Treating Hair Loss & More
Have questions about using lavender essential oil for hair growth, to fight hair loss or treat Alopecia?
We’ve got answers!
In our article, How to Use Lavender Oil: Uses and Benefits, we discuss the history and some of the uses of lavender oil, such as relieving pain and stress. And we discuss some of the ways to use lavender oil, like diffusing and mixing a blend with a carrier oil for topical application.
In our next article, Ways to Use Lavender Oil for Hair and Scalp, we share some tips and tricks on how to promote hair growth and a healthy scalp using lavender oil. We also included some ways to use lavender to treat lice, dandruff and even split ends!
Next, we searched the internet for the best answers to some common questions people also ask about using Lavender Essential Oil for Hair Growth.
People Also Ask
We decided to start with the most general question people ask and go from there.
Can Lavender Oil Regrow Hair?
“Lavender essential oil recently gained attention for stimulating hair growth. A 2016 study found that lavender oil applied to mice made them grow more hair. Their hair also grew thicker and faster than normal. This benefit is way more effective when the oil can work itself into the skin.”1
Healthline is a great source for information because they stay up to date on the medical, scientific and research communities, so they’re aware of a lot of the studies that are published. In this case, they’re referring to a study we also referenced in our article on Lavender Oil for Hair & Scalp.
From there, people usually ask, ‘Well that’s great for the mice, but how do I use this oil for myself?’ The team at Reward Me had a nice, simple way to use lavender essential oils for hair growth and to promote regrowth.
How do I use Lavender Oil on my Hair?
“1. Lavender Oil Hair Growth:
- You’ll need 1 tsp. of lavender oil and 2 tsp. of coconut oil
- Mix both together and massage it into your scalp
- Leave it overnight so that it can start working its magic
- Cover your head with a towel to avoid staining your pillow
- Wash it off in the morning and repeat twice a week for a few months to see results
Not only will you have had a peaceful sleep, but your hair will also become thicker and oh so soft in no time!
- Lavender Oil For Hair Regrowth:
- To make this essential oil blend, you need ½ a tsp. of lavender oil, ½ a tsp. of rosemary oil, 2 drops of thyme oil, 2 drops of cedarwood oil, 6 drops of grapeseed oil and 4 drops of jojoba oil
- Mix all these oils and start massaging your scalp every night with this oil for 5-10 minutes”2
We also recommend switching from a chemical-based shampoo and conditioning regimen to a product that is more natural, nourishing and hydrating (link to shampoo in shop), but the recipe they have for the essential oil blend made of lavender, rosemary, thyme and cedarwood essential oils mixed with grapeseed and jojoba carrier oils sounds like a great combination to try at home!
Next, we got more specific and asked:
How to use lavender essential oil for hair loss?
We found a similar recipe on HealthLine, but wanted to include it, in case you don’t like thyme, or have a preference for a different carrier oil.
“Included in a mixture with lavender and rosemary, cedarwood extract was also found to reduce hair loss in those with alopecia areata. Mix a few drops of cedarwood essential oil with 2 tablespoons of carrier oil of your choice. Massage it into your scalp and leave it on for 10 minutes before washing it out.”1
This recipe is a little simpler, but it’s great to see that different sources agree on most of the ingredients in these blends to treat hair loss and promote hair growth! We even found a similar recipe on LiveStrong.com to treat alopecia that we included in our guide on Ways to Use Lavender Oil for Hair and Scalp.
Seeing all these different essential oils being used in the recipe, we were curious which essential oil was considered the best for hair growth, so that’s the next question we asked.
What is the best essential oil for hair loss?
Studies have shown that lavender oil possesses hair growth-promoting effects. In a 2016 animal study, topical application of lavender oil proved to significantly increase the number of hair follicles in female mice. Lavender oil was also able to deepen the depth of hair follicles and thicken the thermal layer.”3
Number One on the list for Dr. Axe was Lavender Essential Oil. He also mentions the study done on mice that showed that their hair grew thicker and faster, and with healthier, deeper follicles.
And just in case you still aren’t convinced, we went ahead and double checked just to make sure. Asking the question:
Do essential oils really work for hair loss?
“Lavender Essential Oil – Known for its relaxing and calming properties, lavender is purported to help combat hair breakage. Lavender oil may also help prevent dandruff and itching. It is most likely the general moisturizing properties of all essential oils to promote hair growth that make them effective. In combination with other oils, such as rosemary and thyme, lavender may invigorate the scalp. A healthy, invigorated scalp may have better blood circulation, and more blood circulation can help lead to healthier hair follicles.”4
So it seems like there might be a little disagreement about exactly which other essential oils are necessary and what the perfect blend is to promote hair growth and stop hair loss, but lavender is always one of them! Our recommendation would be to try out your own combinations and see what feels best and then from there, which gives you the best results. All of our bodies and scalps are different, so what works best for some, might not work best for all.
For the next question, we wanted to ask what to do after you’ve made the perfect essential oil blend, mixed it with the right carrier oil and then massaged it into your scalp.
Do you have to wash out essential oils?
“The essential oils will blend better with oil (they really don’t blend with water), but you will have a greasy scalp if you don’t wash them out the next day. Use the water / essential oil for hair growth blend on days when you will not be washing your hair.”5
We agree! You definitely don’t want to leave the essential oil blend in indefinitely. Depending on your preference, we recommend that at the minimum, you keep the blend in your hair 10-15 minutes after massaging it in. After that, it’s all up to you! Find out what works best! For some, sleeping with it might not be worth the hassle of getting oil on their pillow, for others, the results from overnight use might be worth it!
If you want to keep the essential oil blend in overnight, but don’t want oil on your pillow, we recommend trying a shower cap.
We hope this answered some of the questions you have regarding how to use Lavender Essential Oil (link to shop) to treat hair loss, male pattern baldness, and alopecia, and also to promote hair growth.
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