I love to have my hair smelling really good, yet I avoid synthetic fragrance like the plague. Synthetic fragrance has extremely toxic components and many undisclosed/trade-secret ingredients. You can read a bit about fragrance in this article on The Environmental Working Group. Avoiding synthetic fragrance is very important, yet having your hair smell nice is really great too!
When making your own simple hair care products, you can use pure essential oils to add a beautiful scent. Here’s what I do to have naturally fragrant curls.
I usually add a bit of natural oil which contains an essential oil blend to my hair every night before putting my hair into four braids or four twists before going to sleep. I first spritz my hair lightly with water and/or aloe vera for moisture, then apply a quarter sized amount of a natural oil to each section before braiding or twisting each section. I apply oil at night so that it is absorbed into my hair by morning and not oily. In the morning I add five drops of that same oil with three drops of essential oil in my hand and lightly coat my hair for a stronger beautiful fragrance.
Two of my favorite essential oils to combine are sweet orange and vanilla absolute. I use two drops of sweet orange and one drop of vanilla with five drops of a carrier oil.
If your not big on DIY products, another easy way to have naturally fragrant hair is to use a product like 100% Pure. 100% Pure uses only essential oils and essential oil absolutes to create some of the most amazing scents for their products. I LOVE using their body cream as a hair lotion because it moisturizes hair like no other and smells so good! Their Vanilla Bean Nourishing Body Cream is one of my all time favorites. I’ve enjoyed this body lotion for my hair because it only has moisturizing properties with no synthetic ingredients which can coats the hair and prohibit moisture from entering the hair strands properly. I think vanilla will always be one of my favorite scents. If you’re interested in learning how to make your own natural perfume using the alcohol based method, check out this article.
What’s your favorite scent in hair care?
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