see also Dandruff, Hair Care
hair growth begins in the hair follicle in the dermal layer
of the skin. The growing phase of a hair produces
growth of about 0.5 inches per month and lasts 2 to 6 years.
This is known as the anagen phase and is followed by brief
period called the catagen phase. The catagen phase is
a transition to the last or telogen phase where the hairs
rest before they go through the natural shedding cycle.
Normally after hairs fall out another hair starts to grow
from this same follicle. In baldness, for generally
unknown reasons, a new hair does not begin to grow from the
follicle. Excluding the cases of medical or illness
induced baldness the answers to where and why this occurs
are not well understood. In the majority of cases it appears
to be connected to genetics and aging but not with diet,
nutrition, nor is it a disease.
Some health conditions such as thyroid issues or iron
deficiency anemia and health treatments such as chemotherapy
will result in baldness with the hair usually growing back
in 6 to 12 months. Hormonal changes (pregnancy,
menopause), severe stress, major illnesses, major surgery,
or dramatic nutritional changes may also induce temporary
loss of hair. These less frequent types of hair loss are
known as alopecia areata or patchy hair loss, alopecia
areata or alopecia totalis is the loss of all head hair, and
finally alopecia universalis is the loss of all hair from
the head and the body.
more common baldness associated with genetics and aging
manifests itself differently in men and women. Male
pattern baldness (androgenetic alopecia in men) follows a
pattern of a receding hairline that progresses to an “M”
shape and then continues to the familiar “U” shape.
There are medications commonly used today that will
stimulate the hair follicle growth (Minoxidil – Rogaine, and
Finsteride –Propecia, Proscar) but hair loss resumes if the
medication is not continued.
Female pattern baldness (androgenetic alopecia in women)
is characterized by thinning on the top or the center of the
head. Unlike with men, the front hairline is not
affected and the thinning on the top usually stops before
total baldness happens.
The most common types of baldness are:
pattern baldness - discussed above
Female pattern baldness - discussed above
Alopecia areata - sudden hair loss in an area, usually grows
Toxic alopecia - fever, medical conditions, medication and
usually grows back
Scarring alopecia - scarring may prevent normal hair growth
Tricholtillomania - hair pulling, a habit most common in
[search helps: androgenic
alopecia, alopecia areata, alopecia androgenetica, alopecia seborrheica,
balding, falling hair]
Oils, blends & products
Oils & Blends:
LavenderEC, LemonC, Peppermint, RosemaryEC, Whisper
Essential oils based
Vitality supplements, Salon
Essentials Protecting Shampoo, Smoothing
Conditioner and root to tip Serum.
Also consider: Clary SageC, CypressC,
Roman ChamomileC, Sandalwood, ThymeEC,
WintergreenC, Ylang YlangC
understand the E and C superscript go to Home and
scroll to New Helps.
Start with basic hair health:
Eating well with Life Long Vitality supplements builds
strong and healthy hair.
Consider oils for hormonal balance if needed
consider regular use of Salon Essential root to tip Serum
that includes the following oils known for helping healthy
scalp and hair (Cedarwood, Eucalyptus, Lavandin, Lavender,
Marjoram, Niaouli, Peppermint, Rosemary and Tangerine)
Mild hair loss:
1 - 2 drops of Rosemary to shampoo daily to stimulate
Serious hair loss:
more serious loss consider one of these blends:
drops Clary Sage
Use a good regular hair care routine:
with Salon Essentials Protecting Shampoo, add 1 - 2 drops of Rosemary to slow
with Salon Essentials Smoothing Conditioner, add 1 - 2 drops of coconut or
olive oil for dry hair, only use on tips and/or outer half
of hair shaft for oily hair. Let the conditioner remain in
hair 2 - 3 minutes before rinsing for best results.
and spray (spray is especially effective after hair coloring
or perms.) with the following blend:
ounces of water
drops of Peppermint (or other oil of choice)
Experiences and Testimonials of others
Michael - Hello
all, I've read online that castor oil, evening primose oil,
and maybe a couple others could help slow/stop hair loss in
men. I am wondering if any men have tried oils as a hair
loss treatment and/or results? Or other methods which may
help improve the hair?
Rob - I'm not sure if root to tip will
stop hair loss, but it does thicken hair for sure.
I've been using it for a couple months now and i definitely
feel/see a difference in my hair. It just seems to be
thicker and fuller. Niaouli oil is in Root to tip and if you
Google it you will find a bunch of claims for helping hair
loss. Does it really? I don't know.
Brenda - And don't forget the Life Long Vitality (LLV).
I know it for sure makes my hair grow faster. Rosemary
is known to regrow hair, but I am with Rob: try the
Root to Tip Serum.
Kweeno - Just
curious if anyone has had any experience with the dōTERRA
shampoo. I'm experiencing hair loss and am interested
to know if this will help or is it just for damaged hair.
Charly - I have no idea if it will
help--but I know people who swear by Rosemary and the
shampoo. Personally, I love the shampoo. I like its
formulation, but also-- It's really dumb, actually--but I
LOVE the smell in the morning and the sparkly. I am NOT a
morning person. As far as I'm concerned, any hour before 8
am should not happen twice a day. This shampoo makes me
Nora - I stopped using the shampoo and
conditioner because it left my hair really oily in the
evenings. As for hair loss...I did not notice any, just the
oily hair. I was so bummed because I love the smell of it.
Carolyn - I had to use the shampoo for
about two weeks before my hair stopped producing the extra
oils. Now, I have no problems with them. Love the shampoo!!!
Megan - I use the shampoo/conditioner,
however I only wash my hair 2-3 times a week.
Otherwise my hair becomes extremely dry. I have not noticed
any extra oiliness or anything like that. I also use the
root to tip serum after every time I was my hair. I
haven't experienced any hair loss either, I'm using it
because I want to try to improve my hair growth because my
hair is thinning, so I would surely notice if it was getting
even thinner I think. With that said, everything works
for everyone differently.
JasAK - I carry the hair care line at my
salon and I love it! It seems to work great for fine hair
and course hair as well. Light weight for fine hair and
conditioning enough for courser hair. The shampoo gets the
hair really clean so it's hard to imagine having an oily
problem from it...The trick to the conditioner is to make
sure you squeeze the water out of your hair before you put
it in and to make sure to let it sit on the hair for a few
minutes before you rinse. It has been amazing for preventing
static electricity! Which is a huge problem where I live.
Maybe just using the conditioner on the ends and not at the
scalp area would help with the oily problem....Or just
adding enough water to make sure it gets sudsy enough to
clean all the hair....
Michelle - Anything
you would recommend to stimulate hair growth? A lot
seems to fall out each day just combing it.
Loryjean - I put 3-4 drops of Rosemary
in my shampoo a couple of times a week; my hair is longer
and fuller than it has been for years, and stopped falling
out as much.
Pat - I also have been using Rosemary,
it is supposed to stimulate hair growth. I have not seen a
huge change in re-growth but it no longer is falling out.
Aloha - I have a
teenage niece with Alopecia ( hair loss disease). I have
been checking our books and cannot find a recommendation to
try any particular oils for it. Any ideas?
Kitty - Rosemary may help with hair
loss. Add to shampoo or rub on after.
Kathy - I have read recently that
current research suggests that Alopecia is possibly an
autoimmune disorder. Candida can be the culprit behind a lot
of these problems. Sometimes we like to treat the symptoms
and not look for the cause so the problem will just keep
coming back. I am not a doctor but if it were me I would go
with the GX Assist and PB Assist. I love the LLV and I would
try doTERRA SanoBella shampoo. My adult disabled son has had
a bad problem with his scalp for a long time and has had to
use strong medicated shampoo to clear it (which I hate). I
tried SanoBella shampoo and his scalp is clear and never
looked healthier. Maybe someone may have suggestions on oils
you could add to it?
Debbie - What oils
would you give a man who is starting to bald? Are
there oils that will help the hair come back in?
Pat - My hair is quite thin and
especially on the top so I started the Rosemary regiment by
adding it to my shampoo in the shower and then after rinsing
the shampoo I added a few drops to the thin areas and left
it on. I have been doing this for about 2 months and am just
starting to notice some new hair growth. I would imagine it
takes a bit of time, he just needs to make it part of his
regiment. Be sure and remind him that he doesn't want to get
the oil in his eye, that is a big ouch.
Monica - I have personally noticed a
significant increase in the amount of hair on my head, the
rate of hair and nail growth, as well as improvement in the
condition of both hair and nails, after using the
for approximately six months. It seems that the
supplements have really helped to rebalance my body's
systems, and now are also able to help the outer bits look
And yes, besides the LLW, Rosemary is AWESOME - does
indeed take time, but it does help!
Pat - Thanks Monica for mentioning LLW.
I did not and should have. I have also been taking the LLW
and for the first time in 65 years have been growing nails
that are strong.
Pat - I do not know about men, but my
hair is getting new growth on top where I am quite thin, and
I put Rosemary (a couple of drops) in my shampoo every other
Lynda - Anyone know of any other
oils that are good for thinning hair? Rosemary and
Peppermint are two oils that those of us who have had or
currently have seizures should avoid. I have very thin hair
and would like to find something that could help
Pat - I have been doing some research
for my own situation and this is what I have found, at least
the condensed version. Hair loss and thinning is caused by
hormonal imbalance (such as increased testosterone), or
inflammatory conditions, and genetics. Essential Oils are
excellent for cleansing, nourishing, and strengthening hair
follicle and shaft. Rosemary, above all encourages hair
Single oils: Lavender, Rosemary, Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang,
and Clary Sage
Blend for thicker hair #1
· 3 drops of
· 5 drops of
· 4 drops of
· 2 drops of
Blend for thicker hair #2
· 10 drops of
· 10 drops
· 8 drops
I suppose you could try these without the Rosemary, but
it is the best ingredient that I have found so far. I am
still looking but this might help for now.
Mommy T - My
hair is thinning for some reason and it seems to just be
breaking off easily. Do any of you have any
Pat - You need to be on the
nutrition. My hair is so healthy, I also put Rosemary on it,
every time I shampoo.
Ramona - I second the advice for LLW for
hair. I had a baby last April and by July, most of my
hair had fallen out. This has happened with previous 5
babies and it never grew back, so by #6, my hair was so
thin, you could see my scalp. It was horrifying.
I didn't even want to leave the house. I researched
everything I could about what I could do, and came up empty.
I discovered DoTerra about the same time, so I started
putting Peppermint on my scalp every night and then in
August, I started on LLW. Within a month, I began to
see re-growth all over my head, and now it's about an inch
long. I feel like my 3 year old, with all of her new
growth, but I'm not complaining! I 100% attribute it
to LLW. I also now add Rosemary, when I remember, to
my scalp per advice I read here, but I think the LLW was the
main thing for me!
Student - My
neighbor has a 4 year old daughter who has contracted
alopecia (it is autoimmune disease). She puts a
steroid cream on the small bald spots and the new hair does
grow back. But I hate to see her using steroids for an
extended amount of time on a child. Does anyone have
any suggestions that might help?
Lisa - Every hair growth item out there
contains Peppermint so that is what I would try as it
stimulates the hair follicles and thus stimulates growth! I
personally just add it to my Sauve conditioner and let it
set on my head for 2 minutes and my thinning hair isn't as
thinning any longer.
Pat - Rosemary is an excellent root
stimulator, along with the alternant of Peppermint. Use one
one day and then the other. Both of these oils would
irritate the eyes so by careful when applying. I put
Rosemary on my scalp before I go to bed at night and then
wash it in the morning in the shower. I too, can notice a
difference in the thickness of my hair.
Deborah - So as a clarification...when
putting your hair conditioner into the palm of your hand, do
you add 1 drop of Peppermint (or Rosemary) or more than 1
Denise - I get 2 little bottles and put
some shampoo in them. One with drops of Rosemary added, and
one with drops of Peppermint added. Then I rotate what I
use, either plain, with Rosemary, or with Peppermint.
Pat - I put two drops each of Rosemary
Lisa - I add it to the whole bottle,
about 15 drops for a 12 oz bottle. That way it has
time to work itself into the conditioner otherwise it
is way too much of a stimulation.
Terry - A lady I
know seems so healthy. She runs around all the time, taking
care of other people and leading a huge group of women in a
church organization etc. She's even on vacation in the
Dominican again right now. but, she has absolutely no hair
anywhere on her body! The doctors don't know why and neither
does she. Any clues out there? Anyone with experience
growing hair back? She used to have hair, but don't know why
it's gone now. To never have to shave your legs etc
again...how would that be? I would love some help with
Netti - Wow that's a big ask because it
all depends on the reason. A friend of mine used Rosemary
and Ylang Ylang which she rubbed straight into her scalp.
She has fibromyalgia and temporary hair loss is a symptom.
Her hair has grown back and is thick and natural. She is
thrilled with the results from using those doTERRA oils.
Pat - At a meeting at my home this week,
my friend Sue told about using Rosemary to thicken her hair.
She rubbed a few drops in the area needed after shampooing.
You know it working just by looking at her.
Heather - I have an aunt that is losing
hair a lot of hair. In my research I have found that low
silica is the cause. Most men bald because of it. There is
usually an under lying problem. I would do as many of the
following as I could for as long as I could. Where she is
totally hairless, which I would love for all but my head,
but I am not sure if she can grow it back but it is worth a
try, right? If it works you should see stubble within a
for underlying causes
Increase silica. Nettles tea has a lot of silica in it and
oatmeal is high in silica (eat the least processed one)
use non chemical things on your body.. ie.. shampoo, lotion,
doTERRA shampoo, it rocks!
Adding zinc and b6 will help also.
the doTERRA LLV supplements, they will help a lot because of
Rosemary to invigorate scalp.
Hope this helps.
What Science & Research are saying
University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC)
In one study of 86 people with alopecia areata (an
autoimmune disease that causes hair to fall out, often in
patches), those who massaged their scalps with Lavender and
other essential oils daily for 7 months experienced
significant hair regrowth compared to those who massaged
their scalps without the essential oils. However, there is
no way to tell whether it was one or the combination of oils
that was effective.