The 6 Best Natural Oils for Hair Growth
“Slather oil on my hair? What?” This question has been asked and pondered by many ever since hair and face oils started trending in the wellness and beauty scene. Unless you have dry hair that desperately needs moisture, you may think hair oil seems counter-intuitive. But the truth is, hair oils can be beneficial for any hair type, from dry and damaged to oily and thin. Where hair oils really shine is aiding hair growth. The nourishing and soothing properties of various hair oils can provide nutrients directly to your hair roots and moisturize dry, damaged ends to support increased hair growth and reduce hair fall.
Here are the top 6 natural hair oils we recommend for supporting hair growth.
- Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is beneficial for all hair types and is one of the best oils for nourishing hair and beating bad bacteria. The unique fat composition of coconut oil is deeply nourishing for the hair, and will absorb better than other oils. Apply coconut oil to the scalp and ends of your hair, and leave on for at least 30 minutes, and up to an hour (although you can go longer if you like).
When using any of these oils as an overnight treatment, you may want to use a shower cap or lay a towel across your pillow to protect your bedding from getting greasy and stained.
- Argan Oil
Best for dry or frizzy hair, argan oil is deeply moisturizing thanks to its high fatty acid content, vitamin E, and antioxidants. Argan oil can turn unruly, dry, coarse hair into softer and shinier tresses, while delivering important fats and nutrients to the roots for hair growth. Argan oil will also help protect hair from the heat and UV rays of the sun, which can lead to hair cell damage and breakage over time.
- Olive Oil
Besides being a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, olive oil is a great option for nourishing hair and speeding up hair growth. Some researchers believe that olive oil can be used to reduce hair fall, and reduce balding for people. One of the main culprits of hair loss is a hormone called dihydrotesterone (DHT), which narrows the hair follicles and leads to thinner hair over time.
Some theorists believe that olive oil can decrease the production of DHT and help reduce hair loss and hair thinning, and promote hair growth. Azelaic acid found in olive oil is what many believe to be responsible for decreasing DHT production, which has been shown to inhibit the enzyme that converts testosterone into DHT in the body.
- Castor Oil
Castor oil contains many essential elements of healthy, long hair. Vitamin E, minerals, proteins, and antioxidants which support keratin production in hair, all support longer, faster growing hair. Castor oil is rich in ricinoleic acid which stimulates hair growth and provides anti-fungal properties for protecting the scalp against infections. Because castor oil is thick, you may want to mix it with olive oil before applying to the scalp and hair, and using it as an overnight treatment.
- Lavender Oil
Lavender oil is an essential oil, and not a carrier oil as these previous solutions. Add a 5-10 drops of lavender oil to coconut, olive, castor, or argan oil, or simply apply a few drops directly to the scalp and hair. Lavender oil has been shown to exhibit hair-growth promoting effects, which studies confirm can deepen the depth of hair follicles and thicken the number of them. Lavender oil is also highly beneficial for reducing emotional stress, which is one of the triggers of hair loss and hair thinning.
- Rosemary Oil
Like lavender oil, rosemary oil is an essential oil that is best used when mixed with a carrier oil like the first four mentioned above. It is one of the most stimulating oils, which makes it great for hair growth. When applied to the scalp, rosemary oil stimulates the hair follicles and brings nutrient-rich blood to the surface of the scalp, feeding the follicles to produce healthier, thicker, faster growing hair. Mix 3-5 drops of rosemary oil with equal parts olive oil and massage it into the scalp for about two minutes. Leave in the hair for a few hours and wash your hair as usual.
It doesn’t have to take expensive treatments or chemicals to speed up hair growth and achieve thicker, healthier hair. Try one or more of these natural oils at home and create your own spa-day experience while benefitting your scalp and hair, at the root level.
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