So you want your hair to grow faster?
You’re not alone!
Did you know that it’s surprisingly easy to improve the rate that your hair grows?
And naturally too!
Essential oils have been used in hair recipes for a long time – it’s not uncommon to find lavender, chamomile, rosemary, tea tree oil and many other essential oils in your natural shampoos and conditioners.
These oils, among others, are known to positively support the health of the scalp and fair follicles.
In this post we’ll go in depth and learn how to use essential oils and other natural products to make sure your hair is growing fast and healthy.
So let’s get into it!:)
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7 Essential Oils for Hair Growth
Below you’ll find the most recommended oils that you can use to improve your hair growth.
I bet you’ll already have some of these laying around your house!
1.) Carrot Seed Oil
In addition to being an excellent tonic oil for the skin, the rich golden oil of carrot seed is also highly nutritive to your hair. The essential oil is distilled mainly from the seed of wild carrots. But the oil is contained within the whole plant. Carrot seed is highly regarded for it’s nourishing, detoxifying and hormone regulating qualities.
Cedarwood oil, while primarily used for treating dandruff, is a great tonic oil for overall hair health. It has a great reputation for preventing hair loss and promoting the growth of new hair. It is one of the first oils recommended for a person with hair loss. Just a drop on a bald spot will promote rapid new hair growth.
Ah.. Who doesn’t love chamomile? It is just so versatile!
Chamomile is an excellent calming and relaxing oil. It soothes inflammation and detoxes. These qualities make it a great addition to your hair regimen for increased hair growth.
4.) Clary Sage
Clary sage provides hormone balancing, relaxing qualities. It is beneficial for promoting hair growth, reducing hair loss, preventing dandruff and limiting oil buildup in hair by reducing sebum production.. It is an especially good oil for woman’s health – especially when it comes to reproductive health. It is regenerative to cells, hair and skin.
Cypress is included in many hair formulas for increased circulation and capillary strength. It is important to have good blood circulation to the follicles for optimal hair growth. Many regimens for treating hair loss include Ginko and other herbs specifically for increasing circulation in the scalp. Use at .5 – 1%
Helichrysum is regenerative to all tissues of the body. It’s regenerative qualities support scalp tissue as well as improving circulation to the scalp. This circulation promotes nutrient and blood flow to the hair follicles, improving their growth rate.
Ah.. Lavender. I’ve already said this about chamomile, but who doesn’t like this oil? It smells heavenly, is balancing, soothing, regenartive, anti-inflammatory and stress reducing. And while it’s great to put it right on your scalp, it is also good just to have around! Diffusing it is heavenly. And if you’re in need of some stress reduction, look to lavender. Limiting stress will definitely help your hair grow faster, too!
Rosemary is a great all around oil. It is an excellent brain tonic as it refreshes and clears the mind. It is used to treat lack lustre hair, dandruff, oily skin and more.
Rosemary oil is perfect for promoting hair growth because it increases circulation to the scalp while stimulating cellular metabolism. This increased circulation improves blood and nutrient flow to hair follicles and boosts growth significantly.
9.) Ylang Ylang
Ylang ylang – like lavender – is thought to reduce stress. Long used to increase the thickness of the hair shaft and to grow thicker hair. Ylang ylang can have a balancing effect on scalp oil production, and may help with split ends.
3 Essential Oil Based Recipes and Application Methods for Hair Growth
Now that we’ve covered a solid list of essential oils for hair growth, let’s talk about some specific recipes.
Now read below to find some great ways to apply your oils to your hair.
1.) EO Infused Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse
Apple cider vinegar is a fantastic natural tonic for hair. So let’s use it as a rinse and combine it with some essential oils!
- 3 drops of lavender, rosemary or bay
- 1 tbs apple cider vinegar
- Add these ingredients to your final rinse water after you’ve shampoo’d and conditioned.
This rinse will help remove detergent residue and help you maintain a healthy acid equilibrium on your scalp.
Simple Rosemary Hair Growth Massage Oil
For this recipe you will need the following:
- 5ml drops jojoba or argan oil
- 8 drops rosemary EO
Combine your carrier oil with your rosemary essential oil using your fingertips rhythmically massage the oil into your scalp and roots.
Start from the front of your scalp then move to the sides and finally the back of your head.
Daily Coconut Rosemary Hair Growth Massage Oil Blend
This is a very similar blend to the one above, but uses coconut oil. And we’ll be making a bigger batch.
- 1 cup pure organic fractionated coconut oil
- 20 drops rosemary EO
- Mix ingredients and combine in your coconut oil bottle or a 8 oz glass jar
- Massage into scalp daily
- Watch hair grow stronger, healthier and faster!
Additional (Non-Essential Oil Based) Natural Remedies for Hair Growth
It’s great that we can use essential oils to promote hair growth and I hope you got a lot of ideas from the recommendations above.
But let’s keep going with the juicy hair growth information! There are some other fantastic natural ways to help your hair grow long and healthy.
Let’s take a look at some additional natural remedies that you could use to ensure that your hair grows quickly.
I am particularly fond of the Ayurvedic medicines.
Because they work!
Below you will find some highly recommended ayurvedic approaches to hair growth that will be sure to get your hair growing long faster than you’d thought possible! 🙂
Banyan Botanicals Healthy Hair Tablets(Ayurvedic Herbal Medicine)
This remedy is formulated specifically to ensure that your hair grows quickly, healthy, and long!
The main ingredient of this herbal blend is Bhringaraj.
It is known as “the ruler of hair” and is a coveted herb in Ayurvedic medicine for it’s role in healthy and sustained hair growth.
Other hair growth promoting ingredients include:
- Amalaki fruit
- Brahmi leaf
- Hibiscus flower
According to Ayurveda, healthy hair growth – including the reduction of alopecia and graying – relies on maintaing a balanced level of pitta (heat, fire) in the system.
According to Ayurveda, the early onset of gray hair and balding are indicative of excess pitta in the system. Healthy Hair combines powerful detoxifying herbs that remove excess pitta from the body by soothing and cooling while supporting the factors that lead to healthy hair growth.
Take 1-2 tablets, once or twice daily, or as directed by your health practitioner.
Banyan Botanicals Healthy Hair Oil (Ayurvedic Herbal Medicine)
Another effective way to get healthy hair promoting herbs into your system is to apply an Ayurvedic hair oil.
Direct application of herbalized oils to the scalp is a long held traditional practice in Ayurveda used to promote rapid hair growth and maintain thick, lustrous hair.
By massaging in the herbal oil mix we are stimulating our hair follicles directly which helps them grow. We are also ensuring that the our nourishing herbs are able to penetrate deeply into our scalp.
Doing this practice regularly strengthens the hair and scalp as well as promotes relaxation, as sense of calm and good sleep!
The Banyan Botanicals healthy hair oil provides your hair and scalp with rejuvenating herbs that have an affinity for hair combined with nourishing base oils of sesame and coconut.
Here are all of the ingredients in this blend:
- Amalaki fruit
- Brahmi leaf
- Hibiscus flower
- Sesame oil
- Coconut oil
Used on a weekly basis this hair oil will ensure your hair growths fast and healthy while improving thickness, color and shine.
Sea-Buckthorn Infused Oil
Sea buckthorn oil enhances both skin, hair and scalp health for essentially all skin and hair types. It is highly nutritive, antioxidant and regenerative. Due to it’s high carotene content it will tend to leave your scalp a deep orange – red color for a little while. Be careful not to stain your clothes!
Get some essential fatty acids
I’m sure you’ve heard the wonders of healthy omega fats, like Omega-3. And while you’ve likely heard that omega fatty acids are great for a long list of health ailments you might not know that omega fatty acids are also important for growing and maintaing healthy, vibrant hair.
Omega-3 fatty acid, like omega-6, is considered an essential fatty acid because our bodies cannot make it on their own but we must have it.
It’s main claim to fame and notoriety is it’s ability to fight inflammation, but it also boasts some impressive hair nourishing and rejuvenating qualities as well.
- Omega 3 improves hair elasticity, which means less breakage
- It nourishes hair follicles
- Helps promote new hair growth
- Improves thickness and strength of hair follicles
- Improves circulation in and around the scalp
- Reduces dandruff and dryness of the scalp
- Prevents hair loss
Although not as flashy as it’s omega-3 sibling, omega-6 helps the brain, immune system and blood pressure regulation as well as promotes hair health by improving water retention in hair cells, stimulating new hair growth and reduces dry scalp conditions like dandruff and eczema. It’s good stuff!
Where to get your omegas
There are a variety of ways to get omega-3 and omega-6.
I recommend sourcing from the sea with cod liver oil or fish oil as these sources have the best absorbed forms of omega in DHA and EPA. But there are also plant based sources as well.
Below is a short list of supplemental sources. You could also focus on eating your essential fatty acids from your diet.
- Cod Liver Oil
- Krill Oil
- Flax Seed Oil
Add some gelatin to your diet
The majority of people aren’t aware of gelatin apart from being an ingredient in Jello and gummy bears.
But gelatin is actually a potent health food and tonic. Especially if you want to make your hair grow faster.
That’s right, simply adding some powdered gelatin (sustainably sourced, of course) to your morning smoothie, tea, coffee or water can significantly improve the health and luster of your hair. You could even add it your shampoo.
And it’s not just hair that gelatin improves.
The collagen and glycine found in gelatin effectively improve:
- Nail health
- Joint and bone health
- Wrinkle reduction
- Digestive and elimination (think IBS/IBD, or any digestive issues)
- Weight loss
Aloe vera gel for hair growth
I’ll leave you with one more nourishing supplemental addition that you can add to your hair growth arsenal… aloe vera.
Aloe vera is a main ingredient in the majority of hair care products that you’ll come across. Hair creams, shampoos, conditioners.. they all rely on aloe vera as a main ingredient since it provides a ton of minerals and vitamins for health hair, including vitamin A, B1, B2, B6, B12, C, E among others.
Aloe Vera Improves Hair Growth
One of the main perks of using aloe vera is it’s propensity to improve the growth rate of hair follicles. It activates new hair growth and accelerates existing hair growth by providing vitamins, minerals, enzymes, balancing pH levels and enhancing blood circulation to the scalp.
Aloe also supports hair in the following ways:
- Reduces sebum buildup – The buildup of sebum can stunt hair growth significantly. Sebum is the oil produced and secreted by hair glands. Sebum moisturizes the scalp and is necessary for healthy hair, but it can build up to excessive levels and hamper the rate of your hair growth. Aloe vera helps reduce this sebum buildup.
- Reduces hair loss – For years people have used aloe vera as a safe and natural hair loss preventative. It’s great for both men and women and effective against significant hair loss due to alopecia.
- Effective moisturizer – Aloe vera is incredibly moisturizing and cooling. It moisturizes and conditions hair with every use.
- Reduces dandruff – Aloe vera’s cooling qualities also make sure that dandruff is reduced or eliminated. The dryness that’s associated with dandruff is significantly reduced with regular application of aloe vera to the hair and scalp.
Simple ways to use Aloe Vera for your Hair
- Simply apply some aloe vera gel to your hair and scalp. Rinse after 30 minutes. Apply once a week or more if desired.
- Make a simple DIY aloe vera based shampoo. You’ll need a half cup of aloe vera gel, a half cup of coconut milk and one fourth cup of wheat germ oil. Combine the ingredients together to form a liquid paste. Use this paste as a shampoo while in the shower.
- Make your hair shine with an aloe vera honey gel. Take some aloe vera gel and mix it in equal parts honey. Apply to your scalp and leave in for 30 minutes. This will make your hair shine with health!
- For hair styling use an aloe vera and argan oil styling gel. You can find one here.
Lifestyle Recommendations for Hair Growth
Many years ago most people had far stronger and healthier hair than they do today.
A lot of what we can do to make sure our hair growths as quickly and healthfully as possible is to avoid damaging our systems with the toxins and bad behaviors of modern culture.
Below you’ll find some miscellaneous tips to make sure your hair is in top shape.
Drink plenty of water
Water is an essential art of the human body. It’s a fundamental building block – the body is able to function well only if it is well hydrated. The hormones and enzymes in the body are able to work only if there is the necessary amount of water in the body.
At least 8 to 10 glasses of water per day is necessary for the body to function well, and also for proper hair growth. Make sure you have a healthy diet and a regular intake of all the essential nutrients.
Never comb wet hair
Hair becomes more prone to breakage when it is wet. So, you must avoid combing your just after a bath. You could run your fingers through it to settle your hair. Wait for it to dry out to comb or style it.
Good Sleep Cycles
Sleep helps with a whole assortment of things, the health of our hair included.
Deep sleep is highly rejuvenative. When you are getting enough sleep your body is able to keep up with the daily wear and tear. It’s when your body is caught up on daily maintance that it can put in that extra energy for rapid hair growth.
Address a possible under-active thyroid gland
One thing to consider is hypothyroidism, which can cause thinning hair:
You might consider getting your thyroid tested
If you do have an under-active thyroid it could cause your hair to have problems.
For under active thyroid you’ll want to add more iodine to your diet. Kelp, nori, dulse, kombu, wakame… Lot’s of sea veggies.
Talk to your doctor more if you think this could be a concern for you!
Identify any other underlying issues
Certain medications like birth control pills, beta-blockers, anabolic steroids, antidepressants, anticonvulsants, and others may also contribute to problems with slow hair growth and hair loss.