Is there a connection between menthol and hair loss
BY LUSETA BEAUTY
With so many hair loss fixes available in the beauty and hair care market, how do you differentiate between which products are legitimate and which are making false promises? While there is only one ingredient approved by the FDA to treat hair loss, there are a variety of natural products and ingredients that have been scientifically proven to treat hair loss without harsh side effects. Though natural ingredients may not be proven to have guaranteed results, their potential for positive results and lack of negative side effects makes them a desirable option for many.
MENTHOL FOR HAIR GROWTH?
One ingredient that has seen mixed results in the past is menthol, a naturally occurring substance found in things like peppermint oil that gives it its minty, cooling effect. The effects from menthol make it a popular ingredient in beauty products like facial washes and shampoos because it makes the skin feel tingly and cool. However, some worry that the presence of menthol in hair care products can have adverse effects, causing hair loss in large or long-term doses.
Menthol has been found, in more recent years, to have positive effects when used as a hair growth treatment. The reason that menthol is considered helpful for hair growth is because it’s known scientifically as a vasodilator. This means that it has the ability to stimulate blood circulation in the scalp and cause hair follicles to open up, leading to more hair growth. The cooling effects felt from menthol can do more than just awaken your mind—it can help awaken your scalp and body. Hair care products that contain essential oils like tea tree oil and peppermint have vasodilating effects that are found to boost hair growth over a period of time.
However, things were not always like that, for many years peppermint oil was thought to be a vasoconstrictor (which, as you can guess, has the opposite effect of a vasodilator). Studies showed mixed results that the essential oil had any benefit at all, and would often lead scientists to think that menthol even led to hair loss. However, recent studies show that’s not true, and in fact menthol is found to be a good ingredient in natural hair growth stimulators.
UNDERSTANDING HAIR LOSS SCIENTIFICALLY
There are many reasons that hair loss can occur, so before you look into hair re-growth methods you should look into what could be causing your hair loss in the first place. A lot of hair loss is genetic or caused by diseases such as alopecia that can create hair loss due to genetic makeup. If your hair loss is caused by something genetic or from a disease, we recommend talking to your doctor about proper and possible treatments for your condition.
If your hair loss is caused by a deficiency in vitamins and nutrition, however, you may be able to treat it with a change in your diet and nutrition. When we talk about how menthol can help hair growth, we’re talking about how it can treat casual hair loss in healthy people. For greater hair loss, however, it may require medical attention. Casual use of menthol in hair care products can help your hair follicles open up and grow faster, leading to longer, thicker hair over time.
MENTHOL PRODUCTS AT LUSETA BEAUTY
Luseta Beauty has an entire line of products that contain menthol, which can help boost hair growth and leave the scalp feeling fresh and clean. Science also suggests that menthol has antimicrobial properties that can help balance the skin microbiome and prevent the scalp from getting diseases that can cause itchiness and other presence of parasites. The Hemp Oil Complex Collection and Tea Tree Collection from Luseta Beauty offer products that can help give your hair a healthy dose of menthol.
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