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Like most essential oils found in everyday household items, you will find that if used in the hair you will reap many benefits for various problems.
Peppermint oil is used in so many of your favorite curly hair products.
Winter is the best time to focus on maximizing your hair growth; it lets you hibernate your hair and protect from the cold weather with turbans, protective styles and up dos! These styles allow you to top up on oils and focus more on scalp care instead of curl definition.
Be sure to never use peppermint oil directly on the skin -- it is simply too strong. Therefore, you must mix peppermint oil with a carrier oil like sweet almond Oil to dilute and make it safer for application.
Check out below the direct benefits that peppermint oil has for natural hair and how you should use it in your next wash day routine.
For your itchy scalp
An itchy scalp can drive you crazy and cause damage to your scalp and hair when you constantly itch harshly, breaking the skin and hair! Thanks to its restorative properties, using Peppermint oil is a great way to soothe the itchy sensation. To help you can massage the scalp gently with your fingertips -- not nails -- using an oil mixture including a few drops of peppermint oil. You can also mix it in water and a spray bottle, using it throughout the day whenever you get the itching urge!
For your dandruff
We all dread noticing white flakes in our hair and built upon the scalp, it can be hard to get rid of and embarrassing. Dandruff is caused when the oil from your scalp clogs your skin cells to stick together. Peppermint oil balance the scalps pH level fighting any bacteria and riding of the dry flakes on the scalp. Sometimes we suffer from scalp problems because we use too much oil or too little oil.
For hair growth
Winter is hair growth season so you will want to stimulate the scalp with the right oils that are going to get the blood and follicles going! Peppermint oil should be your go-to for this as the ingredient has a menthol effect. Ever had a menthol mint or oral care product and your eyes water? Yes, it's that strong and has an effect on the scalp stimulating the skin cells and blood circulation which equals hair growth.
So we now know the benefits of peppermint oil, how should we incorporate it into our routine. Check out a peppermint oil infused wash day below!
- Pree-poo, use an oil to massage the scalp with and coat the hair for extra moisture and treatment before you go in with your shampoo. Try EDEN BodyWorks Peppermint Tea Tree Hair Oil.
- After rinsing the pree-poo with warm water, you want to deep cleanse with a moisturizing shampoo to clear the scalp and moisturize the hair at the same time. Try Noughty Hair Care Detox Dynamo 2-In-1 Shampoo.
- Apply a moisturizing deep conditioner to the hair and massage in the scalp for extra moisture and protection especially during the winter months. Leave the treatment in for 20-40 minutes under a shower cap and for extra effect use a warm towel or heated cap. Try SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen, Grow & Restore Treatment Masque.
- Rinse the deep conditioner out with cool water and style with a moisturizing leave-in conditioner that will help to promote hair growth. Try SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen, Grow & Restore Leave-In Conditioner.
Mid Week relief: In between wash days, you can apply a product like Cantu Refresh Apple Cider Vinegar Root Relief directly to the roots for scalp relief.
Peppermint oil is going to solve all of your scalp problems with ease! Make sure to top up on some products including this ingredient to get your curls through possible dandruff and scalp irritation this winter.