12 best oils for hair growth

by | Nov 20, 2019 | Product Knowledge Base | 0 comments

Adopting a healthier lifestyle may seem a fad, but it simple promotes better eating and using products that are organic and locally produced. The same trend—going green—applies to beauty products as well.

Rapidly gaining popularity, such beauty products also feature in DIY home remedies and items. With so many products available in the market, we often wonder which to buy and use. This extensive guide will help you choose the right one for your hair type.

1) Coconut Oil

coconut oil

One of the most popular hair oils for growth, it is versatile, excellent for nourishing the skin as well. The large content of fatty acids in the oil penetrates the hair follicles deeply without evaporating. It also contains carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals that are essential for good hair health and growth. Source a pure oil, free of any additives and mixtures. You can try mixing herbs like simple curry leaves, brahmi or amla by heating the oil before applying it.

Besides promoting hair growth it leaves your hair healthy, soft and lustrous. Coconut oil can also be used as a conditioner since it is rich in vitamin E and antioxidants. Aside from the host of benefits it also protects the hair against heat damage and repairs the strands. The healthier your scalp, the better looking your hair will be.

It works on all hair types, and is greatly beneficial for those with dry, damaged or dull hair. Those who want to soft hair, should use this oil regularly over a period of time for best results. It is also recommended for people with slow hair growth.

Use: As mentioned before, use organic products wherever possible, free of additives. Mildly heat the oil before applying to your scalp and hair. In winters, often the oil solidifies, so you will anyway need to heat it before application. If you are adding curry leaves, let them crackle in the hot oil before you turn off the heat. Wait till it gets warm from hot before applying. Those who have a dry scalp should massage the oil into the roots of the hair and the scalp.

2) Argan oil

argan oil

Argan oil, which originates in the exotic land of Morocco, is extracted from the nuts of the argan trees. In recent times, this oil has taken the beauty world by storm as it is not only good for the hair but also the skin. Called ‘liquid gold’ due to its deep golden colour, it is rich is fatty acids, antioxidants and vitamin E. Mostly, the oil undergoes minimal processing, so it is as natural as it can get for healthy hair and fast growth.

This oil is hydrating and moisturising. It repairs damaged hair and protects the hair follicles from further damage from heat and ultraviolet rays. Argan oil is known to treat split ends. The other advantage is that it doesn’t make the hair too greasy.

Those who have dry, brittle, frizzy or coarse hair should definitely opt for argan oil. If you style your hair frequently exposing it to heat from gadgets like straighteners, curlers and dryers, this is a good option for you.

Use: Argan oil is thick and viscous, but not greasy. You can use it frequently, even as much as every alternate day, if need be or if you lie. The oil can be applied to your hair straight from the bottle, just take a few drops on your palms and apply it on the hair strands, avoiding the roots. You can also use it to make a hair mask.

Use: As mentioned before, use organic products wherever possible, free of additives. Mildly heat the oil before applying to your scalp and hair. In winters, often the oil solidifies, so you will anyway need to heat it before application. If you are adding curry leaves, let them crackle in the hot oil before you turn off the heat. Wait till it gets warm from hot before applying. Those who have a dry scalp should massage the oil into the roots of the hair and the scalp.

3) Jojoba oil

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A common misconception is the pronunciation of this oil. It is called ho-ho-ba. Since this oil has many characteristics of sebum, the natural secretion of the scalp, it is ideal for the hair. It doesn’t interfere with the natural balance on our scalps or in our hair.

The oil deeply penetrates the hair shaft and works as a great moisturiser, and has several healing properties. Using the oil regularly will make your hair frizz-free and lend it a rich lustre. The best part is that it boosts hair growth by helping in the growth of new hair cells. It acts against dandruff and thus reduces hair fall, and protecting the hair.

Those who want to boost hair growth and control dandruff. It is also ideal for those with dry scalp issues and damaged and dull hair.

Use: For shiny hair, use it at least once a week. Just take a few drops on your palms or in a small bowl, divide the hair through the scalp and apply it in sections on the hair and scalp. Leave it in at least for an hour before you wash it off, but for best results, use it overnight. You can also add a few drops to your conditioner as well.

4) Almond oil

almond oil

Almond oil is great for the skin and hair. Almond has the highest content of natural vitamin E and is rich in fatty acids, proteins and antioxidants, along with magnesium, which reduces hair breakage and helps it grow. It is recommended not only for application on your hair and skin but also for consumption for those with dry skin and hair.

The oil not only moisturises, but also seals in the moisture and protects against hair loss and breakage. It is one of the best oils for fast hair growth.

Those with dry, damaged and dull hair and for those who lack omega-3 fatty acids in their bodies. If you have hair loss issues, this oil is apt for you.

Use: You can use this oil straight out of the bottle and apply directly to your hair and scalp. Alternatively, you can also warm it before use. Leave it overnight and wash it off with a nourishing shampoo the next morning. On some days, you can use a few drops on your hair after you wash off your conditioner and towel-dry your hair. Leave it on so it seals in the moisture and makes the hair lustrous.

5) Olive oil

olive oil

A versatile oil, it has protective and moisturising properties. Olive oil shields the natural keratin in your hair and is a natural conditioner with its antioxidant content. Use the organic, extra virgin version for best results. Rich in vitamin E, it is great for hair growth, and oleic acid in the oil locks in the moisture. It revitalises the scalp, nourishes the hair roots and promotes the growth of hair strands.

It softens the hair, giving it a smooth texture. With its anti-inflammatory properties, this oil can help combat dandruff especially when combined with lemon juice. Olive oil also protects against heat damage, giving damaged hair a healthy appearance.

Damaged, dull, dry or frizzy hair, as well as for those who suffer from dandruff. Great for improving hair growth.

Use: The oil can be applied to dry or damp hair. You can warm a little oil and distribute it equally through the scalp and hair. If you do it before your head bath, wrap a warm towel around your hair for 20 to 30 minutes before washing the oil off. Shampoo thoroughly to wash it off.

6) Grapeseed oil

grapeseed oil

Although it is not really well known in our country, grapeseed oil is gaining momentum when it comes to hair care. As the name suggests, it is extracted from grape seeds. It contains emollients, antioxidants and nutrients that are essential to the growth of healthy hair. This oil is not greasy and it odourless so using it becomes that much easier.

It moisturises the scalp, promotes hair growth, strengthens hair structure, and it excellent for treating brittle and weak hair. It helps combat hair loss as well.

Those who suffer from dry and brittle hair, but excellent for those who are looking at regrowth of lost hair, since it revitalises the growth of hair follicles. Also great for those whose hair and scalp tend to get greasy.

Use: You can apply it directly on your hair and scalp and leave it overnight. Also, you can use it for a deep conditioning treatment. Coat your hair with the oil, and cover it with a hot towel for 20 minutes before washing it off. It also works as a great carrier oil if you want to add a few drops of an essential oil like lavender or rosemary to it.

7) Lavender oil

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Extracted from lavender flowers, it is an essential oil that has many purposes. Research shows that it also promotes hair growth leaving the hair looking fuller and thicker. It helps increase the number of hair follicles and is known for antimicrobial and antiseptic qualities. When massaged with a carrier oil, it can improve circulation in the scalp and reducing hair loss.

The most important one is that it improves hair growth right from the follicles. It moisturises the scalp and balances the sebum production in the scalp. Lavender oil is also known to relieve stress.

All hair types, especially those who tend to have oily hair in the front and back and dry scalp in other areas.

Use: Lavender oil is an essential oil, so it is best used with a carrier oil like coconut or olive oil. Best not to use it directly on the hair or scalp. You can mix about 10 drops of lavender oil in two tablespoons of a carrier oil and massage into the scalp. Keep it overnight.

8) Lemongrass oil

lemongrass oil

Lemongrass is another essential from a very fragrant herb. It contains many vitamins and minerals that are great for the hair. Lemongrass oil also has healing qualities, including relieving pain and stress. It strengthens hair follicles and reduces hair loss.

This essential oil has antifungal and antiviral properties, and is effective in bettering dry scalp and reducing dandruff. It also prevents hair loss, giving the hair a healthy shine. It is a known stress reliever.

Ideal for all hair types, but greatly beneficial for those who have a dry scalp and face stress.

Use: Just add 10 drops of lemongrass oil to two tablespoons of a carrier oil such as coconut or olive oil, and massage in on the hair and scalp. Leave it overnight. You can also add a few drops to your bottle of shampoo or conditioner. Be cautious to not apply essential oils directly to your scalp or skin without a carrier.

9) Sesame oil

sesame oil

Extracted from the popular sesame seeds, this is used for many ayurvedic remedies for hair growth. Sesame oil has antimicrobial properties and it treats scalp infections. It is rich in vitamin E and great for the skin and hair.

It conditions the hair, nourishes the scalp, and treats dandruff and boosts hair growth.

It suits all hair types, bur is great for those who are looking at regrowth of lost hair and want a sleek sheen.

Use: Sesame oil is best used hot. You can heat the oil and use it on the hair and scalp. Leave it on overnight. You can add a few curry leaves to your oil or herbs such as brahmi or amla as well.

10) Tea tree oil

tea tree

A lesser known essential oil in India, this one is an ingredient is several body, hair and skincare products. It has powerful cleansing, antibacterial, and antimicrobial properties.

With proper use, you will be able to unplug hair follicles with this oil and increase hair growth. It is also known for its soothing and pain-relieving abilities.

It works with all hair types, but avoid it if you are allergic to strong essential oils. It is ideal for those who want to repair hair follicles and strands.

Use: Mix three drops of tea tree oil with two tablespoons of carrier oil. Apply it on your hair and scalp and wash it off after half an hour. You can also mix 10 drops of tea tree oil to your bottle of shampoo or conditioner and use it regularly.

11) Castor oil

castor oil

This thick viscous oil has great properties galore. Rich in vitamin E, proteins, minerals, it works wonders on your hair. It helps get rid of dandruff and the ricinoleic acid in it can help relieve scalp inflammations.

Castor oil not only moisturises and softens hair it also helps maintain the moisture level, and aids in blood circulation, which results in faster hair growth.

Those who suffer from a dry, flaky scalp.

Use: Apply it well on scalp and run through the hair, leave overnight, and wash it thoroughly the next day. It is difficult to wash off since it is very thick. Regular use of castor oil gives you healthy, thick, shiny, and moisturised hair. You can also mix it in equal proportion with sesame oil to reduce the viscosity. Just mix the two oils in a bowl, warm it a little and apply on hair and scalp.

12) Rosemary oil

rosemary oil

You will have to make this oil using the herb and a carrier oil. It is great for hair growth. For centuries it is known to be used in many cultures to improve hair growth and delay the onset of grey hair.

Rosemary oil stimulates blood circulation of the scalp. A refreshing daily rinse of rosemary leaves simmered in water retains hair colour as well.

All hair types, especially for thick hair with a rich colour.

Use: Heat some olive or coconut oil with fresh or dried rosemary leaves. Let the oil retain the extract of the herb, cool and then strain. You can store this oil and use it overnight on your hair.

What to look for when buying oil?

It’s best to know what’s in it so read the ingredients. Stay away from chemically treated products and stick to natural ingredients as far as possible. Check which oil is the best for your hair type and choose accordingly. If you want to combine two or more oils, it’s best to do it yourself rather than opt for a store-bought product. If what you buy doesn’t work for you, promptly change it. It’s best to but in smaller quantities while you are still trying and testing.


Never apply an essential oil directly on your hair or scalp, since essential oils are strong. They may cause a burning sensation on some skin types. Always use them with a carrier oils like olive oil or coconut oil or use them in your shampoo or conditioner. If you are using a new essential oil for the first time, ensure you test a drop of oil on your skin near the inner elbow to check whether you experience any reaction or not. Lastly, limit the use of essential oils.

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