You’ve popped your way to thicker, longer locks with a hair-helping hand from OUAI Thinning Hair Supplements and now you want to keep the party going. For starters, stock up on these expertly-curated foods and vitamins to maintain a healthy scalp and boost hair growth. Then keep scrolling for a list of natural herbs to incorporate into your diet that help combat hair loss, according to Kristin Dahl, Los Angeles-based nutritionist and women’s wellness educator and the founder of The Women’s Wellness Collective and the holistic lifestyle hub, Dahl House Nutrition.
Herbs for Combating Hair Loss
An Ayurvedic herb that increases circulation on the scalp and promotes health of hair follicles. Use it daily in powder or supplement form.
One of the highest natural vitamin C sources, Amla berry supports collagen production for hair and skin health. Vitamin C is a powerhouse antioxidant needed for the binding of collagen in the hair. Collagen gives hair its strength, and also combats free radicals that would cause DNA mutation and lead to the wrong replication of cells. Amla berry can be taken in powder or tincture form.
Rhodiola is an adaptogenic herb that helps fight stress and enhance hair growth. Stress has a catabolic effect on the body, causing the body to use nutrients only for the most necessary functions to survive. Since hair growth is not the highest priority, nutrients will be diverted to more necessary functions resulting in weak hair. Use a daily supplement or in powder form. *It may be stimulating for some, so it's best taken earlier in the day.
The methanol in peppermint oil promotes circulation, and when applied to the scalp can increase hair strength and hair growth. Peppermint oil application increases scalp stimulation and growth factor which is necessary for hair follicle regeneration. Use it in a hair mask: dilute 4-5 drops of peppermint oil in a solution of 1 part Castor oil or coconut oil and 2 parts olive oil. Massage onto the scalp and leave in there for 30 plus minutes. In the morning wash hair as normal.
Herbs for Promoting Hair Growth
High in minerals essential for healthy hair growth, specifically high in calcium, silica, and sulfur which can boost collagen production. Drink nettle leaf as an infusion daily for 30 days and watch your hair transform!
Also high in minerals, especially silica which can also help with thinning hair. Oat straw will also assist with itchiness and dandruff! Drink oat straw tea or apply it directly to the scalp.
Helps to synthesize collagen, which is important for the health of skin. Collagen adds fullness to the skin, including on the scalp, and supports the health of hair follicles. Silica is found in watermelon, cucumber, oats, and flaxseed.
Naturally produced by the body, hyaluronic acid holds moisture in the body, primarily in the skin, joints and eyes. Ingested internally, it acts on the skin, hair, nails, joints and eyes to increase moisture. Try a daily supplement of hyaluronic acid.
*Note: Always consult with a holistic practitioner prior to taking or combining herbs and supplements.
Nettle, Oat Straw & Peppermint Tea Recipe
- 1 part nettle
- 1 part oatstraw
- A pinch or two of peppermint
Make an infusion by adding 4 tbsp to a quart mason jar. Cover with hot water, top lightly with a lid and steep for 4-8 hours (or overnight). Drink room temperature or chilled. *Best used within 24-48 hours.