Last updated on October 25th, 2022 at 08:15 pm
When using herbs to care for your hair it’s good when using more than one herb. You have herbs that moisturize and strengthen (some do one or the other). Using complimentary herbs help to balance each other out.
Because fine natural hair needs both moisture and protein (or other strengthening agents), you don’t want to overdo the use of any one herb in your hair.
The combination of herbs you can use together are numerous. Below you’ll find the herbs that help with maintaining moisture as well as the herbs that strengthen. Some actually do both.
Herbs that Help With Moisture
- Aloe Vera – leaves hair smooth and shiny
- Comfrey Root – softens and conditions hair
- Marshmallow Root – detangles, conditions, detangles and strengthens
- Nettle leaf powder – makes hair shinier
- Shikakai – can be used in place of drying shampoos
- Slippery Elm Bark – conditions, softens smooths and strengthens
Herbs that Strengthen with (or like) Protein
- Amla – conditions, strengthens scalp and hair
- Brahmi – strengthens and nourishes hair follicles; promotes growth
- Bhringraj – nourishes hair follicles, stimulates hair growth
- Fenugreek – strengthens hair follicles and adds shine to hair
- Henna – building up the integrity of the hair shaft
- Hibiscus – rich in vitamin C which boosts collagen and adds strength
- Horsetail – strengthens and helps fight split ends
You can use this Minimalist Hair Care Planner to Track your DIY Hair Recipes:
How to Easily Incorporate Herbs that Moisturize and Strengthen
Try adding a tablespoon or two of one or more of the herbs to your conditioners and/or oils. Then, make note of how your hair feels and responds.
If your hair is too dry or brittle, you know you need more of the moisture supportive herbs.
This post is part of the Herbs FOR Hair Care Series
The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed after their kind, and trees bearing fruit with seed in them, after their kind; and God saw that it was good. ~ Genesis 1:2