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Horsetail And Your Hair: A Complete Overview

April 26, 2021

6 Min read

If you’re new to hair care, you might not know what horsetail extract is or how it’s used. Even though it’s been used as a diuretic for many years, recently, it has come into the hair spotlight to help increase growth and stop hair shedding. 

Let’s take a closer look at how horsetail has made its way into the industry and how it can be used for your benefit.

What is horsetail?

Horsetail extract is taken from the horsetail plant, which is technically in the fern family. It’s been around since the Paleozoic Era and has been used to stop hemorrhages and treat kidney disease in the past. The name comes from the appearance of the plant, which looks like the mane and tail of a horse. 

The botanical name for horsetail is Equisetum arvense. It contains high amounts of silica, which is a compound that strengthens hair and nails. In fact, horsetail is one of the plants that contain the highest amount of silica. The plant grows naturally in the Middle East, Europe, and Asia. Generally, horsetail has leaves that are arranged in sheaths and hollow stems.

How does it benefit hair?

Horsetail extract is known to improve the circulation of your blood, which in turn leads to healthy hair follicles. It has antioxidant properties that also work as a detox for your hair and body. When your scalp gets enough blood, it increases its ability to produce more hair. 

The silica in horsetail has been shown to encourage hair growth and hair thickness. Using this extract also impacts your collagen production in a positive way that will improve your hair health and overall look. 

Since it has been shown to help with hair growth and stimulating the follicles, horsetail has been used in cases of hair loss. There isn’t a large amount of scientific evidence to back this up, but many people swear by its effects in the way that silica interacts with keratin and improves its structure, making hair stronger.

How can horsetail be used for hair and hair growth?

If you’re looking to use horsetail for your hair, there are a couple of ways to go about it. The first one is in the form of a capsule. 

Another way to incorporate horsetail extract into your routine is in a bottled oil. This is the preferred method for people looking to improve their hair loss because they can apply it directly to their heads

This plant also comes in the form of a dried herb that can be used in tea. You can put a few teaspoons of horsetail herb in hot water and let it steep for 10 minutes before you drink it. Do this once a day, every day, to see results. 

A lot of hair growth supplements on the market contain vitamins and minerals as well as horsetail extract for added effect. This is probably the easiest way to use horsetail since it’s combined with other useful hair ingredients. In fact, it’s one of the ingredients in Root Source™, a custom hair supplement by Prose.


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Is horsetail extract meant for horses?

We know the name might be confusing, but no, horsetail is not meant for horses. As we said, horsetail was given its name due to its resemblance to a horse’s mane and tail, but it is not designed for horses to ingest. 

You also might be confusing horse shampoo with horsetail extract. There are shampoos on the market that were made for horses but are used by humans to promote healthy hair, but the two are unrelated and don’t contain any horsetail.

Special precautions

Even though this plant is safe to use, it hasn’t been tested in pregnant or breastfeeding people. Please consult your doctor before taking it if you’re pregnant, breastfeeding, or have a medical condition (e.g. diabetes or low potassium).

Other ingredients for hair health

So, we know now that horsetail helps promote hair growth and helps prevent balding. But what other natural ingredients out there offer similar benefits to keep your hair shiny and gorgeous? Well, here are a few. 

  • Grapeseed oil is known for keeping hair healthy and hydrated. It’s been used for its nutritional properties for over 6,000 years. Grapeseed oil may increase shine, softness, and silkiness. It’s great for mending split ends and preventing frizz. It also contains high levels of vitamin E, which can protect your hair color from fading. Grapeseed oil is found in our scalp mask, hair oil, and leave-in conditioner. 
  • Cucumber oil is used to soothe the scalp and is known as a staple in the beauty world. It contains oleic acid, which is perfect for deep moisturization. The cucumber seed oil at Prose is cold-pressed from premium cucumbers and filtered and cleaned to produce the best possible product. This ingredient can be found in our hair oil.
  • Lilac extract increases your hair’s shine and hydration because of its ability to repair strands. It has astringent properties that work as a toner for your scalp to remove dullness and promote shine. It comes from the syringa vulgaris plant that’s native to Persia. It can be found in our conditioner, shampoo, and hair mask
  • Quinoa extract is known for its protection against heat and breakage. Quinoa protein offers amino acids and lysine, which boost hydration in hair and lock in moisture. It helps smooth the hair cuticle and reduce the chances of split ends. This extract is found in our curl cream, conditioner, and leave-in.

Clean ingredients at Prose

At Prose, we believe that the things you put in your hair matter. That’s why all of our formulas are free of harsh sulfates, parabens, and phthalates. We’re also cruelty-free and alcohol-free because we think that you shouldn’t have to harm animals for healthy hair. 

If you’re looking for the perfect place to completely revamp your hair routine, Prose is the place to start. We’re your one-stop-shop for all things hair, customized for your needs. Our products are freshly made to order so that all the ingredients are as potent as possible. 

Every ingredient that we use in our hair care can be found here, along with where it’s sourced. We have a unique library of natural ingredients that are tested by our in-house chemists to ensure the best quality and efficacy for your hair.

Wrap up

Horsetail offers many hair benefits that can be used with other hair supplements or directly taken in the form of tea or capsule. Whichever way you decide to use it, this extract is bound to make your hair feel as healthy as a horse!



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