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The best oils for hair growth

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    There are many different hair oils and they can be used to promote hair growth. In this blog post, we’ll provide some insight into the different types of oils that can be used to nourish your hair. From coconut oil to argan oil, we will aim to provide a good overview of what you can use to help your hair look and feel healthier.

    Castor oil for hair growth

    Castor oil is a centuries-old remedy to promote healthy hair growth. It comprises fatty acids and proteins, including ricinoleic acid, oleic acid, linoleic acid, and other essential minerals like Vitamin E.

    When used topically on the scalp they can help nourish the roots of the hair and strengthen hair follicles. Additionally, Castor oil can reduce scalp inflammation, leading to a healthier environment for established hairs to grow and thrive. It has also been shown to have some antibacterial properties, thereby helping to eliminate any bacteria or fungus on the scalp that may hinder hair growth. Ultimately, by nourishing and moisturising hair follicles and reducing bacteria on the scalp, Castor oil can help you achieve healthier-looking hair.

    Tea tree oil for hair and scalp health

    Tea tree oil, the essential oil derived from the Melaleuca alternifolia plant, has been used for centuries throughout Australia and beyond to treat skin and hair ailments. More recently, evidence suggests that applying topically at regular intervals may help with hair growth and even prevent hair loss.

    Tea tree oil contains many beneficial compounds for maintaining scalp health and promoting follicle health. These compounds can help clean clogged hair follicles created by excess dirt or dead skin cells, helping them remain open so new hairs can grow in their place. It is also believed to possess anti-inflammatory properties, which reduce inflammation in the scalp indicating an improvement in overall healthy scalp functioning.

    Bringharaj oil for hair growth

    Bringharaj oil is a natural herbal remedy that promotes hair growth and health. Being light in texture and easily penetrable, the oil helps to nourish the scalp tissues to accelerate hair growth effectively. It contains various nutrients and minerals, such as Vitamin C and phytosterols, that reduce cellular damage, thus making hair stronger while stimulating it to grow healthier and fuller.

    Additionally, its antibacterial properties help to prevent scalp infections that can otherwise hinder healthy growth. In addition, Bringharaj oil works as a great conditioner, nourishing each strand of hair with necessary proteins and protecting it from environmental stressors. This makes it an ideal choice for restoring softness and shine.

    Onion oil for scalp irritation

    Onion oil has been used for centuries to promote hair growth, health, and strength. It is known to nourish the scalp and can help treat dandruff, dry scalp problems and even itchy scalp. The sulphur-containing components of onion oil are said to be naturally high in anti-inflammatory properties, which helps improve blood circulation to the follicle cells – essential for healthy hair growth.

    Onion oil helps stimulate the production of melanin, which gives the hair shaft its colour, providing natural shine and lustre to dull-looking tresses. It also nourishes the roots with its antibacterial properties that help eliminate germs or impurities, causing an unhealthy environment for growth.

    Coconut oil for moisturising the hair shaft

    Coconut oil is a natural product often used for hair care. It contains Vitamin E, proteins, and carbohydrates that nourish the scalp and promote healthy hair growth. The oil helps to retain moisture in the hair shafts and helps make them thicker, longer, and healthier.

    Coconut oil also has antibacterial and antifungal properties, which help prevent dandruff and protect the scalp from infection. Furthermore, it helps break down protein particles that can build up on the scalp, hindering the growth of healthy new strands and leaving behind softer, fuller hair. When applied directly to the hair partings or near the roots of the scalp as a deep conditioner, this oil provides essential fatty acids that stimulate faster hair growth while reducing breakage caused by split ends.

    Argan oil for improving hair volume and length

    Argan oil is a popular choice for many people seeking to improve the volume and length of their hair. This plant-based natural product, derived from the fruit of the argan tree native to Morocco, is packed with unsaturated fatty acids, vitamin E, and antioxidants that can help nourish hair from its root to the end of its tips. It deeply penetrates your scalp to provide essential vitamins and minerals while healing inflammation associated with hair loss. Furthermore, regular use helps moisturise your hair by strengthening its follicles and increasing hydration levels without irritating it.

    Olive oil for stronger thicker hair

    Olive oil has been used for thousands of years due to its numerous beneficial properties. Among these is its potential to promote hair growth and reduce scalp irritation. Studies have shown that the lauric acid in this oil helps stimulate and nourish follicles, encouraging the scalp to produce stronger, thicker strands of hair. Additionally, when applied to the scalp, olive oil can help mitigate dryness and dandruff, leading to improved scalp comfort and healthier hair.

    Rosemary oil for hair growth and health

    Rosemary oil is a powerful natural remedy for people struggling with hair growth and health. This herbal essential oil has long been used to promote the growth of healthy locks, and its therapeutic benefit is becoming increasingly well-known in the modern world. Rosemary oil contains various compounds, such as rosmarinic acid and carnosol, which work together to stimulate weakened hair follicles and promote better circulation to the scalp. When used topically on the scalp, this natural product can help restore an optimal balance of oils that facilitate strong and steady growth. Furthermore, it helps combat adverse side effects of different health issues by treating dandruff, preventing dryness or itchiness, boosting shine and volume, and reducing hair breakage. People struggling with slow-growing locks can immensely benefit from regular treatments, including Rosemary oil.

    how to apply hair oils for hair growth

    Hair oils application for effective hair growth and maximum results

    Here are a few exceptional tips

    • Start selecting the right hair oil for your hair type – it should be made from natural, nourishing ingredients.
    • Ensure your hair is clean and dry before applying the oil. This will help ensure maximum oil absorption into your scalp and roots.
    • Warm up the oil by putting it in your palms and rubbing them together.
    • Apply the warmed oil to your scalp and massage in circular motions, beginning at the roots and working towards the ends of your hair.
    • Once you have covered your entire scalp with the oil, use a wide-toothed comb to spread the oil through your strands.
    • Leave the oil on for at least an hour before washing it out with a mild shampoo and conditioner.
    • For best results, use this routine at least twice weekly for optimal hair growth and health.
    • If you want to maximise the benefits of the oil, you can also apply it as a hair mask – leave it on for up to two hours before washing out. You can also wrap your head in a warm towel after applying the oil to help open the pores and better absorb the nutrients.

    Conclusion

    Hair oils are a great way to promote hair growth. There are many different types of oil, each with its unique benefits for your hair. Some of the best oils for hair growth include coconut oil, rosemary oil, and argan oil. When used regularly, these oils can help to make your hair healthier and more robust, which will, in turn, promote faster growth.

    If you have lost a lot of hair and would like to consider hair transplant surgery to restore it please contact our clinic today where our Surgeons will be able to take you through the options you have for your condition.

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    Authored by

    Hair Transplant Surgeon Dr Roshan Vara

    Dr Roshan Vara

    Full Medical Member of the British Association of Hair Restoration Surgery

    GMC Registered - 7458409

    Reviewed by

    Hair Transplant Surgeon Dr Dilan Fernando

    Dr Dilan Fernando

    Royal College of Surgeons

    Executive Committee Member & Treasurer of the British Association of Hair Restoration Surgery

    GMC Registered - 7458157

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