Peppermint oil is commonly used for several health and beauty benefits, and it can potentially aid in promoting hair growth. Peppermint oil can treat hair loss because it not only soothes the scalp but has been scientifically proven to stimulate hair growth. For these reasons, the Divi team has included peppermint oil in our Scalp Serum, along with Divi’s Shampoo & Conditioner.
Do Studies Support Peppermint Oil as a Treatment for Hair Loss?
Essential oils, including peppermint oil, have been part of hair treatments for thousands of years. The use of peppermint oil for treating hair loss is relatively recent, and there is still a lot of research required to confirm the hair and scalp benefits of this essential oil.
However, some scientific studies back up the benefits of peppermint oil for hair health.
One study preemptively assessed peppermint oil's effects on hair growth by using mice as test subjects. The mice were divided into four groups, and each group had a different topical application: saline, jojoba oil, 3% minoxidil (a popular hair regrowth treatment), and 3% peppermint oil (PEO).
After four weeks, the applications were evaluated. Scientists looked at hair growth and several biomarkers that indicate signs of improved hair growth. They found that the group of mice with PEO topically applied had the most significant hair growth effects, with an increase in follicles, thicker hair, and deeper follicles, suggesting that peppermint oil promotes hair growth promotion.
Another study analyzed the topical application of a mixture of peppermint and licorice to mice to see the impact on follicle dermal papilla cells. The study's results were that the mixture could promote hair growth and increase the number of hair roots. There were very few side effects noted. However, research is limited, and more studies are required to completely understand peppermint essential oils' impact on hair growth and preventing hair loss.
Can Peppermint Oil Benefit Your Hair and Scalp?
Peppermint oil works well for your overall hair and scalp health.
You must be wondering how.
Peppermint oil has several health benefits, including antimicrobial and insecticidal properties, meaning it can help keep the scalp clean and free from lice or dandruff. Menthol increases blood flow due to its vasodilating effects, and more blood flow to the roots of the hair can stimulate growth.
Male pattern baldness is often caused by genetic factors, but can also be caused by a lack of blood flow to the hair follicles. Hence, peppermint essential oil can help prevent some hair loss, which is why Divi includes peppermint oil in our Scalp Serum, Shampoo, and Conditioner.
Let's take an in-depth look at the benefits of peppermint oil when it comes to hair and scalp health.
Scalp build-up consists of sweat, hair products, and dead skin cells, which can cause bacteria and fungi to grow.
Peppermint oil is antibacterial, and it can get rid of fungi. It cleans the scalp and can help treat scalp conditions like dandruff, dermatitis, or folliculitis.
Menthol, the main component of peppermint essential oil, is anti-inflammatory and has a cooling effect, which can soothe an irritated scalp. Imagine feeling that fresh, tingly sensation after topically applying peppermint oil!
Increase blood flow
A component of testosterone found in hair follicles, DHT, has the ability to irritate hair follicles and reduce the blood flow to the follicles, resulting in hair loss.
Peppermint oil can increase blood in this area, improving overall scalp health and ultimately providing ideal conditions for hair growth.
Effects of Topical Peppermint Oil Application to the Scalp
Peppermint oil can be topically applied by using Divi's Scalp Serum or Shampoo & Conditioner. This is the best way to reap the benefits of peppermint oil, and the products contain other ingredients that promote healthy hair growth.
The peppermint oil's effects will leave your scalp soothed and clean, and after prolonged use, you may experience enhanced hair growth.
Symptoms Peppermint Oil Can Treat
Peppermint oil can help with the following symptoms and conditions:
- Itchy scalp: Has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and anti-fungal properties
- Dry scalp: The antimicrobial properties combine with increased blood flow and soothing effects to prevent a dry scalp
- Dandruff: Removes product build-up, which causes fungal growth and dandruff
- Eczema and psoriasis: The cooling properties can soothe irritated eczema and psoriasis symptoms, and the anti-inflammatory effects can clear a flare-up
- Seborrheic Dermatitis: Limits oil production and is anti-fungal
- Androgenetic alopecia: By increasing blood flow and hair follicle depth, female and male pattern baldness can be treated
- Alopecia areata: Helps to strengthen the hair
So, peppermint oil is somewhat of a wonder ingredient and can be used to help manage various scalp conditions.
Is Peppermint Oil Safe for the Scalp?
Peppermint oil rarely has any side effects, and the topical application of peppermint oil on the scalp is generally considered safe.
Divi's Scalp Serum, Shampoo, and Conditioner formulas have been dermatologically tested and approved to ensure they do not have any side effects.
That being said, rare side effects may occur when peppermint oil is applied to the skin. Always do a patch test first to check for any irritation. Side effects can include redness, itching, or a stinging sensation.
Does Peppermint Oil as a Divi Ingredient Treat Hair Loss?
Although more scientific research is needed to prove peppermint's ability to help regrow hair or prevent hair loss, early results from studies in mice are promising.
Peppermint also has antimicrobial and cooling effects, which soothe irritation and inflammation, remove product built-up, and leave your scalp feeling clean.
So, although the peppermint plant does not offer a cure for hair loss, it has the potential to be a natural treatment with few side effects and many additional benefits.
Hair Loss and Androgenetic Alopecia Explained
Androgenetic alopecia, or male pattern baldness and female pattern baldness, is a genetic condition caused by male sex hormones. DHT is a byproduct of testosterone and is the main cause of androgenetic alopecia.
DHT can damage hair follicles and cause them to shrink, preventing hair from growing, and leading to baldness. It is not unique to males, and DHT can also result in hair loss in females. Other hormone-related conditions in females can also result in hair loss, such as menopause, pregnancy, and birth control.
Common Causes of Hair Loss
Here are some common causes of hair loss:
- Nutritional deficiency: When you lack certain vitamins and nutrients, like Vitamin D, copper, zinc, or Omega oils, you could experience hair loss. You should see your hair becoming healthier by upping your intake of these crucial nutrients. The team at Divi always recommends a healthy diet in addition to using our products as part of your daily routine!
- Hormones: A hormonal imbalance can result in hair loss, especially in women. However, hormones can also cause hair loss in men.
- An overactive or underactive thyroid gland can cause hair to fall out (amongst other symptoms).
- Females with polycystic ovary syndrome may have more male hormones, which can cause head hair to thin.
- Pregnant women may enjoy luscious hair, but hair fall may occur once the baby is born. This is usually not permanent, and hair growth can return to normal within two years.
- Birth control pills can cause hair loss.
- Stress: Events that cause extreme, acute stress can result in hair loss for several months.
- Chemical hair products: Shampoos that contain sodium lauryl sulfate (which is most of the shampoos you'll find in stores) can damage hair follicles and inhibit growth. Fortunately, Divi’s Shampoo does not contain this toxic chemical.
- Sudden weight loss and unhealthy diet: If you go on a crash diet that causes sudden (unhealthy) weight loss, you may experience hair loss. The hair growth cycle should return to normal once a healthy diet is adopted.
- Tight hairstyles: Constantly wearing your hair in tight updos can cause hair to fall out, so let those locks hang loose!
- Cancer treatment: Chemotherapy and radiation often result in significant hair loss as the cancer treatment damages the hair dermal papilla cells and follicles.
- Medical issues: Certain medical conditions can result in hair loss. These conditions include:
- Psoriasis on your scalp
- Alopecia areata
- Seborrheic dermatitis
- Old age: Hair growth slows down with age, and hair strands lose their volume and color.
- Genes: For some people, hair loss is hereditary, and some teenagers may start to lose their hair early due to inherited genes.
Other Divi Ingredients That Can Help Prevent Hair Loss or Promote Hair Growth
Peppermint oil is not the only ingredient used by Divi to promote hair growth and scalp health. Other ingredients include:
- Green tea extract
- Copper tripeptide-1
- Rosemary leaf extract
- Tea tree oil
- Eucalyptus oil
We provide scalp and hair care products that have been dermatologically approved, are vegan and cruelty-free, and make use of clean ingredients.
The ingredients are carefully selected to nourish the hair from root to tip while also supporting a healthy scalp. Make your first (or next) purchase of Divi’s Scalp Serum today to begin benefiting from peppermint and other ingredients.