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Wide varieties of hair care products available in the market. While these artificial hair care products claim to take care of hair, they are not devoid of chemicals which have harmful side effects. So, it’s better to use natural hair care products due to their chemical free nature.
It has been observed that natural hair care products derived from plants and herb extracts improve the blood circulation in the scalp and stimulate the growth of hair follicles.
They activate the dermal papilla and also stimulate overall scalp metabolism. Research is still going on to understand the exact mechanism and effects of different natural hair stimulants.
Sources of natural hair stimulants
Experimental studies show that the extracts from grape seeds increase the production of cells in the hair follicle. It has also been observed that the grape extracts affect the hair growth cycle in a significant way. They enable the hair strands to move rapidly from telogen (resting) to the anagen (growing) phase. Grape seed extracts stimulate healthy hair growth by defeating the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT) that stops the hair follicle growth cycle.
Ginkgo biloba leaf extracts act as good tonic for hair growth. They help to increase and maintain peripheral microcapillary circulation, ultimately improving or maintaining hair growth. The hair growth is stimulated through combined effects on proliferation and apoptosis (cell death) of the cells in the hair follicle.
Aloe Vera (Aloe barbadensis) is a natural hair care product used for treating alopecia. Aloe Vera contains Aloenin, a potent stimulant which promotes rapid hair growth without any irritation in the scalp. The best thing is Aloe Vera has few known adverse side effects.
Sage (Salvia officinalis), also called ‘common sage’, or ‘garden sage’ is generally used as hair rinses or skin lotions.. It is especially helpful for maintaining the sheen of dark curly hair. When blended with rosemary, it stimulates hair growth. The constituents which are responsible for its hair growth stimulating effects are the tannins, saponins, borneol and camphor.
Oil Extracts for natural hair care
You can improve the general health of your hair by using hair care oils after a bath or hair wash. Oils such as coconut oil, rosemary, West Indian bay, and chamomile are some of the natural oils which are known to promote hair growth.
Coconut oil is a triglyceride having a high affinity for hair proteins. Because of its low molecular weight and straight linear chain, it is able to penetrate the hair shaft.. This hair care oil lubricates and gives a smooth feel to the dry hair shaft. It also heals the structure of damaged hair and protects it from harmful UVA radiation.
Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) is a medicinal herb used for treating various hair ailments. It is also used as a natural hair conditioner, especially for dark hair. It is also used as a treatment for dandruff. Rosemary oil stimulates the growth of hair. The main constituents of this hair care oil is caffeic acid and its derivative rosmarinic acid have antioxidant effects which help in providing shine to the hair.
Lavender oil not only helps in treating lice and fleas in the hair, but also gives a pleasant aroma to your hair, It is also used to treat itchiness and psoriasis in the scalp.,
Experiments have shown that lavender oil may be effective against Alopecia Areata and helps prevent hair loss.
To prevent hair loss caused by alopecia areata, blend lavender with other essential oils like thyme, rosemary, and cedar wood and rub it in the affected part of the scalp. People for ages have depended on various oils to keep their hair soft and supple.
Here are some natural hair care tips.
Some natural hair care tips
So try a few hair care tips and find out which suits you best. It is better to use natural hair care products extracted from herbs as they are generally devoid of harmful chemicals and their associated health hazards.