My Full Collection of Herbal Hair Powders for Healthy Hair (plus how I use them)

Last updated on July 18th, 2023 at 03:39 pm

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One of the best things you can do for your hair is use all natural products.

There are many ways to incorporate all natural products into your hair care regimen for healthy hair. You can use foods like avocado, eggs and mayonnaise or you can choose to use Indian and herbal hair powders mixed with store bought products or each other.

Indian ladies have used herbal hair powders to strengthen, growth, thicken and maintain their beautiful locks of hair for many generations. Meanwhile, those of us in Western culture are using hair care products heavy laden with chemicals.

It’s time to stop using all the toxic hair products and start valuing our beautiful God given crowns by caring for them with the best possible substances on earth…natural ones.

While I’m still considered a newbie with respect to Indian herbal hair care, I’ve still managed to build a substantial collection of herbal hair powders. Below is a list of those herbal powders and how I use them.

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Herbal Powders for Healthy Hair

Aloe Vera Powder – In powder form, aloe vera adds moisture to your hair care products, especially DIY recipes. It also conditions the hair and nourishes the scalp to encourage new growth.

Amla – Rich in essential fatty acids, Amla adds lustur to the hair shaft and strengthens the hair follicles.

Aritha/Reetha Powder – With it’s anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, Aritha (also known as Reetha) can be used to create a shampoo that’s gentler than what you will purchase in stores. It makes hair shinier & softer and helps treat dry scalp conditions.

Ashwaghanda Powder– This herb stimulates hair follicles which can lead to hair growth.  The antioxidants in ashwagandha reduce the risks of premature greying.

Bentonite clay – Made from volcanic ash, bentonite clay is rich in minerals including silica, calcium, copper, magnesium, iron, potassium and sodium. The clay binds with heavy metals and chemicals in the hair to remove toxins and other impurities. This clay is effective at cleansing and detoxifying the hair.

Bhringraj/Maka Powder – This herbal powder can be used in combination with Amla, Brahmi, Shikakai and/or Neem. They can be mixed to create a paste to condition the hair and scalp.

Brahmi Powder – A very widely used medicinal herb in India, brahmi is known to help prevent split ends by strengthening the fibers of the hair and also combats dry/itchy scalp. Mixing brahmi with amla and ashwagandha powders makes it a super packed conditioning treatment for the hair.

Rhassoul/Ghassoul/Red/Moroccan Clay – Harvested from the Atlas Mountains of Morocco, rhassoul clay has so many benefits. Quite similar to bentonite clay it detoxes the hair, removes product build up, improves hair elasticity and reduces frizz. It also helps helps to clear clogged pores in the scalp and is particularly moisturizing to the hair – more so than Bentonite clay.

Curly Proverbz Green Tea (Growth) Rinse – The moisture and managability received from this rinse is wonderful. In addition to the obvious (green tea), this rinse includes lavender essential oil, calendula, chamomille, comfrey, sage, red clover and hops. Could you DIY this? Absolutely but the cost of this is actually pretty decent as a little product goes a long way and it would also be more time consuming having to assemble all of the herbs. This green tea rinse also helps reduce excess shedding and stimulates hair growth.

Curly Proverbz Henna Gloss – Cassia has been termed, “neutral henna” as it conditions the hair much like henna but without color deposit. When combined with a deep conditioner, it aids in strengthening the hair follicles and the hair shaft. The result is stronger hair that defies breakage.

Hibiscus Powder – This powder can be used to create a natural hair coloring. Makes hair bouncier, combats hair loss and strengthens hair. Hibiscus powder can be used to create a hair oil, cleanser or conditioner.

Nupur Henna Blend – This is a powerful blend of herbal powders with henna being the largest most abundant ingredient and other herbs including: Brahmi, Shikakai, Aloe Vera, Methi, Bhringraj, Amla, Neem, Hibiscus, and Jatamansi. I used to use straight henna but this henna blend is even more potent and conditioning for the hair and it also provides full grey coverage. Score! 

Shikakai Powder – A natural conditioner, Shikakai can also be used as a shampoo. It strengthens the roots of the hair and promotes hair growth.

Rose Powder – This herbal powder offers some surprising benefits as it increases blood flow to the hair follicles, thereby strengthening the hair shaft when used as a hair mask. Hair is also smoother and shinier after just one treatment.

Fenugreek seeds or powder will also find its way into my hair regimen in the near future but for now I donโ€™t need Fenugreek as the Nupur Henna Blend contains it. Methi = Fenugreek. There’s also a plan to add Neem powder to my supply. It’s been known to combat acne effectively and that’s yet another thing I have to deal with.

How to Combine The Herbal Powders

Create Hair Oils

– with Henna, Amla, Brahmi and natural oils (ex: olive, coconut, grapeseed)
– Nupur 9 herb blend + Grapeseed oil and MSM

Create Hair Washes

bentonite clay wash on fine natural hair

– Bentonite and/or Ghassoul clays with aloe Vera powder and water
– Shikakai, Aritha, Bhringraj

Create Hair Masks

fine hair hacks

– Rhassoul, Hibiscus, Rose and Aloe Vera

– Shikakai, Aloe Vera

– Aritha, Aloe Vera

– Bhringraj, Brahmi, Hibiscus

– Brahmi, Amla, Ashwaghanda

– Cassia, Hibiscus, Amla

– Rose + Aloe Vera

Create Hair Rinses

– Green Tea blend + Hibiscus, water, peppermint or eucalyptus EO
– Henna, Amla, Shikakai

I donโ€™t follow Ayurveda in the traditional sense since Iโ€™m Christian but I do use the herbal powders mentioned (all provided by the Creator anyway) for my hair care. I find my hair is most responsive to all natural hair products. The herbs mentioned have been used in Indian culture for centuries by women.

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Michelle Smith

Michelle is a Christian natural hair enthusiast. She's been natural for 20+ years and shares natural hair care tips and easy hairstyles for those with low density or thin fine natural hair. It's her joy to inspire you to live by faith in God while caring for your "crown."

This Post Has 15 Comments

  1. Deborah

    I love your content and wanted to know if you have a routine or schedule monthly for some of these great powders? Thanks for all you share

    1. Michelle

      Hi Deborah,

      I typically use henna 1x a month and I had started alternating Fenugreek in twice a month. However, I’ve sadly developed an allergy to it so I can no longer use it. Amla is my most commonly used herbal powder as I use it as a pre-poo 3x a month. As for the others, it’s sporadic and if i’m feeling like doing a little self care by whipping up a hair “treat”

  2. Jasmine Bush

    Can you share where you purchase your powders from? I have the same Henna powder pictured here (purchased on Amazon) but what about your other powders?

    1. Michelle

      Hey
      Except for the herbs from the old curly proverbs line, I got all of the herbal powders on Amazon as well

  3. Kim @fancyflairlady

    This is great! Thanks for sharing, especially the combinations that you’ve been using. I’ve been using hibiscus, amla, brahmi and fenugreek regularly in the last month. I going to look into Ashwaganda and Bhringraj next.

  4. Jeania Staffordy

    Thank you for your faith, very encouraging!! I am low porosity with low density, thinning at the top & edges. I’m into natural products have an arsenal of herbs but I don’t know what to use for shampooing my hair. I’m using african black soap mixed with 2 herbs, I’m having problems with keeping moisture, what hair regime would you suggest ? I need help!! Thank you with God Peace & blessing

    1. Michelle Smith

      Hi Jeania,
      I’m low porosity with some areas of normal porosity. I don’t typically encourage co-washing but it really does help to co-wash. You can clarify your hair once a month if build up of product is a concern. Two co-washes I recommend are:

      – Eden Bodyworks Coconut Cowash
      – The Mane Choice 3 in 1 Conditioner

      Both leave the hair feeling very moisturized

  5. Carliss Spight

    Great information!
    I’m seeking someone to put Henna in my hair or learn how to myself. I’m tired of using a rinse every month and I don’t do permanent hair color.
    I have fine hair, low density and high porosity , 3C hair.
    I like looking at your blogs.
    Kudos
    Carli

    1. Michelle Smith

      Hi Carli, you can totally do it yourself. It’s very easy. All you have to do is mix it up and apply it like you would a relaxer. If you do a search for “henna” on this blog, you’ll find a number of related posts.

  6. Nathania

    Bhringraj is my favorite powder, my hair loves it. It definitely help reducing hair loss.

  7. nsae_nsae

    great post. very informative and helpful =) ! when it comes to hair wash using Clays ( bentonite or Rahssoul ), if i used them every week on wash day will it be too much ? are these clays ment to be used only as detoxifying/ clearing only ?

  8. Kenisha

    Thank you soo much for this post. Herbs and Ayurveda can be overwhelming when your trying to get into it. This post really helped me out when it comes to dipping my toes into this new world of goodies for the hair lol.

    1. Michelle Smith

      ha ha you’re welcome. It can be intimidating but just start with 3 or 4 herbs and do some research online to see what pairs well together. Then, you can start combining them.

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