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How to Use Bhringraj to Grow New Hair Follicles


bhringraj to grow new hair follicles


What’s it like to be stuck in a small house for months. And the only view outside is a blanket of white ice.

A group of eight scientists had been staying on an Antarctic research station for over a year. The long darkness and harsh weather conditions took a toll on them.

They came back with their brains shrunk. Apparently, the scientists were doing little mental and physical activity. And that’s why their brain lost some volume, like an unused muscle.

The shrinking is not just a problem of brain or muscles. It’s also a problem of hair follicles. Our hair follicles shrink too if we don’t stimulate it enough or undergo too much stress or have an imbalance of hormones. When this happens – the follicles shrinking – hair chokes and get thin and eventually fall out. Now the solution will be to remove triggers in the first place. So do a head massage, stress less and lead a healthy lifestyle.

But, what to do with the already shrunk or miniaturised hair follicles? Well, you can take the help of bhringraj – the famous ayurvedic herb for hair. Bhringraj can increase the size as well as density of hair follicles and encourage strong and healthy hair growth. Plus, if you have early greying of hair, bhringraj will tackle that too.

That’s a big promise. Do you want to know how bhringraj does what it does for hair? Then hold on a bit, let’s first get to know bhringraj.

What is bhringraj?

Bhringraj or Eclipta alba belongs to the sunflower family. But its flowers are not at all big, they are actually quite tiny, the size of a shirt button. Also, bhringraj is no ornamental plant. It’s a short creeper that grows in the wild.

Bhringraj likes marshy wet areas, so you will usually site it by the river, canal, rice fields and ponds. It’s native to India subcontinent where it’s also known as Bhringa, bhangra, maka and kesharaj – meaning king of hair vitalizing herbs.

I remember when I was in high school, one of my friend’s mother would go by the canal and get fresh bhringraj plant. That she would crush and apply to her and her two beautiful daughter’s hair. And perhaps bhringraj did work its magic, as all of them had such thick, dark, gorgeous hair.

But how do we know for sure their gorgeous hair was due to bhringraj. It could be that they were just born lucky with great hair. Or maybe it’s both. Let’s dig deeper and find out…

The Ancient and Modern take on Bhringraj for Hair Growth

Ayurveda puts bhringraj on the top list of most effective herbs for hair. Just like the herb amla, bhringraj benefits hair by reducing pitta dosha (or high body heat). From an ayurvedic point of view, excess pitta is the most likely cause of thinning and greying.

But bhringraj is more than heat pacifier. It’s also extremely nourishing for hair, and it has hair growing properties. And this is not just coming from the ancient texts.

There is mounting evidence that bhringraj is indeed effective for hair growth.

The studies done over the last decades have found that bhringraj not only stimulates hair growth, but it’s more effective than the conventional treatment minoxidil (1, 2, 3). Plus without the side effects of redness, scaling and itching which minoxidil may cause.

Even though the studies are done on mice, the evidence is quite strong and promising.

How does Bhringraj promote growth?

The herb contains a variety of biological components including flavonoids, phytosterols, and coumestans. It’s thought that all of these components work synergistically – like a team – to increase the density and size of hair follicles (3). And as you know, the increase in the size of the hair follicles is considered as a sign of stronger roots and active growing hair (4).

Although, it’s unclear which type of hair loss bhringraj would help. But from the findings at hand, it’s most likely that the Indian herb can be useful in conditions due to shrinking of hair follicles and those would be telogen effluvium and male and female pattern baldness.

So if you have hair loss due to any of these or hair loss due to god-knows-what, give bhringraj a go as it only improves the health of hair follicles. Let’s find out how to use it….shall we?

How to Use Bhringraj to Boost Hair Growth 

If you have access to fresh bhringraj plant, by all means, go ahead, use it. Make a paste of fresh leaves and apply on your hair. But I suppose that would be very few people.

Now the majority will need to get bhringraj powder, made from dried leaves. You can use bhringraj powder to make herbal hair oil. Follow the recipe of amla hair oil, either substitute bhringraj for amla or use both.

I prefer to use bhringraj in a hair mask. My hair responds better to the herb in a hair mask than the oil. And here are my 3 favourite Bhringraj hair masks recipes for you to boost hair growth and/or darken hair…

1.Volumising Bhringraj and Yogurt Hair Mask

bhringraj hair mask


This one is for fine, oily hair types. Bhringraj promotes hair growth and adding yogurt increases volume and thickness of hair strands.

You will need:

  • 1 tablespoon bhringraj powder
  • 5-6 tablespoons yogurt (full fat)
  • 1 teaspoon fenugreek seed powder (optional)
  • 1 egg yolk (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil (optional)

Place bhringraj powder and yogurt in a bowl and mix well and use. You can also add 1 egg yolk for extra volume and fenugreek seeds for its growth enhancing effects. If your hair is on dry side, add olive oil to restore moisture and softness.  

Apply the mask onto your scalp and hair. Let it sit for half an hour and wash out with homemade or sls-free natural shampoo.

2. Hair Boosting and Moisturising Bhringraj Mask

bhringraj and hibiscus hair mask


For those of you with dry, tangly hair, combine hair boosting bhringa with hair softening hibiscus. You can use the base as water, but for more luxurious feel, use coconut milk.

You will need:

Place bhringraj powder and hibiscus powder in a bowl. Next, add coconut milk and stir to form a paste.

Apply section by section all over your scalp and hair, and let it sit for 15-30 minutes to do its magic. Rinse it out with water. To shampoo or not to shampoo is your choice. See how your hair feels, you may be able to get away with an apple cider vinegar or reetha-shikakai hair rinse.

3. Bhringraj Hair Colouring Mask

How to Use Henna for Hair


If your concern is both hair loss and greying, then a fantastic way to use bhringraj is by combing it with henna. Henna colours hair red-brown and bhringraj enhances the colour. Also, it’s said that using bhringraj regularly will reverse greying and turn your hair to its original colour.

How to do it:

When you prepare henna, add one tablespoons of bhringraj powder to it. Allow the henna and bhringraj to marinate overnight. And in the morning henna your hair.

Let me tell you I am a big lover of henna. Just henna alone can make hair so much healthier and prettier, not to mention the stunning colour it imparts. But adding bhringraj ups the game and you can tell the difference in overall health and colour of hair. So, yes, use the two together for great results.

You may also like: How to Henna to Colour your Hair (Ditch the Hair Dye) 

Buying Bhringraj Powder:

Bhringraj is not at all expensive to buy. Since it can go by many names, it’s good to know the botanical name which is eclipta alba or eclipta prostrata.

You can buy bhringraj powder online or you can also get it in an Indian grocery store. 

Other uses of Bhringraj                 

Although bhringraj is famous for its hair benefits, the herb also has many other uses. The ayurvedic practitioner use bhringraj supplements to treat liver disorder, skin conditions, arthritis, poor sight, hearing and memory problems.

A word of caution, if you plan to take bhringraj, talk to your doctor before self-medicating even the natural herbs, especially if you are pregnant or have a medical condition.


If you are losing hair don’t stay put in the house as doing so can shrink more than hair follicles. And you don’t want that, right? So make use of follicle boosting bhringraj to get thick, luscious hair.

Let me know if you have any questions and how bhringraj works for you.

Stay Happy and Healthy

Until next time…


Bhringraj Hair Mask to Grow New Hair Follicles



Leave a Comment:

Geetu says

Hi! What advice do you have on eating/drinking bhringraj powder for hair loss instead of applying it as a mask?

Katelyn says

What is the shelf life for these? can I make a larger batch to last a couple of weeks or should you make it fresh each time you use it?

    Minaz says

    Make fresh.

diana says

My hair is falling a lot. I have used minoxidil and it is very helpful but I’d like to try this powder although I have a concern; would bhringraj alter/ damage my colour, I have highlights on my hair, I don’t want to end up with green hair LOL.

    Minaz says

    Hi, as far as I know, it won’t. Although a patch test on a strand of hair will help.

Yogesh Sharma says

Hello Ma’am
I am 26 year old, When I was in 12th I had very thick hair. One day someone told me that your hair has receded a bit which wasn’t. So I took him Seriously and was very tensed Inspite of having dense hairs on my head. I didn’t shampoo properly, didn’t clean my scalp properly fearing it would cause hair loss. So I got intense dandruff problem because of this and crust on my scalp were formed. I got this treated and advised an AD shampoo which on applying caused enormous hair fall which got recovered with time. From then for last 9-10 years my hairline has receded a bit and scalp hairs have become less. Is it possible to recover? I don’t do head massage and it has been years to that when I had thick hairs and my mom did massage at that time. I am scared of doing massage because I think it will cause hair loss. Is there any remedy?

    Minaz says

    You don’t have to head massage if you are not comfortable. You can use a wide-tooth wood comb and comb multiple times, and that will stimulate the scalp. Also after washing hair, you can take some coconut oil and apply all over your head.

Nuzat says

Hi Minaz, I’m a nursing mom (4 month old baby) so can I use bhringraj and rosemary oil for hair regrowth n greying? I’m 31 yrs old and have started developing receeding hairline with grey hair on the frontal section of the head. Kindly reply soon.

    Minaz says

    Hi Nuzat, pregnancy and lactation protects the hair because of the hormones surge. I wonder why you are having hair loss. Have you spoken to your doctor about it. Do you think you can have deficiencies like vitamin D?

pratikhya says

I m almost in my stage 2 of hair loss… Will this help to cure that.. My complete volume has gone down.. And i can see my scalp through.. I m just 22

    Minaz says

    Bhringraj is very effective for hair growth. Having said that not every remedy works for every one. So I would suggest you try few more such as: aloe vera fenugreek mask and garlic oil.

Arlene says

I was wondering how often should the mask be used

    Minaz says

    You can use it once or twice a week.

Tanusree ghosh says

I have short , thin hair….regular falling of hair….making scalp bald….Please suggest for hair growth and long hair

Gerre Shipe says

Hi, pretty lady!I have a question, my hair since last April was falling out bad as I have told you before, went to Dr. and he said everything was OK! I have used alot of your methods and they have really worked, it has stopped alot but I really need your opinion, could you give me a name of a good sulfate free shampoo that will also help, my hair is very dry and gets tangled real easy, I would really appreciate your advice because I don’t ever want to go thru this again, THANK YOU WITH MUCH LOVE!! Gerre Shipe

    Minaz says

    That’s wonderful to hear Gerre. You can check out my amazon shop here:
    There’re my favourite shampoos, oils and other stuff.

Steph says

Thanks for sharing benefits of bhringraj, I did not know about this herb at all cant wait to try it.
What I like is all I have to do is add some to my heena gloss mask you shared before (which by the way gives my hair a lovely tinge)

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