Ever thought about making your own hair oils? These inexpensive blends are perfect for anyone looking to detoxify their hair care routine. Most hair oils on the market are full of silicones, phthalates and irritating fragrance additives, which (as always) we recommend you avoid as much as possible. When you make your own at home, you avoid all those unnecessary nasties. This is not only great for you and your family’s health, but also your wallet. All the ingredients for making your own hair oil can be found at your local health food store or grocery store, thus making it easy to repeatedly make whatever blend suits you best.
The hair oil blend we’re showcasing today is a great alternative to leave in conditioners, styling gels and smoothing creams. It’s consistency can be varied depending on your hair type, season, or whatever you need in terms of haircare – it’s endless. Since colder months are fast approaching (ok – let’s be honest, it’s here), we’ve designed this as a winter time blend as the season is known for its dry coarse hair. You don’t need to melt anything on the stove or pull out your mixer, which are big bonuses for us too. While this mix would work year-round, what makes this a wintertime blend is the lower coconut oil content. For a warm weather blend, feel free to double the amount of coconut oil. “However, when it’s chilly outside, coconut oil hardens, and I prefer not applying products that must be melted during this time of year. Too much coconut oil in a mix will solidify in cooler temperatures.” The best part about making your own hair oil is the power of versatility. The recipe below is a rough guideline, but what to keep in mind is that the oils and even the essential oils can be traded up.
The first choice is to pick a carrier oil such as jojoba, coconut, hemp, castor, avocado, olive or vitamin e oil. Then, look at what essential oils to include – this is not only for scent, but for their properties as well. We included rosemary essential oil because its been shown to help stimulate hair growth and also prevent baldness, slow down grays, and can be used to treat dandruff and dry scalp. In comparison, sage oil aids in balancing scalp oil production and overall scalp regulation. In terms of smell, both are great and fresh.
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 3 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/4 cup jojoba oil
- 3 Tablespoons avocado oil
- 3-5 drops rosemary essential oil (EO)
- 5 drops sage oil
- 3-5 drops EO of your choice for fragrance
Combine all ingredients in a glass bowl and then transfer into a glass bottle. Amber or cobalt blue bottles are the best for preserving oils as they help prevent oxidation. You’ll get around 4 oz. of oil with this recipe. A small side note on fragrance: a fragrance oil isn’t necessary, but should you choose to not include, the oil won’t smell like much of anything. By adding your favourite essential oil you can make your blend personalized and make it smell sweet, herbal or spicy depending on what you want you hair to smell like. Happy Mixing!