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Essential oils that you need for a healthy scalp

Hair By Gloria Nyang'iye
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Essential oils need to be part of your hair care routine. Essential oils are fragrant oils that are extracted from plants through a distillation process. They contain healing properties that help hair thrive, not to mention how great they smell!

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There are currently more than 90 types of essential oils, but you can start off with three basic ones: tea tree, lavender and peppermint.

This article elaborates the benefits of the above oils, and why you need to incorporate an essential oil or two into your hair care routine.

 

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Tea tree oil has a very clean aroma. This oil has anti-bacterial properties, and gives your scalp a slight tingly sensation. This sensation stimulates your scalp as it increases blood flow and stimulates hair growth. Lavender essential oil has a calming fragrance. You can combine it with tea tree oil to prevent and kill head lice. This essential oil also helps with skin inflammation, as well as stimulate hair growth.

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Bonus tip: if you’re ever having a hard time falling asleep, put two drops of lavender oil onto your pillow! It's aroma is calming and relaxing. 

Peppermint essential oil has a minty, fresh aroma. The tingly sensation it gives your scalp increases blood flow, promoting hair growth. This oil also helps fight off lice and eliminate dandruff.

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The number one thing to remember is to not put any of the above oils directly onto your scalp. Always mix them with a carrier oil, i.e. olive oil, grapeseed oil or castor oil. This is to avoid burns as essential oils are pretty potent.

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How to: Add a couple of drops of the essential oils to a carrier oil inside an application bottle. Shake it then apply.

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