looking hair? Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

    Thanks.

    • Brenda Barrett said:

      Hi Jonathan,
      Sweet almond, jojoba or coconut oil can work as CO. For EO: I find that carrot oil is great for moisture one drop is fine (it has a powerful scent). Or you may not have to use an EO at all.

  • madhu said:

    how should I get long hair????

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