How Often Should You Oil Your Scalp For Hair Growth? It depends on the oil you use

woman with short hair that does not grow is waiting for an answer

  • To know how often you should oil your scalp to make your hair grow, consider the oil you’ll use.
  • If you use castor oil, you should put it on your scalp once every three weeks.
  • If you use onion oil, you should oil your scalp twice weekly.
  • If you use rosemary oil, you should put it on your scalp once a week.


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 Now you know how often you should oil your scalp to make your hair grow. And you also know which oils effectively stimulate hair growth. 


Why should you use any of these oils on your scalp to grow your hair?

Because all three of these oils contain elements that stimulate blood flow to the hair follicles, making hair grow faster and stronger.


Now, let’s face it.  These oils won’t make your hair grow ten centimeters in fifteen days, for instance.  That’s not how things work.

Imagine it’s normal for hair to grow between 1 and 1.5 centimeters (0.4 and 0.6 inches) monthly.

What if your hair doesn’t grow much, so you want to put oil on your scalp to stimulate growth? You’ll have to use the oil regularly and consistently to get your hair to grow a maximum of 1.5 centimeters per month.


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That is,  you’ll see results after several months of putting oil on your scalp . To be clear, there’s no such thing as a miracle oil. No oil will make your hair grow overnight.

dermatologist examines the patient's scalp to find out why her hair does not grow

In addition, it’s also an excellent idea to consult a dermatologist if you think your hair isn’t growing normally. Because there are many reasons why hair stops growing or grows very slowly.

For example, hormonal changes, stress, or a diet deficient in certain vitamins and minerals may cause hair growth issues.


Therefore,  my advice as a hairdresser is to consult a dermatologist before putting any oil on your scalp to make your hair grow.  A doctor will tell you about certain studies or tests that you should do to reach a diagnosis and start treatment.


Having said that, let’s review how often you should use each of these oils.


Use castor oil on your scalp once every three weeks to make your hair grow

woman prepares castor oil before putting it on her scalp

Castor oil stimulates blood circulation in the scalp, and that’s just what you need to grow your hair.

 Why should you use it once every three weeks? 


It’s because castor oil is very dense. If you use it too often, you risk clogging the pores of your scalp.

In addition, you should always mix it with another oil, such as linseed or argan oil. This makes it easier to apply to the scalp.

  • Place  5 drops of castor oil and five drops of argan or linseed oil in a bowl. 
  • Heat the oil mixture for a few seconds in the microwave.
  • Apply the oil by spreading it on your scalp and massaging it in circles with your fingertips for 10 minutes.
  •  Leave it on for 40 minutes  and then wash your hair with clarifying shampoo. This completely removes the oily residue.


Apply onion oil on your scalp twice a week to make your hair grow

woman uses onion oil to make her hair grow

Onion oil contains vitamins and nutrients that stimulate blood circulation, promoting hair growth. It’s necessary to warm the oil before you use it on your scalp. This makes it easier for the oil to penetrate your pores.

  •  Apply 10 to 15 drops of onion oil and distribute them all over your scalp. 
  • Massage in for ten minutes with circular movements on your scalp.
  • Leave the oil to act for 45 to 60 minutes.
  • After that, wash your hair with shampoo and conditioner.


Use rosemary oil on your scalp once a week to make your hair grow

Rosemary oil contains carnosic acid, which also stimulates blood circulation in the scalp, promoting healthy hair follicles. I recommend you mix it with another oil to make it easier to apply. Argan oil may be a good option.


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  •  Mix 8 drops of rosemary oil and five drops of argan oil. 
  • Apply the mixture to your scalp and massage it for a few minutes.
  • Leave the oil on overnight and wash your hair the next morning.



Before you use any oil on your scalp to make your hair grow, I recommend consulting a dermatologist. It’s important to rule out any conditions that may influence the normal growth of your hair.

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