“Essentially You” Shampoo & Conditioner

Customized hair care is a booming business on the internet. Just how is it done? Basically, an online quiz—about hair type and health, desired care outcomes, and perhaps lifestyle and environment—determines each individual’s formulas. Naturally, these personalized products are much more expensive than drugstore or even salon brands. But you can drastically cut hair care costs and still customize your own safe, natural products with organic carrier oils and pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils.

Use “Essentially You” shampoo and conditioner for daily or routine care. (The shampoo also doubles as a body wash!) For intensive moisturizing, do an occasional hair mask with our hair conditioning serum. All of these recipes take no more than 5 minutes to make!
For more information on essential oils for hair care and hair conditions, see the 9th editions of Modern Essentials and the Modern Essentials Handbook under “My Usage Guide: Hair.”

The castile soap in the shampoo acts as a mild cleanser, while the vegetable glycerin is a non-greasy moisturizer and humectant (meaning it helps your hair retain moisture).

Essentially You Shampoo

  • Servings: Yield=8 oz. (250 ml)
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients & Supplies:

Instructions:

  1. Add all ingredients to the bottle in the order listed.
  2. Shake until thoroughly mixed.
  3. Squeeze a small amount into the palm of your hand, and work through wet hair.
  4. Rinse with warm water.
  5. Repeat, if desired.

Essentially You Conditioner

  • Servings: Yield=8 oz. (250 ml)
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients & Supplies:

Instructions:

  1. Mix ingredients in the 8 oz. spray bottle.
  2. Shake bottle before each use.
  3. Spray throughout layers of hair.
  4. Leave in for 5 minutes for essential oils to penetrate hair shaft and follicles.
  5. Rinse with warm water.

*Custom Carrier Oils

Balancing oil production (all hair types): Sweet Almond Oil, Jojoba Oil
Controlling dandruff: Sunflower Oil, Shea Oil (contains latex)
Moisturizing: Olive Oil, Sunflower Oil, Shea Oil
Softening and conditioning: Sweet Almond Oil, Fractionated Coconut Oil

**Custom Essential Oils

All hair types: rosemary, lavender
Beard hair: rosemary, lemon
Children’s hair: lavender
Dandruff: lavender, wintergreen
Dry hair: geranium, sandalwood, lavender
Dull hair (improve shine): Roman chamomile, lavender
Fragile hair (strengthen): clary sage, lavender, thyme
Itchy scalp: peppermint
Oily hair: basil, cypress, thyme, lemon, rosemary, petitgrain
Thinning hair (stimulate growth): rosemary, lavender, thyme, ylang ylang (also clary sage for estrogen balance)

Blending Essential Oils for Hair Care

Here are some oils you can pair with our recommendations for great-smelling combinations:
Basil: cypress, geranium, lavender, peppermint
Clary sage: lemon, petitgrain, cypress, geranium, sandalwood
Lavender: most oils (especially citrus), clary sage, geranium
Lemon: geranium, peppermint, sandalwood, ylang ylang
Peppermint: basil, cypress, lavender, lemon, rosemary
Petitgrain: clary sage, geranium, lavender, rosemary
Roman chamomile: lavender, geranium, clary sage
Rosemary: basil, lavender, peppermint
Sandalwood: cypress, lemon, ylang ylang
Thyme: rosemary
Wintergreen: basil, cypress, geranium, lavender, peppermint

Now go do personalized hair care like a pro!

Hair Conditioning Serum

Does your hair get dry and brittle, especially after long days in the sun? Sometimes our hair just needs a deep conditioning serum to help it retain moisture and stay healthy. According to Modern Essentials™, the essential oils in this recipe are often used to help with dry, fragile hair and may even help stimulate hair growth. Leave the conditioning serum in for as little as 15 minutes or as long as all night before shampooing your hair. You can even make it into a spray to help protect your hair from the sun’s rays during the day (see extra idea below).

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Hair Conditioning Serum

  • Servings: Yield=2 oz. (60 ml)
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients & Supplies:

Instructions:

  1. Add all ingredients to the 2 oz. plastic bottle. Shake to combine.
  2. To use, squirt a little (about 1/4 tsp. or 1–2 ml) of the oil into the palm of your hand, and massage through your hair using your fingers. Work from the ends of your hair up to the roots.
  3. Leave on over night (or at least for 15 minutes) before shampooing your hair. Cover your pillow with a towel to protect your pillowcase and sheets if needed.
  4. Apply 1–2 times a month or when your hair is feeling dry and brittle.

Extra Idea:

  • Use this recipe to create a leave-in spray conditioner for protecting your hair from damage due to the hot summer sun or cold winter days. To do this, simply place 1 tsp. (5 ml) of this conditioning serum in a 2 oz. Spray Bottle, and fill the remainder with water. Shake well with each use, and spray hair (avoiding the roots) as needed.

Source: Modern Essentials™, 7th Edition, pp. 315–16.