Growing your hair out into a long mermaid mane can be challenging for someone with easily damaged hair. In fact, it’s one of the main reasons I haven’t been able to grow my hair out longer than my shoulder blades – it always breaks off at the ends mere weeks after getting a trim despite the fact that I don’t use heat on my hair very often. So, what’s a girl to do when she wants those long luscious locks she’s always dreamed of? Find a way to lessen the damage.
Aside from the usual things like sleeping in a protective hairstyle, avoiding harsh chemicals, and brushing/combing with care, what else can you do to help keep your hair strong and healthy? Serums!
I used to be a skeptic when it came to using just oil on my face, and it was no different when it came to my hair. Besides being quite frizzy, my hair is oily, thin, fine, and is very easily weighed down. There was no way I was going to start putting MORE oil in it! But desperate times call for desperate measures and if I want my hair to ever reach the length I’ve always wanted then I need to nourish and moisturize it.
That’s when I decided to try making my own conditioning hair serum, and you know what? It’s working!
How to Make a Conditioning Hair Serum for Easily Damaged Hair
One of the best things about making your own beauty care products – hair serums included – is you get to customize your formula whenever you like.
Want a different scent? Easy! Just swap around your essential oils.
Need something heavier or lighter in consistency? Change the ratios of your carrier oils, add in new ones, or omit certain oils altogether.
Since my hair is fine, I reach for lighter oils like jojoba, grapeseed, or safflower as a base. For moisture, argan oil is my go to as it nourishes the hair and tames those pesky flyaways without being too heavy.
Conditioning Hair Serum Recipe
Since everyone’s hair is different, feel free to play around with different oils to see what works best for your hair.
Below is my recipe for a hair serum that’s light yet moisturizing enough for fine hair.
Here’s what you need to make it:
If you want to add exotic oils, simply lessen the argan oil by 1tsp and then add 1tsp of the exotic oil of choice.
Apply a few drops as needed to wet or damp hair, focusing on the length and ends. Work the serum into the hair evenly for best results. Use once a day or more as needed for moisture, control, and protection.
Why These Ingredients Work
Argan oil is known to stimulate the scalp and increase nourishing circulation to the roots of your hair. It renews and regenerates dry damaged skin and hair, reduces dandruff, and helps new hair to grow. It contains vitamin E, antioxidants, essential fatty acids, and is one of the best oils for moisturizing all types of hair.
Jojoba oil, which is actually a wax, is the closest oil in consistency to our own body’s sebum. This reason alone is what makes it the perfect choice for fine/oily hair types as it’s light and non-greasy. It combats dandruff, improves the texture of your hair, and eliminates frizz. Jojoba oil is also full of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals – most notably silicone – a mineral that smooths hair and gives it shine and bounce.
Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender essential oil is an excellent oil for hair growth and overall hair health. Used diluted on the scalp, lavender EO can help stimulate hair growth, nourish the scalp, improve blood circulation, and is a powerful antiseptic against bacteria, fungi, and other scalp inhabiting microbes. One study even found that lavender EO increased the number of hair follicles when used 5x a week for 4 weeks on the scalp!
Applying it to the hair itself in a serum is a great way to help strengthen and deep condition the hair.
The scent of lavender alone is known to help reduce stress and improve sleep.
Rosemary Essential Oil
One of the best essential oils to use for overall hair health, rosemary essential oil is a must have for almost every DIY haircare recipe. It stimulates the roots, increases hair growth when applied diluted to the scalp, and encourages healthy blood flow. It combats dandruff, hair loss, and minimizes dry itchy skin and flakiness.
When applied to the hair itself, rosemary can help reduce split ends and add body, shine, and bounce to dull lifeless hair.
The scent or rosemary EO is also known to reduce stress in just a few seconds!
What have been your favorite carrier oils and EOs for conditioning your hair? Please let me know in the comments below!
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