Originally published December 19th, 2019
You’ve probably heard bloggers and beauty experts rave about their favorite hair growth oils. Unfortunately, many of these claims are not backed by science. That’s why today we are sharing the actual best oils for hair growth and thickness along with tips for how to incorporate them into your hair care routine.
The Best Oils for Hair Growth and Thickness
1. Horsetail Plant Oil
Some hair experts tout the importance of essential oils for hair growth, but this oil is actually a plant extract oil. The horsetail plant contains the mineral silica, which is thought to help promote stronger hair, and improve hair’s shine and texture. Stronger hair means less breakage, which allows hair to reach longer lengths. And yes, this horsetail is 100% plant-based, no horses’ tails were harmed in the making of this oil!
The silica found in horsetail plant extract can help improve hair growth and strength in women with thinning hair. That’s why horsetail plant extract is one of the key ingredients in Viviscal, the most scientifically researched hair growth supplement on the market. Viviscal is clinically proven to promote thicker, fuller and healthier-looking hair in as little as three months. In clinical studies, after three months on Viviscal, women saw a 32% increase in the number of terminal hairs versus baby hairs, and a nearly 40% decrease in hair shedding.+†*
Horsetail plant extract oil may also be effective as a topical treatment by improving the circulation to your scalp, which helps promote the ideal environment for hair growth. To apply this hair health oil, add a few drops of horsetail plant extract oil to 1-2 tablespoons of coconut oil or extra virgin olive oil. Massage gently into hair and scalp for at least 10 minutes.
2. Lavender Oil
Lavender oil is an essential oil with antibacterial properties that may help soothe irritation, dryness, itchiness and dandruff. While applying lavender oil topically won’t directly affect hair growth, its relaxing scent helps reduce stress and tension. And extreme stress is a common cause of hair loss.
Like other essential oils for hair growth, a scalp massage with lavender helps invigorate the scalp, improving circulation that helps to bring more nutrient-rich blood to nourish the follicles. So a healthy, invigorated scalp with better blood circulation can help lead to healthier hair growth.
However, the oily consistency of lavender essential oil can be too heavy on fine or thinning hair, weighing it down. To get the benefits of lavender oil without leaving strands lifeless, try Viviscal Gorgeous Growth Densifying Shampoo and Conditioner. Formulated with lavender essential oil (scientific name “lavandula hybrida oil”) plus the nourishing Ana:Tel™ complex and the key nutrients, Biotin, Keratin and Zinc, this shampoo and conditioner duo gently cleanses and lightly conditions to leave hair looking naturally thicker and fuller.
3. Castor Oil
For centuries, people have been using castor oil for hair growth. While plenty of people claim that regular use of castor oil can result in thicker, stronger hair, there is limited scientific evidence that castor oil works directly as a hair growth oil.
However, castor oil is good as a gentle moisturizing oil for dry, damaged hair. This extra moisture can make strands more flexible and help prevent hair from breaking off once it reaches longer lengths. So hair will look like it’s growing faster, even if castor oil doesn’t actually increase your hair growth rate. Castor oil also has antimicrobial properties, which can help control bacteria or fungus on the scalp.
Castor oil is very thick, so it works best on hair that is naturally thick and coarse or curly. You can make your own castor oil hair treatment at home by mixing 1 tablespoon of castor oil with 2 tablespoons extra virgin coconut oil, 2 tablespoons sweet almond oil and 2 tablespoons sesame oil. Massage the mixture into damp hair from roots to tips and allow the mixture to sit for 60 minutes before washing it out with shampoo.
Note: When trying at-home beauty treatments or essential oils for the first time, always do a small skin test first to test for skin allergies or sensitivities. If you’re sensitive to any oils or other ingredients in these treatments, don’t use them.
Have you experienced any positive results with hair growth oils? Let us know in the comment section below!
+Ablon, G.; Dermatol Res Pract., 2015.
†Existing hair growth