RESEARCH ARTICLE


Assessment of Nutraceutical Potential of Herbs for Promoting Hair Growth: Formulation Considerations of Herbal Hair Oil



Gaurav Tiwari1, Ruchi Tiwari1, *
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1 Institute of Pharmacy, Pranveer Singh Institute of Technology, Kalpi Road, Bhauti, Kanpur 208020, India


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Abstract

Background:

Hair loss is a relatively common occurrence that causes concern in people of all ages. In most cases, hair loss is permanent, but it can lead to alopecia. Hair root activation is necessary to improve hair development and prevent hair loss. Herbal cosmetics are increasingly widely used by the general public due to the concept of fewer adverse effects and a higher level of safety and security.

Objective:

The primary goal of this study is to prepare and evaluate herbal hair oil made from fresh components of various plants.

Methods:

Herbs were acquired from Pranveer Singh Institute of Technology's medicinal garden. Herbs were collected, dried, then ground in a mortar and pestle. Grinded herbs (Murraya koenigii, Hibiscus rosa-sinensis Linn., Nigella sativa, Trigonella foenum-graecum) were combined with 60% Cocos nucifera oil, heated, cooled, and filtered. Physical appearance, viscosity, pH, sensitivity test, hair growth activity, hair weight, antimicrobial test, stability test, and other criteria were determined and are reported in this text for the created herbal hair oil.

Results:

Herbal hair oil was odourless and reddish brown in appearance. Herbal hair oil had an appropriate refractive index, pH, saponification value, and specific gravity. After application, the herbal oil demonstrated Newtonian flow, as well as good hair growth and weight, with no irritation. Phytochemical screening showed the presence of ascorbic acid, sulphur and saponins. The formulation was found to be stable for 30 days.

Conclusion:

Conclusively, combination of effective herbs could be used to improve hair growth.

Keywords: Herbs, Herbal hair oil, Physicochemical parameters, Antimicrobial study, Hair growth activity test, Hair weight test, Stability study.