Could the solution to better hair growth be in your tube of toothpaste?
The Doctors weigh in on a viral claim that peppermint toothpaste can help hair grow faster. So is there any truth to this minty claim? "I wouldn't put peppermint toothpaste in my hair," ER physician expert Dr. Travis Stork says. But, dermatologist expert Dr. Sonia Batra notes that research has shown that peppermint oil may help to open blood vessels and improves circulation to hair follicles.
Instead of applying toothpaste to your hair, Dr. Batra suggests using a combination of peppermint oil and coconut oil (making sure to dilute the peppermint oil to avoid a burning sensation). She recommends using:
- 2 tablespoons of coconut oil
- 3 to 5 drops of peppermint oil
- Mix the ingredients and massage into the scalp
- Shampoo out the oil
"It is, over time, going to help you retain those follicles and improve growth," she adds.