By Terez Howard
Natural hair oil can promote and stimulate natural hair growth. A simple scalp massage with natural hair oil gets blood flowing to your scalp and even reduces stress. A hot oil treatment softens, moisturizes and strengthens your hair.
Some of the natural hair oils that you can use for a scalp massage or hot oil treatment include: rosemary, sage, lavender and emu.
Natural Hair Oil Types:
Rosemary oil has a strong reputation for being a hair growth stimulator. In the book The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy, this natural hair oil dilates blood vessels and stimulates cell division. This process then stimulates hair follicles to grow, and in cases of hair loss, produces new hair. It is believed this natural hair oil slows down premature baldness and gray hair.
Sage oil contains healing and aromatic properties that can combat hair loss. Its antifungal and antibacterial properties rid the hair of fungal and bacterial infections which can possibly cause hair loss. Sage has estrogenic substances, which can promote natural hair growth.
Lavender oil has been used to treat alopecia, a broad, medical term for hair loss. This natural hair oil has been proven to stimulate hair growth. In a University of Maryland study, 86 people who suffered from alopecia areata that administered a lavender oil scalp massage, along with other essential oils, over the course of 7 months reported significant hair re-growth. This group experienced more hair re-growth than those who did not massage with essential oils. This sweetly-scented, natural hair oil may actually stop hair loss.
A carrier oil, emu oil has been known to stimulate hair growth. It can lengthen the growth phase of the hair cycle. Dr. Michael Holick conducted a study involving hair growth and emu oil. He found that test subjects who used emu oil had more robust hair follicles, and more than 80 percent of “sleeping” hair follicles were awakened and started growing. This natural hair oil can penetrate the hair and scalp, without leaving an oily residue behind.
How To Do A Scalp Massage
A scalp massage with warm natural hair oil conditions the scalp and rids it of dandruff. It strengthens the roots of natural hair as well as distributes your own natural hair oil (sebum) around your scalp.
- Warm a few drops of natural hair oil. Make sure it is not hot, but warm and comfortable to touch.
- Apply oil to the pads of your fingers and begin massaging in circular motions parted sections of hair. Slow movements are relaxing, and vigorous movements get you energized.
- Cover you entire scalp, from the top of the head down to the back of your neck. The massage can take about 5 minutes.
- Leave your natural hair oil on your scalp for 30 minutes to 1 hour. You can cover your hair with a warm towel or plastic cap. You can even sleep with the oil overnight.
- Then, wash your hair as usual.
How To Do A Hot Oil Treatment
A hot oil treatment adds luster to natural hair by restoring the scalp’s lost oils. A hot oil treatment also encourages natural hair to be more pliable and soft.
- Part your hair in sections. Eight to 12 would be sufficient, depending on your length.
- Heat your natural hair oil in a bowl of hot water.
- Apply the oil with a pastry brush, cotton balls or your own hands. Make sure to saturate your hair from root to top.
- Twist and tuck your hair or clip it back so that it is doesn’t creep into other sections as you work.
- If you’d like, do a scalp massage at this time!
- Let the natural hair oil sit for about 30 minutes to 1 hour. You can cover your hair with a warm towel or plastic cap. You can even sleep with the oil overnight.
- Then, wash your hair as usual.