For very many years, herbs have been used for various purposes in nutrition, medicine and skin & hair care. Women from different parts of the world are now beginning to recognize the value of using herbs to maintain a healthy hair care regimen. Some of the reasons why herbs are becoming popular is because of their ability to promote growth of strong, healthy hair.
Is it really important to use herbs for 4C hair growth? I think it is absolutely important you identify at least 5 herbs that you can try out for your hair care. The reason for this is that, herbs will nourish your hair in ways that conventional hair products wont. Herbs are natural and thus very safe for your hair. Herbs provide you with a unique combination of nutrients that may not be obtained from your regular hair care products.
In this article, I have gone all out to catalogue some of the most popular herbs used in hair care. This is a list of 35 herbs, some are more popular than others and some are only found in certain areas. I am on a journey to try as many as I can in order to find my top 10 that I will use more regularly in my 4C hair care routine.
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So, let us dive in. We will go in alphabetic order so we don’t have to place importance to any particular herb. Each herb has its own unique value it can deliver to your hair.
Aloe Vera is one of the most used and recommended Ayurvedic natural remedy for hair fall. When used consistently, it can prevent hair thinning and promote hair growth.
Benefits of Aloe Vera on 4C hair
- Aloe Vera is packed with amino acids and proteolytic enzymes which efficiently improves scalp health and boosts hair growth.
- The proteolytic enzyme in Aloe Vera helps in unclogging your hair follicles by clearing all the dead cells that block them. This gives a chance for the nutrients present in the Aloe Vera extract to nourish your hair follicles hence promoting an increased growth rate.
- Aloe Vera has anti-inflammatory properties which soothes an irritated scalp.
- Its antifungal properties enable the clearing of dandruff and flaking from your scalp.
- The moisture content of Aloe Vera conditions your hair as a result softening it. This reduces constant breakage consequently ensuring that your hair remains thick and voluminous.
- Aloe Vera extracts are alkaline and therefore on application to your hair it helps to maintain a pH balance. For best results, you should use freshly extracted Aloe Vera gel.
How to extract Aloe Vera gel
Slice a freshly cut Aloe Vera leaf. Using a spoon scoop the gel out from the pulpy area. Put the extracted gel into a food processor to give it an even consistency. If you don’t have access to an Aloe Vera plant, you can purchase organic handmade Aloe Vera Gel here.
Amla, also known as the Indian Gooseberry, is a fruit that contains a lot of vitamin C and other antioxidants. Amla can be used in different forms but its oil works best. Massaging your scalp with Amla hot oil helps increase blood circulation enabling efficient production of your hair’s natural oils.This promotes a healthy hair look.
Benefits of Amla on 4C Hair
- The Vitamins C and other antioxidants present in Amla help in collagen production. Collagen boosts the rate at which hair grows and strengthens your strands making them less prone to breakage.
- Amla oil helps to get rid of dry flakes from the scalp. It dissolves grease and dirt from the follicles opening them up to optimum nutrient absorption after application thereby increasing hair growth.
- Antioxidants in the oil help keep hair and follicles healthy by fighting off the damage-causing free radicals.
How to use Amla
You can mix dry Amla powder with coconut oil and apply to your hair. You can also mix the powder with water to form a paste, and then apply to your hair as a hair mask. Let it sit for at least thirty minutes and then rinse it off with cool water. A great place to purchase Amla Powder is on etsy.
Arnica is a flowering herb whose native lands are cold, rocky regions. It is not edible but offers a lot of advantages on healthy hair maintenance.
Benefits of Arnica oil on 4C hair
- The anti-inflammatory properties in Arnica herb contribute in maintaining the health of your scalp. It reduces inflammation, kills bacteria and clears away oil build-up, thus an effective hair and scalp conditions treatment. A healthy scalp equals to healthy hair growth.
- It is an excellent ingredient in dealing with dandruff.
- Premature graying hair is difficult to prevent as the timing of appearance of gray hair is genetically or environmentally affected. Maintenance of good health of your hair using arnica oil on a regular basis however, elongates your hair’s span preventing premature graying.
You can apply Arnica Oil directly to your scalp or in combination with any other carrier oil.
Brahmi is available either in oil and powder form. Reduces hair fall by making your hair strands thicker and strengthening their roots. This makes your hair appear generally healthier. Massaging your scalp with the oil reduces dandruff, itchiness and flakes. It also helps reduce split ends. Brahmi powder offers greater benefits as compared to the oil. It increases rate of hair growth by clearing all hair diseases.
How to use
- You can get leaves of the plant from the market dry and grind to form powder or you can buy it in powder form.
- Mix the powder with water to form a paste then apply on hair. The fresh paste would have a grassy smell, adding some essential oils will give it a more pleasant smell and improve the properties.
- Allow it sit for an hour then wash.
Bhringraj grows as a weed and has a strong smell. It is considered as a miraculous herb for hair growth. Bhringraj has properties that help in improving blood circulation which carries with it nutrients nourishing the hair follicles. Nourished follicles make the hairs stronger at the root, reducing hair fall. The herb also stimulates the dormant hair follicles to come out quickly and thus promote new hair growth.
How to use Bhringraj
You can use this herb by adding Bhringraj powder to your preferred carrier oil and then apply the mixture to your hair. If you have fresh Bhringraj leaves, grind them, apply the paste directly onto your hair and rinse after several minutes. This will add shine and luster to hair.
Cassia is also known as natural henna. It sometimes works like henna by adding golden hues on blonde and gray hair but does not do the same for black hair. Giving your hair Cassia treatment gives it the following benefits:
- Cassia works as a natural conditioner and moisturizer for dry hair.
- It clears dandruffs and any other pathological condition off your scalp as it has antifungal properties helping promote a healthy scalp.
- Cassia thickens and promotes hair growth resulting in a voluminous mane.
- Cassia adds texture and shine to hair.
- Remedy for lice.
- Cassia regulates and normalizes hair when it is oily or dry at the roots. This could be due to poor nutrition, medical treatment, a hormonal change due to pregnancy or menopause.
How to use Cassia
You can use cassia by mixing Cassia powder in water until it gets to a pasty consistency. Apply the paste to your hair and allow it to sit for an hour. Thereafter, wash your hair to remove any residue.
Calendula is also known as pot/garden marigold. It is an abundant source of vitamins, antioxidants and minerals.
Benefits of Calendula on 4C hair
- It increases the production of collagen hence promoting stronger hair.
- It improves blood circulation in the scalp hence promoting even distribution of nutrients required for hair growth.
- Calendula is rich in flavonoid, a plant-based antioxidant, which defends the hair and scalp against cell-damaging free radicals and the scalp from bacterial growth.
- Richly contains antiviral, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties which help soothe sensitive scalp.
- It has regenerative properties which promote significant growth of hair follicles.
- Eradicates scalp conditions such as dryness, dandruffs etc.
How to use Calendula
Calendula can be used alone or with a carrier oil. To use calendula on your hair, submerge 1/4 cup calendula flower petals in 1 cup warm water, leave it overnight; strain, then apply directly on your scalp as a final rinse after you shampoo your hair. If you dont have access to the fresh flowers, you can purchase Dried Calendula Flowers here.
Chamomile is an herb that is used for hair treatments. It can be used in two main forms for hair treatment in oil or tea forms. Either form used it provides great benefits on your hair.
Benefits of Chamomile oil
- Strengthens and moisturizes hair. Like any other oils it helps lock in moisture within your strands. It also nourishes and strengthens strands enabling length retention.
- Naturally does away with dandruffs
- Enhances natural hair sheen
Chamomile tea is another alternative way of using Chamomile herb and it is done by rinsing your hair with the cold tea after you have freshly washed and conditioned it.
Benefits of Chamomile tea for hair
- The tea opens up clogged hair follicles by clearing dead cells, built up oils and dirt off the scalp. This gives the growing hair follicles way to sprout out. It also boosts the rate of metabolism enhancing your hair’s growth rate.
- The tea contains a wholesome package of nutrients the herb has. When hair is rinsed with it acquires the nutrients making it grow healthier.
- Chamomile usage on a regular basis reduces split ends and strengthens hair strands hence length retention.
- Just as the oil it reduces dandruff and other scalp related issues when used on a regular basis.
- Enhances your hair’s natural color
- When used as a conditioner it helps in moisture retention…
Both the oil and tea are good but the tea provides much more advantages after usage.
Comfrey is an herb whose leaves, roots or the entire plant could be used in hair treatment. Comfrey is a very important herb for hair growth and its extract is excellent at detangling hair. It contains vitamins, linoleic acid and omega-6 fatty acid that work to promote hair growth.
Benefits of Comfrey
- Comfrey soothes an irritated scalp. It protects the hair against dryness and breaking. It is excellent at preventing hair dryness because the presence of attantoin that not only stimulates skin cell proliferation but it is also an excellent exfoliator that will soften skin cells
- Comfrey root is good for your hair because it has healing properties and packed with minerals, vitamin A, B-12, and antioxidants. It plays a major role in soothing and is the major anti-inflammatory component of comfrey that actually makes hair softer.
- Comfrey has more mucilage than herbs like marshmallow and so it softens, detangles, and adds shine to your hair strands.
- Comfrey has great polyphenols such as caffeic acid, chlorogenic acid, and rosmarinic acid. Caffeic acid has very effective antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory properties that aids in scalp irritations. Chlorogenic acid is anti-fungal, anti-viral, and anti-bacterial, making it highly beneficial for scalp conditions likes dandruff and eczema. Rosmarinic acid is anti-inflammatory so it relieves an irritated scalp, therefore, these three polyphenols alone will soothe an ailing scalp quite effectively.
How to use Comfrey
You can use comfrey as a hair rinse by boiling one teaspoon of dried comfrey in one cup of boiling water. Add a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to the solution. Let the solution cool down then pour it over freshly washed hair.
The Dandelion plant originated from Central Asian region and got naturalized in many regions. It is a very hardy plant that grows almost everywhere.
The dandelion herb has iron and Vitamin A, B, C, and E, which are vital for treating conditions of the scalp. A healthy scalp is important in promoting hair growth. Dandelion can effectively get rid of excess oil or sebum accumulated in the scalp.
Dandelion contains magnesium, iron, phosphorus, potassium, biotin and calcium and altogether they play a significant role in making your hair healthy as well as stimulate hair growth.
How to use Dandelion
Dandelion tea, which is made by boiling one tablespoon of dandelion in 2 cups of water for 10 minutes, is used as a hair rinse. To make dandelion rinse simply steep dandelion leaves or roots in hot water for about twenty minutes. Strain the mixture and use it on your hair as a final rinse. Condition your hair after this to prevent loss of moisture.
Fenugreek has been used for decades as a natural home remedy for many hair conditions such as dandruff, hair loss, hair thinning, dry and itchy scalp. Many natural hair bloggers have reported that Fenugreek is one of the secret ingredients for long, thick and healthy hair.There is a lot of research that has been done to back this up.As mentioned in the detailed Fenugreek post, this herb is one of my favorite DIY hair ingredients. It has transformed my hair beyond expectations.
Fenugreek contains proteins, vitamin A, K, C, folic acid, potassium, calcium, and iron. Fenugreek also has a high nicotinic content which is very beneficial against hair loss, dandruff and treating scalp issues like dryness, baldness, and hair thinning. It also contains a high amount of lecithin which hydrates and strengthen the roots and hair follicles. Fenugreek is very effective in moisturizing the hair hence is referred to as nature’s best natural conditioner.
Benefits of Fenugreek on 4C hair
- Strengthens hair and prevent hair loss
- Promotes Hair Growth
- Nourishes hair and scalp
- Used as a natural conditioner
- Adds shine to your hair
- Prevents dandruff
How to use Fenugreek on 4C hair
You can use Fenugreek either in powder form or the seeds. When using the powder form, mix it with other herbs of your choice such as Amla or neem and soak it in water for about 10 minutes; you will obtain a thick paste, add water and mix thoroughly to get your desired consistency. If you prefer to use the seeds, soak them in water overnight and then ground to a fine paste. In this article that I published much earlier, I go into more detail on how to use Fenugreek to grow healthy natural hair.
Flaxseedsare rich in several nutrients that help in keeping the hair healthy and maintaining scalp hydration. The seeds contain fatty acids which are essential for your hair growth and provide relief from a dry scalp. Flaxseeds also consist of antioxidants that will help in getting rid of free radicals. Flaxseed gel is quite easy to make and will give you excellent results. To learn more on flaxseed gel, benefits and how to prepare the gel, click here. This article goes into detail of how to use flaxseed gel on 4C hair
This popular Chinese herb is a natural cure for many health and hair related problems. It is one of the chief ingredients that you will find on most hair tonics or hair shampoos.
Benefits of Ginseng on 4C Hair
- It is very effective in treating baldness. This is because it contains ginsenosides which help with your hair growth.
- Contain compounds that strengthen hair strands preventing hair loss.
- Ginseng prevents the death of cells which would result in fungal infections on the scalp upon compilation.
- The natural spice (Saponin), an anti-bacterial compound found in Ginseng also cleanses your scalp by removing dandruff and other fungal caused conditions and prevent their recurrence.
- It has properties that also work to relieve stress, which might be the cause of hair fall.
- Ginseng has a volatile oil and which is very useful in inhibiting erosion of naturally beautiful hair color.
- Ginseng oil serves as an antidote of free radicals that you might be dealing with especially in urban areas, which cause premature graying of hair.
- The herb also cleanses the scalp of the build-up of dirt and oils enabling the growth of the hair follicles.
- Ginseng is said to help in blood circulation in the scalp, increasing the flow of oxygen and nutrients to the hair follicles, therefore, increasing their growth.
- Ginseng helps in thickening of thin hair strands leading to a total increase in your total hair volume.
You can prepare the recipe at home by getting ginseng capsules from a pharmacy if you cannot get its natural form. Empty one of the ginseng capsules into a mixing bowl and mix it with three tablespoons of your preferred oil. Once this has been mixed thoroughly and a suitable consistency has been achieved, apply the mixture directly onto the scalp. Massage the mixture into your hair and scalp for at least 5 minutes. You can do this daily for maximum results. The benefits of Ginseng can also be obtained by orally taking the capsules.
Another alternative is to buy Ginseng powder from an online store that stock it. You can check out the Etsy listing, most of what you will find on there is handmade.
Gotu kola mixed with olive oil is superb for scalp massages. It increases blood circulation on the scalp hence increasing hair growth. Gotu kola can be used in various forms for hair treatment such as in tea, as a powder, and even as oil. The components of this herb are used as a remedy for hair loss. Hair loss might be as a result of malnourished hair follicles, and Gotu Kola plays a key role in nourishing the hair follicles enabling the growth of strong hair strands. Gotu Kola strengthens the blood vessels enabling them to nourish and provide oxygen to the hair roots so that they produce more cells promoting the growth of hair follicles.
The extract can be used both internally and externally to help in fighting hair loss. You can use the oil to massage your scalp. It can be taken as tea. For better results drink the tea and use the oil as a scalp massage. The powder can be used as a hair mask by combining aloe vera gel with the powder and mix into a paste. This is a great hair mask for hair loss and is also a soothing and scalp irritant preventive.
Green Tea is a natural herb known for its many health benefits. It contains antioxidants that prevent hair loss and panthenol which strengthens the hair. Green tea is very effective in the treatment of baldness and damaged hair. Vitamin B is one of the nutrients that it contains and will give you good hair health as it helps in controlling split ends, softens the hair and strengthens hair roots. Green tea also has theanine, which is a distinctive amino acid which works along with panthenol to strengthen the hair.
Apart from Vitamin B, a specific catechin EGCG helps in supporting hair growth when green tea is applied to the roots. Green tea can play a major role in hair elongation. Not only this, the anti-inflammatory properties of green tea help stop hair loss and promote the regeneration of new hair strands. Caffeine present in green tea also prevents baldness by blocking DHT (Dihydrotestosterone) a hormone responsible for causing baldness. The polyphenols and Vitamin C present in green tea boost shine and softness of your hair.
How to use Green Tea on Natural Hair
The best way to use green tea for hair is to make a hair rinse. You can do this by preparing it like you normally prepare for drinking. Let it infuse and give it some time to cool down. The rinse should be applied to clean, damp hair. Allow the tea to penetrate the hair for at least 10 minutes. To add on the shine, the rinse can be bottled up and sprayed on the hair later. You can do this twice or thrice a week for a couple of months to see results.
Among the most universally known benefits of henna for hair is that it is a natural hair coloring agent and conditioner. Henna is commonly used for hair coloring, but it also works wonders for the overall health of your hair. It contains antibacterial, antimicrobial, and astringent properties which do away with fungal and bacterial conditions of the scalp. It gets rid of excess oils from the scalp, preventing clogging. Henna restores your scalps pH level and repairs hair damage.
Henna leaves are powdered, so you mix with water, let it rest for a few hours, then apply the paste to the hair and leave it in for a couple of hours. Rinse it off with water once you are done.
Hibiscus contains a lot of antioxidants and vitamins that improve the overall health of the scalp and hair. These brightly hued flowers are rich in nutrients like amino acids that are necessary for producing keratin, the building blocks of our hair. These flowers stimulate hair regrowth even from dormant follicles and bald patches. It effectively treats dandruff which can interfere with healthy hair growth. There are many types of hibiscus flowers and any type of hibiscus flower is good for the hair.
Using the leaves of the Hibiscus plant is also very beneficial. I use hibiscus in very many different ways. One of the easiest ways I use it on my natural hair is by making a hair rinse or adding it to my homemade deep conditioners. I will do a detailed post on how I use Hibiscus in y natural hair care routine, so lookout for a new post soon.
I haven’t used hops in my hair care routine, but as I was doing my research on this herb, I found some interesting facts about it. From the research I did, I learnt that the herb is primarily used in hair care because of its properties that stimulate hair growth. In oil form, it is used to thicken hair and promote growth. It is a natural antiseptic. As per the research (read multiple books), you can use the extract of hops directly on your hair by applying the extract directly on your scalp after shampooing the hair. Apparently, this is great if your scalp is itchy and has dandruff. The vitamins and oils in the extract open the pores on your scalp and remove dead skin enabling the growth of new hair follicles.
This is on my ‘To try Herb List’ but I thought I should share the information I have any way to save the research time. If you have tried this herb before, kindly shade some more light in the comments, otherwise, I will be writing a detailed post on this sometimes in the future.
This is also one of those I haven’t tried but is on my ‘To try Herb List’ based on the research I have done, Horsetail is a rich source of the organic form of silica. This mineral adds to the tensile strength of hair strands thus preventing their rapid breakage. Silica together with other ingredients works well in helping promote rapid hair growth improving texture and natural sheen. It’s also a perfect remedy for thin hair according to the research I have done.
Lavender is well known for its distinctive but pleasant aroma. Just like aloe vera, it is used in hair care because of its anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties. It protects the hair from lice as it is a natural insect repellent. You can use lavender essential oil by adding a few drops to any carrier oil of your choice.
Lavender is one of the renowned herbs that helps in boosting hair growth and reduces baldness. Lavender oil helps stimulate circulation in the scalp, strengthening new hair growth, and balances the natural oil production on the scalp. It also has antibacterial properties that will help in soothing as well as healing irritations and infections on the scalp and is very effective when you need to treat dandruff and dry and flaky scalp. This helps reduce hair loss caused by such conditions and also improve hair growth.
I promised to share a list of 35 natural herbs for hair growth but I have done 20, worry not, the remaining are in the pipeline. Check out for an updated list over the next 2 weeks.