One of the most asked questions I get from newbies is about hair growth and what products to use to get there. Many are suffering from dryness or hair damage and we need to fix those problems before concentrating on longer tresses. One of the best ways to do that is incorporating natural oils that help our hair but also kick start that coveted hair growth! Naturals love natural oils and we have put natural oils on the map for hair care. Yes, we did that!
Whether you suffer from stunted hair growth, thinning edges or even bald spots, you can enlist the help of nature to bring your hair back to life and grow to maximum lengths. Sounds too good to be true? Not really if you are being realistic, patient and have the right knowledge on what actually works. We’ve taken out the time to share some of the best natural oils that work wonders on fighting hair loss, encouraging hair growth and protecting your hair’s moisture. Check out the best natural oils for maximum hair growth.
Amla, or Indian Gooseberry (botanically known as Amilica Embillicus), is a small tree that is native to the Indian subcontinent. One of the most important plants in traditional Ayurvedic medicine, Amla is a tree best known for its round, small, green fruit. The fruit, sour yet nourishing, all parts of the fruit besides the seeds are edible. Amla has medicinal and anti-cariogenic properties. A natural powerhouse of goodness, Alma is rich in Vitamin C, Calcium, Phosphorus, Iron, Carotene, Vitamin B Complex and also a powerful antioxidant agent. This fruit has many health benefits including eye care, diabetes, and digestion but for our purposes, we are going to share how amazing it is for our tresses.
This oil not only deceases hair loss or fall but it also increases hair growth. When it comes to Amla oil, it’s not extracted from the tree or the fruit. The fruit is first dried out and then you need the help of carrier oil to create it. Immerse the fruit in an oil like coconut and sesame for a few days. If you are short on time or just don’t feel like waiting, check out this video by BeautyOy the oil is created within a few minutes. Amla oil is one of the best natural oils for stimulating hair growth.
Simply add 3-4 drops of peppermint oil or rosemary oil to 1 tbsp. Amla oil and massage into your scalp. Leave on for 30 minutes under a plastic cap before shampooing hair. This can be done a couple of times a week. You can even add a few drops to your shampoo to add shine and softness.
Castor oil is another familiar household oil, known for being used to “clean you out.” Aside from causing an impressive “internal cleansing” ingredient, this oil also contains hair growth and regeneration properties. The oil’s triglycerides of ricinoleic acid makes it anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory, which are all important components that are needed to both combat and prevent scalp infections, fungi and unhealthy bacteria.
This is a no-brainier. I mean, coconut oil IS the answer to everything, right? While some may argue this fact, it needs to be known that there are many different characteristics of this oil that make it the best to use when battling hair fall. Coconut oil contains Lauric acid which fights off various bacteria and fungi that can be found on the irritated scalps.
Infections of the scalp can cause a significant amount of hair fall, as the follicles shed as they become swollen and irritated. Coconut oil is also known as the only oil that can fully penetrate the hair follicle, rebuilding it from the inside out and reducing the likelihood of unnecessary damage.
Check out this super simple hair mask with the help of sweet almond oil for hair growth. Add few drops of almond oil to enough of coconut oil before Massaging on your scalp for 5 minutes. Gently comb with wide tooth comb the mixture through hair before covering with shower cap. Leave on for 1 hour. Rinse hair with water well before washing hair normally and continue washday routine as normal.
Garlic oil contains essential elements including sulfur, copper, vitamin C, selenium, and minerals which are highly beneficial for hair growth. Garlic has antimicrobial, anti fungal, and antibiotic properties and it is said to stimulate blood flow to the scalp which in turn encourages hair growth.
I know the DIYers out here are dying for a recipe using garlic oil so here’s a super popular video sharing a few recipes using garlic oil. They are using some pretty out of the box ingredients (one even uses brandy!) but worth giving a try. Looking for simpler ways to use this oil? You can add it to your shampoo or conditioner, use it in a scalp massage with another oil, or use it as a hair massage all by itself. I am unaware of the smell factor with using the oil but it might be better to try prior to wash day or when you have no plans for that day.
Lavender oil is stimulating, meaning that it increases circulation to the scalp. Not only does that encourage new hair growth, but it also provides much needed nutrients and oxygen to the roots of the hair, which makes the root stronger and reduces the amount of shedding. This oil also combats against nits and lice, which is something else that can lead to hair fall. Much like its counterparts, it also contains anti-bacterial properties that wards off infections, fungi and unwanted bacteria.
This very popular oil on the Indian Subcontinent and is either extracted by cold compression of mustard seeds or from steam distillation of mustard seeds soaked in water. The essential oil has the purpose of massage, and will also stimulates circulation and best if not consumed orally.
Mustard oil has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties but it is becoming known as a hair revitalizer. With the oleic and Linoleic fatty acids, it has stimulating effects that increase blood circulation to the scalp which nourishes the hair follicles and encourages hair growth. For a quick hair growth treatment, simply mix one tablespoon of mustard oil with two tablespoons of Aloe Vera Gel. Apply to scalp and cover with plastic cap for thirty minutes or overnight. Rinse well before washing hair and styling as usual. Can be done weekly.
Neem oil comes from the large green tree and has been used in India since 2000-4000 BC. Naturally occurring in the seeds, this oil is yellow to brown in color, has a bitter taste with a garlic / sulfur smell. Extracted from the seeds and fruits of the Neem tree, Neem oil is a natural insect repellent. The Neem leaves hold many essential health benefits like curing swelling and inflammation and fighting with parasites inside the human body. It also helps in creating medicines. So undoubtedly, the oil that is extracted from this very plant will be helpful for retaining the health of your natural hair. Neem oil contains anti-oxidants. These antioxidants help in fighting free radicals or UV rays and it also takes care of the blood vessels and cells of the scalp; as a result, the normal hair growth is initiated.
Neem oil protects the scalp from damage caused by free radicals and has regenerative properties, which keep your scalp in good health which encourages healthy hair growth. It can also counter the negative effects of thinning hair due to stress, medication and everyday environmental toxins. This remarkable oil will strengthen hair from the roots which increases blood circulation and in turn encourage hair growth.
For a simple and effective hair mask, just combine 3 tablespoons coconut oil, 1 tablespoon honey, 3 tablespoons Neem oil and 3 tablespoons Amla oil. Apply the mask to dry hair from roots to ends with your fingers. and pile hair on top of your head. Place a plastic cap on and leave the mixture on overnight. In the morning, rinse well before washing hair thoroughly with shampoo and style as usual.
Sweet Almond Oil
Sweet Almond oil is known to be a natural “moisturizer” due to its softening properties. Containing Vitamins E and D, along a host of other minerals such as calcium and magnesium, makes almond oil one of the only oils that can prevent the hair from drying out and becoming brittle. Dry, brittle hair has a tendency to break and fall out very easily. Incorporating almond oil into your regimen will not only provide your hair with some much needed nutrition, but it will also ensure that the hair stays strong and grows in faster. We have an excellent hair mask recipe using sweet almond oil and castor oil above. Both natural oils compliment one another when blended.
Now that you’ve got the deets, which oil or oil blend will you be trying? Share below!