Here is our pick of the top 5 herbs to boost hair growth
When you are looking for a choice of natural ingredients in your hair products that give you robust, lustrous hair growth, the kind you see in the movies, the other obvious fear is what if the product uses harmful chemicals that will undo the benefit in the long run.
The answer lies in picking a product that offers the purity of herbal essences without the presence of harsh toxic chemicals. The good news is, when the right herbal oils and actives are used, they nullify the need for parabens and artificial surfactants, by replacing their function and use.
For example, Vitamin E tocopherol present in Shankara’s Hair and Scalp oil naturally helps rebuild the lost layers of fat on the epidermis that bring back the shine and vitality to your hair.
Here is a list of 5 other herbs and oils that you need in your hair oil as a perfect blend to support hair growth, reduce breakage and dandruff problems.
1. Rosemary (oil)
Originally used in the Mediterranean civilization for washing and cleansing hair, rosemary oil has been recently promoted as essential oil of choice for hair growth, reduction in hair loss, and its many anti-inflammatory benefits. It supports luscious growth of hair by improving circulation which ensures timely supply of nourishment for the hair follicles; promoting the healthy growth of nerve endings that are connected to the hair follicles; minimizing premature greying of hair and infections in the scalp that can cause itchy reactions.
A randomized controlled trial in 2015 showed that the use of rosemary oil was as effective as Rogaine in treating alopecia (male or female pattern baldness.)
Since the essential oil is highly concentrated, it is used along with carrier oil like olive or coconut.
2. Avocado oil
Research shows that vegetable oils, especially monosaturated oils like avocado (and not polyunsaturated ones), can be a great option for oiling the scalp that prevents hair damage from the root and reduces hair breakage. Monosaturated oils penetrate deeper into the scalp. Massaging the scalp with oils can also help the skin from getting flaky and dry, in case the oil secretion is unbalanced. This way, it helps minimize the appearance of dandruff too.
Hair drying out due to environmental factors including exposure to the sun, pollution, or exposure to seawater can also cause damage to the hair. Applying oils can help make a thin protective film to prevent this damage.
To prevent dandruff and prevent dry, flaky scalp, massage the oils into the base of the hair. While oiling the other ends of the hair shafts can help detangle long hair, massaging the base can help prevent skin from excessive drying and flaking.
Hair experts encourage you to go for a deep oil massage with Shankara’s Hair And Scalp Oil, made with power ingredients like sesame oil, avocado oil, Jojoba oil, Vitamin E Tocopherol, gooseberries extract, sandalwood essential oil, bringraj extract, lavender essence, clary sage, and rosemary.
The oil is specifically designed to moisturize dry and damaged hair for more luminous, healthier, and voluminous locks. The oil is safe to use on colored hair. It deeply penetrates the hair shaft and conditions hair from the roots. It can be used for colored hair too!
Avocado is also rich in many nutrients like vitamins, minerals, and key antioxidants that reduce damage from oxidative stress.
3. Jojoba oil
This one’s a popular oil wax extracted from the jojoba plant which is an excellent moisturizer, loaded with vitamins and minerals like vitamin C, and B vitamins, copper, zinc, and vitamin E.
It strengthens hair, promotes hair volume, and reduces hair loss. The moisturizing effect nourishes the hair follicles and prevents drying. It is also a popular microemulsion, that is, it works effectively in carrying the other active nutrients into the skin. It supports hair growth by eliminating factors that lead to hair damage, breakage, and thinning. It eliminates dandruff, dry and itchy scalp, and has anti-inflammatory properties.
4. Clary sage
This one has gained popularity more recently as an exotic herb with its Egyptian roots. The leaves and flowers of the plant are steam distilled and diluted for use, given their high potency. Clary sage promotes the health of your scalp which is the first base for stronger hair that breaks less frequently. The oil stimulates hair follicles and ensures more effective blood circulation through the skin cells in the scalp. It adds a clear luminosity to the hair, strengthens the strands, at the same time balances hormones that cause hair loss. It has anti-fungal properties and a pleasant fragrance that you don’t mind staying in your hair after a wash.
5. Sandalwood oil
Sandalwood oil has a unique astringent property to it that helps balance excess sebum production in the scalp, which can lead to wet dandruff. It also helps manage split ends, brings back the luster in your hair, and supports growth. When blended with oils like sesame and jojoba, it works wonders in treating dandruff problems, one you find perfectly in Shankara’s Hair and Scalp Oil.
6. Vitamin E
You need vitamin E in your hair products since it supports hair growth by nourishing and strengthening the scalp, where your hair grows from. A 2010 study also showed vitamin E supplements helped support hair growth in those dealing with hair loss. In an animal study, vitamin E was shown to increase blood supply that supported hair growth and increased the size of hair follicles.
It fights free radicals, reduces oxidative stress, and boosts collagen production, all of which help your hair stay and grow healthier. By some projections, using vitamin E supplements for eight months increased hair growth by 34%.
Vitamin E helps form a protective barrier in the scalp to prevent loss of moisture and balance the production of oil in the scalp. When the naturally occurring protective layer gets damaged over time from exposure to various pollutants and toxic chemicals, the hair starts to lose shine. And so you need to use hair oil that is rich in Vitamin E, which brings back this protective barrier and makes your locks shine again. You find Vitamin E tocopherol, one of the most penetrative forms of vitamin E is an important ingredient in Shankara’s Hair and Scalp Oil as well, along with essential oils like rosemary, clary sage and sandalwood.