Hair loss is often genetic, and while it affects men more that doesn't mean women are free from it. Aromatherapy oils for hair loss focuses on reducing scalp irritation, increasing blood flow and blocking the conversion of the hormone testosterone into DHT, a known cause for allopecia. Ensuring that your mane is in good condition and using moisturising essential oils will also help reduce breakage and mechanic hair loss when combing it.
Rosemary oil is said to delay the onset of grey hair, and it also stimulates blood flow on the scalp, and as such encourages healthy growing hair. It works better with dark hair, and can be used as a finisher after washing your hair. The best way to use rosemary oil for hair loss is a scalp massage which is relaxing and will help increase blood flow to the hair follicles, and as such slow hair fall. A mixture of rosemary oil and water can be used as a leave-in spray to condition your mane and ward off grey hairs.
Stinging Nettle essential oil blocks the conversion of testosterone into DHT, responsible for many cases of hair loss, particularly in males. This is known as alopecia aureate, or monk’s tonsure. Often combined with other essential oils for hair growth, such as burdock root, stinging nettle is a popular ingredient of many commercial natural shampoos.
Thyme Essential Oil
This oil has a warming effect that increases blood flow, and antibacterial properties to help keep your scalp healthy. It's one of the best essential oils for hair if you suffer from dandruff and scalp irritation, which are common causes for thinning manes. You can add a few drops of thyme essential oil to your usual shampoo or conditioner, but you’ll need to choose one suitable as a carrier for aromatherapy.
Tea Tree Oil
Among the many tea tree oil uses, preventing hair loss is probably the most popular. Tea tree oil increases blood flow to the scalp, while helping clean the hair follicles and fight infections and fungus that may be causing dandruff and irritation. It can be used successfully to prevent hair loss if you are losing it in patches due to an underlying condition. Tea tree essential oil is one of the best oils for skin, used widely to fight off infections and skin irritation.
If you notice that your mane refuses to grow in length, the reason can also be breakage instead of dying follicles. This is particularly important if you have very curly locks that grow slowly, as agressive detangling and excessive use of the blowdryer will just make the problem worse. Remember to only detangle when your hair is almost dry, otherwise you will be pulling it when it's at its weakest and risk breaking the strands which would result in apparent lack of growth. You may want to wear it on a braid or other protective hairstyles when you are at home, to minimise tangling and breakage.
In order to use essential oils for hair loss without any damaging side effects or irritation you will need to keep in mind the usual safety rules for essential oils:
- Do not apply them undiluted to your head or skin
- Consult your doctor if you are pregnant or have an underlying condition
- Stop using them if irritation appears
The compounds on aromatherapy oils are highly concentrated, and as such they may not be suitable for everybody so it's important to monitor your body response to them and not abuse them. Washing your hair or massaging it every day with aromatherapy products may leave your mane limp and greasy, and that is the last thing you want!
The best way to benefit from essential oils is to use them for scalp massage. Mix 5 drops of your favourite essential oils for hair loss with a suitable carrier oil, such as jojoba, or even virgin olive oil if you have dry or very dry locks. Apply before going to bed with a gentle massage (after all, you don’t want to encourage hair to fall by being too hash) and leave in for as long as you can. You should start seeing results in less than a month, and the condition of your strands should improve almost immediately.
It is important, however, to keep in mind that unless the underlying causes are solved, hair loss is not going to stop. Keeping stress to a reasonable level and preventing bad blood circulation with healthy dieting and regular exercise will also improve the condition of your hair, and encourage hair growth.