Essential oils for hair growth abound but Peppermint oil is a lot different from the others than you think. Now how do I know that? Well, let’s start from what matters.
What comes to your mind when you hear or see the word ‘Peppermint’? Let me guess; Gum? or minty scent? or menthol? I bet a lot of persons thought of a lot of things. Your answers are right in the different ways you’ve thought them. Now here’s what I think.
Menthol! Menthol is the active ingredient in peppermint that gives it the minty scent. It is the magic behind the distinct coolness that seeps into the confines of your taste buds like fresh spring water when ingested. This same coolness caresses your scalp giving you that hot tub feeling after a stressful day. It is this same menthol that gives your scalp that magical healing it’s been craving and feeds your nutrient-deficient hair causing it to grow. I bet you are confused and have questions assailing your mind. First of all, let’s look at the ‘what’.
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WHAT IS PEPPERMINT OIL?
Just like I said earlier, it is an essential oil but hey, not just any type of essential oil. Peppermint oil is peppermint essence extracted into oil. Let me elaborate.
Peppermint oil is an essence gotten from the CO2 extraction or cold extraction of fresh aerial plants. Depending on whether modern distillation techniques were used or not, the potency of peppermint oil cannot be underestimated. It would interest you to know that Peppermint essential oil can be used for different other purposes which include skincare, disinfectant or for certain health-related purposes.
Gotten a hang of it yet? I bet you do. Let’s look at why.
WHY PEPPERMINT OIL
It drops right before your mirror the solution to your hair growth problems. How do I mean? Apart from being essential for dedicated skincare and having antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory benefits, it has drastic positive effects on your hair and scalp, shows the study. It does this by increasing blood circulation when applied to the scalp. Increase in blood flow increases the flow of nutrients to your hair follicles thereby stimulating hair growth. Now there are various ways you can feed your hair follicles a lot more nutrient than they were getting before using peppermint oil.
Here is how to use peppermint oil for hair growth
Mixing Peppermint oil to your shampoo or conditioner
This is one very effective way of stimulating hair growth using peppermint oil. A good balance of 4-6 drops of peppermint oil in each ounce of shampoo will do the trick. Now that you’ve added peppermint oil as part of your daily shampoo routine, you should also know how to use it on your hair. Here’s how.
While washing your hair with your peppermint oil shampoo or conditioners, work the shampoo or conditioner thoroughly into your hair making sure to pay close attention to getting it down to your scalp. You would feel that tingling and cool sensation menthol gives. If you notice it’s become to tingly add to more shampoo as it might be that the peppermint shampoo ratio isn’t well balanced.
Pay attention to your daily use of a new ingredient in your shampoo on your hair. If your scalp isn’t irritated by the addition of peppermint oil each time you wash your hair then be my guest and use it anytime you need to wash your hair. Keep up this good work and you will be amazed how fresh and alive your hair feels each time you run your hand through its silky length.
Massaging your hair with Peppermint oil
this is another way of using peppermint oil on your hair, in fact, the most direct way. Using this magical essence for scalp massage opens your scalp up to its numerous benefits as the direct contact is always effective. This direct application can be done using a carrier oil. How this is done, I’ll tell you.
- Get your hair cream or any of the hair oils you use at home and add two drops of peppermint oil to a tablespoon of your carrier oil.
- Working the mixture of hair oil and peppermint oil thoroughly into your scalp, massage it into its pores for about 30 seconds.
- Although it is recommended to test your mixture first on a small patch of hair to know if the ratio of hair oil to peppermint oil is balanced. How will you know that it isn’t? the tingling sensation. If after applying the mixture to a patch of hair and you notice intense tingling or irritation, know then that the peppermint oil is in concentrated quantity. Therefore, add more of your hair oil to neutralize and reduce the tingling sensation.
- It is advised to leave the mixture in your hair for about 20 minutes but makes sure that you wash this mixture from your hair thoroughly to avoid side effects of carrying the mixture on your hair for a long time.
- I see peppermint oil as an alternative to a can of pepper spray. Therefore, ensure you avoid getting a sore eye from having menthol inside your eye by handling your alternative to pepper spray carefully during the course of applying it on your hair. Believe me, when I say it’s nothing close to fun, not even a smidgen of it having peppermint oil graze your eyelash, let alone in your eye.
Therefore, when washing out the mixture from your hair, do it with the help of someone while having your hair backwards and resting on a sink or very carefully with your head bent forwards if you have to do it yourself.
So what are you still waiting for go grab your own bottle of peppermint oil and set your hair growth ball rolling? Don’t worry about me, I’ll be waiting right here for your testimonies.