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 oil 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 color, yellow to dark brown. 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?
Neem 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 oil also has higher levels of triterpenoids than most oils used on hair. People also like neem oil for it’s antibacterial and antifungal properties.
3. How to Use Neem Oil on Hair?
This oil, like other essential oils, is too strong to use straight on your skin. We recommend that for using on your hair and scalp you mix it with another oil, like olive oil or coconut oil. Make sure that your mixture is mostly your base oil where neem oil should only equate for around 5% of the blend. Apply your oil mixture to your hair and scalp and let it soak in for no more than one hour. Rinse out the oil mixture and wash and condition your hair. We recommend using the Suave Essentials Daily Clarifying Shampoo and the Suave Essentials Daily Clarifying 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 Dove Nutritive Solutions Intense Repair Deep Treatment Mask that works to make your hair 10X more resilient.
Need more information on hair oils? Read all about using coconut oil as a deep conditioner.