Best hair treatment for dry damaged hair

best hair treatment for dry damaged hair

Nutrafol’s previous post talked about some good hair treatment for dry damaged hair due to the harsh summer weather. This post will continue on that path, giving you the rest of the home remedies that will save your hair this summer.

Hair treatment for dry damaged hair

Apply a natural condition when swimming

Before you leave for the beach or after you had a swim, remember to protect your hair from harsh elements or chemicals. The best way to do this is through a natural homemade rinse that you get when you mix ¼ cup apple cider and ¾ cup water. Cleanse your hair with it, then follow with conditioner.

Wrap your hair up

You have heard it before – do not rub your hair after you get it wet! Instead, wrap up your damaged hair in a cotton towel and let the cotton absorb the moisture for a few minutes. This also helps protect against further split ends.

Let your hair down

Give your hair a rest and let it out – especially if you usually wear it in a ponytail. Also, try not to pull your hair back too tightly as that can damage the hair follicles. Also avoid sleeping with any hair accessories as that too can damage your hair.

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Do your hair a favor and spare it from getting damaged by letting it down for a couple of days.

Use a humidifier at night

How is this a hair treatment for dry damaged hair you may ask? Nutrafol will explain. Your home heating keeps the air very dry, especially in winter, and that could be what is drying your hair out. Putting moisture back into the air will help your hair from becoming more dry and damaged.

Sandelwood oil as a remedy

Mix a few drops of sandalwood oil with a few drops of olive or jojoba oil, rub the mixture between your palms, then smooth it through the ends of your hair for instant sleekness and a way to curb and condition brittle hair. Or if you do not have sandalwood oil, you may use your hand lotion. Squirt a few drops of it in your palm and smooth it through your hair.

Eat your vitamins and take your supplements

Kathleen W. Wilson, M.D., an internist at the Ochsner Health Center in New Orleans explains the importance in taking your vitamins – especially those rich in omega-3 fatty acids – and supplements containing nutraceutical ingredients. This is a great hair treatment for dry damaged hair as omega-3 fatty acids and a nutraceutical will keep your hair moisturized.


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How to use beer in hair to get it shinier than ever

beer in hair

Yes, you read it right, beer in hair. So besides drinking it, now you can try putting it in your hair! Beer is actually known for having beneficial effects for both hair and skin. It is the malt and hops in the beer that is rich in proteins. Proteins that help repair damaged hair and revive volume. The sucrose and maltose sugars in beer also helps create more shine to the hair. So, beer in hair – here is how you do it the right way.

Why beer in hair? – First things first

1. Pour out your beer

Not down the sink obviously, but into a jug or bowl and let it sit overnight or throughout the day. This way it will get de-carbonated and beer needs to be de-carbonated before you can put it in your hair. And remember, the more air surface your beer is exposed to, the faster it will oxidize and become flat. So choose the biggest bowl you have at home.

2. Shampoo up

You can continue using whatever shampoo you normally use but skip the conditioner. Here’s where the beer comes in. It will act as your conditioner.

  • But your de-carbonated beer into a bottle and bring it with you into the bathroom.

3. Massage it

Pour the beer from the bottle into your hair and lather it up. Massage it for approximately one minute.

  • While you are at it, poor some beer on your skin as well. Beer is very beneficial for your skin too. The beer sediment or brewer’s yeast helps reduce sebum production and control oily skin on your face and scalp.
  • You can also start dipping the ends of your hair with beer first. Let it set for about five minutes before rinsing your entire head with beer.

4. Rinse it

Now, do not rinse it off completely. Leave some off it in your hair and the effect will be even better.

  • Remember: the results, like with so many other things, can not be seen right away. So have patience and give it a few washes first.
  • Do not do the beer wash everyday. If used on daily basis it can dry your hair out so use it with caution.
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Essential oils directly applied or added to your beer rinse – it is good for your hair either way.

Add a little something something like…

Essential oils…

As alcohol in your hair, can be damaging and dry it out, it is always wise to think what can be done to prevent this. In this case, it is simple – add a few drops of essential oils into your beer. There is a few you can choose from:
Lemon oil: Adds shine (if the shine from the beer is not enough), strengthens the hair and fights against dandruff.
Almond oil: It moisturizes and soothes the scalp.
Chamomile oil: Leaves your hair softer and gives it more shine.
Jojoba oil: Moisturizes the scalp and adds nutrients to your hair.
Lavender oil: Fills your hair with antioxidants, nourishes and moisturizes it.
Sandalwood oil: If your ends are dry and split, this is a miracle oil.

…or apple cider vinegar

Nutrafol has previously mentioned what apple cider vinegar does to your hair but there is no harm in repeating it again. Vinegar helps with counteracting rough or brittle feeling hair. It smoothens out the scales or cuticles found on each of strand of hair. Shampoo does the opposite. So if you want to leave your hair nice and smooth, this is what you need to do:

  • Try raw apple cider vinegar instead of the commercial one. Raw vinegar is not processed and has much of the good nutrients to improve hair texture.
  • You can mix 1 or 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to 8 ounces (250 ml) of water and skip the beer completely. Wash it the same way as you would wash it with the beer.
  • As with the beer, using vinegar rinse on daily basis, can dry your hair out. So use but do not over-use it. If you are looking for other natural ways, there are a few others that you can choose from. 

Prevent hair loss by following these simple steps

There are few things that are more alarming than a noticeably sparser hairline or locks that seem to have lost their volume. Loosing 50 to 100 strands of hair a day is normal, but if you start to lose more than that, it can indicate an issue. It is usually nothing to pull your hair out over. The causes can be anything from genetics to how you are styling your hair. Luckily, thinning hair is usually more of a cosmetic concern rather than a health one, and preventing hair loss is actually something that can be done. However, if you do not see some results within a few months, a simple blood test by your doctor can determine if the hair loss is caused by an underlying health condition.

First things first…

Avoid hairstyles that are to tight

Tight ponytails, cornrows, and anything else that pulls on the small hairs that make up your hairline can cause hair loss. The stress caused by these tight hairstyles pulls too strongly on the delicate hairs of your hairline and hair loss can occur. If you do need to put your hair up in a ponytail, use an elastic that doesn’t have metal. It will help to prevent your hair to get tangled in the elastic and the risk of pulling some of them along the way when removing your ponytail.

Avoid heat tools

Heat is always hard on hair. It causes bonds within the hair strands to fracture, causing brittle hair that breaks and falls out. If you however decide to use a hair straightener or curling iron, make sure to move it every ten seconds. Do not leave it on one area of your hair for too long. Also keep in mind that if you hear sizzling, or if you burn your fingers, the heat setting is too high. Remember that you should try to let your hair dry naturally as often as possible. When you do use styling tools, make sure to use a heat-protecting spray.

Choose your food wisely

It is simple: you are what you eat. So a good idea in order to prevent hair loss is to take a look at your diet. Foods high in vitamins and minerals such as iron, zinc, and vitamin B12 can help prevent hair loss. Make sure your diet includes plenty of leafy greens, nuts, beans, fish, and lean meats. If you are struggling with getting enough nutrients in your daily diet, a good supplement can help cover whatever your diet is missing.

Use products targeted to restore hair growth

Thinning hair and hair loss is a huge cosmetic concern for women so many companies have now created products that are restoring hair growth. All these products contain numerous oils and minerals that support healthy hair growth, destroy bacteria that can cause hair breakage and loss, and ensure a healthy scalp condition as well.

Consider some sort of medication

Minoxidil, the active ingredient in Rogaine, is an over-the-counter medication that can be applied to the hair in liquid or mousse form. The medication works by stimulating the hair follicles and promoting regrowth in as little as six months. If six months seems a little long for results, you can also use a hair-thickening spray in the meantime. The spray coats the existing hair and gives the appearance of a more voluminous mane.

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Preventing hair loss starts with a few simple steps. Start by making sure your diet contains all the vitamins and minerals that you need. Supplements are a good addition to that diet too.

Don’t skip the scalp massage

Scalp massages are more important than you think. It approves circulation to the scalp and stimulates hair growth. Easiest way to incorporate a scalp massage is when you are in the shower. Move your fingertips in a slow, circular movement around the whole head. Not only will you reduce your own stress but also prevent hair loss and promote healthy hair growth.

Consider essential oils

Oils such as carrot seed, cypress, lavender, and rosemary – just to name a few – all have regenerative, soothing, and balancing properties that can improve the condition of the scalp and aid healthy hair growth. Essential oils are increasingly popular as a healthy option. These are easy to find online or in health stores. Add a few drops to your scalp during your scalp massage and benefit from everything that the oils have to offer.

Sun Protect Your Hair When the Temperature Rises

Summer is almost here and oh, how we have been looking forward to it! But the season brings with it the need to protect yourself from excessive sun exposure and by that we don’t just mean your skin – it is also important to sun protect your hair.

Eating a well balanced diet and getting the necessary nutrition and vitamins is a good way to start preparing for those warm summer days. Without the right nourishment, summer hair can easily run amok. So, in order to prevent that from happening, preparations must be made. With all the fun in the sun comes a change in temperature that can wreak havoc on your hair. Frizz, limpness, texture changes, extreme dryness – all of these increase as the temperature rises. Nutrafol took some advice from Ammon Carver, Celebrity Stylist, on how to sun protect you hair by applying a day-to-day sort of maintenance.

Summer hair mistakes – which ones are the most common to make and how can one avoid them?

“Most women tend to over-work or over-style their hair during the summer. Summer is all about easy, effortless looks, so try not to get too fussy. Use lightweight products that won’t weigh hair down or keep it from moving naturally like mousse. This adds bounce and lightweight hold to curls and natural texture.”

What are some suggestions to avoiding common summer styling mishaps, like frizz, dryness, limp hair and excess oil?

“Use a lightweight finishing essential oil through your mid-length and ends, which fights frizz and dryness simultaneously. If you have limp hair and/or excess, just add dry shampoo at the scalp or use a texturizing and volumizing powder. The powder does wonders for adding lift and a beautiful summer-y texture.”

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Sun protect your hair with oil. Focus on the ends and use a hair comb when applying the essential oil on the rest of your hair.

Which are the ways that you can sun protect your hair?

“Many products are made with UV filters to help you when you want to sun protect your hair. Total Results Blonde Care Flash Filler and Biolage Colorcaretherapie Shine Shake are both excellent for sun/beach care and act as SPF for the hair. If for some reason you don’t have any UV hair products, apply a deep conditioning masque to your hair and slick it back into a simple bun while you enjoy the weather. It will help protect and condition the cuticle layer of your hair.”

Healthy Hair and You – 5 Ways to Naturally Maintain It

Healthy Hair

A number of factors, including hereditary genetics, age, hormones, toxicity, certain medications, and nutritional deficiencies, can cause hair thinning and eventually loss. Here are 5 ways to naturally maintain healthy hair.

#1 Change Your Diet to increase your chances of healthy hair

That’s right, simply changing your diet and eating nutrient rich foods can help make your hair thicker and healthier. These foods are known to help against hair loss:

Spinach
● Greek Yogurt
Salmon
● Cinnamon
● Oatmeal
● Guava
● Eggs
● Lentils
Oysters
● Liver
● Lean Poultry
● Barley
● Nuts & Seeds
● Bok Choy
● Sweet Potatoes
● Halibut
Shiitake Mushrooms

#2 Eliminate Stress

Eliminating stress may not be as easy as it sounds, but your stress could be the underlying root of your hair health problems. Try to pinpoint where the stress might be coming from. Even if you can’t find out what is causing your stress, you can still manage it. You can help manage stress by incorporating some of these techniques into your daily life:

Meditation
● Breathing deeply
● Exercising
● Expressing yourself more freely
● Yoga
● Seeing a therapist or mental health professional

#3 Decrease the Heat

For years women have used plug-in heat sources to shape their hair to their liking, but heat exposure is not healthy for your hair. It can weaken and damage hair follicles, which can lead to shedding. Be mindful of potentially damaging heat sources like blow dryers, curlers and flat irons. If you have to use a hair dryer keep it on the cool setting.

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Warm coconut oil or coconut milk is one of many remedies you can use to treat your hair.

#4 Hair Remedies

There are many remedies you can use to naturally help maintain and improve your hair. Here are just a few of them:

● Massage warm coconut oil or coconut milk into your scalp
● Onion juice is high in sulfur content, which can help hair growth by increasing collagen product. Let it sit for 15 minutes. Then rinse with mild shampoo and air dry. Use twice a week.
● Garlic is also high in sulfur. Crush a couple of cloves, add coconut oil, and boil for a few minutes. Let it cool to a comfortable temperature and massage it on your scalp. Leave on for up to 30 minutes, and then wash your hair. Do this two times a week.

#5 Switch To Mild Shampoo

Your shampoo, ironically enough, may also be to blame. Some shampoos are too harsh for your scalp. Simply switching to a milder shampoo can help hair health. There are certain shampoos that can inhibit the healthy promotion of hair growth. Use a shampoo that doesn’t contain sulfates. You want to be on the lookout for SLS and SLES free formulas – the ones you’ll want to use for your hair.

SLS or Sodium Laureth Sulfate and SLES or Sodium Lauryl Sulfate are lathering agents that are added to soap products to help us think that we are really cleaning our hair. What you’re actually doing is stripping your hair and causing frizziness and dryness to occur. SLS and SLES can cause severe irritation to the skin and scalp when used regularly. Stock up on sulfite-free hair products and save your hair from looking dull and lifeless.

By making a few changes and following these tips, you maintain healthy hair naturally and stop it from falling out.

5 Natural Healthy Hair Tips Backed by Science

Hair Loss Solutions

Many tips for Natural Hair Loss solutions have little scientific research to back it up with.
So here are 5 natural hair loss solutions supported by clinical research.

Healthy hair tip #1 Onion Juice

A study from 2002, looked at the results and affects of onion juice applied to areas that had suffered from hair loss. The results were impressive with nearly 94% of men and 71% of women experiencing convincing results. Juice enough onions to create a paste that can be applied to the scalp. The study encouraged participants to apply the juice twice daily for two months. Results were shown in the experimental group after two weeks.

Healthy hair tip #2 Green Tea

A 2005 study showed significant hair growth of those, who in an experimental group, were given dehydrated green tea in their drinking water. The polyphenolic mixture found in the tea is responsible for the reaction. This may make you consider drinking more green tea if you do not already! Alternatively, many people have had success in just applying the tea directly on the scalp as a mask.

Healthy hair tip #3 Essential Oils

A study from 1998, found aromatherapy to be very useful as a potential solution for hair loss. The herbs used were rosemary, cedarwood, thyme, and lavender. Therefore, combine a few drops of the essential oil into the carrier oil and massage into the scalp daily. It may take some testing to discover which oils work best for you.

Healthy hair tip #4 Saw Palmetto

The compounds in saw palmetto have been used to help with various forms of hair thinning  – specifically when related to DHT.  Follicles metabolize testosterone into DHT, however, with scalp follicles the DHT causes the follicle to shrink, and hair thins.  Saw palmetto naturally helps those experiencing thinning for this reason, especially.

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Herbs like saw palmetto can help promote healthier hair.

Healthy hair tip #5 Stress Reduction

Stress is the primary cause of several types of hair loss. In addition, focusing on the factors which are causing unhealthy levels of stress in the individual’s life can help the affected hair follicles to recover.

Proven stress relivers include mindfulness, meditation, physical activity, music, laughter, and yoga. In addition, time in nature, and quality time with friends and family are also great natural solutions to poor hair health.

In conclusion, trying one, or several, of these natural hair loss solutions will let you gain control of the health of your hair. Finally, most solutions do take the time to show any effect. So, be patient and give these options the best chance of working.

5 Herbal Oils That Promote Hair Growth

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At Nutrafol, we know that good hair growth doesn’t come easy. But we also know that some of the best hair treatments come right out of the pantry. Because they’re all-natural, there are no chemicals, toxins or parabens involved.

Here’s our pick for the 5 top herbal oils to promote your hair growth. Be sure to go for the organic, cold-pressed and extra virgin versions — no processing!

Palm Oil for hair growth

Up until recently, coconut oil has gotten all the attention. But now palm oil is catching up as the new king of healthy oils for hair growth.
First, it’s loaded with tocotrienols, a member of the Vitamin E family and Vitamin E is a natural antioxidant. Palm oil also has the most Vitamin A and contains carotenoids beta-carotene, essential fatty acids, polyphenolic acids and flavonoids.

Herbal Infused Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is still considered by most to be the #1 king of healthy oils. Known for aiding everything from cardiovascular problems and weight loss to — you guessed it — decreasing shedding hair. It’s full of natural antioxidants and other nutrients. It stimulates circulation when you rub it into your scalp and contains auric acid–which binds to the protein in hair and decreases hair breakage. For an extra boost, add some hair growth-promoting herbs like saw palmetto.

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Saw Palmetto is a good herb to add, if you want to aid your hair growth

Rosemary-infused Olive Oil

Rosemary is an herb that promotes hair growth. While olive oil is one of the healthiest oils around; in fact, it’s so full of antioxidants. Combined, rosemary and olive oil will give your scalp the nourishment it so desires!

Ashwagandha Essential Oil

Ashwagandha is sometimes referred to as “Indian Ginseng,” because it energizes, boosts immunity, stimulates, rejuvenates, and actually promotes healthy sleep!

Lavender Oil

Lavender, with its soft, sweet scent, both rejuvenates and relaxes. It eliminating stress and anxiety — and that means it gets rid of stress hormones, causes of hair loss. When applied directly to the scalp, it stimulates and increases circulation — and it aids other contributing factors, like dry and flaky scalp.

Beautiful Hair Through Scalp Treatment: What You Can Do At Home

Scalp Treatment

A healthy scalp can help encourage healthy, thick, shiny hair, so here are some things you can do as an at-home scalp treatment. Poor circulation, dandruff, infection – all of these factors affect how your scalp is doing.

Healthy From The Inside Out

The Nutrafol motto! Hair loss can be the result of many things. It could come from stress, hormonal imbalance, genes, aging, over styling, illness, poor nutritional habits or thyroid conditions. Most of the times hair loss is caused by a combination of several factors. That’s why it’s becoming outdated to only take vitamins as a scalp treatment. If hair loss is caused by more than a vitamin deficiency, wouldn’t it be reasonable that you also need more ingredients to address those causes?

Nutrafol’s Tips For Stimulating Scalp Treatment

Some natural supplements contain a mixture of several ingredients made to help you achieve a healthy scalp and beautiful hair. Here are some things you can do at home to additionally stimulate your hair follicles and scalp.

Massage

A massage anywhere on the body will improve circulation and drain the lymphatic system. On the head, it improves circulation so that the blood flow to the surface of the skin increases, and that means nourishment! It can also fight emotional exhaustion, aiding as a stress-reliever – with stress being one of the biggest causes of hair loss.

A great scalp treatment is to massage your head with oil. Coconut oil has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties, as well as antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, all of which your scalp needs. You can also use almond, palm, avocado or jojoba oil, and for an extra boost, add a few drops of essential oil like peppermint or rosemary.

Drink Tea

There are three teas in particularly beneficial for activating your hair follicles and improving hair health. The first is green tea, since it’s full of antioxidants. Antioxidants fight free radicals, the rogue cells responsible for aging.

The second one is Rooibos tea, containing minerals like zinc, calcium, copper and potassium. This tea can help encourage stronger hair growth. The copper in this tea could also help prevent premature graying of hair.

The third is nettles tea, since the leaves block hormones responsible for thinning hair. To make nettles tea, pour boiling water over leaves and let steep. You can also find nettles tea in health food stores, and even apply it with olive oil directly to your scalp.

Scalp Treatment
Saw Palmetto is one ingredient for improved hair health.

Use Herbs

Some herbs like rosemary, horsetail, saw palmetto, aloe vera, peppermint, nettles, burdock, lavender, gingko biloba and ginseng, can help stimulate a healthy scalp. Use these in combination with an oil to massage the scalp – a great way to get an extra boost is by combining stimulating herbs.

Cleanse

As a scalp treatment, we always recommend using natural ingredients like lemon, tea tree oil, or even vinegar to cleanse the head. Many shampoos can be too harsh and contain sulfates and other chemicals. Remember that a dry scalp can block the hair follicle as much as a too-oily one.

Juice

Fire up your day while stimulating your scalp with a juice, especially if it is made of beetroot, a proven scalp stimulator. Beetroot is chock full of nutrients, such as protein, carotenoids, vitamins B & C, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, and can even be used with other veggies, like cucumber.

Eat Follicle-Stimulating Foods

Zinc is one of the most important nutrients for hair growth, and you’ll find which foods contain it on our list here.

Now you know what to put IN your body to help achieve a healthier scalp and hair follicles. Don’t forget the outside, though! Exercise, brush your hair daily – and never forget to breathe deeply. Our breath tends to become shallow when we are stressed. Taking a few moments of deep breathing can really help calm you down.

Essential oils for hair growth and beautiful hair – do they work?

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Our hair reflects the care and products we nourish it with.
Many factors such as environment, food, stress or chemical products can contribute to our hair looking lifeless and dry. But there are many proven remedies for it, some of which have been used by ancient cultures to this day. Different types of essential oils for hair growth have been part of many hair care beauty regimes for centuries. Ever wondered why Native Americans and women from countries like India have such lustrous locks? One reason may be that they used natural care practices to keep their hair beautiful and long.

These natural hair care practices ensured that the women had long tresses that were also thick and lustrous. Recent studies have also revealed that various types of essential oils are vital for keeping your hair healthy. Essential oils for hair growth have been used for many years for their medicinal purposes, extracted from various plants, fruits, stems, roots and bark of different trees. They work wonders for your scalp and nourish your hair. These essential oils help to soothe an irritated and dry scalp that may make your head feel itchy, and penetrate deeply into your hair follicles to help stimulate and grow shiny healthy hair.

 

What are the benefits of essential oils for hair growth?

• Besides promoting hair growth it also makes the hair healthier and stronger

• Improves the overall condition of your hair

• Helps solve dandruff problems

• It soothes dry and itchy scalps

 

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Lavender oil keeps your hair lustrous and your mind relaxed.

Some oils that are essential for the well being of your hair

1) Lavender Essential Oil: This oil helps to balance the natural scalp oils that are very important for healthy hair. It is an anti-inflammatory agent and has antiseptic properties. Which makes it a great ingredient for treating and soothing a dry scalp. Regularly massage your hair with lavender essential oils to keep it soft and lustrous and also to reduce hair loss. Other benefits include being a mild sedative and it also has a slight anti depressant effect that makes it great for people who are stressed out.

2) Rosemary Essential Oil: This is considered to be amongst the best essential oils for hair growth because it’s packed with antioxidants that help in combating hair thinning and graying. Use this oil to massage your head, as it stimulates the blood flow to your scalp, encouraging healthy hair growth. It also helps in curing dandruff problems, oily skin and irritation of the scalp.

3) Ylang Ylang Essential Oil: Native to the tropical part of Asia, this oil can be used in any traditional hair care practices as it promotes smooth skin as well as healthy growth of hair. If you have an oily scalp, this helps to normalize the sebum production. Meaning no more greasy hair and longer time in between washes. It has natural antiseptic properties that help in maintaining a healthy scalp. It also promotes hair growth by stimulating blood flow to the scalp. When coupled with a massage, it helps in easing tension and helps in treating people with anxiety disorders and insomnia.

Tips on using Essential Oils For Hair Growth

Because essential oils for hair growth are quite strong they should be diluted with a base oil to bring down the oil content to 3%. For people with thin and fine hair, essential oils should be mixed with base oils like jojoba, coconut, flaxseed, olive or sunflower oil that will help in adding volume to your hair. People who have thick hair with a rough texture should mix the essential oils with olive, hemp, sesame or almond oil, which have great hydrating qualities.
Oils have been part of many cultures and by looking at the hair quality of women who use it as part of their daily routine, you can see how using essential oils for hair growth has a positive impact on our hair.