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March 27, 2012

Does Mira Oil Really Grow Hair?


via TheBeautyBrains

Fitz asks…Is mira hair oil really worth a try?

The Right Brain responds:

Before we answer your question, we have a question of our own: What the heck is mira oil??

What is mira oil?

It turns out that this oil has been used in India for centuries. Apparently it’s a blend of several natural plant oils. While we couldn’t find an exact description of its composition, this site says that mira oil contains a plant extract known as eclipta alba. One of its purported abilities of mira oil is to help hair grow faster. But does it really do anything?

The magic of mira oil

Surprise! There MAY actually be something to this stuff. We found two studies published on PubMed which indicate that eclipta alba extract may stimulate hair growth. Of course, that doesn’t mean that mira oil works because the extracts could be in a different form, or used at much lower concentrations, than in the published studies. For example, both studies evaluated an alcohol or ether soluble portion of the extract, not the oil soluble portion that you’d expect to find in mira oil. Still, it’s an intriguing possibility.

The Beauty Brains bottom line

We wouldn’t rush out and spend a lot of money on mira oil until we see further research but at least there’s a kernel of scientific fact behind this product’s claims.

20 Chime in!:

Sydni_Michelle said...

I'll stick to the oils I know! lol

Gina said...

it's $80 for a 4oz bottle, thats way to expensive.

Curly hallow said...

@$80 for 8oz they can keep it I have Indian friends from the country who would NEVER spend that much on their hair and would laugh at the fool who does and they have extremely long hair I will ask them to see if it's $75 cheaper in India

12tnob said...

I agree.. 80 dollars is way past steep..

Davina916 said...

I agree with Sydni_Michelle, I'll stick to the oils I know of. (especially if it's $80)

Anonymous said...

sooo JBCO then.

Spokenheart said...

wow! never heard of this, but now i'm excited bout tryign it!

WMH said...

Isn't eclipta alba the same thing as bhringraj oil? That's the same extract that is in some Afro Veda and Qhemet Biologics products. I'm sure you could probably find someone else selling it online (ex. Indian stores) for much less.

WMH said...

Here are two products that contain Bhringaraj.


Afro Veda - Curl Define: Bhringaraj Powder is the 10th ingredient listed.

Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, Rice Milk, Water, Jojoba Oil, Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Nettle Leaf, Ayurvedic Botanicals of Ashwagandha Powder, Bhringaraj Powder, Brahmi Powder, Amalaki Herb and Neem Leaf; Bay Leaf, Horsetail Leaf Extract, Palm Oil, Glyceryl Stearate (and) Cetearyl Alcohol (and) Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, (an edible, natural, ultra-mild self-emulsifying wax), Aloe Vera Leaf Gel, Xanthan Gum, Gluconolactone (and) Sodium Benzoate (a natural preservative), and love. Essential oil blend of Sweet Orange and Vanilla.

I also found the hair oil that contains Bhringaraj oil at Tattva's Herbs. I ordered from there twice a few years ago but I've never tried their oils.

Brahmi Amla Hair Oil - $18.95 for 4oz:
http://www.tattvasherbs.com/servlet/-strse-62/brahmi-oil%2C-brahmi-oil%2C/Detail

Bitty Boss said...

Ain't nothin but some good ol fashioned Bhringaraj oil! You can get this oil in a coconut base from most Indian grocery stores for btwn $6-$20 bucks. Don't let em fool you!

Anonymous said...

Or can order eclipta alba powder from Amazon for $13,for 8oz, you can make SEVERAL bottles of your own oil. I think i'm gonna try that out.

Jo Somebody said...

They're selling it for $80?? LOLOLOLOL! I buy 50g of the maka/bhringraj powder for 80pence! Then I could make a paste, rinse or oil from it!
CRAZINESS!

Jo Somebody said...

It also has brahmi in it. It sounds like some Indian herbal oil.
Of course they recommend you wash it out each morning, so you get through the bottle extra quick! LOL!

Anonymous said...

Eclipta Alba is Bhringaraj oil. You can get it for 8.95 here: http://www.banyanbotanicals.com/prodinfo.asp?number=3293

thebrownesteye said...

I haven't tried that many oils yet i typically stick with castor and olive...but i may try this mira!

sammiegotsoul said...

Oh lordy * sigh * ! Is the government trying to cash in on natural hair with these random oils claiming benefits of common concerns or topics of natural haired women. I never heard of this oil in my life. Lol

( You know you can make an oil out of most things in nature, does that mean every oil benefits your hair ? )

I say if it ain't broke don't fix it

Vanessa aka Miss V said...

not only is this oil expensive, but i read in another forum that the site is also sketchy. so those who may be interested in trying this, i suggest looking into other ayurvedic options. i found an oil with similar ingredients on eBay at www.allindiastore.com for about $16 (includes shipping). also, as other ladies mentioned, you can probably buy bhingaraj oil for less from indian stores.

happy growing ladies!

kinkybeautylove said...

i know many Indians and they have never used this oil. the majority use Coconut oil, almond oil and Amla oil. Every year there is a new oil First olive oil was the liquid gold then Morrocan oil , then macadamia now this. There is like a minimum of like 25 oils that are said to grow your hair and yes you can make an oil out of any plant, fruit or vegetable so the list can grow. I feel sorry for those that fall for these marketing sells tricks and loose a lot of money in the process.

Anonymous said...

Ladies,keep your hard earned money in your pockets,and go online to reputable stores selling the EXACT same oil for MUCH less. A few I've purchased from are:Ayurnatural Beauty,Butters-n-Bars,The Indian Food Store,and From Nature With Love. No one in their right mind should buy anything just because it's proported to give desirable results without first looking at ones diet,amount of water they drink,proper rest/sleep,and the amount of stress in their life. Supplementation with things like biotin,MSM,or using emu oil to the scalp wouldn't hurt either. There are too many links on this website alone that offer sound advice on natural products that yield great results that won't cost you $80.00.

E. said...

Really ladies, the only miricle growth oil ill ever cosign is Shapleys MTG. Smells like a farmhouse backyard barbeque and sulfer, but it TRULY gets results, and is about $15 on Amazon.com. Real talk. Try it.

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