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Here Are The Best Ingredients For Aging Hair

best ingredients for aging hair

From cleaning around the house to tackling pressing skin problems, there are so many useful ways to incorporate essential oils into your daily routines. Personally, one way I’ve been using oils recently is in caring for my aging hair!

While my blonde strands have been streaked with white and gray for some time now, it wasn’t until more recently that I asked myself, “I wonder which essential oils could help me restore strength and moisture to my hair?” And luckily for me, my research on the topic yielded plenty of possibilities!

Whether you’re looking to balance the oil production of a dry or oily scalp, grow stronger strands, or repair locks that have suffered years of damage from heat and chemicals, essential oils are one of the few natural ingredients that can help you address your aging hair concerns.

And there are so many great options! No matter your hair or scalp type, there’s an essential oil out there that can help you maintain strong and healthy hair. Today we’ll explore how to choose an essential oil for your specific hair type, and I’ll share three different methods for utilizing essential oils based on your hair’s unique needs.

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best ingredients for aging hair

Choosing The Best Essential Oil For Your Aging Hair

Choosing the right essential oil for your aging hair is as simple as identifying your biggest concern or pain point. Here are some of the most common concerns people have with their aging hair, along with the essential oil that can best help solve it:

best ingredients for aging hair

For Sluggish Hair Growth: Peppermint Oil

For many of us more “mature” folks, our hair simply doesn’t grow like it used to! To help strengthen your hair and promote growth, peppermint oil can provide a much-needed boost to your hair and scalp.

Ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans all used peppermint oil for its health and beauty benefits, and those benefits are just as useful to us today! In fact, one study of peppermint oil found that those who applied it topically to their hair showed increases in the number of follicles, follicle depth, and overall hair growth!

best ingredients for aging hair

For Dandruff & Scalp Buildup: Tea Tree Oil

Say goodbye to flakes and white shoulders! Tea tree oil can be a powerful tool for treating scalp conditions like dandruff and reducing the buildup of dead skin cells on the scalp that can contribute to hair loss.

Tea tree oil can also help eliminate other types of scalp buildup that can cause problems, like hair product residue and excess sebum.

best ingredients for aging hair

For Dry Or Damaged Hair: Geranium Oil

Geranium oil is the perfect ally for fighting dry hair and keeping your locks strong and healthy. It can help balance the oil production in your scalp and provide the potent hydration dry hair needs without leaving it a greasy mess.

Geranium is equally useful for damaged hair, which is often sapped of moisture due to repeated exposure to heat or chemicals. It helps to nourish and strengthen the strands while smoothing frizziness and split ends.

best ingredients for aging hair

For Oily Hair: Lemon Oil

For those with oily hair, washing it too frequently can backfire, causing your scalp to produce even more oil. You may need to “retrain” your hair and scalp by shampooing less often, but the adjustment period can leave you struggling with greasy locks.

Lemon essential oil offers a simple solution, helping to cut through grease and excess oil while also helping to balance your scalp’s oil production.

best ingredients for aging hair

For Dry Or Itchy Scalp: Lavender Oil

Lavender essential oil may be famous for its ability to soothe irritated skin, but it can be just as soothing for itchy scalps! Its natural anti-inflammatory properties help relieve irritation and itchiness while also promoting healing and providing additional moisture.

best ingredients for aging hair

3 Ways To Apply Essential Oils To Your Hair & Scalp

Once you’ve determined which essential oil will help you meet your hair goals, next you’ll need to decided how to use it! There are a few different ways to get the benefits you’re looking for, and a lot of it will depend on your hair type and personal preferences.

Here are three easy methods you can choose from:

best ingredients for aging hair

Method #1: Quick Treatment

Best for normal hair and busy schedules.

For a quick and easy essential oil treatment, simply add about 3 drops of your oil of choice to your shampoo or conditioner while washing your hair. If you’re addressing your scalp, add the oil to your shampoo and give your head a good scrub with your fingertips. If you’re addressing the shaft or ends of your hair, add the oil to your conditioner and apply as usual.

Either way, be sure to let it sit for about five minutes before rinsing it out for best results.

best ingredients for aging hair

Method #2: Deep Treatment

Best for thick, coarse, or extra-dry hair.

For a deep treatment, prepare a hair mask by combining 1/4 cup of fractionated coconut oil, 1/4 cup of witch hazel, 2 tablespoons of aloe vera gel, and 10 drops of essential oils. (Feel free to mix and match oils for a total of 10 drops.)

Apply the mask to dry hair and massage it into your scalp. Let sit for a few hours under a shower cap (or even overnight), then wash it out and style as usual.

best ingredients for aging hair

Method #3: Hair Serum

Best for fine, thin, or oily hair.

Make a nourishing hair serum by mixing 1 teaspoon of fractionated coconut oil with about 3 drops of essential oil. Apply the oil mixture very lightly to wet hair, focusing on the shaft and ends while avoiding the scalp and roots. This light serum will help tame pesky flyaways and keep your hair hydrated without making it overly greasy.

Give these treatments a try and let me know what you think! And if you need a little extra TLC for your thinning hair, I recommend checking out these DIY treatments as well!

What are your go-to essential oils for hair care or skincare?

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Jill Nystul (aka Jillee)

Jill Nystul is an accomplished writer and author who founded the blog One Good Thing by Jillee in 2011. With over 30 years of experience in homemaking, she has become a trusted resource for contemporary homemakers by offering practical solutions to everyday household challenges.
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  • I’ve used Tea Tree oil before in my shampoo when my scalp gets itchy . Just add a few drops to the bottle . I still have fairly thick hair . I’m early 50s . I inherited it from my Dads family . I have been doing home coloring for my hair. My main problem is those pesky grays on my scalp that seem to be resistant to color. My hair is naturally Brunette.

      • You’re lucky, Christy! Having double-processed hair can be a nightmare! You must have great hair to begin with? I hate you…NO! I am just kidding! :-)

    • I use a product called Gray Drops (I get it at Sally’s a beauty supply store). You add 10 drops to your hair color and it does a good job for me.

  • Castor oil is good for hair and a recent study found rosemary oil worked as well as minoxidil to regrow hair. I mix the two, warm, massage into my scalp then start at the ends with the rest. I’m 61 with seriously thinning hair growing out a dye job pixie and I see a huge difference in the texture of my dyed ends doing this. Haven’t been at it kong enough to know if any hair will regrow

    • I’m going to try the rosemary – my hair got hit by a medication and has thinned even more than usual (thanks Mom for -that- gene). I sure hope it helps re-grow!!

      • I too have become SO thin and nearly NO brows and stubby, sparse lashes! Dealing with that “no hair where there used to be and hair where I don’t want it!” disease, you know? I’m sure many can relate to what I mean! ;-) I have been using castor oils with a drop of rosemary for a few weeks now, but I don’t see any crazy great things happening yet! I would love to wake up in the morning with beautiful, thick locks, full, fluffy brows, and lashes touching my forehead…if it happens, you’ll all be the first to know!! I will say, after MUCH research, some things are mentioned more than once. Onion juice on your brows. Also, I egg white with 1tsp, of glycerin mixed in and apply the mixture overnight to brows and lashes. Wash off in A.M. NEVER use JUST the egg, always use with glycerin! The egg white alone will cause breakage. Anything high in protein and EFA’s are great for the hair. I am a human guinea pig and am trying everything I can get my hands to concoct!!! Better put up a sign on my front door, “BEWARE…MAD scientist inside!” :-)

    • I’m not sure they know any more about EO’s for hair, than what you could research on your own! If we begin to find ways to help the health and look of our hair naturally, they might start losing some business! Kind of like the way doctors look at more natural and holistic medicine…some think it is whacko. I figure if I want to use nature, I can do so with my own research.

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