Have you ever decided to grow your hair out, only to find that you can’t get it to grow beyond your shoulders? Or maybe you just want thicker hair with more volume. You aren’t alone. Lots of people find it difficult to grow out their hair or keep it looking healthy and natural.
This isn’t really an article about how to regrow hair, particularly if you suffer from pattern balding. If you’re looking for treatment for that, you’re probably going to want to consult your doctor or a specialist.
However, you definitely can follow some of these tips on using natural carrier oils for sustaining hair growth and increasing volume! So, let’s get to it, shall we?
- 1) Castor Oil
- 2) JoJoba Oil
- 3) Argan Oil
- 4) Essential Oils
Castor oil is a thick, somewhat sticky oil that is produced by pressing seeds from the castor oil plant. I immediately found its consistency and texture a bit unpleasant, to the point where I didn’t want to consider putting it in my hair! I remember thinking ‘castor oil for hair growth sounds like a crazy idea’. However, it can actually do wonders restoring and repairing hair, but also encouraging hair growth! I definitely don’t regret giving it a go.
What are the benefits for hair growth?
Now, what will the castor oil actually do for your hair? Well this fantastic natural hair growth oil has antiseptic qualities that will put a stop to any hair loss associated with scalp or follicle infection. It will also reduce the accumulation of dandruff. More importantly, Castor oil has naturally occurring levels of ricinoleic acid, which will help to increase blood flow to your scalp and thus strengthening your hair, as well as balancing the pH levels of the scalp and replenish all naturally occurring oils.
Did you know that many store bought products have chemicals that can actually damage your hair, follicles or scalp? Castor oil can help turn back the clock and undo some of that mistreatment because, let’s face it, we’ve all dyed our hair (whether that’s to try something new or cover those greys) or used something that could affect the length, volume and overall quality of our hair.
How do I use this oil?
It’s pretty simple, actually! Just rub a few drops into your hair, starting with your roots then working to the tips. You should start to see the benefits quite quickly, but wait a few weeks until making a decision. I’ve found that using this one or two times a week provides the greatest benefit. Daily use isn’t at all necessary.
So the name Jojoba oil is quite confusing, because it isn’t actually an oil, but rather a type of wax that is extracted by pressing the seeds harvested from of the beautiful jojoba tree. But don’t worry about that, because it mimics some of the natural oils that occur on the skin and scalp, so it’s actually one of the best carrier oils for hair. Jojoba oil is absolutely fantastic for your scalp and hair, and I’ll go into why in a moment. Better yet, it’s relatively inexpensive and is grown right her in the USA.
Jojoba oil is proven to aid in the growth of hair. Its natural antiseptic qualities ensure that an antifungal cause for weak and brittle hair can quickly be eliminated. It’s easy to assume that you just have ‘thin hair’; especially when the cause is microscopic and you can’t see what’s going on up there. It also helps to fight against the build-up of dead skin, dandruff and dirt, all of which can contribute to the slow or thin growth of hair!
Another reason you might have brittle hair is a poor production of sebum. Sebum is the natural oils that moisturise our skin and hair and are essential in the growth of new cells. Remember when I said that Jojoba oil is excellent and masquerading as this type of naturally occurring oil? Well it really is! Jojoba will moisten the scalp and ensure that if this is the reason for thin and brittle hair, it won’t plague you anymore. This really is a top notch natural hair growth oil and you’ll be missing out if you don’t at least give it a try!
How do I use this?
Jojoba can be utilised in lots of different ways. Including it as an ingredient in soap recipes, shampoos and conditions are all good ways, but take a bit of experience with homemade crafts. To really get the full benefit from this oil, just work a few drops into your scalp and hair right from the bottle. Because Jojoba works like natural skin oil, you don’t need to worry about it looking greasy after (providing you haven’t used too much). If you hair is damaged, trying working a bit more of the oil into the hair and leaving it overnight. This should repair some of the damage and restore the look and lustre of your hair.
Argan oil is an amber coloured liquid made by pressing the kernels of the Argan tree. It is highly prized and a rather expensive oil, but has many fantastic properties for our hair and skin. You may have heard it referred to as ‘liquid gold’, and it really is both in price and quality. Of all the oils I will mention in this article, this one has the highest price tag, so consider this before attempting to implement it as a weekly hair treatment. You could blend it with one of the other two carrier oils I’ve mentioned on this page to prolong its use.
What are the benefits?
So you’re probably thinking, what is Argan oil actually going to do to help my hair grow longer and more luscious? Well, funnily enough, there are studies to suggest that Argon oil can actually help with traditional hair loss. That’s right, men will benefit from it too! However, many women suffer from pattern baldness as well as men. It has been suggested that this has something to do with the extremely high nutrient content of this oil, but ultimately scientists aren’t sure why it helps.
Moving on from balding, one of the biggest things standing in your way to long, thick hair is something you probably do every day, styling! Whenever you blow dry, flat iron or curl your hair, you’re exposing it to very high temperatures. If you don’t use some form of heat protector, your hair is going to become extremely brittle, thin and very dry. This will definitely stop your hair from growing beyond a certain point. But Argon oil works as a fantastic, natural heat protector, and restores already dry and brittle hair to a gorgeous, natural consistency.
How do I use this?
You can use it in the same way as you would use Castor oil. A few drop messaged into the roots of the hair and working it to the tips. Apply a couple of drops to your hair half an hour before applying any heat, this should adequately protect it from damage.
What are essential oils?
Essential oils are the potent extracts of certain flowers, herbs, seeds, fruits and vegetables. Many have extremely strong active properties that will stimulate the mind and body. But how does this help with hair loss and growth? Well, funnily enough, some essential oils actually help stimulate the scalp and hair follicles, aiding in the effort to grow thicker, stronger and longer hair than ever before! But with so many essential oils out there, which ones would we consider ‘hair growth oils’? Let’s run through some of them.
Which essential oils are good for hair growth?
Lavender – A study recently published in Toxicology Research (2016) showed that lavender essential oil stimulated the growth of hair in mice. Research like this is vindicating for advocates of essential oils! Of all the essential oils for hair growth, it’s one of the more affordable and readily available oils. You have to check it out!
Cedarwood – Cedarwood has been proven to help stimulate blood flow to parts of the body, including the scalp. A healthy scalp is absolutely vital for the production of long and thick hair, so let’s get that blood flowing!
Peppermint – Studies have shown that peppermint essential oils possess vitamins that are vital for the production of hair. Not only that, but peppermint is a natural antiseptic as well as an amazing treatment for the build-up of dandruff (two things that can also contribute to poor hair growth).
Clary Sage – As well as a regulator for the production of the oils present on your skin and scalp, clary sage has fantastic stress busting properties which, strangly enough, makes this one an excellent essential oil for hair! It’s easy to assume hair loss has a physical cause, but stress is a major contributor to hair loss. As well as using this oil topically with a carrier oil, try diffusing it as a stimulant for relaxation.
How do I use them?
Essential oils are extremely potent and must not be applied directly to the skin. It’s important to dilute them in a carrier oil and you can use any of the three carrier oils I’ve mentioned above. Using one of these carrier oils in conjunction with a few drops of one of these essential oils will make a wonderful hair treatment. You will be combining the amazing properties of these oils for a treatment that is more potent than just the carrier oil alone. Using a few drops of this blend a couple of times a week could be your answer to longer, thicker and stronger hair.
The combination of essential oils and a well-chosen carrier oil could be your answer to getting your hair the length and consistency that you want it to be. But tell me, what is your answer to long, beautiful hair? Are there any oils or treatments that you know work amazingly for you? I’d love to hear what you guys think and your experiences with trying to stimulate the growth of your hair. Leave a comment below and dish out all the gossip, because who doesn’t want thick, gorgeous hair?