Damaged and frizzy hair is not only hard to handle, but also looks really bad, doesn’t it? If you are struggling with hair loss and stunted hair growth, then you have walked into the post designed just for you. In today’s post, we will tell you everything you need to know about the best essential oils for hair growth, and try to make your life a little easier than what it is right now because of unmanageable hair.
Hair growth gets stunted for a number of reasons, the most common being, strong and unnatural shampoos and conditioners, lack of a proper hair care ritual, using a hairbrush that isn’t designed for you, genetic factors etc. While genetic factors cannot be overcome, you can deal with the rest of the problems. To take care of your hair, all you need to do is develop a good hair care routine that gives enough attention to essential oils.
How do essential oils help in hair growth?
Not many people are aware of the benefits of essential oils on hair growth. These oils contain the essence of plants and also have medicinal properties, which make them therapeutic in nature. The formulas that we have curated for you today help improve the circulation of blood and nutrients to the hair follicles and thus stimulate hair growth. Moreover, the oils will prevent dandruff and treat the dry scalp by preventing flaking. These oils are also known to prevent hair greying.
Why you need to use a carrier oil with your essential oil?
Yes, you absolutely NEED to use your essential oil with a carrier oil because the former is highly potent and usually very concentrated. When used without a carrier oil, the essential oil can create more problem than do any good. The best carrier oils for hair are coconut oil, castor oil, olive oil and jojoba oil.
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The best essential oils for hair growth
Here are the 7 most effective essential oils that help improve hair growth and also enhance the quality of your hair.
1. Lavender essential oil
The first oil on our list is the lavender essential oil which has a sweet smell that can be quite refreshing. The camphoraceous notes induced by the leaves and the stems of the lavender plant get softened by the flowers. The oil is known to relax your scalp and stimulate the hair follicles to grow.
When you massage the oil into your dry scalp you will see how it instantly improves the circulation of blood and nutrients to the scalp which not only promotes hair growth, but also prevents hair fall. It also works as a powerful moisturizer which is also a natural antimicrobial agent.
The oil will help clean the scalp and improve and regulate the production and secretion of oil by the sebaceous glands.
2. Rosemary essential oil
This essential oil is one of the freshest oils on this list. Its minty scent mixed with a hint of woody fragrance will refresh your mind, we promise. The aroma of rosemary is therapeutic, some say. We think it has lot to do with how the fragrance calms and soothes you.
The antioxidants in rosemary help stop the thinning of hair by preventing hair fall. Also when you massage the essential oils into your scalp, it will help promote blood circulation, and thus stimulate hair growth.
3. Cedarwood essential oil
This essential oil has a warm scent that is inviting and soothing. The essential oil not only stops the hair loss but also controls the formation of dandruff, which is known to cause thinning of hair.
According to a study, the cedarwood essential oil when use with lavender oil and rosemary oil, can also reverse alopecia areata. For those of you who are not aware alopecia areata is an autoimmune disease that causes hair fall and drying of the scalp.
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4. Thyme essential oil
Thyme, as you might already be aware, is a popular herb that has very tiny pink flowers and aromatic leaves. Invest in thyme linalool when buying this essential oil. Not just for your hair, thyme also works wonders on the skin by smoothing it. However, red thyme should be avoided at all costs coz it can irritate and aggravate the skin.
Thyme is known to rejuvenate the hair follicles and relax the scalp. It is usually added to shampoos and conditions for this reason. You can mix two drops of thyme essential oil with about 5 drops of lavender oil. Now add two tablespoons of a carrier oil like virgin olive oil into the mix. Mix the ingredients well and apply it into your scalp. Leave it on for about 20 to 30 minutes and then shampoo your hair.
5. Peppermint essential oil
A hybrid of spearmint and watermint, pepper mint essential oil has a powerful menthol-like effect on the scalp. Thought it has a pungent smell, it cleanses the scalp and improves circulation, which in turn, prevents loss of hair. This essential oil helps revive the depleted energy and hence enhances positivity.
The oil is known to have a cleansing effect on the scalp; it unclogs the pores and allows the effective flow of skin cells. This in turn, helps prevent dry and flaky scalp.
To use it, mix about five drops of this essential oil with five drops of lavender oil. Now add a carrier oil like coconut oil into the mix. Two tablespoons of the coconut oil should work just fine.
Gently massage this concoction in the scalp and leave it on for about half an hour. You can then shampoo your hair.
6. Lemon essential oil
We are sure you were expecting this bundle of magic on our list! The lemon is therapeutic, and therefore finds a place on most beauty related list of ingredients. The peel of a lemon contains tiny sacs which have in them essential oils. The aroma, as you can expect, is intense and fruity; it is a citrusy fragrance that has a refreshing effect on your hair and your mind.
This oil works best for people with oily hair since it is a clarifying and drying oil. Also, if your scalp is dry and has acne, or your hair has dandruff, then you most definitely need this essential oil.
Moreover, this essential oil also contains antiseptic properties. It kills the microbes, and thus, resolves secondary infections or spreading of infections, which again can cause acne and dandruff if not cued on time.
Since lemon is phototoxic, we suggest that you do not apply it on your skin before going out in the sun.
To apply this essential oil in order to improve hair growth, you need to mix about 6 drops of lemon essential oil and two tablespoons of a carrier oil like jojoba oil. Now apply the blend gently in you scalp and leave it on for a couple of hours. Then shampoo your hair thoroughly.
If you have oily hair, then you can mix the lemon essential oil with warm water and use that for the final rinse after you have shampooed and conditioned your hair.
7. Patchouli essential oil
Patchouli essential oil is the last one on our list today. The amazingly exotic aroma is sure to transport in time! This oil has been used as a perfume for centuries now. But not many know how great it is for hair growth. The oil has a deep, earthy fragrance that is powerful, and so we suggest you use it in very small amounts.
The patchouli essential oil has anti-inflammatory properties, and is also antiseptic in nature. For people with scalp issues, this essential oil is a must have. Also, this formula works wonders for those with dermatitis and eczema.
This oil can also be used to get rid of dandruff which has been seen as a primary cause of hair fall among people.
To use the oil, mix about three drops of it with six-odd drops of rosemary oil. Now add about two tablespoons of argan oil into this mix and apply the blend gently into your scalp. Leave it on for a couple of hours and then shampoo your hair.
Many people who do not fancy the scent of patchouli, neutralize the smell it leaves on the hair by using lemon oil or lavender oil for the final rinse while shampooing.
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