Ms. Carroll is working toward certification as a professional aromatherapist and has completed over 100 hours of study to-date.
Hair loss is more common than you might realize. One in five people suffer from some form of hair loss such as male or female pattern hair loss, thinning hair, and hair loss caused by problems with hair follicles and/or the scalp. The most common form of hair loss is known as androgenetic alopecia (male and female pattern hair loss) and it affects more than 80 million people in the U.S. alone each year.
Shampoos and other products aimed at regenerating hair is a billion dollar global industry and growing. According to Grand View Research, the U.S. market in 2019 was valued at 2.6 billion and expected to expand at a rate of 9.5% over the next year. Androgenetic alopecia and alopecia areata are key factors in market growth. Prescription drugs such as Rogaine and Propecia may take up to a year to work and range in price from $30-80 per month, if prescribed. Over-the-counter shampoos can run as high as $100 per bottle.
What You Can Do to Reduce Hair Loss
Before embarking on any plan to regenerate hair, you need to ensure your lifestyle choices aren't causing your hair loss to begin with. Factors such as tobacco and alcohol seem to be key triggers for the two largest diseases, though the exact cause is still unknown. Genetic factors have been linked to several cases although genetics doesn't seal your fate. First, eliminate any suspected or known triggers to see if your hair loss slows or ceases. If not, there is help!
In a 2004 study, topically applied melatonin was found to increase the anagen hair rate in women with androgenetic alopecia or diffuse alopecia. Essential oils also offer a viable alternative to hair loss treatment. In a 1998 study, a combination of several essential oils were massaged into the scalp for seven months rendering good results (see links below). One treatment plan doesn't necessarily preclude another, but talk to your doctor before combining any treatment regimen, including essential oils.
Randomized Trials for Natural Treatment of Hair Loss
- Rosemary Oil vs Minoxidil 2% for the Treatment of Androgenetic Alopecia: A Randomized Comparative Tr
The findings of the present trial provided evidence with respect to the efficacy of rosemary oil in the treatment of AGA.
- Hair Growth-Promoting Effects of Lavender Oil
...the results of this study show the marked hair growth-promoting effect of LO, as evidenced by morphological and histological observations.
- Peppermint Oil Promotes Hair Growth without Toxic Signs
We found that PEO remarkably promoted hair growth compared to SA and JO, even faster than MXD without significant change of body weight gain and food efficiency.
- Randomized Trial of Aromatherapy. Successful Treatment for Alopecia Areata - PubMed
The results show aromatherapy to be a safe and effective treatment for alopecia areata. Treatment with these essential oils was significantly more effective than treatment with the carrier oil alone (P = .008 for the primary outcome measure).
- Melatonin Increases Anagen Hair Rate in Women With Androgenetic Alopecia or Diffuse Alopecia: Result
To the authors' knowledge, this pilot study is the first to show that topically applied melatonin might influence hair growth in humans in vivo. The mode of action is not known, but the effect might result from an induction of anagen phase.
Essential Oil Recipe for Hair Loss
There are several potential essential oil recipes for hair loss. Every such recipe should require a carrier oil with a significant base due to the risk of burning the scalp. You should always use a reputable company to buy your oils due to the risk of adulterated or contaminated oils. While peppermint oil has been found to show efficacy for hair loss treatment for mice in randomized trials, it has a relatively high phenolic content and is dangerous to use around the eyes.
Begin your hair loss regiment with this recipe:
- 2 drops of Thyme
- 2 drops of Cedarwood
- 3 drops of Lavender (NOT to be confused with Lavindin; NOTE: many products are advertised as Lavender but are actually Lavindin)
- 3 drops of Rosemary
- 3 ml Jojoba Oil
- 20 ml Grapeseed Oil
Instructions: Test the mixture on the underside of your arm and wait 30 minutes to ensure you have no allergic reaction. If not, then massage 2-3 drops of the mixture into the scalp for 2 minutes and then wrap head in a warm towel until the towel loses it's warmth every night for 7 months.