What Natural Oils Are Good For Hair Growth
During our entire lifetime, our body doesn’t grow new hair follicles. The number of hair follicles we have since our birth is all we have until we grow up. (We have about a hundred thousand on our head!)
If these hair follicles experience degeneration (which can be caused by several factors, e.g. mental health problems, infections, and autoimmune diseases), there’s a possibility that the hair will thin out and eventually, the head will go bald.
If you noticed that you have significantly lost hair in the last few weeks or months, maybe it’s time to rejuvenate your scalp with natural oils. These natural oils can stimulate hair growth in just a few weeks.
Here are the six best natural oils for hair growth:
For dry hair that needs more moisture, shine, volume and body, almond essential oil can do wonders. It invigorates the oil glands in the scalp to produce more oil, which leads to a healthier and brighter hair growth. To apply, heat one to two teaspoons of almond essential oil in the microwave. Let it cool slightly until it’s not too hot for your hands, and then massage it onto your scalp using your palms. Leave it for half an hour before washing your hair with cold water. You can also use almond oil as an everyday leave-on treatment for your hair. After styling your hair and before you go out of the house, coat your hair with almond oil to give it some shine.
Carrot Essential Oil
There are two ways to use carrot essential oil for your hair: 1) You can dilute a couple drops of carrot essential oil with an ounce or two of jojoba oil, massage it onto your scalp, and leave it as a hair mask for half an hour before washing your hair with cold water; or 2) you can apply carrot essential oil extract directly onto your hair before stepping out of the house for a quick hair pick-me-up. Carrot essential oil contains antioxidants and carotene that help the hair grow bright and healthy.
Chamomile Essential Oil
If your hair loss is caused by inflammation, chamomile essential oil is the best solution. It has anti-inflammatory properties that will cool and soothe the scalp.
Chamomile essential oil can also restore normal cellular function in the scalp to stop excessive hair loss. To use chamomile essential oil, you can combine it with jojoba or coconut oil and then massage onto the scalp and the hair for at least two to five minutes before rinsing.
While almond oil can invigorate the oil glands and restore a dry scalp, cypress oil is best for overactive oil glands that result to a greasy scalp. The best way to use cypress oil is to combine it with other natural oils such as clary sage, lavender, or rosemary essential oils. All you need to do is to add equal parts of cypress oil and your chosen essential oil in a small jar. You can apply the resulting blend as a hair mask that you should for at least half an hour. If you apply the blend at least thrice a week, you will notice significant hair growth after a few weeks.
Lemon Essential Oil
Lemon essential oil benefits the hair and scalp in many ways. First, it can get rid of dry scalp by stimulating the oil glands to produce more oil, resulting in a shinier and smoother hair. In connection to this property, lemon essential oil can get rid of dandruff as well. If used regularly, lemon essential oil can also prevent lice from infecting your hair. Massage this natural oil onto your scalp after shampooing your hair and before rinsing it. By doing so, you can give your hair a healthy and natural shine.
Ylang Ylang Essential Oil
Ylang Ylang essential oil stimulates hair growth, prevents split ends, and balances oil production of the scalp.
It can also alleviate stress, which is one of the causes of hair loss for both men and women. When mixed with coconut or sesame oil, ylang ylang essential oil can rejuvenate the scalp and restore dry and damaged hair.
Wrapping Things Up
While natural oils are a great way to take care of your hair, you should know that most essential oils are too harsh on the skin if applied directly. It is best if you mix a few drops of your chosen essential oils with carrier oils before massaging it onto the scalp.
Diluting the essential oil with carrier oil will prevent any harsh reactions that your skin may have. (The best carrier oils are jojoba, coconut, and sesame oils.) To make sure that you’re not doing more damage to your hair, consult your doctor or follow these essential oil blend recipes* that you can make at home.