Essential Oils and Your Hair

When considering hair growth and regrowth treatments, natural remedies like essential oils may prove helpful.

Hair is more than just a protective covering for our noggin. For most people, it means much more. It’s often the first thing people notice about us. It is part of our identity, our expression, and creativity.

Haircare products continue to rise in popularity and in dollars every year as we search for that perfect solution for flowing locks.

There are many factors that can contribute to hair loss…

…and it can be difficult to determine the “root” cause. If your father (or mother) experienced balding, and either of their parents did, it may be in your future as well. Of course, other factors, such as health, medications, diet, environment, stress, pulling your hair tightly back constantly and hormones can play a big part as well. Some of these things are certainly good to rule out by a doctor first before you invest in endless products.

Do essential oils or carrier oils offer any help for hair regrowth?

They very well could. On Robert Tisserand’s website, Tisserandinstitute.org, it mentions a study performed in 2015 using 100 participants. Half of the participants used Rosemary essential oil, and half used the drug Minodoxil. After six months of use, these participants were seen by dermatologists. The interesting findings: The Rosemary group had less hair loss, more hair growth, and the added bonus of fewer side effects. [1]

Besides Rosemary, there are other essential oils that might also be beneficial. Sandalwood and Cedarwood are nourishing oils, which can also be stimulating to one’s scalp. Lavender oil is also nourishing and can be found in many hair products, body products, etc., because of its beneficial properties. Geranium is known to promote natural healing and is strengthening. Clary Sage is good because this oil calms and reduces swelling, and can help regulate oil production.

Of course, what you put the essential oils in before applying to your head is also important.

The simplest way would be to add a couple drops of essential oils to a dollop of shampoo and mix well. It is important to select a quality shampoo without harmful chemicals. Substances like sulfates, which are surfactants and responsible for the rich lather, can be counterproductive to your quest for healthy, strong hair.

Besides adding essential oils to your shampoo, you could create a conditioning oil treatment to apply weekly, leave on for 1-2 hours, and then wash out. This could be done with essential oils such as GeraniumFrankincense CarteriiTea Tree, or Helichrysum in a carrier oil at a 1-2% dilution. Massaging your head while applying can also offer the scalp additional stimulation. Some good carrier oil choices for hair oil treatments include ArganJojoba, Avocado and Coconut Oil. Any of the essential oils mentioned above would be good in a blend of 2-3 of these carrier oils.

Or, you could dilute the conditioner rather than the shampoo. Another option would be to use the hydrosol as a leave-in treatment after shampooing and before styling. Some customers have shared their experience that Rose Hydrosol helps as a de-tangler.

Try this conditioning treatment:

Mix these ingredients together and apply to your hair, roots to tips. Leave on for at least 1 hour.

Like most issues, it really is about what your body needs, and finding something that will personally work for you. It may be a journey and may take a bit of experimenting.

What has worked for you, to help your hair? Let us know in the comments below!

 

Resources:

[1] Tisserand, Robert. http://tisserandinstitute.org/learn-more/rosemary-essential-oil-hair-growth-promotion/

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