How to use essential oils for hair growth?
There are many essential oils a person can use to promote hair health. These oils are ingredients in a variety of products, including specialty shampoos and conditioners.
Can applying essential oils to the scalp help stimulate hair growth? We look at the evidence.
Best essential oils for hair growth:
While more research is needed, some evidence does exist to suggest that essential oils can help hair to grow healthier and stronger. Examples include:
One study found that bergamot essential oil helps facilitate wound healing and reduce inflammation. This may help promote hair growth and a healthy scalp.
Another study found that bergamot displays antimicrobial activity when applied to the scalp.
Jojoba oil comes from the seeds of the Zizyphus jujube plant. According to one study, when jojoba oil was applied to shaved hair, it promoted faster hair growth than hair that did not have jojoba oil.
Some research found that peppermint oil promoted hair growth more effectively than topical applications of saline, jojoba oil, and minoxidil, which is a medication commonly used to treat hair loss.
The researchers also found that peppermint essential oil increased scalp thickness and the number of hair follicles. They also suggested that peppermint oil may help to promote a more rapid growth stage for hair in the body.
Peppermint oil contains menthol, which causes the blood vessels just under the skin to dilate. This additional blood flow could help to promote further hair growth.
Other essential oils that may be helpful in promoting hair growth include chamomile, rosemary, and sage oil.
- Essential oils are usually well-tolerated when diluted in a carrier oil. However, some people may experience allergic reactions, including itching, swelling, and irritation.
- If a person has an adverse reaction to an essential oil, they should wash off the oil with soap and water as soon as possible.
- Anyone experiencing problems breathing, dizziness, and changes in consciousness should seek emergency medical treatment.
Some essential oils can make the skin more sensitive to the sun, including
It is best to apply these oils before bed, so that a person is not immediately exposed to the sun after use.
According to the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy, some oils, such as sage and peppermint oils, should not be used during pregnancy or while breast-feeding.