Following is a list of herbs and natural ingredients featured in hair care products, particularly for curly, kinky or wavy hair. The list is derived from multicultural sources and is designed for all types of people with curly hair. An important thing to remember, should you try to create your own hair care products using herbs, is that most herbs are astringent, while many types of curly hair dry out easily. Herbs should be used with discretion (very small amounts) or else irritation may result. 'Protein-rich' ingredients are good for many types of hair but counterproductive for hair that has been chemical relaxed. Finally, curly hair, especially kinky African-American hair types with a tight coil, is resistant to natural colorants -- results will be subtle. Those with high percentages of gray should do strand tests, and this type of hair may also be highly resistant to natural colorants.

Castor Oil

Natural Saponins (Suds) Agave (Agave americana), Castille Soap (olive oil soap), Papaya Leaf (Carica papaya), Soapwort (Saponaria officinalis)

Hair Softeners Burdock Root (Lappa officinalis), Castor oil (Ricinus communis), Chickweed (Cerastiu) (Stellaria) (Stellaria media m), Comfrey (Symphytum officinale), Honey, Hops (Humulus lupulus), Lime Flowers (Citrus aurantifolia), Linden Flowers (Tilia americana), Marshmallow root (Althaea officinalis), Mayonnaise, Oat straw (Avena, especially A. sativa), Wheat Protein, Wild Cherry Bark (Prunus) (P. serotina), Yerba del Negro

Body and Shine Aloe Vera (Aloe vera), Castor Oil (Ricinus communis), Eggs, Hops (Humulus lupulus), Lavender (Lavendula officinalis; Lavendula angustifolium), Mayonnaise, Oak (Quercus)

Growth and Nutrients Algae, Dulse (Palmaria palmata), Horsetail (Equisetum arvense), Kelp (orders Laminariales and Fucales), Kola nut (Cola acuminata), Lanolin (adeps lanae), Nori (Porphyra), Oak (Quercus alba), Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis), Sage (Salvia officinalis), Walnut leaves (Juglans cinerea)

Setting Lotions, Gels, Curl Definition Acacia (Acacia) or (Robinia Pseudacacia), Egg, Flaxseed (Linum usitatissimum), Glycerine, Gum Arabic (A. Senegal), Gum tragacanth (Astragalus gummifer), Icelandic moss (Cetraria islandica), Irish Moss (Chondrus crispus), Lanolin (adeps lanae), Lemon (Citrus limon), Marshmallow root (Althaea officinalis), Orange blossom water (Citrus bigaradia), Vegetable Glycerin

Dandruff Birch (Betula lenta), Carrot (Daucus carota), Eucalyptus peppermint (Eucalyptus dives), Lavender (Lavendula officinalis; Lavendula angustifolium), Lemon (Citrus limonum), Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis), Sage (Salvia officinalis), Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia), Thyme (Thymus vulgaris), Willow Bark (Salix alba)

Fragrance Citrus: Orange (Citrus aurantium), Grapefruit (Citrus paradisi), Lemon (Citrus limonum), Jasmine (Jasminum officinale), Lime (Citrus aurantifolia), Lavender (Lavendula officinalis; Lavendula angustifolium), Lemongrass (Cymbopogon martini), Orange: Neroli (Citrus bigaradia) Petit Grain (Citrus aurantium), Palma rosa (Cymbopogon martini), Sandalwood (Santalum album)

Essential Oils and Fixed Oils For Alopecia (Serious Hair Loss) Borage (Borago officinalis), Calendula (Calendula officinalis), Carrot (Daucus carota subsp. sativus), Clary Sage (Salvia clarea), Cypress (Cupressus ), Evening Primrose (Oenothera biennis), Lavender (Lavendula officinalis; Lavendula angustifolium), Lemon (Citrus limonum), Palma Rosa (Cymbopogon martini), Peach Kernel (Prunus persica), Sesame Seed (Sesamum indicum)

Scalp Irritation Aloe Vera (Aloe Vera; Barbados aloe), Calendula (Calendula officinalis), Comfrey (Symphytum officinale), Elderberry (Sambucus canadensis), Frankincense resin (genus Boswellia of the family Burseraceae), Myrrh resin (Commiphora myrra), Pine Tar (Pinus and especially P. palustris), Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia), Witch hazel (Hamamelis virginiana)

Natural Oils, Waxes, Butter for Emollience, Softening, Shine Aloe (Aloe Vera; Barbados aloe), Avocado (Persea americana), Castor Oil (Ricinus communis), Cocoa Butter (Cocos nucifera), Hemp (Cannabis sativa), Mango (Mangifera indica), Neem (Azadirachta indica), Palm (Arecaceae), Shea Butter (Vitellaria paradoxa), Walnut Oil (Juglans)

Essential Oils/Fixed Oils For: Brittle Breaking Hair and Split Ends Birch (Betula lenta), Borage (Borago officinalis), Calendula (Calendula officinalis), Carrot (Daucus carota subsp. sativus), Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile), Cocoa Butter (Cocos nucifera), Evening Primrose (Enothera biennis), Jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis), Lavender (Lavendula officinalis; Lavendula angustifolium), Mango Butter (Mangifera indica), Parsley (Petroselinum crispum), Peach Kernel (Prunus persica), Shea Butter (Vitellaria paradoxa), Sweet Almond Oil (Prunus amygdalus dulcis

Essential Oils for Normal Healthy Hair Almond (Prunus dulcis), Borage (Borago officinalis), Carrot (Daucus carota subsp. sativus), Evening Primrose (Enothera biennis), Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens), Lavender (Lavendula officinalis; Lavendula angustifolium), Lemon Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus citriodora), Parsley (Petroselinum crispum), Peach kernel (Prunus persica), Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)

Avocado Oil

Essential Oils for Oily Hair Basil (Ocimum basilicum), Birch (Betula lenta), Borage seed (Borago officinalis), Cypress (Cupressus), Eucalyptus Lemon (Eucalyptus citriodora), Evening Primrose (Enothera biennis), Lemon (Citrus limonum), Peach Kernel (Prunus persica), Sage (Salvia officinalis), Sesame seed (Sesamum indicum), Yarrow (A. millefolium)

Essential Oils for Dandruff Basil (Ocimum basilicum), Birch (Betula lenta), Cypress (Cupressus), Lemon (Citrus limonum), Lime (Citrus aurantifolia), Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis), Thyme (Thymus vulgaris)

Essential Oils and Fixed Oils for Dry Hair Avocado oil (Persea americana), Birch (Betula lenta), Carrot (Daucus carota subsp. sativus), Cocoa Butter (Cocos nucifera), Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens), Jojoba oil (Simmondsia chinensis), Lavender (Lavendula officinalis; Lavendula angustifolium), Parsley (Petroselinum crispum), Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis), Sandalwood (Santalum album), Sun flower oil (Helianthus, especially H. annuus), Yarrow (A. millefolium)

Scalp Stimulation Cayenne (Capsicum), Ginger (Zingiber officinale), Peppermint (Mentha piperita)

Natural Hair Colorants Blonde Calendula (Calendula officinalis), Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile), Honey, Lemon (Citrus limonum), Mullein (Verbascum), Rhubarb (R. rhabarbarum)

Natural Hair Colorants Auburn and Burnette Black Tea (Camellia sinensis), Catechu (Acacia catechu), Cinnamon (Cinnamomum cassia; Cinnamomum z.), Clove (Syzygium aromaticum), Henna (Lawsonia inermis), Logwood (Haematoxylon campechianum), Tobacco (N. tabacum)

Natural Hair Colorants: Red Alkanet Root (Alkanna tinctoria), Annatto Seed (Bixa orellana), Henna (Lawsonia inermis), Hibiscus (Hibiscum), Madder Root (Rubia tinctorum), Rose hip (Rosa canina), Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis), Saffron (Crocus sativus)

Blue/Blue/Grey Blackberry Juice (Rubus), Blueberry Juice (Vaccinium), Coffee (Coffea)

Dark Brown and Black Henna (Lawsonia inermis), Hibiscus (Hibiscum), Madder Root (Rubia tinctorum), Quebracho (Aspidosperma quebracho-blanco), Rose hip (Rosa canina), Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis), Saffron (Crocus sativus), Sage (Salvia officinalis), Sandalwood (Cymbopogon martini), Tea (Camellia sinensis), Tobacco (N. tabacum), Walnut (Juglans nigra)

Colorants Used to Add to Color to Hair care Formulae Alkanet Root (Alkanna tinctoria), Annatto Seed (Bixa orellana), Madder Root (Rubia tinctorium), Vanilla Bean (V. planifolia)