Chlorophyll is a pigment found within plants and algae, and it contains a variety of micronutrients including magnesium, phosphorous, and potassium.
You may be surprised to learn, however, that chlorophyll may contribute to the growth of hair and can be easily supplemented into your daily routine.
In this post, we’ll introduce you to the use of chlorophyll for hair growth.
First, you’ll learn what chlorophyll is and where it comes from
Second, I’ll explain the various properties of chlorophyll and why these properties make it a promising treatment method for growing healthy hair.
Third, you’ll find out the best ways to use chlorophyll to stimulate hair growth, including a delicious morning smoothie recipe I swear by.
What is Chlorophyll?
If you take a moment to think back to your high school Biology class, you may remember that chlorophyll is the pigment which lends its green color to a variety of plants and algae.
Chlorophyll is essential to photosynthesis – the process through which plants convert carbon dioxide to oxygen – and is also used in a variety of foods and beverages for the green coloring which is provides.
What you may not know about chlorophyll, however, is that its various properties make it a viable treatment option for hair loss and can provide those with male-pattern baldness another treatment method to consider.
Can Chlorophyll Be Used for Hair Growth?
While no studies have been done on the direct effects of chlorophyll for hair growth, chlorophyll is a source of magnesium, as well as a known antioxidant.
As an Anti-Inflammatory
Magnesium is one of seven macrominerals which humans require to survive.
It contributes to strong bones, helps to maintain a normal cardiac rhythm, supports nerve and muscle function, and even contributes to the immune system.
Additionally, magnesium oil has been shown to effectively stop hair loss.
Extra calcium within the body can block the hair follicles, making it difficult for new hair to grow. This extra calcium, as well as dandruff and other similarly harmful conditions, can lead to inflammation and irritation of the scalp.
This, however, is where magnesium oil comes in, breaking down the excess calcium and treating dandruff at the source.
Its anti-inflammatory properties make magnesium an essential element of your hair care routine.
As an Antioxidant
As an antioxidant, chlorophyll has been shown to be an effective fighter of free radicals, the molecules which cause the breaking down of vital cells in our bodies.
Free radicals are a known contributor of premature aging, so in the fight against hair thinning and loss, antioxidants play a key role.
How to Use Chlorophyll for Hair Growth
While there’s no direct proof that the use of chlorophyll will promote hair growth, it’s an easy phytonutrient to include in your daily routine.
Add It to Your Diet
It’s best to include chlorophyll in your diet through the consumption of leafy greens, though oral supplements are also available.
The best way to incorporate chlorophyll into your diet? Smoothies!
Smoothies are delicious, relatively easy to throw together, and provide you with the nutrients you need to get through the day.
My go-to morning smoothie contains frozen berries, hemp protein, pea protein, coconut oil, almonds, banana, yogurt, probiotics, green tea powder, mixed greens powders, niacin, raw cashew butter, avocado oil and filtered water.
The mixed greens powders contain chlorophyll, while the other ingredients provide a satisfyingly healthy mix of necessary nutrients and minerals.
If you’re looking for a simpler method of introduction, consider juicing.
When looking for foods that contain chlorophyll, look for ones with leafy green parts since chlorophyll is what gives the plant the green color.
While technically all of the greens listed in the chart above can be juiced, the most popular green for juicing is spinach. This vegetable can easily be juiced in the morning for an on-the-go nutrient booster, and you can add various other ingredients to the mix to make it more palatable.
Lemon, for example, is a great way to cut down on bitterness, or you can throw in a handful of berries as well for a sweeter beverage.
A wheatgrass shot is another (very quick and effective) way to get a massive boost of chlorophyll into your diet.
Apply It Topically
While oral supplementation of chlorphyll is likely the best method of use, you can use chlorphyll as a topical application.
While all leaves contain chlorphyll, you’ll want to use a plant with a particularly high concentration of the pigment. These include:
- Wheat grass
- Collard greens
- Mustard greens
You can use a food processor to break down these greens, and then apply the paste to your scalp. This is perhaps the most cost effective way, but it’s not the easiest.
There are also chlorophyll powders and liquid drops you can buy online or at many health food stores.
You can apply the liquid drops directly to your scalp, or combine it with your shampoos, conditioners, or other hair care products. The powder can be combined with just about any oil, like jojoba oil or almond oil, for a homemade hair growth serum.
As mentioned, there’s no scientific evidence to support topical application of chlorophyll for hair growth. But its concentrated dose of antioxidants isn’t likely to hurt.
The Bottom Line
While chlorophyll won’t provide you with miraculous hair growth results, the supplementation of chlorophyll can provide your body with the oxygen and micronutrients it needs to grow healthy hair.
This can lead to less inflammation and irritation of the scalp, and can also improve blood flow and nutrient delivery.
*This article was reviewed by Dr. Debra Rose Wilson