When it comes to a hair care regime, massages with oil are a must.
In fact, applying oil to the scalp regularly is one of the secrets behind good and healthy hair growth. The massage promotes the flow of blood to the scalp, which in turn stimulates the hair follicles. It also helps to give volume to your hair.
Regular oiling also helps keep the scalp hydrated. It also helps to treat frizzy hair, hair loss, and a dry, itchy or flaky scalp.
A 2016 study published in ePlasty found that standardized scalp massage is a way of transmitting mechanical stress to human dermal papilla cells in the subcutaneous tissue. It has been shown that the thickness of the hair increases with the standard scalp massage.
Olive oil, coconut oil, almond oil or castor oil are very popular for massaging the scalp. But you can improve the benefits of these oils by mixing a few drops of essential oils. The power of essential oils is often underestimated when it comes to hair health.
Essential oils are a gift from Mother Nature, with the essence of plants and many medicinal properties. Not only do they promote hair growth, but they also help prevent dandruff, flaking, dry scalp and even premature graying of hair.
In addition, the essential oils are all natural, so they are free of harmful chemicals and also for the environment.
Here are some of the essential oils you can use for hair growth.
1. Rosemary essential oil
Rosemary essential oil is good for hair. It has antioxidant properties that increase hair growth. In addition, sulfur and silica help reverse hair loss.
Furthermore, its antibacterial nature gently cleanses the scalp and hair of microbes, thus preventing itching and dandruff.
A 1998 study published in the Archives of Dermatology emphasizes that rosemary aromatherapy can be used to treat alopecia areata.
A 2015 study published in the SKINmed Journal found that rosemary oil works well as minoxidil, a common treatment for hair growth, but with less itching of the scalp as a side effect.
- Mix 2 or 3 drops of rosemary essential oil in 2 tablespoons of base oil, such as olive oil, coconut, jojoba, almond or avocado.
- Apply it to your hair and massage the scalp with your fingertips for 10 minutes.
- Leave for at least 30 minutes, then wash your hair as usual.
- Do it twice a week to get the best results.
2. Lavender essential oil
Lavender oil can accelerate hair growth. Massaged in the scalp, the lavender essential oil improves blood circulation and prevents hair loss and promotes hair growth. It also helps to keep the scalp hydrated, balances the production of sebum and helps fight dandruff.
Furthermore, it has antimicrobial and antibacterial properties, which can improve scalp health.
A 2016 study published in Toxicological Research found that lavender oil was able to generate faster hair growth in mice. However, further research must be done on humans.
- Mix 4 or 5 drops of lavender oil in 2 tablespoons of carrier oil. Apply it directly to the scalp. Leave for at least 20 to 30 minutes before washing. Shampoo your hair as you normally would. You can do it 2 or 3 times a week.
- You can also add a little lavender oil to the shampoo, conditioner or other hair product.
3. Peppermint essential oil
Peppermint oil is another essential oil that can help promote hair growth. It increases blood flow to the scalp and rejuvenates hair follicles, which in turn stimulate hair growth.
This oil also helps to unclog pores and allows the normal regeneration of skin cells, which is good for a dry scalp.
A 2014 study published in Toxicological Research suggests that peppermint essential oil induces a rapid anagen stage and could be used for a practical hair growth agent without a change in body weight gain and food efficiency.
- Mix 5 drops of peppermint essential oil with 2 tablespoons of warm coconut oil. Massage the oil into the scalp and leave for 20 minutes. Shampoo outside. Repeat twice a week.
- Another option is to add 2 or 3 drops of peppermint essential oil to normal shampoo and use it as usual.
4. Tea tree essential oil
Tea tree oil has powerful detergent, antibacterial and antimicrobial properties that can help keep the scalp healthy. This, in turn, promotes hair growth.
A 2013 study published in Drug Design, Development and Therapy found that a mixture containing tea tree oil and minoxidil was more effective than minoxidil alone in improving hair growth.
Tea tree oil is also beneficial for dandruff, thanks to its strong antifungal properties. A 2002 study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology reports that shampoo with 5% tea tree oil is effective in the treatment of dandruff.
- Mix 2 or 3 drops of tea tree essential oil in 2 tablespoons of sweet almond oil. Massage the scalp with this oil, let it rest for 30 minutes and then rinse it off. Do it twice a week.
- Another option is to mix 1 or 2 drops of tea tree oil for each ounce of your regular shampoo, then use it to wash your hair 1 or 2 times a week.
5. Lemongrass essential oil
Dandruff can cause hair loss and excessive itching on the scalp. To solve these problems, the essential oil of citronella is very effective.
Thanks to its antibacterial, antiseptic and antifungal properties, citronella helps to limit bacterial or microbial growth on the scalp. This, in turn, helps keep the scalp free from dandruff and other scalp problems.
A study published in the Southeast Asia Journal of Tropical Medicine and Public Health in 2011 found that 2% of citronella oil shampoo is effective in the treatment of dandruff.
A 2015 study published in Forsch Komplementmed found that citronella oil is an effective treatment against dandruff and significantly reduces dandruff after one week and even more after two weeks.
- Mix a few drops of citronella oil in the shampoo.
- Apply the shampoo to the scalp and massage for 2 minutes.
- Leave it for another couple of minutes.
- Rinse with warm water.
- Repeat 2 or 3 times a week.
6. Thyme essential oil
The essential oil of thyme can help promote hair growth by stimulating the scalp and preventing hair loss. It is also useful for alleviating scalp and dandruff problems.
A 1998 study published in Archives in Dermatology shows that essential oils including thyme essential oil are safe and effective for treatment with alopecia areata and are significantly more effective than treatment with vector oil alone.
- Add 2 drops of thyme essential oil to 2 tablespoons of warm extra virgin olive oil.
- Add 3 drops of lavender essential oil and mix thoroughly.
- Massage the mixture into the scalp and allow to stand for 20-30 minutes.
- Do it 2 or 3 times a week.
7. Chamomile essential oil
Chamomile oil is also beneficial for the health of your hair.
It can help fight dandruff, itchy scalp, dermatitis, psoriasis, and other scalp conditions. The oil conditions the scalp and prevents hair loss.
Also, since the oil is not greasy, you can use it often and not have to wash it unless you want to.
- Add 3 drops of chamomile essential oil to 2 tablespoons of jojoba oil. Massage the oil mixture into the scalp and allow it to rest for at least 1 hour or overnight. Wash your hair the next morning. Repeat 2 or 3 times a week.
- Another option is to mix 10 drops of chamomile essential oil in a ¼ cup of water. Use it as a final rinse after washing your hair.
- Since essential oils can cause skin irritation or allergic reactions when applied directly to the skin, it is highly recommended to dilute them with a carrier oil.
- If you have sensitive skin, always do a patch test before using any type of essential oil.
- In case of contact dermatitis, burning sensation, discomfort or tingling or painful reddening in the affected area, do not use essential oils.