What specific ingredients and oils should I look for in a hair growth treatment?
Hair growth oils restore nutrients to your strands and scalp to increase hair production, strengthen the roots and follicles, and eliminate breakage. Rapunzel’s secret? Probably a hair growth oil. We love hair oils that help smooth out frizz and rehydrate parched strands, but lately there’s been a lot of buzz about ingredients that actually help grow hair out. Rosemary oil has been hailed as a hero ingredient, but it’s not the only one. Peppermint oil, lavender oil, and even simple aloe vera have all been shown to increase hair growth. Argan oil, peptides, and amino acids can help promote strong strand bonds and overall growth.
Do hair growth oils actually work?
If you’re thinking, “This sounds about as legitimate as gummy vitamins,” wait just a moment. Danielle James, ELLE.com’s Interim Beauty Director, has firsthand experience of the wonders of hair growth oils. “My Type 4 curls are zig-zag and prone to extreme breakage,” she says. “I’ve tried many oils for my hair, but I don’t feel the ‘nourishing’ and ‘growth benefits’ brand’s promise. I picked this hair tonic because it wasn’t too heavy, and I needed something to seal strands after applying my curl cream. My bottle is almost done, and I’ve noticed my hair is healthier, longer, and stronger.”
Still not convinced? After years of popping biotin pills like candy, ELLE.com’s Beauty Commerce Writer Tatjana Freund, experienced a real-life beauty miracle when she started using the JVN Complete Pre-Wash Scalp Oil. After bleaching her dark, Type 3A curls bright blonde, the hair around her part started snapping. After just a few weeks of using this oil before showering, her colorist was flabbergasted by how much healthier, stronger, and longer those broken pieces looked.