A girl can never have too many hairbands, right? There are usually a few scattered around the home we can easily grab. Then there are those days that no matter how many hairbands we have, we simply can’t find one when we need it. As a last resort, we use those small rubber bands from the office supply stores. Even though we know what a pain they are to remove and how damaging they can be to our hair, we use them anyway. Those words ‘I will deal with it later’ offer some fleeting consolation. They are relatively easy to remove when tied at the ends of braided hair, but ponytails prove a challenge. Enter essential oils. Yes, you read right. Not all though, but certain essential oils break rubber bands, leaving hair damage-free.
Add these essential oils to your haircare arsenal.
Not all essential oils have the ability to break up rubber bands, but those belonging to the citrus family do. The compound responsible for this feat is limonene, found in varying amounts in Orange, Lemon, and Grapefruit, Bergamot, and Spearmint essential oils. Orange and Grapefruit are at the top of the crop, dissolving the pesky little rubber in a snap.
How to use essential oils that break rubber bands
With the tiny rubber band still tied in place, simply add one single drop of citrus essential oil to the rubber, and voila! You’ll have one less rubber band, but every hair strand will have escaped unscathed. Perhaps here it should be mentioned that essential oils that break rubber bands are potent plant extracts. Since citrus oils are known to cause photosensitivity and irritate the skin it is best to avoid topical skin exposure. Always dilute these essential oils in a carrier oil for topical use.
Last thoughts on essential oils that break rubber bands
Next time you use tiny elastics in your hair, you wouldn’t have to feel so bad, knowing just how easy and simple it is to remove. Share this fuss-free little hair hack with your girlfriends and see the surprise and joy.
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