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How to Use Lavender Essential Oil for Hair Growth

lavender essential oil for hair growth

 

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. The antioxidants and active phytochemicals are what makes lavender oil so beneficial for hair. The oil is light enough to penetrate inside the hair follicles and work its magic to propel healthy hair growth.

There’s a lot more to lavender oil’s goodness, let’s dig deeper on how lavender oil can benefit hair.

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 is rich in Antioxidants and Phytonutrients

Free radicals generated from pollutants, harsh chemicals and unhealthy diet are damaging for hair. They can hamper hair growth and even lead to thinning and greying of hair. The best solution to avoid excess free radicals is to eat fresh, real foods and also to use natural products such as lavender oil. 

Lavender oil is rich in antioxidants and helps to reverse or prevent the damage done on your hair by oxidative stress. Also, the phytonutrients in lavender oil nourish and support hair health. That is the reason this oil has been used since ancient times reduce hair loss and grow beautiful hair.

But is there a real 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.

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 humans to prove this.

Lavender oil is safe to use, so till the researchers find money/time/sponsorship to carry out further studies, why not give lavender oil a try.

How to Use Lavender Essential Oil for Hair Growth

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. 

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.

In the morning wash with a natural shampoo or use a homemade shampoo.

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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Lavender Essential Oil for Hair Growth

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2 comments
Joanna says

I love lavender oil it smells so good. And your tip about buying French ones will come handy when I buy it next time.
One question I have is can I use peppermint oil instead of cedar wood for this hair growth oil. Thanks

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    Minaz says

    Yes please do try peppermint, another lovely oil for hair. And it works well with lavender, do share your results with us.

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