Can Fenugreek Benefit Your Hair? | Real Answers & EVIDENCE

Every once in a great while, the fitness and health industries come across an ingredient so remarkable, it’s hard to believe it’s natural. Fenugreek is just such an ingredient. In the last few months, I’ve had the chance to spend extensive time researching and evaluating scientific studies on this ancient seed, and the results have been phenomenal.

In recent years, Western science has crept up on evidence supporting various uses for Fenugreek, and one such use is for hair growth. It turns out that the phytohormonal properties and antioxidant effects of Fenugreek can not only stop hair shedding, but actively help you regrow lost hair.

Quick Hits

  • Genetics are still the largest determination of hair loss, but excessive dihydrogen-testosterone (DHT) can make hair loss worse.
  • Fenugreek’s effect on our hormonal system can naturally bring out DHT levels into line, so as to mitigate hair loss.
  • In addition, the antioxidant benefits of Fenugreek can be a difference maker in our scalp health, meaning better conditions for hair regrowth and preventing further loss.

How Hair Loss Works

In an article just a couple of weeks ago on D-Aspartic acid and hair loss, I wrote about the role of DHT in our bodies. The short version of this story goes like this: in our early years, DHT helps young men grow body hair, and lengthens their vocal chords for a deeper voice; in later years, DHT causes male pattern baldness and enlarged prostates.

The good news is that many ingredients used to increase Free Testosterone (like Fenugreek) can also have beneficial effects on our DHT.

In addition to DHT, factors that can lead to hair loss include the stress hormone Cortisol, and free radicals attacking our hair at its source in the follicle. Which, it turns out, are two more things Fenugreek may be helpful with.

Fenugreek and Hair Loss

First we’ll talk about some clinical studies showing Fenugreek actually stimulated hair regrowth, and then we’ll talk about the mechanisms of action.

Clinical Studies

In the first study, participants actually took a supplement capsule containing various strengths of Fenugreek, or a placebo. 

All the Fenugreek groups had hair regrowth, and that’s not all. In detailed questionnaires, they reported their hair was thicker, stronger, and didn’t fall out from styling. Results in this study took only 6 months, and again, required no special shampoos, washing, or treatment.

The next study did use a shampoo, which was essentially green tea, vegetable oil, and Fenugreek oil from seeds. This study not only stopped hair loss, but led to hair regrowth in patients across racial demographics. What’s more, they have photographic evidence.

Neither of these studies reported any side effects, and in questionnaires after the study, participants reported satisfaction with their results. Meaning the hair regrowth wasn’t simply a parlor trick–the people loved the hair they got back.

How It Works


Since we’ve already covered how DHT leads to hair loss, let’s get to Fenugreek and DHT. In a foundational study of this herb and our hormones, researchers found a dependable and predictable association–as Fenugreek use continued, DHT continued to fall. This is because Fenugreek keeps Free Testosterone from converting to DHT.


Another effect long-known to scalp and hair loss researchers is that Antioxidants play a huge role in preventing shedding due to poor scalp condition. Here, again, we see Fenugreek step into a leading role. A study from just a few years ago indicates that Fenugreek is such a strong Antioxidant it can help heal wounds. Anything with that powerful antioxidant effect can undoubtedly improve scalp conditions.

Final Word

Fenugreek has already proven itself in supplements for male health and Testosterone. And for some true-believers, it is the best pro-lactant food a new mother can eat. Now, based on all the evidence I could gather and evaluate, Fenugreek has another arrow in its quiver: hair regrowth.

In no study or evaluation of the component mechanisms of action did I find anyone finding against Fenugreek. No study said it didn’t work, no study said it can’t help with DHT, and no study said it didn’t have antioxidant benefits.

Leaving us only with the positive studies–which all indicate Fenugreek can help stop hair loss and stimulate hair regrowth. All without any side effects, and from an all-natural herb that can either be used topically or internally.

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Sam is a passionate health and fitness enthusiast who has been interested in supplements, fitness, and wellness for over 10 years. He is the founder of Great Green Wall - the health and wellness brand and has completed multiple fitness certificates, including personal training and nutrition certifications. Sam has been working as a personal trainer for the past three years and is dedicated to helping his clients achieve their fitness goals and lead healthier lifestyles. He believes that a healthy lifestyle is crucial to a happy and fulfilling life and is committed to sharing his knowledge and passion with others.

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