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8 Herbs & Oils that Promote Hair Growth
1. Jojoba Oil

Jojoba oil is an extract of the Jojoba plant found in California, Arizona and parts of Mexico. Jojoba oil has been used for hundreds of years by American Indians to moisturize and grow hair. The molecular makeup of jojoba has similar characteristics to the natural oil the glands of the scalp produce. Jojoba oil can be purchased at herb shops and can be applied directly to your hair or you can add a few drops to your favorite conditioner to promote hair growth. Jojoba is hypoallergenic and will not harm your hair or scalp. Aloe vera is another product used by Native American Indians to promote hair growth and is also an excellent moisturizer for your hair.

2. Wheat Germ/Aloe Vera/Coconut Milk

Mix ¼ cup of wheat germ, ¼ cup of aloe vera and ¼ cup of coconut milk and use this product as a natural shampoo. Aloe vera can be purchased at drugstores and herb shops and can also be applied directly to the scalp as it will open pores on the scalp that may have previously been blocked and will allow the hair follicles to grow. The American Indians also used and continue to use several kinds of oils to promote hair growth such as emu oil, rosemary oil, and mustard oil.

3. Peppermint Oil

A few drops of any of these products can be massaged directly into the scalp to stimulate the hair follicles and promote hair growth. Peppermint oil is also a good scalp stimulator but must be diluted before application. Mix 3 drops of peppermint oilwith 3 teaspoons of water and massage into the scalp. These oils can be purchased at herb shops and all are hypoallergenic and not harmful to the hair or scalp.

4. Lavender Oil/Lavender Water

Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia or Lavandula officinalis), native to the Mediterranean, is now grown in temperate climates worldwide. For centuries, lavender has been used by herbal practitioners to prevent baldness and to encourage new hair growth. Lavender contains potent anti-bacterial agents that soothe and heal scalp infections. It is useful in treating dandruff and adds volume to the hair shaft. Place a few sprigs of lavender in a glass container and cover with extra-virgin olive oil and cover tightly. Place in a cool, dark spot and allow to age for 3 to 4 weeks. Use the lavender infused oil as a daily scalp massage. Apply and leave on overnight. In the morning, wash hair with a gentle organic shampoo and style as usual.

A daily rinse of lavender water (bring water to a boil, add a few sprigs of lavender, reduce to simmer for 20 minutes, then cool) will impart a delightful fragrance and shine to hair. Apply lavender as a daily rinse after shampooing.

5. Burdock Root Oil

Burdock (Arctium Lappa) root oil, also known as Bur oil is one of the most important herbs used to restore hair. Burdock promotes healthy hair by relieving scalp irritations and improving blood circulation to the hair follicle. Burdock root oil supplies natural phytosterols and important essential fatty acids to hair roots, and has been traditionally used to reduce and reverse hair thinning. It is a key ingredient in many hair restoration treatments.

6. Saw Palmetto

Saw Palmetto (Serenoa repens) has been used for centuries as both a food staple and as a healing medicinal herb. The herb produces a dark red berry which is dried and then pulverized into a fine powder. Saw palmetto is available in several forms including ointments, capsules, tinctures and teas. Recent scientific studies have shown that Saw Palmetto may have beneficial effects for those suffering from benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH); male pattern baldness and other conditions associated with excess DHT (male hormone) production.

7. Stinging Nettle

Stinging Nettle (Urtica Diocia), found growing naturalized across America, blocks the conversion of testosterone into DHT. Excessive DHT contributes to hair loss in both men and women. Stinging nettle can be purchased in either pill or capsule form and is said to be more effective when used in combination with saw palmetto. Nettle can be harvested in the wild (use gloves as the leaves are covered with tiny hairs that cause a stinging sensation upon contact with human skin). The fresh leaves can be submersed in olive oil in a glass jar. Seal and place in a cool, dark spot for 2 to 3 weeks. Apply the oil in an invigorating scalp massage. Stinging nettle essential oil is frequently an ingredient in organic shampoos and conditioners.

8. Rosemary

Used for centuries in cultures worldwide to promote hair growth and delay the onset of gray hair, Rosemary oil stimulates blood circulation of the scalp. A refreshing daily rinse of rosemary leaves simmered in water retains hair color. The rinse is most effective on dark hair. A few drops of rosemary oil can be added to olive oil and used as a scalp massage oil.

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@brialarine

Hair Timeline

So many people have been asking for hair ref, what to say to the hairdresser & how i style it,, so i thought i’d make another hair post, or more like a hair timeline. I hope this may help anyone ☺

This was when i first cutted it off myself, at home, in the middle of the night after watching Break Free by Ruby Rose. Getting rid of all that annoying hair was amazing, even though it was uneven. (This is my natural haircolor btw + i was super tired)

I went to a hairdresser some day after, and all i really said was “Please just make it look better, like Miley style. Just short and not as uneven as it is now.” And well, it got short. And i dyed it purple with Directions, Plum. I only used wax for styling here

It grew, and got blue..

..so i did an undercut. I used very much wax for styling here, heh

It grew even more, and i dyed it blueish/purpleish/pinkish, which many people seemed to like. I’m not sure if it was styled in those pics

It got purple after struggling with the color for a while, and longer. This was a pretty nice length, actually the length i wanted at first. I also stopped using wax here, i didn’t even style it in some kind of way.

And now, 7 months after cutting it off the first time & 4 months after an undercut, it’s blonde, messy and pretty long.

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@frogirlginny @laurenlewiss_

If you have damaged hair, coconut oil helps reduce protein loss while protecting the roots and strands of hair from breakage. It also conditions your hair better than any synthetic conditioner in the market! Because coconut oil is rich in vitamins E and K, it effectively protects hair against lice and helps to get rid of dandruff. Most importantly its nutrients boosts hair growth! Will honey work in my hair? Yes, of course! Honey is an emollient meaning its a natural softener and it improves the health of your hair follicles. That being said, it works extremely well as a hair conditioner and it works to boosts hair growth. The acetic acid in apple cider vinegar helps remove residue from product buildup and help you achieve shinier and smoother hair COCONUT OIL & HONEY HAIR MASK 
  • 2 parts coconut oil, melted
  • 2 parts honey
  • 1 part apple cider vinegar

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