How to Add Saw Palmetto to Your Shampoo

by LaMont Jones, Jr. ; Updated July 18, 2017

Saw palmetto in shampoo can help combat hair thinning and premature balding.

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Saw palmetto taken internally is known to promote prostate health in men. There’s also evidence the berry extract can address hair thinning and premature balding by lowering levels of dihydrotestosterone (DHT), an androgen hormone that plays a major role in hair loss and changes. Using shampoos with saw palmetto can help promote scalp health and hair growth.

Combine the glycerine soap and saw palmetto oil in the measuring cup or bowl. Stir with the tablespoon to blend them well. You now have a basic shampoo that can be enhanced, if you prefer, with a drop or two of an aromatic essential oil or rosewater, as glycerine is clear and odorless.

Using some of your water, wet your hair and scalp. No need to drench your head. Place one tablespoon of the shampoo into the palm of one hand. Rub your palms together and work the shampoo into your hair and scalp. Using your fingertips, gently massage the scalp to stimulate circulation, which can aid hair growth.

Using the washcloth, wipe any shampoo or suds from your face and neck. Place the shower cap on your head. After about 15 minutes, remove the shower cap and rinse the shampoo out of your with your water. Pat your hair and head with the towel to remove excess water and let the rest air dry.


  • You can buy the saw palmetto oil in liquid form in a bottle. Or, you can extract it yourself from soft-gel capsules to save money. Boiled water is an alternative to filtered or distilled water. All three are gentler on the hair and scalp than tap water. It is not necessary to repeat the shampoo step. Store what’s left over in an airtight container. Some people like to add a few drops of an aromatic essential oil to make the shampoo fragrant. If you have problems with oily hair, choose something lighter such as rosewater that doesn't weigh down your hair or contribute to buildup on the scalp that can stunt hair growth.

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LaMont Jones was an award-winning fashion and beauty editor for a decade at the "Pittsburgh Post-Gazette." A five-time nominator and judge of the CFDA Awards, he covers New York Fashion Week regularly. Jones is a 2011 inductee into the Pittsburgh Fashion Hall of Fame and coaches fashion models.