Essential Oils For Hair Growth
Amongst the daily inundation of images of people with full heads of healthy hair, it can feel daunting if you suffer from any type of hair loss or thinning hair. There could be any number of reasons that this condition occurs such as stress, medication, hormonal changes in the body, and even overuse of hair treatments such as dying or chemical straightening.
In the pursuit of healthy hair growth, we may be exposing ourselves to chemicals that may not be as beneficial as they are advertised, creating a cycle of increasing stress that can lead to further hair damage. Some medical therapies for hair growth, such as traditional treatments for male pattern baldness, may even have other side effects that may not be worth the benefits.
However, there may be natural alternatives to help your hair recover from these conditions or at least prevent any further thinning to occur. Essential oils have been in use for centuries by cultures around the world.
They are still in use today as a supplement to traditional medical therapies and can be useful for treating a variety of health conditions, including hair thinning or loss.
The most common essential oils for hair loss are:
3. clary sage
Top Essential Oils for Hair Growth
This oil is used topically, applied directly to the scalp after dilution with a carrier oil. The properties found in this oil stimulates blood flow to the skin as well as helping to clear out any bacteria that may be trapped in the hair follicles, preventing hair growth or producing thinner hair and reduce pores which may be inflamed due to an itchy scalp.
Studies have shown that it is an effective alternative treatment for conditions such as alopecia areata when used in conjunction with other oils that have been used to treat hair loss.
How to use:
- Add 2-3 drops of therapeutic grade cedarwood essential oil to 1 tablespoon of selected carrier oil.
- Massage into scalp or areas of thinnest hair daily.
- Add 2-3 drops of cedarwood oil to a mild cleanser such as castile soap to create a daily shampoo to promote hair growth.
Cedarwood has a mild pine-like scent so this oil may be more appealing to men who may not prefer the more floral scents of oils such as lavender or chamomile. This oil is also an excellent insect repellent and can be useful in reducing other skin irritation on the body.
When it comes to having healthy hair, rosemary may be the answer to any number of conditions. It has been shown to stimulate cell growth, which leads to thicker hair and encouraging under producing follicles to grow new hair.
Studies show that rosemary oil to be nearly as effective as minoxidil in treating hair loss but without the undesired side effects that many people may experience when using chemical treatments. Rosemary may also help control oil production and reduce the itching associated with an irritated scalp.
How to use:
- Add 2-3 drops of therapeutic grade rosemary essential oil to 1 tablespoon of selected carrier oil and massage into scalp or areas of thinnest hair daily. Shampoo as usual.
Rosemary oil is not only useful in improving hair growth but has also been shown to be an excellent alternative treatment for head lice in children. The herbaceous scent may also be appealing for.
This oil may be of particular use for those who are suffering from hair loss caused by stress-induced conditions such as alopecia areata and manic hair pulling. When applied directly to the scalp, clary sage helps to regulate the skin’s natural oil, overproduction of which may clog hair follicles and lead to scalp irritation. Direct inhalation through aromatherapy can be useful in reducing stress levels and improving mood.
How to use:
- Add 2-3 drops of therapeutic grade clary sage essential oil to 1 tablespoon of selected carrier oil and massage into scalp or areas of thinnest hair daily.
- Add 2-3 drops of clary sage to water in a diffuser. Inhalation of this oil may help reduce stress and improve the symptoms of stress-induced hair loss.
Clary sage is also helpful in improving the quality of hair, making it smoother and less likely to break. Strand weakness is usually caused by the overuse of chemical treatments so clary sage may be useful in helping your hair recover from traditional treatments.
This oil may be useful for people suffering from hair growth issues stemming from fungal issues such as yeast overgrowth. Lemongrass can help control the fungal growth and is also has anti-inflammatory properties that will soothe a scalp irritated by excessive itching.
How to use:
- Add 2-3 drops of therapeutic grade lemongrass essential oil to 1 tablespoon of selected carrier oil and massage into scalp or areas of thinnest hair daily.
- You can also add 10 drops of oil directly into your current shampoo to boost scalp health.
- Add 2-3 drops of lemongrass to water in a diffuser. Inhalation of this oil may help reduce stress and improve the symptoms of stress-induced hair loss.
Lemongrass can also help improve stress levels, leading to a reduction in stress-induced hair loss. Diffusing at home may not only help you relax but it can also help clean the air of molds or bacteria that cause sickness.
This oil is one of the most common, found in everything from body lotions to scented candles. It is famous for its ability to help foster relaxation, making it an ideal addition for people with stress-induced hair issues. When applied topically to the scalp, it can assist in improving the health of currently producing hair follicles and encourage other follicles to begin producing hair once more.
How to use:
- Add 2-3 drops of therapeutic grade lavender essential oil to 1 tablespoon of selected carrier oil and massage into scalp or areas of thinnest hair daily.
- Add 2-3 drops of lavender to water in a diffuser. Inhalation of this oil may help reduce stress and improve the symptoms of stress-induced hair loss.
- Apply directly to the scalp where hair growth is desired.
Lavender has many studies not only dedicated to its uses and efficacy but also its safety. This oil is one of a few that may be able to be applied directly to the skin. It is always recommended to try a skin sensitivity test before using, usually on the inside forearm to prevent any unwanted reactions.
Though this oil may be better known in its ability to help tame digestive issues, peppermint is also useful in the promotion of hair growth. The chemical component menthol can help improve blood flow, which may aid in the healing of scalp tissue and hair follicles.
The hair growth affected by peppermint oil may be on par with the traditional chemical treatment of minoxidil without the undesired side effects.
How to use:
- Add 2-3 drops of therapeutic grade peppermint essential oil to 1 tablespoon of selected carrier oil and massage into scalp or areas of thinnest hair daily.
- Add oil to mild cleanser such as castile soap to create your own natural shampoo.
Peppermint may cause skin irritation so be sure to always dilute in a carrier oil or water. It may also cause burning if you get it in your eyes so wash your hands carefully after applying to your scalp. Peppermint oil may also be useful in reducing stress and has been used in treating headaches.
A Word on Carrier Oils
There are many different kinds of carrier oils, most of which are plant-based and have their own benefits outside the essential oils that may be mixed in. These oils include:
Coconut oil is a natural oil which contains antioxidants that may help heal cell damage.
Though it may seem counterintuitive, jojoba oil helps to control the production of the skin’s natural oil. On its own, jojoba may be beneficial to use if you suffer from hair that appears greasy even when clean.
Though we may think of this oil in terms of cooking, it may also help prevent fungal issues that lead to hair loss and keep the scalp from becoming over dry.
This oil contains vitamin E which helps skin retain elasticity.
As we try to improve the health of our hair and prevent conditions such as hair loss, we can look at alternative treatments that are free from chemicals that may cause further hair loss issues and even increase the stress levels that can lead to a cycle of more hair loss.
Natural treatments can be especially beneficial for people who have tried using medical treatments but find that other conditions arise such as dry skin or irritation. Essential oils may be the alternative that you need when it comes to using side effect free treatments that also have been studied by the scientific community for effectiveness.
Adding essential oils so your hair care routine may not only improve your hair and scalp health but may affect your overall mood, either by the oil itself or the overall reduction in stress regarding the appearance of your hair.
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