Hair loss is relatively common in women with about 30% experiencing at least some degree of thinning in their lifetime. Because female hair loss tends to be diffuse (less hair all over), rather than showing the characteristic “top of the dome” pattern alopecia of men, and the fact that the frontal hairline in women is often maintained, there is a misconception that hair loss in women is rare – but it is not. Women can combat hair loss, dryness, breakage and balding with essential oils for hair.
Women Suffer Emotionally from Hair Loss
The psychological effects of hair loss can be significant, and many women are emotionally affected even when thinning is in its very early stages. This is, in part, due to the assumption that few women lose their hair and that, in contrast to men (for whom it is “okay to be bald”) any hair loss in women is unacceptable. Many men faced with hair loss simply shave their heads bald, grow a beard and look fashionably sexy. However, women are socialized to believe that “a woman’s hair is her crowning glory!”and African American women especially spend millions of dollars annually on styling and products to care for their hair. Such stereotypes about gender-related hair loss make dealing with hair loss or balding extremely difficult for women.
Though most causes for hair loss are genetic and incurable, hair loss can be slowed, minimized and in some cases reversed. A nutrient rich diet, sufficient hydration, proper rest, stress reduction and regular moderate exercise will go a long way in increasing the health of your system and thus your hair. There may be hope for female hair loss in the form of essential oils, used for centuries all over the world to regrow hair.
Can essential oils really help you to regrow hair? Essential oils for hair in combination with a healthy lifestyle will definitely assist you in the fight against baldness or to jump start natural hair growth. One study suggests that a combination of essential oils applied topically may stimulate hair growth in people with alopecia areata. In this double-blind, placebo-controlled trial, 84 people massaged either essential oils for hair or a non-treatment oil into their scalps each night for 7 months. The results showed that 44% of those in the treatment group experienced new hair growth compared to only 15% of the control group. The essential oils for hair treatment consisted of thyme, rosemary, lavender, and cedarwood, in a base of grape seed and jojoba oils.
Thyme essential oil – 2 drops
Cedarwood essential oil – 2 drops
Lavender essential oil -3 drops
Rosemary essential oil -3 drops
Jojoba oil – ½ teaspoon
Grapeseed oil – 4 teaspoons
- Add the first four ingredients into a small glass jar. Mix well.
- Now add the remaining two ingredients. Mix thoroughly.
- Massage this mixture into your scalp for at least two minutes every night.
- After massaging, wrap your head in a warm towel after treatment to help enhance absorption into the scalp.
Consult your doctor before using rosemary oil if you have high blood pressure, as rosemary oil is contraindicated for hypertensives.
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