Making your own natural hair loss products is a great way to harness the healing power of herbs and essential oils - and protect yourself from harmful chemicals and synthetic additives.
A double-blind, placebo-controlled study used a combination of essential oils or a placebo oil in 86 people with alopecia areata.
The essential oil blend combined thyme, rosemary, lavender and cedarwood in a mix of jojoba and grapeseed carrier oils. Participants massaged the essential oil blend into their scalps daily. The control group daily massaged only the carrier oils into their scalps.
After 7 months, 44% of the participants using the essential oil blend showed improved hair growth, compared with 15% of the control group.
Source: Hay IC, Jamieson M, Ormerod AD. Randomized trial of aromatherapy. Successful treatment for alopecia areata. Arch Dermatol. 134.11 (1998): 1349-1352.
So, yes, you can have confidence that over time you'll see results. That said, not every natural hair loss remedy will work for every person. Hair loss is caused by many different factors, and there are many different solutions.
Also, natural hair loss products often take a while to show results, so you need be patient and stick with it for a few months before trying the next one.
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The oils and proteins in coconut oil help prevent protein loss, which is a major factor in breakage and hair loss.
Combining coconut oil with massage stimulates the scalp and increases the skin's absorption of nutrients. Adding essential oils and herbs to coconut hair growth massage oil increases the stimulating effect.
To make a coconut scalp massage oil, start by warming 1 to 2 tablespoons of Virgin Coconut Oil in a small glass or bottle until it turns from a white solid into a clear liquid. Stir in any of the following additions:
1 teaspoon Lime Juice, 3 drops Lemon or Lime essential oil, 2 drops Peppermint essential oil.
1 to 5 drops Cinnamon OR Pepper essential oils. DO NOT APPLY DIRECTLY TO SKIN - dilute in the coconut oil.
These essential oils irritate the skin, which causes the release of histamines. Histamines increase cell division, which promotes hair production.
The first time you use this treatment, use only one drop of essential oil; if your reaction is very mild, the next time increase the drops to two. Continue increasing each time you use the treatment until you experience a mild to moderate tingling sensation. Do not overdo it - you don't want to burn your scalp, just stimulate it.
Heat 2 teaspoons Indian gooseberry (amla) powder or dried amla root and 1 teaspoon fenugreek powder in 1 cup coconut oil. Heat until the mixture becomes brown - do not let it turn black. Use 1 to 2 tablespoons of this blend as a scalp massage
3oz Hibiscus Petal powder
3 tsp Honey
6 tsp Aloe Vera gel
3 tbsp plain Yogurt
Enough Coconut Milk to make a paste
10 drops Lemon essential oil
10 drops Peppermint essential oil
10 drops Rosemary essential oil
1. Mix ingredients together, adding enough coconut milk to make a smooth paste. Stir in essential oils.
2. Use your fingers to massage the mixture into dry hair.
3. Pile your hair on top of your head and put on a shower cap or wrap your hair in plastic wrap. Wrap a towel around your head and relax for at least 30 minutes.
4. Rinse your hair well, then shampoo to remove the hair pack. Do this once a week.
Regardless of their hair type, everybody can benefit from a herbal hair rinse. It reduces product build-up and balances the scalp's pH.
And with the right herbs and essential oils, it can also boost hair growth by stimulating hair production and normalizing over-long resting phases in the hair growth cycle.
2 cups distilled Water
3 tablespoons dried Sage
3 tablespoons dried Rosemary
2 tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar
20 drops Lavender essential oil
20 drops Rosemary essential oil
20 drops Sage essential oil
After shampooing and conditioning your hair, simply pour it over your hair, rub it gently into your scalp and then either leave it in your hair to dry naturally or rinse it out and style your hair as normal.
Aloe vera cleanses the scalp, balances pH levels and heals skin irritation. It also helps activate enzymes responsible for hair growth.
1/4 cup (60ml) Aloe Vera gel
1 teaspoon Jojoba oil
12 drops Lavender essential oil
10 drops Rosemary essential oil
3 drops Cedarwood essential oil
Combine the ingredients in a dark glass or PET plastic bottle.
Massage 1 tablespoon of the mixture into your scalp each night before going to bed. Massage your scalp for at least 15 minutes to increase blood flow to the scalp, release tension, stimulate hair follicles and help the treatment penetrate more deeply.
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