Best Essential Oils for Hair Loss and How to Use Them

My hair is one of the ways that I express my identity. I love to style my hair, cut it, dye it, plait it. When it comes to my appearance, I use as a great accessory. Many of you might relate, so when we experience thinning, hair loss or even balding, it can be very frustrating.

Hair loss in both men and women can be a negative experience and so finding and effective safe treatment is of the essence. This is important because if you leave your hair and scalp untreated, your hair loss can worsen and the potential for your hair and scalp to recover can decrease.

Essential oils are a great option to remedy hair loss and hair thinning and increase hair growth and hair health. This is especially suitable for you if you are looking for a more natural treatment. There is a misconception that you don’t need to apply oils to your scalp or hair because the scalp produces sebum, the natural oil produced by the skin. However, this oil is not sufficient to protect the hair, especially with wind, dust and hair washes that strip the scalp of sebum. This results in the lack of hair growth.

Below is a list of the best essential oils for hair loss. Included below is information on how to use essential oils for hair loss.

Use Carrier Oils with Essential Oils

Although essential oils are a great way to treat hair loss and stimulate hair growth, they are highly concentrated. When you use essential oils be sure to mix them with carrier oils beforehand. By blending the oils, the delivery of oils onto the scalp and hair is safer and creates a better chance to achieve optimal hair growth results. There are many carrier oils you can use to blend with you essential oils. Here is a list with a few options:

  • Neem oil
  • Black seed oik
  • Castor oil
  • Amla oil
  • Moringa oil
  • Black seed oil

Essential Oils

Lavender Oil

Lavender

Lavender oil is commonly known for its sweet aroma, what you may not know is that lavender oil is able to speed up hair growth. Lavender oil possesses properties that improve blood circulation on the scalp which help stimulate hair growth and prevent hair loss. This essential oil is also a great moisturizer for the scalp which helps to balance sebum production. Lavender oil also has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties which aids to improve the health of your scalp. This property is especially ideal if you have dandruff problems as well, as dandruff decreases hair health and contributes to hair loss.

How to Use:

Blend several drops of lavender oil (8-10 is recommended) with 3-4 tablespoons of the carrier oil of your choice (such as olive oil or melted coconut oil). Apply this blend to your scalp and massage it. Leave it to nourish your scalp for 10 minutes and then was it out.

Or

Leave it in overnight and wash it out the next morning.

You can do this several times a week.


Peppermint Oil

peppermint

Peppermint oil helps rejuvenate hair follicles and stimulates increased blood circulation thus improving hair growth.

When applied to the scalp, this oil causes a cold tingly feeling to occur on your scalp. The property that causes this to happen, menthol, targets the growth phase of the hair growth cycle by causing the blood vessels under skin on the scalp to dilate, improving blood circulation and thus improving hair growth. Research shows that peppermint oil thickens the scalp and that thus increases the number of hair follicles, the depth of the hair follicles and thus hair growth. Peppermint also has a cleansing property which unclogs pores allowing for the normal flow of skin cells. This property is especially beneficial if you have dry skin.

How to use:

Blend a carrier oil with 2 drops of peppermint oil, then massage it into your scalp. Leave the blend on for 5 minutes then wash and condition your hair.

Recommended ingredients and instructions

Mix 5 drops of peppermint oil with 5 drops of lavender oil and 2 tablespoons on warm coconut oil. Massage this blend into the scalp. Leave this on for 20 minutes before washing it out.


Rosemary Oil

rosemary

Rosemary is jam packed with antioxidants that help prevent your hair from thinning. The properties of this oil increase blood circulation which stimulate hair follicles. Rosemary oil improves hair growth and hair thickness. This essential oil also helps to balance sebum production by decreasing it. It thus especially beneficial to use of you have a greasy scalp. Rosemary oil is such a great natural product to use, in fact it performed as well as minoxidil. Minoxidil is commonly used for hair loss treatment because of the great results it produces. However, according to the results of a study, you can use rosemary oil to get the same results as minoxidil without the side effect of an itchy scalp.

If you are pregnant, have epilepsy or hypertension, it is recommended that you do not use rosemary oil.

How to use:

Blend rosemary oil with the carrier oil of your choice, such as olive oil or coconut oil. Apply the blend to your scalp. Wash it out with shampoo after 10 minutes. Do this twice a week to achieve optimal results

Recommended ingredients and instructions

Mix 10 drops of rosemary oil with 3 tablespoons of heated olive oil. Apply the heated oil treatment evenly across hair and scalp. Wrap your head in a damp towel that has been dipped in hot water. Leave this on for 30 minutes before washing it out with shampoo. Do this once a month.

 

Cedarwood Oil

cedar wood

Cedarwood oil balances sebum production on the scalp and increases blood circulation, stimulating hair growth and preventing hair loss. This essential oil also helps treat dandruff problems, which contribute to hair loss, because of its anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. Research has shown that blending cedarwood oil with rosemary and lavender oil helps decrease hair loss in people with alopecia areata.

How to use:

Blend 2 tablespoons of carrier oil of your choice with a few drops of cedarwood oil. Massage this blend into your scalp. Wash this out after leaving it in for 10 minutes.

Recommended ingredients and instructions

Mix 2 tablespoons of coconut oil with 2-3 drops of cedarwoord oil and massage it into your scalp, and wash it out with shampoo after 10 minutes.

Or

Mix 1 tablespoon of shampoo with 5 drops of cedarwood oil and wash your hair with this blend.

 

Thyme Oil

thyme

Thyme oil, as with cedarwood oil has been found to be especially helpful to people with alopecia areata. This essential oil has properties which stimulate blood circulation, preventing hair loss and promoting hair growth.

There are two types of thyme oil; red thyme oil and thyme linalool oil. When purchasing thyme oil for hair growth, purchase thyme linalool oil because red thyme oil has thymol which can irritate the skin.

How to use:

Among essential oils thyme oil is one of the strongest so when you use it, its recommended to only use 2 drops. Mix 2 tablespoons or carrier oil of your choice with 2 small drops of thyme linalool oil. After leaving it in for 10 minutes, wash it our

Recommended ingredients and instructions

Mix 2 small drops of thyme linalool oil with 5 drops of lavender essential oil and 2 drops of extra virgin olive oil. Massage this mixture into your scalp, leave it in for 20 minute and then wash it out with shampoo.

 

Ylang-ylang Oil

Ylang-ylang

This essential oil possesses properties which improve sebum production on the scalp, making it especially ideal if you have an itchy and/or dry scalp as this contributes to hair breakage and hair loss. Ylang-ylang oil moisturizes the scalp, improves hair texture and hair growth.

How to use:

Blend 2 tablespoons of warm carrier oil with 5 drops of Ylang-ylang oil. Massage this blend into your scalp the wrap your head with a warm towel. Leave this on for 30 minutes then wash it out

Recommended ingredients and instructions

Mix 2 tablespoons of warm coconut oil or olive oil with 5 drops of ylang-ylang oil. Massage this into your scalp. Dip a towel in warm water, then wrap your head with the damp towel. Leave this on for 1 hour before removing the towel and washing the blend out with shampoo.

 

Helichrysum Oil

Helichrysum

Helichrysum oil promotes blood circulation and sebum production on the scalp. These both encourage hair growth. This essential oil has regenerative qualities for body tissue which promotes healthy scalp tissue, improving nutrient blood and flow to the hair follicles and thus promoting their growth rate.

How to use:

Blend 2 tablespoons of the carrier oil of your choice with a few drops of helichrysum oil. Massage this blend into your scalp and leave it in for 10 minutes before washing it out

Recommended ingredients and instructions

Mix 4 drops of helichrysum oil with 4 drops of rosemary oil and 5 drops of lavender oil. Massage this mixture into the scalp and leave it in for 1-2 hours before washing it out with shampoo.

 

Tea Tree Oil

Tea Tree

Tea tree oil helps to unplug hair follicles and increase hair growth with the anti-bacterial, antimicrobial and cleansing properties of the oil. These properties also help balance sebum production on the scalp. The moisturizing qualities help combat dandruff problems as well, preventing hair loss. Research has shown that combining this oil with minoxidil effectively improves hair growth, as compared to using minoxidil on its own.

It is recommended that you to a patch test before using tea tree oil if you have sensitive skin because tea tree oil is a mild sensitizer.

How to use:

Blend 10 drops of tea tree oil into your shampoo or conditioner. Use this blend daily.

Or

Blend 2 tablespoons of the carrier oil of your choice with 3 drops of tea tree oil. Apply this to your scalp and then rinse the blend our after leaving it in for 15 minutes.

Recommended ingredients and instructions

Mix 2 tablespoons of sweet almond oil with 2-3 drops of tea tree oil. Apply this to your scalp and leave it in for 30 minutes before washing it out with shampoo.

Other Essential Oils

Clary sage oil

– Do not use if you are pregnant as it can induce contraction

– Blend an equal amount of clary sage oil with jojoba oil. Leave it in for 30 minutes before washing it out with shampoo

Chamomile oil

– Chamomile roman oil is the type of chamomile oil that’s recommended for hair growth

– Blend a quarter of purified water with 10 drops of chamomile oil. After washing your hair, use this blend as a final conditioning rinse.

Vetiver oil

– This oil is especially helpful for reducing hair loss

– Blend 2 tablespoons of warm sweet almond oil with 5-6 drops of vetiver oil. Massage this into your head and wash it out with shampoo after 2 hours.

Risks

Its important to take precautions when using essential oils as they can sauce allergic reaction and skin irritation. These reactions have a higher potential of occurring if you have sensitive skin. Blend the essential oil of your choice with a carrier oil to dilute it and encourage optimal results.

It is recommended that only people are in their late teen years and older should use essential oils topically. So if you are interested in using essential oils to help your children’s hair growth, it is recommended to consult a pediatrician beforehand.

It is recommended to perform a patch test before applying the blend to your skin to test for irritation.

Signs and symptoms of an allergic reaction include:

– Difficulty breathing

– Severe dermatitis

– Blistering rashes

– Swelling on the throat or the tongue

Signs and symptoms of skin irritation include:

– Redness on the skin where the blend was applied

– Burning feeling

– Contact dermatitis

– Painful tingling

Please note that this article is for information purposes only. If you are seeking medical advice please consult your doctor.

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