Hair Essentials™ Ingredients

Hair Essentials™ is an all-natural, 100% vegetarian, certified gluten-free, and non-GMO proprietary blend of more than 20 herbs, vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, amino acids, and other essential nutrients that provide comprehensive support for healthy hair. We are proud to share our complete list of ingredients with you:

saw palmetto
Saw Palmetto berry (Serenoa repens):

Studies have shown that Saw Palmetto inhibits the 5-alpha reductase enzyme that converts testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT).(2)(3) DHT is found in the hair follicles of the scalp and causes these follicles to shrink.(4)(5)(6) By lowering the levels of DHT in the scalp follicles, Saw Palmetto helps maintain active, healthy hair follicles.

In a study reported in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine(1), a formulation with Saw Palmetto was used to treat patients with mild to moderate alopecia. The results showed that 60% of the subjects were rated as improved at the final visit.

Fo-Ti Root
Fo-Ti root (Polygonum multiflorum):

Fo-Ti root was traditionally used as a longevity tonic and for reversing gray hair back to its original color.(7) It nourishes the body to strengthen overall vitality and promote hair growth. In traditional Chinese medicine, Fo-ti root 'builds the blood' (nourishes the blood and body fluids) and strengthens 'Kidney qi,' which is considered to regulate hair growth.(7)(8)(9)

Bu Gu Zhi
Bu Gu Zhi fruit (Psoralea corylifolia):

Bu Gu Zhi supports circulation to the scalp, improving the delivery of nutrients that encourage healthy hair growth.(13)(14) It has also been shown to provide antioxidant action(33) and is an important plant of both traditional Chinese medicine and Ayurveda of India.

Han Lian Cao
Han Lian Cao herb (Eclipta prostrata):

Traditionally used in Chinese medicine to prevent premature graying, Han Lian Cao supports overall vitality, including hair health.(15)(16) In the Ayurvedic healing tradition of India, the leaf extract of Eclipta is considered an excellent overall rejuvenative, and especially beneficial for the hair.

Bamboo stem and leaf extract (70% Silica) (Bambusa vulgaris):

Bamboo is the richest botanical source of silica, also known as nature's 'beauty mineral.' Silica plays an integral role in building and maintaining connective tissue throughout the body, including hair, skin, and nails.(17)(18)(19) Bamboo is renowned for improving texture, strength, and sheen of hair, and is also one of the fastest-growing and most sustainable of plants—an easy-on-the-environment choice for more beautiful hair. Dietary sources of silica include nuts (especially almonds) and seeds, many fruits and vegetables including apples, oranges, cherries, carrots, cucumber, onions and cabbage, along with oats and unrefined grains.

Horsetail stem extract (7% Silica) (Equisetum arvense):

Like Bamboo, Horsetail is rich in silica which helps promote stronger hair, skin, and nails. Silica may also help build stronger bones and teeth by improving calcium assimilation in the body.

Milk Thistle
Milk Thistle seed (Silybum marianum):

Milk thistle seed contains silymarin, a group of powerful compounds that support the liver and its many detoxification processes, including proper elimination of excess hormones.(27) It has also been shown to help preserve the health of hair follicles(26).

Rice Bran
Rice Bran (Oryza sativa):

Bran is the outer layer of the grain that is removed during the milling process of brown rice to white. It contains more than 100 different vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, including vitamin E, and is a rich source of moisturizing oleic acid. Rice bran contains amino acids that are incorporated into the protein (keratin) that comprises the hair shaft, promoting stronger hair that is less prone to breakage and split ends.(24)(25)

White Tea Leaf
White Tea leaf extract (80% Polyphenols) (Camellia sinensis):

White tea leaves contain high levels of beneficial phytonutrients called polyphenols. Polyphenols are powerful antioxidants that protect cells, including the hair follicles, against oxidative stress and damage from free radicals. This helps hair to grow in stronger and healthier.(23)

Borage Seed Oil (source of GLA, Omega-6 essential fatty acid):

Borage seed oil is a rich source of gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), an omega-6 essential fatty acid. GLA inhibits 5-alpha reductase, the enzyme that converts testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT). GLA also helps reduce inflammation within the hair follicles that can lead to damage and hair loss.(20)(22) It is moisturizing and helps relieve dry, itchy scalp and skin by regulating sebum (oil) production and increasing the ability of cells to retain water.(21)

Flax Seed Oil (source of ALA, Omega-3 essential fatty acid):

Flax seed oil contains alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), an omega-3 essential fatty acid. ALA is anti-inflammatory, inhibits 5-alpha reductase, the enzyme that converts testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT), and helps maintain the health of hair follicles.(28) It is moisturizing and helps relieve dry, itchy scalp and skin by regulating sebum (oil) production and increasing the ability of cells to retain water.

Black Pepper
Black Pepper seed extract (95% Piperine) (Piper nigrum):

An extract from Black Pepper, piperine, inhibits 5-alpha reductase, the enzyme that converts testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT)(29), and also has the ability to stimulate hair regrowth. Piperine also increases the absorption of other nutrients and proteins.(31) This property enhances the effects of individual ingredients, as well as the synergistic benefits of multiple ingredients(30), such as in Hair Essentials™.

MSM (methylsulfonylmethane):

MSM is a rich source of sulfur (S), which supports the structural integrity of hair, skin, and nails.(10)(11) Sulfur is a component of collagen, which keeps our skin supple and our tendons and ligaments resilient. Sulfur is also a building block of keratin, the primary structural component of hair and nails. In addition, MSM supports glutathione production, the body's 'master antioxidant,' and also helps inhibit pro-inflammatory mediators that can cause inflammation in the body, including the hair follicles.


Cysteine is an essential amino acid. This means that the body is unable to manufacture it, and must be ingested through the diet or dietary supplements. Cysteine helps increase hair shaft diameter and density of hair growth. It is an integral part of the body's "master antioxidant," glutathione, and also plays an important role in protein and fatty acid synthesis, energy production, and the activity of T-cells in the immune system.


Along with cysteine, methionine is one of only two sulfur-containing amino acids that our body requires. Both have been reported to encourage new hair growth, improve flexibility and tone of skin, strengthen nails, and help remove toxins from the body. Methionine has also been found to improve the thickness of fine hair.(12)

Vitamin A
Vitamin A (100% as natural beta-carotene):

Vitamin A is an antioxidant that protects cells from free radical damage and helps maintain healthy skin, hair, and mucous membranes. It also reduces bacterial overgrowth in glandular ducts of the skin and scalp, which aids in decreasing sebum (oil) build-up and inflammation to enable hair to grow in more easily and healthier.

Vitamin C
Vitamin C (as calcium ascorbate):

Vitamin C is an important structural component of collagen, the most abundant protein in the body. It is also an excellent free radical scavenger (antioxidant) that protects all of the body's cells, including the hair follicles, against damage from oxidative stress. Calcium ascorbate is a natural form of vitamin C that is easily absorbed into the bloodstream for maximum benefit.

Vitamin E
Vitamin E (as d-alpha tocopheryl succinate):

Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that protects the body from free-radicals. In the form of d-alpha tocopheryl succinate, vitamin E is considered to be more stable than many other forms of vitamin E. It works synergistically with other antioxidants including vitamins A and C and the mineral selenium to provide protection from damage due to oxidative stress.

Biotin (as d-biotin):

Biotin is important for maintaining proper cell division, including the rapidly dividing cells within the matrix of the hair follicle. A deficiency of this B vitamin, though rare, is associated with alopecia (hair loss). Biotin also improves the metabolism of scalp oils, making the scalp a healthier environment for hair to grow in. Too much or too little oil on the scalp can impede or inhibit hair growth and also encourage infections and inflammation of the follicles.

Iodine (from Kelp):

Kelp is extremely nutrient-dense and an excellent source of naturally occurring iodine, necessary for the production of thyroid hormones. These play an important role in regulating the length of time that hair remains in its resting stage, and in supporting the hair follicle in becoming active again, to promote new hair growth. Kelp provides many other essential nutrients including the minerals magnesium, zinc, and calcium, along with vitamin K and B-complex vitamins.

Selenium (as amino acid chelate):

A powerful antioxidant on its own, the mineral selenium recycles another important antioxidant, vitamin E. It is also necessary for maintaining healthy thyroid gland function. Deficiency of this mineral is common nowadays, due to depletion in soils caused by commercial cultivation processes.

Zinc (as amino acid chelate):

In its chelated form, zinc is easily absorbed by the body. Zinc functions as an important enzyme catalyst for thousands of metabolic functions in the body, and helps to strengthen the immune system to resist infections. Zinc is essential for cell growth and the maintenance of healthy hormone levels, especially testosterone. Symptoms of a zinc deficiency can include dandruff and hair loss.

Supplemental Facts - Hair Essentials?


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(2) Marks LS, Hess DL, Dorey FJ, Luz Macairan M, Cruz Santos PB, Tyler VE. Tissue effects of saw palmetto and finasteride: use of biopsy cores for in situ quantification of prostatic androgens. Urology. 2001 May;57(5):999-1005.

(3) Chen, W., Zouboulis, Ch.C., & Orfanos, E.E. 1996) the 5-reductase system and its inhibitors. Dermatology, 193, 177-184.

(4) Choudry, R., Hodgins, M.B., Van der Kwast, T.H., Brinkmann, A.O., & Boersma, W.J.A. (1992) Localization of androgen receptors in human skin by immunohistochemistry: implications for the hormonal regulation of hair growth, sebaceous glands and sweat glands. Journal of Endocrinology, 133 467-475.

(5) Dallob, A.L., Sadick, N.S., Unger, W., Lipert, S., Geissler, L.A., Gregoire, S.L., Nguyen, H.H., Moore, E.C., & Tanaka, W.K. (1994) The effect of finasteride, a 5-reductase inhibitor, on scalp skin testosterone and dihydrotestosterone concentrations in patients with male pattern baldness. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, 79(3), 703-706.

(6) Sawaya, M.E., & Price, V.H. (1997). Different levels of 5 alpha reductase type I & II, aromatase, and androgen receptors in hair follicles of women and men with androgenetic alopecia. The Journal of Investigative Dermatology, 10(3), 296-300.

(7) A Chinese study found that 'Dang-Gui Decoction for Enriching the Blood' (BE), a traditional fo-ti Chinese formulation, stimulates red blood cell production, which contributes to lush, healthy hair growth.

(8) Age Old Chinese Herb Fo-Ti is Widely Used to Restore Hair and Reverse Gray, Sunday, December 26, 2010 by Susan Laverie.

(9) Myocardial protection against ischaemia-reperfusion injury by a Polygonum multiflorum extract supplemented 'Dang-Gui decoction for enriching blood', a compound formulation, ex vivo. Phytother Res. 2000 May;14(3):195-9.Yim TK, Wu WK, Pak WF, Mak DH, Liang SM, Ko KM.Department of Biochemistry, The Hong Kong University of Science & Technology, Clear Water Bay, Hong Kong, China.

(10) The Effect of Methylsulfonylmethane on Hair Growth Promotion of Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate for the Treatment of Alopecia. Srinivasan SHANMUGAM, Rengarajan BASKARAN, Santhoshkumar NAGAYYA-SRIRAMAN, Chul-Soon YONG, Han-Gon CHOI, Jong Soo WOO, and Bong-Kyu YOO Biomolecules & Therapeutics July 2009 17(3): 241-248.

(11) College of Pharmacy, Yeungnam University, Kyungsan 712-749, Republic of Korea Parcell S. Sulfur in human nutrition and applications in medicine. Altern Med Rev. 2002 Feb;7(1):22-44.

(12) Trichothiodystrophy and fragile hair: the distinction between diagnostic signs and diagnostic labels in childhood hair disease - Cheng - 2009 - British Journal of Dermatology - Wiley Online Library.



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(33) Antioxidants from a Chinese medicinal herb, Psoralea corylifolia.

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