Rulers, length check shirts, progression pictures, it seems sometimes we naturalista’s can get a bit caught up in hair growth. We flip through pictures of hair crushes wondering what miracle gene they must’ve been blessed with.
Truth is anyone can grow long, healthy hair.
It takes time, patience, and the right products to reach long lengths. Maintaining moisture, keeping your scalp clear of debris, and follicle stimulation are a few things you can do to jump on the road to success.
There are many products on the market that claim to help stimulate hair growth but when applying product, sometimes less is more; which is why essential oils are perfect for the job.
Essential oils are taken straight from the plants of mother nature. They can serve many purposes from medicinal to cosmetic and have been a go-to for centuries.
1. Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is known for its many talents. It’s powers date back thousands of years when it was used to cure viruses such as the common cold. Now it is a common ingredient used in over the counter acne medications.
Tea tree is a natural antiseptic which helps get rid of bacteria or fungi.
When applied to hair this is very beneficial to those who suffer from scalp irritations like dandruff, or lice. It acts as an exfoliant by removing debris from the scalp, allowing hair follicles to clear. Clear follicles mean room for natural oils to coat the hair and an easier environment for new hair to push through.
2. Bur Oil
Bur oil is a precious gem many of us ignore. Bur, or burdock, is obtained from the burdock root. The oil is rich in fatty acids and phytosterols.
Phytosterols closely mimic cholesterol, by helping to soften and keep frizz under control.
The fatty acids found in burdock are very rare and help hair grow. It helps by providing nutrients that help the oil glands and hair follicles function.
3. Peppermint Oil
Peppermint oil is also essential for hair growth. This oil serves as an astringent which helps balance the scalp’s PH level. Pure peppermint oil can be strong, so dilute it with water before applying.
This oil works by penetrating the scalp and regenerating the hair follicle. Once this type of environment is created on the scalp, circulation will increase, and your hair will grow.
It can also help prevent hair loss, fight dandruff, and reduce excess oil!
Excess oil can clog the follicle making it hard for new hair to resurface.
4. Lavender Oil
Lavender is an essential oil often added to products for fragrance. Originating from the Mediterranean, Lavender was used as a healing and relaxation aid for disorders such as stress and insomnia.
As we know, stress is proven to cause hair loss issues such as alopecia.
For hair, lavender aids in improving circulation and fighting infection. It can also be used to treat scalp conditions such as psoriasis!
Maintaining a healthy scalp is essential for healthy hair growth, which is why lavender can be a hero product.
5. Jojoba Oil
Oh jojoba! Most of us already know the wonders you work for our hair!
Jojoba helps to moisturize the hair, by acting as our scalps natural oils.
Jojoba can be used to hydrate any part of the body, it even makes a good makeup remover.
The jojoba shrub itself is known for it’s ability to withstand harsh environments. If this plant can live worry free in the desert, imagine how well jojoba’s moisture can bind to your hair. Making sure your hair is hydrated at all times will ensure your strands don’t get dry and brittle.
Remember, only 90% of your hair is live and growing, you want to prevent as many strands as possible from entering its resting period to maintaining long, voluminous hair.
You must keep your scalp clear so hair can push through properly and you must keep each strand hydrated.
A cool way to reap the benefits of all of these awesome oils is to create an oil mixture by placing it in a spray bottle.
I love to saturate my hair on wash day, or just use a few squirts to seal in my leave in!
I’m sure you’ve used essential oils in one form or another, but give them a try in your tresses! You won’t regret it!
This article was written by A True Goddess & Makeup Diva, Nina Harwell.
I am a beauty writer and makeup artist who loves connecting with people and sharing the power of makeup and skincare. I became inspired by transformation. I love how just a little product can uncover beauty you never knew you had! My purpose is to give everyone the self esteem and confidence they’ve always wanted. I long to teach everyday women how to take better care of themselves, since many of us spend our lives caring for others.