4 Herbs and Spices to Promote Hair Growth

In addition to boosting hair growth, a cilantro hair mask can also help fight dandruff and prevent your scalp from drying out.
4 Herbs and Spices to Promote Hair Growth
Karla Henríquez

Reviewed and approved by the doctor Karla Henríquez.

Written by Okairy Zuñiga

Last update: 26 May, 2022

Are you looking for something to promote hair growth? If so, you should know that there are tons of herbs and spices that will help make the process much easier.

How to Promote Hair Growth

Although the following ingredients are usually used in the kitchen, many of them are included in common beauty products as well.

In this article, we’ll outline some remedies you can try at home. Plus, they’re cheap and easy!

1. Fenugreek Seeds

Promote Hair Growth

Fenugreek seeds are common in Asian cuisine. They activate the hormones related to hair follicle health, which means they can help promote hair growth.

Although you can certainly incorporate these seeds into your diet, you could also use them in the following hair mask:


  • 1 1/2 cups of fenugreek seeds (90 g)
  • 1 cup of water (250 ml)
  • Honey (optional)


  • In a glass container, combine the seeds and water and let the mixture sit all night.
  • Then, the next morning, blend it again. Add a spoonful of honey to the mix, if you wish.
  • Stir well and apply the paste to your scalp and hair.
  • Let is sit for 30 minutes and rinse with cool water.

You can repeat this process once per week and you will quickly notice a change. You can buy fenugreek seeds in specialty Asian food stores and at health food stores.

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2. Cilantro

Promote hair growth

Cilantro is one of the most well-known herbs for boosting hair growth. Both its leaves and roots have great stimulating properties.

Here are various options for using cilantro to promote hair growth – choose whatever works best for you!

Cilantro water

This is perfect for those that want the easiest, least time-consuming option.

You can wash your hair with cilantro-infused water every day. Try applying it after rinsing out your shampoo, when your hair is already clean.


  • 4 cups of hot water (1 liter)
  • 5 branches of cilantro


  • Add the washed cilantro to the hot water and let it sit for 10 minutes.
  • Then, remove the cilantro and strain the water.
  • Finally, use the lukewarm water to rinse your hair.

Cilantro Mask

If you have more time, or if your hair is particularly long, you might want to try this second method. This mask is particularly designed to combat dry scalp and dandruff as it works to promote hair growth..


  • 1/2 ripe avocado
  • 1 cup of cilantro leaves (60 g)
  • 1 tablespoon of aloe vera gel (15 g)


  • Blend all of the ingredients together until you have a homogeneous paste.
  • Apply it to clean hair with a brush.
  • Gently massage it in circular motions and let it sit for 30 minutes.
  • Wash it out with warm water (or with the cilantro water mentioned earlier).

Cilantro and Grapeseed Styling Oil

If you have longer hair and need an option that you can use every day, try this styling oil. You can use it instead of your normal styling cream. 


  • 3 branches of cilantro
  • 3 tablespoons of grape oil (45 g)


  • Heat the grapeseed oil on low.
  • Once it’s hot, but not boiling, remove it from the heat.
  • Add the cilantro leaves and let it sit for a full day.
  • Lastly, strain it and keep the oil in a small glass or plastic bottle.
  • Use it whenever you’d like in place of your usual styling cream.

3. Cinnamon

Cinnamon in a wooden spoon

Our list of natural remedies that promote hair growth could not possibly be complete without cinnamon!

In other articles, we have talked about the benefits of cinnamon for your hair. You already know that it keeps your scalp clean and healthy, while requiring minimal effort.

Apply this mask and forget about balding or excessive hair loss.


  • 2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon (10 g)
  • 1 tablespoon of honey (25 g)
  • 1 tablespoon of rose water (10 ml)


  • Combine the ingredients and apply it to your hair.
  • Gently massage it in a circular motion all over your scalp.
  • Let it sit for 15 minutes and rinse it with cool water.

If you feel that your hair isn’t clean after rinsing, you can wash it with shampoo. Just be sure that it’s made with natural ingredients so that your hair remains detoxified.

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4. Black Cumin

Black Cumin and pestle and mortar

Do you know about the uses of black cumin? Most likely, your response is “no,” because it’s not a very commonly used spice. However, Arabic food uses it frequently.

In any case, we recommend that you familiarize yourself with it. I n addition to boosting hair growth, it helps with dandruff. It’s also adept at fighting gray hair.

You can apply this mask once a week.


  • 5 tablespoons of black cumin (50 g)
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil (32 g)


  • Grind up the cumin with a mortar and pestle.
  • Then, warm up the oil.
  • Combine the ingredients and apply all over your hair.
  • Finally, let it sit until it’s completely dry, then rinse it out with clean water.

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This text is provided for informational purposes only and does not replace consultation with a professional. If in doubt, consult your specialist.