Expert Advice: Essential Oil Potential

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Your hair care routine is where the primping and preening -- or careful maintenance -- of your hair is likely to begin.

Remember the five basic hair care steps? Whether you know it or not, you've already been using essential oils (the natural oils found in plants which give them their odors) for each of these steps.

That's right, the majority of hair care products use essential oils (or carrier oils) to alter the scent of shampoos, conditioners, hair sprays and more.

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Many people believe that natural scents, or smells, can help promote a healthier lifestyle. Perhaps that's one of the reasons why so many dreadlock wearers create their own shampoos and conditioners. Even if they don't make them, they insist on only buying natural products infused with essential oils.

According to an aromatherapy industry insider, you really should be using essential oils that are 100% pure for your dreadlocks.

"Our products are processed in a way that removes impurities." said Kevin Coffey. Not many other essential oil makers can say that because their products are thinned with chemicals...chemicals that may harm your locks in the long run.

Essential oils, part of what's commonly known as aromatherapy, can be used in many ways to primp and preen dreadlocks (such as with an unscented shampoo or conditioner) but have other uses as well.

"Aromatherapy can be used in three ways," said Coffey. "For therapeutical values, cosmetic purposes or mood enhancement."

The cosmetic purposes include hair care. There are many ways to help you inject your routine with scents that you like, including aromatherapy recipe or two that you might find useful.

Popular scents include:

  • lavender
  • eucalyptus
  • tea tree
  • rosehip
  • lemon
  • orange
  • grapefruit
  • rosemary
  • ylang ylang

Bottles should come with an expiry date (this is still not common in North America so you will need to shop around). Much like the expiry date on your bag of bread, this helps you know when the oil has gotten stale!

You should now be on your way to either modifying your store bought products or creating your own hair care creations with essential oil. Be sure to use the form below to tell us about any home hair care recipes you want to share!


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