The first time I heard about women applying Vicks to their hairlines and scalps, I thought that there was no way that it could work. Vicks is thick and contains pore clogging petrolatum. However, when I did some research, I realized that there might be some real science behind it. The ingredients listed in the topical ointment are things that I’ve mixed together myself to apply to my scalp at one point or another. Eucalyptus, camphor, menthol, and lavender are all found in Vicks VapoRub and they help to stimulate hair growth if applied consistently.
Here is a bit of background on the hair growth stimulating ingredients that are in the product:
Camphor — is an essential oil that is cooling, refreshing, and improves circulation when applied topically.
Lavender — an essential oil that also improves circulation and is very effective in the treatment of hair loss (especially alopecia).
Menthol — clears the pores of irritants so that hair can grow easily. You can find menthol in a lot of shampoos and conditioners.
Eucalyptus ‑an essential oil that stimulates hair follicles and prevents dandruff and an itchy scalp. The oil also strengthens and improves the elasticity of hair, and controls an oily scalp.
With all of those wonderful, scalp tingling ingredients it’s no wonder Vicks is being used for more than suppressing coughs. Not only are women applying the ointment to their scalps, they are applying it to their eyebrows as well. Vlogger MakeupMesha stated that Vicks worked so well on her head that she actually had to slow down using it. Although she isn’t sure how much her hair grew in the 4 weeks that she used the product, she give visuals on the new growth she experience. Other users in the comments claimed that after one week of use, they saw at least an inch of growth.
You don’t need to use the brand name, Vicks VapoRub. Any generic chest rub will do, because they all have the same active ingredients.
Now that I know there is a method to the madness, I’m considering testing this out before I get my next protective style. I struggle with keeping the itchies away and the menthol, camphor, and eucalyptus in the ointment have me wondering if it will not only promote hair growth, but cool and refresh my itchy scalp. As always, experimenting with any product should be done with caution. You know what your scalp can tolerate and what it can’t. Safety should always be a priority.
Ladies, have you used Vicks VapoRub to stimulate hair growth?