Ginseng has been used in Chinese and Korean medicine for centuries, but in recent years its abilities and benefits have been discovered and celebrated all over the world and majorly in the health and beauty industry.
Ginseng is a fleshy fork-rooted plant. It’s a powerhouse botanical, known for being a natural energy booster and a common ingredient found in herbal teas, but its positive effects on your hair can be unparalleled.
Ginseng is a really exciting ingredient that’s rightly taking centre stage for its ability to conquer so many ailments, in particular its promotion of hair growth and quality. So, can ginseng really help encourage your locks to grow?
It’s believed that Ginseng can regulate hormones, specifically testosterone. Testosterone is located in both the male and female body, and contributes to hair growth. Every day, the body converts 10% of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT) to help maintain muscle mass and promote fertility.
Though if your body is making too much DHT, it can cause your hair follicles to shrink and their growth cycle to shorten meaning the hair becomes thinner and more brittle, and can cause it to fall more rapidly. Excess DHT can also make it take longer for new hair to grow.
Ginseng is considered a natural hair growth stimulant because it can reduce and slow excessive production of DHT, allowing hair follicles to stay an average size, and the hair growth cycle to maintain a normal function.
Ginseng naturally regulates the body’s circulation, and it may also contribute to an increase in human hair dermal papilla cells (hDPCs), which are the cells in charge of regulating hair growth.
You have around 10,000 hair follicles on your head. Each follicle produces a hair strand which has a three-stage cycle: Growth, Transition and Shedding. On a normal scalp, each hair will have a 3-5 year life span so it’s common to lose around 50-100 strands of hair each day. This is due to the hair follicles all cycling through this three-stage phase independent of one another.
If you’re experiencing hair loss or thinning, this means you’re losing way more than 100 strands of hair a day, and this is because the growth stage of the cycle has been interrupted, usually by excess DHT. It’s been indicated in research that Ginseng promotes the regeneration and proliferation of hDPCs and helps restore the natural hair growth cycle.
So, we know Ginseng can promote and encourage hair growth but what else can it do for your hair?
Reduce Dandruff: If you suffer with dandruff, Ginseng can help. The Ginseng root has a high content of Saponin which is an antibacterial compound. Saponin supports in sweeping away dandruff and prevents it from coming back. Ginseng can help your follicles stay clean and flake-free!
Restore hair quality: Ginseng supports cleansing the hair of build-up and unclogging the follicles. It supports the restoration and reparation of the hair strand to make hair more manageable, thicker, and plump, as well as soft to touch.
Improve scalp condition: Ginseng is renowned for stimulating blood circulation, so it can increase the blood flow, oxygen, and nutrients to hair follicles. Massage a shampoo containing Ginseng directly into the scalp for several minutes every time you wash to reap this benefit.
Prevents greying: Ginseng contains volatile oil which is essential for preventing the erosion of the natural hair colour. Volatile oil in Ginseng can fight off the effects of oxidative stress caused by free radicals which are thought to contribute to the greying of hair.
Cel truly believes in the power of this infamous botanical, Ginseng. It tops our ingredient list in nearly all of our hair care products.
Cel’s Shampoo & Conditioner: Incorporating Ginseng, Biotin, Glycerin, and Saw Palmetto, our shampoo and conditioner set encourages high cell turnover to promote new hair growth by stimulating the follicles and removing dead skin cells that can clog them up. This brilliant duo works to protect the hair from day-to-day damage and strengthen each hair strand, to prevent breakages.
Cel’s Advanced Hair Thickening Mask: Infused with Ginseng and Biotin, this formula was guided by regenerative medicine experts to prevent hair loss by increasing the number of dermal papilla cells in the scalp. It also smooths and softens hair, prevents skin irritation, and promotes hair growth.
After washing hair with Microstem Shampoo, simply rinse thoroughly and apply a generous amount of the hair mask to your hair, from root to tip, paying particular attention to the ends. Leave it in for several minutes before rinsing and conditioning.
There’s a reason Ginseng has been touted as a miracle botanical for centuries, and that’s because it works. Give Ginseng a try and see if it can promote, nourish, and nurture your hair today!