Kitchen Chemistry // Household Herbs for Lush Kinks & Curls

Product after product on the shelves of our local beauty supply stores, natural markets, neighborhood grocers, and convenience stores make promising claims of increasing shine, stimulating growth, increasing manageability, curing scalp ailments, strengthening, and adding body to our hair, often using the latest trendy ingredient (green tea, olive oil, carrots, Moroccan argan oil, coconut oil, avocado), but either carry a hefty price tag or only contain trace amounts of said featured ingredient. What if you could achieve those benefits without without breaking the bank or even setting foot on a hair care aisle? What if the ingredients you need for healthy, vibrant hair are right at your fingertips? Look no farther than your kitchen! Below is a table of common household herbs you can pamper your hair with via use of infusions, oils, or extracts. How many do you currently have in your kitchen?

Household Herbs & Benefits
Herb Benefit
Aloe Vera (Aloe barbadensis) Aloe moisturizes and conditions the hair, making it smooth, shiny, and soft.
Basil (Ocimum basilicum) Stimulates hair follicles by increasing scalp circulation thereby promoting hair growth. It also moisturizes and adds luster to dull hair. Basil has anti-inflammatory properties that sooth the scalp and also contains magnesium, which helps prevent breakage.
Black Tea Decreases shedding. Black tea darkens hair so it is also helpful as a rinse against premature graying.
Chamomile (Matricaria recutita) Soothes scalp inflammations, strengthens scalp tissue, and conditions hair. Creates blond highlights in light hair and adds shine to dark hair.
Cloves (Syzgium aromaticum) Enriches brown tones and enhances red and auburn highlights.
Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) Dandelion root is rich in iron and helps fight dandruff and dry hair issues. The leaves of dandelions are rich in vitamins and minerals, particularly vitamin A, which help regulate sebum production. Infusions of this herb can be used to add light highlights and sheen to hair.
Fenugreek (Triganellum foenum-graecum aka Methi) Fenugreek is thought to preserve natural hair color while smoothing cuticles. It stimulates blood flow to the scalp and provides proteins. Fenugreek/Methi has been used to treat dandruff and combat thinning and damage.
Ginger Root (Zingiber officinale) The fatty acid content makes this root a remedy for thinning hair. Ginger root increases scalp circulations, encouraging hair growth. It also has antiseptic properties and works to control dandruff.
Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratum) Lemongrass has astringent properties and regulates oil production in skin making it useful for oily or dry hair.
Parsley (Petroselinum crispum) Stimulates growth, fights inflammation, enriches color, moisturizes, adds shine, and is high in essential vitamins and antioxidants.
Peppermint (Mentha piperita) Stimulates circulation to scalp and is known for anti-inflammatory, astringent, and antibacterial properties. Peppermint has a refreshing cooling sensation when applied.
Rhubarb Root (Rheum rhapoticum) Used as an infusion, can add warm tones to blonde hair and adds a strawberry blond tone to henna.
Rosemary (Rosemarinus officinalis) Promotes growth by stimulating blood flow to the scalp, strengthens, increases manageability, conditions both hair and scalp, and adds shine.
Sage (Salvia officinalis) Sage is capable of removing residual shampoo and conditioner buildup, helping to cleanse and soften hair. It is rich in antioxidants, has astringent and antibacterial properties, is soothing, and a natural remedy for dry scalp. Sage infusions add shine to hair can be used to darken gray hair and add depth to dark hair.
Tarragon (Artemisia dracunculus aka Dragon’s Wort) Tarragon is a natural clarifier, removing excess dirt and oil from the hair and scalp without stripping natural sebum. It also adds body and shine to hair.
Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) Has antiseptic and anti-fungal properties for cleansing and soothing the scalp. Thyme is stimulates hair follicles and is used in remedies for hair loss. It is often used in deep cleansing shampoos and helps fight dandruff.
Yucca Root (Yucca schidigera) An emollient containing saponin, a natural foaming and cleansing agent, used for organic shampoo. It soothes the scalp, helps control dandruff, and prevents hair loss.

2 thoughts on “Kitchen Chemistry // Household Herbs for Lush Kinks & Curls

    • Thanks! You can boil it and make a tea from it to use as a rinse or create an oil from it. You can find articles and videos of how to make a fenugreek and other herb oils online.

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