Lots of people love essential oils for home beauty and hair growth remedies. Lavender oil is one of the most popular essential oils for hair growth. That’s not a new idea: for centuries, cultures have recommended lavender oil for hair regrowth. But could using lavender oil on your scalp, adding it to DIY hair masks, or using lavender-infused hair products actually improve hair health? Keep reading to learn the truth about the benefits of lavender oil for hair growth.
Lavender Oil Benefits for Hair
Most likely, applying lavender oil to your scalp will not actually speed up hair growth. But lavender oil can have a lot of benefits for your hair, skin and even your stress levels, which can all contribute to healthier-looking hair.
1. Lavender Oil May Contribute to Hair Growth
There actually may be some evidence that topical application of lavender oil could contribute to hair growth. In one 2016 study1, lavender oil was applied topically to the backs of mice. After four weeks, the observed mice had significantly more hair follicles on their backs. Of course, researchers are a long way from proving that applying any essential oil to skin actually speeds up human hair growth. But this could be a promising step in the right direction!
2. Lavender Oil Helps Promote a Healthy Scalp
Lavender oil has natural antiseptic and antimicrobial properties, meaning that can help fight bacteria and other microorganisms. Lavender oil can also help soothe an itchy scalp and reduce dandruff. But remember, if you suffer from chronically itchy scalp or dandruff, always speak to your doctor about treatment options before trying any topical remedy at home.
3. Lavender Oil Reduces Stress
The scent of lavender oil helps soothe stress and ease tension. Everyday stress can actually be a contributing factor in thinning hair. And stress-related hair loss can lead to a vicious circle where seeing excess hair loss causes more stress, which then can cause even more thinning. Reducing stress overall can improve your general health and well-being, and that includes your hair health.
But you don’t need to have hair loss to benefit from lavender oil aromatherapy. Adding lavender oil to a bath or an oil diffuser can help just about anyone relieve everyday stress and anxiety.
Hint: before using lavender or any essential oil for the first time, do a skin test to check for sensitivities or allergies. If you have known skin allergies to any oils, don’t use them.
Lavender Oil & Scalp Massage
One of the best ways to use a essential oil like lavender oil for hair health is through a scalp massage. By gently and regularly massaging the scalp, you can increase blood circulation to your scalp, including your hair follicles. This delivers more of the wonderful vitamins and nutrients in your bloodstream to your hair follicles to help fuel healthy hair growth.
To perform a scalp massage with lavender oil, first dilute lavender essential oil with a carrier oil like coconut oil or jojoba oil. Apply the mixture to your scalp. Then use the pads of your fingers to gently massage. Massage for five to 10 minutes, then wash hair with gentle cleanser and moisturizer like Viviscal Gorgeous Growth Densifying Shampoo and Conditioner.
A Real Answer for Hair Growth
Lavender oil for hair growth may be an age-old home remedy. But there’s not a lot of hard evidence that lavender oil actually directly affects hair growth. If you want thicker, fuller hair, Viviscal Hair Growth Supplements are clinically proven to promote existing hair growth and reduce hair shedding. Take one tablet twice a day to get back to thicker, healthier-looking hair in as little as three months. It’s proven to promote real hair growth from the inside, for more beautiful and healthier-looking hair on the outside.*†
Do you use lavender oil in your hair care routine? Let us know in the comments section below!
1Lee, B H, et al; Toxicol Res, 2016.
†Existing hair growth