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10 Best Essential Oils For Hair Growth 2018
These days, it seems that so many people are turning to natural products for health and just about everything – just to get away from the chemicals. This 10 Best Essential Oils For Hair Growth 2018 list is meant to help you delve a little more into learning about essential oils and how they can benefit your hair growth. Let’s get started!
What Is An Essential Oil?
According to Wikipedia, ‘An essential oil is a concentrated hydrophobic liquid containing volatile aroma compounds from plants. Essential oils are also known as volatile oils, ethereal oils, aetherolea, or simply as the oil of the plant from which they were extracted, such as oil of clove. An oil is “essential” in the sense that it contains the “essence of” the plant’s fragrance—the characteristic fragrance of the plant from which it is derived.’
So, in other words, an essential oil is really just the purest extract from the plant – the true essence of the plant. The best of the plant without any fibre, per se.
Using essential oils for hair growth is nothing new, people have been using essential oils for hair care, skin care, as well as internal medicines for ages. And I am sure once you start looking at the list of 10 Best Essential Oils For Hair Growth 2018, you will realize that you may know one or two!
How Do You Get Essential Oils?
Essential Oils are usually extracted by any of the various methods listed below:
- distillation, often by using steam
- solvent extraction
- absolute oil extraction
- resin tapping
- cold pressing
You can read a little more about methods of distillation in this article I wrote, HERE.
How Do You Use It?
You only need a few drops of an essential oil – mix one or more scents in a shampoo or conditioner and use it in your hair care regimen. Or, alternatively, you can mix the drops into 2 ounces of a “carrier” oil, such as olive or jojoba. Experts suggest these combos, depending on your desired outcome.
If you apply some essential oils directly to your scalp, they may cause irritation. Diluting them is the best way to include them in your hair care regimen. Read label instructions concerning usage and try not to be over-zealous and never use them in higher-than-recommended amounts.
As with any essential oil as well as those on this 10 Best Essential Oils For Hair Growth 2018 list, please check with your medical advisor before any application on your skin, hair or internally.
What Is A Carrier Oil?
A carrier oil is just as its name suggests – an oil used to dilute the strength of the essential oil. It makes it easier to use on the more sensitive areas of your body.
Because certain essential oils tend to be very powerful oils, it is best used with a carrier oil. Now, this does in no way reduce the effectiveness of the oil, so this is something you should not worry about.
Types Of Carrier Oils
Here is a list of the more common types of carrier oils used in mixing essential oils:
You can use any of these oils when mixing and combine the essential oil for your hair or skin care. It is important to be aware of the ratio. For some essential oils, the ratio can be 1:1 or maybe 1:2, depending on the purpose for which it is being used.
Please seek the advice of an aromatherapist or an alternative medical practitioner. Let’s now look at 10 Best Essential Oils For Hair Growth 2018 and see if there is something there for you!
10 Best Essential Oils For Hair Growth 2018
Lavender Essential Oil deep conditions the hair, keeps it shiny and helps control dandruff. It has a wonderfully sweet and soothing aroma. It used often as a massage oil as well because it helps to soothe and induce relaxation. Lavender helps to:
- encourage blood circulation
- prevents hair loss
- promotes hair growth
- it is anti-microbial
- it has antiseptic properties
- it moisturizes the scalp and helps to balance the natural sebum production
To use lavender essential oil for hair growth, combine 8-10 drops, 4 tsp of your choice of carrier oil. Massage your scalp with the mixture. Leave it on your scalp for about 30 minutes or even overnight after covering with a plastic cap. Cleanse or simply rinse in the morning and style as usual. Do this at least once a week for a few weeks to see results.
Rosemary Essential Oil has a fresh and strong scent. On this 10 Best Essential Oils For Hair Growth list, it is hard just to have one favourite essential oil, but I sure do, and Rosemary Essential Oil is also one. It helps:
- stimulates hair growth
- promotes blood circulation
- has anti-oxidant properties
- to prevent thinning hair
- to reduce greying hair
- helps to balance the sebum production
- cleans the pores and helps to relief dandruff
A word of caution – this essential oil is not to be used by pregnant women or sufferers from epilepsy.
Using rosemary essential oil for hair growth, warm up 3 tsp olive oil, add 10 drops of the rosemary essential oil and then massage your scalp. Cover your hair with a plastic cap and then a warm towel to further insulate the heat. Keep covered for about 30 minutes. Then cleanse as usual. You can do this once or twice a month for a few months to see results.
Basil Essential Oil is a wonderful oil, not only a plant to be used in pasta dishes! I had to include it in this 10 Best Essential Oils For Hair Growth 2018 list because of its very vibrant scent and strong effect on hair growth. I have used it in several oil mixes and I find that is definitely a ‘hair booster’ for hair growth. It:
- stimulates the blood circulation
- is an anti-oxidant
- has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties
- can be combined with lavender or rosemary to promote healthy hair growth.
Combine 10 drops basil essential oil with 5 drops lavender essential oil and mix with 4 tsp coconut oil. Massage into the scalp, cover with a plastic cap for about 30minutes or overnight. Rinse and style as usual. You can do this once a week to see results.
- stimulate the scalp
- promote hair growth
- control dandruff
- balances the oil-producing glands on the scalp
- has anti-bacterial and antiseptic properties
Combine 4 drops cedarwood essential oil, 3 drops of lavender essential oil, 3 drops rosemary, 3 drops thyme and 4ounces coconut oil. Mix well. Use to massage the scalp and leave on for about 30 minutes or overnight. Store the remaining mixture in a clean dark-coloured bottle in a dark cupboard. Use at least once a week.
You can add the essential oil to your shampoo as well before washing – about 5 drops to 1 tbsp shampoo.
Thyme Essential Oil is a very aromatic oil. Be aware that there is thyme linalool which is gentle on the skin and you have to be careful of red thyme which contains thymol and can possibly irritate your skin. Thyme essential oil:
- increases the blood flow to the scalp
- helps to promote hair growth
- helps to prevent hair loss
This is also another very potent oil so be careful in using it.
Combine 2 drops thyme essential oil, 5 drops lavender essential oil, 2 tbsp olive oil and massage the scalp. Keep for 20-30 minutes and then continue with your hair regimen.
I know that Peppermint Essential Oil has a wonderful refreshing aroma that is quite known by most people. It is a hybrid of spearmint and watermint. It:
- has a cooling effect
- is a powerful energizer
- increases the blood flow
- stimulates hair growth
- cleanses the scalp with its anti-bacterial properties
Because peppermint is a strong oil, it can cause skin irritation so it is suggested to do a patch test first.
Combine 5 drops peppermint essential oil, 5 drops lavender essential oil, and mix with 2 tbsp coconut oil. Massage into the scalp and keep for about 30 mins or overnight. Cleanse and follow your hair regimen. Use once a week to see results.
Clary Sage Essential Oil has a lovely musky, nutty aroma. It is:
- known for its phytoestrogen content which helps to promote hair growth
- helps to prevent hair loss
- stimulates the scalp
- anti-bacterial and antiseptic properties
- helps to control dandruff
Using clary sage, another thing to be aware of is that it should be avoided by pregnant women as it can induce contractions. It also helps to control curly and frizzy hair.
Combine 10 drops clary sage essential oil to 2 tbsp coconut oil and massage into scalp, then ensure that it is distributed throughout the hair. This will be a great help to people with dry, frizzy hair. You do not have to rinse it out.
For hair growth, combine equal parts of clary sage and coconut oil or jojoba and allow to remain on your hair for 30 minutes or overnight, then cleanse as usual. Try to do this at least once a month to see results.
I love Lemon Essential Oil – it is zesty, citrusy and really fresh for the senses. It is also a great oil for hair growth. It:
- clarifies the scalp
- helps to balance the oil production on the scalp.
- helps reduce dandruff or scalp acne due to its anti-bacterial properties
Another word of caution, lemon is phototoxic, so avoid using it on your skin if you will be spending any long amount of time in the sun.
Mix 5-6 drops of lemon essential oil and 2 tbsp jojoba essential oil. Massage into the scalp. Let it remain on your hair for at least one hour before washing it out. You can also, mix it with some tepid water and use it as a final rinse for your hair. It will leave your hair feeling soft to the touch.
Tea Tree Essential Oil (also known as melaleuca oil) is a great oil. It is good for so many things, as are most of the essential oils, not just for hair growth. It:
- has anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties
- anti-fungal and anti-microbial properties which make treating dandruff priceless
- provides soothing relief to scalp itching
- helps to moisturize the scalp
- helps to unclog the pores and allows the natural flow of sebum
Tea tree essential oil is also a very strong oil, and a patch test is suggested before using.
Combine 2-3 drops of tea tree essential oil to 2 tbsp sweet almond oil and massage into the scalp. Leave for 30 mins and then follow your hair routine. For the treatment of dandruff or acne, simply add 4-5 drops to your shampoo or buy tea tree oil infused hair products.
A very exotic Essential Oil, Patchouli has been used for ages in India, Indonesia and the Philippines, especially as a perfume. It has a very strong aroma so you really don’t need too much before you ‘notice’ that its there. If I had to choose, this is my absolute favourite on this 10 Best Essential Oils For Hair Growth 2018 list. This oil:
- has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties
- soothes and controls dermatitis, dandruff, and eczema
- helps reduce hair loss
Mix together 2-3 drops of patchouli essential oil, 5-6 drops of rosemary essential oil, and 2 tbsp argan oil. Massage into the scalp and allow the mixture to stay for at least one hour, then follow your usual hair care routine. You can follow-up with an apple cider vinegar rinse or a lemon essential oil rinse if you find the aroma too strong.
My Final Thoughts on 10 Best Essential Oils For Hair Growth 2018
As you can see, using essential oils in your hair regimen is a wonderful thing – as long as you remember to dilute the concentration of the oil with a base carrier. There will be results, of course, the most important thing being consistency – you have to make that commitment to yourself to ‘follow through’ and give Mother Nature time to ‘do her thing’!
You can mix one or two or even more essential oils together from this 10 Best Essential Oils For Hair Growth 2018 list and create your own unique blend. The key is to allow the mixture to remain on the scalp for some time, at least 20 – 30 minutes in order to be effective. The longer, the better as your time permits. You can use the essential oil blends on freshly washed hair as well and simply do an apple cider vinegar rinse afterwards.
I would love to hear your feedback or any recommendations that you might have. I also hope that this 10 Best Essential Oils For Hair Growth 2018 has been a source of information for you. Have a healthy hair journey.
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