We are big fans of DIY spa nights! Pampering is a good way to destress and take care of your mind, body, and hair. We like to run the gamut from a hair oil treatment to a bath, to a pedicure. The more we do hair oil masks, the more we want to learn about different oils, like neem oil. This ingredient has some interesting benefits, including moisturizing to treating scalp problems. Read on to learn all about neem oil to see if it’s right for you.
Neem Oil For Hair
1. What is neem oil?
Neem oil is a vegetable oil extracted from an evergreen neem tree. Once extracted this oil has a strong bitter scent and a darker, yellow to brown color. The benefits of neem oil range from it’s moisturizing properties to its potential to ease some symptoms of dandruff.
2. What makes neem oil good for your hair?
This oil has many properties that are good for scalp and hair health. It is full of fatty acids (oleic and linoleic to be specific) that can help to provide moisture to your hair. This ingredient also has higher levels of triterpenoids than most oils used on hair. People also like neem oil for it’s antibacterial and antifungal properties, which is why it can help with dandruff.
3. How to use this oil on hair?
This ingredient, like other essential oils, is too strong to use straight on your skin. We recommend that you mix it with another oil, like olive oil or coconut oil when using on your hair and scalp. Make sure that your mixture is mostly your base oil where neem oil should only equate for around 5% of the blend. Apply your mixture to your hair and scalp and let it soak in for up to one hour. Rinse out the oil mixture and wash and condition your hair. We recommend using the Dove Nutritive Solutions Clarify & Hydrate Shampoo and Conditioner.
4. Why Would You Not Want To Use Neem Oil?
If you know that you are prone to strong reactions to essential oils, choose a different hair oil treatment. For people who want to use this oil for its moisturizing benefits, a hair mask can be just as effective. We recommend using the Suave Almond + Shea Butter Moisture Mask, which works to deeply moisturize your strands with 100% almond and shea butter.