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10 Best Essential Oils For Hair Growth

We all love our hair, it is our companion for life long. It is such thing that need to take proper care otherwise you have to face early baldness. Hair also need lots of nutrient, proteins, vitamins and it should be provided. Cleansing you hair, applying protein hair mask, keep oiling, steaming everything is necessary for your hair. Excessive hair fall can cause depression and we keep trying every other products, home remedies, medicines, we just need your hair to stay. But you never thought of essential oil can be a help for your hair growth.

Essential oil is such thing that can be a solution to many problems including your hair. There is a saying that 'Big Things Come in Small Packages'- essential oil are perfect example of that. Just 2-3 drops can do magic. Essential oil is beneficial for controlling hair fall, dandruff, itchy scalp, strengthen and nourishes your hair. It is one thing that is safe to use rather than any other conventional product in the market.

Now we will discuss about the benefits of essential oil for hair and how to use it-

1. Rosemary essential oil 

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Rosemary plant is well known from ages for its hair benefits. It is extracted from the culinary herb called Rosmarinus officinalis.  It is one of the best and trustworthy oil to use for hair growth. It has anti-inflammatory properties which nourish your hair follicles and soothes your scalp. It cleans out the clogged pores from the hair follicles. Clogged pores leads to dandruff, itchy scalp and in extreme cases hair fall. It improves the blood circulation in the scalp which prevents hair loss and promotes hair growth. It also prevents from premature graying of hair and make your hair damage free.

How to use:
  • 2-3 drops of rosemary essential oil
  • 2 tbsp of carrier oil (jojoba, coconut, olive)
  • Hot towel
Mix the rosemary essential oil and the carrier oil together in a heat proof container place it into a hot water and wait till the oil get warm. Massage the warm oil thoroughly, you can leave it overnight or just keep for 2 to 3 hours. Take a towel dip into a hot water squeeze out the excess water and wrap your hair with the towel for 30 minutes before shampoo. The warm towel will provide maximum penetration and absorption of nutrients. Wait for 30 minutes then wash it out with the natural shampoo.

2. Lavender essential oil

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Lavender oil is extracted from the flowers of Lavandula angustifolia. It is well known for its calming and divine fragrance which helps in mood changes, relaxation, reducing stress. It has anti-microbial properties which intercept from bacteria and fungi to grow i.e. when applied to the scalp it prevents from dandruff, itchy scalp, or any infection. Some people also face head lice, lavender oil can reduce the risk of facing it. It moisture your hair make it look shiny and smooth. Lavender oil can reduce scalp inflammation and dryness. It has immense role in hair growth and regrowth they are-
  1. Prevents hair loss
  2. Helps control Alopecia
  3. Controls male pattern baldness.
  4. Increases blood flow in the scalp.
How to use:
  • 2-3 drops of lavender oil
  • 2 tbsp of coconut oil
  • Steamed towel
Mix the oil and massage it into your scalp for 5 to 10 minutes then leave it over night for extra nourishment. The lavender oil will also provide restful sleep. Before bathing wrap the steamed towel on your hair and wait till 30 minutes. Wash it off with gentle shampoo. Try to do it twice a week for better results.

3. Clary Sage essential oil

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It is extracted from the plant called Salvia sclarea. Clary sage oil has musky, nutty and woody scent works like rosemary and lavender oil. It contains linalyl acetate and phytoestrogen which helps in hair growth. It balances scalp oils, prevents from hormonal hair loss and makes your hair shiny and silky. Other factors-
  1. It stimulates hair growth by increasing the cellular metabolism.
  2. It fights from dandruff.
  3. It strengthens hair strands.
  4. It treats dry and frizzy hair and make it manageable.
How to use:
  • 2-3 drops of clary sage oil
  • 2- 3 tbsp of jojoba oil
Mix the oil and apply it into your hair,massage it gently for 10 minutes. Leave it overnight for better absorption of oil. Wash it off the next day with a mild shampoo.

4. Cedarwood essential oil

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This essential oil is extracted from the wood of Cedrus atlantica tree. It has a strong, woody, grounded overall it can be said it has a masculine fragrance. Applying it gives a soothing effect which calms and relaxes your mind and body. This oil has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties which treats bacterial and fungal infection of your scalp. The warming oil has the ability to stimulate your blood circulation which leads to hair growth. It has a huge role in treating alopecia, if it is used in the right amount with lavender, rosemary oil and thyme oil.
  1. It treats thinning of hair.
  2. Cure hair loss.
  3. It also controls oil secretion from the sebaceous gland.
How to use:
  • 2-3 drops of cedarwood oil
  • 2 tbsp of grapeseed or jojoba oil
Mix both the oil together, leave it overnight or for 2 to 3 hours. Wash it off using mild shampoo.

5. Thyme essential oil

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This essential oil is extracted from the herb called Thymus vulgaris. It has strong, spicy aroma because of the thymol content. It is well known for its therapeutic value that relax your scalp. It is more beneficial if you use thyme oil with other essential oil.
Thyme oil is available in two types one is red thyme and another is white thyme. White thyme is good for your hair and is used in many hair care products which claims to prevent hair loss and you can also use the oil itself, but try to avoid red thyme, using too much of it can cause skin irritation. Other factors-
  1. It increases the blood circulation and rejuvenates your hair follicles.
  2. It's anti-microbial properties treats mild dandruff.
  3. Promotes hair growth.
How to use:
  • 2 drops of thyme oil
  • 2 drops of lavender oil
  • 2-3 tbsp of olive oil
Mix the oil together and massage the oil into your scalp and hair for 10 minutes.Wait for the oil absorption, after 1 hour wash your hair with gentle shampoo.

6. Bergamot essential oil

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This oil has fresh and citrus aroma that uplifts your mood in no time. It can stimulates blood circulation which results in hair growth. It has soothing properties when massage in your hair it calms down your nervous system. It also intercepst from hair loss, controls sebum and cures dandruff. It has anti-bacterial, anti-microbial properties which restores from any infection. It has the ability to maintain ph balance of your scalp. Other factors-
  1. It can make your hair smooth and silky.
  2. It help in getting rid of any build up in scalp.
  3. It can be a tonic for your hair growth.
How to use:
  • 2-3 drops of bergamot essential oil
  • 2 tbsp jojoba oil
Mix the oil together and massage it gently for 10 minutes and leave it overnight. Wash it off with mild shampoo. Apply it twice or thrice a week for better result.

7. Peppermint essential oil

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Peppermint essential oil has cooling, powerful, menthol aroma. It has cooling and refreshing effect on your scalp which helps you to reduce stress. It also increases blood flow and rejuvenates hair follicles which result in hair growth. It has the ability to cleanse out the clogged pores and let the normal flow of skin oils. With regular application of this oil doesn't make your hair greasy instead it has astringent properties which controls the sebum and soothes your scalp. It stimulates blood circulation well and boost hair growth. Other factors-
  1. It is great for every hair and scalp type.
  2. It also treats dry, flaky scalp that means overall it reduce dandruff.
  3. It also nourishes and hydrates your dry hair.
How to use:
  • 3 drops of peppermint essential oil
  • 3 drops of rosemary essential oil
  • 3 tbsp of coconut oil
Mix this oil and apply it into your scalp for 15 to 20 minutes before washing your hair. Wash it off with gentle shampoo.
Peppermint oil has cooling sensation that can cause skin irritation if you are allergic to mint, at first do a patch test and then apply it on your scalp.

8. Vetiver essential oil

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It is extracted from the vetiver grass called Vetiveria zizanioides. Vetiver scents like woody, earthy and smoky. It has cicatrize components which heal by the formation of scar tissue, increase collagen production which bring back the life of your dull hair. It has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic property which heals eczema, psoriasis, dandruff and also soothes your scalp. Other factors are-
  1. It helps in preventing hair loss which can be caused by the excessive heat produced by the body.
  2. It has anti-oxidant property which prevent from premature graying of hair caused from the free radical.
  3. It also reduces stress levels which is one of the factor for hair loss.
How to use:
  • 3 drops of vetiver essential oil
  • 3 tbsp of sweet almond oil
Add this two oil  and boil it up under a hot water, let the oil warm and then massage it into your scalp and leave it overnight. You can use a towel to wrap your head that will prevent from staining. Wash it off using mild shampoo.

9. Eucalyptus oil

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It is made from the dry leaves of the eucalyptus tree which scents like woody and sweet overall it has masculine scent. It has anti-fungal properties which prevent from any fungal or bacterial infection. It also restrain residue built up in the scalp, and helps to unclog pores. Eucalyptus oil increases the amount of ceramides on the scalp and strengthens the hair and improve elasticity. The elasticity improvement helps in less hair breakage and also prevent from hair loss.
  1. As like other essential oil it also helps in stimulation of hair follicles which means getting an even blood flow around the follicles.
  2. It helps in achieving a healthy, shiny and thick hair.
  3. It works like an antiseptic by killing head lice.
  4. It also helps to get relief from itchy scalp.
How to use:
  • 1 tsp of almond oil
  • 1 tsp of olive oil
  • 5 drops of eucalyptus essential oil
Mix the oil and give your hair a massage, leave this oil for 1 to 2 hours. Wash it off using gentle shampoo. Don't leave this oil overnight as it can make your hair greasy and dull.  Apply it once a week.

10. Carrot Seed essential oil

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Carrot seed oil is extracted from the seeds of the upper part of the Daucus carota species. It contains higher amount of carotenoids and antioxidants which can be effective for hair growth. It has anti-bacterial and healing properties which treats dry scalp. It contains vitamins A, E and beta-carotene which provide moisture to your hair. It helps in stimulating new cells when applied thoroughly in your hair. Other factors-
  1. Helps in strengthening the roots and make it thicker.
  2. It also hydrates the scalp.
  3. It can make your hair shine and healthy.
  4. It also prevents from hair breakage and split ends.
  5. It helps in maintaining curls and prevent from swelling and static.
How to use:
  • 2-3 drops of carrot essential oil
  • 2 tbsp of coconut or grapeseed oil
Massage with this oil for few minutes and leave it for 1 or 2 hour before washing your hair. Wash it off with a mild shampoo.

If you want you can also put the above essential oils in your any hair care product like shampoo, conditioner, serum or any hair oil.

Preventive measures:

i) Essential should not be use directly, it should always be diluted with other hair products or carrier oil like jojoba, grapeseed, coconut or olive oil.

ii) Always do a patch test before applying the essential oil in your hair or scalp, as it may cause irritation or any skin reaction.

iii) If you are pregnant or suffer from hypertension avoid using essential oil.

These essential oils can help your overall hair health and texture. If you don't want to use essential oil you can also try home remedies to cure hair loss.

Essential oils are like gifts, they have huge medicinal benefits. They are highly concentrated and potent so it should be used carefully. Different people have different scalp and hair type, which essential oil suits you best that you have to make sure.
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