One of the commonest hair problems is hair fall; and this problem is not gender specific. This happens when your hair gets sparse from balding, hair thinning, and even receding hairline.
Hair fall starts really slowly and it’s almost difficult for you to notice it, and it keeps falling till you realize that you have lost a lot of hair. When this happens, you start to get worried, panic and confused as to what to do to get your hair back.
The truth is, there are a lot of over-the-counter products with attractive promises of hair growth. But the downside of these products is, you don’t know what effects they may have on your hair or scalp, especially as most of them have a lot of chemicals.
So, this is why you should try herbs and see what prospects they hold for your hair.
Studies show that herbs have been used for centuries to treat hair fall, simultaneously promoting hair growth; even before the advent of most of your preferred over the counter products.
Though some commercial products use natural ingredients, they are usually infused with lots of chemicals. This is why most people opt for herbs for hair growth.
There are a lot of herbs that are beneficial for hair growth, and each has amazing properties that help promote hair growth.
Want to learn of those herbs? Read on
Herbs for Hair growth
One of the many reasons people prefer lavender is because of its beautiful aroma. It is distinctive for hair care and amply packed with anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties. It can also double as an insect repellent, thereby protecting your hair from lice.
To use lavender essential oil, you have to mix it with few drops of any carrier oil of your choice.
Hair Benefits Of Lavender Essential oil:
• It controls sebum production
• It acts as a natural insect repellant
• It keeps your scalp healthy
• It gives your hair a pleasant aroma
Horsetail is another amazing herb that promotes hair growth and keeps your scalp healthy. It also stimulates your blood vessels, thereby improving circulation. Steeping two parts water with one part dried horsetail, will give you a solution that you can apply to your hair.
Hair Benefits of Horsetail:
• It improves circulation by stimulating blood vessels
• It increases tensile strength of hair fall
Reetha or Soap Nuts
Reetha is one of the most prominent natural herbs for hair growth. It is also known as soap nuts. Reetha are fruits that are dried and used whole or in powder form. The fruits of the Reetha tree have been used to make soaps for a long time. That is where the name ‘soap nuts’ was derived from. When you soak reetha in boiling water, you can use the liquid to clean your hair. This can effectively cure hair fall, hence, promoting hair growth.
Hair Benefits Of Reetha:
• Reetha nourishes your hair follicles and scalp
• It promotes healthy hair growth
• It helps cleanse the scalp
• Its anti-inflammatory properties can fight away infections.
Neem oil is very beneficial for hair growth because it increases the tensile strength of your hair shaft, leaving them silky and shiny. It can also reduce hair fall and irritation of the scalp. You can use neem leaf paste as a conditioner to nourish your scalp and also inhibit dryness and flaking.
Hair Benefits of Neem Oil
• It controls Dandruff
• It cleanses and nourishes your scalp
• Its antibacterial properties keep infections at bay
Brahmi is used in oil and powder form to stop hair fall and make hair thicker and healthier. The powder is mixed with water to form a paste and is applied to the hair and scalp for an hour. A head massage with Brahmi oil is the perfect stress-buster that reduces hair loss.
Hair Benefits of Brahmi:
• It reduces stress and hair loss
• It promotes hair growth
• It nourishes the scalp
Methi or Fenugreek
Most people call methi or fenugreek ‘nature’s conditioner’. The seeds are soaked in water; the resulting liquid is a slimy substance that is added to a mixture of Shikakai, Amla, and henna. Alternatively, the seeds can be soaked in water overnight and then ground to a fine paste and applied to the hair. You can add a little yogurt to the paste, to reap the benefits of the added lactic acid.
Hair Benefits Of Methi
• Fenugreek improves circulation in the scalp
• It promotes hair growth
• It conditions the hair
Henna is mostly used for coloring your hair. It also has antibacterial, antifungal and astringent properties that can promote the overall health of your hair. Henna also helps remove excess oils from your scalp, thereby preventing clogging of your hair follicles. Henna leaves are powdered, mixed with water, and rested for a few hours. The paste is then applied to the hair and left in for a couple of hours. It is rinsed off with water.
Hair Benefits Of Henna:
• It acts as a natural hair dye
• It treats oily hair
• It restores the pH level of the scalp
• It repairs damage
Amla or Indian Gooseberry
Amla, also known as the Indian Gooseberry, is a fruit loaded with vitamin C and several other antioxidants which help with collagen production. Collagen boosts and promotes hair growth, and also increases the tensile strength of your hair shaft. Dry Amla powder can be mixed with coconut oil and applied to your hair. You can also combine the powder with water to form a paste. The paste can be applied to your hair as a hair mask. Let it sit for at least 30 minutes and then rinse it off with cool water.
Hair Benefits Of Amla:
• Gooseberry promotes hair growth
• It reduces hair graying
• It helps with dandruff and scalp condition
• It acts as hair conditioner
• It strengthens your hair.
Chamomile is known for its soothing aroma, although it is commonly consumed as tea, it can also be used externally for hair care. It is known to nourish and soothe the scalp, encouraging healthy hair growth. It is also a natural highlighter that can add light tones to your hair. You can use chamomile by rinsing your hair with the tea after it has been freshly washed and conditioned.
Hair Benefits Of Chamomile:
• It soothes the scalp
• It nourishes the roots