Does your hair need a little help? Whether it’s softening, strengthening, moisturizing, or any number of other benefits, these benefits can be achieved with the help of pure coconut oil and essential oils. To learn just how these oils can work some magic on your hair, keep reading this blog.
Essential oils for hair growth
Essential oils are most commonly known for their aromatic abilities that make aromatherapy possible, but did you know that they also have strong chemical properties that can be beneficial for health? In fact, essential oils have been used in alternative, Eastern, and homeopathic medicinal practices for years due to their effectiveness and low risk of side effects.
Among the great benefits of essential oils are the benefits they tend to provide hair health. Depending on the oil you use, you can help your hair grow, become stronger, or even add shine. Below, find a list of a few of the most beneficial essential oils for hair.
Lavender essential oil
Lavender essential oil actually has properties that can generate the growth of cells; one study on mice even found that lavender essential oil was able to generate faster hair growth. Additionally, lavender essential oil has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties that can improve the health of your scalp.
Clary sage essential oil
Like lavender essential oil, clary sage essential oil contains linalyl acetate which makes it effective in increasing hair growth. You can use it to improve the overall strength of your hair or increase hair growth, making your hair more difficult to break.
Peppermint essential oil
Peppermint essential oil can increase circulation to whatever part of the body it’s applied to, including the scalp; this was shown in a study on mice that saw an increase in the number of hair follicles, follicle depth, and overall health of the hair. It makes sense then, that people tend to use peppermint essential oil to promote hair growth.
Cedarwood essential oil
Cedarwood essential oil is believed to reduce hair loss and promote hair growth by balancing the oil producing glands found in the scalp. It also contains antifungal and antibacterial properties that can help with conditions that may contribute to hair loss. In fact, one study found that mixing cedarwood with lavender essential oil and rosemary essential oil helped reduce hair loss among people who have alopecia areata.
Thyme essential oil
Similar to cedarwood essential oil, thyme essential oil has been shown to be helpful in alopecia areata treatment. This is because thyme essential oil is able to promote hair growth by stimulating the scalp and preventing hair loss.
Rosemary essential oil
According to one study, rosemary oil performed well in hair growth treatment but did not bring about the common side effect of scalp itching that other treatments often cause. So, if you want to improve your hair thickness and promote hair growth, use rosemary oil for its ability to improve cellular generation.
Tea tree essential oil
Though additional studies need to be done on tea tree essential oil, some have shown it to have powerful cleansing, antibacterial, and antibacterial properties. As a result, when applied topically to the scalp, tea tree essential oil can help unplug hair follicles and ultimately increase hair growth.
Coconut oil for hair
To make use of the aforementioned essential oils for hair growth, it’s important to dilute them by using a carrier oil (which is typically vegetable-based) to carry essential oils safely onto your hair and scalp. Coconut oil is among the best carrier oils thanks to its skin-nourishing properties, as well as its ability to improve scalp health, protect hair against protein loss, protect hair from UV exposure, support hair growth, and add volume and shine to your hair.
To use coconut oil as the carrier oil for your chosen essential oil, we recommend using Skinny & Co.’s Pure Beauty Coconut Oil which has been microfiltered to make it non-comedogenic and best for use on your hair and scalp. Simply mix a couple drops of your chosen essential into Pure Beauty Coconut Oil before applying it to your scalp.
Though essential oil side effects aren’t very common, they can happen. To avoid them, make sure you do a patch test and look out for common side effects over the course of 24 hours. Read our recent blog to better understand how to do so. Then, if you notice an adverse reaction as a result of the test, do not use that essential oil. If you don’t notice any negative reactions, feel free to apply your oil mixture to your scalp. In most cases, you can do so daily for the best results.