Lavender Essential Oil for Hair Growth: Get Thick, Beautiful Hair
The word ‘lavender’ sparks many of our senses. The colour lavender is very soothing to the eyes. The smell sweet, floral, herbaceous is very pleasing. But what is more pleasing is its uses.
Lavender is an ancient herb known for its zillions of benefits. And one of them is hair growth-promoting effects. Lavender oil has been used to treat various types of hair loss and thinning since olden times.
The active phytonutrients in lavender oil are very beneficial for hair. The oil is light enough to penetrate inside the hair follicles and stimulate new hair to grow. Plus, the antioxidants in the oil protect the hair from free radical damage. There’s a lot more to lavender oil’s goodness.
Let’s delve deeper into how lavender can save your hair and help you grow new ones…
How does Lavender Oil Restore Hair Growth?
There are 3 top reasons that make this fragrant oil so amazing for hair. The first up is…
1. Lavender Oil is Balancing
The beauty about lavender oil is that it works for all scalp and hair types. It’s a balancing oil. So if your scalp is overly dry or oily, lavender oil will bring it towards normal.
This is vital for healthy hair growth. It’s because if your scalp is very oily, it can clog hair follicles and suffocate the new growth. And if the scalp is dry then too it can hinder new growth, by sucking out moisture from hair follicles.
2. Lavender Oil is Healing and Restorative
A scalp that is irritated, itchy and scaly will not produce healthy hair. It’s because the hair follicles are embedded within the scalp and if the scalp suffers, your hair will not thrive.
Lavender oil can come to your rescue as it’s packed with healing stuff. The phytochemicals in lavender oil have anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and antiseptic properties (1,2). So it can defend your scalp from fungi, bacteria and other microbes.
3. Lavender Oil Stimulates New and Thicker Hair Growth
This ancient oil has a reputation for treating alopecia and various forms of hair loss. But most of the evidence is word of mouth or anecdotal. It’s only recently that scientists have taken an interest in lavender oil for hair loss.
So what’s the evidence?
A study was conducted in Scotland by a group of dermatologists on 86 people with alopecia areata (3). The results showed that 44% of alopecia patients experienced new hair growth when they massaged their scalp daily with essential oils, including lavender for seven months.
In this case, it’s hard to give all the credit to lavender oil. Because there were other oils included (such as rosemary and thyme) which have their own positive effects on hair growth. So a study needs to be carried out using lavender oil alone.
You will be glad to hear that there’s one recent study done to test just lavender oil on bald patches. And it shows that lavender oil can significantly increase the number of hair follicles (4). The hair follicles in the lavender group were also deeper, which is a sign of stronger roots and active growing hair.
But, there’s a but…this study was done on mice. Although the results are positive, the oil must be tested on human in future trials to validate the evidence.
Till the researchers find money/time/sponsorship to do the real testing, why not give lavender oil a try.
How to Use Lavender Essential Oil for Hair Growth
You can use lavender oil many ways – to make hair growth oil or in a homemade shampoo or homemade hair masks.
1. Make Lavender Hair Growth Oil
This is the most effective way you can use lavender oil.
You will need:
Place all the oils in a bowl and mix well. If your coconut oil is solid, melt it by placing in warm water. I wouldn’t microwave coconut oil.
Now put on some light music and start applying the hair growth oil into your scalp and hair. Massage for 2-3 minutes and let the oil do it’s stimulating work overnight.
It’s best to put this oil at night as lavender also has sedative and relaxing effects. It helps you sleep better – which is good for your well-being, including hair because while you are sleeping, your body is doing the repair work. So yes in deep sleep hair cells are getting rejuvenated.
In the morning wash with a natural shampoo or use a homemade shampoo, it’s up to you.
2. You can add lavender oil to your homemade Shampoo
For scalp benefit and hair growth, you can add a little oil to homemade shampoos. It will work best with egg shampoo, besan shampoo or clay shampoo. You can also put lavender oil in ree-shi shampoo, but that will mean a lot of mixing.
3. Use lavender oil in a hair mask
When you make a homemade hair mask, add lavender oil to it. Not much, just like 5-10 drops should be enough to work magic. Some homemade hair masks you can try with lavender are:
Miracle Hair Mask for Thickness
Olive Oil and Egg Mask to Stop Hair Loss
Castor oil Hair Mask for Faster Growth
Lavender oil is generally safe oil, but here are some precautions
- Don’t use lavender oil in its pure form. Always use it with a carrier oil such as coconut, jojoba or almond oil. (Here’s more info on how to dilute essential oils.)
- It’s possible that lavender will irritate a person’s skin even when it’s diluted. So if you have sensitive skin, test any new blend on your forearm first.
- It’s best to use lavender oil at night because of its sedative and relaxing effect. As it may interfere with work or driving.
Buying Lavender Oil: Which is the Best?
There are many lavender oils available in the market so it can be a little confusing. The best ones are from France, and the botanical name is Lavandula angustifolia
Buy your lavender oil here
How do you use lavender oil for hair growth? Please share in the comment box below…
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