How Does Peppermint and Menthol Help Your Scalp?
Menthol is a peppermint extract that has been found to be beneficial in treating inflamed and itchy scalp conditions, it is a wholly natural, herbal product that is safe for long-term use and is easily available as an over the counter remedy. Menthol is known to be beneficial for healthy hair and scalp and may help in reducing hair loss. The combination of menthol and peppermint in hair care products is becoming increasingly popular due, in part, to their natural antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and mild anesthetic properties.
Cooling And Stimulating
Products containing menthol very often provide a cooling and stimulating effect. When used in shampoos menthol is beneficial in soothing and treating many scalp conditions. Peppermint shampoo not only smells and feels great, it has proven benefits for the scalp and hair.
Menthol increases blood flow to the skin with the resulting effect of healthier hair growth when applied to the scalp. Menthol contains anti-irritant properties and often produces a feeling akin to a local anesthetic that aids in the soothing effect of products containing menthol.
Reduces Inflammation And Itching
Many hair products contain menthol specifically to address common scalp and hair conditions such as excessive itching, tightness and dryness; it has also been found to be beneficial in the treatment of scalp psoriasis. The cooling and scalp stimulating effects of menthol make it a popular ingredient in many hair products. Another beneficial aspect of menthol in hair products is the effect it has on reducing excess sebum production that results in less greasy hair.
The use of menthol and peppermint in hair products very often produces an invigorating and refreshing effect on hair and scalp – the refreshing aroma does much to enhance this effect. Peppermint is known to stimulate circulation and the attendant tingling sensations reinforce its cleansing and stimulating properties. Due to its success and ability to increase circulation, for some people, peppermint shampoo can be an excellent hair growth shampoo as well.
Cool, Clean And Fresh
The blend of menthol and peppermint is often promoted as creating a cool, clean and fresh feeling to the hair and scalp. Many hair products also claim that the use of menthol and peppermint based potions will improve concentration and revive the senses – providing a wakening and stimulating effect along with their cooling and antiseptic benefits. Using menthol-based products on your hair may also contribute to improving breathing in the case of a blocked or stuffy nose.
When Hair Gets Oil Build Up
While shampoos and other hair products containing peppermint and menthol are suitable for use on any hair, they are especially useful in treating greasy hair as they deal with the excess sebum produced in the hair follicle. Excessive oil along the hair shaft can lead to a build-up of dirt and bacteria, bringing with it the danger of fungal or bacterial infection.
Peppermint and menthol products are useful when dealing with head lice infestation. Head lice are becoming increasingly resistant to chemical products. Often, using an all-natural potion such as peppermint or menthol oil will remove the initial infestation and continued use will prevent a reoccurrence of this common but distressing problem. Regular use of peppermint or menthol oil after shampooing followed by combing the hair through with a nit comb will ensure that head lice do not return.