Mint shampoo is popular for a number of reasons, and not just because of its refreshing, clean smell. Using it may actually help to promote hair growth in people with thinning hair, because it can stimulate blood flow to the scalp. In addition, it may help to clear up and prevent dandruff, and through its antiseptic properties may help to relieve an itchy scalp. In general, shampoo made with essential peppermint oil is the best choice for an individual who wants the skin soothing properties of this type of shampoo. Otherwise, any other type of shampoo made with mint can still offer a pleasant aromatic experience.
Some people use mint as part of a relaxing aromatherapy session. Using mint shampoo in the shower can have the same benefit, and many people find that it helps to relieve stress while helping them wake up in the morning. In addition, for people suffering from nasal or sinus congestion, the combination of the steam from the shower, and the mint smell from the shampoo can help to open up nasal passages and relieve congestion. Some use it to try to treat headaches naturally. It may also help to prevent coughing and wheezing from tightness in the chest or conditions such as asthma or bronchitis.
In addition to its aromatic benefits, mint shampoo is good for the hair and scalp as well. People with dry hair especially find that it beneficial to them; experts recommend that children should not use this type of shampoo, however, as it can be irritating. It does have some antiseptic properties as well, which can help to relieve an itchy scalp. In addition, the essential oils used in it can have a cooling sensation on the skin, which can also be beneficial for a dry or itchy scalp.
Some also recommend using mint shampoo to treat dandruff or even lice, but it is best to ask a doctor or dermatologist before doing this. It is frequently recommended for people with thinning hair, because the mint helps to increase blood flow to the scalp. This encourages the growth of new hair.
If mint shampoo is too strong to use everyday, purchase another shampoo to alternate with. Some people find that daily use of the shampoo can be irritating. Also, depending on an individual's hair type, going a day or two in between washings can actually be beneficial to the hair.