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It was Shyema's review of Yarok's Serum #1 that inspired me to find the right oil for my hair, but it was the $28.00 per ounce that motivated me to make a DIY hair growth oil. Many of us have budgets and with all the great TIA products being reviewed, I make sure that my money is always well spent each month. Such was the case when Shyema’s review was posted. I calculated that my 32 inches of hair would need 1 ounce of Yarok per treatment, once a week, making my cost $112 each month. This made my E'shee's Repair Serum look like a bargain!
My mantra is: Never go without, just DIY. I purchased most of my oils online at www.mountainroseherbs.com for approximately $1.50 an ounce. If you buy organic and food-grade when possible, you'll be able to cook with many of the carrier oils as well. I'd been using my DIY oil (recipe below) for a couple of months before purchasing Yarok's travel size Spark of Youth Serum #7. Out of curiosity, I just had to see if I’d been missing out. I’ve decided that I like the DIY version better. I don't have to be frugal on how much I use, and the best part is that it's custom blended with the exact oils that work for my particular hair type.
What follows is a list of the oils I mix together, with a few notes pulled from various websites that tout their benefits. 1 or .5 ounce each of the carrier oils with 4-6 drops of each of the essential oils (per total ounce of carrier oil). Use whatever you think will help your hair type. I'd love to hear your suggestions for other oils to use. Share the love and comment with your own ideas!
Wheat Germ Oil * Long-chain fatty acids with emollient properties add moisture and softness. Contains vitamin E which can promote skin cell formation and helps keep oil from spoiling. Contains a polyunsaturated fat called squalane along with B vitamins B1, B2, B3 and B6. B vitamins are readily absorbed through the skin and may increase scalp circulation.
Hemp Seed Oil * Contains unsaturated fatty acids Omega-3 and Omega-6. These essential fatty acids help grow stronger, less brittle hair.
Coconut Oil * One reason for hair loss is microbial action on the scalp and roots. Anti-microbial agents work against this. Lauric acid and capric acid in coconut oil are triglycerides which produce anti-microbial agents. This oil has high moisture-retaining properties to prevent hair breakage. Contains vitamin E and fatty acids.
Emu Oil * Contains linolenic and oleic acid which are anti-inflammatories that can rejuvenate skin cells for healthy hair growth. Wakes up hair follicles to the anagen (growth) phase. Helps follicle development and growth by increasing the synthesis of DNA in the epidermis, stimulating skin regeneration and proliferation of cells around the hair follicle. Enlarging the follicle makes hair thicker. Emu oil blocks DHT (a derivative of testosterone) from attaching to the hair follicle, thus stopping DHT from degrading and shortening the hair’s growth cycles.
Olive Oil * Prevents the production of DHT hormones on the scalp. Antioxidants, anti-fungal and antibacterial properties promote scalp health.
Grape Seed Oil * Non-greasy oil rich in linoleic acid which is an essential fatty acid for the skin and cell membranes. Contains vitamins, minerals, proteins, GLA, and a small amount of vitamin E.
Avocado Oil * Contains essential nutrients like proteins, vitamins A, D, E and B6, magnesium, copper, iron, amino acids and folic acid, all of which are essential for hair growth and nourishment. Rich source of lecithin for penetrative qualities. Contains natural sunscreen properties to protect against UVA and UVB.
Castor Oil * Humectant which draws in moisture with omega-9 fatty acids that nourish the hair and scalp. Contains ricinoleic acid which has anti-bacterial and anti-fungicidal properties.
Evening Primrose Oil * Rich in Omega 6 fatty acids and potent prostaglandins.
Add the essential oils after you have mixed your carrier oils: 4-8 drops, depending on the type (4 drops of stimulating oil; 8 drops of Balancing/Nutritive oils) for every 1 oz. of carrier oil(s).
Clary Sage * Balances estrogen.
Rosemary * Stimulates hair follicles (not for children, expectant mothers or people with nervous system conditions).
Basil * Improves circulation.
Bay * Contributes shine, luster.
Peppermint * Stimulates blood flow.
Other Suggestions: Burdock for stimulating blood flow and hair cell renewal; Tea Tree for dandruff and moisture; Sea Buckthorn for stimulating cell metabolism; Lavender for calming antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.