Oils have been an integral part of hair care routines in Indian households since ages. In fact, one of our favorite childhood memories is that of getting a relaxing hair oil massage every Sunday morning. As time passed by and we got busy, taking proper hair care started looking like a thing of the past for many. And the only time one would indulge in hair care products is to address a concern like hair fall, scalp psoriasis, or dandruff.
We understand that in the daily hustle bustle, hair care is often done hurriedly even though there is a desire to pamper your hair like your skin. And if this holds true for you then we have some good news for you. With the help of essential oils, you can put together a quick hair care routine that works best for your hair and scalp. Don’t believe us? Read on to know more.
What is the use of essential oils for hair?
A lot has been spoken about how essential oils are healthy for our skin but there is very little available information about the uses of essential oils for hair. While these traditional plant based ingredients work wonders on your skin, there are umpteen benefits of essential oils for hair as well. They can help promote hair growth while making your hair thicker, shinier, and healthier than ever before. The right blend of essential oils and cold-pressed oils can even prevent hair fall by strengthening the scalp.
What are the best essential oils for hair growth?
Cold Pressed oils like Coconut oil, Jojoba oil, and Castor oil have long been picked for their extensive benefits for hair and scalp health. However, there has always been a question mark surrounding the use of essential oils for hair. We are here to put your curious minds to rest with the 5 best essential oils that we at Oleum Cottage swear by.
Lavender essential oil
We are sure that many of you are aware of the therapeutic benefits of Lavender oil but is Lavender oil good for hair? The answer is a reassuring yes! Lavender essential oil’s calming aroma reduces stress which is one of the main causes of hair fall. Additionally, Lavender has properties to boost hair growth and its antimicrobial and antibacterial nature improves scalp health.
Rosemary essential oil
Another common query regarding essential oils is ‘What is the use of rosemary oil for hair?’. Rosemary is known for its culinary benefits so it is natural to wonder if Rosemary essential oil really has any advantages for our hair. Luckily for us, Rosemary is a multitasker. It can counteract the effects of DHT (a type of testosterone that attacks hair follicles and its anti-inflammatory properties help our scalp and hair to stay healthy. Rosemary essential oil is also known to improve circulation which prevents hair follicles from starving and dying. Apart from treating hair loss, Rosemary also promotes hair growth and hair thickness along with preventing premature greying of hair and dandruff.
Cedarwood essential oil
Much like Rosemary essential oil, Cedarwood essential oil also has antifungal and antibacterial properties that keep dandruff and scalp concerns at bay. Cedarwood essential oil is derived from the wood of Cedar tree and is known for its ability to balance oil producing glands in the scalp as well. Studies have also shown that Cedarwood essential oil is effective against Alopecia Areata, an autoimmune disease that causes bald patches and eventually leads to baldness.
Peppermint essential oil
While we are talking about essential oils for hair growth, it is important to talk about Peppermint essential oil. Now you must be wondering, is Peppermint oil good for hair? Well! Peppermint oil when applied on the scalp has an instant cooling effect and encourages blood circulation. The cooling effect improves scalp health by reducing inflammation whereas enhanced blood flow delivers the essential nutrients to hair follicles and prolongs hair’s growth phase. Infact, peppermint oil is one of the best essential oils for hair growth.
Thyme essential oil
Thyme essential oil is a strong essential oil which when used judiciously can help promote hair growth and control hair loss. Just like Cedarwood essential oil, Thyme essential oil is also effective against Alopecia Areata.
Is there any essential oil for men’s hair growth?
Essential oils are gender-neutral. All the essential oils mentioned in this article work equally well in increasing hair growth in men and women.
How to use essential oils for hair?
At Oleum Cottage, after years of research, we have crafted oils and serums like Deeply Conditioning Hair Spa Oil, Conditioning Hair Serum and Scalp Psoriasis Oil. Each of these formulations are packed with the benefits of cold pressed oils and essential oils (like Lavender, Peppermint and Rosemary) to cater to a range of hair concerns while keeping your scalp and hair health in check. Our formulations are perfect for both men and women and different hair types including dry and frizzy, chemically treated and damaged hair.
While it is recommended to keep our Deeply Conditioning Hair Spa Oil and Scalp Psoriasis Oil overnight after covering the scalp for 20 to 90 minutes with a lukewarm towel (this helps all the goodness of oils to soak in to prepare your scalp for hair growth), the Conditioning Hair Serum is recommended to use sparingly (3-4 drops) on wet hair.
We hope this article encourages you to take care of your crowning glory and incorporate essential oils in your haircare routine.And if you still have a query on hair care, feel free to share it with us in the comments section below.