Hair Regrowth Oil
Hair regrowth is all about blood circulation(1). Scalp massage is not only divine but has been used for aeons to aid circulation and bring nutrients to the hair follicles, helping to prevent hair loss. Massaging oils into the scalp can increase the benefits, provided the oils are not rancid. The following oils used after washing the hair or massaging them into the scalp may aid in hair regrowth:
1. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is anti-inflammatory; it soothes the scalp and has natural antibacterial and antifungal properties. Inflammation causes hair loss, so it follows that coconut oil may aid hair regrowth. However, in rare cases, hair has ‘felted’ after using coconut oil and castor oil(2). Some advice:
- Avoid your scalp: Coconut oil may irritate and clog pores. Best used on the hair strands only.
- Start small: Use only small amounts of coconut oil and check how your hair responds.
- Additions: Blend the oil with honey and yoghurt for best results.
2. Argan Oil
Argan oil comes from the nuts of a native desert tree in Morocco. It’s used for the complexion, chickenpox and acne scars and also as a hair and scalp treatment. Cheaper alternatives don’t have the same properties..
3. Olive Oil
This oil has plenty of essential fatty acids that may aid in hair regrowth.
4. Castor Oil
Castor oil is another popular treatment for hair regrowth, although there is limited clinical evidence. The hormone prostaglandin (PGD2) is common in people with hair loss, and castor oil is believed to inhibit this hormone, slowing down the hair loss. Be aware that in rare cases the oil can cause felting, where the hair becomes irreversibly matted(2) after using castor oil or coconut oil. The advice is to use small amounts because everyone’s hair and scalp react differently.