Essential oils for hair loss treatment have been used for thousands of years in homeopathic medical treatments and interest in them has revived with the popularity of aromatherapy. They are effective in promoting hair growth by stimulating blood flow on the scalp and improving circulation which enables vital nutrients to reach the hair follicles. Additionally, these essential oils have healing, cleansing, and moisturizing properties.
The oils are extracted from different parts of the plants through distillation or evaporation and their popular appeal lies in their aroma and medicinal and chemical properties and low risks. There is evidence about the effectiveness of these oils.
There are scores of essential oils but they are too numerous to list here so I have selected those oils which are quite perfect for improving blood circulation and for stimulating the hair follicles besides helping to prevent scalp conditions like dandruff, flaking, a dry scalp and sometimes graying.
Essential oils are concentrated versions of the natural oils in plants. With the information on the medicinal properties of each essential oil that I have provided in this post, I hope you can make an informed decision to buy the right kind of essential oil.
Why essential oils are necessary?
Our scalp contains glands which secrete sebum, a natural oil which lubricates the skin and waterproofs the hair and this has given some people the idea that it’s not necessary to apply oil to their scalp or hair. But the sebum is lost when you wash the hair frequently and when it’s exposed to dust, dead skin and wind.
As essential oils are highly potent and concentrated it is important and beneficial to blend them with carrier oils like jojoba oil and coconut oil. Popular blends include rosemary, thyme and lavender, or peppermint and lavender with coconut oil. More on coconut oil here.
1. Argan oil hair loss treatment has been used for a long time by women from across the Mediterranean to nourish, hydrate and moisturize their skin and hair. It is a rare and precious commodity and is referred to as ‘liquid gold’.
The tree which bears the oil-producing nuts is endemic to Morocco and grows in semi-desert areas. Argan oil owes its tremendous popularity to its therapeutic and rejuvenation properties.The oil is used both topically and orally to treat hair and skin conditions.
2. Lavender oil can boosts hair growth and has properties that can generate the growth of cells and reduce stress. One animal study found that this oil was able to generate faster hair growth in mice. It also has antimicrobial and antibacterial properties, which can improve scalp health.
3. Rosemary oil improves hair growth and thickness and has the ability to improve cellular generation.
4. Thyme oil promotes hair growth by stimulating the scalp and this prevents hair loss. The oil is also effective in treating alopecia areata.
5. Peppermint oil
When topically used on the scalp this oil causes a cold, tingling sensation as it increases blood circulation to the spot it’s applied. It has been found to help promote hair growth.
6. Cedar wood essential oil is believed to promote hair growth and reduce hair loss by balancing the sebaceous or oil-producing glands on the scalp. Due to its anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties it is used in the treatment of several skin conditions that cause dandruff or hair loss. But used in combination with lavender and rosemary, the cedar wood extract reduces hair loss in those who suffer from alopecia areata.
7. Lemongrass oil has been found to be effective in the treatment of dandruff. If you want want a flake-free scalp use lemongrass oil.
8. Lemon oil
Lemon oil not to be confused with lemon grass oil above, helps dry up greasiness and has anti-bacterial properties that treat latent fungus, as well as dandruff. It’s also good for treating acne.
9. Clary Sage oil
Like lavender oil, the presence of the linalyl acetate in clary sage oil, makes it effective in boosting hair growth and improving hair strength.
10. Tea tree oil due to its powerful cleansing, anti-bacterial, and anti-microbial properties is used topically. It loosens hair follicles and boosts hair growth. To increase its effectiveness add 10 drops of tea tree oil to shampoo or conditioner.
11. Ylang-Ylang means ‘flower of flowers’. The tree bears its flowers in three colours yellow, pink and mauve. The yellow ones yield the best quality essential oil which has a sweet long-lasting musky aroma. It promotes hair growth and moisturizes the skull and the hair. Ylang-Ylang oil is for those with dry scalps. It stimulates sebum production, the lack of which, causes hair to become dry and brittle. The oil also kills lice.
12. Horsetail Plant Oil
This oil is applied either topically or taken as a tablet. A study of the latter, found that it improves hair growth and strength in women who suffer from thinning hair. The silica in the oil is believed to accelerate hair growth and potentially reduce dandruff.
13. Vetiver essential oil
Vetiver essential oil or khus is an extract from the roots of the bunchgrass native to India. It has an aroma of earth and it reduces hair loss caused by heat stress as a result of the heat in the body. Heat stress may cause premature graying and balding and the soothing effect of vetiver essential oil cools the body and mind. The oil also has an excellent antioxidant to prevent the premature aging of the hair follicles.
14. Carrot seed essential oil is obtained from the wild carrot. It is oil comes from the pungent seeds which have been used as a digestive tonic. Its detoxifying, nourishing and hormone regulating qualities stimulates hair growth.
15. Cypress essential oil
Cypress trees belong one of the earth’s oldest plant families, the cupressaceae. The tree has survived for hundreds of years. The oil is extracted from the leaves and twigs of the tree. It increases blood circulation and strengthens the capillaries and this stimulates hair follicles for hair growth.
16. Helichrysum essential oil is obtained from the asteraceae plant which is native to the Mediterranean region. Its medicinal properties reduce inflammation. It regenerates all body tissues, sebum production and aids in improved blood circulation. As blood and nutrients flow to the hair follicles their growth rate accelerates.
17. Chamomile essential oil
The leaves of the Chomile plant has a scent reminiscent of apple or pineapple. Chomomile oil has a calming effect on the mind and tense body.
Its non-greasy oil is soothing and has anti-inflammatory properties which relieve dry and itchy scalp. It’s also used in the treatment of dandruff, psoriasis and dermatitis. It protects the hair from damage caused by environmental pollutants. The Roman and German chamomile have similar properties, but Roman is more effective for hair growth.
18. The Patchouli Essential Oil has been used for centuries as a perfume in India, Indonesia and the Phillipines. Due to its anti-inflammatory and anti-septic properties, this oil that has a powerful and exotic fragrance, is used in the treatment of scalp and skin conditions like dermatitis, dandruff and eczema, underlying conditions which cause hair loss.
There are very few risks associated with essential oils. However, if you are pregnant, lactating or suffer from hypertension or any other medical conditions it’s best to consult a doctor before using them. People with sensitive skin should carry out a skin patch test to ensure that they will not have an allergic reaction to an essential oil.
I hope you have found my post on essential oils for hair loss treatment informative and useful to help you choose the right product for your use.