Peppermint essential oil for gorgeous hair: does it really work?

TOolumnist BeautyHack, founder of natural cosmetics brand (@ Vita Liasota told why peppermint essential oil is added to hair cosmetics and whether it really helps to grow a braid to the waist.

“In the production of cosmetics, we often use peppermint essential oil – we even had a scrub based on it. It has many positive properties and an amazing aroma. When properly combined with other components, mint improves tissue regeneration and stimulates metabolic processes. I’ll tell you who is suitable for mint oil and how to use it. “

About peppermint oil and its benefits for hair

Peppermint oil is obtained by hydrodistilling the leaves of the plant – this method allows you to preserve all the vitamins and beneficial properties. To obtain one liter of oil, up to 50 kg of raw materials are processed – this explains the relatively high cost of 100% of the product.

The resulting product is white-yellowish in color, used ready-made, or added to masks, shampoos, conditioners and sprays.

Peppermint oil contains copper, phosphorus, manganese, fatty acids, tomol, vitamins. But his main “weapon” is menthol. He should be thanked for the cooling effect.

And it also contains cineole – it has an antiseptic effect. It is for this reason that it is often added to scalp care for dermatological problems.

The oil works on several “fronts”: it normalizes the activity of the sebaceous glands – ideal for oily scalp, stimulates blood circulation – promotes hair growth, eliminates itching, strengthens the bulbs and gives shine along the entire length.

Indications and methods of application

Most often, peppermint essential oil is used in products for the care of oily scalp, as well as in products for hair loss and dandruff. I want to draw your attention: mint is a strong allergen. Before using funds based on it, you need to conduct a test on the elbow bend. If no undesirable reactions are observed, the oil is right for you. With the slightest irritation, it is better to refuse it.

Today, there are many ways to use peppermint oil: rub it into the scalp, add it to shampoo and balm, make wraps.

Here I would like to clarify. It’s just that the oil has a surface effect – its molecules are too large to pass through the epidermal barrier and affect the follicle, sharing useful substances. But superficial application can also have an effect: it soothes the skin, helping to eliminate flaking and redness. By the way, mint oil vapors help fight stress and have a calming effect – you will get benefits anyway.


As with any other means, there are contraindications to peppermint oil: individual intolerance, respiratory diseases, scalp hypersensitivity, convulsions, hypotension (low blood pressure).