LET’S TALK HAIR: BENEFITS OF PEPPERMINT OIL ON THE SCALP
We are entering those colds months again very soon. Just the same as we keep our skin nice and moisturized throughout these months you can’t forget about your hair. One inexpensive way to do what is to use peppermint oil on your scalp.
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Personally I love peppermint anything because of the soothing and calming scent. I’m not sure if you know but peppermint oil derives from the peppermint plant that is grown in Europe and North America. It’s mostly used in food for flavoring and body products as a scent. I’m here to share with you the benefits of using peppermint oil on your scalp and how to do so. Peppermint oil has been used all over the world as a hair treatment to aid in issues such as hair loss, hair growth, and dry scalp. But with all those benefits please be aware that peppermint oil is very strong and if not applied properly it can cause a scalp irritation. Trust me, that ain’t what you want!
HOW TO AVOID SCALP IRRITATION WHEN USING PEPPERMINT OIL
In order to avoid a major scalp irritation when applying peppermint oil to the scalp you must pair it with a carrier oil. What is a carrier oil? Carrier oils also derives from natural plants however they boast a neutral smell. That’s why they are the perfect choice for dilution and application. Don’t fret, the dilution process will not take away the beneficial qualities of the peppermint oil. This is how you control the concentration depending on how sensitive your scalp is. Here is a list of carrier oils to familiarize yourself with!
FIVE WAYS TO USE PEPPERMINT OIL ON THE SCALP & HAIR
- If you have super oily hair it’s probably because you have excessive sebum production on your scalp. I know you’re thinking, “well if I have an oily scalp why would I put more oil on it?”. Well by using the peppermint oil on the scalp it will act as an astringent and balance the scalps pH levels. It’s just like using an astringent for your skin.
- Now if you have the opposite issue that means you have a dry scalp and possibly dandruff. The two generally come as a pair most times. This is an indication that you are not taking care of your scalp. Applying the peppermint oil to the scalp will restores the scalp to its normal condition and over time with continuous use eliminate dandruff.
- Remember those carrier oils I was talking about, well here’s your chance to pick your favorite one or few and make a dope peppermint moisturizer. Once you have your mixture in place you can apply it all over your hair (damp), place a shower cap on and sit under a dryer or a portable heating device for 20-30 minutes. If you don’t have neither a dryer or heating device you can place a wool winter hat on top of the plastic cap. Your body temperature will act as a natural heater from your head. The heat will ensure that the moisturizers properties have penetrated the hair shaft and your scalp.
- You know that cool soothing feeling you get from peppermints. Well in peppermint oil it stimulates the hair follicles by increasing blood circulation and oxygen supply. This stimulation can help with hair loss. Dip your finger pads in some peppermint oil and give yourself a good old fashioned scalp massage. Doing so will increase the oxygen supply carried by blood in which will strengthen the hair by the roots. Blood also contributes to nutrients that are essential to good healthy hair.
- Just as peppermint oil can help with hair loss it can also promote hair growth. YASSS GOD!!! Remember all that talk about oxygen, well hair follicles and roots grow at its fullest potential when there is a large supply of oxygen. I would suggest getting an empty applicator bottle from the dollar store or beauty supply store, fill it up with your peppermint oil concoction, apply it to your scalp and massage that sucker. You can do this while watching TV. Dedicate time to your scalp.
With all the information I provided be sure to still do your own research. Mix your carrier oils and peppermint oil properly to avoid an inflamed scalp or you can buy it pre-mixed already. Totally up to you. I hope this was helpful and you implement peppermint oil in your winter hair regimen.
Until next time,
xoxo – Summer Terry