Learn how to use essential oils for hair growth. Try these all natural ways to improving hair growth. 9 essential oils for hair growth.

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Essential Oils for Hair Growth

Do you ever sit back and think about how much we identify with our hair? The right cut, the right color and covering the gray. Most of our hair complaints can be fixed with a little time in a stylist’s chair.

Unfortunately, the one thing that a stylist can’t do is give us more hair or help our hair grow faster. You know what can help with hair growth? Essential oils!

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Best Oil for Hair Growth

Make sure to talk with your doctor if you’re experiencing hair loss, particularly if it’s something new for you. You want to make sure to rule out an underlying medical condition.

Once you’ve ruled out a medical condition for slow-growing or thinning hair, give these oils a try. They might just be the ticket for you in preventing hair loss and promoting hair growth.

Take a look at some of these essential oils and find the one that is best for you. There are endless benefits to these oil and something for everyone.

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1. Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender is one of my favorite essential oils because of its versatility (plus, it smells great). Not only does lavender help with stress management (and hair loss from stress is not uncommon), but a 2016 study showed that “lavender oil had a marked hair growth-promoting effect.”

Make your own Lavender shampoo with this easy recipe. Learn all about the uses of Lavender.

2. Peppermint Oil

Aside from the benefit of a minty, tingly boost to wake you up in the morning, peppermint oil was shown in a 2014 study to promote a “significant increase” in hair thickness, hair count, and follicle thickness.

Peppermint essential oil has many benefits and you only need a small amount of this highly concentrated oil. It is a great oil to help with hair growth and thickness to promote healthy hair.


3. Rosemary Oil

Rosemary essential oil promotes both hair growth and hair thickening, and in a 2015 study, it was shown to be as effective as minoxidil (the active ingredient in hair growth products like Rogaine) in stimulating hair growth with less scalp itching and skin irritation as a side effect.

You will love achieving the same results with fewer side effects. Often times store bought products fix one problem and cause another. Rosemary Oil is a natural product that does not have the side effects that store bought products often have.


4. Cedarwood Essential Oil

Not only does cedarwood likely help with hair growth, it also makes a difference for those who suffer from dandruff. It is both an antifungal and antibacterial, so it fights the bacteria that cause dandruff.

This essential oil has numerous uses and helps tremendously with hair growth. The antifungal properties help and make a noticeable difference in your hair.

5. Lemongrass Oil

Lemongrass is another combatant of dandruff (which is great if you’re looking for a natural alternative to pyrithione zinc, the active ingredient in most anti-dandruff shampoos). A 2015 study showed that lemongrass, when applied twice daily, was very effective at fighting dandruff.

No dandruff means a healthier scalp, and a healthier scalp means healthier hair production. Try applying once a day, leave on for 10 minutes, then wash hair as normal. Step up to twice a day if needed.

This is a great alternative to dandruff shampoo or conditioner. Skip the store bought products and utilize lemongrass oil instead.

6. Clary Sage

Clary sage has linalyl acetate which regulates oil production and reduces inflammation. It can help to strengthen your hair, causing less breakage, not to mention increase hair growth.

It’s also a great stress-buster. Try this anti inflammatory essential oil for many uses.

Once you have stronger hair, their will be less breakage and your hair will be stronger.

7. Tea Tree oil

I love, love, love tea tree oil. It’s a wonderful cleanser, and it also is antibacterial and antimicrobial. An adult acne sufferer after having my first child, I couldn’t get it under control until I started using a tea tree oil facial cleanser – it was a total game changer.

In one 2013 study, tea tree essential oil was part of a cocktail with minoxidil that was shown to be more effective in curbing hair loss than the minoxidil alone.

8. Geranium Oil

Geranium Oil helps to balance secretions that are around the hair follicles. It also helps to nourish the scalp and balances the product of natural oils.

This oil can help with both dry and oil dandruff on the scalp as well. While balancing the sebum production, your hair is nice and silky.

9. Ylang-ylang essential oil

This oil promotes hair grown and stimulates blood flow when massaged into the scalp. Ylang-Ylang also helps to prevent hair loss from stress.

This is the perfect essential oil to use during times of high stress in your life and busy seasons. There are multiple benefits to using Ylang-Ylang essential oil.

How to use Essential Oils for Hair Growth

If you would rather use the essential oils directly, mix a few drops with a carrier oil like jojoba oil and massage into your scalp.

Sleep with the oil on your scalp and then shampoo and condition as normal the following day. Don’t lose heart – it may take some time to see results, but use your oil blend a few times a week, and before long, you likely will see healthier, thicker hair!

Make sure to be diligent in the use of essential oils. Consistent use will pay off and result in improved hair growth over time.

We are trying to use more and more natural products. Give these ideas a try and let us know which ones work for you. Which essential oils do you plan to try first?

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  1. Kenia M. says:

    Can I add the essential oils directly to my regular shampoo?

  2. Evelyn says:

    Can a blend of E.O.’s be made for hair growth? Do you use them alone? Do you have to mix with a carrier oil? Do you have a specific recipe to use for hair loss? Thank you!


    1. carrie says:

      Hi Evleyn, I don’t use a blend but just use the individual oils based on what I’m needing at the time. I usually mix with a carrier oil before using as well. I’m loving jojoba oil right now as it moisturizes my hair as well so I really recommend that one. I would start with Rosemary oil and Peppermint oil for hair regrowth from hair loss. Thank you!