Oil for hair growth sounds crazy. Is it?

The hair on the top of my head has been thinning for a long time now, and just a few years ago I noticed a little bald spot on the crown of my head. I was about twenty-six at the time. Imagine my surprise! It wasn’t that I thought I was immune to hair loss, or anything like that. I just hadn’t really noticed how far it had progressed; it was like it hit me all of a sudden. So, in a panic, I immediately began to scour the Internet for hair loss remedies: Rogaine, Propecia, vitamins—and finally, oil for hair growth.

If you’re reading this article, I’m guessing it’s because, like me, you’re skeptical as to how much of an impact oil can really have on hair growth. Is there really something to it? Some kind of scientific explanation? Or is it just marketers trying to prey on the poor victims of male pattern baldness? Being naturally skeptical, I believed it was probably the latter. However, at the same time I wanted to keep an open mind. No sense in missing out on a potentially beneficial treatment just because I was too stubborn to try something new.

Different Kinds of Oil

There are all kinds of different oils for hair growth—or at least, oils that are marketed that way. Each one is a little different, but they all have the same basic idea (after all, they are all oils): moisturizing and protecting your scalp to salvage the hair follicles underneath. Some people say that women have more fatty tissue on their scalps than men, giving a greater cushion to the capillaries and hair roots, which helps explain why they don’t lose hair as much as we do.

Now, the good news is, this can actually help prevent hair loss in some situations. Particularly if you’ve got dry skin. Do you get winter eczema? Psoriasis? Does your face ever feel tight after washing it? Do your hands get dry and crack in the winter? Do you get chapped lips? What about dandruff? If you experience any of these symptoms, it probably means you’ve got dry skin. And your dry skin is definitely not helping your hair growth efforts.

Oils for Hair Growth

Here are some of the different types of oil for hair growth: jojoba (jojoba oil is also great for your hair), coconut, almost, olive, castor, grape seed, and emu oil. I’ve read through the literature, and of course it’s difficult to sort out the legitimate claims from the marketing fluff, but it seems to me that jojoba oil and coconut oil are the best two options for hydrating your scalp. Jojoba oil supposedly mimics our natural oil, which means that it won’t clog pores (so you don’t have to worry about the oil getting on your face and causing zits). Coconut oil is a little more difficult to use—it’s a solid at room temperature, so you’ll need to find a way to heat it before you apply it—but it’s incredibly nourishing and moisturizing. It's also got some other, more unusual uses and is used in some delicious recipes!

How To Use It

Make sure to massage it into your scalp, gently, and leave it there for at least 20 minutes. In fact, you can even leave it on overnight; just put something over your pillow so you don’t wake up to an oily bed. Experiment with different techniques and let me know what works best; I’m not an expert on oil for hair growth, so I’m here to learn along with you guys.