You have seen your fair share of weird beauty trends and home remedies—from using mayonnaise hair masks and more, that proves that most people are willing to give almost anything a try in the name of beauty. Women have been applying Vicks hairlines and scalps to stimulate hair growth.
Vicks is thick and it has pore clogging petrolatum. But, upon research, you will realized that there might be some real science behind it.
The ingredients that were listed in the topical ointment are things that you can mix together to apply to your scalp. Menthol, lavender, eucalyptus and camphor are all found in Vicks VapoRub. These ingredients can help to stimulate hair growth if applied consistently.
Beauty Benefits of Vicks VapoRub:
Below is some background on the hair-growth stimulating ingredients that are present in Vicks VapoRub:
Camphor is a known essential oil that is refreshing, cooling, and helps in improving circulation when applied topically.
Eucalyptus is an essential oil that can help in stimulating your hair follicles, preventing dandruff and an itchy scalp. The oil that is present in eucalyptus can help in strengthening and improving the elasticity of your hair, and in controls an oily scalp.
Lavender is an essential oil that can also help in improving your circulation and is very effective in the treatment of hair loss, most especially alopecia.
Menthol helps in clearing the pores of irritants so that your hair can grow easily. You can find menthol in conditioners and shampoos.
Usage of Vicks Vaporub for Hair Growth:
According to Dr. Carlos Charles, a New York City-based dermatologist who specializes in working with people of color, he mentioned that he had heard of this hair growth remedy.
According to Dr. Carlos Charles, “While Vicks VapoRub is generally safe, a closer look at the ingredients mentioned several oils that could potentially cause irritant skin reactions or allergy, as with any topically applied product”.
Therefore, although applying Vicks on your hairline and scalp may work, it is best to proceed with caution. Also, be reminded that, “Do not leave the Vicks on for too long, and make sure that you do not have any open scabs.