If you have been searching for natural hair growth products to regrow your hair, then no doubt your interest has been piqued by the thought of using an essential oil.
Do they actually work? And which which vitamin is good for hair growth?
Hair growth oils may sound like some kind of magic elixir, but the science behind why they could possibly work is sound.
There are drugs out there like Rogaine, but, if you are like me, you like to try out a natural remedy first. If doing it the homeopathic way doesn’t work, then maybe consider going the pharmaceutical route.
But, before you run out and load up on essential oils for hair loss, let’s go over what the most effectives ones are, what you need to know before you use them and which ones are best for your particular needs.
In this article I will cover all the basics to get you started, from which oils to stop hair loss to how to stimulate facial hair growth.
How can essential oils stop hair loss?
I mentioned Rogaine in the introduction, but it is important to understand how it basically works to then apply the same logic to hair growth oil.
In essence, the drug Minoxidil helps regrow hair by stimulating the scalp. This improves blood flow to the skin and hair follicles.
This is obviously a very basic description of how the drug works, but it is the basis of how it helps regrow your hair.
That same principle can apply to oils, then.
Natural hair growth products like essential oils have properties that will improve blood circulation to the scalp which helps nourish the hair follicle. They also act as antibacterial and antifungal agents to help treat skin conditions that affect your hair loss.
Understand your hair loss first
Not all hair loss is created equal. Before you can know which hair growth oil is best for you, you need to understand why you may be losing your hair, to begin with.
If you have male pattern baldness, then there really is not much that can be done to help you to regrow your hair. Even Minoxidil can only grow some of your hair, so that won’t give you a full head of hair if your hair loss is from genes.
No hair growth oil will work to regrow your hair, but it can slow the loss and some will make the hair that has remained look fuller and thicker to minimize the hair loss effects.
The term Alopecia is kind of a catch all phrase for hair loss that can include male pattern baldness or even hair loss from chemotherapy, for example.
The kind that concerns us is alopecia areata.
This is when the body has attacked the hair follicles with the immune system. This is an alopecia we can actually treat with hair growth oils.
If you have a skin condition on your scalp, that is usually a dead give away that it is the root cause of your hair loss.
Using essential oils to treat infections of other conditions is very effective in regrowing hair in most cases.
Some conditions that can be treated with essential oils are:
- Seborrheic dermatitis – This is caused by excess sebum production which clogs the pores and stunts hair growth. It is essentially an extreme form of dandruff.
- Folliculitis – This is similar to acne, but instead of bacteria infecting a clogged pore, it is in the hair follicle. It can also be caused by a fungal infection.
- Ringworm – Not actually a worm, it is a fungal infection that grows in the dead cells of hair and skin. The fungus eats keratin which is the building block of hair.
- Scalp psoriasis – Doctors don’t know what causes it, but it is patchy areas where the skin is red and crusty. It can be treated with essential oils.
Any of these causes can be treated with the right essential oil which should help regrow your hair once the symptoms are gone.
Which vitamin is good for hair growth?
Some hair loss can be contributed to a lack of nutrients in the hair. Vitamins can nourish your hair and promote hair strength which may result in regrowing hair.
Some need to be ingested, but some can be absorbed topically, like from a cream or oil. I won’t focus so much on vitamins that you’ll get through diet, but from supplements and essential oils for this list.
This is the vitamin responsible for producing sebum. This is the body’s natural oil that keeps the skin and hair moisturized. Which is why too much Vitamin A can actually have the opposite effect by producing too much sebum.
In the right doses, it will also help rebuild the cells as the hair grows, making the follicles stronger.
Application: Topical or supplement.
The B vitamins are rich in biotin which is the building block of healthy hair. Biotin occurs naturally in a lot of foods, so chances are you’re getting enough Biotin. If you want a boost, then taking a supplement rich in B Vitamins may help.
In addition to biotin, B Vitamins help create red blood cells, which carry oxygen and nutrients to the scalp and then to the root of the hair.
To fight the free radical in the scalp and hair cells, you need antioxidants that come from Vitamin C, for example.
Vitamin C also helps your body absorb iron, which is essential for hair growth and it also creates collagen which is another of the essential building blocks for hair.
This is one of the most important Vitamins for hair growth. It pretty much covers what Vitamin A, and C do, by producing the building blocks necessary for strong hair growth. It also is an antioxidant like the others, so it can reduce the free radicals that would otherwise weaken your hair and lead to hair loss.
Application: Topical or supplement
Some hair loss can be traced to a zinc deficiency. Since it helps regulate the oil glands around the hair follicle, this deficiency can cause bacteria to build around the roots of the hair and cause skin conditions. Regulating zinc can keep conditions like seborrheic dermatitis and folliculitis from occurring.
We’ll get into some oils that contain Vitamins for hair growth, but if you like the idea of a supplement, then check out this one from Amazon.com. It contains all the vitamins I mentioned, plus others that should help you grown your hair by nourishing from the inside out.
Best Oils for Hair Growth
You may need an oil to treat one of the skin conditions I mentioned, which, when cleared up, will help you to stop your hair loss and regrow hair.
Or, you may want to treat the hair with the vitamins it needs to grow healthy and full and be less likely to fall out.
Either way, there is an oil on this list that will help you regrow your hair naturally. All of these oils are meant to be used on the skin and hair and are not meant to be taken orally.
Castor oil for hair growth has had something of a resurgence. Long used as a laxative since ancient times and today as a cosmetic ingredient, it has properties that can help regrow hair.
It is one of the best natural hair growth products since it treats a number of scalp skin conditions. It is a natural antibacterial, antifungal and anti inflammatory that will repair damaged skin.
It kills bacteria that builds up in pores and hair follicles.
In addition to all of that, it improves blood flow to the scalp which helps bring nourishing vitamins to the hair. If you pair this topical oil with a supplement, then you can really give yourself a boost in the fight against hair loss.
Black castor oil can also help, but if you have a dry scalp, be aware that it can cause it to become even drier.
Very similar to castor oil, coconut oil for hair growth helps stop hair loss by stimulating the scalp. Bringing blood to the scalp and hair follicle brings the building blocks for healthy hair that can help your hair stop falling out.
Coconut oil can help prevent protein loss from hair, which keeps the strands strong and less likely to fall out or become thin.
In addition, it also is an antibacterial and antifungal agent similar to castor oil. The biggest difference between coconut oil and castor oil is that coconut oil is a better hair conditioner.
Tea Tree Oil
Be careful with tea tree oil as it works almost too well. It is a strong antibacterial, antifungal and stimulating oil. In fact, it tingles when you put it on your scalp. A little goes a long way.
This ingredient is amazing at treating any of the skin conditions I listed earlier. It invigorates the scalp and disinfects to keep the bacteria from coming back.
This is another essential oil that only requires a few drops. Mix with a carrier oil like coconut oil or castor oil and you have a potent solution to fight hair loss.
Rosemary oil is great at getting rid of dandruff naturally which can help your hair grow. It also aids the hair when it is in its growing phase to come in strong and healthy. It can increase the metabolism of the roots of the hair and stimulate it to grow faster.
A good idea is to buy a set of carrier oils, like this one from Amazon.com, that you can add some other essential oils to create a great mix for your hair and scalp.
How to stimulate facial hair growth
Hair growth oils work great at helping you grow a thicker, fuller beard in addition to helping your hair loss on your head.
If you have a patchy beard, or you think it is growing too slowly, you can give it a boost with some beard oils.
I already mentioned coconut oil, and it really is great for your beard as well as your hair. Keeping your skin healthy is essential to having a healthy beard. Since many guys with beards end up with acne, it is a great idea to cleanse the skin by using a coconut oil based beard oil since it acts as an antibacterial. It also acts as a great conditioner for your beard making it look fuller and less patchy.
Argan oil is also one of the best ingredients you can use on your skin and hair, including your facial hair. It is ideal at keeping hair healthy by boosting the nutrients the hair needs. It ends up making the hair full, thick and with a beautiful sheen. Even though it doesn’t do much to stimulate facial hair growth, it is one of the best carrier oils to use with essential oils like peppermint or rosemary oil to help with your hair growth.
If you really need to know how to stimulate facial hair growth, look no further than one of your favorite drugs. Caffeine.
Beard oils with caffeine work to stimulate the hair follicle at the root which leads to growth.
This one from Amazon.com has a lot of essential oils that will improve your beard health and then turbo charge the growth with caffeine.
How to apply oil to your hair for hair growth?
The very first thing I recommend is to make your mix of hair growth oil. Unless, of course, you bought one already mixed. If you want to make your own, you can check out this article for recipes.
Once your oil is mixed, then you will want to make sure your hair is recently washed. If you’re using a castor oil based oil, then you need to leave your hair slightly damp since the oil is very thick.
If you’re using another type, like argan or jojoba oil based, then you can have your hair dry as long as it is clean.
Rub some in your palms, about a quarter sized amount, until it won’t be dripping from your hands.
Rub it vigorously into your scalp first, and then moving your hands outward, towards the tips of your hair.
Make sure your hair is evenly coated by brushing it or combing it out.
To really make sure that the oil gets absorbed, give yourself a scalp massage for about 30 seconds to a minute with the tips of your fingers.
This will stimulate the scalp and get the blood flowing.
Some oils can stay in your hair and not make it look greasy, but in the case of castor oil or coconut oil, you will probably want to wash it out.
To get the full range of benefits, make sure to leave it in your hair for an hour or two. Overnight is probably best, but you run the risk or ruining your pillow case and blankets with oil stains.
Essential oils vs Minoxidil
I know it may sound like I have my head in the clouds when I say this, but for most people hair growth oils like the ones I mentioned in this article are going to do as good a job as Minoxidil.
There are two reasons for this.
One, Minoxidil is prescribed for guys with male pattern baldness. If you have another reason for losing your hair, then you’re spending way too much money on a drug that it is not made for.
In this case, treating the infection means you’re better off with essential oil.
Second, Minoxidil does not work for everybody and it only works on the crown at the back of the head where your hair is thinning. It won’t regrow hair at the front by the widow’s peak. So, if it doesn’t work for everybody, it didn’t work for me for instance, then why not try a cheaper natural remedy first?
You may find your hair loss is happening for a reason other than genetics and the essential oils worked.
If not, then go ahead and try Minoxidil.
By using an oil mix first, your hair will look healthier, fuller and thicker anyway, even if it doesn’t grow your hair back. There at least are other benefits to using natural hair growth products.
And they also smell better! Minoxidil smells like a harsh chemical, which it is. Essential oils can be mixed with lavender, citrus, sage, any kind of aromatic essence that also has healing benefits.
I have said it a million times in many different articles on this site, but it always bears repeating.
When you are trying to regrow your hair it pays to take things with a grain of salt. There is no magic bullet that will regrow your hair. And that includes Minoxidil.
Unless your hair loss is directly the result of a skin condition, in which case you may find your regrowth to be near 100% after the condition clears up, then you’re only going to see modest results.
You will get a lot of other benefits from using vitamins and hair growth oils, so it is still worth it to use them no matter what kind of growth is the result.
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