Re: essential oils for dandruff & oily hair
As strange as it may sound, baking soda wash and a vinegar-based condition is the best remedy I've tried for treating dandruff. I use about a palmful of baking soda, moistened into a paste, and then gently scrub the scalp with it. Baking soda is alkaline, which reacts with the "acid mantle", which is the layer of sebum and sweat it our skin's life purpose to produce. It removes dirt, oil, and debris, and exfoliates the scalp. To restore a favorable acid balance to the scalp, as well as to seal the cuticle of the hair down after being opened by alkaline baking soda, spray in apple cider vinegar with a few drops of essential oil to make it smell nice, and to treat the skin. Cider vinegar heals the scalp, and will cool it down immediately after putting it on. Lavender
would be my recommendations for essential oils, as they are both astringent, and balance the sebaceous glands.
If you have color-treated hair, skip the baking soda, as it may reduce the life of your color. Carrot root
oil is also especially healing and regenerative to the hair and skin, so massaging a little of that into the scalp might be really soothing.
It is also worth questioning whether your shampoo has ingredients that are irritating your scalp. Many people are sensitive to detergents and sulfates that make shampoos foam. I've been using a homemade shampoo to avoid those chemicals.
First, I add about 6 drops of Argan nut oil
, to the ends only, of my shoulder-length relatively thick hair. You'll find an amount that works for you in about two shampoos! Then I use about 2-3 ml of Aloe Castille Soap. It is made to remove oil, so it does that, but leaves enough that my hair is smooth and easy to comb through. You'll know exactly how much you can leave in, and whether you need to "shampoo" again. If you want to scent your soap with oils, any of the above will work well.