This DIY hair growth oil encourages new growth and provides moisturization and revival to dry strands – all while smelling absolutely refreshing. The combination of different carrier oils and a stimulating essential oil blend make this hair growing oil a great asset in your natural hair care routine.
Homemade hair oil for hair growth
My DIY hair growth oil is everything you want in a haircare treatment that is homemade and all-natural. Stimulating, deeply moisturizing, incredibly fragrant, and super easy.
The homemade regrowth oil is perfect for reviving brittle strands and encouraging growth.
The oil treatment is ideal for all hair types and textures. It improves strength and elasticity, seals in nutrients, and helps to give hair follicles a natural boost.
Plus, the herbal scent smells refreshing and revitalizing. I can’t wait for you to try it!
♥ Benefits of DIY hair growth oil
- Encourage hair growth: I researched the best carrier oils and essential oils for hair growth and combined them into a fragrant hair oil. Don’t take my word for it. I’ll share research to back up these claims.
- Moisturizing: The regrowth oil is loaded with moisturizing and emollient ingredients that nourish your mane and reduce breakage and shedding.
- Natural ingredients: My all-natural formula is free of mineral oils, silicones, synthetics solubilizers, and artificial fragrances.
- Simple: The stimulating hair growth oil is a simple cold-process formula that is ready in minutes.
Hair growth oil ingredients
This easy homemade oil for hair growth is made in no time with just a handful of ingredients. The product is made up of 2 components: a mix of plant oils (carrier oils) and essential oils. Here’s what you’ll need:
- Fractionated coconut oil is lightweight and easily permeates the hair shaft. The oil is composed of 50% lauric acid, which helps strengthen and restore your hair’s protein structure. Squalane oil is a good substitute in case you prefer a lighter formula.
- Sesame oil is rich in nutrients such as trace minerals and vitamins. The oil provides deep conditioning to the scalp, reduces fizziness on the hair shaft, and is helpful to prevent split ends. Alternatively, use moringa oil.
- Argan oil is one of the best oils for hair regrowth. The oil can strengthen the hair strands and nourish the follicles. It is also effective in relieving dandruff, scalp itchiness, and decreasing split ends. Jojoba oil can be employed as a swap-in for argan oil.
- Essential oils: The hair regrowth oil is made with a blend of rosemary, peppermint, thyme, and cedarwood. These oils not only give a refreshing scent, they also provide a myriad of hair care benefits and are said to further hair growth. I detail the function of each oil below.
Refer to the how-to box at the end of the post to see the complete ingredient list and exact measurements.
- Lab beaker or small jar to mix the hair oil.
- glass stirrer or teaspoon to combine the ingredients.
- small funnel to transfer the oil into the storage bottle.
- 2-oz / 60 ml dropper bottle with pipette applicator to store and apply the product.
How to make hair growth oil
The natural hair growth oil comes together in just a few easy steps. And the best part is you don’t even need any special equipment to make this scalp oil recipe. Just grab a jar and a spoon and get formulating!
- Measure the fractionated coconut oil, sesame oil, and argan oil into a small glass beaker or jar.
- Then add the essential oils.
- You could measure the essential oils with a digital scale that can measure up to 0.01 g. But since the amounts are small, it’s fine to add the essential oils dropwise.
- Using a teaspoon or glass stirrer, gently swirl the ingredients together until everything is thoroughly incorporated.
- Transfer the mixture into a glass dropper bottle and close the bottle airtight. Your hair growing oil is finished!
How to use hair growth oil
Follow these simple steps when you’re ready to embark on your hair oiling journey:
- Fill up. Load the applicator with hair oil.
- Section. Parting your hair into sections, apply a few drops of oil on the scalp and roots. Use sparingly. A little goes a long way with this hair oil.
- Massage. Using your fingertips, gently massage the oil into your scalp using circular motions. Take your time with this step. Massaging is important as it encourages circulation and boosts the effectiveness of the DIY hair growth oil recipe.
- Coat hair. Add a few more drops to your palms. Distribute the oil throughout your hair, moving from the crown of your head down to the tips. Gently knead the product into the hair strands.
- Cover. Wrap your head in a towel or shower cap and leave on overnight.
- Wash. The following day, shampoo and condition your hair as usual.
When is the best time to use herbal hair oil?
The best time to apply the oil is the night before you wash your hair so the oil can work its magic as you sleep. The product is highly concentrated and rich. Since it’s pure oils, it will make fine hair greasy.
If you have curls or coils and know that your hair handles oil well, you can put on the oil in between washes and enjoy the nourishment and extra sheen it provides.
How often can I use hair growing treatment?
You can use the growth oil daily, up to 1 time per day.
As I mentioned, you want to use the oil the night before you plan to wash your hair. So, if you wash hair 2 times each week, use the oil 2 times, too. If you clean your hair every other day, apply the oil every other day as well.
You also want to see how your skin reacts to the essential oils. Take a break in case you notice irritation or redness on your scalp.
How long should I leave the hair growing oil on?
Ideally, leave the hair growth oil recipe on overnight. If that isn’t possible, oil your scalp 1 hour before washing it. Wrap your head with a warm towel to extract more nutrients from the oils.
Which hair types can use growth oil?
This natural hair growth oil is suitable for all hair types and textures.
When can I expect results?
You should see a difference within 3 to 6 months after you regularly start using the homemade hair growth oil.
As with many natural remedies, results aren’t immediate. Your hair will feel softer right away, thanks to the extra moisturization. But the essential oil complex needs time to take effect and produce new hair growth.
A study on the effectiveness of rosemary oil for hair growth stated that the oil significantly increased the hair count after 6 months, but no changes were noticeable at the 3-month mark.
Does hair growth oil work?
Does oil help hair growth?I’m so glad you asked! So let me answer: Yes, this hair growth oil can improve hair growth, and here are 3 reasons why it works:
- Stimulating: The scalp oil is made with ingredients that stimulate regrowth and strengthen the hair strands.
- Moisture boost: The oils moisturize the hair, protecting it from drying out and breaking off. Less frizz and breakage can also contribute to your locks feeling thicker and fuller.
- Increased circulation: Massaging the product into your scalp will stimulate blood flow to the hair follicles. Circulation is really important so that the follicles receive enough nutrients.
Let’s look at the ingredients and find out why they are so effective in promoting hair growth.
Carrier oils for hair growth
Coconut oil absorbs deep into the hair shaft to deliver moisturization, strengthening the hair from the inside. The oil also adds shine and tames frizz.
I already mentioned that coconut oil contains lauric acid, a fatty acid with a high affinity to the proteins in your hair. According to a study, coconut may reduce protein loss in hair.
The oil is a rich source of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which are essential for healthy hair. A study found that a deficiency in these nutrients may contribute to hair loss and thinning.
Sesame oil is also beneficial for scalp health. It soothes irritation and inflammation on the scalp and hair roots.
The fatty acids in sesame oil can also help soften and strengthen your hair’s strands, adding shine + smoothness and preventing splint ends + breakage.
A popular choice for hair care, argan oil packs vitamins and fatty acids, which are beneficial for your hair and scalp.
The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory qualities of argan oil can potentially improve skin conditions related to hair loss, such as dandruff and psoriasis.
The oil is rich in oleic and linoleic acid. According to research, these fatty acids lubricate and condition the hair shaft, keeping it moisturized and preventing dryness and hair breakage.
Argan is also abundant in vitamin E, which has shown to further hair growth.
Jojoba oil, moringa oil, arnica oil, and jaborandi oil may also increase hair growth.
Essential oils for hair growth
Rosemary essential oil
Rosemary EO improves cell regeneration and promotes hair thickness and growth. A study found that the rosemary performs just as well as minoxidil, an over-the-counter hair loss treatment, but without the side effects.
Peppermint essential oil
Peppermint oil significantly increases the number, thickness, and depth of hair follicles, according to studies. The oil also promotes circulation, which you’ll feel that as a cooling, tingling sensation in the area you apply it to.
Cedarwood essential oil
Cedarwood essential oil supports healthy hair in several ways: The oil’s antibacterial and antifungal qualities reduce dandruff and itchiness. It also helps to balance the sebum-producing glands in the scalp. The oil is also thought to reduce hair loss and increase regrowth.
Thyme essential oil
Last on our list is thyme, which stimulates the scalp and thus leads to new hair growing. One study also suggests that thyme essential oil may improve spot baldness (alopecia areata).
Lavender, ylang ylang, tea tree, and clary sage are other essential oils often touted for their hair growth stimulating properties. Feel free to create your own custom blend with any of these oils. Just be sure to stick to a safe usage rate and only use up to 10 drops total.
If dandruff is an issue, add 3 drops lemongrass to your growth oil. Research shows that lemongrass works well as an anti-dandruff agent.
DIY hair growth oil FAQ
Can this DIY hair growth oil reverse hair loss and balding?
Sadly no. Hair loss is caused by a multitude of factors (e.g., genetic predisposition, hormones, age, stress, pregnancy) and varies between men and women. Please seek a health care provider to discuss your personal circumstance and find the best treatment option for you.
Can I include castor oil?
Yes, but with reservation. Castor oil is very sticky and doesn’t wash out well. Only include it in the formula if you are certain that it works well for your hair type. I would avoid castor oil for fine, oily, and hair types 1 to 2.
Does the product need a preservative?
No, we don’t need a preservative because the product is entirely oil-based and thus self-preserving. You can include 7 drops vitamin E to prevent the oxidation of the carrier and essential oils. Just note that vitamin E is an antioxidant, not an actual preservative.
Should I add an emulsifier?
No, there’s no need for an emulsifying agent. The carrier and essential oils combine well on their own.
- Packaging: Put the DIY hair growth oil into a 2-oz / 60 ml dropper bottle with a glass pipette. I chose clear glass so you can see the product. But amber glass or cobalt blue glass offers better protection against UV sunlight.
- Storage: The best place to store the oil is in a cool, dark place. Don’t keep near light and heat as they can spoil the quality of the essential oils.
- Shelf life: Once bottled and stored properly, the easy natural hair growth oil has a shelf life of 12 months.
- 1 1/2 tbsp / 20 g / 0.7 oz fractionated coconut oil (can sub for squalane oil for a lighter texture)
- 1 1/2 tsp / 9 g / 0.3 oz sesame oil (can sub with moringa oil)
- 1 tsp / 6 g / 0.2 oz argan oil (can sub with jojoba oil)
- 3 drops rosemary essential oil
- 3 drops peppermint essential oil
- 2 drops thyme essential oil
- 2 drops cedarwood essential oil
- Measure ingredients. Measure the fractionated oil, sesame oil, and argan oil into a small glass beaker or jar. Then add the essential oils. You could measure the essential oils with a digital scale that can measure up to 0.01 g. But since the amounts are small, it's fine to add the essential oils dropwise.
- Blend mixture. Using a teaspoon or glass stirrer, gently swirl the ingredients together until everything is thoroughly incorporated.
- Store hair oil. Transfer the mixture into a glass dropper bottle and close the bottle airtight. Your DIY hair growth oil is finished and ready to use!
- Apply. Working in sections, apply a few drops hair oil or directly onto your scalp and roots. Gently massage the oil into your skin with your fingertips. Wait a few minutes until the product is absorbed into the skin.