According to experts, hair is just a dead tissue that comes out and grows from the hair root that sticks to the skin. Therefore, the suggestion to use essential oils to stimulate hair growth and prevent hair loss has become a debate and controversy among modern scientists.
However, in 1998, a study conducted by researchers from Scotland, published in the journal Archives of Dermatology (1998: 134: 1349-1352), proved that aromatherapy was very effective in stimulating hair growth.
In a study involving 84 patients, some patients in the massage used a combination of essential oils every day for seven months. While the other half in the massage using jojoba oil and grapeseed oils. Here are the recipes that are in use:
- Thyme oil – 2 drops
- Rosemary oil – 3 drops
- Lavender oil – 3 drops
- Cedarwood oil – 2 tetess
- Jojoba oil – 3 ml
- Grapeseed oil – 20ml
After seven months, 44% of patients taking essential oils showed very rapid hair growth. While the other group only got an increase of 15%. The results of this study have proven that hair care using essential oils is really effective.
Since then, in the market, began many hair care products that claim to use essential oils as the main ingredient. Treatment and hair care using herbs is certainly cheaper and has a smaller risk and does not cause side effects. But still have the same level of success with hair care products that use chemicals.
Actually, there are two kinds of natural oils that are very beneficial to the hair. Ie essential oils and carrier oils. Essential oils are deodorant oils that are planted from plants, light, do not taste like oil, and quickly absorb. While carrier oils are oil-shaped liquid, made from herbs, fruits, vegetables or nuts.
Each of these oils has different effects and benefits on the hair:
Essential Oils. The materials that are often used to make it are: lavender, chamomile, and rose. Some other types of essential oils that are often used for as part of hair care are:
- Tea Tree Oil. Very useful for hair because it can overcome dry scalp, oily hair, and dandruff.
- Sandalwood Oil. Use this oil to treat dry hair and irritated scalp. This oil also has the ability as anti-inflammatory and antiseptic.
- Orange Oil. Can stimulate the production of natural oils on the scalp.
Carrier Oils. Carrier oils can be used with essential oils or individually. Olive oil, almond oil, and castor oil are examples of carrier oils that are often used to treat hair. Other examples are:
- Jojoba Oil. Very beneficial for the hair because it is very similar to the natural oil found in the skin (sebum).
- Avocado Oil. Rich in vitamins needed by hair. For example vitamins vitamins A, E, D and potassium.
- Grapeseed Oil. Very popular because it is odorless and rich in minerals and vitamins that help to strengthen, brighten, and moisturize the hair. In addition, this oil also contains a lot of linoleic acid.