Peppermint contains a compound called menthol. Menthol is responsible for many of the benefits of peppermint oil. Menthol also gives peppermint its taste, smell, and cooling sensation.
Why use peppermint oil on hair?
Some people use peppermint oil as part of their beauty and hair care regimen. Its fragrance is pleasant and popularly found in shampoos, skin creams, and other products.
While peppermint oil may be known for some skin care benefits, itâs also good for your hair and scalp. It may help with dryness, itching, or other scalp problems.
The benefits of peppermint essential oil can be described as:
insecticidal and pesticidal
analgesic and anesthetic
vasodilating (and vasoconstricting)
Some people have used the oil as a remedy for hair loss. This may be because the menthol in peppermint essential oil is a vasodilator, and vasodilators improve blood flow. In many instances (such as in female or male pattern baldness), hair loss occurs due to starved blood flow to hair follicles. Increasing circulation with a vasodilator like peppermint helps improve improve hair growth and prevent some hair loss.
Peppermint menthol also imparts a freshened smell and tingly sensation on the skin and scalp. You can reap these benefits by adding the oil to your beauty regime.
Massage the oil into your scalp. You may feel a tingling, minty sensation. Leave the treatment on for 15 to 20 minutes and then wash your hair with shampoo.
If the menthol sensation gets too intense for you, add other oils to balance the effect or wash your scalp with shampoo immediately.