Is your beard not growing as you would like? Perhaps you have considered using essential oils to stimulate beard growth and want to know if it works?
Or are you curious about the reasons why your beard isn’t growing? No matter the reason that brought you here, we have the answers for you!
Finding out whether essential oils can help with beard growth can be tricky, especially if you have never used them before.
You head online for some extra guidance but are met with pages and pages of conflicting advice. Who are you supposed to trust? And how will any of this help your beard grow?
Today we are putting a stop to your confusion, and giving you the answers you need! Keep reading to find out if essential oils help beard growth, why your beard isn’t growing, and how you can make your own oil blend today!
Can Essential Oils Help Beard Growth?
Let’s dive straight into today’s article! Yes, some essential oils can help with beard growth. Oils that help boost blood circulation beneath the skin, heal your nerve endings, or boost hair growth conditions can help your beard grow.
Whether you have a patchy beard or are noticing it isn’t growing longer, using an essential oil can help improve its growth. You might notice a thicker and fuller beard, or that your hairs are growing longer than they did before!
Not only can essential oils help your beard grow, but they can improve the condition of your beard. You might notice a softer beard, with less dandruff, and spots, or healthier facial hair.
The effects of using essential oils on your beard vary depending on the oils you are using. Don’t worry, we cover in more detail later what the best oils are!
When choosing an essential oil to use on your beard, you will want to consider why your beard isn’t growing as you would like. Once you have narrowed down the possible reasons, you can select an oil that best suits your needs!
Remember, when using essential oils, you should seek medical advice where needed. Don’t use the oil on any broken or damaged skin and do a patch test before to ensure you don’t have any allergies or sensitivities to the oils.
Now that we have established that you can use essential oils to promote beard growth, let’s dive a little deeper and learn more about how the oils work and why you might need them.
What Causes Beard Hair Loss?
There are lots of reasons why your beard might not be growing as it should. You might find you have a patchy beard, or that your hair doesn’t grow very long.
The hair might be coarse, broken, or damaged, leaving you with a beard that does not meet your expectations.
But why? Let’s take a look at some of the most common reasons to see if your beard fits any of these.
Stress is one of the most common causes of beard hair loss. Stress can eat away at your body impacting everything from your immune system to your hair thickness!
Stress from your job, home, or any other issue can leave you with a dry or patchy beard!
It’s essential for your overall health (and your beard) that you find ways to minimize the stress in your life.
This could be through professional help, a holistic approach, or making some lifestyle changes.
Usually, a combination of these is a good approach, but we recommend seeking professional help if you are unsure about how to handle or reduce stress.
Some diets can cause you to prematurely lose hair. Diets that are low in certain vitamins or iron can contribute to early hair loss, including your beard hair!
Where possible, you should eat a diet that is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, iron, protein, zinc, and selenium.
Not only does this promote general good health, but will help you to grow a full and healthy beard.
Testosterone And DHT Levels
Males will produce DHT or dihydrotestosterone. It is a byproduct of testosterone and plays a vital role in helping you to form male sex characteristics.
But DHT can also cause hair loss! The hormone can bind itself to your follicles, weakening and shrinking them,
This can slow down hair growth and eventually prevent the follicle from growing new hair. We refer to this process as miniaturization and will result in the complete end of hair growth in follicles affected by DHT.
Alopecia Barbae is an autoimmune disease that can cause beard hair loss. Your body’s immune system attacks healthy hair follicles, causing you to lose hair.
Usually, those with Alopecia Barbae will notice round patches of hair loss, rather than the odd hair falling out.
Alopecia Barbae does not pose a huge health risk, but there are treatments and support that you can get from your doctor if you would like.
Best Essential Oils For Beard Growth
Now that we know what could impact your beard growth, let’s take a look at the best essential oils to promote beard hair growth!
Each of the oils listed before can help your beard to grow and improve overall hair health.
First up, we have peppermint oil! Not only does it smell fantastic, but it helps to stimulate better blood circulation below the skin.
By increasing blood flow, you get more nutrients delivered to your hair follicle. This helps the hair to grow faster, fuller, and healthier!
Studies have shown that a 3% peppermint oil solution helps promote hair growth. It induces the early anagen stage, when the hair grows and isn’t resting, which helps to increase the vascularization of the epidermal glands.
Peppermint oil also helps to increase activity in the hair follicles too! Peppermint oil can kick-start additional follicles into a growth phase, helping your beard appear thicker and grow faster.
Naturally, not all hair follicles grow at the same time or speed, so peppermint oil can help to bring all the follicles up to speed!
Lavender oil is an incredibly versatile oil, used for relaxation and calming purposes. But it can also be used to promote beard hair growth!
The oil can provide hair growth stimulation, but it also has antimicrobial properties. These will help prevent fungi and bacteria from growing and causing damage to your hair follicles.
Rosemary oil has exploded in popularity in recent months, with more and more people applying it to their hairlines to stimulate growth. Not only can you apply it to your hairline, but to your beards too!
Rosemary oil is known to stimulate circulation and improve hair growth, but it is wonderful for adding moisture.
The oil can moisturize the skin underneath your beard, preventing patches of dry skin or dandruff to develop, which can leave your beard looking unhealthy or thin.
Carbonic acid, the active ingredient in the rosemary plant, can help to heal nerve damage and tissue. This can help to rejuvenate nerves in the scalp, restoring hair growth!
Rosemary oil (see also “Using Rosemary Essential Oil For Hair“) is considered restorative when it comes to hair loss and is one that you should use on your beard!
Tea Tree Oil
If your beard is plagued by dandruff, you need to try tea tree oil! While there is little proof that tea tree oil helps to promote hair growth, it can help with hair conditions like dandruff, keeping your hair healthy and helping it to grow properly.
Tea tree oil can fight bacteria and unclog your pores, clearing the skin underneath your beard. This prevents conditions like dandruff or other infections, leaving your beard hair free to grow in a healthy environment!
How To Use Essential Oils For Beard Growth
When using essential oils on your face (see also “Ultimate Guide On How To Use Frankincense Oil“), you need to be careful and use them properly! The best way to do this is to dilute them.
Concentrated oils can irritate your skin if you apply them directly, causing more problems for your skin and beard!
The best way to dilute your essential oils is with a carrier oil. Not only do these oils dilute the concentrated oils, but they can add antioxidants and moisturizing properties to your beard and skin that will help look after your face and hair follicles!
Our favorite carrier oils to use are coconut oil and jojoba oil. Let’s take a look at these oils in closer detail now.
Coconut oil can be used to shape your beard and keep unruly hair under control! The oil can also hydrate and soften your beard, making it easier to manage.
It also adds a natural and fresh scent that most people love!
Coconut oil has many other benefits too, let’s take a look at them now.
- It contains a protective agent that can block hair damage from the sun
- It can help to improve the moisture in dry skin and reduce eczema
- The fatty acids in coconut oil kill fungi, viruses, bacteria, and pathogens, potentially warding off infections.
Jojoba oil has a similar structure to sebum and is a liquid wax. The rich oil is full of benefits for your beard and skin. Let’s take a look at these benefits now:
- An antioxidant that helps to clear infections
- Anti-inflammatory properties calm your skin and can help with beard acne.
- Helps to fight off inflamed hair follicles that cause thin or weak hair growth
- Naturally moisturizes and hydrates your skin for 24 hours.
- Helps to spread sebum oil through follicles to strengthen growth and reduce grease.
How To Make Your Own Beard Growth Oil
Making your own beard growth oil isn’t as tricky as you might think to make 30 mls (1fl oz), you can use our ingredients list and steps below.
What You Need
- Tea Tree essential oil (1 drop)
- Lavender essential oil (1 drop)
- Peppermint essential oil (1 drop)
- Rosemary essential oil (3 drops)
- Jojoba oil (2 tbsp)
How To Make Beard Growth Oil
- Pour all of the ingredients into a bowl and mix.
- Pour the contents into a clean dark glass bottle. Ideally, you want one that has a cap or dropper as its seal.
- When using the oil, massage it gently into your beard. Use a circular motion to ensure that all the oil is soaked into the skin and your beard.
- Replace the cap on the bottle and store your oil in a dark and cool palace. The oil will keep for up to three months before it needs to be replaced.
And there you have it! Essential oils can promote beard hair growth! When using essential oils on your beard you can promote not only hair growth but the health of your beard too!
Remember to dilute your oils with a carrier oil and to speak to a doctor if you have any concerns about hair loss or skin irritation (see also “Best Carrier Oils For Lips“).