DIY dry scalp treatment
Itchy, dry scalps are an embarrassing problem all year around, but can get worse in winter's drying conditions. Using nourishing natural oils along with the antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties of essential oils can help soothe.
Peppermint, tea tree and rosemary essential oils are all excellent for hair care, but we've used eucalyptus oil, which gives a cooling effect when applied on the scalp. It also contains antibacterial properties that help inhibit fungus and bacteria and has a stimulating effect on the scalp, encouraging good circulation. You can use a combination of oils (totalling 4 drops) if you prefer.
We've also used coconut oil and olive oil for the base - but you can also use sweet almond oil, neem oil, jojoba or avocado oils. They all have different properties and aromas; find what suits.
Our recipe is best made up "as needed".
You'll need (makes one treatment)
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 tablespoon olive oil
3-4 drops eucalyptus oil
Warm the coconut oil until it's liquefied, using the double bowl method - gently warm over a bowl of hot water. Avoid heating in the microwave or on the stove.
When the coconut oil is liquid, mix in the olive oil and the essential oils. Cool enough to apply, then apply to hair and massage throroughly into scalp for 3 minutes. Wrap your hair in a warm towel to allow the treatment to penetrate, and leave for 30-40 minutes. Rinse with clean, warm water and shampoo with a gentle shampoo if desired.