Struggling with hair loss? This Essential Oils for Hair Growth Blend really helps--and it's based on real studies. Use this blend plus the other tips in the post to get a healthier scalp and follicles so that you can get your luxurious locks back.
When I was in college, I never thought I'd some day be writing about a DIY Essential Oils for Hair Growth Blend. Back in those days, some people referred to me as the "big hair girl."
I think some of it had to do with how I wore my hair, and also because I was temporarily obsessed with perms.
Thankfully, that "obsession" ended about 10 years ago :).
Since my "Big Hair Girl" Days, however, I've had some issues with hair loss on and off.
Mostly it appears to be related to stress. I had one year when the hair loss hit particularly hard and it was very difficult to deal with, so I get it.
It's hard for anyone to lose hair or have thinning hair, especially for us women.
Whenever hair loss / thinning has struck, I've found myself scouring the internet for ways to stop it, and to bring my hair back as quickly as possible.
Possible Reasons for Hair Loss
Here are some of the possible reasons that you might be finding that your locks aren't quite what you would like them to be.
- thyroid issues
- iodine deficiency
- adrenal stress
- iron deficiency
Ideally, for any of these conditions, you need to get to the root cause of your hair loss and figure out what is causing it, and work on getting healthier, so that you can have a more stable condition for your hair (and your health).
Hair Loss Remedies
I literally read for hours and hours -- about causes of hair loss, supplements that might help, testimonials from people about whether certain supplements and regiments helped them or not.....
Things that I have looked or tried, included:
I tried a number of these. Many didn't do anything (like the traditional Biotin), while others may have. One of them that I am on the fence about is BioSil. It has great testimonials, but every time I try it I get cystic acne. So I keep putting it aside. Hope to try it again. Update 9/12/16: - no more reactions so I am using it now :).
These didn't do anything for me, and many of them were filled with chemicals that I didn't want on my hair.
- Reducing Stress
This. Works. Hard to do, but it works and of course reducing stress is great for your health.
- Brushing / Massaging
Massaging your scalp with a massager has been proven to help hair growth. I personally prefer using my hands to do a scalp massage, but you could use this as well. (Note: See the Science-based Hair Growth Program below)
- Special Oil and Blends
I tried one overnight oil blend that was a little hard to get out of my hair. And then I tried castor oil in my hair. While I LOVE castor oil for its liver benefits in castor oil packs, I do NOT like it in my hair. It was so terrible to get out that I ended up losing hair when I washed it over and over to remove the oil. Not doing that again!
However, one of the things that I have leaned on whenever I have had hair loss, is this simple DIY Essential Oils for Hair Growth Blend and I do think it has really helped me.
Initially, the recipe consisted of only 2 oils. Recently, I added another and I feel like it works better.
Why This Blend Works
There are a number of essential oils that can be useful for hair growth. Following are the ones that I chose and why I chose them.
Rosemary Oil helps with hair growth, and it has been proven to do so. In fact, it's been shown to be more effective than minoxidil. (source)
Peppermint Oil has also been shown to aid hair growth in studies. (source)
Lavender Oil has also been proven to help with hair growth. (source)
- 3/8 cup olive oil (or other oil as desired)
- 6 drops Rosemary Oil
- 6 drops Peppermint Oil
- 6 or 7 drops Lavender Oil
- 50 g Vitamin E (optional)
- Put oil in a small glass container.
- Add essential oils.
- Stir to combine. Put some of the mixture on your fingertips and massage into scalp.
- Put about 1 teaspoon of an emulsifier like Diatomaceous Earth, bentonite clay, collagen, or gelatin in a small glass container.
- Add essential oils to the emulsifier.
- Add the filtered water.
- Blend the emulsified mixture into the filtered water.
- Put some of the mixture into the filtered water.
- Put some of the mixture on your fingertips, then masssage into scalp.
- Keep mixture in a covered container in the fridge and discard after 4 days or so.
More Non-Toxic Hair Growth Helps
Supplements and Herbs
I have personally used or am using the following products for hair health.
He Shou Wu: I currently use and love the He Shou Wu concentrate from Hyperion Herbs. It's a GREAT value since it's so concentrated. I take this morning and night. I love their Lion's Mane and so many other things too.
Biosil: this has many great testimonials about its effect on hair, skin, and nails. In addition, it's been proven to work to regrow hair. Topical use has been effective, but internal use might be even moreso. (source, source, and source)
Evening Primrose Oil - Evening Primrose oil has been known to help with hair issues. That link will save you some money on the price too.
Lysine and Iron - There is reported data that lysine and iron together have led to reduced hair loss.
Leave In Conditioner. One of the things that is crucial for hair growth is not having extra hair come out. This Balm is also AMAZING for hair. You only need a teensy weensy bit to condition your hair. I put a very small amount on my face and what is left on my fingers is almost enough to condition my hair.
Crisan Hair Oil - I LOVE this hair oil. It strengthens your hair and nourishes your scalp. Smells great too and a little goes a LONG way.
Hair Growth Cap
There is some data to indicate that hair growth caps like this one work. I tried it but not for long enough to know, but the data seems valid.
In addition to the above blend, it's crucial to avoid toxins in your hair care routine. There are so many chemicals in your shampoo that can affect your hair health including foamers, thickeners, preservatives, and irritants.
Ideally, you want to use hair products that are as clean / non toxic as possible to encourage your hair to be as healthy as it can be.
I've been using the shampoos in the post on Is Your Shampoo Making You Sick? - Probably.
I highly recommend you use a non-toxic shampoo so that you can have a healthier scalp and hair.
Beautycounter is a very solid, transparent brand that many have had success with. Many also report that their scalp issues vanish when switching over to this clean shampoo.
Another clean shampoo that would be great to try is Crisan Beauty's shampoo. It's very new on the market and I haven't tried it, but might be worth testing out!
More Essential Oils for Hair Growth
Now, of course, there are so many other oils that you could use. I just picked these from what I had read on the internet about oils that would help with hair loss and then made up a blend.
Some more oils that would be great to add to this blend are:
You could also just add these oils to your shampoo, but since you are rinsing it out, using the DIY blend and leaving it on your scalp is more effective.
Science-based Hair Growth Program
I personally am following his recommendations and doing his hair massage protocol and am very pleased with my progress. I try use this oil blend and do the massage daily.
Not only does he have a proven scalp massage protocol, but he evaluates many other hair health products and techniques scientifically and clearly desires success for his clients. Go here to get more information and sign up. Highly recommended.
Products to Help Your Hair Look Fuller
It can be really tough when your hair has thinned to wait for your hair to grow out. Thinning hair causes self-confidence issues and I know for me, it's been a cause of stress.
There are lots of shampoos, conditioners, and serums on the market that are supposed to help grow hair back. I have tried a lot of them and aside from this essential oils blend and the other things mentioned in this post, I haven't found anything to work and in fact, I have had what seemed to be accelerated hair loss from many of them. Additionally, many have ingredients that are quite disconcerting including artificial fragrances.
One product that's helped me is Morrocco Method's Volumizing Spray.
Have you struggled with hair loss?
What have you tried and how has it worked?
Photo Credits: Naomi Huzovicova