7 Best Essential Oils for Hair Loss (with Infographic)
If you struggle with hair loss or know someone who does, you know just how exasperating it can be. Regardless of whether dealing with thinning hair or large bald spots, many people experience frustration and self-esteem issues due to their loss of hair.
Hair loss is more common than you may think. It doesn’t matter if you’re a man or woman, young or old, tall or short. The truth is that anyone can experience hair loss, regardless of their age, gender, and stature.
What is hair loss?
Hair loss is commonly referred to as “alopecia.” Alopecia is a blanket term that refers to many different conditions related to hair loss. It can refer to conditions such as hereditary balding (androgenic alopecia) or even alopecia areata, which is when the body’s immune system begins attacking the hair follicles resulting in patchy bald spots.1
Factors that contribute to hair loss
While there are many factors that can contribute to hair loss, some of the most common ones include:
- Stress and anxiety
- Overall health
Not all hair loss is the same
Not everyone experiences hair loss in the same way. Some individuals may experience a gradual thinning of the hair with age, while others may experience more drastic hair loss, such as losing it in large clumps. Regardless, it’s important to check with your doctor to determine what is causing your alopecia. This can also help you to find out if your hair loss is indicative of a more serious health condition.
Essential oils for hair loss
If you suffer from hair loss, the good news is that there may be some natural ways you can help slow it down and possibly even promote hair growth. Besides maintaining good health by focusing on diet, exercise, and lowering stress, research suggests that some essential oils may be beneficial for hair loss as well.
Below I’ve listed 7 of the best essential oils for hair loss.
Arguably one of the most well-known essential oils for hair loss, rosemary is considered beneficial for a myriad of issues, including skin and hair care. It has traditionally been used to treat lice, greasy hair, and dandruff, as well as promote hair growth and stimulate the scalp.2
As a regenerating oil, it’s useful for maintaining hair health in general. In fact, a study in 2012 was conducted testing the efficacy of rosemary leaf extract promoting hair growth and the results were promising. The study found that the rosemary extract did in fact promote hair regrowth in mice that had been treated with it.3
Still another study in 2015 found that individuals who were treated with rosemary oil had a significant increase in hair count after 6 months.4 However, it’s important to note that due to its high 1,8-cineole content, it is not recommended to be used on or near the face of children or infants.5
Lavender is widely considered one of the most versatile essential oils, being extremely beneficial for numerous issues. Because of its normalizing and synergistic properties, it is considered useful for most ailments.6 Therefore, it should come as no surprise that lavender is also considered one of the most beneficial essential oils for treating hair loss as well.
A a very soothing and calming oil, lavender can help with an irritated scalp, but it is also regenerating as well. It has long been used as a treatment for alopecia and baldness. In fact, a study conducted in 2016 found that lavender oil significantly increased the number of hair follicles and hair follicle depth on mice that had been treated with it.7 And since it’s considered one of the safest essential oils, lavender can be used on just about anybody!
It may surprise you to find peppermint on this list. Traditionally, peppermint essential oil has been most commonly used for its ability to help with gastric and digestive issues. However, it is a very stimulating oil that can not only perk you up mentally, but also promote hair growth.
According to a 2014 study, mice that had been treated with peppermint oil experienced an increase in follicle count, increase in follicle depth, and a thickened dermal layer after four weeks.8 However, please note that due to its high menthol content, peppermint oil should not be used on or near the face of young children or infants.
Geranium is another essential oil that is used for hair loss. Because it is another regenerating essential oil, it is considered beneficial in stimulating hair growth. Comprised of mostly citronellol and geraniol, geranium has a high count of monoterpenes which are considered to be immune stimulants and general tonics.9 It is also commonly used in skin care due to its anti-inflammatory properties and its abilities to balance out skin types. This also makes it beneficial to use when dealing with hair loss due to allergic or irritated skin.
Cedarwood essential oil can also be beneficial when dealing with hair loss. It is considered to be useful for multiple skin and scalp conditions, including itchy scalp, dandruff, oily hair, and hair loss.
A study was published in 1998 regarding patients who suffered from alopecia areata. The patients were treated with an essential oil blend of cedarwood, rosemary, lavender, and thyme. The blend was massaged on the scalp of individuals every day for 7 months. The results showed that 44% of the patients found improvement with their alopecia after using the essential oil blend.10
6. Clary sage
Another essential oil to consider when dealing with hair loss is clary sage. Not to be confused with common sage, clary sage is a stimulating oil and can be used to both reduce hair loss and promote hair growth.11 Because it is commonly used to regulate hormones and stress, it can be especially beneficial for hair loss that is due to stress or hormonal issues. Please note that clary sage should not be used by those who are pregnant or breastfeeding, when drinking alcohol, or if estrogen levels need to be monitored.12
7. Roman chamomile
Another one of the best essential oils for hair loss is Roman chamomile. Gentle and calming, chamomile has been used for numerous issues for decades. While it’s most known for its calming and gastric properties, chamomile is also used to support hair health.
Because of its ability to help with stress and anxiety, chamomile can be beneficial for hair loss due to anxiety or nervous disorders. It is also very calming to the skin and helpful when dealing with irritated, allergic, or itchy skin and scalp. It is considered beneficial in reducing hair loss.13 Chamomile is often used in hair care and is even thought to help lighten hair color. Like lavender, chamomile is considered a safe oil and can be used on most individuals.
Essential oil blends for hair loss
It’s important to remember that a little goes a long way with essential oils. Because they are highly concentrated substances, only a small amount is needed. If not diluted properly, essential oils can cause irritation and sensitization, so make sure to always dilute them accordingly.
Here are two blends that I’ve created for hair loss. Feel free to use just one blend or both, the choice is yours.
Hair-loss blend #1
- Lavender–12 drops
- Peppermint–4 drops
- Rosemary–4 drops
Hair-loss blend #2
- Geranium–6 drops
- Cedarwood–6 drops
- Chamomile–5 drops
- Clary Sage–3 drops
Thoroughly combine each of the blends and store them in a dropper bottle. Use one or both of them to treat hair loss in one of the following ways…
Add 1-3 drops to your shampoo each time you wash your hair. Gently massage into hair and scalp and rinse as normal.
Add 1-2 drops of essential oil blend to ½ tsp. jojoba oil and gently massage into scalp. Leave on scalp or shampoo if needed.
Other essential oils for hair loss
While this list is by no means exhaustive, it will certainly get you well on your way to treating your hair loss naturally. Some other essential oils that are considered to be beneficial for hair loss include juniper, ginger, thyme, lemongrass, and tea tree oil. Digital signatures representing these essential oils can be scanned using ZYTO galvanic skin response technology, so you can see which ones your body is most biologically coherent with.
The key with using essential oils for hair loss is to be consistent and to be patient. In the meantime, feel free to enjoy all the other wonderful benefits you’ll receive when you incorporate essential oils into your daily routine!
About Nicole Stine
Nicole Stine is a certified herbalist who has numerous aromatherapy and natural health certifications. She is passionate about using herbs and essential oils safely and thoroughly enjoys researching and writing about natural health, as well as creating her own formulations.
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