Its finally summer where I live, it took a long time coming this year! It's hot, and I mean hot, over 30 degrees, sunny and a glorious time to enjoy the outdoors, go to the beach, or the pool and cool off. Hot summer weather however can also mean the natural moisture in your hair can disperse leaving your hair straw-like and brittle and salt and chlorine can cause damage if you are not careful.
The best way to help restore, condition and bring back the shine to your dry hair is to massage rich emollient oils such as olive oil, a much- loved Mediterranean remedy, or jojoba oil into your hair.
There are also a few delightful blended oils available such as Philip B. Rejuvenating Oil, Aeto Botanica Fortifying Oil, Better Botanicals Herbal Hair Oil, and L'Occitane Olive Hair Care Oil.
Oils will penetrate dry, thirsty hair, so don't wash your hair before applying the oil and make sure to brush it first to evenly distributing all of your natural oil. Then work the oil into your hair one section at a time making sure it is thoroughly saturated, stopping just before the scalp. Once you have your entire head soaked in these heavenly oils use a blow dryer to direct the heat down the hair shaft, away from your scalp or heat your oil beforehand as heating will help the oil penetrate the hair shaft. Wrap your head and leave on for 30 minutes, or for a deep conditioning treatment leave on overnight. Shampoo your hair without getting it wet working it into your hair and scalp for a good 5 minutes, then rinse with warm water and apply a light conditioner, preferably one with sun block.
Spa Girl Tip: Washing your hair once every two days is enough even for the oiliest of scalps as too much washing and shampooing will do more harm than good.
Hair can define your looks and is definitely a reflection of your good health. Having healthy hair is all about two things, a combination of caring for it on the outside and nurturing it from the inside with a well-balanced diet.
Here are some suggestions to help make the selection of aromatherapy oils to add to your base oil.
Oils for Dry Hair: rose, sandalwood, ylang-ylang, lavender, geranium. Oils for Greasy Hair: basil, eucalyptus, cedar wood, chamomile, lemongrass, cypress, sage, rosemary. Oils for Normal Hair: lavender, lemongrass, rosemary, geranium.
Choose three essential oils for your hair type and mix five drops of each aromatherapy oil into a base oil, such as olive, coconut, castor, mustard, sweet almond, jojoba, evening primrose or sunflower oil and apply to hair.
Enjoy your summer, and remember it's all about sun screen and taking care of your hair.