We all are constantly losing our hair (about 100 strands per day), but it still can be so frustrating to notice a ton of loose locks causing thin patches on our scalp. You can talk with your doctor about medical treatment options for hair loss, but if you want to try something more natural that you can do at home, you might want to take a look at nettle leaves.
Yep, the plant that sometimes causes us pain when we accidentally touch the prickly leaves outdoors can actually help your hair stay healthy and grow stronger. According to a 2018 study in Molecules, nettle leaf extract contains high amounts of anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that can help protect our scalp from damage and stimulate new hair growth. Nettle leaves are also rich in minerals like iron, magnesium, and zinc, which can all give our follicles a great boost.
The experts at Hair Buddha recommend steeping a bunch of nettle leaves in boiling water, straining them out and letting the water cool, then using it as a hair rinse — pouring it over your strands and making sure to work it into the roots and down to the tips. You can then shampoo as normal. It apparently also helps with taming oily scalps and dandruff. More hair and less flakes, we can’t argue with that! You could go out and pick your nettle leaves if you dare, but we suggest you avoid that and have them delivered to your door instead (Buy from Amazon, $17.99).
Using nettle oil (Buy from iHerb, $9.74) is another great option for stimulating new strands on your scalp. One glowing review highlighted the many benefits of this brand in particular, Nature’s Answer. “Nature’s Answer is one of my favorite brands because their products are natural and they produce alcohol-free tinctures,” the customer raved. “Nettle extract is one of these alcohol-free tinctures that I order every now and then because, among other vitamins and minerals, nettle contains silica which is good for your skin, hair, nails and bones.”
You can try drinking it as a tea to get the benefits internally, but that doesn’t seem to be quite as potent as the topical applications. Of course, whichever method you go with, you should test out a small patch (or sip) before going all-in on the herbal remedy. You don’t want to end up causing more problems than you had to begin with because of a bad reaction.
Here’s hoping we can all keep more strands on our heads instead of in our hairbrush!
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