In this article I’m going to show you how Vatika oil (and its ingredients) can be used for hair growth.
Scientific studies have taken place that show the herbs which make up vatika oil can successfully be used to stimulate hair growth in just a few weeks.
And they can be even more effective than minoxidil.
Firstly I’ll expalin which exactly is this oil, then I’ll share and discuss the findings from the study.
Finally I’ll show you exactly how you can start using vatika oil (and close alternatives) in trigger hair growth for yourself.
What is Vatika Oil?
Vatika oil is a combination of a carrier oil (coconut, almond, cactus, olive) and various herbs used in the Ayurvedic tradition.
If you’re interested in adding a new oil to your hair care routine, consider the information on vatika oil and its many benefits mentioned below.
What Oils are Traditionally Used in Vatika Oil?
There are various formulas of vatika oil available.
Each one has its own unique properties and benefits. To determine which one may work best for you, check out the four most common carrier oils below and their various advantages.
This oil has a combination of moisturizing and inflammation-fighting abilities, which makes it a fantastic choice for individuals looking to nourish and hydrate their scalp and hair.
If you suffer from cicatricial alopecia (also known as scarring alopecia), this oil may be one of your best options due to its anti-inflammatory properties.
Cactus oil, also referred to as prickly pear seed oil, is high in fatty acids.
Lack of fatty acids has been linked to alopecia which makes supplementation with oils high in fatty acids beneficial for those suffering from male-pattern baldness or thinning.
Perhaps the most commonly used carrier oil for vatika oil, coconut oil has numerous beneficial properties.
Foremost, coconut oil’s ability to penetrate the hair shaft makes it one of the more moisturizing oils available.
This allows coconut oil to reduce the amount of protein lost in hair, leading to stronger hair strands and less hair loss.
Coconut oil also has DHT blocking compounds such as lauric acid and myristic acid which will help grow hair. Lauric acid is the predominant fatty acid in coconut oil making up to 50% of the oil. It has strong DHT blocking capabilities.
One of the more easily-available oils on the market, olive oil is a great addition to any hair care product or treatment.
This vitamin-packed and antioxidant-loaded oil has various moisturizing and strengthenings properties.
For individuals with male-pattern baldness, this DHT-fighting oil may be what you’re looking for.
What Herbs are Infused Into Vatika Oil?
The herbs vary from formula to formula, however there are a few herbs which are commonly found in Vatika oils worldwide.
One of the better known Ayurvedic herbs, amla is revered for its anti-aging abilities and its many therapeutic uses.
This antibacterial herb fights infection and can keep your scalp clean, healthy, and well-balanced.
Bahera, or Bibhitaki
The bark of the terminalia tree has been used for over 3,000 years in India, serving as a remedy from numerous maladies, including heart disease and poisoning.
It is now known, however, that when combined with amla and hirda, bahera has anti-inflammatory properties which can be beneficial for those suffering from immune-related hair loss.
Traditionally, this herb has been used for the treatment of Alzheimer’s and anxiety, and it is known by many names, including waterhyssop and indian pennywort.
This herb is now known to be moisturizing and packed full of antioxidants, making it beneficial for use on the scalp and hair.
This sweet, nutty flavored seed can be found throughout the world, though it has been used in the Ayurvedic tradition for thousands of years.
Sometimes referred to as methi, fenugreek is known scientifically for its antibacterial and antioxidant properties.
Henna is popularly known in the Western world as a form of temporary hair dye, but the herb from which the dye is derived is actually beneficial for those looking to improve hair quality and increase hair growth.
This flowering herb has also recently been found to contain strong antimicrobial properties, which likely contribute to its various benefits.
Botanically known as Hedychium Spicatum, kapur kachri is commonly found in vatika oil and has numerous health benefits.
From the treatment of asthma to its use as an anti-ulcerative, kapur kachri has positive effects on inflammation and this may be why kapur kachri has positive effects on the scalp and hair.
What Does Science Have to Say About Vatika Oil for Hair Growth?
While there haven’t been any scientific studies which specifically discuss the use of vatika oil, a number of the herbs infused into this nutritious and hydrating oil have been studied.
One study performed in 2009 tested the efficiency of four different herbal extract oils: amla, brahmi, hibiscus, and methi. Each of the herbs tested was dried, crushed, and then passed through a sieve.
The oil base was olive.
The first part of the study used four rabbits, each of which had 11 bald patches of 2 cm2.
The herbal oils were applied in various strengths (from 1% to 10%, with the first patch kept as control) on the different patches and monitored for growth.
The hair growth was monitored for 10 days, and each herbal oil showed growth at various concentrations.
Amla showed growth in 8-9 days, with the 7% and 8% concentrations showing the best results.
Brahmi showed growth in 7-8 days, with the 7% and 8% concentrations also showing the best results.
Hibiscus showed results the fastest, in just 6-7 days, with the 6% and 7% concentrations showing the most significant results.
Lastly, Methi showed growth in 9-10 days, with the 7% and 8% concentrations showing the greatest hair growth results.
Further, this study wanted to look at the results of hair growth that a combination of the above four herbs would produce.
In the second part of this study, researchers used rats. There were 25 rats total, and they were split into five groups of five.
Group 1 was the control group in which no treatment was applied. Group 2 received an application of 10% Minoxidil.
Groups 3, 4, and 5 received various concentrations of the combined herbs: OD1 (2.5%), OD2 (5%), and OD3 (7.5%).
First, let’s take a look at the qualitative observations.
OD3, the group which received an application of the 7.5% concentration of the combination of all four herbs did the best overall with complete growth seen in 18 days.
That’s one day earlier than the group which received the 10% solution of Minoxidil, and 6 days earlier than the untreated group!
Now, let’s dig a bit deeper and look at the hair growth rates during the different phases in the hair growth cycle.
On the right side of the chart, the population percentage measures the increase in the number of hair follicles for each of the five groups.
If both of the percentages of the anagen phase are combined (that is, the results for A3 and A5), these are the results we get:
The control group had a 47% increase in the number of hair follicles.
The standard group, which received application of 10% Minoxidil, saw an increase of 69% in the number of hair follicles.
The groups which used various concentrations of the four-herb infusion, OD1, OD2, and OD3, saw increases in the population percentage of hair follicles by 74%, 87%, and 89%, respectively.
This study shows that the four Ayurvedic herbs used (amla, brahmi, hibiscus, and methi), two of which (amla and brahmi) are commonly found in vatika oil, are beneficial in the treatment of hair loss and can produce hair growth results in a matter of days.
What Does This Study Mean for Those Who Want to Use Vatika Oil to Treat Hair Loss?
As is evidenced by the research outlined above, four commonly used Ayurvedic herbs (amla, brahmi, hibiscus, and methi) are effective treatments for those suffering from hair loss and looking to regrow their hair.
Individually, each of the herbs used provided hair growth results in just a matter of days.
The effectiveness of each herb varies, of course, however each one contains its own chemical constituents which lend themselves to their abilities and make them viable individual options for the treatment of hair thinning and loss.
Further, consider that when combined, just as they would be in vatika oil, these four herbs proved to be a powerful hair-growth boosting treatment, even beating out Minoxidil in overall hair growth results.
So, if you’re a hair loss sufferer looking for a plant-derived treatment method, you may want to add vatika oil to your arsenal and consider using it on a regular basis to fight against further hair loss and boost your hair growth efforts.
Are There Side Effects Associated with Vatika Oil Supplementation?
As with the use of any supplement, it’s important to speak with your doctor before use. This is especially important if you suffer from chronic medical conditions, such as low/high blood pressure, or if you suffer from a heart condition.
Of course, allergic reactions are also possible with the use of any herb or supplement. Prior to use on your scalp, it’s best to test vatika oil on a small patch of skin on your arm or leg.
Some of the herbs in vatika oil do have their own side effects. Brahmi, for example, may cause nausea, fatigue, or dry mouth if taken orally for a long period of time.
Amla is another herb commonly found in vatika oil which may have adverse side effects if taken orally in large amounts.
If you’re pregnant or nursing, it’s best to consult with your obstetrician prior to supplementation.
How to Add Vatika Oil to Your Hair Care Routine
There’s no doubt that the addition of vatika oil to your hair care routine will provide numerous benefits for your scalp and hair. Luckily, there’s two simple ways to add this oil into your regular routine.
Apply It As a Moisturizer
If you aren’t looking to spend tons of time adding a new hair loss treatment to your regular hair care routine, then using vatika oil as a moisturizer is the quickest way to go about including it.
Apply this oil directly to your scalp one or two times per week. It’s best to do this after showering, as your scalp will be at its cleanest and your hair follicles will be unclogged and ready for moisture absorption.
Start with a quarter-sized dollop of oil in your palm, and then massage into your scalp using your fingertips. Be sure to spread thoroughly, covering the entirety of your scalp and hair.
Use It As a Hot Oil Treatment
Hot oil treatments don’t seem to get the love that they deserve, but such an addition to your hair care routine can improve the health of your scalp and increase the quality and quantity of your hair follicles.
DIY Vatika Hot Oil Treatment
Things You’ll Need:
- Vatika Oil (1 cup)
- Hot Water
- Plastic Shower Cap (or, plastic bag)
Pour 1 cup of vatika oil into a heat-safe bottle or container.
Bring water to a boil, either in a pot or tea kettle.
Once the water has boiled, remove from heat and place the container of oil directly into the water, either in the pot the water was boiled in or the cup or bowl the hot water was transferred to from the kettle.
Allow the container of oil to sit in the hot water for a few minutes, picking up the oil bottle and swirling its contents around a few times to provide equal heat distribution.
To see if it’s done, test the oil on your wrist.
How to Apply:
Contrary to what you may believe, hot oil treatments are done prior to shampooing.
Once the oil is heated through, apply thoroughly to your scalp and hair from root to tip.
Your hair does not need to be saturated, but you do want to ensure that the oil has made contact with all strands of hair and the entirety of your scalp.
For best results, massage your scalp in a circular motion for 5 minutes. Once done, place the plastic shower cap (or plastic bag) over your scalp.
Next, you’ll take your bath towel and dip or rinse it in hot water. Wring out the excess water, and then wrap the towel around your head and secure.
You may keep this treatment on overnight, but 30 minutes is the minimum amount of time recommended in order to see results.
Once you’re ready, rinse the oil from your hair and scalp and then shampoo.
In conclusion, there is some truth that vatika oil can be used successfully for hair loss.
I recommend the first thing you do is adding one of the oils to your own homemade shampoo.
Or using it in a hair mask.
However, lets be clear; if you have aggressive hair loss, this will not make much difference.
You will need to find the underlying root cause of the problem to make any real difference.
This way you can simply use Vatika oil to speed up the process, instead of fighting a losing battle.
*This article was reviewed by Dr. Anil Simhadri