Anyone can be confident with a full head of hair. But a confident bald man – there’s your diamond in the rough. – Larry David
Costume, hair and makeup can tell you instantly, or at least give you a larger perception of who a character is. It’s the first impression that you have of the character before they open their mouth, so it really does establish who they are. – Colleen Atwood
In a society, where the first impression is made in less than ten seconds, a head full of lustrous hair can illustrate a good personality. Agreed, there is the proverb ‘You get experience only when you are bald.’ However, it is not mandatory that baldness should be accepted. In fact, hair in the head can be considered as a vital part of our appearance, and for some it can mean loss of self-esteem. With suitable home remedies and changes in lifestyle, you can, however stop loss of hair. In this article on top 10 herbs for faster hair growth, information will be given on Mother Nature’s wonderful offerings to humankind that can cure any body problems on the scalp.
You would however agree, that to promote faster growth of hair, a fertile environment on the scalp has to be prepared. Every problem, such as Alopecia (name for baldness) and other infections has to be cleared. In fact, trichologists or experts in science of hair growth have estimated use of various herb oils can regenerate and rejuvenate follicles of hair. The other problems that result in loss of hair are fevers, high levels of stress, thyroid problems and illness.
Before going to herbal remedies for growth of hair at a fast pace, let us look at some of the common reasons for loss of hair.
- Hair dyes that could turn allergic and harmful
- Straightening and curling irons
- Poor diet and lack of physical activity
- Issues in thyroid
If you have seen any of the ancient paintings drawn for women, you would never have seen one with less hair. All our ancestors had good lustrous healthy hair. The reason, medical research has found that people of old age had good knowledge about herbs and natural ingredients. In this article selected are some of the herbs traditionally used and also easily available in the form of naturals.
The hair is the richest ornament of women. – Martin Luther
Hair brings one’s self-image into focus; it is vanity’s proving ground. Hair is terribly personal, a tangle of mysterious prejudices. – Shana Alexander
Now let us focus on how herbs can assist in rapid growth of hair.
- Act as triggers and stimulate follicles of hair for growth
- Perform anti-fungal, anti-parasitic and anti-bacterial activities
- Reduce levels of testosterone which can cause loss of hair and promote hair growth
- Provide active minerals and vitamins vital for hair growth.
1. Aloe Vera
Let us look at the medicinal components first:
Aloe vera possesses salicylic acid, having the properties of anti-inflammatory as well as anti-biotic. It also acts as a perfect moisturizer (component: choline), not allowing the scalp to turn dry. The nutrients are also absorbed into the skin at a fast pace and prevent loss of moisture from the skin. The gel of aloe vera contains aloin, which offers natural sunscreen protection. The minerals in this ‘herb’ are sodium, selenium, magnesium, zinc, copper, potassium and calcium. The vitamins are A, E, C, B1, B3, B2 and Vitamin B12. The antibiotic properties are exhibited by lupeol, cinnamic acid (also salicylic acid), sulfur and phenol.
The most important factor of all, it assists in maintaining the pH balance of hair.
However, the component to make a mark in aloe vera is choline salicylate, known for its anti-inflammatory properties (favorable for conditions such as seborrheic dermatitis); Mucopolysaccharides can help in curing wounds.
Kindly remember, that if you want to apply aloe vera on the hair, it should remain for some time.
This herb from the garden is rich in magnesium, that is necessary for many beneficial chemical processes to happen within the human body. If you apply this herbal supplement to hair, it performs the role of anti-inflammation. It improves circulation of blood in the follicles of hair to promote faster hair growth. You can apply finely powdered dried basil leaves with water to the hair.
The antioxidants famous for fighting harmful radicals within the body present in basil are beta-carotene, cryptoxanthin, zeaxanthin and lutein. There are also polyphenolic flavonoids such as vicenin and orientin. Also, health beneficial oils such as eugenol, linalool, limonene, terpineol, citral and citronellol are present in basil leaves.
3. Burdock Root
Known from centuries for being anti-inflammatory and used in scalp problems, burdock root can effectively promote scalp health as well enhance faster growth of hair.
The components, present are iron, phytosterols, mucilage, inulin, tannins, potassium and essential fatty acids (EFA) vital for taking care of the protein present in hair. The circulation of blood is enhanced in the scalp and the essential nutrients are provided for fostering growth of hair follicles. Other benefits are relief from irritation in the scalp. The function of the sebaceous glands is returned to normal condition.
Also, it contains all the amino acids necessary for building the protein involved in creation of hair. The other oils present are chlorogenic acid, iron, lactone, poly acetones, resin, taraxosterol and polyacetylenes.
If you have allergies to ragweed and other related plants belonging to the Compositae/Asteraceae family, ensure that you check with the doctor before using this herb.
4. Saw Palmetto
Having originated in the West Indies, this herb has become famous all over the world for relieving hair loss problems such as baldness. Among its body parts, the berries of the plant are used for the relief-from-hair-loss purposes.
The extract of this herb blocks the conversion of testosterone to DHT molecule that is responsible for promoting baldness. The major part is done by blocking the enzyme 5-alpha reductase responsible for this function. This herb is rich in phytosterols and fatty acids.
You can brew the leaves in water and the solution can be applied on hair. The solution performs various functions such as stimulation of the scalp which promotes growth of hair. This herb can also stem growth of gray hair. In fact, this herb is very beneficial for middle-aged men and if you have dry or flaky scalps.
The leaves are rich in calcium, vitamin B6, and iron. They are also rich in antioxidants that can neutralize harmful free radicals.
The component to make a mark in rosemary herb is known as rosmarinic acid (the phenolic antioxidant). It also contains several health beneficial oils such as camphene, bornyl acetate, a-pinene, cineol and borneol known for their anti-allergic, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal properties. It also contains the vital component Vitamin C vital for production of collagen and other vitamins such as folic acid, riboflavin, pantothenic acid.
Known for its health benefits, is it a wonder that this herb also lends a helping hand in enhancing growth of hair?
Known for its many benefits, chamomile can be both taken internally and externally for growth and stimulation of hair follicles. It performs many roles, such as protection of scalp against damage and infections, nourishing the scalp etc. The antioxidant to make a mark is luteolin, the flavonoid.
7. Ginkgo Biloba
This herb assists in circulating the essential ingredients all over the body by blood including the areas such as scalp. The medicinal components to make a mark are flavone glycosides, terpenoids that assist in proper blood circulation and act as scavengers for free radicals. Some of the important flavone glycosides are amentoflavone, ginkgetin, isorhamnetin, quercetin, kaempferol, sciadopitysin and bilobeten. The terpenoid names are bilobalide, ginkgolides A, B and C.
You can find this herbal extract in most of the hair shampoos. The toxins are eliminated from the body and blood circulation is enhanced.
The tea from the herb has been known for saving the skin from dehydration and helping in the process of rejuvenation. The skin gets free from toxins; the ground is prepared for healthy growth of hair in the scalp. This herb is essential in reducing symptoms of the adrenaline hormone, cortisol vital for loss of hair. The functioning of the body is restored to normalcy and the growth of hair is stimulated.
9. Stinging Nettle
It is found in various places in the United States. This herb can affect the production of hormones, in that it stems the production of testosterone conversion to the harmful DHT similar to Saw Palmetto. It is said to contain Vitamin A, C, potassium, manganese, iron as well as calcium.
But the major component to help in process of faster growth of hair is silica, similar to the herb ‘Horsetail.’ Silica is an important constituent of the enzyme known as prolylhydrolase necessary for growth of collagen in hair. Collagen is needed for smooth, fresh and elastic hair. As you age, production of collagen is hampered and using herbs such as Stinging Nettle brings back the essential ingredients.
Anyone can see a funny smile on your face after reading the herb’s name. However, on the opposite, this herb has amazing properties attached to its medicinal components. So next time, you know what is in the shampoo when you read one of the extracts as from ‘Horsetail.’
The medicinal properties of the herb are attributed to aluminum salts, saponins, aconitic acid, flavonoids and silicic acid (form of silica). For speedy growth of hair, the two compounds necessary are cysteine and selenium. Selenium is responsible for processing iodine that is important in regulation of escalation of hair growth. These active agents can encourage hair follicles to grow healthy as well prevent healthy radicals from damaging these cells. Deficiency in selenium can promote loss of hair.
As explained before, silica is essential for the formation of collagen, the protein found in cartilage, bones and ligaments. Other minerals present in this herb are manganese, selenium and potassium.
Speaking of herbs, how can we forget about Lavender? The herb oil not only adds perfume to the environment but also assists in giving relaxation to the senses. You would not be surprised to know if the herb also lends a hand in faster growth of hair. Do you?
The amazing properties of relaxation help in circulation of blood to the scalp thus promoting nutrition and oxygen to the skin cells. In fact, it is one of those oils that is recommended for hair problems such as dandruff, alopecia and loss of hair.
When your body is restored to normalcy, simple ailments such as temporary insomnia, anxiety, stress and depression are cured, thereby rejuvenating the body.
The esters present in lavender aid in antifungal effects. The other components of fragrance, hold your breath! Is made up of 100 constituents. Some of the main components are a-pinene, linalyl acetate, limonene, cis-ocimene, 3-octanone, linalool, caryophyllene, lavendulyl acetate and terpinen-4-ol.