Hair loss has all the ingredients of insecurity – it is conspicuous and often gets worse with time. It also invites a sense of despair because remedying it is not straightforward. Many people are forced to choose between two undesirable choices.
It is not exactly clear how peppermint oil promotes hair growth but menthol – the main component in peppermint oil – may play a role.
Menthol has been shown to increase blood flow to the area where it is applied.
A study in Microvascular Research found that a four percent menthol solution caused blood vessels to widen, which increases blood flow.
Though this has not been directly linked to hair growth, better blood circulation to the skin could, in theory, encourage more hair to grow in the affected area.
Losing hair can be upsetting – for many people, hair is an important part of who they are.
“If your hair loss is causing you distress, your GP may be able to help you get some counselling,” advises the NHS.
You may also benefit from joining a support group, or speaking to other people in the same situation on online forums.
Try these online support groups:
- Alopecia UK
- Alopecia Awareness.