If you’re currently experiencing hair loss, you’ll know it’s a frustrating time. Whether your hair loss or hair thinning is down to genetics, stress, menopause or any other reason, it can seriously affect your confidence and therefore well-being.
Whether you are a man or a woman, hair loss is actually more common than you think. Young, old or any nationality can experience hair loss and hair thinning. One thing to remember is; not all hair loss is the same.
It can be gradual or it can happen all of a sudden and come out in clumps. You should always check with your doctor if you experience sudden, fast hair loss, as this could point to an underlying health condition.
Many studies have shown the effectiveness of essential oils for the treatment of hair loss with rosemary oil showing to be just as effective as minoxidil at increasing hair re-growth. Let’s take a look at five of the best essential oils to stop hair fall and get your hair growing thick and luscious again.
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Recommended Essential Oils to Stop Hair Fall
1. Rosemary Oil
Rosemary oil offers a wealth of benefits for the skin, hair and stress levels. Many years ago people used this powerful oil to treat head lice, dandruff, greasy hair and itchy scalps. Because of its regenerating properties, it’s great for maintaining general hair health and like previously mentioned, it’s been proven to be as effective as some medications at encouraging hair growth.
To use: Mix it with a carrier oil like coconut or jojoba oil. Massage it into the scalp, let it sit for 10 minutes and rinse out.
2. Peppermint Oil
Peppermint oil is another little powerhouse which has the ability to calm the gut, stimulate the senses and promote hair growth. In a 2014 study, it was shown to increase the follicle count and depth over four weeks on mice who had been treated.
To use: Mix it with a carrier oil like coconut, shea or jojoba oil. Apply to the scalp, leave for 10 minutes and shampoo out like you normally do. Due to its high content of menthol, do not put directly onto the face.
3. Lavender Oil
Lavender oil is an extremely versatile oil, effective at treating many issues. It’s been used for years to promote new hair growth with countless people seeing fantastic results. It can even improve scalp health with its antibacterial and antimicrobial properties.
To use: Mix 3 tablespoons of a carrier oil with several drops of lavender oil. Massage the mixture directly into the scalp and leave at least 10 minutes. Wash out as normal.
4. Cedarwood Oil
Cedarwood oil may help promote new hair growth by assisting in balancing out scalp oil glands. Because of its anti-fungal and antibacterial properties, it’s also helpful for relieving dandruff and itchy scalp conditions. Purchase online or in smaller health food shops.
To use: Mix two drops of cedarwood oil with a carrier oil and massage into your scalp. For even more impact, mix cedarwood oil with lavender and rosemary. This mix was found to be extremely beneficial in treating those with alopecia areata.
5. Tea Tree Oil
A study in 2013, found mixing tea tree oil with minoxidil (a hair loss treatment given by doctors), resulted in increased hair growth for the participants, than just using minoxidil alone. Tea tree oil is antibacterial and antimicrobial making it a good way to cleanse the scalp and promote new hair growth. Check the concentration of your tea tree oil before usage as it can vary from highly concentrated to quite mild.
To use: Use it every day by adding drops to your shampoo. Alternatively, mix 2-3 drops with a carrier oil and massage it into your scalp. Leave for up to 15 minutes and rinse out.
Essential Oils to Stop Hair Fall – Final Thoughts
Be aware that some essential oils do come highly concentrated. This means there is a risk of skin irritation or an allergic reaction.
To prevent this, always dilute your essential oil of choice with a carrier oil like jojoba, coconut or shea.
But apart from that, essential oils have huge benefits for your hair health.
Regular use should reduce hair fall, increase hair growth, improve shine and strengthen up brittle hair.
Have you tried essential oils on your hair?
What were your experiences?
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Leah LOVES hair. So much so, she dedicated an entire website to it! One of the founders of Hair Everyday and Chief Editor, Leah enjoys reviewing all the hair products and showcasing the best. She believes her most underrated articles are her hair care tips!