see also Dandruff, Hair Loss
Here is a brief compilation of
basic hair care hints.
Minimize the use of chemicals for bleaching, coloring,
highlighting, and perming on the hair.
high quality, safe hair care products. Harsh chemicals
can be in normal day-to-day hair care products so care
should be taken in the selection of shampoos and
driers, curling irons, and other heat devices should be used
carefully and sparingly so as not to do physical damage to
Handle hair gently, rough handling damages hair, especially
when it is wet. Use smooth combs and smooth, wide
spaced nylon or other synthetic bristle brushes to gently
Avoid sharp or tight hair fasteners, especially when placed
in the same location time after time.
Choose and maintain a good hair care routine.
Basic hair types:
Dry: Frizzy, split ends, dull, feels
brittle, tangles easily, hard to comb. Supplement hair with
small amounts of quality oil after shampooing.
Normal: Not greasy or dry, holds styling
well, and looks healthy.
Oily: Becomes oily soon after shampooing,
is difficult to manage, limp, collects dirt quickly. Shampoo
more often, avoid stroking hair as this moves more sebum
(your natural oil) from scalp to hair. Do not apply
conditioner to base of hair shafts.
Note: Most dry or oily hair conditions are
the result of the types and the frequency of hair care
products used. In some locations there may be
excessive external mineral build-up from the local water.
Secondarily, oily, dry, weak, or thin hair can be a result
of hormonal imbalances, poor nutrition, and/or medications.
Hair care routine:
A regular routine is one of the best ways to keep your
hair looking healthy and stylish.
Shampoo regularly with a high quality shampoo. Begin
with dry combing or brushing. Thoroughly wet hair
before applying shampoo. Apply ½ - 1 teaspoon shampoo and
gently work up a lather, taking time to massage the whole
scalp with the fingertips (not the fingernails) to increase
blood flow to the follicles (roots) and scalp for healthier
Frequency will depend
on your hair type and the quality and amount of hair
products used, including the styling products. Experiment to
find your best frequency. Starting suggestions would be:
– every 2nd or 3rd day
Normal – every other day
Oily – every day
Salon Essentials Protecting Shampoo.
Notes: If more shampoo
is needed for a good lather, two sudsing with smaller
amounts of shampoo works better than continuing to add more
shampoo to just one sudsing. Daily shampoo and
conditioner is usually better for all types if very high
quality products are used.
Rinse thoroughly and gently.
Apply a small amount of high quality conditioner. Distribute
through the hair with special attention to damaged areas, if
any. Do a final rinse after 1 to 3 minutes. For
special hair types consider:
– add 1 or 2 drops of coconut oil (or other quality oil) to
Normal – use conditioner as is
Oily – apply conditioner on the outer half or tips of the
Salon Essentials Smoothing Conditioner
Essentials root to tip Serum.
hair gently. Use a towel wrap and natural drying as
much as possible. If a blow dryer is required do not
continue till fully dry, let the last moisture dissipate
naturally. Do not overheat one area or ever let the
scalp feel hot.
Comb, brush, and style after the hair is dry. Brushing wet
hair may damage hair or split ends. Choose a large
bristle brush for thick hair, a soft brush for thin hair.
Brush at night to clear tangles and distribute the natural
oils. Secure long hair for sleeping to minimize morning
Oils, blends & products
Oils & Blends: Clary SageC, LavenderC,
LemonC, Melaleuca, Peppermint, RosemaryC,
Essential oils based
Vitality supplements, Salon Essentials
Protecting Shampoo, Smoothing Conditioner, and root
to tip Serum.
GeraniumC, Roman ChamomileC, Whisper, Ylang Ylang
understand the E and C superscript go to Home and
scroll to New Helps.
Shampoo with Salon Essentials Protecting Shampoo, add 1 - 2 drops of Rosemary
to slow hair loss.
Condition with Salon Essentials Smoothing Conditioner and add
Salon Essential root to tip Serum or oils below
depending on the condition of hair then let the conditioner
remain in the hair 2 - 3 minutes before rinsing for best
Dry hair - add 1 - 2 drops of coconut or olive oil
plus 1 - 2 drops Geranium or Lavender
Oily hair - add 1 - 2 drops of Basil, Cypress or Lemon
and only use on tips and/or outer half of hair shaft
Fragile hair - add 1 - 2 drops of Clary Sage or Roman
hair and spray (spray is especially effective after hair
coloring or perms.) with the following blend:
ounces of water
drops of Peppermint (or other oil of choice)
Basic hair health:
Eating well with Life Long Vitality supplements builds
strong and healthy hair.
Massage the following blend into scalp nightly. Cover
with shower cap if necessary. Shampoo out the next morning:
teaspoon VCO or other carrier
1 - 2 drops of Rosemary to shampoo daily to stimulate
Consider oils for hormonal balance if needed
consider regular use of Salon Essential root to tip Serum
that includes the following oils known for helping healthy
scalp and hair (Cedarwood, Eucalyptus, Lavandin, Lavender,
Marjoram, Niaouli, Peppermint, Rosemary and Tangerine)
more serious loss also consider one of these blends:
drops Clary Sage
Experiences and Testimonials of others
Kweeno - Just
curious if anyone has had any experience with the dōTERRA
shampoo. I'm experiencing hair loss and am interested
to know if this will help or is it just for damaged hair.
Charly - I have no idea if it will
help--but I know people who swear by Rosemary and the
shampoo. Personally, I love the shampoo. I like its
formulation, but also-- It's really dumb, actually--but I
LOVE the smell in the morning and the sparkly. I am NOT a
morning person. As far as I'm concerned, any hour before 8
am should not happen twice a day. This shampoo makes me
Nora - I stopped using the shampoo and
conditioner because it left my hair really oily in the
evenings. As for hair loss...I did not notice any, just the
oily hair. I was so bummed because I love the smell of it.
Carolyn - I had to use the shampoo for
about two weeks before my hair stopped producing the extra
oils. Now, I have no problems with them. Love the shampoo!!!
Megan - I use the shampoo/conditioner,
however I only wash my hair 2-3 times a week.
Otherwise my hair becomes extremely dry. I have not noticed
any extra oiliness or anything like that. I also use the
root to tip serum after every time I was my hair. I
haven't experienced any hair loss either, I'm using it
because I want to try to improve my hair growth because my
hair is thinning, so I would surely notice if it was getting
even thinner I think. With that said, everything works
for everyone differently.
JasAK - I carry the hair care line at my
salon and I love it! It seems to work great for fine hair
and course hair as well. Light weight for fine hair and
conditioning enough for courser hair. The shampoo gets the
hair really clean so it's hard to imagine having an oily
problem from it...The trick to the conditioner is to make
sure you squeeze the water out of your hair before you put
it in and to make sure to let it sit on the hair for a few
minutes before you rinse. It has been amazing for preventing
static electricity! Which is a huge problem where I live.
Maybe just using the conditioner on the ends and not at the
scalp area would help with the oily problem....Or just
adding enough water to make sure it gets sudsy enough to
clean all the hair....
JRW - I was
wondering how long the SanoBella Shampoo and Conditioner
lasts. I have long hair (below the shoulders.) and it is
really thick. I’d really like to try the shampoo and
conditioner but don’t want to run out in a week, especially
for how much it costs.
Brooke - I also have long, thick hair.
You don't have to use very much at all of both of them -
they are VERY concentrated! I used to use a tablespoon
(approx) or more of conditioner for my hair - now I use no
more than a 1/2 tsp. (approx) and it goes through my hair
amazingly well! Same with the shampoo! I gave a sample to
my hairdresser and she was amazed, and wants to carry it in
her salon. My two bottles lasted about a month, and
probably would have lasted longer - but I have two daughters
who would take them to their bathroom every once and a while
- until I finally got them their own!
Cindy - These products are amazingly
thick and rich. I love them! I have long, very fine hair and
it has never been so silky. I use only about a teaspoon or
less of each.
Leah - How often do you wash your hair?
Every day? Every couple of days? Twice a week like me?
Don't worry, I hit the shower more often, but I wash my hair
itself on Wednesdays and Saturdays. My hair is halfway down
my back, but with my usage, I bet the bottles will last me
more than 2 months.
Jan - I have a funny story to share. I
just got back from a trip to Tennessee and had nothing but
carry on. So that included all my doTERRA skin care and hair
care treatment. I decided to use the small little 5/8 dram
glass bottles to put all my "stuff in". It was a little hard
putting the shampoo and conditioner in them, but while doing
so, I thought they could make great samples to give away.
Well when it came time to wash my hair, I couldn't get the
shampoo and conditioner out by just hitting them on my
hand...LOL. I had taken some toothpicks with me to get
everything out. That worked, but was afraid I didn't have
enough to wash and condition. But my hair came out very
clean and shiney anyway. So a little dab will do ya...it
does go a long way! But next time I think I'll use the 5 or
Sue -Has anyone
experienced hair drying out when using the SanoBella
products? If yes, what are you doing to put the
moisture back into the hair.
Lisa - One of my daughter’s hair has
dried out with it. She switched back to her old shampoo.
The rest of us don't have a problem.
Brooke - I've had just the opposite
happen - My hair feels so much softer. I wish I knew why
that was happening to her.
Pat - I had dry thin hair before
starting with SanoBella and cannot believe how
wonderful my hair is now. I love it and will never change,
but everyone is different.
Lori - I use SanoBella hair care. I'm
also a professional hairdresser of 32 years. During my
career, I have used some of the finest hair care products
available.. I have never used a more luxurious shampoo and
conditioner than SanoBella. I noticed immediately how
lovely the cuticle feels. If you feel that you need more
moisture, I would recommend that you add a very, very small
amount of olive oil to your conditioner (about 1 or 2
drops), and concentrate on applying that to the ends of your
hair, not the scalp. Hope this helps.
Cory - I love the SanoBella shampoo and
conditioner because I only need to wash my hair every 2-3
days and it still looks great. I did notice that if I washed
it everyday or if I did not let the conditioner sit for at
least 2-3 minutes it was more drying. Love it!
This is an interesting excerpt from a separate discussion.
Amelia - Just as an fyi today I also used our Sanobella
shampoo and conditioner on all three dogs of my dogs and
added a little bit of Lemongrass (just in case for fleas)
and they really smell wonderful and their coats are very
soft and beautiful...plus not much itching afterward, which
is common and typically an issue with commercial shampoos
etc. I know it's kind of pricey but I think I'll be buying
these for not only myself but also my pets.
Amber - A friend of mine does hair for a living and wants
to incorporate some oils into her routine when she washes
her clients hair. I would love to hear your suggestions for
what oils or blends you think would be enjoyed by her
clients. I have experimented with some of the oils on
myself and my husband but it has been hard to eliminate any
oils from the list since we loved them all! Do you know
which oils are particularly beneficial to the scalp and
hair? I found a suggested blend for dandruff (Melaleuca,
Lavender, Lemon, Rosemary), does anyone have any
recommendations for a relaxing blend and maybe an
invigorating blend? I was also wondering if anyone has had
luck using oils for balding men or women?
Loryjean - I tried the coconut oil and Peppermint
treatment; it was really messy but my hair was extra soft
for days! Did take a couple of washings to lose the oil
feel, but I have thin hair and it weighs down easily. I have
thought about adding oils to my unscented shampoo, but then
I would be "stuck" with a certain fragrance until the bottle
was empty, and I'm having too much fun trying out all the
Denise - To help with the large bottle of shampoo
problem, use one of the tiny bottles of shampoo you can get
at a hotel or from the travel section at Target or Wal-Mart.
That way I can use it for 2-3 washes to see if I like it and
what it does to me, then rinse it out and start again.
Jan - ok, I don't use any shampoo and my hair has never
been cleaner or smelled better or more manageable. I
actually use baking soda with a few drops of Lavender oil.
Then I rinse with raw apple cider vinegar and Lavender, a
few drops. 1/4 cup vinegar to 16 oz of water and 4 drops of
Lavender. Then for extra shine, one drop virgin coconut oil
rubbed into the palm of my hands and lightly placed over the
hair. I put it on the fingertips and start at the scalp. It
works for me. You may have? "icky" hair for a couple weeks,
but I never did. I love it. Experiment. It's fun.
Loryjean - I don't use commercial shampoos, either. I use
a soap product called "Miracle II" that I buy wholesale from
the manufacturer in Louisiana. I use a version of it for
cleaning in my home, as well. I realize I can simply put
some soap in my hand and a drop of oil for scent or a
particular benefit; but most people aren't interested in
that approach! I have also used Dr. Bronner's soaps, which
have "essential oils" in them, but I am sure the quality
isn't high. I could add to those, as well. Mostly I am
interested in what kinds of experiences others have had with
specific oils; how they add them, which ones, what they mix
readily with, or not. I also use white vinegar for cleaning,
and would like to know how oils incorporate and react with
it. I do not use any chemicals in my home; I make my own
laundry detergent, and use a lot of baking soda, vinegar,
and pure soaps. We have genetically based chronic
inflammation in my family, so our diets and our environment
are as natural and as chemical free as I can reasonably
accomplish. (I do try to be reasonable; for costs' sake if
nothing else!) I am always interested in how others do that,
too, although I don't expect most people are interested or
doing so. I will try the baking soda for hair; that sounds
intriguing! Thanks for the suggestions.
Jan - I essentially built my other essential oils
business while doing hair. I mostly used Peppermint and/or
Lavender for headaches, allergies, relaxation, and as a
conversation starter. With chemical services, after the last
rinse and before applying the conditioner, I liberally
sprayed the hair with "Peppermint water" mixed at the rate
of 2 drops per ounce of water. The Peppermint helps remove
residual odors from the chemicals, tightens the hair shaft
and helps close the cuticle layer which helps "set" the
color or perm and makes the hair smoother and more shiny.
And I diffused a purifying blend or a blend somewhat like
Breathe or On Guard everyday. There are other things one can
do as well, but that's a good start and certainly
demonstrates the value of oils.
Pat - I have been using Rosemary with my organic shampoo
and find that I have new hair growing in. I also use
Peppermint for a stimulating experience, Lavender and
Balance for relaxation and Melaleuca for general hair
Christine - There's a great book by Valerie Ann Worwood
'The complete book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy'
that has numerous recipes for hair among a host of other
Pat - Rosemary is supposed to be a great oil to
regenerate the hair follicles, Peppermint and Melaleuca
really give you a tingly wake up call, and Lavender will
relax you. You can use the oils so many ways depending on
what you want to accomplish. I have even used Balance when I
felt I might pull my hair out!!
Loryjean - I am eager to try the Rosemary on my thin
hair. The Peppermint I tried was interesting, but I think
the coconut oil had more effect; smooth and shiny. No blow
away straggles when I put it up, either, which was nice. Is
there an oil that helps to keep color in? My daughter uses
henna, and it washes out naturally; she'd like it to stay a
little longer each time.
Jan- The fact that good quality, natural henna washes out
over time is one of the benefits, of course. To make it as
stable as possible, I suggest adding 2 or 3 tablespoons of
fractionated coconut oil (FCO) to the henna mixture at the
time of application. Then just before applying the
conditioner, I'd spray Peppermint liberally throughout the
hair (2 drops per ounce of water), leave that on for 3 or 4
minutes, then right over the Peppermint use a non-toxic
conditioner, rinse, and finish by smoothing a very small
amount of FCO through the hair before styling.
Henna will also last longer if it is mixed with hot
water, apply it while it is still hot, and keep it hot with
a hair dryer or wrapped in a hot towel while it is
Loryjean - That's really helpful; thanks, Jan. We do the
henna with hot water and wrap it, plus apply heat about
halfway through the processing time. This next time we'll
try your suggestions; I really appreciate it!
Pat - I do not know about men, but my hair is getting new
growth on top where I am quite thin, and I put Rosemary (a
couple of drops) in my shampoo every other day.
Lynda - Pat do you know of any other oils that are good
for thinning hair? Rosemary and Peppermint are two oils
that those of us who have had or currently have seizures
should avoid. I have very thin hair and would like to find
something that could help
Pat - I have been doing some research for my own
situation and this is what I have found, at least the
condensed version. Hair loss and thinning is caused by
hormonal imbalance (such as increased testosterone), or
inflammatory conditions, and genetics. Essential Oils are
excellent for cleansing, nourishing, and strengthening hair
follicle and shaft. Rosemary, above all encourages hair
Single oils: Lavender, Rosemary, Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang,
and Clary Sage
Blend for thicker hair #1
· 3 drops of
· 5 drops of
· 4 drops of
· 2 drops of
Blend for thicker hair #2
· 10 drops of
· 10 drops
· 8 drops
I suppose you could try these without the Rosemary, but
it is the best ingredient that I have found so far. I am
still looking but this might help for now.
PhilX - Does anyone
have suggestions for dandruff. Bad Dandruff??
Lil - Try Whisper with shampoo. Worked
wonders for someone I know, and fast too.
PhilX - Wow, cool idea Lil !
Rob - MMmm... I'm telling my wife about
that one... Whisper infused hair.
Kathy - Massage Melaleuca, Lemon
Lavender, or Rosemary with some VCO or Olive oil into the
scalp nightly. Wash it out in the morning. If it
doesn't improve, there may be some Candida or yeast to deal
PhilX - My friend had a dandruff
problem. I helped him make a mix of Melaleuca, Lavender,
Lemon, and Rosemary with virgin coconut oil. He put it in a
small jar and applied it to his head at night, then washed
it out in the morning. He said the only bad part was his
pillow got oil spots on it, but it wasn't bad. After about
3 weeks it has nearly stopped being flaky. He also said his
hair just feels healthier. He now adds whisper to baby
shampoo and washes with it. It was Lils idea, and he says
that not only does the dandruff seem to be staying away, but
he loves the smell of his hair.
Heather - My 12
year old has really greasy dandruffy hair. She doesn't wash
it a lot; so we will start washing it more... But what will
help get rid of the greasy dandruff? We did Melaleuca and
Rosemary with vinegar and will do that a few times, but does
anyone have any ideas? It was so greasy that the brush
bristles were greasy!
Leah - I think washing her hair more
will cause more grease to produce. As a teenager, I only
washed my hair every other day. I didn't want to get caught
in the cycle my parents had of washing their hair everyday
or looking very stringy. I'm 29 now, and I only wash my hair
twice a week, sometimes once.
Anyhow, for your daughter... it sounds like she needs to
be giving herself scalp massages. This will help spread her
natural oils more evenly in her hair. It'll also help work
the grease into her scalp's skin and likely soften the
dandruff flakes. Another benefit of the massage is that
it'll help loosen skin flakes that are already going to come
I would be massaging every night and right before washing
her hair. Just gently stimulate the scalp skin with the
fingernails, especially in the areas prone to extra
oiliness. A perk is that her fingernails are likely to be
stronger and healthier due to the oil exposure.
If you want to strip the grease, I would just make a
baking soda slurry. Something like 1 or 2 tablespoons of
baking soda to half a cup of water. Put it in your
daughter's dry hair before a shower, massage the scalp as
best as you can, then rinse it off. Shampoo and conditioner
as normal... hopefully the SanoBella shampoo and
Victoria – She may be going through
hormonal changes. Her hair has no idea what's going on and
is trying to find it's homeostasis. Or, it maybe that her
current hair products are too much for her.
Believe it or not there is a quiet underground women's
movement called "No-Poo." People are not using shampoo
and/or conditioner. I can recommend this because I have
tried it and I love it. Like Leah, I wash my hair once or
twice a week.
It does take two weeks for your hair to find it's
homeostasis. I also use Bragg's Organic Raw ~ Unfiltered
Apple Cider Vinegar. And when I "shampoo" I add a couple of
drops of essential oil's into my cup. Depends on the day and
what I need/want as to what essential oil's to use, but
Lavender is a great start.
I wish you and your daughter the best of luck!
Victoria - I use one tablespoon of
baking soda, two cups of water and a drop or two of
essential oil. When she takes a shower most of the dirt will
wash away. Rub the baking soda onto the scalp. This will
clean her cuticles. I will warn you....doing this will cause
her hair to curl if she has any curl in it. It will also
take two weeks for her hair to regain any homeostasis. I
wore my hair in ponytails for most of the two weeks.
She can rinse/condition with one tablespoon apple cider
vinegar and two cups of water. She will not smell like
Great thing is, you can adjust whenever you need.
Sometimes one tablespoon of baking soda is too much and at
other times it's too little. If her hair continues to be too
greasy cut back on the vinegar.
Heather - After remembering I used Lemon
oil on my grease stained shirt; I realized I should use
Lemon oil on her hair also. Thanks so much. I will try it
with Melaleuca and Lemon and/or Rosemary.
What Science & Research are saying
Researchers from Tokyo Medical and Dental University
found that cellular stress, caused by damaging agents like
chemicals, ultraviolet light and ionizing radiation, may
explain why your hair turns gray.
As the study’s lead author, Emi Nishimura, pointed out, a
single cell may encounter up to 100,000 events a day that
damage DNA, and stem cells in your hair follicles
responsible for color are impacted by this damage.
While you’re young, stem cells in your hair either
reproduce or mature into more specialized cells that produce
pigment to color your hair. But as you age, too many stem
cells mature until there are no pigment cells left to be
added to your hair.
The researchers believe that accumulated DNA damage may
be the trigger that causes stem cells to mature, which then
allows these damaged cells to be purged. While the
researchers said the DNA damage your hair cells experience
is largely “unavoidable,” they did offer hope that
anti-graying creams that prevent your hair’s stem cells from
switching roles may one day be available.
Is Hydrogen Peroxide Also a Culprit?
A separate study by researchers at the University of
Bradford in the United Kingdom found another reason why your
hair turns gray: hydrogen peroxide.
We’re not talking about the kind used to turn your hair
bleach blonde, but rather the type that is produced
naturally in your body.
This hydrogen peroxide interferes with melanin, the
pigment that colors your hair (and skin). When you’re young
your body produces the enzyme catalase, which breaks down
hydrogen peroxide and protects your hair color. But as you
get older you make less catalase, and the hydrogen peroxide
is free to “bleach” out your color.
Further, hair follicles of gray-haired people also
contain fewer hair-repair enzymes, which also suppresses the
production of melanin.
The researchers believe products that remove hydrogen
peroxide from your hair and body may one day help people to
avoid going gray.
University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC)
In one study of 86 people with alopecia areata (an
autoimmune disease that causes hair to fall out, often in
patches), those who massaged their scalps with Lavender and
other essential oils daily for 7 months experienced
significant hair regrowth compared to those who massaged
their scalps without the essential oils. However, there is
no way to tell whether it was one or the combination of oils
that was effective.