When I was in college, I never thought I would 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 addicted to perms.
Thankfully, that “addiction” ended about 10 years ago :).
Since my “Big Hair Girl” Days, however, I have 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.
You know, if you're a woman, how hard it is when you lose hair. And if you're a man who cares about a woman who is losing her hair, please know how hard it is for her.
Whenever the hair loss has struck, I find myself scouring the internet for ways to stop it. And to bring my hair back as quickly as possible.
Possible Reasons for Hair Loss:
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).
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Possible 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 is of course great for health all around.
- Brushing / Massaging
Massaging your scalp with something like this massager has been proven to help hair growth. I haven't tried it for along enough to know, but it's a safe option!
- 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 a simple DIY Essential Oils for Hair Growth Blend and I do think it has really helped me.
Initially, the recipe was super simple. Recently, I added another oil to the blend, and I feel like it works better.
Why This Essential Oil Hair Growth 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. (source)
Peppermint Oil has also been shown to aid hair growth in studies. (source)
Ravintsara Oil helps with skin conditions, many of which can be a cause, or the partial cause, of hair loss.
One More Healthy Hair Tip
In addition to the oils blend which follows, I think it's crucial that you 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.
Here is more information on toxins in shampoo to encourage your hair to be as healthy as it can be.
I recommend using shampoos without the toxins. I've been using the shampoos in the post on Is Your Shampoo Making You Sick? – Probably. I've been trying out new ones trying to find exactly the best ones to recommend to you all, since this has been a very hard thing for me to find.
Essential Oil Hair Growth Blend
Carrier Oil or Water
Emulsifier (used with Water-Based Blend. See this post on Essential Oil Emulsification.)
- Put oil in a small glass container.
- Add essential oils.
- Put some of the mixture on your fingertips and massage into scalp.
- Put about 1 tsp of an emulsifier like Diatomaceous Earth, bentonite clay, collagen, or gelatin, in a small glass container.
- Add essential oils to the emulsifier.
- Blend the oils with the emulsifier.
- Add the filtered water.
- Blend the emulsified mixture into the filtered water.
- Put some of the mixture on your fingertips, then massage into scalp.
If you are going to be washing your hair the following day, use the oil. The essential oils will blend better with oil (they really don't blend with water), but you will have a greasy scalp if you don't wash them out the next day.
Use the water / essential oil for hair growth blend on days when you will not be washing your hair. I personally use this in both the mornings and evenings.
More Natural Hair Growth Remedies
I have personally used or am using the following products for hair health.
Leave In Conditioner. One of the things that is crucial for hair growth is not having extra hair come out. This Leave In Conditioner is one of my favorites.
New Things I Am Trying
This is an update in 6/18. My hair is overall doing well but something caused some pretty bad loss earlier this year so I need to jump start things again.
I am trying 3 product from Purium (which is a simply amazing company):
- Hair Skin and Nails
- American Ginseng (I've been taking this for awhile and it a superb adaptogen.)
- Super Life
I have heard that the combination of the Ginseng and the Super Life is great for hormones and hair growth so I will report back after trying the combo out.
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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.
NON DIY Option:
If you're not a DIY kind of person, you can buy a ready-made Hair Blend, To see why I chose the company that I did for essential oils, you can go to the start of my “Which Essential Oils Company is Best?” series or go right to the end here.
If you're into making your own essential oil hair loss blend, you could also add some of the oils to the mix:
You could also just add these oils to your shampoo, but since you are rinsing it out I think that using the DIY blend would be more effective.
Have you struggled with hair loss?
What have you tried and how has it worked?
Photo Credits: Naomi Huzovicova