Lavender essential oil

Lavender essential oil

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What it does: antimicrobial or antibacterial, perfuming

Also called: lavandula angustifolia oil 

The science

Boasting many uses and a heavenly scent, lavender essential oils are made directly from the lavender plant. Using special distilling techniques, the end-product is a highly concentrated extract of lavender’s useful compounds, full of health benefits and more.

Lavender oil is one of the most valuable aromatherapy oils. Its anti-bacterial and anti-fungal activities can be explained its several anti-microbial compounds, such as eucalyptol, linalool, terpinen-4-ol, and α-terpineol. 

Benefits for your hair

Promotes hair growth

According to studies, lavender essential oil can stimulate hair growth and help with issues like pattern baldness and alopecia. 

Prevents itchy scalp and dandruff 

Lavender has many antimicrobial components and properties, as noted in this 2014 review. When applied to the scalp, it may prevent itchy scalp, dandruff, and infections. It helps prevent bacteria and fungi from growing. 

Prevents scalp inflammation 

Lavender oil can reduce inflammation and heal up speeding, as stated in this 2012 studyLavender is sometimes used as a home remedy for skin inflammation and burns. Using it in essential oil form may be good for scalp inflammation and dryness. 

Prevents or kills head lice

A study conducted in 2011 found that lavender essential oil can prevent and even kill head lice. 

Soothing & calming with a divine aroma

Lavender smells divine. So divine that it can literally calm down the nervous system, according to an experiment conducted in 2012.

Side effects

Make sure not to apply too much oil to scalp or products. Too much essential oil can irritate the skin. To avoid this, always use with a carrier oil when using plain oils. At Coco Curls, we always dilute our essential oils with carrier oils. 

If, despite using carrier oils, you get a rash, hives, or dermatitis, stop use immediately. It may be a sign that you’re allergic to lavender. Many people are.

Other than these considerations, using diluted lavender essential oil topically is perfectly safe.


Lavender essential oil is a wonderful and safe addition to your curl care regimen. It has antimicrobial properties, promotes hair growth, and is known to have calming effects.

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