Tuesday, November 9, 2010

All About Hair: Quick Tip: How Essential Oils Help With Hair Growth

We all know essential oils have therapeutic properties that range from antibacterial to antiseptic, but did you know they are also purported to help with hair growth? In the beginning of my hair journey I used tons of essential oils in my homemade concoctions and store-bought products to aid in hair growth in certain problem areas [specifically the nape and hairline]. I definitely noticed significant re-growth in those areas, coupled with less breakage.
Essential oils can help with hair because some of these oils have the ability to lengthen the anagen phase. Remember the anagen phase is the stage of active hair growth. Essential oils also work to nourish the follicle and stimulate circulation, correct scalp issues, and promote rapid hair cell renewal.

How are a few ways to use essential oils in your daily regimen:
Add 2-3 drops per dollop of shampoo or conditioner - Shampoo hair with shampoo + essential oil, or add a few drops to your conditioner for an added treat.  

Add 1-2 drops to 1/4 cup of warm coconut oil for a hot oil treatment - A hot oil treatment with an essential oil mixture is an easy, effective method of combining essential oils with your regular hair routine.  

Add 5-10 drops to 1/4 cup of Jojoba Oil for a scalp massage oil - My favorite! Massaging your scalp with an essential oil mixture stimulates blood flow to the follicles which is said to stimulate hair growth. I do scalp massages about every other day. It also makes for a great stress reliever!  

What essential oils are beneficial to hair growth?
Burdock Root Essential Oil
Rosemary Essential Oil
Clary Sage Essential Oil
Tea Tree Essential Oil
Basil Essential Oil
Peppermint Essential Oil
Bay Leaf Essential Oil
Lavender Essential Oil 

Where to buy essential oils?
You can purchase essential oils at your local Health Food Store, or online {here}

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  1. Thanks so much for this post. I am transitioning and sometimes it gets down-right difficult to find the right oils for my hair. I really look to your blog as a source of information and encouragement!

  2. I will be doing a scalp massage this week, and I'll be adding a few drops of essential oil to my mix. I had no idea that these oils could be added to shampoo too! Thanks Nik!!

  3. Great post! I just bought a bunch of oils to make my own mix.

  4. this post is on the money. i never really realized just how much essential oils aid in hair growth until i switched to a new loctician a couple of years ago. she only uses a mixture of essential oils to treat and retwist my hair. the growth has been phenomenal. my hair is healthier than it's ever been and grows like it's on speed, lol. in years past, i used "loc gels" and various other aids to twist my hair. all they did was leave my hair dry and dull. oils are the only thing i use in my hair these days and i refuse to go back.

  5. I love peppermint and rosemary oils. Since using them, my hair and scalp have felt so good!

  6. What about Castor Oil?

  7. I recently started using peppermint, will def try the others

  8. Yes indeed. I've been having a lot of fun with essential oils. I was upset over the summer because I guess it was my shedding season. And as soon as I incorporated lavender oil, then sweet almond, my hair instantly stopped shedding.

    Lavender oil is amazing for hair growth. And don't get me started on Ylang Ylang which provides ultimate moisture!

  9. I've been lazy doing this lately with my essential oils, time to get back on it.

  10. I'm running to the nearest health food store to pick up some of these oils!


  11. I can't stop looking at that picture. She's a flawless woman! :) lol Thanks for sharing these tips. I have peppermint oil in my deep conditioner so it stimulates my scalp once a week. :)

  12. Hi Nikole. I just wanted to know how you deal with the smells of the oils in your hair. I use a jojoba, rosemary, lavender, and tea tree mix that i use for a message the night before I wash. The smell is not bad but it isn't the most pleasant either. I would like to message my scalp every other day too but I just don't really like the smell of the oils on my scalp. and hair. Do you use a product that smells better to mask the smell of the oils?

  13. OMG!!!!!! you are on the money with this site! Thank you thank you thank you for the referral!!! You have no idea of the seed you just planted in my life, not only for the hairgrowth part, but reading up on some of these oils and their healing and relieving properties, has started a whole new empire for me to concur and start business! I thank you in advance for this information!!!


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