There are several products lining beauty supply shelves that promise hair growth, but all in all, hair growth is not achieved by a ‘magic’ or ‘miracle’ product. Age and genetics are both factors in hair length, but, on average, our hair grows about a quarter to a half an inch a month. Although there is not one product that can make hair grow faster, there are several natural ingredients that stimulate the scalp and aid in hair growth.
Aloe can be applied directly onto your scalp and promotes hair growth. It stimulates blood circulation in the scalp and also fights against alopecia.
Horsetail, contains high concentrations of silicic acid and other silicates. It also contains potassium, aluminum, and manganese, all of which aid in the prevention of hair loss.
Evening primrose increases blood circulation in the hair follicle and is high in the essential fatty acid known as gamma-linolenic acid which stimulates hair growth.
Stinging nettle disinfects the scalp and increases blood circulation. It blocks the enzymes that cause hair loss and promotes hair re-growth.
Rosemary stimulates the scalp and helps prevent dry scalp and dandruff. It is also a natural hair conditioner.
Rosemary Hair Rinse
Boil rosemary leaves in one cup of water and let steep for 5 to 7 minutes. After cooling, use the liquid as a final rinse after washing, or pour into a spray bottle as a daily leave-in. Keep the mixture refrigerated and add a few drops of sage as a preservative if you are planning to keep the mixture longer than one week.
Sage is a stimulant and is anti-bacterial. Sage essential oil and can be combined with rosemary and lavender and used on your scalp to balance the oils in your scalp and help stimulate hair growth.
Sage Tea and Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar has a very high natural pH and gets rid of product build-up by dissolving minerals, toxins, and dirt particles as well as fights dry scalp and dandruff .
Mix four ounces of apple cider vinegar (ACV) with four ounces of cooled sage tea or ten drops of sage essential oil. Pour the mixture on your scalp, then wrap your hair with a towel or put on a plastic cap for 20 to 30 minutes. Rinse and shampoo as usual.
After wash rinse
Add about 5 drops of sage oil, or 2 cups of cooled sage tea, with 1 capful of ACV and use as a final rinse after washing. The mixture does not have to be washed out.
– Laquita Thomas – Banks