Though essential oils sound healthy and natural for your hair, this isn’t always the case. Commonly used essential oils for hair loss include pumpkin seed oil, peppermint oil, and mixtures of lavender, rosemary, cedarwood and thyme. However, there is limited research on using essential oils as an alternative method to combat hair loss, but there are a handful of animal studies out there.
In 2014, one study done on female mice suggested that lavender oil could be used as a hair growth promoting agent. Improvements in hair follicles and their depths, as well as increased dermal thickness were the most noticeable changes.
A study on mice comparing saline, jojoba oil, 3% peppermint oil and 3% minoxidil resulted in the peppermint oil having the most promising hair growth effects. It is believed that the peppermint oil speeds up the active growth phase, known as the anagen phase.
Another study on 50 patients experiencing Androgenetic Alopecia concluded that rosemary oil and 2% minoxidil both had significant hair growth results. When examined at the 3-month mark, no significant changes were observed, but when examined at the 6-month mark, both groups experienced hair growth.
Should you use essential oils with Keranique?
Keranique Hair Regrowth System is formulated with a blend of plant-derived sources and lab-tested ingredients with proven results. For example, the system’s Scalp Stimulating Shampoo contains peppermint oil already, so introducing more of this powerful oil to an already fragile scalp may not have the intended results. In fact, with essential oils growing in popularity, emerging stories of misuse have been reported, including alarming rashes and even toxic reactions when not used properly.
The best route to go when it comes to picking a hair loss treatment option is speaking with your doctor before using any essential oils as they can be caustic to skin. Keep in mind, 2% minoxidil is the only FDA approved ingredient clinically proven to aid in women’s hair regrowth.
Remember, whenever you use essential oils whether it be applied to skin or hair, you must dilute the oil with a carrier oil. Essential oils are not recommended for use in people who are pregnant, prone to seizures or have heart conditions.
This article is not intended to treat any disease or offer a substitution for professional medical advice.