As essential oils continue to increase in popularity for home remedies for all types of ailments, its no wonder many have been touted to help with hair loss. Like peppermint and coffee oil, lavender oil is one of the more popular options to help boost hair growth.
Lavender essential oil is made by distilling the lavender plant. It’s highly concentrated and full of benefits for pain relief, cleaning, migraines, and even for hair loss!
How Does Lavender Oil Help?
There are many properties in lavender that improve hair health. Beyond the soothing scent, lavender oil:
Improves Hair Growth
The properties in this oil can help reduce stress and generate growth of cells. During a study on mice, it was found that the lavender oil generated faster hair growth.
It is Antimicrobial
Lavender is also known for its antimicrobial properties. When applied to the scalp and hair, it can prevent bacteria and fungi from growing. This helps calm an itchy scalp and helps prevent dandruff and infections.
Reduces Inflammation of the Skin
Lavender has been used for many years as a home remedy for skin inflammation. If your scalp is inflamed, you can speed up the healing process by adding this essential oil. With the reduction in inflammation, you should also see an improvement in hair loss.
This oil also has a wonderful calming aroma which can calm your nervous system and help you relax. If you are currently facing hair loss due to stress, inhaling the lavender fragrance can help improve your mood.
How To Use Lavender Oil?
Depending on the reason you are facing hair loss, there are different ways that you can add lavender oil to your hair care routine.
Massage Oil Into Your Scalp
The best way to help your hair loss is to massage the diluted oil into your scalp. To do so, dilute the lavender oil with a carrier oil. This oil can be mixed in equal parts.
Following a shower, massage the oil into your scalp and allow it to sit for 10 minutes, rinsing after. You also can choose to leave the oil on overnight, wrapping your hair in a towel.
It is suggested to do this once or twice a week.
Add Oil To Your Hair Products
If you prefer to add the lavender essential oil to your current hair products, be sure to do so carefully. We suggest being sparing, adding only 5 drops per ounce of shampoo. Mix thoroughly then use as directed.
Products with Lavender Essential Oil Added
There are currently many products on the market with lavender already added. Be sure that these products use an essential oil, not just a lavender fragrance.
Diffuse Lavender Essential Oils
If you are facing hair loss from stress, diffusing the lavender oil in your home or office can help calm you. While this won’t help in most hair loss situations, it is a great way to help your body relax if you are stressed.
When you use any essential oil, it is important to make sure you aren’t applying too much to your scalp or to your products. Essential oils can cause skin irritation if not properly diluted with a carrier oil.
If you do use the oil properly and still get a rash or hives, immediately stop using the product, rinse thoroughly. This is a sign you have a lavender allergy, which is not uncommon.
It is also important to not ingest essential oils.
When used properly, many people will be able to see the benefits of lavender for their hair loss. Studies have proven that it can improve hair growth, so as long as you aren’t allergic to this product, it is safe to add to your hair care regimen.