I think the best thing about getting further and further into your natural hair journey is being able to separate the fact from the fancy. We know now (or we should know by now) that there is nothing really that can make our hair grow faster than we are genetically predisposed. However there are things we can do, and eat that can (check out the top 9 foods that boost healthy hair growth) that can help promote healthy hair growth and assist in length retention. These herbs & oils listed below do just that. By adding them to your natural hair care regimen you are taking the necessary steps/precautions to not only promote hair growth but healthy hair growth at that!
10 Herbs And Oils To Promote Hair Growth
Almond Oil: Almond oil has many benefits for skin care, health and hair, which is why its been a staple in my life regimen for a few months now. It is filled with magnesium so applying almond oil once or twice a week to the scalp will help prevent hair loss and breakage. The quality and health of your hair will genuinely improve which will enable length retention to reach maximum capabilities. Which means what ladies? Healthier longer hair that wont fall victim to damage, breakage and split ends. You can also use this oil in your leave in conditioner treatments to help reduce/ eliminate dandruff and scalp issues.
Maca: I’ve been taking Maca for a few months now (in pill form or I add the powder form to my green smoothies). It is a superfood that is not only beneficial for your health (I take it to help with energy and my PCOS symptoms) but it is also great for women suffering from hairloss. Maca also helps create stronger hair and increase the appearance of thickness (it does not actually make your hair strands thicker). It does however reduce hair loss, fortify the strength of your strands, and improves the elasticity of your hair (and your skin!).
Saw Palmetto: I also looked into Saw Palmetto as an herb to assist with my PCOS symptoms and was surprised and pleased to find you that it had great benefits for positive hair growth. I don’t take saw palmetto as a separate herb (though I’m thinking I may in the near future) but it is an ingredient in the proprietary blend of the Mielle Organics Hair Vitamins I take on a daily basis. Saw Palmetto is usually taken by men, but it can have the same benefits when used by a woman as well. Saw Palmetto is best for people who suffer from alopecia (for best results mix i with castor oil and massage your scalp on a daily basis for 7-10 minutes).
Castor Oil: Particularly JBCO (to find out the difference between castor oil and JBCO check here) is great for promoting healthy hair growth and the appearance of thicker strands. The ash that is added to JBCO is rumored to help with thickening which is why many naturalistas swear by it for their nape and edge area. Castor oil not only serves as a great sealant for keeping moisture in your strands, but it also helps decrease the presence of split ends and breakage, thus improving your length retention goals. The best part of castor oil is it is extremely beneficial for the circulation and health of your scalp which is the basis for healthy hair growth.
Coconut Oil: Coconut oil is able to penetrate the shaft of your hair and moisturize internally. Coconut oil is a natural protein source for your hair (which is why I’m currently avoiding it due to my protein overload) and slows down hair loss in the process. Coconut oil really helps many naturalistas decrease shedding and have that natural shine that we all desire. Whats better than healthier looking hair is hair that is actually healthy. So coconut oil helps you kill two birds with one stone.
Olive Oil: Olive oil is my favorite moisturizing oil right now for several reasons. Olive oil is known to prevent and even cure your hair loss crisis. Why? DHT which is produced in olive oil helps to balance imbalances in the scalp that cause hair loss. The antibacterial properties will also help your scalp remain at its healthiest. Your scalp will reap the benefits from using olive oil consistently, as it will not only add moisture but will keep dry hair at bay. My favorite benefit of using olive oil lately is the natural shine/softness it creates when I add it to my conditioner.
Rosemary Oil: Rosemary oil is an essential oil that I wasn’t initially too familiar with but it does possess many benefits for promoting hair growth that have made me quite curious. Rosemary oil is filled with vitamin A which is beneficial for hair growth. It also stimulates the follicles when applied to the scalp because it increases circulation and blood flow. Rosemary also contains antibacterial properties so it is a true contender in creating a clean health scalp for proper hair growth and retention. Rosemary is also known to help reduce the symptoms of alopecia. (Do not use rosemary oil in its 100 percent purest form. You should mix it with a carrier oil always)
Peppermint Oil: I love love love peppermint oil for many obvious reasons (the tingling sensation and the smell are my weakness). I’ve been putting peppermint oil and almond oil together (Mielle Organics Mint Almond Oil= Coupon code TRESSES) and have had great results. My scalp is truly thankful every time! Peppermint oil is a great essential oil to add to your regimen to promote hair growth because it reduces the production of excess oils on your scalp, while also stimulating follicles (more blood circulation flowing). Massaging your scalp with a mix of peppermint oil and a carrier oil will help with hair loss as well.
Jojoba Oil: Jojoba oil is my new found love (its not really new I just finally decided to spend the coin on it) and for good reason. Jojoba oil most closely replicates the natural sebum found on our scalps therefore is able to balance the pH on our scalp as well as moisturize and prevent dry, itchy, dandruff symptoms. A healthy scalp is a happy scalp and that is the best playground for healthy hair growth.
Aloe Vera: Aloe Vera whether in gel or juice format has great benefits for hair growth. It is a moisturizer that is able to balance the pH of your strands as well. I use aloe vera gel as a part of my LOC styling methods on wash day. It doesn’t give stiff hard hold but provides great definition. Aloe Vera Juice I use as a leave in spritz mixed with water and other essential oils/ carrier oils.
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Hey there! I’m Melissa, co-founder of Trials n Tresses, natural hair and beauty lover, binge tv watcher and lover of life. When I am not creating content for TNT, I’m busy teaching the future of society.