- What’s Going On?
- Avoid Braiding
- Avoid Ponytails Or Tight Updos
- Avoid Harsh Chemicals
- Using Essential Oils To Regrow Your Hair
- Final Considerations
Have you ever noticed how lots of Indian Ayurvedic hair growth recipes feature an oil mix? Worthy of mention too is the frequency with which oil is traditionally applied to the hair.
The truth is, oils are essential for hair growth particularly if your hair has a tendency to dryness. Dryness is the enemy of the growth we desire since dry hair leads to breakage. Oils come in handy when it comes time to condition and seal in moisture into your hair.
A lot of the evidence around essential oils is anecdotal so if it’s your first experience with hair loss, it would be better to stick with the essential oils* that have some scientific backing. Some essential oils have been shown in studies to help with stimulating dormant hair follicles, and this helps to regrow hair that was lost. Some others have been shown to increase the hair growth rate in general.
In a randomized double-blind controlled trial, Isabelle C Hay et al showed an improvement in 44% of cases of alopecia areata. In this study they used:
3 drops of Lavender oil
2 drops of Thyme oil
3 drops of Rosemary oil
2 drops of Cedarwood oil
In the study, Eighty-six patients were randomized into 2 groups. The active group massaged the aforementioned oil mixture into their scalp daily. The control group used only carrier oils* for their massage, also daily.
The results showed that 44% of patients in the active group showed improvement compared with just 15% of patients in the control group and that the degree of improvement on photographic assessment was significant. They concluded that aromatherapy is a safe and effective treatment for alopecia areata.
Of course, there is no reason why the same recipe would not work in cases of traction alopecia too. The oils should be massaged into the affected area for at least 2 minutes every night.
I’ve seen some people have success by omitting one or two of the essential oils* or even with the addition of peppermint oil but results may vary depending on your own degree of hair loss, the recipe you use, and your dedication to the process of applying the oils nightly.
It is actually using this wonderful study as inspiration that I created Elongtress Hair Growth Enhancer Oils. They contain the very blend of essential oils that have been shown to improve hair growth with the addition castor oil* which I’m sure needs no introduction as a hair growth oil all on its own. Together they create a powerful combination that will restore your hair in no time. Check them out here:
I can’t stress the importance of stopping what you are doing that’s harming your hairline before it becomes really bad e.g Naomi Campbell’, who recently got a hair replacement surgery done to remedy her alopecia issues.
Thinning edges and a small bald spot can be regrown with dedicated treatment but not all traction alopecia or alopecia areata can be reversed.
I can’t stress the importance of stopping what you are doing that’s harming your hairline right now before it’s too late. Sometimes alopecia can be irreversible by natural means, especially if it’s long-standing. For this reason, it is important that you give careful consideration to the styling options you choose for your hair each and every time. Otherwise your only choice for a full hairline will be a hair transplant.
Note, that even after you have resolved to massage your oil mix into the affected area daily does not mean that you can continue as you were before you commenced treatment. Remember, if you do what you have always done, you’re gonna get what you’ve always got. Learn how to build a good hair regimen and you will soon be on your way to healthier hair.
Updated by Marsha Buchannan