We talk a lot about hair oils because, well, they are important to maintain a healthy scalp. Taking care of black hair can be a hassle, for lack of a better term. We love our hair because it is beautiful and powerful and everything in between. But just because we try our best to give it all the good things in life doesn’t mean it will always return the favor. That’s why oiling it and giving it the proper attention is paramount to keeping it healthy and strong.

You hear people mention the usual when it comes to using oils on our hair. Olive, coconut, almond and tea tree are all pretty high up on the list. They are go-tos for countless women because oils, for the most part, work very well. But in the sea of hair oils that bring life to our tresses, a lot of times peppermint is not mentioned. That is a shame because it is an effective hair oil that more people need to know exists.

So, because I know we want what’s best for our hair and are always looking for ways to give it the good things in life, here are some benefits on how to incorporate peppermint oil into a hair care regimen.

Balances pH Levels

Many of the issues we run into with our hair can come from having imbalanced pH levels. Peppermint serves as a great way to help restore the balance. When our levels are off, it can cause all kinds of problems in our scalps, including the inability to create new growth.

Acts As An Antiseptic

It is a natural antiseptic and is great for clearing away dead skin and bacteria in the scalp. You cannot promote healthy hair growth if there are layers of harmful agents preventing it from getting the right nutrients. Peppermint oil will help get your hair on the right track.

Relieves Itchy Scalp

Some people experience horrible itchy scalps and have tried all kinds of things to relieve it. Peppermint oil is known to soothe the scalp and can greatly combat dandruff. The dead skin flakes are not attractive and many times are caused by fungi that we can’t see. This oil gives you the cooling feel of peppermint and goes straight to work on the problem areas.

Inviting and Relaxing Fragrance

Who doesn’t love the smell of a nice fragrance? Peppermint oil, like many other oils, is a great addition to hair care routines when combined with other protective products like leave-in conditioners. Aside from the benefits that help increase the positive aspects of your hair, it leaves your tresses smelling amazing, as well as your scalp, feeling wonderful. You can never go wrong with something with such a favorable aroma.

Prevents and Reduces Hair Loss

The sad truth is that a lot of people deal with hair loss in one form or another. To say that it can be devastating is an understatement. For women, it is even more of a blow to the self-esteem and overall quality of life. Using the natural abilities of peppermint oil, countless people have found success in re-growing their hair. It acts as an antimicrobial, making it extremely effective against all kinds of bacteria that can lead to hair loss. It also helps to increase blood flow, which reaches the hair follicles, stimulating them to work the way they are intended to work.

If you have experienced or are experiencing hair issues that you just can’t find any solution for, peppermint oil may be a good idea to consider adding to your hair care arsenal.