Lavender | TRY IT →
What isn't Lavender good for? This oil is a commonly used essential oil in many different formulations and is most well known for its calming, stress-reducing, and healing properties. But did you know that Lavender might also be helpful for hair growth? A study done on mice showed that applying Lavender oil topically once a day five times a week revealed an increase in hair follicles, deeper hair follicles, and thicker skin tissue over the span of 4 weeks. You can try this at home by diluting Lavender oil in Jojoba and applying directly to the hair. Leave on for at least 15 minutes before washing off.
Peppermint | TRY IT →
The refreshing cooling feeling of peppermint can feel great on the scalp, but it also has some benefits for the hair as well! In a study similar to the one with Lavender, mice were tested again in a 4 week period against a control application of saline. The topical application of Peppermint oil showed significant increases in dermal thickness, follicle depth, and number of hair follicles. Peppermint's cooling abilities can also help reduce inflammation, stimulate the scalp, and because of its antiseptic properties, may help with dandruff as well. Peppermint is also useful for headaches and is mentally stimulating for a great energizing boost! Try adding a few drops to your shampoo or conditioner in the morning to help stimulate the mind and help wake you up.
Tea Tree | TRY IT →
Dandruff can be a big problem for many people. Tea tree oil has antibacterial and antifungal properties that might be useful in the treatment of dandruff. In a study done on 125 patients, a tea tree shampoo showed a 41% improvement in dandruff severity compared to the placebo. Another common problem with hair is head lice. In a study done on 92 patients, a combination of Tea Tree and Lavender applied topically showed great results in killing lice eggs as well as lice.
Rosemary | TRY IT →
This oil may be helpful for stimulating the scalp and encourage hair growth! Two studies done on Rosemary oil showed that it might be helpful for testosterone-related hair loss. The first study done on mice showed improvement in hair regrowth, suggesting that rosemary helped by blocking the hormone related to hair loss. The other study showed similar results in people over a 6 month time period.
Ylang Ylang | TRY IT →
This floral essential oil has a lovely aroma, and may help with your hair too! One study showed that Ylang Ylang combined with coconut and anise oil was effective in controlling lice infestations when applied three times a day for 5 days.
Lemongrass | TRY IT →
Lemongrass has great deodorizing qualities, plus a lemon-y fresh aroma! Studies have shown that Lemongrass oil can be helpful for dandruff issues. One study showed that applying a hair tonic with this oil to the hair twice a day showed a reduction in dandruff after just two weeks.
What essential oils do you use on your hair? Have any tips or tricks? Let us know by leaving a comment down below!
Don't forget that essential oils should be diluted properly before applying topically, so pair with your favorite carrier oil. It is always recommended to do a patch test with the oil before using to test for any allergic reactions or irritations. Please note that while research shows promise, more understanding and study may be needed for conclusive results.