Aromatherapy for Hair Loss and Thinning Hair
Aromatherapy has long been proven to be beneficial for the wellbeing and health of human beings 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 my 6 best essential oils to help stop hair loss and regrow hair:
- Peppermint (Mentha Piperita) oil
- Rosemary (Rosmarinus Officinalis) oil
- Thyme (Thymus Vulgaris) oil
- Cedarwood (Cedrus Atlantica) oil
- Ylang Ylang (Cananga Odorata) oil
- Lemon (Citrus Limonum) oil
Peppermint Oil increases the number and depth of Hair Follicles
Peppermint 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 be the trigger for 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. Thyme has excellent anti-inflammatory properties that help slow down hair loss and promote hair growth.
Cedarwood Oil helps regulate oil glands in the scalp
Excess oil (sebum) may indicate the high presence of dihydrotestosterone. The ability of cedarwood oil in regulating the oil (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 oil has the ability to balance oil (sebum) 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 a skincare scientist who studied at The Institute of Traditional Herbal Medicine and Aromatherapy (ITHMA), London; I am very fond of essential oils. For the past 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, lemon and cannabis sativa oil 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.
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