Peppermint has been used for health purposes for many years, with experts believing that the ancient Greeks, Romans, and Egyptians used mint thousands of years ago.
Peppermint, the Latin name of which is Mentha piperita, is widely used today, as a flavoring in foods, fragrance or “cooling” effect in cosmetics, and supplements for health conditions that include headaches and digestive issues.
Peppermint oil is used in shampoos, bath products, cleansers, and lotions. But, the benefits of peppermint oil could go beyond cosmetic use.
A study published in Toxicological Research suggests that a peppermint oil solution promotes hair growth. The peppermint oil used performed better than minoxidil, which is a hair growth product approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Menthol, the main component in peppermint oil, has been shown to increase blood flow to the area where it is applied.
A study in Microvascular Research found that a 4 percent menthol solution caused blood vessels to widen, which increases blood flow. How interesting is this?!
Though this has not been directly linked to hair growth, they say that the better blood circulation to the skin, could, in theory, encourage more hair to grow in the affected area.
Peppermint Coconut Oil for Hair
We can admit that we use coconut for almost every purpose you can think of—body lotion, cooking oil, lip balm, oil pulling, cuticle oil, baking… it even works as a makeup remover. The only way left that some people haven't used coconut oil, up until recently that is, was in the hair as a mask.
A coconut oil hair mask can help stimulate new hair growth (if massaged into scalp), reduce protein loss, and replenish moisture.
Grab a jar of Selflyss's Peppermint Coconut Oil, a spoon, and a towel. Protect your clothes by placing a towel around your neck.
- To start, use a spray bottle to wet your hair or you can take a shower and have your hair damp.
- Then, apply the warm coconut oil evenly over your damp hair. You can part your hair to apply the coconut oil in manageable sections. This can help ensure that every hair is coated. You can use a scrunchie to tie back parts to keep saturated strands away from your face and eyes.
- Apply more coconut oil to the driest sections of your hair, typically the ends, and less on the healthier parts of your hair, typically near the scalp.
- Once you’ve coated all your hair, place a shower cap over your head.
- Let the mask sit for 1 to 2 hours. Some people even prefer leaving the mask on their hair overnight for deeper conditioning. If you choose to do this, don't forget to put a towel to cover your pillow!
- When you're ready, rinse out with lukewarm water, and shampoo and condition as normal. You may have to shampoo twice to get the oil completely out of your hair.
We hope your hair is feeling more nourished and loved after this!