Old or young, long hair is a stunning asset! Even if your hair isn’t perfect right now, you can learn to take care of it and support your hair the best you can. Looking for all-natural hair growth products is an important step in eliminating unwanted hair loss due to overexposure to chemical products. Adding essential oils into the mix, you can definitely support your hair and encourage it to grow in a very natural and healthy way.
Your hair produces its very own all-natural oils, but after hair is deprived of moisture and oils, it becomes brittle and more prone to breakage. My essential oil recipes for hair growth (towards the bottom of the article) will show you how you can make hair masks, hot oil hair treatments, and scalp massages for your very own essential oil home salon treat!
I’ll also outline the 6 best essential oils for hair growth and why they work.
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Reasons for Hair Loss
Multiple factors can play a role in the diminishing quality of your hair that eventually leads to hair loss. Stress, hormonal imbalances, genetics, improper self-care, disease and using low quality hair care products can also be a factor.
When it comes to hair loss due to aging, I wanted to add a quick note about hormones. As our bodies change throughout our lives, our hormones change, we gain weight, lose elasticity in our skin, get hair where we don’t want it and lose hair where we would like to keep it. These things happen to us as we age and are inevitable, and we might feel out of control.
There are clinical options to alleviate the symptoms of aging, for example, plastic surgery and hormone replacement therapy. While they work for some, surgeries and medications can be dangerous, invasive and expensive.
But when it comes to supporting hair growth naturally essential oils can help. They are a non-invasive way to deal with hair loss and encourage hair growth. Your go-to essential oils for hair growth include:
- Rosemary essential oil
- Thyme essential oil
- Lavender essential oil
- Cedarwood essential oil
- Ylang ylang essential oil
- Clary Sage essential oil
Here are the best 6 essential oils for hair growth:
1. Rosemary essential oil
Rosemary essential oil (Rosmarinus officinalis) is one of the best known essential oils for hair growth. According to an article on essential oils for hair growth published on www.draxe.com (1),when applied to the scalp, rosemary oil is believed to increase cellular metabolism stimulating hair growth.
Popularly known as a culinary herb used in Mediterranean cooking, rosemary oil is extracted from the leaves of the rosemary plant. It is a member of the mint family (basil, lavender, myrtle, and sage) and has been used for centuries to aid in ceremonious rituals, support the body in healing, and care for hair and skin (2).
2. Thyme essential oil
Another popular culinary herb, Thyme Essential Oil (Thymus vulgaris) is also an essential oil beneficial to stimulating hair growth. Extracted through steam distillation of fresh flowers and leaves, thyme essential oil increases circulation when applied to skin and scalp.
3. Lavender essential oil
Lavender essential oil is one of the best, most versatile essential oils. When it comes to inner and outer health and wellness, lavender essential oil is a great go-to. It supports healing for many skin care issues and supports emotional health and well-being. It doesn’t stop there.
A member of the mint family, lavender essential oil (Lavandula angustifolia) has antibacterial and antifungal properties. It aids in healing and soothing dry skin related to dandruff and stimulates hair follicles to encourage hair growth.
Lavender essential oil is effective for hair regrowth and to prevent hair loss. Due to its many health and wellness benefits, it can alleviate underlying issues related to causes of hair loss.
4. Cedarwood essential oil
Cedarwood essential oil is stimulating for the hair and skin. Its fresh scent cleanses the senses and encourages relaxation. Cedarwood essential oil is steam distilled from the wood of the Cedar Tree. It has anti-fungal, antiseptic, diuretic, astringent, and sedative properties.
An article titled, 15 Cedarwood Essential Oil Uses for Wisdom and Beauty published on www.draxe.com (3), states there is evidence that suggests results can be seen using cedarwood essential oil for hair growth within several months. The article suggests mixing thyme, rosemary, lavender and cedarwood essential oils together and adding to your favorite shampoo or conditioner. Since negative ions make up a part of this oils constitution, it brings quick relief to dry, itchy scalps. The mixture can also be added to coconut oil and used as a massage treatment.
Cedarwood essential oil is one of my most favorite oils. I use it for my hair and skin and it brings me quick relief when I diffuse it on a hot summer day. It’s the quickest relief for when my eczema flairs up, too, but Cedarwood for skin care is another topic all of its own.😉
5. Ylang ylang essential oil
Ylang ylang essential oil (Cananga odorata) is an ancient essential oil with many uses. Its pretty scent lends itself to uses in perfume, shampoo/conditioner, and creams. Extracted through steam distillation from the flowers of the Cananga odorata tree ylang ylang is beneficial to encouraging hair growth. It is known to balance hormones which may reduce the effects of changing hormones due to aging, including hair loss related to alopecia.
“Alopecia (hair loss condition that leads to permanent baldness) can be caused by several factors such as: genetic factors, hormonal imbalance, skin conditions, thyroid problems, nutritional deficiencies, chronic stress, harsh dyes, side effects of certain medications as well as other causes. It’s important to treat the underlying cause.” – Jenny Hills, How to Use Rosemary for Treating Hair Loss, www.healthyandnaturalworld.com
Ylang ylang essential oil increases hair growth and encourages thicker hair. It is also known as a sedative, aphrodisiac, and perfume.
6. Clary Sage essential oil
Clary Sage essential oil (Salvia sclarea) is one of the top essential oils for hormonal imbalances. Since hormones play a role in the production of oils in our skin, Clary sage essential oil can help bring a balance to the quality of oil production to your scalp. Massaging Clary Sage essential oil with your favorite carrier oil into your scalp will encourage hair growth by stimulating hair follicles and increasing the production of oils that support hair thickening.
Essential Oils Recipes that promote Hair Growth and Hair Thickening
There are plenty of ways to use essential oils for hair growth and hair thickening. Taking time to care for your hair with the use of essential oils can help increase the quality of your hair. Here are ways to use essential oils to encourage hair growth and thickness.
- Hot oil treatment: Add 3 to 5 drops of your chosen essential oil to a carrier oil, such as coconut oil (also known to improve hair growth), or olive oil and warm to a comfortable temperature before applying to hair and scalp. Do not boil!
- Massage treatment: Use the recipe for hot oil treatment, but don’t heat up the mixture, simply massage into scalp.
- Hair wash: Add 3 to 5 drops of your chosen essential oil to warm water and wash over hair.
- Shampoo/Conditioner: Add 10 drops of your chosen essential oil to your favorite shampoo and use when needed. Start with a natural, non-toxic and hypoallergenic shampoo (like this one) if you’d like to have less chemicals in your hair overall.
Self-care using essential oils
Essential oils are a great way to increase your self-care and pamper yourself everyday. With plenty of options to choose from, your day to day self-care routine will never get boring. For the factors contributing to hair loss and diminished hair quality, a little essential oil goes a long way.
Stress can impact us in ways that are helpful and ways that are unhelpful. When stress is unhelpful, it can lead to many illnesses. It can impact our hormones through adrenaline rushes and cause headaches and insomnia. If stress is contributing to a diminished quality of life and impacting your health, including hair loss, there are options.
- See also: Essential Oils for Stress and Anxiety
Lavender essential oil is your best friend of all the oils when it comes to alleviating stress symptoms and relaxing the body’s nervous system. Add 10 drops to a spritzer bottle for an easy misty spray. Or use with your favorite essential oil carrier oil and rub behind your ears, behind your neck and on your feet daily. A little self love can go a long way to lower stress and increase self-esteem.
What’s on the inside counts too…
While essential oils are a great topical option to encourage hair growth; vitamins, eating well, and taking preventative measures also supports reducing hair loss. Proper rest, exercise, nutrition, and hydration as well as taking the right vitamins will also help encourage healthy hair and skin too.