One particular video touting Vick’s magical hair growth properties was posted by Mesha on her MakeupMeisha youtube channel (see video below).
So what’s in Vick’s vapor rub that might make it stimulate hair growth?
Eucalyptus – an essential oil that stimulates hair follicles and prevents dandruff and an itchy scalp. The oil also strengthens and improves the elasticity of hair, and controls an oily scalp.
Camphor – is an essential oil that is cooling, refreshing, and improves circulation when applied topically.
Lavender – an essential oil that also improves circulation and is very effective in the treatment of hair loss (especially alopecia).
Menthol – clears the pores of irritants so that hair can grow easily. You can find menthol in a lot of shampoos and conditioners.
With all of these powerful ingredients, it’s no wonder Vicks is being used for more than draining a runny nose or get rid of a chest cold. Not only are women applying the ointment to their scalps, they are applying it to their eyebrows as well.
Now, we need to issue a warning to those who try to apply it close to their eyes: be sure to keep it clear of your eyes and any sweat or body fluid that may roll down and get into your eye. It can cause irritation or worse.
Other users in the comments claimed that after one week of use, they saw at least an inch of growth.
One particular video by Martin EllaB shares her love for Vick’s
“When I tell you, I didn’t have any type of edges and stuff, I went through my stages of lace wigs, but now my edges have been doing wonderfully. I’m telling y’all! This will grow your edges. Y’all ain’t got no edges? Get this. I’m just letting you know it’s working for me.”