When hair loss occurs it can be devastating as many of us see our hair as much more than a covering on hour heads.  Instead, it has become an important part of our own self-image and can be a great way to express one’s own individuality.  There are a number of different reasons why people experience hair loss.  Some are treatable, while others are not.

The overview on Hair Loss on the Mayo Clinic’s website may help you to identify what the cause is.

For many, hair loss may be simply a part of the ageing process and due to a hereditary genetic disposition.  For others,  it can be triggered by vitamin deficiencies, nutritional imbalances, or be the result of underlying health challenges.  In order to know what the best course of action moving forward is, it is always worthwhile to establish the root cause.   While often the hair loss is permanent there are times when it can be reversed and knowing the underlying cause is the first step.

Supporting Hair Loss with Aromatherapy.

The place to start is by treating the scalp.  Having a healthy scalp is the first step to getting new hair follicles to regenerate.  It can take several hair growth cycles before an improvement is visible, so patience is needed when applying a scalp conditioning essential oil blend.  Ideally, this synergy should be applied to the scalp several times a week.  It is massaged into the scalp and then left on the scalp to be absorbed.  None of this oil needs to be massaged through the hair, so with some careful handling, your hair does not need to end up looking greasy or stringy.

Massaging the oil into the scalp certainly helps to improve the blood circulation to the area, while at the same time being pretty relaxing.  Warming the oil before applying it will help the rate of absorption.  Also, keep in mind that you don’t need to use a lot of oil in this application.  A little, particularly if the oil has been warmed, will actually go a long way.  The key is to do this on a regular basis, several times a week, over a period of two to three months.

Essential oils that are often recommended for hair loss include Cajeput, Cedarwood, Chamomile Roman and German, Clary Sage, Cypress, Grapefruit, Juniper Berry, Lavender, Lemon, Lemongrass, Patchouli, Peppermint, Rose, Rosemary and Ylang Ylang.

Carrier or infused oils to consider include Calendula, Carrot Seed, castor oil, Coconut, Evening Primrose, Jojoba, St. John’s Wort and Sesame.

Traditional Indian Head Massage often uses Coconut oil in the spring and Sesame oil in the summer.

You can make up your own Hair Loss Synergy by choosing from the different options above, but here is an example of a Hair Loss Synergy.

Scalp Conditioning Blend

Carrier Oils
15 ml (3 teaspoons) Jojoba
15 ml (3 teaspoons) Sesame

Essential Oils
2 drops Clary Sage
6 drops Lavender
2 drops Patchouli

Add Carrier oils to a 30 ml (1 ounce) amber glass bottle.  Add the essential oils and mix.

Before bed warm the bottle in a warm water bath.
Apply a few drops of the oil to your fingertips and massage into the scalp well.
Leave in overnight and shampoo out in the morning.
Repeat several times a week.

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Rosemary Hydrosol is often helpful for this problem.