Using lavender oil for hair offers a lot of benefits, whether it’s easing inflamed skin or promoting hair growth.
It’s been used by civilisations around the world for centuries as a natural remedy, giving you an alternative to chemical-based commercial products that are not suitable options for everyone.
We decided to take a closer look at the benefits of using lavender oil for hair, giving you key information about its natural properties, how it can benefit your hair and some of the best ways to apply it.
Is lavender oil good for hair?
Regular application of lavender oil can be beneficial for your hair and scalp, such as:
How to use lavender essential oil for hair
There are lots of lavender oil benefits for hair that you can enjoy, depending on how it is applied. Take a look at our suggestions below to see what works best for you:
- Combine lavender oil with your hair products: Lavender essential oil can easily be combined with your favourite hair products, which can offer hair growth and scalp benefits. Simply add about 5 drops per 30ml of product and use as normal. Alternatively, place a small amount of product in the palm of your hand and mix 2-3 drops of oil before application.
- Try a lavender oil hair serum: Some hair serums include lavender essential oil in their ingredients, helping to give more control over oily, split or frizzy hair. This lavender treatment oil for hair and skin does just this, and also contains hair nourishing carrier oils; Argan, Jojoba and Sweet Almond.
- Massage lavender oil directly into the scalp: An easy way to enjoy lavender oil benefits for hair is to dilute it with a carrier oil (using a 1:1 ratio mix) and massage into your scalp. Try this when you come out of the shower or bath and let it rest in your hair for 5-10 minutes before rinsing it out. You can also leave it overnight if you are comfortable sleeping with a towel wrapped around your hair, allowing the oil to fully soak in.
- Use a lavender essential oil hair mask: There are lots of lavender oil hair masks available to buy – with many also using natural ingredients. Trying this approach once a week allows you to enjoy its full benefits and could also help to prevent hair breakage.
- Buy a lavender oil-based product: If you see a product that contains lavender essential oil or lavender hydrolate, this could offer benefits for your scalp, with the fragrance also helping to calm and soothe. It’s likely that the oil will be diluted, but if you look for products with as many natural ingredients as possible, it can only be good news for your hair and scalp.
How to make a rosemary and lavender hair mask for glossy hair
While Lavender oil alone makes a great hair mask, adding Rosemary essential oil in the mix can maximise the benefits, leaving your hair feeling soft and shiny.
Here’s how to make your own DIY Rosemary and Lavender hair mask:
- 1 very ripe banana
- 2 tbsp used rosemary tea leaves (you can also use brewed rosemary tea for a more watery consistency)
- 2 tbsp oats (or replace with oat milk for a more watery consistency)
- 1 tsp honey
- 5 drops of Lavender Essential Oil
- 5 drops of Rosemary Essential Oil
- OR 10 drops of Hair Health Essential Oil Blend
Mix all of the ingredients together using a bullet or stick blender.
Do not hand-mix – the banana must blend completely smoothly in order for the mask to wash out easily.
How to use:
- Apply to damp hair. If you have made your mask with brewed tea and oat milk, you also have the option to apply it to dry, clean hair.
- Leave on for at least 30mins. You can leave the mask on for much longer than this if you wish – it depends on your hair type and the results you want to achieve.
- Rinse off and enjoy soft, nourished hair.
Feeling lazy? Why not try our pre made rosemary oil for hair blend that you can use straight out of the bottle.
Learn more about how rosemary oil benefits your hair.
What are the side effects of lavender essential oil?
When diluted and applied correctly, any risks associated with using lavender essential oil are greatly reduced.
However, if the oil is applied to the skin or hair without following the recommended instructions, it can cause an allergic reaction.
If you are using lavender essential oil (or any essential oil) for the first time, you should complete a patch test to see how your body reacts.
This can be done by adding 1-2 drops to the upper inside part of your forearm before covering it with a plaster for 24 hours. If you experience inflammation, redness or irritation of any kind, do not continue to use the oil.
Even when diluted, avoid applying lavender oil to your mouth, nose, ears, eyes and other sensitive parts of your body.
Also, if you take depressants or medication that is designed to sedate the nervous system, you should be cautious about inhaling or using lavender oil as it can increase the feeling of drowsiness or sleepiness.
Lavender essential oil is perfectly safe to use on your hair and skin and offers a host of benefits with regular application, including promoting hair growth and easing skin inflammation.
Try some of our application suggestions above to see what works best for you.
And you can always diffuse lavender essential oil or include it in soap or candle recipes, allowing you to enjoy its aromatherapeutic benefits in the comfort of your own home any time you fancy some ‘you’ time.