Hair is very important to both women and men. Unfortunately, today most people (even teenagers) have hair loss problems. But luckily, we have some amazing carrier oils for hair growth that we can use without drilling holes into our pockets, or suffering from major side effects from pharmaceuticals.
I will start by showing you how the hair grows, and what it needs to grow stronger and faster. Among these carrier oils you’ll also find a few recipes to start right away. You will also find out how to choose the right carrier for your hair type, and how to use it for best results.
Carrier oils or vegetable oils are not expensive and they last a long time, even if used repeatedly. I thought about a list with only those carrier oils that have specific properties. Properties like astringency, which can stimulate hair growth, and strengthen the hair. Coming up right after the facts on hair growth.
Did You Know?
- Hair grows approximately 1 cm each month, and 15 cm (6 inches) every year.
A Few Facts on How Hair Growth Happens
Every day, our hair is exposed to so many damaging factors. Even if your diet is carefully monitored, pollution or stress will still get to it.
The main causes for hair loss and dry, dull, or lifeless hair are many. Unfortunately, we can’t protect ourselves from all of them. Those causes are:
- Synthetic hair products (gel, hair spray etc.).
- Hair dryer.
- Changing seasons.
- Harsh weather (extreme temperatures).
- Hair dye.
- Bad diet.
I believe that stress is in fact, a lot worse than all the others put together. Not only does it affect the health of your hair and skin, but it can also affect the overall health and mood.
Try taking an hour for yourself each day, no matter the moment of the day. Make time for a long bath with relaxing essential oils or a very good tea/cappuccino. They all work wonders for your body and mind.
Hair growth has three phases:
1/ The actual hair growth is called the anagen phase. It usually lasts between 2- 6 years.
2/ The intermediate phase is called catagen. It lasts around 3 weeks and it’s the phase where the hair stops growing and the club hair forms itself. The club hair is then pushed out by newborn hair roots.
3/ The final phase is the resting phase. It is also called telogen and it lasts around 3 months. There’s no action in this phase and once it’s over, the club hair falls off.
This cycle repeats itself over and over again. But humans don’t have a programmed shedding and hair growth like most animals do. Each hair root acts independently. Because of that, our hair is constantly growing, resting and shedding, each strand of hair in its own rhythm.
Normally, people shed around 100 hairs per day, and that’s quite a lot. Enough to suppress most worries when it comes to hair loss. But if you think you’re losing more, then it’s time for a special treatment!
Facts about hair growth:
- Warm weather stimulates the hair to grow faster than normal.
- Healthy, growing hair has a lifespan of at least 2 years.
- The scalp extends as we grow older. That’s why, in time, the density of our hair reduces.
- Proper oil nourishment will help the hair grow stronger. This is why we can use carrier oils for hair growth.
Did You Know?
- You probably noticed how you’re hair seems longer when it’s wet. That’s because it can stretch up to 30% of its normal length when it’s wet.
How to Choose the Right Carrier Oil for Your Hair Type
Each hair type has its own special needs, just like the skin. You must listen to those needs and find the best vegetable oils to care for your hair type.
If you’ve never used carrier oils in your hair, you’re probably wondering how they can make it grow. It’s quite simple actually. Carrier oils have incredible nourishing properties and the hair needs all that nourishment to grow. Your body needs food to function and develop, so does your hair. Its food is the nutrients from the carrier oils.
And yes, carrier oils are fatty and while they’re on, they make the hair oily. However, all that oiliness will disappear once you wash it off a few times. It will then leave the hair shiny, soft and silky, easy to comb and simply beautiful.
The oil nutrients can go very deep into the scalp and stimulate all the blood vessels underneath. That leads to hair growth also.
Carrier oils not only nourish the hair on a deep level and help it grow, but they also strengthen it. This way the hair won’t break so easily anymore.
After using coconut oil for hair for the first time, I was simply in love with it. I have never had hair so silky, so easy to comb and shiny. Of course, I managed to make it dirty quite fast because I was with my hands in it almost all the time.
But I wouldn’t use anything else except carrier oils for my hair. I even poured a small amount of olive oil in my shampoo, and use it frequently.
Types of hair:
Dry Hair – is usually the type of hair that needs the most care and attention. It lacks elasticity, sebum and water. The sebum is the most important because it protects and moisturizes the scalp. Without sebum and water, the hair becomes brittle and dull, with split ends.
The best carrier oils for hair growth in the case of dry hair are: Argan and Evening Primrose oils. But Castor oil, Jojoba oil and Olive oil work great too! Coconut oil, Sweet Almond oil, and Wheat Germ oil are also good. They’re all very good for nourishment and shininess.
Normal Hair – is the most balanced type of hair. It is neither oily nor dry, so any type of carrier oil is good to nourish this hair. But to stimulate its growth at the same time, it would need some Sesame oil or Macadamia oil.
Oily Hair – is, in the eyes of the majority, the most difficult to care for and maintain. I wouldn’t necessarily agree, even though I, too, have oily hair and scalp. Somehow, having an extra dry and damaged hair seems a lot more troublesome.
Oily hair is so because of an excess of sebum. But the excess sebum only affects the appearance of the hair, not the scalp or the hair itself. The hair needs the sebum for protection and elasticity.
The best carrier oil for hair growth in oily hair and scalp is Grapeseed oil. But Hazelnut oil works well also.
Thin Hair – this type of hair is also prone to falling and breaking easily. Thin hair can be dry, normal or oily, but it can be very fragile too. In this case, the best carrier oils to care for thin hair are those with a light texture. Only oily and thin hair and scalp can be cared for with Castor carrier oil (which has a thick texture).
Recommended carrier oils for hair growth in thin hair are Grapeseed oil, Avocado oil, Olive oil and even Emu oil. The latter is a carrier oil of animal origin.
- Thick, coarse or curly hair types are best cared for with heavy carrier oils like Olive, Castor oil, etc.
- Fine, thin and prone to breakage hair types are best cared for with light carrier oils like Grapeseed, Macadamia, Coconut, etc.
Did You Know?
- Forensics use strands of hair to find DNA. Everything you’ve ever had in your blood, from drugs to vitamins, can be found in a single hair.
7 of the Best Carrier Oils for Hair Growth
After a thorough research and some personal experiences, I chose only 7 carrier oils for hair growth. They are Hazelnut oil, Argan oil and Pumpkin seed oil. Plus Grapeseed oil, Evening Primrose oil, Macadamia oil and Cucumber seed oil.
I chose them because of their astringent or stimulant properties. I believe that these two really have a direct effect on the scalp and the hair follicles. But of course, there are many other great carrier oils out there that can do wonders for your hair.
1) Hazelnut carrier oil – Corylus avellana
This vegetable oil has a thin texture and a nutty, sweet aroma. It has astringent properties, which means it strengthens the scalp. It helps regenerate the cells and strengthen the capillaries too. Capillaries are fine blood vessels found under the scalp, and skin in general.
It is also a very good moisturizer. It gets absorbed fast into the skin and it’s mostly indicated to people with oily hair, or thin oily hair.
Shelf life: 1 year.
2) Argan carrier oil – Argania spinosa
It stimulates the microcirculation of the scalp. It also helps regenerate and heal scars or damaged skin. Reduces dandruff and disinfects the scalp, allowing new hairs to grow easier. Argan oil has been used by indigenous people for thousands of years on skin and hair.
Argan oil is one of the best carrier oils for hair growth. It is deeply nourishing and moisturizing. Argan oil is mostly recommended for normal or dry hair types.
Shelf life: 1 year.
3) Evening Primrose carrier oil – Oenothera biennis
Evening primrose is a flower but the oil extracted is not essential oil. It is a carrier oil because it is extracted from the plant’s seeds.
Evening Primrose oil has a thin texture and contains a high concentration of fatty acids. They make the oil highly nutritious for the hair. It can stop scalp irritation and dandruff, thus clearing the way for the hair follicles to grow without problems.
It is a very good carrier oil for thin hair. But of course, normal hair can also benefit from this oil.
Shelf life: 6 months
4) Cucumber Seed carrier oil – Cucumis sativus
Cucumber Seed oil is very light and thin. It’s full of fatty acids, tocopherols and phytosterols. The latter were proven to restore and retain moisture balance and nourish the scalp. Cucumber seed oil is among the best carrier oils for hair growth because it can stimulate new cells regeneration.
The oil is very good against dandruff and itching scalp. Cucumber Seed oil is recommended for dry hair especially. But it can also work great for oily or thin hair because of its light texture.
Shelf life: 1 – 2 years
5) Grapeseed carrier oil – Vitis vinifera
A very thin and light vegetable oil, Grapeseed oil is easily absorbed by the skin. This makes it a good product for hair growth and scalp health. Grapeseed oil has mild skin tightening effects, which can stimulate the hair follicles to grow.
Thanks to its ability to penetrate the skin on a deep level, Grapeseed oil provides the right nourishment that the hair needs for a faster growth.
Grapeseed oil is recommended for all hair types.
Shelf life: between 6 months and 1 year.
6) Macadamia Nut carrier oil – Macadamia integrifolia
Macadamia oil is a thick and heavy vegetable oil. It has great moisturizing and hydrating effects. The high percentage of palmitoleic acid found in Macadamia oil makes it a very good antioxidant. The palmitoleic acid acts just like our natural sebum. It protects the hair from external damaging factors.
It is recommended for dry, mature scalp. But it is good for normal hair too.
Shelf life: 1 year
7) Pumpkin Seed carrier oil – Cucurbita pepo L.
Pumpkin seed oil is generally well tolerated by all skin types. It is a thick and aromatic oil. Pumpkin Seed oil contains a high concentration of vitamin E. That makes it a great skin and scalp moisturizer. Also, the antioxidants it contains help maintain the scalp healthy and free of dandruff.
It is a great carrier oil for hair growth. It has been discovered that Pumpkin Seed oil has the ability to inhibit the 5-alpha reductase.
5-alpha reductase is an enzyme responsible for metabolic transformations that cause hair loss. In a study, the Pumpkin oil improved hair growth with 40% in men that suffered from androgenetic alopecia.
That’s why you can use Pumpkin seed oil directly on your scalp. So far, not many side effects have been registered when Pumpkin oil has been taken internally. But you should always ask for a doctor’s advice before considering any random dose for treatment.
Pumpkin Seed oil is recommended more for dry or normal hair types.
Shelf life: between 1 and 2 years.
*Note – To better enjoy all their health properties, all carrier oils must be cold pressed and organic. Make sure you buy your oils from a trusted source.
If you have oily hair and you’re using carrier oils for hair growth for the first time don’t worry! Your hair will not become oilier if you rinse it well. You should start by adding 2 tablespoons of carrier oil into your regular shampoo and mix very well. Use as normal, but leave it on for as long as you can before washing it off.
Did You Know?
- Until recently, there was no tool to tell the gender of a person from a strand of hair. But, today, hair can provide the police gender and ethnicity information faster than a blood sample. According to Queen’s University, Ontario, it takes under a minute to get 100% accurate information from hair.
Easy Recipes to Make Your Hair Grow Faster and Look Great
The following recipes serve as a starting point for those who want to try a few carrier oils for a longer and thicker hair. You can go on from here and play with your blends according to your hair’s needs.
Just remember to stay within the right ratio if you want to mix essential oils with carrier oils. That ratio is 6 to 12 drops per 2 tablespoons of carrier oil.
Help Your Hair Grow Faster
For this recipe you will need:
- 2 Oz. bottle (60 ml)
- Cucumber seed oil: 1 Oz (30 ml)
- Pumpkin seed oil: 1 Oz
- Lavender and/or Rosemary essential oils: 30 drops
Mix well and apply on scalp and the full length of the hair. If your hair is oily you could start by applying the blend from the middle of the hair till its ends. Leave it on for at least 30 minutes. You can also change the oils in this recipe with the ones recommended for each hair type.
The essential oils will increase the power of the carrier oils you chose for hair growth. That way you will have a natural treatment for a healthy, strong and longer hair.
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- 4 Oz. bottle (120 ml)
- Argan oil: 2 Oz. (60 ml)
- Sesame oil: 1 Oz. (30 ml)
- Pumpkin Seed oil: 1 Oz. (30 ml)
- Patchouli, Lavender or Ylang Ylang essential oils: 40 drops
Mix this blend very well, every time before use. Apply on scalp and leave it on for at least 30 minutes. Try to keep your hair wrapped in a warm towel so the oils can go deeper and faster into the scalp.
Knowing your hair type and giving it what it needs you can prevent further damage and revive your hair once again. Human hair grows quite a lot if properly cared for. The carrier oils for hair growth presented in this article could help you get that healthy and shiny hair you’ve always wanted.
Have you ever used these carrier oils for your hair growth? If so, did you notice any significant improvement? I’d be delighted to know your opinion on this matter.