These 18 Incredible Herbs for Hair Growth are readily available in health stores, supermarkets, and online. BUT most of them are also easy to grow! Not only will you get excellent results by taking the right herbs for hair growth, but you’ll also be improving the condition of your hair, long-term. Like I always say, “Nothing beats the gentle effectiveness of herbs”. Herbs can treat all hair issues from dry, flaky scalp to itching and inflammation, to hair loss and oily hair, to brittle and frizzy conditions. Need to darken, lighten, prevent graying? Want shiny, lustrous locks? There’s a herb waiting for your hair!
Grow these herbs for hair loss in your garden. If you live in an apartment, get tubs and containers. If growing your own is not an option, don’t stress! They get sold in many forms. You can buy them in powder form, as oils and tinctures, and as dried flowers and leaves for teas.
When taken internally, herbs for hair growth do four specific things:
- Improve circulation
- Support collagen production
- Help hair follicles to expand. this increases hair growth and thickness.
- Improve immunity. This strengthens the entire system and improves cell regeneration and development. This is important for hair growth as the 4 phase hair follicle cycle will be working properly and be in balance.
When herbs are applied topically and massaged into the scalp, four things happen:
- Circulation is improved through massage. Massage also helps the herbal oils or creams to be absorbed through the scalp.
- Increased oxygen to the bloodstream (because circulation improves)
- Vitamins like A, E, C, get absorbed through the skin on the scalp, and support collagen production.
- Antioxidants in herbs may repair damaged cells, or neutralize free radicals, and stimulate hair growth.
Our Hair Is Our Crowning Glory
Hair loss is a sensitive subject for sufferers because our hair, or lack thereof, is so entwined with our egos, the way we see ourselves, and the way we want others to see us. Baldness is a common condition worldwide, across all countries and cultures. It’s more than just a physical condition, it affects your mental state too. Losing hair can leave a person feeling exposed and vulnerable. There are many reasons for hair loss. And I take you through them below.
Thanks to the way hair loss make men and women feel, a billion-dollar hair loss (or hair growth) industry thrives. Many fake potions, and futile promises, have been made in the name of miraculous hair growth tonics and elixirs.
The most common form of hair loss is genetic! Androgenic alopecia is male pattern baldness (women get it too). For many others though, balding is no issue and nothing a close shave can’t solve. In fact, shaving your head often improves looks and appeal. It’s the two sides to the hair spectrum. LOL!!
Using herbs and herb oils as part of a regular hair care routine is as ancient as the hills. Herbs are added to shampoos, conditioners, hair masques, and many other hair products and supplements. Their function is to clean, condition, revitalize, rejuvenate, nourish, and protect.
Today you get a practical list of the most common herbs for hair growth. These herbs are easy to find and most are easy to grow. Can’t afford 100% organic, natural, herbal beauty products? You can make them yourself for a fraction of the price! See my DIY Recipes for Herbal Hair Treatments at the end of the article.
In the recipe section, you’ll find recipes for DIY herbal teas, herbal oils, and herbal hair masques. These remedies have different benefits. Some treat dry, brittle, straggly hair. Others promote hair growth and strength, some lighten, some darken, some hide the grey, and others reduce oiliness.
Try our recipes using herbs for hair growth and let us know the results!
Hair Today! Gone Tomorrow! Why Do People Suffer Hair Loss?
There are 4 reasons that people experience hair loss:
Nutritional causes for hair loss:
Deficiencies of riboflavin (B6), biotin (B7), folate, and B12 may contribute to hair loss. When the body gets fed the right “fuel” then the immune system is supported. Vitamins and minerals get absorbed better. The scalp, the hair follicles, and the collagen, produced by the body, then function properly. If your hair was thinning before, often improving diet, circulation, and immunity will promote hair growth.
On the other side of the fence, we have vitamins that, when taken in excess, cause toxicity to the liver (see my article on herbs and liver toxicity here) and interfere with important processes in the body, that support collagen production. I’m sure you’ve heard of collagen. Well, let me tell you quickly where I stand. I do not think it helps to drink collagen broth or take collagen supplements or rub collagen from animals on your skin. I feel you should rather feed your bodies the premium diet of organic fresh produce, where possible. Eating foods high in Vitamin C is good for collagen production. Vitamin C also helps synthesize hyaluronic acid. This substance can actually thicken the strands of new hair. Herbs high in vitamin C include parsley, cilantro, and thyme. Fruits include kiwi, guava, strawberries, and oranges. And greens like kale, broccoli, and peppers are good sources of vitamin C too.
Medical reasons for hair loss:
Often cancer patients, that undergo chemotherapy, will experience mild to extreme hair loss. This happens because the chemo kills off your immune system, which is linked to healthy hair. When the immune system is compromised hair loss is unavoidable. Fortunately, hair grows back afterward.
Other medical reasons can include thyroid dysfunction. Some medications can promote hair loss. These include:
- Acne medication
- Antibiotics and antifungal drugs
- Cholesterol-lowering drugs
- Anti-clotting medication
- Birth-control pills
- Drugs that suppress the immune system
Alopecia is the term used to describe any type of hair loss or thinning. There are different types of alopecia. You get non-scarring alopecia that responds well to herbal treatments. Often taking herbs that promote hair growth is enough to see good results.
Types of Alopecia include:
- Androgenic alopecia – (male-pattern baldness). Often genetic or hereditary
- Alopecia areata – an autoimmune disease that causes hair loss
- Post Partum alopecia – hormonal usually rectifies itself
- Traction alopecia – from tight braiding and hair extensions
- Cicatricial alopecia – the scarring kind. Conventional treatments don’t do much but with hair oils, better results may be achieved.
The first 4 kinds are known as non-scarring. Here the solution is simple because the hair follicles can benefit from improved circulation and collagen production. With the scarring kind, it may be more difficult to repair the follicles, due to scarring. Fortunately, herbs like aloe, and oils like vitamin E, can reverse the scarring.
How Do You Use Herbs For Hair Growth? And Why They Work
Externally: Herb oils and herb rinses that promote hair growth
You can use oils that have been infused with herbs that promote hair growth. When you massage these oils into the scalp not only do you get the herbs to penetrate and be absorbed, but the massage action also stimulates blood flow, improving circulation. Oils also help to condition the hair and rejuvenate cells.
Most carrier oils (that the herbal extracts get added to) are rich in vitamins A and E. This boosts the potency of the oil as a whole. And adds to the antioxidant value.
Good carrier oils include:
If you suffer from oily hair then you can use a tincture or a herbal rinse instead of oil. Some herbs work better as a rinse, like stinging nettle, rosemary, and chamomile, for example.
Aromatherapy can also be beneficial. When our olfactory senses are activated, many internal processes are activated too. And our bodies communicate more efficiently as a whole, making the healing process a holistic one.
Internally: Herbal Teas and Tinctures
When you take any natural medication, the results take time to present because the process is a natural, gentle one. Taking herbal teas that promote hair growth, for at least three months, will boost immunity, improve circulation, and support collagen production.
The role of herbal teas, in this case, is supportive and curative. Because herbs are so nutrient-dense, and even more so when dried, it makes sense to supplement your diet with a variety of teas, that can be taken during the day. If teas are not your thing then buy the same herbs in tincture form. Take the recommended dosage three times a day with water.
Supplements and Extracts
You can also buy pills, powders, and elixirs that contain the extracts of the hair-promoting herbs. Capsules that contain the herbs in powder form, or contain the active ingredient, come with mixed reviews. As with all herbal products, they cannot be regulated, like synthetic medications. And many studies need to be carried out for these remedies to be recognized by mainstream medicine. Herbs work because people take them and share their own results. So people that believe in natural medicine have no problem trying herbal remedies. Often they do get results. Using inferior products or products that do not contain enough of the active ingredients will not get good results. So do your own research on the brands you want to try. Or try products recommended by blogs you trust.
Let’s get into the List of Herbs for Hair Growth now!
18 Incredible Herbs for Hair Growth
Many herbs for hair growth are high in antioxidants like vitamin C, vitamin E, and other flavonoids and phyto-compounds. Not only do antioxidants detoxify cells, rejuvenate damaged cells, and neutralize free radicals, they also support collagen production. Vitamin C, for example, synthesizes hyaluronic acid, responsible for retaining moisture in the body.
Herbs that treat hair conditions will be rich in vitamins A, C, D, and E, silica, calcium, iron, and magnesium. These herbs improve circulation and help boost immunity and collagen production. They are often anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antifungal, and antibacterial.
1. Aloe Vera
Used in: Shampoos, conditioners, gel form, repair creams, hair masques. Raw aloe gel extracted from the plant is used in home applications to great effect. See video clip below:
The efficacy of Aloe vera gel as a wound healer has been proved in many studies, including this one.
Aloe vera is a well-known hair growth remedy, especially in Ayurvedic medicine. As a hair tonic, it is becoming better known in the rest of the world now too.
Aloe vera supports collagen formation during wound healing. Aloe gel creates enzymatic reactions that strengthen the collagen and results in better quality collagen. Therefore any effects that come from collagen’s healing abilities will be achieved faster.
2. Amla Oil
Used in: Oils for hair growth and general hair health. Used internally in powder form. (Taken with hot water.)
Amla is a very famous herb in Ayurvedic medicine. It treats a wide range of ailments. Also known as Indian Gooseberry, or Emblica Officinalis
Amla is a berry high in vitamin C and therefore high in antioxidants. It supports collagen production. Vitamin C binds collagen. Collagen strengthens hair. Antioxidants improve the health of hair follicles and support the hair follicle cycle.
3. Peppermint Oil
Used: Topically, as an oil to massage into scalp.
Peppermint aids circulation. When applied to the scalp it increases strength and growth.
Used: Topically and internally.
Used in: Hair products and as a hair rinse. Herbal tisanes. Tinctures.
Hair loss is also caused by inflammation on the scalp. If the hair follicles become blocked or swollen, hair loss results. Nettle has strong anti-inflammatory properties. Once the inflamed follicles subside, the hair will start growing again.
Nettle is rich in silica and calcium. Nettle boosts collagen production. Take nettle tea daily for 30 days to see results.
5. Rhodiola Rosea
Used in: Hair products
Another traditional remedy for hair growth, but this time from Siberia. This herbal powerhouse has been used for centuries by Slavic peoples. Rhodiola is adaptogenic, meaning it can balance hormones and reduce stress. It reduces cortisol production and reduces stress on all levels, mental, physical, and environmental. Rhodiola supports hair growth nutritionally. It is very high in antioxidants.
6. Oat Straw
Used: Topically and internally
Used in: Tea or as a rinse or wash.
Oat straw is high in silica. Silica promotes hair growth. It relieves an itchy scalp and gets rid of dandruff. Oat straw is made from the stalks of the plant that gives us oats. Made as a tea it is nutrient-dense and an excellent tonic.
7. Hibiscus rosa sinensis
Use: Internally and topically
Used in: Hair masques, herbal teas, and tisanes, as a powder in Ayurvedic preparations
This well-known tropical flower is edible and medicinal. Mixed with aloe vera gel it makes the perfect masque. Hair masques get applied and left on for a period of time. You usually put them on an hour before washing your hair normally. Sometimes they will be put on after washing, usually when you want to condition your hair or give it a treatment. In the case of using herbs for hair growth, you’d do it before washing.
Hibiscus stimulates hair follicles, increasing the size of the follicles. The hair then grows out faster and thicker.
Used: Internally and topically
Used in: Supplements, tonics, elixirs, teas. Added to serums, shampoos, and conditioners.
Ginseng contains phenolics called saponins. Saponins inhibit an enzyme that causes hair loss. Ginseng promotes vitality and longevity. It rejuvenates cells.
9. Gotu Kola
Used: Internally and topically
Used in: Teas, taken as a supplement in powder and capsule form. Used in hair oils.
Gotu kola (Centella Asiatica) is sometimes called Brahmi. This is not correct. Brahmi is another Ayurvedic herb that also helps for hair loss. They are both creeping herbs but treat different ailments. Gotu kola boosts collagen production and reduces scarring. It also increases circulation.
Used in: Oils, powders, and teas.
Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri) is massaged into the scalp and treats dandruff. It strengthens hair and has been known to treat Alopecia areata. Don’t confuse Gotu kola with Brahmi. And don’t take Brahmi if you have thyroid issues.
11. Green Tea
Used: Topically and internally
Used in: Beauty products, health products, as a tea, as a tincture, in powder form, and supplements.
Many studies on green tea prove that it is among the superfoods. High in antioxidants and vitamins, it rejuvenates cells. Green tea contains EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate). This compound inhibits hormonal activity that causes hair loss. And stimulates follicles.
The vitamin B5 in green tea converts to panthenol. Panthenol in this natural form acts as a moisturizer and benefits the hair, skin, and nails. When panthenol is made artificially it is detrimental. So watch out for products that use the synthetic version of panthenol. The addition of this phenolic compound is the reason why green tea is also a good hair conditioner.
Green tea is used to treat hair loss due to hormonal issues. It contains thiocyanate which stimulates hair follicles. Thiocyanate is also found in bamboo shoots, broccoli, kale cauliflower, mustard, and other cruciferous veggies. Green tea prevents hair loss and promotes new hair growth.
Used: Topically and internally
Used in: Teas, in powder form, in lotions, and supplements
Moringa is a nutrient-dense wonder tree! Full of iron, antioxidants, silica, zinc, and vitamin A. It boosts the immune system and improves circulation. When the blood flow is strong then oxygen and vital nutrients get to the follicles, where cell repair and rejuvenation can take place.
Used in: Hair oils, shampoos, conditioners, masques.
Lavender is antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and cooling. It stimulates hair growth and works wonders when mixed into aromatherapy blends that are specifically for hair growth. See recipe section.
Used: Internally and topically
Used in: Oils, and as a rinse. Added to shampoos, serums, and conditioners.
Rosemary improves circulation which stimulates hair follicles, promoting hair growth.
Used: Topically and internally
Used in: Teas and as a wash. Added to shampoos and conditioners.
Chamomile is soothing, anti-inflammatory, and detoxifying. Used in conditioners and shampoos, it suits lighter hair whereas rosemary is better for darker hair. Chamomile is excellent for all skin conditions, so where there is an itchy scalp or flaking, chamomile will help.
16. Bhringraj oil – “False Daisy”
Used in: Rinses, teas, and oils.
False daisy is widely used in India as a wonderful hair growth oil because it’s rich in calcium, iron, magnesium, and vitamins E and D. Antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory, it promotes hair growth, strengthens follicles, and prevents graying and dandruff.
17. Cedarwood Oil
Used in: Aromatherapy, men’s grooming products, and shampoos.
This is an amazing herb for hair growth! It’s actually an evergreen conifer. The needles, bark, and berries of the tree are used to make cedarwood oil. It’s a very popular ingredient in men’s grooming products.
It’s been used to treat Alopecia areata It improves hair growth due to its antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial properties. Also treats itchy, flaky scalp. So your dandruff and scalp eczema should clear up too!
Massage into scalp daily for a few months and you will see significant improvement. To make your own kick-ass hair growth herb oil, see my aromatherapy recipe below.
18. Argan Oil
Used in: Hair oils and treatments, shampoos, conditioners, treatments, masques, skin care products
Argan oil comes from Morrocco. It is widely used to treat hair. It’s loaded with antioxidants and beneficial fatty acids. It keeps hair moisturized. this prevents dry hair, split ends, breaking. Hair that is strong,and lustrous does not shed like brittle hair.
Other herbs that work well for restoring hair follicles, stimulating hair growth, and improving the thickness of the strands include:
- Jatamansi – helps hair growth after chemo treatments
- Linseed (Flaxseed)
- Rose Hips
Recipes Using Herbs For Hair Growth
If you look at which nation has the most beautiful natural hair, it’s pretty obvious. India. Anyone wanting to restore their hair, nourish it, make it grow, naturally, using herbs, should look to the Ayurvedic hair treatments. They work wonders. Below are some Ayurvedic and some Western recipes that I have modified. Try them out and let me know how they worked for your specific hair type and hair issue.
A Simple Hair Masque to Stimulate Hair Growth
See below for links to online herbal powders that you can buy to make your own herbal hair products to get your hair back to its crowning glory!
- 1-2 cups of flaxseed
- Water (enough to cover seeds and bring to the boil)
- Pantyhose (stocking)
- Jar with lid
- Glove for one hand
- 6 drops Peppermint oil
- 1-2 Tbs Amla powder (make into a paste by adding hot water bit by bit until a medium paste is achieved. Set aside)
- Place flaxseed in the pot, add water, boil.
- Allow to cool slightly. You will see a gel forming a thin layer on top. When this happens, it’s ready to strain.
- Stretch stocking over a jar for easy pouring. Pour seeds into the stocking and using a gloved hand, squeeze out the gel.
- Add the amla paste and the essential oil.
- Allow to cool. Place in fridge
Take three fingers and scoop out enough gel to start applying to your damp or towel-dried hair. Rub the gel into the scalp and cover hair with the mixture. Place a plastic bag over hair and leave on for an hour. Rinse out. You can either leave as is, or shampoo as usual.
An Aromatherapy Oil for Thinning Hair
Use this aromatherapy blend with a carrier oil of your choice. The oils in this blend all support circulation and contain antioxidants that boost immunity and properties that keep hair and scalp dandruff free.
- 12 Drops Cedarwood oil
- 6 Drops Peppermint oil (stimulates circulation)
- 6 Drops Essence of Thyme (3x more Vit C than oranges, antifungal)
Add 6 drops to 50ml of carrier oil. Massage into scalp. Leave on overnight (covered with plastic bag) Or shampoo off after an hour or two. Use for beards too!
- 12 Drops Cedarwood oil
- 6 Drops Lavender oil
- 6 Drops Chamomile oil
- 6 Drops Rosemary oil
Add 6 drops to 50ml carrier oil. And repeat as above.
A Tisane for Boosting Collagen Production
This tea is rich in silica, calcium, vitamin C, antioxidants, and other minerals like iron, magnesium, and folate. The best thing is you can drink it daily for three months or use it a as rinse after you condition your hair. Rinse with this tea and let your hair dry naturally.
Use dried herbs for this tea.
- 1 cup dried oat straw
- 1/2 cup stinging nettle
- 1/2 moringa
- 1 cup dried green tea leaves
Blend these herbs and bring 6 liters of water to a boil. Take it off the heat. Add the herb blend. Cover pot with a lid. Allow steeping until the liquid is completely cooled. Then reheat. Switch off just before it boils and allow to cool.
Drink 125 ml 3 x a day for 3 weeks then drink once daily.
Alternatively, use 1 liter as a rinse. Store in the fridge for up to two weeks. Add the juice of a lemon to preserve.
A last “heads up”
Besides these 17 herbs for hair growth, that I highlighted today, there are 100s of other herbs that can be used to promote hair growth and improve the condition of your hair. And it’s not just the leaves and flowers of plants that get used. Fruit is often used in natural beauty treatments, including hair care. Cucumbers, watermelons, avocados, and lemons are popular natural beauty ingredients. You can even use eggs and honey!
If you suffer from hair loss, for whatever reason, I’m sure there’s a herbal treatment here that will suit your specific hair care dilemma!
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Below is a shortlist of herbal hair care products available online. I only choose products that I have used myself or that I know, without doubt, is good quality.
Links to online products containing herbs for hair growth
Ayurvedic herbal powders that stimulate hair growth and/or prevent hair loss
- Yogi’s Gift – Ayurvedic starter pack with 5 assorted Ayurvedic herbs for hair growth.
- The Man Company – Ayurvedic oil blend for thinning hair
- Jatamasi powder – Stimulates hair growth after cancer treatments.
- Hair Growth Shampoo for Men – Sphagnum Botanicals, a mix of aloe, argan, and peat mud for thinning hair.
- Hair Growth Shampoo – Herbal Naturals contains walnut, seaweed, keratin amino, rosemary, biotin , aloe vera, and lemongrass oil.