Hair Care Herbs

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Natural herbal rinses are gentle and nourishing for the scalp. They rely upon botanicals, to promote healthy hair and scalp, rather than the synthetic ingredients and chemicals that can damage hair and cause build-up.

Herbal infusions have been used for centuries to naturally soften hair, increase manageability, and restore luster, body and bounce.

Herbal hair rinses can provide a deep cleansing, lighten, darken or enrich your natural hair color, soothe irritation, prevent dandruff or stimulate the scalp to increase growth.


Good for... Name of Herb and Hair Care Description:
Aloe Body & Luster Aloe vera, Aloe barbadensis, makes hair more manageable, smoother, silkier, and healthier. Aloe conditions, moisturizes and creates a smooth shine. Mexican woman have applied aloe vera for centuries to add luster and manageability to their hair.
Amla Hair loss/thinning Amla, Phyllanthus emblica, an excellent hair conditioning herb, provides nourishment that penetrates the scalp and strengthens hair at its root to promote stronger, healthier new growth and help with hair loss by normalizing blood supply
Soapnuts
Body & Luster Aritha, Sapindus mukorrosi, also known as Soapnuts, is an excellent hair tonic, long known for its benefits for healthy hair and scalp. Used for centuries as an anti hair loss shampoo, the natural antifungal and antibacterial properties may help with dandruff. The natural saponins not only cleanse hair, they add body and sheen and make hair feel thicker, silky and smooth.
Basil Hair loss/thinning
Body & Luster
Basil, Ocimum basilicum, stimulates hair follicles, increases scalp circulation and promotes hair growth. The magnesium in basil helps protect hair from breakage, and its anti-inflammatory properties help soothe the roots. Basil moisturizes and adds luster to dull hair.
Bhringraj Scalp conditions*
Hair loss/thinning
Bhringraj, Eclipta alba, is an ancient Ayurvedic herbal remedy for hair loss, premature graying and skin allergies, which helps rejuvenate skin and hair. Considered the "king of herbs" for hair growth, it adds deep moisture and acts like a multivitamin for hair to help strengthen the hair shaft, provide natural shine and may also helps with dandruff.
Black Tea Dark highlights Black Tea, as a hair rinse is good for premature grayness and darkening hair. It also helps decrease shedding.
Black Walnut Dark highlights Black Walnut, Juglans nigra, leaves infused are a great remedy for oily hair. The leaves and especially the hulls are a source of natural hair dye that can darken hair. It is often combined with henna to create brown hair dye.
Burdock Dry hair & Scalp
Oily hair & Scalp
Scalp conditions*
Hair loss/thinning
Tangles
Body & Luster
Burdock, Arctium lappa, rich in fatty acids that stimulate blood flow to the scalp, nourishes and strengthens hair follicles, to promote healthy hair growth and improve the overall condition of hair. The silica and phytosterols in burdock help soothe irritated scalp conditions like dandruff, decrease breakage and repair hair while adding sheen, hydration & luster.  It increases shine and gives body to limp hair. The mucilage in Burdock Root also helps add “slip” to your hair to make detangling easier.
Calendula Dry hair & Scalp
Oily hair & Scalp
Scalp conditions*
Blond highlights
Red highlights
Calendula, Calendula officinalis, soothing to sensitive scalps, is rich in plant minerals that protect the hair from free radicals, and the scalp from bacterial growth. A calendula hair rinse conditions, adds shine and can be used to create warm highlights.
Cassia obovata Body & Luster
Blond highlights
Conditioner
Cassia, Cassia obovata, often called neutral henna, is not a henna at all. Its ground green leaves, derived from a desert plant, look like henna, but it contains a golden yellow dye molecule that adds color only to very pale blond or gray hair. An excellent conditioner, it strengthens the hair shaft, enhances volume for the look and feel of a thicker, fuller head of hair, adds lots of shine and promotes a healthy scalp. Its antibacterial and antifungal properties may help improve dandruff. Cassia is often mixed with true henna to create strawberry or marigold hair tones.
Chamomile Dry hair & Scalp
Oily hair & Scalp
Scalp conditions*
Blond highlights
Chamomile, Matricaria recutita, is used to soothe the scalp and condition hair. It adds highlights to fair hair and a sheen to dark hair and it conditions and softens. Chamomile tea makes a fantastic hair rinse for blonds, strengthens scalp tissues, and promotes healthy hair growth by correcting issues with scalp inflammation.
Cloves Dark highlights Cloves, Syzgium aromaticum, make great hair rinses to bring warm tones to browns and enhance red and auburn highlights. The warm clove scent is an added bonus.
Comfrey Dry hair & Scalp
Scalp conditions*
Dark highlights
Comfrey, Symphytum officinale, soothes and stimulates the scalp, and enriches lifeless hair. Comfrey tea, made from root or leaves, poured over hair as a rinse, makes hair soft as silk.
Dandelion Body & Luster
Highlights
Dandelion, Taraxacum officinale, root rich in iron, helps treat dandruff and dry hair issues. Dandelion leaves are loaded with minerals and vitamins, especially vitamin A, that help balance sebum. Dandelion infusions have been used to add sheen and light highlights to hair.
Elderflower Dry hair & Scalp
Scalp conditions*
Body & Luster
Elder Flowers, Sambucus nigra, are mildly astringent and help soothe a dry, irritated scalp. Hair-softening elder flower also helps dry damaged hair.
Fenugreek Hair loss/thinning
Scalp conditions*
Fenugreek, Trigonella foenum-graecum, or Methi,  provides natural proteins for the nourishment and health of hair, stimulates blood flow to the root of the hair, and was used to combat hair loss. Used as a treatment for dandruff, thinning hair, and damaged hair, it is said to preserve hair's natural color and keep hair silky.
Flax Hair Loss
Tangles
Flaxseed or linseed, Linum usitatissimum, comes from the flax plant, an annual herb. It is rich in mucilage, a complex mixture of polysaccharides that form a soothing gelatinous substance when water is added. The mucilage provides slip like a conditioner that helps detangle hair. Flaxseed, very rich in Omega-3 essential fatty acids, strengthens the hair shaft and may help with hair loss.
Ginger Root Hair Loss
Dandruff
Ginger Root, Zingiber officinale, helps increase scalp circulation which stimulates hair follicles and encourages growth. The fatty acids composition of ginger root is great for thinning hair. Ginger also has antiseptic properties that work to help with dandruff.
Henna Red highlights
Red color
Body & Luster
Conditioner
Henna, Lawsonia inermis, is a desert flowering plant. The powdered leaves have been used since ancient times as a natural dye. Henna gives hair a reddish tint and, when mixed with other botanicals such as indigo and cassia, can create a variety of beautiful warm colors. Henna, a deep conditioner, coats the hair shaft, seals in moisture, tightens the cuticle, increases body and luster and makes hair silky soft.
     
Hibiscus Red highlights
Scalp conditions*
Tangles
Hibiscus, Hibiscus sabdariffa, or Javakusuma, is used to lessen gray hair and promote hair growth. The flowers and leaves contain mucilage and plant proteins that help in the treatment of dandruff and hair loss. Hibiscus also helps seal the cuticles to aid with tangles and promotes healthy hair growth by feeding the follicles with nutrients. Provides warm red hues.
Hops Scalp conditions*
Hair loss/thinning
Hops, Humulus lupulus,  help heal and repair damaged hair. They contain a nourishing oil that is an effective hair conditioner and thickener.  Regarded as useful for hair growth, hops help stimulate scalp circulation.  Its antiseptic properties help with dandruff.
Horsetail Dry hair & Scalp
Oily hair & Scalp
Scalp conditions*
Body & Luster
Hair loss/thinning
Horsetail, Equisetum arvense, is nourishing and hydrating, stimulates blood vessels in the scalp and has been used for centuries as a hair growth herb. The silica in horsetail helps to keep hair strong and adds shine and luster to hair.
Indigo Hair colorant Indigo, Indigofera tinctoria, a shrub native to southeastern Asia, is a source of indigo dye. The leaves are harvested, dried, and ground into a powder that contains a deep blue dye used for centuries in textiles, arts, and as a natural jet black hair colorant. Indigo was the original blue dye in Levi Strauss jeans. Indigo combined with henna can produce rich natural mahogany to deep dark brown to even black shades depending on the proportions of henna and indigo.
Lavender Dry hair & Scalp
Oily hair & Scalp
Scalp conditions*
Hair loss/thinning
Lavender, Lavendula officinalis, has anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti fungal and anti-septic properties that help with hair loss, shedding and inflammatory scalp conditions. Its ability to balance oil production makes it a great hair care herb for all hair types.
Lemon Balm Oily hair & Scalp Lemon Balm, Melissa officinalis, a mild astringent, makes a very good rinse for those with oily hair. The toning properties of Lemon Balm help balance and refresh hair and scalp.
Lemongrass Oily hair & Scalp Lemongrass, Cymbopogon citratum, has astringent and tonic properties that make it useful in the treatment of scalp inflammations. Lemongrass balances skin oil by helping to normalize oil production and is useful for both oily and dry hair.
Licorice Root   Licorice root, Glycyrrhiza glabra, see Yashtimadhu
Marsh Mallow Dry hair & Scalp
Scalp conditions*
Tangles
Conditioner
Marsh Mallow, Althaea officinalis, soothes the scalp providing relief from scalp irritation. It also contains mucilage, which provides slip to help detangle, condition and moisturize hair. High in plant proteins, marsh mallow nourishes the scalp promoting healthy hair growth and luster.
Mullein Blond highlights
Dry hair & Scalp
Mullein, Verbascum thapsus, rich in mucilage, has been used as a soothing emollient for inflammatory scalp conditions and dry hair and scalp. Mullein can be used as a floral rinse to add golden highlights and brighten hair.
Nettle Dry hair & Scalp
Oily hair & Scalp
Scalp conditions*
Hair loss/thinning
Dark highlights
Body & Luster
Nettle, Urtica dioica, stimulates the scalp, improves circulation, and helps promote promote fuller, more radiant hair. Nettles have a long-standing reputation for preventing hair loss and making the hair soft and shiny. Nettle, an excellent hair conditioner, is rich in minerals and plant hormones, is tonic and astringent and gives a healthy gloss to hair.  Nettle is said to be a remedy for oily hair, dandruff, and hair shaft breakage.
Oatstraw Blond highlights
Body & Luster
Oat Straw, Avena sativa, has emollient qualities promotes softness, body and shine. It contains nutrients that aid in healthy scalp maintenance and hair growth. Oat straw tea brings out highlights in blond hair.
Parsley Dry hair & Scalp
Body & Luster
Scalp conditions*
Parsley, Petroselinum crispum,  moisturizes, gives luster, stimulates growth, soothes scalp inflammation and helps with dandruff. Parsley is high in essential vitamins and antioxidants which is essential for protecting the hair and scalp from free radicals.  It also enriches color and gives a nice luster to hair.
Peppermint Oily hair & Scalp
Scalp conditions*
Hair loss/thinning
Peppermint, Mentha piperita, leaves are widely recognized for their anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and astringent properties. It stimulate nerve endings and increase local blood flow to the scalp and cools and refines the scalp.
Red Clover Red highlights Red Clover, Trifolium pratense, a natural anti-inflammatory, has been used for centuries to help with many types of skin problems. It is one of the most useful remedies for children with eczema. It is also useful for the treatment of other chronic skin conditions such as psoriasis.
Rhubarb Blond highlights Rhubarb Root, Rheum rhapoticum, tea will create rich, warm honey tones in blonde hair. It is sometimes used with henna to create reddish blonde tones.
Roses Red highlights
Scalp conditions*
Rose Petals, Rosa spp, has healing properties that are useful in treating mild scalp inflammation, moisturizing and nourishing qualities that promote shine and stimulating properties that increase blood supply in the scalp to promote hair growth. Rose petals also brighten red hair.
Rosehips Red highlights Rose Hips, Rosa spp, packed full of Vitamin C, strengthens the hair shaft and brightens red hair.
Rosemary Oily hair & Scalp
Scalp conditions*
Hair loss/thinning
Dark highlights
Body & Luster
Rosemary, Rosemarinus officinalis,  encourages hair growth by improving blood flow to the scalp, encourages strong, healthy hair, stimulates growth, increases manageability and adds shine. The stimulating and revitalizing properties of rosemary help condition both hair and scalp
Sage Dry hair & Scalp
Scalp conditions*
Hair loss/thinning
Dark highlights
Sage, Salvia officinalis, rich in antioxidant, astringent, and antibacterial qualities, is a soothing hair tonic and a natural treatment for scalp dryness. Sage tea adds shine and depth to dark hair and helps darken graying hair. Sage will remove residual shampoo and conditioner that has built up on your hair to leave it shiny and soft.
Seaweed Body & Luster Seaweed or Kelp, mineral rich, adds protection to the surface of hair, reducing moisture loss and infusing it with vitamins. The proteins, in particular, seem to strengthen roots, add body and shine and condition the scalp and hair. Some Hairstylists have found the nutrients in seaweed a great way to help limp and lifeless hair.
Shikakai Body & Luster
Hair loss/thinning
Shikakai, Acacia concinna, is referred to as "fruit for the hair." It has a naturally mild pH, and it gently cleans hair and increases bounciness and silkiness of hair without stripping it of natural oils. As a natural hair conditioner, Shikakai is said to promote hair growth, strengthen hair roots and clear dandruff.
Thyme Oily hair & Scalp
Scalp conditions*
Hair loss/thinning
Thyme, Thymus vulgaris, has antiseptic and antifungal properties that cleanse, heal and soothe the scalp. Thyme is often used in deep cleansing shampoos, helps ease dandruff and stimulates hair follicles to help with hair loss.
Holy Basil Tulsi Hair loss/thinning Tulsi, Ocimum sanctum, or Holy Basil, is helpful in conditioning the scalp by improving blood circulation thereby helping cells receive the nutrients and oxygen. It is also useful for dandruff and general hair care.
Watercress  Oily hair & Scalp
Hair loss/thinning 
WatercressNasturtium officinale, is mild acid that contains lots of minerals like iron and phosphorus. It revitalizes oily hair, removes oil and soap residue and gets hair really clean.  It has also been used as an anti hair loss treatment due to its high content of zinc and biotin.
Witch Hazel Oily hair & Scalp Witch Hazel, Hamamelis virginiana, leaves and bark are astringent and help deep clean oily hair.
Yarrow Oily hair & Scalp Yarrow, Achillea millefolium, is effective for treating dandruff, itchiness, scalp irritation and oily scalp. It has also been shown to help counteract hair loss. Regular use of a strong yarrow tea will lighten hair.
Yashtimadhu Hair loss/thinning Dry hair & Scalp Yashtimadhu, Glycyrrhiza glabra, also known as Muleti or Licorice, is a traditional herbal remedy used in India and around the world. The root is good for improving hair growth and is often used in products to help with hair loss. It is helps keep the scalp moist and hydrated and helps strengthen the hair shaft.
Yucca Hair loss/thinning Dry hair & Scalp
Scalp conditions*
Yucca Root, Yucca schidigera, an emollient that contains natural saponins, a natural cleansing and foaming agent, making it an ideal ingredient in shampoo and other hair care products. It soothes and nourishes the scalp. Navajos swear by yucca root to prevent hair loss and to cure dandruff.

*Scalp conditions: inflammation, dandruff, irritated or sensitive skin, itchiness, dermatitis

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