We’re in an age where new ingredients are constantly being discovered and popping up in our products and being promoted by our favorite brands. A single ingredient has the potential to change the landscape of our hair texture, pattern, definition, hair type which is why we have to pay extra special attention to labels. Bhringraj is gaining increased traction in the beauty world for its ability to help with hair growth.
Let’s dive into the Bhringraj fundamentals for all your curly care.
What is Bhringraj?
Bhringraj is an herb that is grown all over the world but is most common in places like Brazil, Thailand, and India. The leaves of the plant are mixed and heated to create an oil which can be used in capsule or powder form. In 2008 a study was conducted to determine Bhringraj’s ability to aid in preventing hair loss and showed promise due to the Vitamin E properties that fight against the elements that prevent hair growth.
What are the hair benefits of Bhringraj?
Dr. Sasibhushan is the creator of Vatika Ayurveda hair products and states that “Bhringraj is called the ‘king of hair’ in Ayurveda with various benefits that include: hair growth, improved skin complexion, and digestive benefits”. This Ayurvedic herb is used in many hair treatments to help treat dry scalp, reduce graying, prevent hair loss, and treat dandruff. It’s a very nutrient rich substance with minerals like vitamin e, vitamin d, magnesium, calcium, and iron.
Bhringraj oil has anti-inflammatory properties which can help with conditions like psoriasis or other skin conditions that occur on the scalp.
Slowing Down Graying
While there is no foolproof way to prevent graying hair, Bhringraj does slow down the appearance of gray hair due to the darkening properties of the herb.
When you massage the oil into your scalp you can help increase blood flow and circulation.
How to use Bhringraj on your hair
Bhringraj is best used when it’s applied onto the scalp and massaged into the roots so it can penetrate the hair follicles. If you’re looking for hair and scalp growth it can be applied as a hot oil treatment and used as a mask for an hour and then washed out. For gray hair prevention you can mix it with coconut oil and wash the scalp liberally for 2-3 times a week. We do recommend consulting a dermatologist or your physician before using it as a direct treatment for dandruff, hair loss, or graying hair in the event you have any scalp sensitivity to the ingredients.
Hair Products With Bhringraj
While there is still a growing market for including Bhringraj into hair products, the oil itself is very easy to obtain on Amazon and can be found in its purest forms at a variety of prices.
Eclipta Alba is the herb that Bhringraj is derived from and this treatment can help reduce grays and strengthen hair follicles.
Vatika Ayurveda Strengthening Oil ($24.99)
Nourish your hair and scalp with this strengthening oil that works to prevent breakage and provide a soothing experience to your scalp.
Mauli Rituals ($45)
This “grow strong” hair oil helps to strengthen follicles and promote growth while minimizing split ends and dandruff.
As we’re becoming more in tune with self-care, that means looking deeper into the label and uncovering what the components are of the latest and greatest ingredients on the market to understand how they truly can benefit our hair.
Have you tried Bhringraj in your hair care routine?