The Power of Licorice: Healthy Hair Benefits

Updated on July 3, 2013

Now here's an ingredient to get excited about: Licorice!

No, I'm not talking about the candy, but the herb. The herb, with all it's wondrous hair and skin benefits, should be a staple in your beauty regimen.

Extensive research has led me to believe that licorice based hair products is an essential component to include in your hair care routine.

Why is that?

Licorice can treat many problems that have burdened men and women for years. Problems such as hair loss, dandruff and chemical damage. If you have yet to find a natural solution that works, look not further than licorice.

When applied, the Licorice Root Elixir has a minty tingle that heals, stimulates and encourages growth.
When applied, the Licorice Root Elixir has a minty tingle that heals, stimulates and encourages growth. | Source

Say Yes to Quality

Like I said, I did my research on licorice. Lots of research. I looked at the benefits, but also where you can find the most effective hair treatment. Much like any natural ingredient, companies can include licorice in their products with a toxic "companion," such as parabans, silicone and sulfates. These are not licorice based products you want to say Yes to.

You can find licorice extract in expensive dermatology treatments, combined with other healing herbs and essential oils. This is quality. But it's also pricey.

Beija-Flor, a small company with a Brazilian themed beauty line, is an example of quality without the price. Their Licorice Root Elixir is designed to soothe the scalp and stimulate hair growth. I give them a vote of approval because the eight essential ingredients that accompany licorice root are 100 percent natural. Not to mention their reviews are incredible and the price reasonable.


Licorice for Scalp Treatment

The Licorice root, which has been used by Egyptians since 3rd century B.C., is said to be very soothing for dry, irritated skin. Many of the properties found in licorice are able to soothe the scalp, ridding it of irritations such as dandruff and scabs. It's mollifying properties open pores and are great for the hair shaft.

These demulcent properties make licorice a wonderful addition in scalp elixirs. Depending on the quality of the elixir, it can be used as a weekly application to heal dry scalp. Once a week, massage the hair treatment into your scalp, focusing on sensitive areas.

Pay close attention to the word "quality".

Do drug store treatments aren't the best way to go. Many over the counter treatments cost more than they're worth by not offering the benefits they claim.

Licorice Can Grow Hair Orally with Tea


Hair Growth

If you're like me and suffer from dry scalp, then this is one reason to use licorice based hair products.

The other reason is for healthy hair growth. By "healthy hair growth" I mean hair that grows thicker and stronger. Like peppermint essential oil, licorice has a minty tingle that stimulates growth. This is perfect for those whose hair growth rate is slower than the average rate per month.

There's no solid proof that licorice can prevent hair loss, but it's strongly believed to reduce hair loss both orally or topically. A popular oral method is by drinking licorice tea.

Licorice Masks the Smell of Henna

Licorice has a beautiful, spicy fragrance that's strong enough to mask the smell of henna. It also acts as a moisturizer.
Licorice has a beautiful, spicy fragrance that's strong enough to mask the smell of henna. It also acts as a moisturizer. | Source

Hair Treatment

Many people use licorice to repair damaged hair. I've found reports that licorice can be used as a mild moisturizing treatment. I scoured the hair care forums in search of the topic and found out that several women use natural licorice in their henna treatments to mask the smell, then realized that it also created a silkier texture after rinsing out the henna.

Henna mimics protein by strengthening, but also drying out hair. These results have led many hair care enthusiasts to believe licorice can moisturize just as well as it can strengthen and repair.

You can make your own hair treatment using licorice and essential oils, licorice and henna, or licorice and hair clay. You can also use the Licorice Root Elixir mentioned earlier. The elixir's main purpose seems to be in treating scalp irritations, but it can also be applied to the length of your hair for an overnight treatment. Don't forget to wash it out the next morning!

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I did find some risks with using licorice. Most side effects come from ingesting licorice, or using more than the recommended amount. Most side effects are rare, but sample tests are highly advised. Apply a small amount to a portion of your scalp and see how it reacts. Although licorice is a natural ingredient, people can be allergic.

When buying licorice based products, search for reputable companies. The cosmetic industry is notorious for not complying with health regulations because these regulations aren't very strict. As a result, the finished product may do more harm than good. So purchase wisely and look for companies that implement healthy practices.

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        Clive Warner 16 months ago

        Thanks for the interesting article. I've linked to our Facebook page because recently we began making a coffee and licorice shampoo and the results really surprised us.

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        HABMATH 4 years ago

        Very interesting and informative hub.I used to drink liquorice tea for sore throat and colds. I will start using it again for hair growth.Why not?