Deep Conditioning with Essential Oils

The best part of wash day is without a doubt deep conditioning.

When it comes to caring for your curls, it is the ultimate “treat-yo-self” moment. But sometimes, your go-to mask just isn’t enough.

Sometimes you need a lil something extra.

Enter hair oils.

Essential oils have been used for years in just about everything – but certain ones can have special super powers that take your curl game to the next level.

But which ones do what? And how do you know what’s right for your curls?

Worry not – we have all the answers. We teamed up with Annette Bell, one of the genius women behind the brand Belle Bar Organic.

Annette and her daughters are serious queens when it comes to holistic hair care. And since Earth Day is around the corner, you know we just had to get their best kept secrets!

Let’s break it all down.

How to Deep Condition With Essential Oils

Step 1: Cleanse your hair thoroughly.

If you’re looking for a deep clean, try Buildup Buster, otherwise go in with your favorite No-Poo or Low-Poo cleanser. You can also co-wash instead of using a traditional cleanser.

Step 2: Choose a deep conditioner

Chose one that’s best for your curl needs – if you’re looking for a little extra moisture try DevaCurl’s Heaven in Hair.

If your curls are super dry and you need to really pump up that hydration, Melt into Moisture is your go-to.

Wanting to bring back definition and strength? Try Deep Sea Repair.

Step 3: Choose your mix in.

Now there’s a plethora of options when it comes to essential oils, and the good news is – you don’t have to choose just one!

You can actually mix in multiple oils, but keep in mind, you don’t want to overload your hair with oils that could end up weighing it down. No matter what you choose, just be sure to only use a few drops!

P.S. Always make sure you’re mixing the oils into something, never apply them straight to your hair. They have to be diluted – and they can’t just be diluted with water because oil and water do not mix).

If you’re looking to grow longer, stronger hair try…

Ylang Ylang – “This essential oil has a strong floral scent,” says Annette, “but it’s great for stimulating hair growth, and actually encourages the scalp to produce natural sebum, which can help nourish dry and damaged hair.” Oh and another bonus – it’s commonly used in aromatherapy for relieving stress. Get your zen on girl.

Lavender – We’re already big fans of Lavender at Deva (hello Mist-er Right 😉) but did you know that using lavender oil can actually help you grow stronger, thicker hair? Oh and just like ylang ylang, it’s got amazing calming benefits.

Peppermint – Another Deva fave (hey No-Poo Original 😉) peppermint is known for helping increase hair growth and thickness.

If you’re fighting dandruff and other scalp issues, try…

Tea Tree – This essential oil is anti-fungal and can actually help treat dandruff while minimizing greasiness. It’s also great for stimulating growth.

Lemongrass – This potent essential oil smells amazing (*ahem it’s what One Condition original smells like*) and is known for its antifungal properties that help inhibit dandruff and relax the scalp.

If you’re worried about oiliness try…

Lemon – This essential oil can help reduce greasiness (oh and it also helps with hair growth). Just be sure to use a concentration that’s 2% or less.

Juniper Berry – This fruity scented oil blends well with lemon, and is known for helping balance out oily hair, while strengthening brittle strands. (Oh, and it too has antiseptic properties that help care for your scalp’s health!).

If you’re looking for a boost in definition try…

Rosemary Oil – This one fights frizz and defines curls, while giving moisture.

Step 4: Mix a few drops of your chosen oil into your deep conditioner. Be sure to give the cocktail a thorough mix so you get an even application.

Step 5: Apply the mixture to your scalp and let sit for at least 20 minutes or up to an hour.

Step 6: Rinse out and style as normal.

If you really want to see the benefits of deep conditioning with essential oils, do it for at least three to four washes!

Have you ever tried deep conditioning with essential oils? Which are your favorites? Or which ones would you love to try? Share with us in the comments below! You might just score a deep conditioning kit from Deva and our friends at Belle Bar Organic.