Dec 26, 2011


Found some great tips on how to maintain your dreadlocks, if you got'em! ;) The essential oils are good for anyone, added in proper amounts (research is your friend), but with dreads, it's important to be very gentle and loving, they're alive, you know! ;) 
Thank you for putting it together goes to Soaring Eagle and Arden Rayne
Clary Sage (antifungal, antibacterial, dandruff, dry skin) supports the hair follicle.
Lavender balances skin pH and stimulates circulation.(renews cells, dandruff, hair loss, psoriasis, rashes)
Rosemary adds body and conditioning of the hair and may lighten hair. (antifungal, antibacterial, antiseptic, hair loss) stimulates the scalp.
Additional: Lemongrass (powerful antifungal)
Biotin is an important B vitamin and will assist in preventing premature graying.
Sandalwood (good for dry skin) will slow graying.
Rosewood will lighten hair. (antibacterial, antifungal, anti-infectious, soothing to the skin. Inhibits gram positive and gram negative bacterial growth, dry skin, eczema)
Geranium (helps cleanse oily skin, psoriasis) 
Juniper (astringent, antiseptic) also for dermatitis, eczema.
Patchouli (antimicrobial, antiseptic,, relieves itching)
Basil (anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory)
Ylang Ylang (promotes lustrous hair so probably considered a conditioner)
Cypress (insect repellent, skin care and can be used as a deodorant)
Tea tree oil/Melaleuca Alternifolia  (antimicrobial, antiseptic, antifungal)
Cedarwood (helps to reduce oily skin, may prevent hair loss (alopecia), acne, psoriasis, skin problems)
Sage (soothes skin conditions) supports hair follicle.
Lemon (antibacterial (spores), antiseptic, and a disinfectant, cleans skin)

The acid mantle- The thin layer of oil and sweat which is secreted by glands found in our skin and hair follicles. This layer helps protect us from invading bacteria, dirt and water.
Personally, I rinse with the oils in water. You will have to mix vigorously as the oils will separate from the water. I do not rinse the oils out. I like the residue of the oils in my hair and scalp. I usually use very cool water at the end to close pores. 

Dry Hair:
2 drops Ylang Ylang
8 drops Rosewood
4 drops Geranium

Oily Hair:

6 drops Patchouli 
2 drops Lavender
6 drops Lemon 
Dilute the oils and massage the scalp for a few minutes. You can go do some activity and come back to rinse. 

Rinse to restore acid mantle of hair:

1 drop Rosemary cineol
1 tsp pure ACV
8 oz of H20
Use this as a final rinse on hair. 


5 drops Lemon
1 drop Rosemary cineol or Sage 
1 drop Lavender
Dilute this 50:50 and massage into scalp. Leave on. Go do something.  Do with your usual rinse into 1 qt/liter of water.
Other single oils for Dandruff:
Tea tree oil/Melaleuca Alternifolia  
Rosemary cineol

Hair Loss:

Rosemary assists hair growth.
Other oils: Lavender, Cedarwood, Sandalwood, Clary Sage.

Blends for Hair Loss:

3 drops Rosemary cineol
5 drops Lavender
4 drops Cypress 
2 drops Clary Sage 
2 drops Juniper
Add 10 drops of this blend to 1 tsp of Coconut oil and massage into scalp. Leave it in overnight.  Or add a drop of this blend to 1 tsp of water and massage into scalp. Use at night. 

Prevent Hair Loss:

10 drops Cedarwood
8 drops Rosemary cineol
10 drops Sandalwood 
10 drops Lavender
6 drops Rosemary cineol
8 drops Ylang Ylang 
12 drops Cedarwood
12 drops Clary Sage
Dilute these blends 50:50 and massage into scalp. Leave on for a time. Rinse.

Other Oils for hair and scalp problems:

Besides the ones that are explained.

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