As most of you know, I’m obsessed with essential oils. I use them on a daily basis to help with various things: pain, anxiety, immune support, insomnia, to name a few. My favourite way to use essential oils is diffusing them. It doesn’t matter what I diffuse, it instantly lifts my mood. I’ve even been bringing my diffuser to work with me and I’ve noticed a huge change in my mood while teaching. I feel more energized, patient, and relaxed.
What I want to talk about today is how to use essential oils to promote hair growth. This is something I’ve put off talking about before because it requires me to be vulnerable. Let’s start at the beginning of my story:
When I was 16, I moved to Oaxaca, Mexico to teach musical theatre for 5 months. Now some of you are probably thinking “What?! You moved to Mexico by yourself when you were 16?!” I know it sounds crazy, but I knew the people that I was going to be staying with and I was going there with a friend. All of this made it an easier transition, but it was still incredibly stressful at times. It was both the best and the hardest time of my life. That’s a story for another time though, so let’s move on.
A few months after returning from Mexico, every woman’s fear became my reality: my hair started falling out. I remember the exact moment I discovered my thinning hair and the sheer terror I felt. Now, I know that sounds dramatic, but every girl reading this can probably imagine how I was feeling at the time. I was absolutely devastated. My beautiful, wavy, thick hair was falling out! I had a full on panic attack and ran to show my Mum. This lead to 4 years of trying to find out why my hair was thinning out so horribly. No one could give me any answers and nothing I did helped. After a year or two, the hair loss stopped, but my hair still wasn’t growing back. I eventually came to accept that this was my reality from now on and it would just mean that I would have to wear my hair up for the rest of my life.
5 years ago, I switched Doctors and she sent me to see a hair specialist (I wonder why no one else thought of that?!). Up until that point, every doctor I saw was convinced that it was just due to stress and that the anxiety that I was feeling about my hair loss was just making it worse. When I saw the hair specialist, I was told that there was nothing wrong with the quantity of hair that I had, but the quality of it was horrible. I was diagnosed with female pattern baldness and was put on medication to help with hair growth. I left that appointment in tears, but felt hopeful that this would help. It didn’t. A year later, they switched my medication and told me that it would take up to a year to see if it was helping. At the end of the year, I still hadn’t seen any improvement and I was informed that they were shutting down their office and referring me to a new specialist.
The first appointment I had with my new specialist was both encouraging and confusing. I was told that she didn’t believe it to be female pattern baldness, but rather a vitamin deficiency. Vitamin D, to be precise. She kept me on the same treatment as before, but added Iron, Vitamin D and Calcium supplements. After almost 2 years, I still wasn’t seeing any change in my hair. This is where the essential oils come in.
When I started to use essential oils, one of the first things I did was research essential oils for hair loss. After a lot of research, I set to work ordering the oils I would need to create a few different essential oil blends. I read that alternating blends was better than always using the same blend so I made up 3 different blends of oils to apply to my scalp each night before bed. I also made my own shampoo and conditioner.
Here’s what I use:
Hair Loss Blends
Place all essential oils in a 50ml glass bottle with a glass tube eye dropper. Fill to the top with your choice of a carrier oil. I like to use Fractionated Coconut oil, but Jojoba oil, Argan oil, and Sweet Almond Oil are good choices too.
Blend #1 – Use on Monday, Thursday, Sunday
- 40 drops Rosemary
- 40 drops Lavender
- 40 drops Cedarwood
- 20 drops Frankincense
Blend #2 – Use on Tuesday and Friday
- 40 drops Cypress
- 40 drops Clary Sage
- 20 drops Rosemary
- 20 drops Lavender
Blend #3 – Use on Wednesday and Saturday
- 30 drops Lavender
- 30 drops Frankincense
- 30 drops Clary Sage
- 30 drops Peppermint
Place all ingredients into a bottle of your choice (I use a 16oz plastic bottle with a pump) and shake well before each use.
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup liquid castile soap
- 25 drops Lavender
- 20 drops Rosemary
- 20 drops Cypress
- 20 drops Clary Sage
Massage into scalp and let sit for a few minutes. Rinse well. For conditioner, I use a 50/50 mixture of apple cider vinegar and water.
I am happy to report that, after 6 months of using essential oils for my hair, my specialist and myself have started to notice hair growth. My roots are strong and my hair is healthier than it’s ever been before. I no longer use any of the medications that my former specialist had me on. I wish I had known, 8 years earlier, that the answer to the problem was vitamins, iron, and essential oils. It would have saved me from a whole lot of anxiety. On the other hand, there’s a part of me that’s thankful I had to go through it. I believe it made me a stronger, more confident person and taught me perspective. Hair loss is nothing compared to what others have to suffer. It’s still a horrible thing to have to go through, however, and I hope that if any of you suffer from hair loss or have a friend who is going through it, my experience can bring some measure of hope.
My hair still has a long way to go, but I’m finally on the right track. Not only are the essential oils actually doing something now, it’s a way healthier option than all the chemicals I was prescribed before. It’s just proof, again, that the plants, trees, flowers, and herbs God gave us were all given to us to use for a much greater purpose than just being something pretty to look at or something to flavour our food. They were given to us to keep us healthy and to heal.