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Essential Oils and Preventing Hair Loss

Reduce hair loss with essential oils

When considering hair loss treatments, natural remedies like essential oils may prove helpful.

Hair is more than just a protective covering for our noggin. For most people, it means much more. It’s often the first thing people notice about us. It is part of our identity, our expression and creativity. It is part of our vanity and youthfulness. And, for some, it’s a statement.

Hair care products continue to rise in popularity and in dollars every year as we search for that perfect panacea for flowing tresses.

There are many factors that can contribute to hair loss…

…and it can be difficult to determine the “root” cause. If your father (or mother) experienced balding, and either of their parents did, it may be that an exposed cranium may be in your future. Of course, other factors, such as health, medications, diet, environment, stress, pulling your hair tightly back constantly and hormones can play a big part as well. Some of these things are certainly good to rule out by a doctor first before you invest in endless products.

Do essential oils or carrier oils offer any help?

They very well could. On Robert Tisserand’s website, Tisserandinstitute.org, it mentions a study performed in 2015 using 100 participants. Half of the participants used Rosemary essential oil, and half used the drug Minodoxil. After six months of use, these participants were seen by dermatologists. The interesting findings: The Rosemary group had less hair loss, more hair growth, and the added bonus of fewer side effects. [1]

Besides Rosemary, there are other essential oils that might also be beneficial. Sandalwood and Cedarwood are nourishing oils, which can also be stimulating to one’s scalp. Lavender is also nourishing, and can be found in many hair products, body products, etc., because of its beneficial properties. Geranium is known to promote natural healing and is strengthening. Clary Sage is good because this oil calms and reduces swelling, and can help regulate oil production.

Of course, what you put the essential oils in before applying to your head is also important.

The simplest way would be to add a couple drops of essential oils to a dollop of shampoo and mix well. It is important to select a quality shampoo without harmful chemicals. Substances like sulfates, which are surfactants and responsible for the rich lather, can be counterproductive to your quest for healthy, strong hair.

Besides adding essential oils to your shampoo, you could create a conditioning oil treatment to apply weekly, leave on for 1-2 hours, and then wash out. This could be done with essential oils such as Geranium, Frankincense Carteri, Tea Tree, or Helichrysum in a carrier oil or carrier oil blend at a 1-2% dilution. Massaging your head while applying can also offer the scalp additional stimulation. Some good carrier oil choices for hair oil treatments include Argan, Jojoba, Evening Primrose, Hemp, Avocado and Black Jamaican Castor oil. Any of the essential oils mentioned above would be good in a blend of 2-3 of these carrier oils.

Use rose hydrosol for preventing hair lossAlso, don’t forget about hydrosols. They also offer support to hair health. Suzanne Catty in “Hydrosols, the Next Aromatherapy,” recommends diluting your shampoo 50/50 with a hydrosol such as Rosemary or Rose. Catty says that it will give shine, feed the condition of the scalp and hair follicles, and will still give you the cleaning power that you need, as most shampoos are more potent than they need to be. [2]

Or, you could dilute the conditioner rather than the shampoo. Another option would be to use the hydrosol as a leave-in treatment after shampooing and before styling. Some customers have shared their experience of Rose Hydrosol helping as a de-tangler.

I also tried an oil conditioning treatment of:

Mix these ingredients together and  apply to hair, roots to tips. Leave on for at least 1 hour.

I applied this oil treatment on my hair and scalp, so it was well-saturated but not dripping. I really only used it a few times. What I noticed most of all, with both treatments, was that my hair became shinier.

Like most issues, it really is about what your body needs, and finding something that will personally work for you. It may be a journey and may take a bit of experimenting.

It’s been a relatively short time since I began implementing these products in my hair care, but my hair does seem healthier and shinier.  I will continue to experiment with these products and try to implement other healthier lifestyle changes as well.

What has worked for you, to help your hair grow faster and stronger? Let us know in the comments below!

Resources:

[1] Tisserand, Robert. http://tisserandinstitute.org/learn-more/rosemary-essential-oil-hair-growth-promotion/

[2] Catty, Suzanne, 2001. Hydrosols: The Next Aromatherapy. Healing Arts Press.

32 thoughts on “Essential Oils and Preventing Hair Loss”

  1. Peppermint oil has proven to be effective in hair loss. I make my own hair loss oil treatment using Peppermint, Rosemary & Cedarwood essential oils. I use Jojoba oil as my carrier. I’ve been doing this for over six months & I believe it has slowed down women pattern baldness(receding temples).

    1. Thank you for your imput and own experience! Be sure to be cautious with Peppermint as it can be a skin irritant. Use only low dilutions in hair products 🙂

  2. Thank you for this great article! I tried castor oil in my hair the other night and loved the results, after just one overnight use. (My husband was wondering why I was wearing a shower cap in the morning- a never-before thing!) How much Rosemary EO would you add to 2 oz of oil for this treatment?

    1. Tina, we’re so happy to hear that you have found castor oil to be helpful! I would suggest adding Rosemary essential oil at a 1-2% dilution which would be 9-18 drops per ounce of castor oil. Be sure to check back in and let us know how it’s going!

  3. Hello! I’m breastfeeding but would like a safe essential oil to add to the castor oil treatment I’m using two times a week. I know rosemary and peppermint are not nursing safe. What are my best options? Cedarwood? Lavender? Thanks!

    1. Cedarwood and Lavender would be great options Bethney! As a breastfeeding mama myself I have had a lot of success with a blend of Sandalwood and Clary Sage as well. I hope this helps!

  4. I lost a lot of hair right on the top of my head because of an infection of some sort (I don’t remember what the dermatologist called it). Now it will not grow hair because the area is scarred. The best I can hope for is to increase the hair around the area and comb over it. I have been using rosemary, diluted to 2% about an hour before I shampoo my hair. It seems to be helping. I am happy to see this post. I will have other things to try now. I used to have enough hair to amply supply 10 women, and now I am facing this! It is strange.

  5. I have been adding Rosemary to my shampoo for a couple weeks now. My question is, how long before you should be able to see any results? My thinning hair is due to thyroid issue..

  6. I’m not sure if my comment went through so I’m trying again…sorry if it doubles! I have been using Rosemary in my shampoo for a few weeks now, how long before I should see any results? I also have a thyroid issue and my hair is thinning…

      1. I used olive oil, lavender, sage, rosemary and tee tree oil on my head after loosing my hair from chemo and it really seems to make your hair come in faster but I can’t remember the recipe , would you know what it might be…

        1. Sheila, I am not aware of a recipe with all of those oils from our site. However, since there is Sage in that mix, it would need to be a less than .4% dilution for the blend.

  7. Hair loss can be a very stressful situation. However, it does occur when we ignore our overall health, scalp health and hair health. I absolutely agree that essential oils have proven to be very effective in arresting hair fall and decline in hair quality. It is important to choose the right essential oils though, as you have pointed out. Some help to stimulate growth by improving blood circulation to the scalp, while others aid in maintaining hair health. Coconut, jojoba, sesame and olive oils are among the most beneficial for hair. These essential oils should be mixed with carrier oils for best results.

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