Botanical hair products are showing up more and more everyday replacing harmful chemicals and preservatives. Chemicals like parabens (a preservative linked to breast cancer), sulfates (harsh detergents found in engine degreasers), propylene glycol (used in industrial antifreeze), synthetic colors and dyes (potent carcinogens derived from coal tar), DEA and TEA (ammonia compounds that can cause allergic reactions) are just a few of these harmful elements being replaced with natural botanical ingredients in hair care products today. See my other article about hair chemicals.
What specific botanical hair products are right for you?
Here is a great report on what these plants, herbs and oils do for your hair as well as a specific hair product that currently uses the botanical ingredients for its results.
These berries are full of antioxidants, support healthy hair and combat hair color fading.
From kernels of Argan trees grown in Morocco, this oil is full of antioxidants, vitamins and essential fatty acids to rejuvenate hair and make it extra smooth and shiny.
Natural carob extract coats hair strands visibly adding volume without weighing the hair down.
From the oldest living tree species, it increases blood supply to the scalp and improves growth by stimulating metabolism within the hair follicle cells.
This herb contains vitamins B and C along with minerals to energize and revitalize hair.
This contains a high concentration of antioxidants which helps protect and defend hair against harmful free radicals.
Has a naturally calming aromatherapy scent and is soothing and moisturizing to the hair.
Freshly scented lemongrass cleanses the hair and leaves it silky without buildup.
Great for dry hair, this flower extract has energizing and conditioning properties and adds sheen and vitality to the hair.
From the seeds of the tropical trees, palm oil is full of glycerides, which serve as a natural conditioner to soften hair.
Helps improve dry scalp is fragrant a moisturizing and will brighten dull hair and stimulate follicles.
This vegetable-based protein strengthens hair and adds shine while protecting it from damage.
Antioxidant-rich extract shields hair from UV rays and free radicals and keeps hair color from fading.
Essential Oils for Hair Loss
Cedarwood-It is highly beneficial for hair loss and hair thinning, as it has stimulating, soothing and astringent properties and can be used on a variety of scalp conditions.
Rosemary-This is one of the most effective essential oils for hair care. It can strengthen the hair and prevent hair thinning. If you have high blood pressure, consult with your doctor before using this type of oil.
Sage-Like nettle, it improves blood circulation of the scalp and stimulates hair growth. However, pregnant women and epileptic patients should not use it.
Thyme-This type of essential oil can invigorate the scalp and prevent hair thinning. If you have high blood pressure, try to use it in moderation.
Ylang-Ylang-It is suitable for all scalp conditions and also helps normalize sebum production, which is excellent for hair growth.
Caution: Essential oils are very volatile and should not be used “neat” or undiluted. Always dilute it in a base oil such as jojoba, olive and almond before using. Always test for allergic reaction before buying an essential oil and never take it internally.
Make Your Own Essential Oil Treatment
In a bowl or small bottle, mix 2 tablespoons base oil of your choice with 15 to 30 drops of any essential oil above.
Use it to massage your scalp thoroughly. Cover your head with a plastic cap or damp, warm towel.
Rinse it off with herbal shampoo after about 30 minutes.
Combine 1 cup base oil of your choice and 2 to 4 tablespoons of any dried herb above in an airtight container.
Let stand for about a week. Gently shake the container once or twice a day.
Strain off the oil and discard the herbs.
Keep it in a dark glass bottle, in a cool and dark place. Its shelf life is about three to four weeks.
Use it to massage your scalp, same as the above instructions.