The Same Ingredient Found in Toothpaste May Make Your Hair Grow Faster


While there are a few differentВ essential oils that may help with hair growth, peppermint oil is one that does so even more. AfterВ doing some research for ourВ guide to essential oils, and the best essential oils for eczema, migraines, andВ cystic acne, weВ decided to take a more in-depth look at the minty, fresh oil. While it's obviously commonВ in toothpaste and floss, it's also especially helpful as part of your haircare routine. Below, find the top three reasons to get into peppermint oil (and why we haven't stopped massaging it into our scalps).В

1. Massage it into your scalp to soothe tension headaches


"Hold off on the painkillers when you have a tension headache and use peppermint oil instead," suggests Adina Grigore, the founder of the organic skincare brand S.W. Basics and author of Just the Essentials. "Dilute a few drops in any carrier oil and apply it to your temples and massage it into your scalp. Participants in a study reported a significant reduction in the pain of their tension headaches within 15 minutes, and the pain continued to drop for the following hour. Try it and see how you feel. You can carry Aura Cacia Cooling Peppermint Essential Oil ($8) in your bag-they're super tiny and they will come in handy." We're also huge fans of Shu Uemura Essential Drops ($48) for a scalp massage.

2. DIY a mask to stimulate blood flow (and possible hair growth)


Findings published inВ Toxicological ResearchВ sayВ aВ peppermint oil solutionВ led to more hair growth thanВ minoxidil, a hair-growth product approved byВ theВ FDA. Though, there isn't a ton of conclusive research that proves using peppermint oil will definitely cause an increase in growth.

"Peppermint oil helps to stimulate your scalp and hair follicles, but it should not be used for those with dry scalp or brittle hair. It works best if you have oily hair and scalp," says Sara Panton, the co-founder ofВ Vitruvi. "Peppermint essential oil stimulates blood circulation to the skin, whichВ may help with increasing dermal thickness, follicle number, and follicle depth." But she warns that it's certainly clarifying. In fact,В a study inВ Microvascular ResearchВ found a 4% menthol solution "caused blood vessels to widen, which increases blood flow."

Plus, peppermint has a pleasant cooling sensation when applied topically, and that sensation can help to reduce skin inflammation, Panton adds. "The final benefit isВ simply that it can help you relax because it is so cooling and calming-which is always a good thing when you're waiting for your hair to grow."

3. Use it to nix oily hair


Peppermint oil is incredible if your hair is on the greasier side-it clarifies, cleans, and invigorates the hair without stripping it of its natural (and necessary) oils. In doing so, peppermint oil balances your scalp's production of sebum, leaving your hair nourished and hydrated without weighing it down (while getting rid of any product buildup or residue in the process). For this, one of our absolute favorites is Shu Uemura Essential Drops Aromatherapeutic Scalp Treatment ($48). All you have to do is combine one pipette in with your shampoo, massage, and rinse.