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Androgenic alopecia refers to a hair loss condition which affects almost half of the older male population. It usually follows a pattern of receding hairline and gradual thinning on the crown. In short, this can also be explained as male pattern hair loss. It is impossible to pinpoint the direct cause of androgenic alopecia without consulting a health professional. However, studies have shown that androgenic alopecia is hugely linked to genetics and the male sex hormone, androgen. Certain medications, sickness and psychological reasons may also play a part in causing hair loss.

How can Aromatherapy Help with Hair Loss?

Aromatherapy is the practice of using of essential oils to treat certain ailments in the body. In the case of male pattern hair loss, the stimulating properties of essential oil can help to increase blood circulation, fight fungal infections and reduce scalp inflammation.

Here are some of the essential oils which can help with hair loss:

  1. Rosemary
  2. Clary Sage
  3. Lavender
  4. Thyme
  5. Chamomile Roman
  6. Cedarwood
  7. Peppermint
  8. Eucalyptus

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What Can I Do with These Essential Oils?

You can add a small amount of essential oil into your current haircare products like shampoo to amp up the efficacy of a regular shampoo or mix it with a massage lotion to massage into the scalp after a shower. Some recipes you can follow are:


  • Mild regular shampoo – 100ml
  • Carrier oil of your choice – 15 drops
  • Rosemary essential oil – 7 drops
  • Lavender essential oil – 7 drops
  • Instructions: In a travel sized container, pour in 100ml of mild shampoo and add the ingredients. Shake well to combine all ingredients. Use as a regular daily shampoo and store in a cool dry place.

    Hair Oil
  • Grapeseed oil – 30ml
  • Jojoba oil – 30ml
  • Rosemary essential oil – 10 drops
  • Lavender essential oil – 10 drops
  • Cedarwood – 5 drops
  • Thyme essential oil – 5 drops
  • Instructions: Mix all ingredients into a bottle and shake well. To use, add a small amount of product directly on the affected areas and massage gently using your fingertips. Keep overnight and shower as usual in the morning.

    Hot Oil Treatment
  • Coconut oil – 30ml
  • Carrier oil of your choice – 15ml
  • Thyme essential oil – 3 drops
  • Rosemary essential oil – 5 drops
  • Instructions: In a heat proof bowl, stir the coconut oil and carrier oil over a double boiler until the mixture is warm to touch. Add essential oils and give the mixture a quick stir before spooning the mixture over the entire scalp. Rinse after 20 minutes.