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.
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:
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.
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.
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.