The 12 Best Hair Growth Oils

They say “patience is a virtue,” but choosing patience seems especially painful when you’re trying to grow out your hair. Luckily hair oils can help speed up the process. Not only do they help to stimulate hair growth, they also strengthen existing locks and help maintain a healthy scalp by mimicking the oils (or sebum) our bodies naturally produce.

“Sebum is produced to keep your hair and scalp healthy—it forms a natural barrier on the skin to keep microbes out and the skin moisturized and at the right pH, which is between 4.5 and 6.2, slightly acidic,” says Eva Proudman, MIT, IAT, Cel Consulting Trichologist. “Sebum travels along the hair shaft to naturally moisturize each strand of your hair, and to prevent oxidative damage that causes premature aging and drying of the hair and scalp.”

When on the hunt for a great hair growth oil, Proudman suggests looking for stimulant ingredients like ginseng, rosemary, mint, and even chili to “ensure good blood flow and stimulation of the hair follicles, which in turn leads to consistent hair growth,” she explains. “Antioxidants also help to prevent [hair] damage along with premature aging of the scalp and hair,” says Proudman. Ingredients like apple stem cells, asparagus stem cells, vitamin E and vitamin C are all great ones to look for.

Lastly, Proudman suggests looking for hair growth oils with proteins. Hair is primarily made up of (80 – 85%) proteins called Keratin; therefore, it isn’t surprising that your diet needs to include lots of protein to keep your hair strong, healthy, shiny and growing. Proteins added to shampoos, conditioners and hair treatments work to strengthen the hair shaft, and to cosmetically thicken the hair. Look for wheat, rice, and keratin, which all add strength to the hair, protecting it from damage and leave it feeling smooth and shiny.

Hair growth oils should be applied directly to the scalp and massaged in for best effect. “The active ingredients can be absorbed through the scalp to stimulate the underlying dermal papilla—the part of the follicle which regulates growth,” says Proudman. “The act of gentle massage is also stimulating to the scalp’s micro circulation, which in itself encourages hair growth.”

Ahead, 12 of the best hair oils for when you want to go the distance.

Régénérescence Naturelle

Formulated with apricot, hazel, and sunflower seed oils (just to name a few), this oil is a fan-favorite among new mothers who are struggling with hair loss and thinning post-pregnancy.

Biotin & Collagen Weightless Healing Oil Treatment

Infused with Vitamin B7, collagen and hydrolyzed wheat protein, this oil treatment works to make hair look thicker and fuller without making hair feel heavy.

PHYTOPOLLÉINE 100% Botanical Scalp Treatment

The Phyto Scalp Treatment is a 100% essential oil blend that not only stimulates blood flow in the scalp with rosemary, sage and cypress essential oils, but also works for those suffering from a dry, itchy, sensitive, oily or dandruff-prone scalp, too.

Initialiste Scalp & Hair Serum

A serum and oil hybrid, this pick from Kerastase contains gluco peptides to strengthen existing hair, native plant cells to hydrate, and a wheat protein derivative to help repair the flexibility of damaged and over processed hair.

The Mane

This growth oil from Mane Choice contains soybean, castor and sweet almond oil (among others) to help reduce hair shedding. Plus it’s not greasy so it won’t leave you feeling like you need another shower.

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