" Menthol, the active component of peppermint oil, increases the number and the depth of hair follicles better than minoxidil."
Aromatherapy for Hair Loss and Thinning Hair
Aromatherapy has long been proven to be beneficial for our health and wellbeing including slowing down the ageing process. Thinning hair is often associated with ageing, however, this is not always right. Androgenetic alopecia, known as the most common hair loss, can affect men in their early twenties.
One of the pioneering studies on the use of essential oils for hair loss and thinning hair (Archives Dermatology, 1998) showed that rosemary, thyme, cedarwood and lavender essential oils promote hair growth. There have been a growing number of studies that demonstrated the hair-growing properties of essential oils. Here are the 6 best essential oils to help stop hair loss and regrow hair:
- Peppermint oil (Mentha Piperita)
- Rosemary oil (Rosmarinus Officinalis)
- Thyme oil (Thymus Vulgaris)
- Cedarwood oil (Cedrus Atlantica)
- Ylang Ylang oil (Cananga Odorata)
- Lemon oil (Citrus Limonum)
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Peppermint Oil increases the number and depth of Hair Follicles
Peppermint essential oil contains around 40% menthol. Studies suggested that menthol increases blood circulation in the scalp. Menthol seems to be capable of increasing the number and the depth of hair follicles, better than minoxidil at an equal concentration.
Rosemary Oil reduces dihydrotestosterone in Hair Follicles
Dihydrotestosterone is believed to cause androgenetic hair loss and thinning hair in men and women. A scientific study showed that rosemary reduces the dihydrotestosterone levels in hair follicles, therefore, it helps prevent hair loss and thinning hair.
Thyme Oil reduces inflammation in hair follicles
Inflammation is known as one of the major factors in ageing and hair loss. Studies showed that thyme has excellent anti-inflammatory properties that help slow down hair loss and promote hair growth.
" I used (Hair Growth) Serum every day for 30 days and my hair shedding has stopped."
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Cedarwood Oil helps regulate oil glands in the scalp
Excess sebum may indicate the high presence of dihydrotestosterone. The ability of cedarwood essential oil in regulating sebum secretion in the scalp, may serve as an early indicator of its potential as a hair growth promoter.
Ylang Ylang Oil balances scalp
Ylang Ylang oil has been used traditionally to support healthy hair growth. Like cedrawood oil, ylang ylang essential oil has the ability to balance oil production. A well-balanced scalp helps optimise hair growth.
Lemon Oil Revitalises Hair Follicles
A study on the antibacterial activity of some essential oils suggested that lemon oil has anti-oxidative and purifying properties, hence lemon oil may help cleanse and revitalise hair follicles.
The Use of Essential Oils in Hair Loss Formulas
As an anti-ageing scientist who studied at The Institute of Traditional Herbal Medicine and Aromatherapy (ITHMA), London; I am very fond of essential oils. For more than 15 years, I have been developing and perfecting haircare formulas to slow down my own hereditary hair loss.
To get the best results, I like to combine essential oils with other hair-growth-boosting ingredients. In Scalp Stimulator, I use the combination of menthol, vitamin E, rosemary, cedarwood, thyme, lavender and lemon essential oils to revitalise the scalp and stimulate hair follicles. In Hair Growth Serum, I use the combination of caffeine, niacinamide, menthol, rosemary, thyme, cedarwood and ylang ylang essential oil to help slow down hair loss and promote hair growth.
Be consistent and persistent. Before hair follicles start growing new hair after hair fall, they rest for about 100 days. On average, hair grows about half an inch per month, therefore, I highly recommend to use Henry Tianus Hair Loss Solution everyday continuously for a minimum of 6 months. I have been using both Scalp Stimulator and Hair Growth Serum daily for years and my hair density continues to improve with time.
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Henry Tianus is a multi-award-winning Anti-Ageing Scientist based in London, UK. Henry Tianus has been listed as The Recognised Institute Practitioner at The Institute of Traditional Herbal Medicine and Aromatherapy (ITHMA), London (UK) since 2005. Henry Tianus's articles have been read by people in more than 100 countries with US and UK at the top of the list. Join Henry Tianus eNewsletter to receive the latest health and wellbeing tips.
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