Dry hair is just a condition that can, fortunately, be improved. Nonetheless, as easy as it is to repair and moisturize dry hair, you have to always be on the lookout. Your hair could become dry at any moment. Luckily, you can always go back to natural masks and blends to nourish it with just a few active ingredients. One of the strongest is Orange Blossom essential oil (Neroli).
Find out from the first part of this post, what exactly dry hair is. With these notions you’ll then be able to find the causes of your dry hair and take measures.
Perhaps you’re wondering why I chose Neroli to be your one true ally in this battle. If so, then you’ll get a lot of details about why it’s good for the nourishment and revival of a damaged hair.
The second part is all about Aromatherapy blends and simple home remedies. They will help your hair shine again. In the same chapter, you’ll be able to find the promised guide together with some great tips!
I apologize for not starting directly with the guide. There are some important things you should know about before jumping straight to the practical part.
All that’s left now is to read through and be happy that you have many great options to choose from. Plus, they’re also a lot cheaper than your average hair care commercial products.
What is Dry Hair and How Can You Get Rid of It Naturally?
Lifeless, frizzy and dull… that’s how dry hair usually looks like. Unfortunately, hair doesn’t have a natural lubrication like the skin does.
The sebaceous glands found deep under the skin produce various amounts of sebum (oil). It keeps the skin protected and moisturized, thus it maintains it elastic too. Hair only relies on the scalp to give it the sebum it needs to maintain hydrated, shiny and protected.
So you see there are two main reasons for which your hair might be dry. It either doesn’t retain enough moisture inside its protective cuticle, or it simply doesn’t get enough sebum from your scalp. Dry scalp is usually seen in people with dry skin also.
Why could the scalp be dry? Well, there can be many causes actually. One would be the fact that you’re washing your hair too often.
But hair is supposed to be clean all the time, plus it gets more volume after it’s been washed, I know. However, until you get rid of the dryness and you get your hair on a healthy intake of moisture, you should try washing it only twice a week.
The good part about dry hair is that you don’t have to worry that it’ll look greasy after a couple of days of not being washed.
Other causes for which your scalp might be dry and can’t supply your hair with the moisture it needs:
- Over-washing and blow drying go hand in hand together. The more often you wash it, the more often you need to blow dry it. That, in time will strip the scalp of its natural oil, leading to dry hair.
- Styling it with a curling iron or a straightener too often.
- The weather can seriously damage your hair too. Too much sun exposure, freezing temperatures, wind and dry air can all affect the health of your scalp and hair.
- Dyes and chemical treatments, or perms can also damage the cuticle and dry the scalp.
If left untreated, dry scalp can start flaking and itching. In other words, you’ll also get dandruff on your shoulders besides your already lifeless and dull hair.
Cuticles are the “skin of your hair” if you wish. They have the same purpose as the skin does: to protect from sun damage and to retain moisture. The cuticles have layers that keep that moisture inside the hair. But, when those layers get separated, they can let the moisture escape.
The tips and remedies in this article are meant to treat and improve such problems. Nonetheless, if you’ve tried them all and you’re still not seeing improvement, you should go to the doctor. There could be other medical conditions that could cause the dryness of the scalp and hair.
What Can Orange Blossom Essential Oil Do for Your Dry Hair?
Orange Blossom or Neroli essential oil is extracted by steam distillation. For this oil they use the orange blossoms of the bitter orange tree.
The peels of the ripe fruits serve as distillation material for the Bitter Orange essential oil. And, last but not least, the leaves of the tree are used for the extraction of Petitgrain essential oil. So one tree gives us three different essential oils!
Out of the three, the most expensive and precious essence is Neroli. It is a wonderful oil to use against anxiety and to fully relax. Its fragrance is simply delicious too!
You can access the following link if you want to know how to manage the stress and anxiety in your life. You can do all that and more with the help of the aromatic essence of Orange Blossom.
What can Orange Blossom essential oil do for your hair? It can:
- Soothe the itchiness and dryness of the scalp.
- It can also hydrate the scalp and the hair by stimulating the sebaceous glands to produce more sebum.
- Act very gently on dry and fragile hair types, even though it is very concentrated.
- Give the hair back its natural shininess.
- Boost its natural volume and make it easier to style.
- Help the hair (cuticles) regenerate and retain more moisture.
- Disinfect the scalp and get you rid of the dandruff as well.
There would be one condition though. For all this to have the desired effects, you should always stick to the recommended doses. Too much would not speed things up; and being as precious (and expensive) you’d only be wasting the aromatic oil.
And now… the FUN part! Check out the following tips and recipes for dry hair with Neroli essential oil.
Guide to Moisturizing Dry Hair with Orange Blossom Essential Oil (Tips and Recipes)
Can you think of a more pleasant way of spending some alone time than with a beauty routine? Perhaps only a great book and a cup of cappuccino would be better! But who says you can’t have them all?!
There is more than one benefit to this type of routine, especially if done with natural ingredients like essential oils. Orange Blossom especially, can be used for hair, skin and mood!
Can you see the benefits of your beauty routine? It’ll make you look and feel great, thus recharging your batteries for the next day or week ahead.
The following steps are meant to help you create a healthy habit of caring for your dry hair. In quite a short time, this habit will get you rid of that unattractive dryness of your hair. It needs a lot of nutrients and fatty acids to look its best. Here’s how to gain that look:
Step 1. Washing Dry Hair
In a proper hair care, this is a very important step. The type of shampoo you use may or may not cause further damage to your dry hair. You should always use the mildest shampoos, and use very gentle movements on the scalp. Also, don’t leave the shampoo on for too long to avoid excessive drying afterwards.
- If you have more time available, you should take it and make your own shampoo. You could use only natural and gentle ingredients that nourish instead of drying.
If you don’t have the time or you’re not ready for the DIY step yet, there are other tips for you!
- Beat an egg and mix it with your regular dose of shampoo. Leave it on for as long as it takes to wash your body. Rinse very well afterwards.
- If you don’t like or don’t have eggs, you can mix your shampoo with avocado paste. You can also use Avocado vegetable oil or Olive oil and 2 – 3 drops of Orange Blossom essential oil/use. Leave it on after dampening your hair for as long as you can.
Step 2. Conditioning Dry Hair
For a very long time, I’ve wondered why hair conditioning was necessary. Well, it is because the conditioner is a good moisturizer. It can also smooth the cuticles and rearrange their layers so they don’t let the moisture out anymore. That way, all the natural ingredients you’ve used in the previous step could be hold in.
- Add 2 – 3 drops of Neroli essential oil in a teaspoon or tablespoon of conditioner. Depending on the length of your hair, you can easily add more or less. Apply on the wet hair, after shampooing.
- Make your own simple wet hair conditioner. Pour a moderate amount on your palms, spread it well and then apply on your hair, more on the length of it than on the scalp.
- Argan oil: 2 Oz (60 ml)
- Orange Blossom essential oil: 15 – 20 drops
All this quantity should be enough for at least a month’s use. Argan oil is a very good vegetable oil for dry hair. It can keep it moisturized for a long time and it can also protect the hair from sun damage and aging.
Step 3. Drying Dry Hair
Pun not intended 🙂
We’ve established that blow drying your hair would not be healthy for dry tresses. The best method is of course the natural drying. However, if that doesn’t work for you for various reasons, you should try different other approaches.
- Keep your wet hair well tucked underneath a soft towel for 10 – 15 minutes before starting to dry it. It’ll minimize the damage.
- You could also try washing your hair before going to bed. That way you could only blow dry the hair partially. It will be completely dried until morning. That is a very healthy approach, as the scalp pores will have plenty of time to close before going out again.
Step 4. Conditioning Dry Hair In-Between Washes
This step should maintain your hair hydrated and moisturized on a daily basis. With regular applications, it’ll not be long until your dry hair will no longer be dry.
You have two options here, and both are extremely simple to make and use. One would be an aromatic spray, chock full of antioxidants and protective nutrients. The second option would be a concentrated aromatic serum. Both products require the addition of Orange Blossom essential oil (EO).
Conditioning Dry Hair Spray
- Neroli (Orange Blossom) hydrosol or floral water: 4 Oz (120 ml)
- Petitgrain essential oil: 15 drops
- Sweet Orange essential oil: 25 drops
- Orange Blossom EO: 10 drops
- Spray bottle
Shake all the ingredients well before each use. Spray this lotion on the scalp and all over the length of the hair, insisting on the ends. Once a day should be enough, but if you feel the need, you can apply it more often.
The essential oils will not leave a greasy film. Instead, they will penetrate the roots, scalp and cuticles of the hair, deeply nourishing it.
Conditioning Dry Hair Serum
- Sweet Almond carrier (vegetable) oil: 2 Oz (60 ml)
- Orange Blossom essential oil: 25 drops
- Lemongrass essential oil: 10 drops
Mix well all the ingredients and apply a moderate amount all over the hair. You can apply it once a day, ideally before going out or using a curler or straightener. Massage the oils gently into your scalp.
The vegetable oil you use should be the proper one for the texture of your hair. It may be dry but it can also be thick or very thin, in which case thick oils would put a strain on the thin hair. Read this article on what types of carriers to use for each hair type.
Step 5. Intense Nourishing Treatments
This step here refers to that one day a week where you should apply a very thick and moisturizing hair mask.
The simplest and at hand ingredient is Olive oil. Add 2 – 3 tablespoons of Olive oil into a glass bowl. Mix it with 10 drops of Orange Blossom essential oil and warm it a bit. Don’t boil the oil though! Apply it on the scalp and all the length of the hair abundantly.
Cover your head with a plastic bag or shower cap and leave it on for at least an hour. The more you leave it on, the better. Wash your hair really well until it is squeaky clean. The hair will need to be rinsed really well.
This mask can be done once a week or even more often, depending on your time. Or, after your dry hair is back to looking great, apply this mask only once a month.
Intense Moisturizing Dry hair Mask
- Vitamin E: 10 drops (broken capsules)
- Sandalwood essential oil: 15 drops
- Orange blossom essential oil: 20 drops
- Borage oil: 2 tablespoons
- Wheat Germ oil: 2 tablespoons
Mix and warm these oils before applying them on your hair. Warmth and heat helps the hair to also grow. Keep the mask on for as long as possible, with a minimum of one hour. This blend could also be used as a serum for the conditioning of dry hair in-between washes!
Neroli essential oil possesses great regenerative qualities because of its high content of flavonoids. They are powerful antioxidants.
Dry hair can totally be repaired and brought back to its natural behavior and shininess. Another thing for sure is that you will always have vegetable oils and essential oils to improve the aspect of your hair.
Some oils are more powerful than others, that’s nature right there. It did not create all plants equal, so their extracts vary in intensity and properties too.
Orange Blossom essential oil not only does it do great things to your dry hair, but it can actually change your mood too! I bet you’ll love to use this essence in your hair care and even skin care. The same antioxidants in its composition will work wonders on the skin as well.
What do you think of this oil’s versatility? Is it something you’ll be trying anytime soon? Please make use of the commenting space below and share your thoughts with me.