Lavender benefits for hair & scalp
Most people find lavender’s fragrance relaxing, but there are other ways this plant can nourish your mind and body. Lavender essential oil contains a variety of natural compounds that researchers are increasingly investigating. These compounds have a number of healing properties that may aid in dandruff management, among other personal care applications.
Specifically, a 2014 study of ingredients in a variety of essential oil samples made from Lavendula angustifolia plants identified the most commonly occurring compounds as linalool, lavandulol, linalyl acetate, lavandulyl acetate and ß-caryophyllene. These compounds and others found in lower concentrations in lavender essential oil likely play a role in lavender’s healing properties. Here are some of those benefits:
Soothing itching and irritation
Lavender oil has long been believed to have anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties that can calm irritated skin, and studies are increasingly supporting this. Both linalool and linalyl acetate have been shown in clinical studies to soothe inflammation and ease pain.
Cleaning and preventing infection
Linalool, one of the compounds found in lavender essential oil, is an effective antiseptic used in many cosmetic products. It is also a known insecticide and is widely used in pest control products. Studies suggest it may also help prevent and treat lice infestations. Linalool is just one of several compounds found in lavender essential oil with anti-microbial properties that may help address viral, bacterial, and fungal overgrowth on the skin – a property which may help limit Malassezia overgrowth (an underlying cause of dandruff).
Stimulating hair growth
Lavender oil is believed to encourage hair growth. A 2016 Korean study supported the use of lavender oil for hair growth stimulation and also hair thickening, noting the “marked hair growth-promoting effects” of lavender oil.
Lavender essential oil can also help condition the hair, boosting shine and controlling frizz, especially in combination with other high-quality shampoo ingredients.
Relaxing mind & body
It’s increasingly recognized that reducing stress can be a way to improve general health – and this includes calming dandruff symptoms. The World Health Organization, among other medical groups, recognizes the effectiveness of the lavender oil compounds linalool and linalyl acetate for relieving stress and anxiety and reducing agitation or restlessness.
More research is needed on the exact mechanisms involved, but some studies do suggest that these compounds and perhaps others in lavender essential oil can help reduce anxiety and depression through their interaction with the central nervous system.
Replaces the “medicated” smell of most dandruff shampoos
Lavender’s lovely fragrance contributes to its use in dandruff treatments in another way: it’s a great replacement for the unpleasant “medicated” smells of most dandruff shampoos. If you’re affected by chronic dandruff symptoms, the products you use to manage it become a part of your daily routine.
When lavender essential oil is part of a professionally formulated, dandruff-fighting shampoo, it offers a subtle, fresh, natural scent that’s sought after in perfumes and cosmetic products around the world.
Get the best scalp care
Consistency is essential when it comes to treating dandruff. That means your hair care regimen shouldn’t just be effective – it should be enjoyable. Lavender is just one example of a beautiful ingredient that can help make your scalp care experience both spa-like and effective.
Beard Oil Ingredients:
- Fractionated Coconut Oil
- Argon Oil
- Jojoba oil –
- Carrot Oil –
- Castor oil –
- Rice Oil –
- Peppermint Supreme Essential Oil –
- Lavender oil
How to Use Hair & Beard Oil
Step 1: Determine which hair oil you want to use. Is the ability to moisturize the most important feature or is fragrance what you are really looking for. Like any other product, determining the most important feature is going to be critical for you to choose the right product. Balms with a high content of fragrance may make your hair smell beautiful but could have drying effects. Most commercial products today have ingredients to nourish your mane but each product might work better or worse for different people based on the individual’s specific hair type.
Step 2: Once you determine the product that’s right for you it’s always best to shower first. Make sure you shampoo your hair. You want to make sure the hair is clean and ready for the product.
Step 3: Ready to apply. simply apply roughly 5-7 drops (depending on length and density of hair) to palm of hand and distribute evenly throughout a slightly damp hair. For better distribution use a comb. If your looking for a slightly dryer look you can always adjust the look and feel by hitting it with a hair dryer or applying slightly more product.