New Year parties are starting! One important factor for both men and women is that their hair looks good, especially when getting the glad rags on for a special occasion! Whether that is shiny long locks, or short back and sides, its all about what’s important to the individual person. So many people I see have thinning hair, and this can really effect a persons confidence. There are lots of factors that can contribute to this, stress being the most common, or thyroid disease, alopecia areata (an autoimmune disease that attacks hair follicles). Scalp infections such a ringworm, and even severe dry scalp can have an effect on the hair growth and condition. So always make sure you are eating as clean as possible and getting as many natural vitamins and minerals in your body as you can in the form of fresh fruits and vegetables and lots of super foods. Increasing your protein intake is also helpful. However there are some topical things you can use to help stimulate and strengthen hair growth naturally, and as always, the sooner you use when you first start noticing hair thinning, the better…
1. Horsetail plant oil:
Horsetail plant oil contains silica, which is thought to improve hair growth speed and strength along with potentially reducing dandruff. It can also be effective as a topical treatment, with anecdotal evidence and theory suggesting that it may help boost circulation to the scalp and have the same benefits as the oral tablet. You should be able to find it in most good health shops.
How to use: Mix 2 drops of horsetail plant oil with 2 tablespoons of a carrier oil. Massage it into your scalp. Leave it on for ten minutes before washing it out.
2. Rosemary oil:
If you want to improve both hair thickness and hair growth, rosemary oil is a great choice thanks to its ability to improve cellular generation.
How to use: Mix several drops of rosemary oil with olive or coconut oil, and apply it to your scalp. Leave it in for at least ten minutes before washing it out with shampoo. Do this twice per week for best results.
3. Cedarwood essential oil:
Cedarwood essential oil is thought to promote hair growth and reduce hair loss by balancing the oilproducing glands in the scalp. It also has anti-fungal and antibacterial properties, which can treat different conditions that may contribute to dandruff or hair loss. Included in a mixture with lavender and rosemary, cedarwood extract was also found to reduce hair loss in those with alopecia areata.
How to use: Mix a few drops of cedarwood essential oil with 2 tablespoons of a carrier oil of your choice. Massage it into your scalp and leave it on for ten minutes before washing it out.
4. Ylang-ylang oil:
While those with oily hair and skin would want to skip this one, ylang-ylang oil is ideal for those with dry scalps, as it can stimulate sebum production. As lack of enough oil and sebum causes hair to become dry and brittle, ylang-ylang can improve hair texture and reduce hair breakage.
How to use: Mix five drops of ylangylang with two tablespoons of warm oil. Massage it into your scalp, and wrap your head with a warm towel. Leave it in for thirty minutes before washing it out.
Remember you don't need to spend a fortune on fancy products! Enjoy the new shine and healthy looking hair that these oils can bring!