Budget: Narrowing down my oil choice

Since my budget just comes from my allowance, and it’s not that big, it’s just enough (which is okay for me, honestly). I need to narrow down the oils that I’ll buy. I’ll probably try the other oils once I’ve saved up enough again.

I’m planning to buy oils to speed up the growth of my hair (my hair grows 1 inch a month), better scalp condition, and to make my hair stronger (bec. I have dry hair, without extra effort to moisturize my hair, it is prone to breakage = split ends = cut hair = shorter lengths)

My target for my hair is to have a good scalp condition, to grow healthy hair, and to make my hair stronger or to  protect my hair so it will not break off easily.

*Essential Oil Use: 4-5 drops*

 

The following information are directly copied from http://www.hairbuddha.net/

a. Lavender Oil

  • Helps balance natural scalp oils, which makes it valuable for all hair types
  • Anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and analgesic properties, lavender oil is a good treatment for dry, flaky scalp.
  • Soothes and nourishes the scalp, providing relief from inflammatory scalp conditions.
  • Regular massage with lavender oil is said to reduce hair loss and make the hair soft and shiny.

b. Rosemary Oil

  • One of the premier hair growth enhancing essential oils.
  • Packed with antioxidants which help scavenge free radicals – that are responsible for greying as well as hair thinning.
  • Stimulates blood flow to the scalp
  • Promotes strong and healthy hair growth.
  • Effective for treating dandruff, itchiness, scalp irritation and oily skin.

Summary:

a. Lavender Oil

  • balance natural scalp oils
  • Anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and analgesic properties (for dry, flaky scalp)
  • Soothes and nourishes the scalp
  • Reduce hair loss
  • Makes hair soft and shiny

b. Rosemary Oil

  • One of the premier hair growth enhancing essential oils
  • Antioxidants (for free radicals – can cause greying, hair thinning)
  • Stimulates blood flow
  • Strong and healthy hair growth
  • Treating dandruff, itchiness, scalp irritation and oily skin.

 

I think I’ll buy Rosemary Oil first, 2. Lavender, then 3. Peppermint, 4. Tea tree

 

Oils to buy for my first batch:

  1. Natural Vitamin e oil (faster hair growth)
  2. Rosemary Oil (faster hair growth+scent)
  3. Almond Oil

 

The following information are directly copied from http://blackhair101.com/

Peppermint Oil:

  • helps to stimulate blood flow to the root of the hair. This is very important for hair as it helps the hair to receive proper nourishment. This in turn will lead to hair growth. That tingly feeling when peppermint oil is felt on the scalp is actually the stimulation of  blood flow to hair

 

http://www.takingcharge.csh.umn.edu/

How do I apply essential oils topically?

Essential oils can be applied to the skin using a variety of techniques. It is important to note that most essential oils can not be applied directly to the skin without being diluted.

How do I prepare a solution?

As a rule of thumb, essential oils should be diluted in a carrier substance (vegetable or nut oil, or water) at no greater concentration than 3-5%.

That means if you have one teaspoon (5cc) of carrier, you would add 3 drops of pure essential oil. This would make a 3% solution that could be used on a portion of the body.

For massage or for application over large areas of the body, a 1% solution (meaning, one drop of essential oil in one teaspoon of carrier) is generally a safe concentration. For infants, using a 0.25% solution is recommended (.5% for toddlers).

Note: If you use water as a carrier, be sure to shake or mix your solution well before application.

 

For more: http://theindianspot.com/

Benefits of Vitamin Oil

Benefits of Vitamin Oil for Skin

Free radicals damage molecules and the cells they belong to, causing not only aging and wrinkles, but also cancer, heart disease, stroke and other chronic diseases.

Free radicals are naturally produced by the body but they also come from pollution, sun exposure, cigarette smoke and stress.”

Directly copied from http://www.healthline.com/

Free Radicals and Antioxidants

Free radicals in the body are oxygen molecules that lose an electron, which makes them unstable. These unstable molecules interact with cells in the body in a way that can cause damage. As the process snowballs, cells can be damaged and you are made vulnerable to disease.

Free radicals can be created by our bodies as we age, or by everyday factors like digestion or exercise. They’re also caused by exposure to external things like:

  • tobacco smoke
  • ozone
  • environmental pollutants
  • radiation

Antioxidants neutralize free radicals by donating the missing electrons that destabilize them. Antioxidants are found in many foods and are also made in our bodies using the vitamins and minerals found in foods.

Vitamin E Oil is also found naturally in many foods, including:

  • vegetable oils, especially wheat germ, sunflower, and safflower oils
  • nuts and seeds
  • avocados and other fats

 

The following are directly copied from http://www.just-health.net/

Vitamin E Oil for Skin

Vitamin E has numerous benefits to our bodies. While its main job is to support your cell membranes, it also helps increase your blood flow, strengthens your heart, muscles, nerves and of course, your skin. So where can we get our source of Vitamin E? It’s mostly found in leafy vegetables like spinach and fruits like raspberries and mangoes.

 

  1. Fight Wrinkles and Age Spots

With anti-aging and antioxidant properties, vitamin E oil can help cure any damage created by over-exposure in the sun and UV rays which cause wrinkles and aging spots. Vitamin E also helps increase collagen production in your skin. This helps keep your skin elastic and prevents wrinkles from forming. Not only is vitamin E a great way to prevent wrinkles from forming, but it also contains properties that help fade away an existing ones.

 

The following are directly copied from http://www.stylecraze.com/

Vitamin E boosts the production of collagen, a fiber-like protein that is responsible for maintaining skin elasticity.

Acts As A Cleansing Agent

Vitamin E also helps cleanse dirt, grime, and other impurities while simultaneously maintaining your skin’s oil balance.

Vitamin E is a heavy emollient, which makes it easy to remove impurities from the surface of your skin as well as maintain its oil balance.

 

The following are directly copied from http://oilhealthbenefits.com/

A form of Vitamin E, gamma tocotrienol, has the ability to reverse damage dun by UVB radiation to some extent. Our skin ages prematurely because of damage done to it by harmful solar radiation, and the free radicals in our environment. Vitamin E reduces the damage to skin framework because of both these factors.

 

The following are directly copied from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/l

Vitamin E Oil: Why You Should Use On Your Body With Caution

Celebrity facialist Joanna Vargas said, “It’s an awesome antioxidant, but it’s heavy, so if you are prone to break outs, it could make you break out more. Vitamin E has always been used in skincare, but I think the purity of it has changed.”

 

The following are directly copied from http://www.webmd.com/

Use Vitamin E Oil with Caution!

Vitamin E is LIKELY SAFE for most healthy people when taken by mouth or applied to the skin. Most people do not experience any side effects when taking the recommended daily dose, which is 15 mg.

Vitamin E is POSSIBLY UNSAFE if taken by mouth in high doses. If you have a condition such as heart disease or diabetes, do not take doses of 400 IU/day or more. Some research suggests that high doses might increase the chance of death and possibly cause other serious side effects. The higher the dose, the greater the risk of serious side effects.

There is some concern that vitamin E might increase the chance of having a serious stroke called hemorrhagic stroke, which is bleeding into the brain. Some research shows that taking vitamin E in doses of 300-800 IU each day might increase the chance of this kind of stroke by 22%. However, in contrast, vitamin E might decrease the chance of having a less severe stroke called an ischemic stroke.

There is contradictory information about the effect of vitamin E on the chance of developing prostate cancer. Some research suggests that taking large amounts of a multivitamin plus a separate vitamin E supplement might actually increase the chance of developing prostate cancer in some men.

High doses can also cause nausea, diarrhea, stomach cramps, fatigue, weakness, headache, blurred vision, rash, and bruising and bleeding.

 

The following are directly copied from http://www.annmariegianni.com/

The tocopheryl part is vitamin E, but the acetate comes about when the vitamin E is mixed with acetic acid.

This ingredient is basically a form of vitamin E created in the laboratory. Manufacturers take natural vitamin E and add acetic acid to it.

Acetic acid is the main component of vinegar. The word “acid” means just what you’d think—it’s corrosive, and attacks the skin.

Two words: cheaper, and longer lasting. Adding the acid to vitamin E makes it last longer on the shelves. That makes it easier for manufacturers to process, ship, store, and sell their products.

 

How to use:

  • Poke a hole in the softgels, you can mix the oil with other oils. Use at night (because it is heavy and greasy)
  • You can use it overnight.
  • Some says to use it only twice a week.
  • Rememeber, Our bodies react differently. Keep in tract on how your body or skin react.

 

In Summary:

  1. Support your cell membranes, it also helps increase your blood flow, strengthens your heart, muscles, nerves and of course, your skin.
  2. Cure any damage created by over-exposure in the sun and UV rays.
  3. Increase collagen production
  4. Keep your skin elastic and prevents wrinkles from forming.
  5. Help fade away an existing ones.
  6. Remove impurities from the surface of your skin
  7. Maintain its oil balance.
  8. Note: Choose Natural, d-alpha tocopheryl. Avoid (acetate)
  9. Use it with Caution!

 

Hair: Self-Assessment

[Will be updated from time to time]

Things I have found out:

  • Knowing hair porosity is really important! This will guide you on the products and methods to use or to watch out for.
  • I have a low porous, ‘protein sensitive‘ hair. My hair becomes stiff with too much protein. These makes my hair stiff: Coconut, Aloe vera, Honey, Avocado Oil
  • Light oils ONLY  for low porosity hair!
  • NO heavy oils and butters! This will not penetrate the hair! It will just cause product build up!
  • Clarify your hair! Since low porosity tends to not absorb everything that you put on it. Plus, higher moisturising will happen because there are no ‘barriers’
  • Healthy Clean Scalp! = Better hair growth

 

The oils I’ve tried so far are:

  1. Vitamin e oil Used in Eyelashes, mixed with castor oil.

Castor oil I used may no be cold pressed, so it castor oil alone did not make any difference on my lashes. It serves as a ‘carrier oil’, because when I use vitamin e oil alone, it sting too much. It makes my eyes red.

I use this mix before going to sleep, because it slips off (of course), and it does make the surrounding of my eyes oily.

2. Olive Oil Used in my hair, not mixed with any other oils.

I don’t think it penetrates? But it makes my hair softer, and just a little shinier. I still get hair tangles after usage.

 

Observations:

  1. Baggy method – this will produce natural heat. This will really help my low porosity hair to absorb the moisturizing routine that I just did.
  2. Silk or Satin pillowcase – Wrong pillowcase may just reverse all my efforts. To reduce friction ~ ‘split ends’

 

Oils I’m planning to buy:

  • Almond Oil
  • Vitamin E Oil
  • Peppermint Oil
  • Jojoba Oil

 

The ‘NO!’ Products:

  • Coconut Oil
  • Aloe vera
  • Honey
  • Avocado Oil

The following are lifted and shortened version  from:

Top 5 Essential Oils for Luscious Hair Growth written by Nina Harwell.

“The truth is anyone can grow long, healthy hair.”

  • Maintaining moisture
  • Keeping your scalp clear of debris
  • follicle stimulation

Essential oils are taken straight from the plants of mother nature.

 

1. Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree is a natural antiseptic which helps get rid of bacteria or fungi.

  • Scalp irritations like dandruff, or lice.
  • Exfoliate by removing debris from the scalp, allowing hair follicles to clear.

Clear follicles mean room for natural oils to coat the hair and an easier environment for new hair to push through.  

2. Bur Oil

Phytosterols closely mimic cholesterol, by helping to soften and keep frizz under control.

  • The oil is rich in fatty acids and phytosterols.
  • The fatty acids found in burdock are very rare and help hair grow.
  • It helps by providing nutrients that  help the oil glands and hair follicles function.

3. Peppermint Oil

This oil works by penetrating the scalp and regenerating the hair follicle.  Once this type of environment is created on the scalp, circulation will increase, and your hair will grow.

It can also help prevent hair loss, fight dandruff, and reduce excess oil!

  • NOTE: Pure peppermint oil can be strong, so dilute it with water before applying.
  • Peppermint oil is also essential for hair growth.
  • An astringent which helps balance the scalp’s PH level

Excess oil can clog the follicle making it hard for new hair to resurface. 

 

4. Lavender Oil

 Aids in improving circulation and fighting infection.

Maintaining a healthy scalp is essential for healthy hair growth, which is why lavender can be a hero product.

5. Jojoba Oil

Jojoba helps to moisturize the hair, by acting as our scalps natural oils.

  • Ability to withstand harsh environments.

Making sure your hair is hydrated at all times will ensure your strands don’t get dry and brittle. 

Essential Hydration

Remember, only 90% of your hair is live and growing, you want to prevent as many strands as possible from entering its resting period to maintaining long, voluminous hair.

You must keep your scalp clear so hair can push through properly and you must keep each strand hydrated.

A cool way to reap the benefits of all of these awesome oils is to create an oil mixture by placing it in a spray bottle.

 

 

 

Essential Oils for Hair

Previous posts discussed about the difference between the carrier and essential oils. This post will discuss about essential oils.

 

The condition and porosity of our hair are affected by various things. Things such as type of water, scalp condition, quality of sleep, stress, genes, the products being put on hair, diet, lifestyle, and a lot more.

 

The table below is lifted from chagrinvalleysoapandsalve.com

Essential Oils
Basil Basil:
Oily hair
Promotes growth by stimulating circulation
Chamomile Chamomile:
Fine to normal hair
Gives golden highlights and sheen
Conditions hair
Soothes inflamed scalp
Helps scaly scalps and psoriasis
Cedarwood Cedarwood:
Normalizes dry and oily scalp
Stimulates scalp and hair follicles
Used to treat hair loss and dandruff
Antiseptic and astringent
Clary Sage Clary Sage:
All hair types
Dandruff treatment
Eucalyptus Eucalyptus:
Antiseptic
Dandruff treatment
Lavender Lavender:
All hair types
Scalp treatment for itchiness and dandruff
Helps balance natural scalp oils
Soothes scalp and calms hair
Promotes hair growth
Lemons Lemon:
Oily hair
Gives golden highlights
Treatment for dry scalp and dandruff
Helps balance natural scalp oils
Lemongrass Lemongrass:
Oily hair
Slows down scalp oil production
Myrrh Myrrh:
Dry hair
Treatment for dry scalp and dandruff
Patchouli Patchouli:
Oily hair
Dandruff treatment
Peppermint Peppermint:
Dry hair
Promotes growth by stimulating circulation
Rosemary Rosemary:
Oily hair
Dandruff treatment
Promotes hair growth
Sage Sage:
Clarifies scalp scalp clarifiers
Helps heal scalp problems such as psoriasis
Tea Tree Tea Tree:
Oily hair
Treatment for dry scalp, dandruff and lice
Thyme Thyme:
Antiseptic
Stimulates blood flow
Invigorates scalp to help with hair loss
Ylang Ylang Ylang Ylang:
Oily hair
Antiseptic
Dandruff treatment
Soothing
Stimulates hair growth

 

Additonal Carrier and Essential Oils. Lifted from Essential Oils

  • Almond oil soothes and moisturizes the scalp.
  • Cedarwood oil stimulates the scalp and promotes hair growth.
  • Chamomile oil adds shine and softness to hair, and soothes the scalp.
  • Clary sage oil promotes hair growth and stimulates the scalp.
  • Coconut oil softens hair and increases shine.
  • Geranium oil strengthens hair.
  • Jojoba oil moisturizes the hair, adds nutrients, and stimulates the scalp.
  • Lavender oil deep conditions the hair, keeps it shiny, and helps control dandruff.
  • Moroccan argan oil moisturizes, nourishes, and provides antioxidants to hair.
  • Rosemary oil stimulates the roots, improves hair growth, and increases circulation in the scalp.
  • Sandalwood oil helps with dry ends, and adds fragrance to the hair.

 

A direct quote from theindianspot.com, (check the link for other hair types and hair problems.)

Dry hair: Dry hair tends to be rough and thick in texture. It is susceptible to split ends and tangles. Essential oils like sandalwood, geranium, lavender, rose, lemon oil and ylang-ylang suit the needs of dry hair. Oil massage helps in stimulation the sebaceous glands so that they produce more oil. Use jojoba, avocado, sesame or almond oil as the base or carrier oil

 

Additional Read about Oils for Skin and Hair!

 

E Oils for Hair

OIls

Essential Oils

 

 

 

The following information are lifted and paraphrased from:

Things that affects hair condition

Essential Oils Uses

The photos are from:

Getting to know essential oils

Semi-hacks for a better hair condition

[To be updated, for I am still in the process of researching]

  1. Determine your hair porosity. 

Pososity

Hair porosity has three categories: low, medium, and high. Determining your hair porosity is a simple process! Just take a strand of your hair, put it on a container that is filled with water, and wait for at least 2 minutes. Low porosity, If it stays at the top of water, medium if it sinks till at the middle, and high, if it sinks to the bottom.

Knowing your hair porosity will give you a direction on which products and routine works best, and which avoid. Since every hair reacts on products differently.

2. Good water or shower filter (if you have hard water).

*still researching* But filtered water will benefit your hair and your skin

3. Clarify your hair!

Hair products can build up on your hair, and when it does, it may become a ‘barrier’ for you moisturizing routine to penetrate the hair shaft.

4. Maintain healthy scalp!

5. Healty diet!

 

Do’s and Dont’s of Moisturizing Low Porous Hair

Do’s and Dont’s of porous hair. The following are shortened version from several blogs, or articles. Links of sources are posted below.

Do’s

  1. Heat up your conditioner. Heat = just warm enough, not too hot! Since hair shaft of LP are close, we need heat to assist us in opening the hair cuticles.
  2. Steam your Hair. Without steam, your product will probably just lay on top of each other.
  3. Clarify you Hair! To remove product build up, to help your hair to absorb more products without ‘barrier’.
  4. Last Rinse = Warm Water. This will allow the cuticles to open so your hair can better absorb the product (certain products only) you put on it.
  5. Blow Dry with Cool Air. As research suggest, cold temperature ‘closes the cuticles’, therefore, ‘locking in’ the moisture.
  6. Certain Proteins. LP are protein sensitive (meaning it already has enough protein). However, LP Hair likes these three proteins Hydrolyzed, Wheat and Silk, which is seen in the product ingredients.
  7. Moisturize and Seal When Hair is Damp. Dry hair=closed cuticle. Do your moisturizing routine while hair is still damp, not dripping wet though.
  8. Spray Hair with Warm/Hot water. To open the cuticles.
  9. Water-based/liquid moisturizers.
  10. Use lighter oils. like Grapeseed oil, Argan oil, Jojoba oil, and Sweet Almond oil.

Don’ts

  1.  Thick Deep Conditioners. It will sit on hair. NO Thick Crèmes/Butters.
  2.  Protein. Excess protein = breakage.
  3. Blow Drying with Heat. When you blow dry, you open up the cuticles again and release the moisture you sealed in!!
  4.  Last Rinse with Cool/Cold Water. This will close the cuticles! Therefore, your hair will not be able to absorb any moisturizer/oil/crèmes!!
  5. Be Careful with Alkaline and Acids. It does not work for everyone! And this might cause more permanent damage on hair, if not used properly.
  6. Avoid humectants. like glycerin (especially during winter). This will draw moisture out of the hair but use them in the Summer to bring moisture to your hair.
  7. Avoid heavy styling products.

 

Additional Do’s:

[CHECK OUT HER BLOG! Lot’s of good reads!] Low Porosity isn’t bad

Products for low porosity

More tips from rootstocurls.com

 

 

Best Oils for Low Porous Hair, the following are shortened version from trialsntresses.com (Oils for LP)

Low poous hair oils

  1. Grapeseed Oil: Great as strengthener and heat protectant (when used with another heat protectant as well).
  2. Jojoba Oil: Most closely matches the natural oils in our scalp. The fatty acids helps to seal their ends or oil their scalps. Works for women battling with dandruff or dry scalp as well.
  3. Argan Oil: Helps in the shine of hair.
  4. Almond Oil: Peppermint and Almond oil works good together.

 

 

The following information were lifted from,

Do’s and dont’s of low porous hair

How to moisturize low porous hair

6 tips for moisturizing low porosity hair

do’s & don’ts of low porosity hair

Do’s and Dont’s of LP

Proper Hair Care Routine For Low Porosity Hair

Proper Hair Care Routine For Low Porosity Hair