Rosemary Can Halt Hair Loss
Research on rosemary oil for hair growth is still in its infancy, so there is no way of being sure if rosemary oil will work for everyone or not. However, this natural remedy may be safer and less likely to cause side effects than some hair growth medications.
Does rosemary oil work for hair growth?
There is no evidence that rosemary can stop hair loss due to chemotherapy or other drugs or hair loss caused by chronic hair pulling. Studies do, however, show that the herb can reverse some of the most common forms of hair loss.
Male pattern baldness (MPB) is a form of hair loss that occurs when a byproduct of testosterone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT) attacks the hair follicles. Both men and women produce testosterone, but men typically produce more testosterone than women, so hair loss in men can occur more often, at an earlier age, and more extensively.
Rosemary oil may help with this type of hair loss. A 2013 study of mice with testosterone-related hair loss found that rosemary oil could regrow their hair. Although the study is not conclusive, its authors theorize that rosemary oil might prevent DHT from binding to hormone receptors that enable it to attack the hair follicles.
A 2015 study compared rosemary oil to minoxidil, a popular hair regrowth treatment. People with DHT-related hair loss received either rosemary oil or minoxidil for 6 months. At 3 months, neither group had more hair. By 6 months, both groups saw significant increases in hair growth.
The group that was treated with rosemary oil had more hair growth than the minoxidil group, but the difference was not statistically significant. This result suggests that rosemary oil may promote hair growth but only in the long term.
In the same study, scalp-itching was more common in the group that received minoxidil, so rosemary oil could be a better option for people with a history of allergies or skin irritation.
A small body of research suggests that rosemary oil might also reverse other forms of hair loss.
Some studies, including a study published in 2017, have found that rosemary oil may kill some fungi and bacteria. So, when hair loss is due to an infection or unhealthy scalp, rosemary oil might help.
There is no evidence, however, that rosemary oil should replace standard treatments.
Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disorder that can cause hair loss. Research published in 1998 looked at the effect of aromatherapy using rosemary oil on people with the condition. Some 44 percent of participants improved with the use of rosemary over 7 months, compared to just 15 percent who received no treatment.
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Bibliography: Villines, Z. (n.d.). How to use rosemary oil for hair growth. Retrieved September 21, 2017, from https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/319444.php
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