best carrier oils for hair

List of Carrier Oils For Hair Growth and Healthy Scalp

Essential oils are important components of many hair masks and other hair care products. When combining essential oils to make homemade hair lotions for beautiful hair and scalp, you will need a carrier oil (also known as base oil). Carrier oils are used to dilute concentrated essential oils and absolutes before applying to skin or hair. They are called “carrier” because they carry the essential oil onto the skin or body area used for aromatherapy. Carrier oils are a natural concentrate of vitamins and biologically active substances.

Essential Oils To Mix With Carrier Oils For Hair Growth

Given your hair type and the problem you’re experiencing, find my recommended carrier oils that you will use to make masks. I’ve also added my favorite essential oil to add in the blend. To start your essential oil hair treatment, choose the oil among the ones listed below that is the best for your hair problem, and you will be surprised by the result!

ApplicationBest carrier oil choiceBest essential oil to mix
DandruffCastor oilTea tree
Dry/damaged hairArgan oilYlang-ylang
Greasy hairPumpkin seed oilLemon
Growth promotionCastor oilRosemary
Loss preventionOlive oilSandalwood
Shiny hairArgan oilYlang-ylang
Split endsOlive oilYlang-ylang

The hair treatment should be done with the help of scalp massage and masks. A few drops of the essential oil you need will make the procedure even more effective and pleasant, and will enhance the benefits of hair oils. The mixture should be warmed before you rub it into the scalp.

List of carrier oils for hair growth and healthy scalp

The following carrier oils are all a great choice for the best home-made hair care: argan, castor, burdock, olive, almond, coconut, peach, apricot, avocado, grape seed oil, sea buckthorn, flaxseed, jojoba, shea/karite, and macadamia oil.

All of the above oils can be used as carrier oils for preparing mixtures with other essential oils. Among those carriers, there are 6 that I consider to be the absolute champions in hair care.

In addition, you should know that almost all the oils penetrate into the scalp and penetrate the hair itself through its cuticle only partially.

The best oils that penetrate through hair cuticle are olive, coconut and avocado oil, so it makes sense to apply them along the entire length of the hair and on the tips. In this case, the benefits of hair oils will be increased.

Do not use mineral oil for hair treatments, because it is a completely useless product made from distillation of petroleum.

how to use essential oils for hair

Do you want to choose the best essential oil for your hair? Many essential oils have proven beneficial effect on health and mood. Whether you have problems of dry hair, dandruff, or hair loss, the use of essential oil can be a life-changer for you. Essential oils for hair have the unique cosmetic, health-improving, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic effect. This article will help you find the most suitable oil for your type of hair and it will help solving your hair problems.

How to use essential oils for hair

Since essential oil are usually a very concentrated product, 2-5 drops of oil are enough to be added to carrier hair oils, shampoos, balms and hair masks.

Hair masks

Hair masks should be prepared from carrier oil with the addition of a few drops of your favorite essential oil and other ingredients. To solve certain problems, consider the properties of essential oils for hair. Choose a suitable mask for your hair type, apply it on your hair from roots to ends. To achieve maximum effect from the mask, you should put a cellophane cap on your hair and wrap the hair with a towel. Leave the oil on your hair for an hour or for the whole night.


You can add 2 drops of essential oil in a shampoo portion before use, or directly into the bottle in proportion to the amount of shampoo.


Add 2 drops of essential oil to your hairbrush and use it for scalp massage and aromatherapy. For better effect use a wooden hairbrush or a hairbrush with natural bristles.

Benefits and Properties of essential oils for hair

Dry hair

If you have dry hair, choose ylang ylang, rosemary, lavender, geranium, juniper, patchouli, orange, incense, myrrh, sandalwood and blue chamomile. Add 2-3 drops to a tablespoon of jojoba or macadamia oil if you want to prepare a mask, or simply add 2 drops of any of the listed oils to your hairbrush for scalp massage.

Greasy hair

For greasy hair use sage, lemon, tea tree, cypress, cedar, bergamot, rosemary, melissa, eucalyptus or pine. Add 3-5 drops to a tablespoon of carrier oil (macadamia, jojoba, burdock). Apply the mixture of oils as a mask or use it for head massage.

Fragile hair

To strengthen your hair you need sandal, ylang-ylang, mandarin, neroli, chamomile, cedar, cinnamon, pine or bay essential oil for masks and massage.

Hair loss

To accelerate growth – thyme, rosemary, sage, ylang-ylang, pine in the composition of masks and a mixture for scalp massage.


Use the masks made with tea tree, cypress, juniper, eucalyptus, aire, cedar, lavender, orange, rose.

Split ends

If you have a problem with split ends, apply masks with the addition of rosewood oil, ylang ylang and mandarin.

Essential oil blends

If you want to mix any of the listed essential oils together, according to your hair type, please make sure that they will combine well together and won’t inhibit each other’s effects.


Do not abuse and use oils constantly, just once or twice a week. To avoid a risk of allergy, apply a drop of essential oil to your wrist and wait 12 hours. If your skin is itchy or you see a rush – do not use that oil.

If you feel a slight burning sensation when using citrus, cinnamon or pine oils – don’t worry, this is normal and it indicates the inflow of blood to the scalp, which will provide a very good effect for your hair.

Choose the right essential oil and carrier oil for your hair and it will make your daily hair care more enjoyable. When selecting essential oils, also pay attention to the smell – whether you like it personally or not. After all, essential oils affect your mood and overall well-being!

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