Sometimes our hair needs a little boost. If your hair isn’t growing as long or as thick as you’d like it to, then it might be that it is lacking some nourishment. When it comes to maintaining long, healthy locks, there are some homemade remedies that may just do the trick. Hair growth oils can be a strand-saver and create the luscious hair you’ve always wanted. We have created a list of the top 20 oils that are best for growing out your hair, as well as included some homemade remedies and recipes for you. Let’s take a look at which oils are best for hair growth.

Castor Oil

Castor Oil
Castor Oil

Castor oils is rich in vitamins and fatty acids like Vitamin E and Ricinoleic acid. Ricinoleic acid can help reduce scalp inflammation, and Vitamin E is essential for hair growth because it helps to repair and build tissue. The combination of these two nutrients stimulates blood flow to the hair follicles, stimulating hair growth.

How To Use:
To achieve the best results, massage the castor oil directly into the scalp before going to bed and leave it in overnight. Then rinse it out with a mild shampoo the next morning.

Olive Oil

Olive Oil
Olive Oil

Olive oil is another oil found in your home that can aid in hair growth. It is moisturizing and contains high levels of Vitamin E. It also contains large amounts of antioxidants which aid in releasing free radicals from the scalp. Olive oil penetrates the scalp quickly and the oleic acid it contains locks in moisture, making it one of the best natural conditioners you can use. It also has anti-inflammatory qualities, creating a healthy scalp and encouraging natural hair growth. With regular use, it will create soft, silky, luscious hair that you can’t help but want to touch.

How To Use 
Warm a tablespoon or two of olive oil and massage into your scalp and hair. Cover your hair with a towel or shower cap and leave in for two hours. Then shampoo it out.

Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil
Coconut Oil

Coconut oil has many different benefits for our entire body. It is incredibly moisturizing, creating soft, touchable hair. It is also anti-fungal and antibacterial, both of which create a clean, healthy scalp. When applied to hair strands, the Vitamin E, Vitamin K, and iron improve shine and absorb into the hair shaft. That is what makes it such an incredible conditioning agent. Another benefit of coconut oil is that it prevents damage from styling and the environment by creating a protective layer around the hair strands. It can also work to protect against dryness of scalp, dandruff, and lice.

How To Use 
Use a couple of tablespoons and massage it into damp or dry hair. Leave the oil in for at least 30 minutes, or up to 2 hours. Then rinse it out. You will achieve the best results by leaving it in longer.

Jojoba Oil

Jojoba oil possesses the ability to regulate the production of sebum (a natural oil created by the sebaceous glands which protects and hydrates hair and skin), so by applying the oil, the body will not produce too much or too little sebum. This is why jojoba is so good for so many skin and hair issues. In addition to its moisturizing qualities, it also possesses antifungal and antibacterial properties, which can help clean the hair and scalp, reducing hair loss.

How To Use
You want to avoid using much jojoba oil directly on the scalp, as it may clog follicles. The best way to use it is adding a few drops to your shampoo or conditioner and washing as usual.


Argan Oil

Argan Oil
Argan Oil

Argan oil has become quite a popular ingredient in hair products. Argan oil can help stimulate hair growth and reverse signs of baldness. It ensures that you are not losing more hair follicles than you are able to grow, therefore, preventing hair loss. It also has many benefits for the skin. Its moisturizing properties help with dry scalp and dandruff. You can use argan oil by itself or mix it with an essential oil such as rosemary to promote hair growth.

How To Use
Wash hair as usual. Then, once you have towel-dried your hair, put a few drops in your palm and rub into hair. Comb through your hair with your fingers and make sure to spread the oil evenly, and make sure to massage it into the scalp. Style your hair normally.

Essential Oils For Hair Growth

In addition to the natural oils we have looked at, there are also many essential oils which can help accelerate this process and work with the natural oils to do so. It is important to remember that you should always use a carrier oil with essential oils. This is very important, as essential oils by themselves are very potent. Any of the aforementioned oils are good carrier oils.

Lavender Oil

Lavender Oil
Lavender Oil

Lavender essential oil has a refreshing, aromatic scent that is very pleasant. However, it is so much more than a sweet-smelling oil. Studies have shown that lavender oil is capable of deepening hair follicles and thickening the thermal layer of the scalp. It also has antimicrobial qualities, making it good for warding off bacterial or fungal issues on the scalp. By using lavender oil on the scalp, it can help soothe the scalp, ridding it of any dryness or irritation. Also, as lavender has a soothing and calming effect, it can help reduce stress-induced hair loss.

How To Use
To use lavender oil on the scalp, blend 8-10 drops of lavender essential oil with about 4 tsp. of a carrier oil. Massage this mixture into the scalp and leave it overnight. Rinse it out in the morning for best results.

Rosemary Oil

Rosemary Oil
Rosemary Oil

Rosemary essential oil is one of the best oils for hair growth. It works to promote hair growth and healing by increasing cellular metabolism in the hair and scalp. Some studies have shown that rosemary essential oil works as well as minoxidil, which is the active ingredient in Rogaine.

Rosemary essential oil can also improve dry scalp, dandruff, as well as slowing down the graying process. If this isn’t enough to convince you of its natural hair treatment properties, it can help reduce the appearance of greasy hair by toning down the production of sebum and clears pores which helps get rid of itchy scalps.

How To Use
Mix 3-5 drops of rosemary essential oil with equal parts olive oil. Massage the mixture into your scalp and leave it on for 3 to 4 hours. Then proceed to wash your hair as normal. It is recommended to repeat this treatment once a month for optimum results.

Cedarwood Oil

Cedarwood Oil
Cedarwood Oil

Cedarwood has a nice woodsy aroma. It is very useful in the treatment of hair loss and dandruff, as a study conducted in Scotland showed. One group used cedarwood essential oil, along with others each day while the other group only used carrier oils. The conclusion was that 44 percent of the group using essential oil showed improved symptoms, whereas only 15 percent of the other group did. Cedarwood essential oil also improves skin irritation, which can be helpful for a dry scalp.

How To Use
Cedarwood is a gentle oil and can be applied topically to the skin and scalp. However, it mixes well with other oils such as coconut oil and lavender essential oil. Also, by adding 2-3 drops to your regular condition, you will be able to see results soon.

Thyme Oil

Thyme Oil
Thyme Oil

Thyme is an aromatic herb whose essential oil is excellent for softening the skin. However, look for thyme linalool essential oil rather than red thyme. Red thyme contains thymol and this can potentially irritate the skin.

Thyme rejuvenates hair follicles by increasing blood flow to the scalp. It is a very potent essential oil and should be used sparingly. This is why it is typically added to hair loss prevention products.

How To Use
By blending 2 drops of thyme essential oil, 5 drops of lavender essential oil, and 2 tbsp. of extra virgin olive oil, massaging the mixture into the scalp, and leaving it on for 20 minutes before washing it out, you will increase blood flow to the scalp and promote hair growth.

Peppermint Oil

Chamomile Oil
Chamomile Oil

Because it has powerful antiseptic properties, peppermint oil can help treat many scalp and hair issues including dandruff and even lice. It has also been shown to increase hair growth in recent studies. Peppermint essential oil has a cooling effect when applied to the scalp and can help calm skin irritation and inflammation.

How To Use
Combine 5 drops of peppermint oil and 5 drops of lavender oil with 2 tbsp. of warmed coconut oil. Massage the mixture into the scalp and leave in for 20 minutes. Then shampoo it out.


Chamomile Oil

Chamomile Oil
Chamomile Oil

Chamomile essential oil has many benefits including adding shine and softness, as well as soothing the scalp. It can also naturally lighten your hair. Chamomile essential oil has moisturizing qualities that promote healthy hair growth.

How To Use
Combine 10 drops of chamomile oil with 1 qt. of purified water. Use this as the final conditioning rinse after your shampoo.

Clary Sage Oil

Clary Sage Oil
Clary Sage Oil

Clary sage oil has many benefits including the reduction of inflammation, the regulation of skin oil, and it acts as a natural antibacterial agent which can clear up rashes. However, one of the most important benefits is the balancing of hormones and relief of stress that it provides. Some hair loss is associated with high stress levels. Therefore, using clary sage to reduce stress and reduce cortisol levels, it can be a natural fix for stress-induced hair loss.

How To Use
Combine equal parts clary sage essential oil with jojoba oil and massage into hair and scalp. Allow the mixture to sit for 30 minutes and then wash it out.

Lemon Oil

Lemon Oil
Lemon Oil

Lemon essential oil is delightfully citrusy, fresh, and zesty in aroma. This oil is ideal for oily hair because it has a natural drying and clarifying quality. It is excellent for the treatment of scalp acne and dandruff. Also, lemon essential oil possess antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. Therefore it helps to resolve any infections or skin disorders of the scalp. However, it is important to realize that lemon essential oil is phototoxic. If you get it on your skin and then go out into the sun it can have very negative effects.

How To Use
Blend 5-6 drops of lemon essential oil with 2 tbsp. of jojoba oil and massage into scalp. Leave it in for 1-2 hours and then wash it out.

Patchouli Oil

Patchouli Oil
Patchouli Oil

Patchouli essential oil has been around for centuries and used as a perfume. However, besides its deep, earthy aroma, it possesses anti-inflammatory and antiseptic qualities that are excellent for treating many different skin and scalp issues. Some disorders that may be treated using patchouli are dandruff, eczema, and dermatitis. These issues can sometimes be the underlying cause of hair loss, so treating them with patchouli can help prevent hair loss.

How To Use
By mixing 2-3 drops of patchouli oil, 5-6 drops of rosemary oil, and 2 tbsp. of argan oil, massaging the mixture into the scalp, and allowing it to sit for an hour or two, then you may be able to treat many skin and scalp issues.

Tea Tree Oil

Tea Tree Oil
Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil has a very pungent, yet pleasant scent. It can be found in many products that treat dandruff due to its powerful antifungal and antimicrobial properties. It cleans out and unclogs hair follicles and allows for a normal flow of sebum. Its antimicrobial properties help resolve issues such as fungal infections that are caused by bacterial growth.

How To Use
Mix 2-3 drops of tea tree essential oil with 2 tbsp. of sweet almond oil. Leave the blend on the scalp for 20 to 30 minutes and wash out. This will help promote hair growth.


Ylang Ylang Oil

Ylang Ylang Oil
Ylang Ylang Oil

This essential oil has a sweet, yet strong aroma that is long-lasting. Ylang ylang essential oil is useful for warding off a dry, itchy scalp due to a lack of sebum production. If you are not producing enough sebum, this can ultimately result in dry, damaged hair that is easy to break and, eventually, to hair loss.

Ylang ylang oil is a great moisturizer because it stimulates the production of sebum.

How To Use
Massage 2 tbsp. of coconut or olive oil mixed with 5 drops of ylang ylang essential oil into the hair and scalp. Cover your head with a towel that has been dipped in warm water and leave it on for an hour. Then shampoo the mixture out.

Vetiver Oil

Sometimes stress can cause our bodies to overheat. This heat can lead to premature graying or even hair loss. The use of vetiver essential oil can cool the body and soothe the mind which can result in reduced stress levels. This oil also contains antioxidants which can reduce damage from free radicals. Vetiver oil can prevent hair loss in many ways.

How To Use 
Mix 2 tbsp. of warm sweet almond oil with 5-6 drops of vetiver essential oil and massage into the scalp. You can shampoo it out after 2 hours, or leave the mixture in overnight for better results.

Carrot Seed Oil

Carrot Seed Oil
Carrot Seed Oil

Carrot seed essential oil has a musty, earthy aroma. While subtle, it contains hints of a woodsy scent. This essential oil is very useful for its hormone regulating properties. It is also detoxifying and very nourishing for the hair and scalp. It is excellent for stimulating healthy hair growth.

How To Use
Blend 4 drops of carrot seed essential oil, 2 drops of rose otto essential oil, 4 drops of frankincense essential oil, and 4 tsp. of coconut oil. Massage the blend into the scalp and hair. Leave in for 1-2 hours and then wash it out.

Cypress Oil

Cypress essential oil has a very fresh, yet sharp scent. It is earthy and a bit smoky in its aroma. Its effect on hair growth is caused by increasing blood circulation, as well as capillary strength in the scalp and hair follicles. These functions promote the growth of thicker, healthier hair.

How To Use
A nice mixture to promote hair growth includes 4 drops of cypress essential oil, 2 drops of manuka essential oil, 4 drops of orange essential oil, and 4 tsp. of jojoba oil.

Helichrysum Oil

This essential oil has many positive effects on hair growth. Helichrysum oil is regenerative, not only to hair cells, but to all body tissues. This quality helps promote a healthy scalp by regulating sebum production and increasing blood circulation. It encourages healthy nutrient flow to the hair follicles which increases hair growth. It is an incredibly beneficial essential oil to the rejuvenation and maintenance of healthy skin and hair.

How To Use
Blend 4 drops of helichrysum oil, 4 drops of rosemary oil, and 5 drops of lavender oil. Massage it into the scalp and allow to sit for 1-2 hours before shampooing it out.

By using natural essential oils on your scalp and hair, you can help restore it to its strong, youthful ways. By using these homemade remedies, you can increase hair growth and have the thick, healthy hair you’ve always wanted. However, it’s important to remember that some essential oils can be harsh on the skin if not used with carrier oils. That being said, do your research and it may be beneficial to try out a tiny bit on a tester spot on the skin to make sure you won’t have any unwanted reactions.

There are many combinations of oils you can use, and there are also oils that you can simply use with your shampoo or conditioner in order to promote hair growth and healthy a healthy scalp. Many of these essential oils have numerous benefits and can assist with many different hair and scalp issues. So try these oils and homemade remedies for a full head of hair.

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