Probiotics aid in digestion, help provide balance to the skin and, it turns out, also work on the hair and scalp. Probiotics contain living organisms like yeast and bacteria, which are already present throughout our body and are essential to our immune function and overall health. They allow the body’s own microbiome or “gut flora” to flourish. If you’re not sure how to add probiotics to your haircare routine, we’re here to help. We rounded up the best hair probiotic products, because a little dirt is actually a good thing. Scroll below!
Ouai Scalp and Body Scrub: $38
Need a fresh start? Scrub it all away with sugar and coconut oil, which gently exfoliate from head-to-toe as probiotics protect and boost your skin’s natural defenses. Think of it as cleanse that builds you up instead of over-stripping.
Onesta Probiotic Protein Treatment Spray: $17.99
Lactobacillus probiotics reinvigorate the scalp and quinoa/vegetable proteins repair strands for an all-natural mane booster.
Mother Dirt Probiotic Hydrating Hair Wash: $15
Bathe in bacteria and see results in just four weeks? The numbers surrounding this bang-for-your-buck shampoo are definitely impressive—62% of users were able to wash their hair less often after starting it and 20% even totally cut out conditioner. Mother Dirt products have a six-month shelf life, because it’s full of living organisms that restore the skin’s balance, so use it or lose it.
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Tela Probiotic Hair Mask: $48
This at-home probiotic treatment tames tresses through the scalp, and is especially effective for dandruff. Tela’s mask includes the brand’s proprietary blend of probiotic enzymes coupled with 35 other certified organic ingredients.
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Mother Dirt AO+ Restorative Mist: $49
Think of this all-over ammonia oxidizing spray as an enhancer. It contains a live culture of bacteria and is great for dry and sensitive skin. Use it on the scalp to reinforce any other probiotic product and let your body’s biome take over.
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Yoghurt of Bulgaria Probiotic Anti-Hair Loss Shampoo: $3.99
Probiotics sourced from yogurt and natural Bulgarian rose oil work in tandem to naturally generate cells that aid in the fight against hair loss, without breaking the bank.
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Eminence Organic Skin Care Clear Skin Probiotic Cleanser: $42
Yes, this is technically for your skin, but think of it as a dual product because it’s just as effective on your scalp. A little goes a long way with this gentle cleanser, reviewed by users as a “miracle worker.”
Hum Nutrition Gut Instinct: $26
“It’s what’s inside that counts” is more than just an old saying; these are words to live by. For those seeking balance in the skin, hair, and stomach, adding a probiotic supplement just might work wonders. Though there are a ton of options to choose from, we like these from Hum, which contain 25 billion organisms and 10 strains of probiotics.