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What Are The Best Ayurvedic Oils For Hair Growth?

Castor oil has Vit E, improves blood circulation and nutrient flow to the scalp. Mix with coconut oil and massage on scalp. Bhringraj oil improves growth and colour. Mix with coconut oil, apply on scalp, soak for a few hours and wash. Olive oil prevents generation of hair thinning hormone. Massage warm olive oil mixed with castor oil onto scalp, let soak and wash.

According to ayurveda, regular massage using ayurvedic oils increases blood circulation to the scalp. As hair grows out of little pockets in your skin called ‘follicles’, oil treatment activates the hair follicles, resulting in increased hair growth.

There are approximately 3,000,000 single hair follicles on the scalp; with each hair strand constantly undergoing a cycle of growing and falling out. Ayurvedic treatment for hair growth includes all natural ingredients that work together to nourish the hair and revitalize the scalp.

Being aware of the hair growth cycle can also be helpful in recognizing and understanding many of the problems you encounter with your hair.

Hair Growth Cycle

Hair follows a specific growth cycle with three distinct and concurrent phases: anagen, catagen and telogen phases. Each phase has specific characteristics that determines the length of the hair. All three phases occur simultaneously, thus one strand of hair may be in the anagen phase, while another may be in the telogen phase.1

  • Your hair begins growing from a root in the bottom of the follicle. The root is made up of cells of protein.
  • Blood from the blood vessels in your scalp feeds the root which creates more cells and makes the hair grow.
  • The hair gets pushed up through the skin as it grows, passing an oil gland along the way. The oil gland adds oil to the hair and keeps it shiny and soft. It can make it greasy, too. That’s why you need to wash your hair.
  • The hair dies by the time it is long enough to grow out through the skin.

Ayurvedic Oils Recommended For Hair Growth

There are many natural formulas for keeping your hair healthy, shiny and strong. Using ayurvedic oils is an old, traditional way of taking care of the scalp and hair. Hair oil helps to maintain hair strength, reduce hair loss and stimulate the growth of hair.

Oils penetrate deep into the scalp and help to strengthen the roots of the hair. Ayurveda recommends different hair oils for different purposes like to moisturize the scalp and hair, to prevent hair fall and dandruff, to stop graying and to give shine and smoothness to the hair.

Ayurvedic oils recommended for hair growth are as follows:

Castor Oil

Due to the rejuvenating properties of castor oil, it can be used to help stimulate the growth of hair. This is accomplished through the increased circulation of the scalp, which improves the flow of nutrients to your hair. Castor oil is rich in vitamin E, proteins, and minerals.

Castor oil aids in blood circulation and, therefore, results in faster hair growth. Since it is moisturizing in nature, it can be used to treat dry scalp. Regular use of castor oil gives you healthy, thick, shiny and moisturized hair.

How To Use Castor Oil?

To use, apply it on the scalp and run through the hair, leave overnight and wash it with a mild shampoo the next day. It’s best to use castor oil as a hair mask. This is particularly helpful if you’re trying to regrow hair or give it more moisture and shine.

  • Castor oil has a thick consistency, so you can mix it with coconut oil, olive oil or jojoba oil in a half and half ratio. This will make the mask easier to distribute throughout your hair.
  • Use your fingers or a brush and start applying it on to your scalp with circular motions. This gentle massage increases the blood circulation, rejuvenates the hair and stimulates hair growth.
  • Wash your hair, as usual, using shampoo and conditioner. Make sure you rinse all the oil out of your hair.2

Bhringraj Oil

Bhringraj is a plant with many uses in ayurveda. It has been used for ages to improve hair growth and color. Regular massage with bhringraj oil improves blood circulation in the scalp which helps revitalize the hair follicles and promotes hair growth.

It is normally made by blending extracts of the bhringraj plant in an oil like coconut or sesame oil. Regular use of this oil will give you healthy and long hair.

How To Use Bhringraj Oil?

  • This oil is commercially available as a mixture of bhringraj extracts in some carrier oil.
  • Alternatively, you can purchase bhringraj powder and mix a little quantity of it in an oil of your choice at the time of use.
  • Massage the oil gently onto the scalp and leave it on for a few hours. Then wash it off with a mild shampoo or even better, a mixture of shikakai and soapnut powder.

Bhringraj oil is a natural product and therefore, has no harmful effects. However, because of its cooling action, it is not advisable to leave the oil on the scalp overnight. Also, it is not recommended for use in winters especially by people with a tendency to catch a cold.34

Olive Oil

Olive oil promotes hair growth and prevents hair loss because it prevents the production of hormones that cause hair follicle shaft to narrow and hence, causes hair fall.

Using Olive Oil on hair scalp can help you hold hair for longer. Also, it fights the bacteria and fungi that cause hair damage and hair loss and thus promotes hair growth. Olive oil is rich in antioxidants that nourish not only the skin of the scalp but also the hair, by making the hair look shiny and soft.

How To Use Olive Oil?

  • Mix together half olive oil and half castor oil. You can also add hibiscus petals for a good smell.
  • Heat up the oil to lukewarm, then apply it to your scalp and hair.
  • Massage the oil generously for ten minutes, then wrap your hair in a steaming hot towel.
  • This will help lock in the moisture. When done, wash your hair thoroughly.

Other Oils Include

Sesame Oil

Sesame oil is used as a base oil in many Ayurvedic preparations for hair growth, for example, bhringraj oil. It conditions hair, nourishes the scalp and gets rid of dandruff and the vitamin E in the oil boosts hair growth.

Argan Oil

Argan oil is an excellent oil for healthy hair. It hydrates and moisturizes hair, it penetrates hair shafts and nourishes deeply. Argan oil is rich in anti-oxidants and repairs damaged hair. The high vitamin E and vitamin F content repairs damaged hair and makes the hair lustrous.

Coconut Oil

It’s the best hair oil and gives healthy, soft and lustrous hair. Coconut oil is a natural conditioner rich in vitamin E and antioxidants which repairs damaged hair. Coconut oil is known to penetrate into hair follicles and stimulating hair growth and moisturizes dry hair.5

Tips for Hair Growth

According to Ayurveda, the hair is derived either as a by-product or produced as a breakdown product of Asthi (bone tissue). Any disturbance in this tissue metabolism, which very much depends on the digestive fire, can affect the health of the hair.

To a certain extent, the quality of hair depends on the body constitution. Keep in mind that even though Ayurvedic oils can work wonders for your hair, you must complement the oil treatments with other lifestyle changes before it will truly work well for you.

Some of the changes include:

  • Avoiding pitta-aggravating foods like spicy, heavy and oily foods, as well as tea and coffee.
  • Enriching your diet with good foods, such as almonds, seafood, and Greek yogurt can help your hair become healthier.
  • Relaxing – as stress has been proven to lead to some hair loss.
  • Protecting your hair from the damaging effects of the sun by covering it with a scarf or hat when you go out.
  • Avoiding refined foods, refined sugar, junk food and alcoholic and carbonated drinks.
  • Increasing intake of fresh fruits, green leafy vegetables and vegetable juice prepared from lettuce, carrot, capsicum, and alfalfa.
  • Avoiding the usage of chemical products on the hair. Try herbal oils and shampoos instead.

References   [ + ]

1. Alonso, Laura and Elaine Fuchs. “The hair cycle.” Journal of Cell Science 119.3 (2006): 391-393.
2. Castor Oil for Hair,
3. Plants used for hair growth promotion: A review; Rathi, Vaishali; Rathi, Jagdish; Tamizharasi, S; Pathak, Anupam. Pharmacognosy Reviews2.3 (Jan 2008): 185-187.
4. Roy, R. K., Mayank Thakur, and V. K. Dixit. “Hair growth promoting activity of Eclipta alba in male albino rats.” Archives of dermatological research 300.7 (2008): 357-364.
5. How hair grows, American Academy of Dermatology

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