Infuse Your Hair with These Simple DIYs

71 June 8, 2015 - DIY, Essential Oils, Hair care, How to Use Essential Oils, Young Living Lifestyle, Young Living Personal Care

Do you feel like you have to choose between enjoying the sun and taking care of your hair? Why can’t we do both?


Unfortunately, many of our favorite vacation activities often involve sun, wind, chlorine, or salt water and can leave hair looking flat; but don’t let that keep you from summer fun. Keep your locks as beautiful as ever with these DIY hair recipes!


DIY Dry Hair Spritz

If your hair is dull or naturally dry, spritz this recipe over your hair throughout the day to keep it from looking dry, particularly Ylang Ylang Essential Oilif you are planning a day in the sun.



Add all ingredients in a 12-oz. spray bottle. Shake well before spritzing over hair, avoiding the roots.


DIY Detangler

From extreme roller coasters to an afternoon on water skis, summer activities can tangle up your hair. Smooth outRoyal Hawaiian Sandalwood Essential Oil knots with this hair detangler!


  • 1/2 cup Lavender Volume Conditioner (or other Young Living conditioner)
  • 1 1/8 cup hot (not boiling) distilled water
  • 3 drops Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood
  • 3 drops Cedarwood
  • 3 drops Frankincense


Put conditioner into a 12-oz. spray bottle. Add distilled water and shake. Add essential oils and shake again. To use, spray on dry or damp hair, focusing on the ends.


DIY Highlights

Lighten any hair color with this recipe for sun-kissed highlights. Be conservative with darker hair to avoid brassy Citrus Fresh Essential Oilhues.



Add all ingredients into a 12-oz. spray bottle and shake to combine. To use, shake well and spritz throughout hair when spending time in the sun. Start with a small amount to avoid over-drying hair.


These essential oil DIYs will have your hair feelings soft and looking fabulous after any activity! What’s your essential oil secret to fabulous-looking hair? Tell us about it in the comments!


—Gloria Russo, Young Living International and Portfolio Brand Manager

  • Neeti

    Can I use Frankincense and Cedarwood mixed and applied on the parts where hair are thinning?

  • Stacy

    Please help. I have thick, curly, frizzy hair and I don’t know what to do anymore. I have tried EVERYTHING. Please tell me there is an essential oil that can help me.

    • Young Living

      Hi Stacy, We recommend viewing our hair care products to see if one would be right for your specific hair type! Thanks for stopping by with your question!

      • Stacie

        I have that kind of hair also and am SO excited about the vanilla copaiba shampoo!! My hair has NEVER been silky since I was a very little girl. But with this shampoo it is shiny and silky and amazing!!!!

  • Heather

    I don’t have Ylang Ylang. Will they highlights work without it?

  • Carrie Hartley

    Are all YL oils and shampoos and conditioners safe for color treated hair?

    • Young Living

      Hi Carrie, Our shampoos should not harm colored hair. With that being said, we cannot speak to any particular features with anyone’s hair type. We would recommend trying the shampoo/conditioner of your choice on a small, inconspicuous area first to make sure the products are compatible with your color treated hair. Thanks for stopping by with your question!

  • Thank you for the great tips.

  • Irene Hand

    Does anyone have a recommendation for dry scalp?

    • Great question, Irene! The oils recommended in the DIY Dry Hair Spritz should work well for moisturizing a dry scalp too. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Paula Teel

    Can you just reuse plastic shampoo bottles, when empty, to make up your own EO shampoo’s, spritzer, conditioners? As I am all about recycling!

    • Young Living

      Hi Paula, Thanks for stopping by with your question. You may reuse the bottles for your own personal use if you would like. That’s great that you recycle!

  • Does anyone have a natural recipe I could use to “spike” my short hair? I would like to discontinue the commercial gel that I am presently using. Thanks for any help.

    • Aloe vera gel on its own is all my husband has used to style his short hair for over a year now (Make sure to read the label to determine if its a pure version or not).
      Also beeswax and coconut oil would make a pomade. Sounds complex but just melt beeswax in pot, stir in coconut oil until its also melted, pour into old pomade container and it will be ready to use by morning. You could also add some Cedarwood as the mixture is cooling.

      • Hi Rachel – great data! for the pomade, is it 1:1 beeswax to coconut oil? Or what ratio?

        • I would do 2:1 beeswax to coconut maybe even some shea butter, the coconut oil may look greasy if there is too much

    • Nan


      just want to share this great natural homemade hair spray
      .. heat 1/2 cup water ( i use distilled ) and 2 tsp of sugar ( i use the organic cane ) ..dissolve, cool, and add 1 drop of a fav. essential oil .. like sweet orange or other. Add to a spray bottle.
      For more hold add more sugar . for less .. use less. it’s great !!

      • Laura Clay

        Cool! Thanks! My hubby was just saying he liked my hair a way I used to wear it that involved lots of hair spray and I didn’t want to use it anymore (I like totally natural hair, even air dry). I’ll have to try this tho. It’s natural.

        Does it make your hair sticky that you have to wash it often? I don’t wash mine often and it’s super soft because of that.

        • Hey Laura! Thanks for your comment. What DIY are you talking about?

  • Great site. Cheers for posting

  • Dora Hofer

    Hi my hair are falling out… can anyone help ;-(

    • Melissa

      I am using coconut oil on my hair before shampooing and using YL shampoos and conditioners which also have oils in them. I do think the oils are helping. I also using Ylang Ylang with carrier oil.

    • Nicole Manley

      We use a drop of Cedarwood in our Young Living Lavender shampoo daily. This helps support hair growth and hair strengthen also. 🙂

    • Julia

      I have read, in a few different places, that falling hair is a sign of a sulfur deficiency. YL has a wonderful supplement called Sulfurzyme which may be of help in such a situation.

      • Margot Moczygemba

        I apply Cedarwood every night before going to bed.

        • Diane

          Do you apply it directly to your scalp?

    • Sandy Manning

      Depending on your age, it could be hormones. Not unusual for someone around age 40ish. I would try Progessence Plus. I’ve had friends who had great help with that to support your system.

  • Kristi

    Is there anything for greasy hair?

    • Chrisy

      Would love it if someone could reply to Kristi’s comment, as I also have an issue with greasy hair. I try to wash it every other day, and day 2 is always really greasy and yucky looking!!

  • Jane

    Could you advise any DIY blend for grey hair issue?

    • Shelley

      I would like some information on this too! 🙂 I hate using the strong checmical stuff to color my hair and it’s almost got me thinking about letting it go gray. :/

  • Louise Sullivan

    What can I sub. for sandalwood?

    • Young Living

      Hi Louise! Sandalwood #3634 was discontinued, but D. Gary Young has found a new, sustainable source for sandalwood called Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood (Santalum paniculatum) #4746 which will be replacing Sandalwood (Santalum album). The S. paniculatumtree is native to and only found on the island of Hawaii and Young Living has an exclusive partnership with a 2,000 hectares Hawaiian farm that practices sustainable farming management principles. While S. paniculatum has similar constituencies to S. album, Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood has a more balanced chemistry that provides a soothing, softer texture, feel and aroma.

      If you have additional questions or concerns, or if we can assist you in any way, please feel free to contact us via telephone at 1-800-371-3515, fax at 866-203-5666, email at, or our Live Help feature at

      • Melissa

        Is there an oil to use instead of the Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood since it is so expensive?

        • Young Living

          Hi Melissa, Hong Kuai or Hinoki may be good alternatives to try. However, we cannot guarantee similar results because the therapeutic compounds would not be the same as Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood.

  • Danielle

    Would the dry hair spritz be safe on colored hair?

    • Young Living

      Hi Danielle! We do not expect the dry hair spritz to pose any issues for colored hair. With that being said, we cannot speak to any particular features with an individual’s specific hair type, we would recommend trying the spritz of on a small, inconspicuous area first to ensure it is compatible with your color treated hair.

  • Why does the spritz say “…avoid the roots”?

    • Young Living

      Hi Tracy! It’s typically best to avoid applying moisturizing hair products to the scalp (unless your scalp is very dry) to prevent hair from becoming unnecessarily weighed down.

  • Brittany

    Will the hair lightening recipe work with just the citrus fresh and frankincense?

  • Roberta

    Do you have a sprtiz for frizzy hair?

    • Erin Doll

      The mirah shave gel works great for me when I straighten my hair. I apply to damp hair before straightening.

  • Sabrina Rose

    Can I use any of these for hair growth some of my meds makes my hair fall out really bad please and thanks

    • Young Living

      Hi Sabrina! Young Living’s products are intended only for the use listed on individual labels—either for topical/aromatic use or as a dietary supplement. Please always refer to the label for usage directions. Because Young Living’s products are not labeled to be used as drugs, they are not intended for use in the treatment or cure of disease or any abnormal function of the body, including ailments or injuries. Therefore, Young Living cannot provide advice or recommendation for products to address any type of disease, ailment, or injury. We advise that you consult with a medical professional on your specific issue.

      If you would like further information on Young Living’s Seed to Seal process, the quality of our essential oils, recommended uses, or any further information on any of Young Living products, please visit

    • Carol Parman

      How many drops in a Tablespoon of carrier oil?

      • Young Living

        Hi Carol! There are approximately 250 drops of oil in a tablespoon.

        • Jasmine

          250 drops per tablespoon?
          So one 15ml bottle = approx. 1 tablespoon of oil?

          • Young Living

            Hi Jasmine! Yes, one 15 ml bottle contains approximately 1 tablespoon of essential oil.

  • Whitney

    I have colored hair…is it safe to use the YL Vanilla Copaiba shampoo/conditioner on colored hair?

    • Young Living

      Hi Whitney! Thanks for dropping by the blog! The Copaiba Vanilla Shampoo and Conditioner have been tested and proven color safe. With that being said, we cannot speak to any particular features with an individual’s specific hair type, we would recommend trying the shampoo/conditioner of on a small, inconspicuous area first to make sure the products are compatible with your color treated hair. Hope this is helpful to you!

  • Ginger

    Indeed after swimming in pool the hair can become green ’cause of chlorine. I usually use special shampoo that remove it. I find such on . So now I am sure that my hair is protected=)

    • Carol Parman

      Wouldn’t Thieves remove chlorine from hair?

      • Young Living

        Hi Carol, Thanks for your question. We have not tested Thieves for this purpose.

  • Brenda Clarke

    Concerning the use of glass bottles with citrus oils…does the citrus oil damage the plastic tube that uptakes the oils for spray? just curious!

    • Brenda, that’s a good question. I wonder where we can get bottles with stainless tubing… anyone know?

      • Michelle

        I have been using a glass water bottle from Central Market and also Whole Foods. This one has a colored plastic sleeve to protect the glass and there is a plastic straw. There has been no damage in 8 months of use except a little faint orange discoloration on the straw from citrus oils….love it!

      • Michelle Mayfield

        I order my stainless steel straws from amazon.
        I also use stainless steel ice cubes so you don’t get all the nasty chemicals from your ice using tap water.

  • Alicja

    Hello, I would love to try all these 3 wonderful recipes. Where u guys buying the glass spray bottle?

  • Penny Baker

    what oils would you recommend for grey hair

    • Young Living

      These DIYs are safe for all hair colors!

  • Brenda Marcum

    Would these recipes create an oily film on the pool water?

    • Young Living

      Hi Brenda! We haven’t had any problems with that happening.

  • Rozana

    May I ask, the witch hazel used is oil or toner?

  • LRB

    Speaking of hair issues and helps, is there any EO or combination of oils to BOOST hair growth? Due to a stress situation several months ago, I am losing hair by the handfuls, and at this point have lost about 85% of my hair, leaving me with bald spots and scalp shining through my previously full head of hair! HELP!!!

    • Young Living

      Hi! The folks at could help more with this – feel free to email them!

    • Barbara S

      I am also losing hair due to menopause at age 34- and am now 72. Hair loss was not a problem until last year.

  • anne

    is there a user friendly print option for these great DIY , or PDF download, that would be a great feature of the blog!

    • Young Living

      Hi Anne! Not yet, but we’re working on that feature! Feel free to right-click it to download it.

  • Ronda

    ive got a spray in my shower with Rosemary, cedarwood and Lavender and a little witch hazel. I spray in the shower to enjoy the fragrance then on my hair after shampoo and conditioning. My hair is soft and glossy!

    • Lisa

      How much witch hazel and how many drops of each oil do you use? Anxious to try this.

    • Jean Taylor

      Could you tell me the amount of drops of oils & Witchhazel you use, please? I’m new to YLEO & am catching up on the blog. Thanks much!

  • JC

    Do we have to use glass spray bottle for the above blends? thanks

    • Young Living

      You don’t have to use glass spray bottles unless you are doing a recipe with citrus oils, which are incompatible with plastic.

      • Kristi

        Wondering if “food-grade” number 2 plastic spray bottles are ok for citrus blends?

        • Young Living

          Hi Kristi, we don’t recommend those spray bottles. Harder plastics can work in a pinch, but we really recommend glass over any kind of plastic.

      • Sheryl bauman

        I was wondering why it is recommended to use a glass spray bottle for my diluted thieves cleaner when it comes in a plastic bottle.

        • Young Living

          Great question, Sheryl. The plastic used in packaging our products, including the sprays and Thieves® Household Cleaner, are high-end plastics that are formulated to be able to hold the essential oils and retain safety. We recommend glass over plastic for long-term storage of the cleaner, as we are unable to guarantee the quality of the plastic spray bottles available on the market. We hope this information is helpful!

    • Shirley Johnson

      How much of each oil and which hazel do you use?

  • Natalie Covey

    Love the recipes! Thank you for posting 🙂

  • Fay

    Any suggestions for keeping blonde hair turning green from swimming pool chemicals? Also, protection from the chlorine , too. Thanks!

    • Melissa

      Completely saturate your hair with fresh water before swimming in chlorine… Your hair will absorb the fresh water which will help prevent it from soaking up as much chlorine… You could combine that with one of the above oily sprays. Also, it helps to rinse with fresh water when you get out of the pool so the chlorine doesn’t dry on your strands. I always did this with the outdoor hose by our pool.

      • Deann Hunt

        I like to fill a watering can with water and let it sit in the sun. When the kids are done swimming for the day or evening we rinse and wash hair outside with our watering can. It is nice and warm. Assist kids with this so no one bonks their head with a heavy watering can.

    • B

      Wet and apply conditioner and or favorite oils with v6 before going into chlorine.

      • Sarah

        To taje the “green” out of your hair, use a packet of lemon aide Kool Aid with your conditioner. You won’t believe how well it works…

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