Fenugreek is an herbal enigma. It can grow to 2-3 feet, can be used in cooking, is in the soy family, and potentially helps in lactation and testosterone production. And guess what? It turns out it’s also good for your hair. We caught up with DreamGirls Co-Founders Tonya Thompson and Sharie Wilson to find out all about Fenugreek, and why they’ve added it to a new shampoo and conditioner.
So, What is Fenugreek?
“Fenugreek is a small green, leafy herb,” note Tonya and Sharie, who explain that the plant’s tiny seeds are where the magic happen – you need to extract the seeds to reap the many health benefits including healthy hair and hair growth.
“Fenugreek is a plant native to Asia and the Mediterranean, with seeds and leaves that are both edible,” they explain – hence the “Greek” in the name. “It has small leafy greens that are used either fresh or dried and the pods contain small square-shaped golden seeds. The seeds are used as a spice or for medicinal purposes. Fenugreek is a rich source of iron and protein, which are essential nutrients for hair health,” they continue.
Central to the many medicinal benefits of feungreek are antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties which translate to a healthier mane. Fenugreek “can reduce inflammation of the hair follicles, reduce shedding, and boost the overall health of the scalp,” note the founders. “Fenugreek is a rich source of iron and protein, which are essential nutrients for the overall health of your hair, and fenugreek powder is a rich source of vitamins A, K & C, folic acid, potassium, calcium, iron, and protein, which are essential nutrients for promoting hair growth.”
If you want to try Fenugreek out, the most common way of taking it is in teas, powders, and as the herb itself if you’re really wanting to take it in. “We recommend fenugreek for anyone looking for natural products to further aid in healthy hair growth in addition to using shampoos and conditioners that support a healthy scalp. We highly recommend our DreamGirls Renewing Shampoo and conditioner from our Healthy Hair Care System product line to thoroughly cleanse and moisturize the scalp making it a fresh canvas for added products promoting further growth,” share Tonya and Sharie.
Of course, fenugreek is potent stuff, and it might not be right for everyone – you should consult with a medical professional prior to trying a new dietary supplement. Though you don’t need to talk to a doctor before trying a new hair product, the DreamGirls ladies recommend you always test out products before fully incorporating them into your routine. “Make sure they are best for your specific hair care needs.”