How to Apply Peppermint Oil for Hair Growth

by Viviscal Hair Expert on February 2nd, 2017
Peppermint essential oil for hair growth

Peppermint oil is an essential oil that has long been thought to help hair growth. Peppermint oil stimulates and invigorates the scalp. Learn how to apply peppermint oil for healthy-feeling scalp and hair.

About Peppermint Oil

Peppermint oil is far more concentrated (and far more intense) than almost every other essential oil.

The main reason for the feeling and the benefits that peppermint produces is its main ingredient: menthol. Yes, that menthol. It’s why peppermint has such a distinct cooling and refreshing sensation when ingested or applied to your scalp.

Like other essential oils, peppermint oil can help stimulate hair growth because of its ability to increase blood circulation around the scalp. When blood is flowing, the nutrients from your body can feed your hair follicles more effectively.

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There are a few different ways to stimulate hair growth with peppermint oil.

Peppermint Oil Massage

The most direct way to get the benefits of peppermint oil is to use it for a scalp massage. If you have a carrier oil on hand like jojoba oil or coconut oil, you can create an effective mixture at home.

Just add two drops of peppermint oil to one tablespoon of your carrier oil and rub the mixture into your scalp for 30 seconds. If the tingling is too intense, add more of your carrier oil. We recommend testing it on a small patch of hair just in case there is any irritation.

You can leave the mixture in your hair for about 20 minutes, but make sure to wash it out thoroughly. And definitely avoid any peppermint oil contact with your eyes. That’s no fun at all.

Adding Peppermint Oil to Shampoo

Another great way to incorporate peppermint oil into your daily hair routine is to simply add it to your existing shampoo or conditioner. A good balance to aim for is 4-6 drops for every ounce of shampoo.

Massage the shampoo or conditioner as normal, paying extra close attention to your scalp. You should feel an extra bit of tingling, but not too much. Again, if it’s tingling too much, add a bit more shampoo.

As long as it doesn’t cause any irritation, you can add peppermint oil to your shampoo each time you wash your hair. Not only will it help stimulate growth, your hair will feel extra fresh and alive!

Alternatives to Peppermint Oil

For some people, peppermint oil is just a little too intense. That’s completely fine. We recommend taking a look at other natural oils to stimulate hair growth like rosemary oil or lavender oil. They have similar benefits with a more gentle sensation.

Either way you go, make sure to supplement any essential oils you use with a balanced diet and consistent hydration. Your follicles won’t respond if you’re not taking care of all the other factors.

Let us know how it goes!