In terms of the latter, our hair goes through a natural cycle, which consists of the:
Our hair can fall out as part of the natural process mentioned above or it can fall out because of other health and wider factors, including:
Oestrogens (female hormones) are 'hair friendly' and help to keep our hair growing for the optimal length of time. Androgens (male hormones) aren’t very hair friendly, and can shorten the hair growth cycle.Having too many androgens in our body, which can potentially be caused by endocrine disorders, such as Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, can cause hair to fall out. The extent of this is often down to genetics.4
There are three different types of hair loss that are linked to stress. There’s Telogen Effluvium, which is the second most common type of hair loss seen by dermatologists that can happen to men and women of all ages.
Then there’s Alopecia Areata, which is an autoimmune disease that occurs when your immune system attacks your hair follicles.And, finally, there’s Trichotillomania – AKA the ‘hair pulling disorder.’ It involves the urge to pull out the hair from your scalp or other parts of your body. It’s considered an impulse control disorder.5
There are also specific alopecia shampoos for hair loss, as well as caffeine shampoo, which is reportedly said to stimulate hair growth (note – caffeine’s impact on hair growth is a subject of much speculation and debate)12
Overall, following a healthy, balanced diet that contains all 13 of the essential vitamins and minerals that our bodies need can help promote hair growth. More specifically, biotin, copper, selenium and zinc are said to be the most essential minerals for hair
The oil is believed to have several hair-boosting benefits. This is because it’s full of fatty acids and powerful antioxidants, such as Vitamin E, that have been shown to help with overall scalp and hair health.
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Lavender can reportedly speed up hair growth. It also boasts antimicrobial and antibacterial properties that can improve scalp health.
How to use it: Combine several drops of lavender oil with three tablespoons of olive oil or melted coconut oil and apply it directly to the scalp. Leave it for at least ten minutes before washing it out and shampooing. Repeat several times a week.
Peppermint – is believed to be able to improve circulation and promote hair growth during the growing phase.
How to use it: Mix two drops of peppermint essential oil with the carrier oil of your choice. Massage it into your scalp, leaving it in for five minutes before washing it out with shampoo and conditioner.
Rosemary – is said to be great for making hair appear thicker, as well as helping it grow, thanks to its positive cell generation-boosting effect.
How to use it: Mix several drops of rosemary oil with olive or coconut oil and apply it to your scalp. Leave it in for at least ten minutes before washing it out with shampoo. Repeat twice a week.
Cedarwood – works by balancing out the oil-producing glands that are present in our scalp. It also has antifungal and antibacterial properties, which can help prevent dandruff.
How to use it: Mix a few drops of cedarwood essential oil with two tablespoons of a carrier oil of your choice. Massage it into your scalp and leave it for ten minutes before washing it out.
Lemongrass - lemongrass oil is an effective dandruff treatment, with one 2015 study finding that it significantly reduced dandruff after just one week.
How to use it: Ideally, you want to use it every day for maximum results. Mix a few drops of it into your shampoo or conditioner and then massage the mixture into your scalp.
Thyme – can help promote hair growth by stimulating the scalp and actively preventing hair loss. Like cedarwood oil, thyme oil has also found to be helpful in treating Alopecia Areata.
How to use it: Put two small drops in two tablespoons of a carrier oil before applying it to your scalp. Leave it on for about ten minutes, then wash it out.
Tea tree – tea tree has powerful cleansing, antibacterial, and antimicrobial properties. When used topically, it can help unblock hair follicles and aid hair growth. It’s commonly used in anti-dandruff treatments.
How to use it: Mix ten drops of tea tree essential oil with your shampoo or conditioner and use it every day. Alternatively, you can mix three drops with two tablespoons of a carrier oil and leave it on for 15 minutes before rinsing it out.For more insight on how to combat hair loss, read this article, ‘Thinning hair: What you need to know.’
Last updated: 9 September 2020