Dandruff is a nuisance that I’m sure many of us have had to deal with at some point or another. It can be caused by a number of things, such as dermatological conditions, sensitivities to hair products, a yeastlike fungus that lives on your scalp, or excessively dry skin (especially in the winter time when the central heat zaps all the moisture from your home!). While there are numerous products on the market to combat the shoulder snowfall, my favorite way is to use all natural essential and plant oils!
Coconut oil is one of the plant oils in this recipe, utilizing it’s anti-fungal and moisturizing properties. It also contains lauric acid, capric acid and vitamin E, all of which improve shine and increase strength. Coconut oil penetrates deep into the hair shaft, improving structure by helping to rebuild proteins from the base!
Olive oil is the second ultra-nourishing plant oil used in this treatment. It also contains moisturizing vitamin E, along with vitamin A, essential fatty acids, and tons of antioxidants! Olive oil coats the hair shaft, reducing frizz and damage, leaving your hair smooth, shiny, and silky. People have used olive oil treatments in their hair for centuries!
Lemon and tea tree essential oils help to balance the scalp’s oil production, reducing (or eliminating!) dandruff and overly dry or oily hair. They both stimulate the scalp, which in turn promotes hair growth! Tea tree oil also helps unclog hair follicles, while lemon oil adds a lovely sheen to your locks!
Nourishing Anti-Dandruff Essential Oil Scalp & Hair Treatment
- 1/8 cup coconut oil*
- 1/8 cup olive oil*
- 3-5 drops each, lemon and tea tree essential oils
*Use more or less depending on the length and thickness of your hair. My hair is long (mid-back) but very thin, for reference. 🙂
Mix all ingredients well and apply to hair. Begin by massaging into the scalp, then gradually moving down the shaft of your hair. Pay special attention to itchy, dry areas and massage the scalp really well! Apply extra oil to your ends if they are dry and split. Once hair is thoroughly coated, pile on top of your head with a clip or loosely tied hair band. Allow this mixture to penetrate into your hair and scalp by letting it sit at least 20 minutes. (One hour or overnight is ideal.) Then, wash and condition hair as usual! Use weekly for best results. 🙂
Your hair will be soft, shiny, and dandruff-free after using this treatment! Enjoy!!