Beauty DIY To Try This Weekend: A Nourishing Scalp Oil That Can Help Hair Growth
Ah, DIYs. Sometimes you want to get your Martha Stewart on, walk into the kitchen and CREATE. And sometimes, you just want to throw mashed avocado into your hair and call it day. The great thing about natural beauty is that you can use whole ingredients to craft your very own beauty rituals, while also tapping into that creative streak. I have a few tried and true DIYs I regularly turn to, but I also always need more. So, I’m asking beauty industry experts to share their favorite beauty DIYs with us. These experts know their ingredients like the back of their hands, so you can trust that what they whip up will be a total treat.
The Expert: Nicolle Mackinnon, Green Beauty + Lifestyle Writer/Editor
Nicolle Mackinnon serves as a writer and editor for several leading publications (including the fact that she’s our editor-in-chief here at WELL) helping women understand how important, stylish and fun it is to commit to clean beauty. By way of her contributions to No More Dirty Looks, Thoughtfully Magazine and numerous beauty brands’ blogs, websites and social media, Nicolle has become a trusted voice on the correlation between health and beauty. She’s been researching, testing, writing about and recommending beauty products since she was in middle school, but she’s been doing it professionally since 2010.
The Beauty DIY Recipe: Nourishing Scalp Oil
The Benefits of a DIY Nourishing Scalp Oil
The plant oil helps nourish and regenerate scalp, while rosemary essential oil strengthens circulation, and may help prevent premature graying and dandruff. It may also help dry or itchy scalp, which is the reason I use it. Basil essential oil is a natural stimulant that helps in increasing blood flow when applied topically. It’s also effective in promoting growth of hair.
- 1-2 Tbsp. Olive or coconut oil (depending on what you have in your kitchen and which you like better)
- 5 drops rosemary essential oil
- 5 drops basil essential oil
Mix the oil (you can vary the amount of oil, depending on your hair thickness!) and essential oils in a small bowl. Scoop a small amount into your hands and warm the combination before gently applying to scalp (you can use a brush for application if you want to really get it onto your scalp).
Massage gently and leave on for 10 to 15 minutes. You can sleep with it on your scalp overnight, if you’re feeling quite dry or itchy.
When you’re ready to remove, hop in the shower and use a gentle shampoo (I recommend a nontoxic one, like True Botanicals) to cleanse. Follow with a nontoxic conditioner. I love this once a week for best results, especially during the winter.
Need more DIYs to try? Check out this simple Manuka honey mask.