Lavender essential oil is obtained from distilling the purple flower buds that grow on lavender shrubs.
Here’s a fact about lavender you probably don’t know – it’s part of the mint family.
Whilst mint and lavender don’t smell the same, the both do have distinctive smells and share many incredible benefits, so maybe it’s not so hard to believe after all.
Lavender is typically thought of in a more holistic way. Think massages, facials and alternative therapies in general.
It’s an incredibly calming scent which has been reported to help people with stress and anxiety.
However, did you also know that when lavender is applied topically it can bring a whole host of benefits that you probably weren’t even aware of – particularly when it comes to hair.
What Are the Benefits of Lavender Oil For Hair?
Lavender oil is full of minerals and vitamins as well as the following hair benefits…
It’s not just super healthy smoothies that are packed with the ‘A’ word. In fact, lavender delivers a pretty potent hit of them.
The reason they’re so great is that they can protect against free radicals – such as everyday pollution.
These can age the hair, cause hair loss and just generally leave locks looking dull and in need of some serious TLC. But not to worry, lavender can combat all that!
Okay, so you might usually associate this word with cleaning products, but there are times when our skin, particularly our scalp, needs some disinfecting.
If you suffer with dandruff, lice or any other bacteria related ailments, then lavender oil can help clear those up. Creating a healthy scalp environment paves the way for hair growth.
Lavender is often seen as having ‘healing’ properties in a more emotional sense, however it also has literal healing properties for the skin.
Any injuries, cuts and sores on the scalp might mean that hair growth is out of whack. Lavender oil can heal these up and restore balance in no time.
How Does Lavender Oil Make Hair Grow?
Lavender oil not only nourishes the hair, but it is also a natural hair growth treatment. Here’s how it works:
Solidifies Hair Follicles
The hair follicles are the root of hair growth (pun intended). Meaning that the stronger they are, the more likely hair is to grow and stay put.
Using lavender oil on the scalp can help to deepen the hair follicle. This essentially means your hairs are ‘anchored’ in more securely and won’t be going anywhere fast.
Alopecia is an autoimmune condition which makes your hair fall out. It can be caused by many different factors, such as diet, or it can even be hereditary. It happens when the body rejects hair follicles.
As disheartening as the condition can be, lavender oil has been shown to be a bit of a breakthrough product in treating it.
A study showed that 40% of alopecia patients who used lavender oil on the scalp saw re-growth!
Stress is rife in this day and age and it can bring about a lot of health related problems. One of those is hair loss. In fact, stress is believed to big the biggest cause of hair loss!
Lavender has been shown to reduce stress – which can then cause hair growth harmony to be restored.
In this instance you can either apply it to the hair (using one of our recipes below), diffuse the oil or even add it to a relaxing bath.
Lavender oil can boost circulation, which is a great way of delivering the hair follicles much needed nutrients to facilitate hair growth.
However, lavender oil is super light meaning it absorbs easily into the follicles to nourish them with all its greatness – such as its antioxidants, vitamins and antiseptic properties.
How To Treat Your Hair With Lavender Oil
It’s time to put those hair growth boosting benefits to good use. Try one, or maybe even a few, of these recipes to get on the road to Rapunzel-esque hair.
We recommend whipping up this concoction when you can feel a headache coming on. Not only will you get lavender’s scalp nourishing benefits, but it also helps to eliminate migraines – win-win!
Take 2 tablespoons of jojoba oil and mix with 8 drops of lavender oil.
Jojoba oil can help clear sebum from the hair follicles – helping hair to grow and allowing the lavender oil to penetrate deep into the follicles.
Take time to work the mixture into the scalp, using gentle rotating motions with your finger tips. Do this for 10-15 minutes before washing out.
A hair mask is a simple, but luxurious treatment to help you relax at the end of a busy day. What better oil to do that with than lavender, which is known for its ability to get even the most uptight people to chill.
Take 4 tablespoons of coconut oil and add in 4 drops of lavender, then 2 drops each of rosemary and thyme essential oils. Give these a good mix – you might need to heat the coconut oil up if solid.
Then apply the mixture all over the scalp and hair, wrapping up in a towel once applied.
After 20 minutes of kicking back it’s time to wash off that mask, taking extra time to rinse all the oil out of your hair.
Take some extra you time before going to sleep to apply this treatment between shampooing and conditioning. Lavender is a great cure for insomnia and after showering you’ll be sleeping like a baby.
After rinsing the shampoo out of your hair, make a mixture consisting of 8 drops of lavender oil, 2 teaspoons of vitamin E oil and 3 tablespoons of runny honey.
Apply evenly over your hair and scalp and leave for 30 minutes before hopping back in the shower to wash off with an extra rinse of shampoo.
If you have balding patches, or areas on your head where your hair is looking a little sparse, this spritz is for you.
Mix up the same recipe as the scalp massage and add the oil into a dark glass spray bottle. It’s important that the glass is dark to ensure that the oils aren’t altered by any sunlight.
Then spritz some of the mixture into your palms or fingertips and apply to your problem areas.
You can use this everyday without running the risk of looking like you’ve gone a few weeks without washing your hair as the greasy looking mixture will be minimal and sparing.
Q: Can I use lavender oil if I’m pregnant?
A: No. Lavender can potentially disrupt your hormones during pregnancy, so it’s best to avoid it during this important time.
Q: Can’t I just put lavender oil directly on my scalp?
A: No! You must never apply undiluted essential oils on the skin.
Whilst they are natural and good for you, they are incredibly potent and shouldn’t be put anywhere near the skin within being mixed with a good carrier oil before hand.
Coconut and jojoba oil work as great bases for lavender essential oil – helping to deliver all those great nutrients.
Q: Where can I buy lavender oil?
A: With lavender being one of the most versatile and most well known, used and loved essential oils, it’s not hard to get hold of.
As well as being available online, you can pick this up in many drug stores, chemists and cosmetics stores.