If you’re one to follow up on hair care, you have probably heard (or read) people say that certain oils help hair grow faster while others do not. Ever wondered why? Here are the top five oils to promote faster hair growth and why they work so well!
- Castor oil
This is very common in the hair care market. Usually mistaken for an essential oil, it is actually a carrier oil. This means it is best when used with essential oils. It has both anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties which means it helps to clean the scalp. It is also lightweight and absorbs easily into the scalp. Castor oil provides great results when used with essential oils like rosemary oil, thyme oil, or peppermint oil.
2. Coconut oil
This carrier oil quite easy to find and relatively cheap. Along with anti-fungal properties, it is rich in vitamins C and K, and iron, which are relevant for hair growth. It offers protection from dryness and lice and absorbs easily into the hair shaft. It works well with most essential oils, so add a minute quantity of your favorite essential oil to coconut oil in your applicator bottle, and you’re good to go.
3. Peppermint oil
Peppermint oil is an essential oil. It is highly anti-bacterial, helps stimulate blood circulation to your scalp (you feel this in the tingly sensation that occurs when you apply it on your scalp), and it smells divine (this is actually my favorite essential oil lol). For best results, mix a few drops of peppermint and rosemary oil with some castor oil.
4. Thyme oil
Thyme oil is antiseptic, antibacterial, and is a very potent antioxidant. It substantially increases blood flow to the scalp and this in turn aids hair growth. However, since it is one of the strongest essential oils you should use it sparingly alongside soothing oils like lavender and coconut oils.
5. Rosemary oil
Rosemary oil is a close relative of thyme oil so it also carries a lot of the beneficial properties borne by thyme oil. A special quality it bears is the ability to slow down and prevent greying of hair, it also helps fight dandruff and soothes dry scalp. If your goal is thick long hair, then this oil is your best bet. Again, it should be used in conjunction with other oils, a good mix is with peppermint and castor oils.
We’ll call this an honorable mention because it isn’t exactly an oil, but this list would not be complete without it. Shea butter is a staple in the hair and skin care industry and it’s not without reason. It’s packed full of vital vitamins A and E, has anti-inflammatory properties, helps to increase shine, prevents breakage, can be applied to tame dandruff and dry scalp, and is handy as a heat protectant when using heating elements on hair. It’s very useful in providing and keeping moisture in hair, and is perfect for regular use since it’s light nature prevents it from clogging your scalp pores.
These oils can help promote faster hair growth but you will need to combine them with a kickass natural hair routine. Your routine needs to check all the boxes of keeping your hair healthy while fitting seamlessly into your lifestyle. Here are some tips to get you on your way to planning the best natural hair routine for your hair.
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