5 Essential Oils for Healthy Hair

Hello everyone! 

In my last post, I mentioned how I love to use essential oils in my hair care routine. I really got hooked on essentials oils when I learned about the great hair care benefits they have. The world of essential oils is more or less new to me, so today I’m honored to be joined by my friend, Alyse. 

To make this easy for reading, we’ll be sectioning this post off into 3 sections. 

Section 1 will be Alyse giving an introduction to essential oils and the proper precautions everyone should have when beginning to use the oils in general and on their scalp/hair.

Section 2 Alyse will talk about the types of oils that are good for healthy hair, their individual benefits, and what type of person should use them. 

Section 3 will be her giving some simple ways to incorporate oils into your hair care. 

Hi everyone! I’m Alyse Schaeffer and I’ve been using essential oils for almost 3 years. I’m a lover of tea, lots of sleep, and almond butter. I’m a part time photographer and essential oil distributor with Young Living!

Section 1: proper precautions

One of the most important steps when starting to use essential oils is finding a brand that is trustworthy, safe, and transparent with their products and how they’re made. I choose to use Young Living essential oils and products because of their Seed to Seal promise, which is a program that ensures the quality of their oils is only the best. This is vital because of how easy it is for companies to cut corners with their oils. Most companies will dilute their oils with carriers, they’ll take only the left over liquid from the distillation process and sell that instead of the essential oil (which smells the same as the oil itself, just without all the benefits), and they can adulterate during the growing and harvesting of the plants. Be aware of your products, and don’t be satisfied by simply reading the label. It takes only 5% of oil in a bottle for it to be labeled 100% pure. It’s always well worth it to research the company before using their oils. 

As a preparation for using essential oils, define what your goals are, your type of hair, and the amount of time you want to dedicate to this! When using oils for my dandruff, I had to take a week and watch how my hair reacted to just being washed versus the natural grease that comes a few days after washing. I learned that my dandruff is worse when my scalp is greasy, so I was able to use the oils accordingly! 

Section 2: the 5 oils

This is my favorite part, I love researching the benefits of oils and seeing how effective plants can be in my daily life! 

Here are 5 essential oils that will help you achieve beautiful, healthy hair. 🙂

1.) Cedarwood: Used throughout antiquity, cedarwood has been used in medicines, and in Tibet, as incense too. Cedarwood is great for the hair because one of it’s specific benefits is combating hair loss (alopecia areata). It also has antibacterial properties and is a lymphatic stimulant. This oil is fantastic for overall scalp/hair health, specifically for dry scalps! I use this in my dandruff blend and it has helped amazingly!

2.) Rosemary: Used as incense in ancient Greece, rosemary is also a disinfectant, and has been used throughout history to protect against infections in hospitals and personal use. It’s featured in one of Young Living’s most popular blend, Thieves, because of these properties. It’s also antifungal and antibacterial, which makes it fantastic for your hair! One of it’s main uses is also for hair loss (alopecia areata). 

3.) Tea Tree: Known far and wide for its antimicrobial and antiseptic properties, Tea Tree essential oil is especially great for drying out the oils on your scalp, if your hair is like mine. It’s antiviral, antifungal, and a powerful antibacterial oil. I would recommend Tea Tree only for oily hair and when trying to kick the fungal dandruff. 

4.) Lavender: Commonly referred to as the Swiss Army Knife of oils, lavender, among it’s many benefits and uses, is helpful for your hair and scalp in all the ways! With antifungal and antiseptic medical properties, lavender is a gentle oil for sensitive skin, for hair loss, and helping your hair get back to a healthy state. This is an oil I recommend for all hair types and all situations! 

5.) Geranium: This oil has been used for centuries for regenerating and healing skin conditions. This is also an antifungal and antibacterial oil, with medical properties of cleansing oily skin, revitalizing skin cells, and improving blood flow. There are many uses for geranium, including helping skin conditions, infections and circulatory problems, making it very effective for hair and scalp treatments!

Section 3: How to incorporate

I’m a busy woman, going to school full-time, having a shoot a week, building my small business…and there’s not always time to do an intensive 30 minute hair treatment before showering 3 times to wash it out and then moisturizing my hair. I need quick, effective, and simple habits to engrain in my routine! I’m going to assume you feel the same, so read on for my tips and my own hair care!

Before I wash my hair, which is about every 3 days, I have a pre-made blend I created to help my dandruff. It uses cedarwood, tea tree and argan oil. In the medicine cabinet, I have a small mason jar of coconut oil that I run through my hair on my scalp and then I drop about 8 drops of the hair blend and massage it so my scalp and target areas of my head are covered in the oils! I let this sit for about 20 minutes while I clean my room, make breakfast, read a book, research for a paper, etc. I then hop in the shower and wash my hair like usual! Sometimes it takes an extra small shampooing to get the coconut oil out, because it is a heavier oil. The coconut oil really helps your hair in growing thick and soft, which I love! 

Dandruff blend (greasy scalp):

-20 drops tea tree

-15 drops cedarwood

-10 drops lavender

-10 drops rosemary

-argan, rosehip, avocado, olive, or jojoba oil

Dry Scalp:

-12 drops cedarwood

-8 drops lavender

-4 drops geranium

4 drops patchouli

In a 15ml empty essential oil or glass dropper bottle (found on Amazon), add all of the essential oils. Fill to the top with preferred carrier oil. Mix well before using. Apply 5-10 drops of blend onto dry scalp and massage in. Optional to apply with coconut oil. Let rest for 20-45 min, then wash thoroughly with shampoo, and condition like normal.

Another way to use oils for your hair is adding an after shower spray to your tips for helping combat hair loss, split ends, dryness and to assist in growing your hair. This is a super easy way to help your hair!

Healthy Hair Spray:

-10 drops lavender

-8 drops rosemary

-20 drops cedarwood

-4 drops frankincense 

-Unscented witch hazel


In a 4 oz glass spray bottle combine all oils. Add two squirts of witch hazel (used to keep essential oils and water combined). Fill to the top with water and give a little shake. Spray the ends on your hair lightly while damp and let dry. 

These are two quick ways to up your hair game safely! I use them and can vouch for their working like MAGIC. If you have any questions, I would love to chat with you and help you personalize your routine to best suit your hair.

*These statements have not been reviewed or approved by the FDA. This post is in no way affiliated or sponsored by Young Living Essential Oils. Please use responsibly. Contact your doctor before use. If an unpleasant reaction occurs, please dilute with fractionated coconut oil, or carrier of choice. Wash hair immediately and contact your physician. 

9 thoughts on “5 Essential Oils for Healthy Hair

  1. Thanks for this great post Sophia and Alyse! I’ve previously used coconut oil & lavender oil in my hair, so it was interesting to learn about some other oils that could be good to try out! (:

    1. Thanks Clare! I’m so happy you liked it. 🙂 Lavender is my absolute personal favorite for my hair and in general.

    1. I hope you enjoy trying some of these things out! I really love using essential oils for my hair. 🙂

  2. I thought Dandruff was from dry hair/scalp? I have greasy hair like literally as soon as I get out of the shower. (Ok, maybe not quite, but it’s bad.) Any tips?

    1. Hello! Thanks for the question! 🙂 Since I don’t personally have dandruff, I talked with Alyse about your question, and here’s her advice: Dandruff can actually be from oily scalps, because it triggers yeast called malassezia to multiply and therefore trigger dandruff. It might benefit you to go longer in between washing your hair, since your head is used to creating more oil to combat the dryness that comes from shampoo. (Shampoo strips hair of its oils, so you should only wash when there’s excess oil.) By going longer between washes, your hair will learn not to produce as much oil. At first you’ll have a few day of greasy hair but try to go at least 3 days in between washing. (It can be a challenge at first but it’ll get better!) This will ultimately help with excess oil, dandruff, and dry hair. Hope that helps and answers your question!

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