There are thousands of products claiming to address any — or all — of your hair woes and Hair Envy is one of them.
A growing trend is the use of essential oils as part of your hair care regimen. These therapeutic oils come with a range of claims, including helping with hair regrowth, curing dandruff, or improving dry and brittle hair. One such product you may have seen online is the Hair Envy essential oil blend.
Hair Envy makes a lot of promises, but does it live up to the hype? In this review you’ll find everything you need to know about Hair Envy and what it can — and cannot — do for you and your hair.
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What is Hair Envy?
Hair Envy is an essential oil mixed with a carrier oil. It is one of many hair-care products created by the company Vitality Extracts, launched in 2016. Vitality Extracts’ Hair Envy oil is marketed to those looking to fix brittle, dry or damaged hair through an essential oil nourishing hair treatment.
Hair Envy also promises to improve the appearance of dandruff and soothe itchy scalps, help thicken hair, improve colour and shine and generally moisturise and smooth hair. Essential oils are naturally derived ingredients, distilled from plant compounds to create potent and powerful scents. When blended with a carrier oil these essential oils become diluted and are able to be used on hair or skin more easily without causing irritation.
Hair Envy is very fragrant, primarily because of its mix of essential oils, including geranium, lemongrass, and rosemary. Hair Envy has a medium-thick liquid texture, somewhere between water and shampoo. It’s somewhat sticky but malleable, similar to olive oil used while cooking.
Hair Envy Ingredients
Vitality Extracts lists 15 ingredients in its Hair Envy serum, including both essential oils and also carrier oils. Carrier oils dilute highly concentrated essential oils, carrying them to skin safely with less chance of irritation.
I’ve used essential oils such as lavender and tea tree oil before and I think you really have to be careful to get the right blend for you because they can be very strong.
In this hair envy review we are talking about a blend of 15 essential oils so the effect of individuals oils may not be as obvious as if you use that oil by itself with a carrier oil, but even so I want to take a look at the ingredients and what they can potentially do individually for your hair.
- Avocado oil – Mindbodygreen wrote about the many benefits of Avocado oil for your hair. Some of the benefits they found include the oils ability to hold in moisture very well and the ease with which it is absorbed into your scalp. I’ve heard some women claim that Avocado helped them detangle their hair more easily but I haven;t found this to be true myself.
- Geranium oil – Geranium oil is supposed to strengthen your hair and this study on Geranium Sibiricum extract found that it can help to promote hair growth. However, it is likely to be diluted significantly in this formula so I don’t think this ingredient will effect hair growth, unless other essential oils in this formula also help hair growth.
- Thyme oil – Healthline wrote about the strength of Thyme oil when used alone and they considered that it has a stimulating affect on your scalp and may prevent hair falling out.
- Cedarwood oil – Cedarwood is one of my favourite essential oils because i love the scent. Unfortunately this blend doesn’t smell very much like cedarwood but the oil can help balance out oil production and according to research it potentially has some antibacterial properties.
- Jojoba oil – It may sound funny and bring up images of tropical islands but research into jojoba oil found that it acts like an emollient meaning it is softening. Jojoba also has anti inflammatory properties that may help with skin disorders on the scalp and all round scalp health.
- lavender oil – We all know the beautiful scent of lavender and this oil is often found in hair care products. It is one of the most widely used natural ingredients or scents in beauty products.
- Amla oil – I’m not very familiar with Amla oil but having done some research I found that it contains a lot of vitamin C and may be able to strengthen your hair follicles right down to their roots. What;s great about Amla oil is that it isn’t as overpowering and doesn’t have the intensity and potential for side effects that other strong essential oils have when used on the hair without being diluted enough.
- Eucalyptus oil – Eucalyptus is commonly found in Australia and it’s oil is used widely in many shampoos, especially Australian brands.
- Rosemary oil – You’ve most likely tasted rosemary as a seasoning in a restaurant but the oil has also been found to help mice regrow their hair and may be of benefit to human hair as well and could prevent hair loss, although this is open for discussion in the medical and beauty and skincare world.
- Tea tree oil – Envy hair have used this common oil from the tea tree plant in this formula because it is a widely used scalp treatment. and is very soothing on your scalp and face.
- Lemongrass oil – Lemongrass is here because it’s it’s anti-dandruff properties so if you have dandruff you could try out some lemongrass oil and see if it works for you.
- Juniper berry oil – Juniper berry oil is moisturising and balancing so it doesn’t let your natural oile wreak havoc on your scalp and hairs.
- Spanish sage oil – Sage oil may have anti-bacterial qualities but it is known for it’s relaxing scent, that is subtly noticeable in this formula.
Many of these essential oils are used because of their strong scents. This is especially true with eucalyptus oil, Spanish sage oil, and juniper berry oil. Some essential oils are commonly used in other hair products, including shampoos and conditioners, including argon oil, and avocado oil.
The oils in Hair Envy with the most potential to benefit your hair are lemongrass essential oil, rosemary essential oil, and lavender essential oil. Lemongrass, which is also antibacterial, is used in many other shampoos and treatments for dandruff. Some studies have shown that lemongrass oil helps to strengthen hair follicles.
Other studies have shown the same results from using rosemary essential oil, but others have shown it to not have any hair-growth impact. The same goes for lavender essential oil. Hair Envy makes direct promises that it will stimulate hair growth. Some of its users with alopecia, a medical condition that causes patchy hair loss, claim that Hair Envy has helped them to grow new hair.
Scientific studies are mixed on those claims. One study showed that less than half of people who used some of Hair Envy’s ingredients — lavender, thyme, rosemary and cedarwood — noticed new hair.
Hair Envy also lacks some of the ingredients used in products more universally accepted as helping with hair loss. Rogaine for both men and women use similar botanical extracts but include powerful alpha hydroxy acids and minoxidil solutions. Both are absent from Hair Envy.
Hair Envy pros and cons
Let’s take a look at some of the reasons why you might want to try hair envy and some of the potential downsides to using this essential oil.
Pros of Hair Envy
• The multiple essential oils in Hair Envy are impressive, and many have been shown to work well together to strengthen hair and help stimulate hair growth in some people.
• Lemongrass oil is a particularly beneficial way to help smooth hair and eliminate dandruff flakes when used daily.
• The essential oils used in Hair Envy are carefully curated to produce a wonderful scent — and it’s hard to argue with that benefit. Many reviewers give Hair Envy the best marks for its fragrance.
Cons of Hair Envy
• While Hair Envy claims to help with itchy scalps and dandruff, one of its side effects is dermatitis, which can actually lead to flaky skin. Other side effects include redness, pain, and burning.
• The cost may be prohibitive. Hair Envy comes in a tiny 30 ml bottle, sold on the Vitality Extracts website often for more than $40 (but in some places, such as Amazon.com it is often a bit cheaper).
There are other essential oil and hair-growth stimulating products on the market for as much as half the cost.
Dove’s Dermacare Scalp, highly regarded for its itch relief and anti-dandruff effects, is typically less than $5 a bottle. Rogaine retails for about the same price as Hair Envy.
• An alternative may be buying bottles of individual essential oils, such as lemongrass and lavender, and mixing a few drops with water to use on your scalp. It’s a cheaper way to get some of the same benefits of Hair Envy.
How does an essential oil blend like Hair envy work?
Hopkins medicine discusses the ways in which essential oils can travel through our nose directly to our brain. The oils are known to have the biggest effect on the emotional centre of our brain, which is why they are often inhaled from a diffuser and help us relax.
Some essential oils can also be applied topically onto your skin or hair. When applied to your skin the essential oil soaks into your skin and can move from your soft skin tissue into the bloodstream and have effect even deeper than the skin, your hair or the scalp.
Does hair envy oil really work?
It really depends what you are hoping to achieve by using this essential oil. If you have a dry scalp and wan’t to add lots of moisture to thin and tired hair then the oil is luscious and silky and transfers a lot of moisture to your skin.
How do you use vitality hair envy oil?
If you buy hair envy you’ll most likely want to know how to use it. Essential oils are often used in a number of different ways and are most often diffused or applied onto your skin or hair. Hair envy suggest that you should follow these steps to apply these essential oil to your hair.
- Use the dropper to pick up the oil.
- Carefully release 5 to 10 drops of oil on the palm of your hand.
- Add your favourite conditioner and mix it with the oil.
- Coat your hair, all the way to the tips with this blend of conditioner and essential oil.
- Rinse the formula out of your hair well.
Should you buy hair Envy ?
In this Hair Envy review we have taken a look at the essential oil ingredients, looked at how to apply it onto your hair, read customer reviews and considered whether essential oils can actually work. Now I’m going to summarise the findings above.
Hair envy is a blend of 15 therapeutic grade essential oils diluted using a carrier oil. Essential oils are loved by many who swear that they work and others are out to prove that they don’t work as is the case with a lot of more natural or therapeutic medicines.
If you’re experiencing hair loss or looking to strengthen and moisturize hair, Hair Envy is a viable option to try. The essential oils used have been shown in some studies — but not universally — to counteract hair loss, and you’ll be pleased by the pleasant scent. If you haven’t had luck with other products, especially for an itchy scalp, it may be worth giving Hair Envy a try. But proceed with caution.
Vitality themselves claim that it can take up to 60 to 90 days after first applying to see results, as long as you apply the essential oil 3 times each week. This seems like a long time, but is probably about the average time it take for hair and lash growth formulas to work.
Whether or not hair envy works for you, I don’t envy you trying to improve your hair health and i’m sure you’ll enjoy the sensation of applying these nutritious oils onto your hair. Even if you don’t notice many improvements on your hair itself, you’ll at the very least feel a little refreshed as you enjoy the scent and experience.