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Menthol is an herbal compound that can help improve your hair's health and reduce hair loss associated with scalp conditions such as dandruff, eczema and scalp psoriasis. Menthol is safe for regular use and is available over the counter.


Menthol is an extract from peppermint oil that has soothing properties, especially for problem scalps. The cooling effects of menthol can alleviate scalp irritation and redness.

Hair Growth

Hair growth can be disrupted in areas where the scalp is inflamed. Hair can begin to grow again when scalp inflammation subsides as long as your hair loss isn't caused by a permanent condition such as alopecia or male pattern baldness.


Menthol is an ingredient in many anti-dandruff shampoos. Massage the menthol shampoo onto your scalp and let it sit for five minutes before rinsing thoroughly.


Depending on the amount of hair loss experienced, new growth can take several months or longer. Use shampoos containing menthol several times per week until your scalp condition improves.


Shampoos containing menthol can be used with other treatment products, but be sure to rinse the shampoo out completely before applying other products. Check with your doctor if you have any questions or concerns.

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