Thinning hair can be caused by a lot of internal and external factors including stress, poor diet, washing your hair with tap water which contains chlorine, poor hygiene, dandruff & other skin inflammatory conditions, among others.
A study on hair loss treatment found in the Archives of Dermatology found that applying & massaging a mixture of cedarwood, thyme, lavender and rosemary essential oils promoted hair growth after consistent use over several months.
In this post, I’ve included all the above potent essential oils for thinning hair + why they are good for hair + how to use and apply them effectively. But first, let’s take a look at some lifestyle habits to adopt while on this journey to stop thinning hair:
- Wash your hair regularly
- Eat a balanced diet (include fish, eggs, nuts)
- Don’t stress
- Drink lots of water
- Have a good night’s sleep
- Get a shower filter for your shower to remove chemicals like chlorine and soften hard water
- Workout at least thrice a week
- Nourish your hair with homemade hair masks
- Avoid chemical hair products
- Try to avoid heat tools for styling hair
- Apply homemade hair oils for hair growth
While implementing the above lifestyle habits, use one or more of these 5 best essential oils for thinning hair to stop hair fall & promote new hair growth!
5 Effective Essential Oils for Thinning Hair
1. Rosemary Essential Oil
In Ancient Egypt, rosemary oil was combined with other oils like sweet almond oil, fir oil & castor oil to stimulate hair growth. Rosemary essential oil, extracted from the herb rosemary, is one of the best essential oils for thinning hair and it has been recommended to stimulate hair growth and improve blood circulation. Read more: How to Use Rosemary Essential Oil for Hair Growth
It contains powerful anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that promote a healthy scalp. This essential oil is also said to slow greying due to its antioxidant properties and can be used to treat dandruff & an itchy scalp due to its anti-fungal and antiseptic properties.
►Rosemary Stimulant: Mix 12 drops of rosemary essential oil in 2 tablespoon of warm olive oil. Apply it all over your scalp using your fingers or use a spoon to pour it on your whole scalp. Massage it in for about 2 minutes. Now put your hair in a shower cap. This traps heat and allows the goodness to sink deep into your hair follicles. Wait for at least 30 minutes for the mixture to penetrate, and then wash your hair as usual. Shampoo twice, if your hair feels oily.
2. Cedarwood Essential Oil
Hair follicles can weaken because of poor blood circulation in the scalp. Using cedar wood essential oil stimulates blood circulation in the scalp and thereby promote hair growth. Cedar wood essential oil also has anti-fungal properties that protect the scalp from fungal infections that stop your hairs from growing properly and cause them to fall out. Read more: Cedarwood Essential Oil for Hair Loss | How it Works & Usage Tips
► Scalp Massage: Mix 6 drops of cedar wood essential oil in 2 tablespoons of coconut oil and apply it onto your scalp in gentle circular motions. Do this an hour before you shower. Or leave it on overnight and wash your hair the next day. Cedarwood is also said to promote deep sleep!
3. Thyme Essential Oil
Bacteria, fungi and other germs can accumulate on the scalp, cause scalp infections and lead to hair fall. Thyme essential oil contains antiseptic properties that wards off germs or bacteria which clog up hair follicles and cause hair to fall out. Massaging thyme essential oil mixed with a carrier oil improves circulation, slow hair loss and promote new hair growth. There are many different types of thyme but the thyme that is ideal & safer for thinning hair is white thyme as red thyme contains more phenols and is also said to cause irritation for some people.
►Thyme Treatment: Add 6 drops of thyme essential oil to 2 tablespoons of grapeseed oil. Mix well and apply it to your scalp. Wait for about 30 minutes and then wash your hair as usual. Shampoo twice, if your hair feels oily.
4. Sweet Basil Essential Oil
I love growing my own basil because it’s filled with powerful antioxidants and other nutrients that can help fight flu & colds. It is also a potent anti-inflammatory agent that can heal any inflammatory condition including acne.
Sweet basil essential oil can also help unclog blocked hair follicles and clear up an oily scalp & dandruff. It has stimulant properties that promote proper circulation and this ensures all areas of the scalp are nourished with nutrient-rich blood hence facilitating hair growth. Please use only recommended doses of basil essential oil because it is extremely potent and can be very toxic and dangerous if not used in the right way.
► Overnight Oil: To a tablespoon of jojoba oil, add 3 drops of basil essential oil and massage this onto your scalp gently. When your entire scalp is covered, leave the oil mixture to penetrate for at least 30 minutes. Shampoo and rinse your hair when the time is up. Then wrap it in a non-fluffy towel or even a T-shirt. Fluffy towels cause hair breakage.
5. Lavender Essential Oil
Added to many hair care products, lavender essential oil is extracted from the beautifully scented lavender flowers.
It has strong antiseptic properties that helps get rid of germs that clog up hair follicles and cause infection, which leads to hair fall. Lavender essential oil is also a stimulant which helps improve blood circulation on the scalp thereby preventing hair fall due to poor circulation.
►Hot Oil: Combine 4 drops of lavender essential oil and 2 drop of cedar wood essential oil in 2 tablespoons of warmed sesame oil. Massage this onto your scalp and cover it with a warm towel to trap the heat. You can apply this as an overnight scalp treatment and wash off very well the next morning.
Natural Hair Care Resources
– All Natural Hair Care Guide with Essential Oils!
Want to know more about essential oils for hair and how to make scalp & hair care recipes with essential oils? Check out our Complete Guide to Using Essential Oils for Scalp & Hair Care that talks about the magical properties, benefits & uses of essential oils for your scalp and hair with over 100 recipes to make your own chemical-free hair products for a healthy scalp and beautiful hair.
– DIY Herbal Hair Oil Infusions Guide with Recipes
Want to make your own herbal hair oils? Check out our DIY Herbal Hair Oil Infusions eBook that contains an A-Z list of healing herbs and spices to infuse for hair, what base oil to choose for your hair type, methods of infusing your hair oils plus 20 exciting hair oil recipes for dry hair, heat damaged hair, hair growth, even gray hairs, scented hair and more!
– Where to Get a Natural Shampoo
If you are going chemical-free on your hair, but want to save the time of making a homemade shampoo, this Maple Holistics Sage Shampoo is a game-changer. It contains powerful herbs such as sage: for dandruff & itchy scalp treatment, rosemary: for hair growth and prevention of hair loss and spikenard for dandruff treatment. It also has argan, jojoba and tea tree oils that all protect the scalp from germs, keep hair clean as well as hydrated and moisturized. This shampoo does not contain sulfates, so it will not lather the way you are used to, but you will quickly get used to it and notice the difference!
- Essential oils are very potent and might cause irritation if not used in the right way. Do not use the essential oils ‘neat’ or directly onto your skin. Rather, first dilute them with a carrier oil for example wheat germ oil, avocado oil, coconut oil, jojoba oil, olive oil or sesame oil before use.
- Please make sure to purchase high quality and 100% pure essential oils for your body. Follow the links to see what kind of oils you can buy.
- If you are pregnant or nursing and would like to treat your thinning hair with essential oils, please consult with your health care practitioner first. Most essential oils are not recommended to be used by pregnant/nursing women.