Growing your natural hair is a long process that requires patience, perseverance, and maybe a little bit of peppermint oil. In fact, oils to grow natural hair are believed to increase volume, length, and shine. Castor oil is known as a go-to, and it does work wonders... but there are so many unsung heroes in the beauty world that deserve some — ahem — shine as well.
“Healthy hair starts with a healthy scalp,” says Stacey Ciceron, a celebrity hairstylist and textured hair expert. “Oils are great to keep the blood flow circulation and to promote hair growth. They also have antibacterial, hormone inhibitors, and balancing properties."
To select the right oil, make sure that you address your specific needs. Oils can be overused and used for the wrong reason, according to Jaxcee, Color Director at Hair Rules Salon. "People need to find out what’s triggering hair loss while treating it. Just like a pain in the body, hair loss is an indication that something is off. Promoting hair growth should be done internally — with proper diet, nutrition, exercise, and water — and supported externally, with topical solutions like oils.”
Once you find an oil that you like, use it to pre-treat the hair before shampooing, or add it to a conditioning treatment for extra hydration, Ciceron suggests. You can also do a hot oil treatment, a naturalista favorite. Or if you're short on time, simply apply from root to end as a part of your daily routine. "I advise my clients to use a half of a dime-sized amount of oil on their ends twice a day," Jaxcee says. "Once before bed and once before leaving the house in the morning."
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Argan oil contains vitamins A, C, E, and Omega-6 fatty acids that have high antioxidant properties. When used topically, it prevents hair follicle clogging which in turn provides the follicle with oxygen for healthy hair growth, according to Bobby A. Spence, a trichologist and hair loss expert.
Grab this elixir, a Ciceron favorite, to aid in your hair growth journey. Peppermint is the main ingredient in this treatment, which promotes the growth of bald spots.
"Coconut oil is rich in Omega-3 acids and vitamin E, and it contains L-Arginine which is found in hair keratin," Spence says. "This combination of nutrients allows it to help retain moisture and reduce breakage, thus stimulating healthy hair growth. Use it once a week as a deep conditioner."
The molecular structure of jojoba oil resembles sebum found in hair follicle sebaceous glands. As a result, it helps to naturally moisturize both dry scalp as well as dry hair. Spence recommends adding three to five drops into a sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner every other wash.
Grapeseed oil should be applied bi-weekly as a hair mask, as recommended by Spence. "Massage a teaspoonful on the scalp after your shampoo and condition. Cover head with a shower cap and leave in overnight. In the morning, rinse out."
Ciceron is a big fan of rosemary oil. This bottle contains a cold-pressed formulation which assists in scalp stimulation.
Jaxcee recommends using a marula oil because it mimics our bodies' natural sebum oil.
This tea tree oil, recommended by Ciceron, helps quell itching.