What is Sul­fur?

Sul­fur is a nat­u­ral­ly occur­ring min­er­al, and the third most abun­dant in the human body behind cal­ci­um and phos­pho­rus. In the body, it is a neces­si­ty for prop­er syn­the­sis of pro­teins and enzyme, vit­a­m­in con­ver­sions, joint health, metab­o­liz­ing amino acids, hair, nail, and skin health, and more.

What Does Sul­fur Do for Hair?
Sul­fur is often referred to as one of the build­ing blocks of hair, with good rea­son. Our hair is com­prised of a durable pro­tein called ker­at­in, which is high in sul­fur con­tent. Sul­fur is required for pro­teins (like ker­at­in) to main­tain their shape, which con­tributes direct­ly to the over­all health, strength, and elas­tic­i­ty of hair. More excit­ing is that there are stud­ies indi­cat­ing that sul­fur has pos­i­tive effects on hair growth. The life cycle of your hair con­sists of 3 phas­es: grow­ing, rest­ing, and shed­ding. Sul­fur has been proven to length­en the grow­ing phase of your hair. A longer grow­ing phase (before rest­ing and shed­ding) means longer hair. Last­ly, sul­fur also has been linked to treat­ing, reliev­ing, and decreas­ing the occur­rences of pso­ri­a­sis, dan­druff, eczema, and fol­li­culi­tis. I per­son­al­ly find the growth ben­e­fits and scalp relief to be pret­ty amaz­ing. I’ve been tak­ing MSM reg­u­lar­ly since I began tran­si­tion­ing, and I attrib­ute it to sup­port­ing and encour­ag­ing healthy hair growth. You can check out my growth and pro­gress pic­tures out at or on Insta­gram @maneobjective. I recent­ly began using two prod­ucts from The Pomade Shop (which you’ll see lat­er) on my scalp, and both have def­i­nite­ly helped relieve some of the scal­ing and flakes I get with my scalp pso­ri­a­sis.

How Do I Get the Ben­e­fits of Sul­fur?


There are a cou­ple of dif­fer­ent ways to get the amaz­ing growth ben­e­fits of sul­fur, inside and out. If you’re inter­est­ed in increas­ing your sul­fur intake inter­nal­ly, chow down on the­se foods:

  • fish
  • high qual­i­ty beef and poul­try (grass-fed is rec­om­mend­ed)
  • eggs
  • brus­sel sprouts
  • aspara­gus
  • legumes
  • gar­lic
  • kale
  • onion
  • wheat germ
  • Or, you could always take MSM (Methyl­sul­fonyl­methane), which can be found at any health food store, and even Trader Joe’s.

    To boost the ben­e­fits of sul­fur in terms of stim­u­lat­ing your scalp or reliev­ing con­di­tions, there are tons of prod­ucts and DIY recipes to fol­low. Here are some of the best sul­fur-con­tain­ing prod­ucts to help you in your healthy hair goals:

  • Komaza Hair Care Hair Length­en­ing Serum
  • The Pomade Shop Growth Fun­da­men­tals Cof­fee Pomade (you get the ben­e­fits of sul­fur AND caf­feine, which stim­u­lates the scalp!)
  • The Pomade Shop Vanil­la (or Pep­per­mint) Growth Foun­da­tions Pomade (sul­fur and pep­per­mint, which stim­u­lates the scalp!)
  • Bee Mine Man­go Serum with Sul­fur
  • If you’re more of a DIY kind of per­son, you can pur­chase sul­fur online (through web­sites like, and cre­ate a sul­fur mix with some of your favorite car­ri­er and essen­tial oils. Here is a pop­u­lar recipe for use on the scalp that can be found online as NJoy’s Sul­fur Mix:

  • 1 heap­ing tea­spoon of Sub­limed Sul­fur Pow­der
  • 4oz Jojoba Oil
  • 2oz Jamaican Black Cas­tor Oil (JBCO)
  • 2oz Extra Vir­gin Olive Oil (EVOO)
  • 4–5 drops Rose­mary Essen­tial Oil
  • 4–5 drops Pep­per­mint Essen­tial Oil
  • This recipe works best when mixed and applied using an appli­ca­tor bot­tle.

    Tips & Rec­om­men­da­tions
    If you are going to roll with the DIY sul­fur recipe list­ed above, be mind­ful that sul­fur does not dis­solve in oil. You will need to shake up the appli­ca­tor bot­tle before each use. Most impor­tant­ly, some peo­ple report aller­gic reac­tions to using sul­fur on their skin, espe­cial­ly at high­er con­cen­tra­tions. Do not use more than the amount rec­om­mend­ed above. Before apply­ing to your entire scalp, do a patch test in an incon­spic­u­ous area to test for sen­si­tiv­i­ty. You can always take the cau­tious approach and start off with half of the sul­fur required for the recipe or less, and grad­u­al­ly increase the amount.

    Hap­py grow­ing!

    Have you ever used sul­fur, or prod­ucts con­tain­ing sul­fur to grow your hair? Share any favorite recipes as well!


    Christina Patrice

    Born, raised, and liv­ing in Los Ange­les, Christi­na is BGLH’s res­i­dent tran­si­tion­ing expert and pro­duct junkie. In addi­tion to lov­ing all things hair, she is a fit­ness novice and advo­cate of wear­ing san­dals year-round. For more infor­ma­tion on tran­si­tion­ing, nat­u­ral hair, and her own hair jour­ney, vis­it Or, if you like pic­tures fol­low Christi­na on Insta­gram @maneobjective.

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    42 Comments on "How to Use Sulfur for Hair Growth"

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    Hey, I would like to know if sul­fur 8 could be used as well

    Robert Delabitenebois
    Robert Delabitenebois

    warn­ing Sul­fur 8 sham­poo DOES NOT CONTAIN SULFUR it con­tains tri­closan ! I know the name is real­ly strange.. Although they do have a oint­ment with unknow % of sul­fur (prob­lably only 1–2 % ) and it’s as thick as vase­line..

    Bhagwat shah

    If you can put up onion juice full of sulfet­mixed with lemon juice and coconut oil is a best way of fast hair growth
    Keep paste for 1–2 hours on hair before herbal essences sham­poo

    Cailin @ Sassy Dove

    It def­i­nite­ly works, but I rec­om­mend inter­nal because one can’t dis­cuss sul­fur with­out dis­cussing the smell. Ew!


    yeah it is real­ly work. I did it and felt my hair is thicky and I m hap­py now .I saw the change­ment in my hair growth .


    plz tell me what did u used??????

    Naketa Black

    Thank you for post­ing this infor­ma­tion I find it to be very help­ful. Along with the oth­ers who have shared as well thanks a lot.

    Jasmine W

    This is very inter­est­ing and great arti­cle. I just bought some MSM and will start to take in my drinks as well as add to my DIY mix­es.


    I like the recipe and I’ve look­ing for it in weeks. Sul­fur has a bad odor but cer­tain­ly it has sev­er­al uses. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, due to my day jobs, I can only try it dur­ing week­end. Any­way thanks for shar­ing. It’s real­ly valu­able for us who hairs are los­ing day by day.
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    tasha fierce

    my mom use to put Sul­fur 8 hair grease on my scalp when i was a kid, it does stink but my hair grew down my back.

    Aisa @ ForUsNaturals

    I just added a lit­tle sul­fur pow­der to my hair oil today. I already used most of the oth­er ingre­di­ents list­ed above but I also used neem oil. The whole thing stinks even with fra­grance oil. My hub­by asked what smelled like eggs. Lol. Oh I also added a lit­tle water for bet­ter absorp­tion.


    I remem­ber using msm cap­sules two years ago ad my hair grew like crazy. The thing is I found that it made my hair thick­er which is great since my hair is nat­u­ral­ly thin.I would rec­om­mend it to every­body. Just remem­ber to drink lots of water when tak­ing it so you don’t break out.


    How long did you take them before you noticed any results? Do the results last when you stopped tak­ing them?


    I nev­er thought to use sul­phur for grow­ing my hair, I use ‘Hol­ly­wood Beau­ty’ med­icat­ed hair­grease to rid my scalp of dan­druff (or what­ev­er the hell those were on my scalp that were near­ly the size of a corn­flake!). But my mum has some MSM I could try it.


    also MSM when tak­en inter­nal­ly increas­es absorp­tion of any­thing else you ingest. so if you drink alco­hol or tak­ing med­ica­tion, it will increase the amount of alcohol/medication in your blood­stream which can have seri­ous side effects.


    I heard of some seri­ous affects when tak­en while drink­ing I do not rec­om­mend at all

    Nappy4C Rocks

    ugh real­ly? may­be I will recon­sid­er MSM


    Does Sul­fur 8 work? I remem­ber my mom using it on me as a child and the smell was hor­ri­ble.


    It works, but try some­thing with­out petro­le­um. She had some great links in the arti­cle. A good one I rec­om­mend is Con­scious Essence Sul­fur Oil. That’s what I’ve used and it grew my hair.


    Sul­fur 8 is a old hair growth rem­e­dy that tru­ly works, I am proof! Organ­ic coconut oil from wal­mart works too. Pls try either pro­duct for two months and be a wit­ness for your­self. Ps use the sul­fur on your sides and rub in gen­tly. (It doesn’t smell great but you will have hair!).


    Do not ingest/swallow sub­limed yel­low sul­fur.

    MSM you CAN safe­ly ingest/swallow.

    This should have been stat­ed in the arti­cle.


    Any­one take sul­fur and expe­ri­ence vivid night­mares?


    Yes! I just start­ed tak­ing this sul­fur and last night I had a dream that seemed to be right out of Stephen King hor­ror nov­el. I’m now start­ing to won­der if he uses this pro­duct as inspi­ra­tion to write his books.

    April Mcdonald



    No,but my dreams are more vivid just aren’t night­mares. How­ev­er, i have heard that this is a side effect that done expe­ri­ence.

    Nappy4C Rocks

    as far as INTERNALLY, I eat every­thing but beef and any­thing with 4 legs, that is a no-no…maybe a tablet might do the trick, do they have MSM pills?


    I think the pic­ture at the top of the arti­cle is the tablet form


    wow I didn’t know MSM pow­der was great for hair — I’ve been tak­ing it inter­nal­ly for the past 3 months now..I will give this a try! thanks for shar­ing

    lip gloss

    I was tak­ing antibi­otics my hair is thin­ning @the top may­be that is y my hair was thin­ning so I went to whole foods and bought some pre­na­tal vit­a­mins ‚drink more water/ &coconut water coconut is very hydrat­ing I like it the one with guava juice or pineap­ple ONE coconut zico has 2 much sodi­um .


    I take MSM dai­ly for my fibromyal­gia and arthri­tis, it works bet­ter than any pre­scrip­tion med­i­cine I’ve ever tak­en. Since I’ve been tak­ing it con­sis­tent­ly I’ve seen a notice­able dif­fer­ence in my hair, pri­mar­i­ly less shed­ding.


    MSM sul­fur and sub­limed (yel­low) sul­fur are 2 dif­fer­ent chem­i­cals. The prod­ucts on the list con­tain one or the oth­er type of sul­fur. The arti­cle didn’t dis­tin­guish between the two.


    MSM Soap does won­ders for the skin. Will def­i­nite­ly try this sup­ple­ment


    So first they raved about sul­fate-free sham­poos, now they’re telling us to do sul­fate treat­ments.… cray.


    I real­ly need­ed this laugh. Thanks

    Christina Patrice

    Hi Neld­is,
    Thanks for your com­ment. Just to clar­i­fy, there is a huge dif­fer­ence between Sodi­um Lau­reth Sul­fate (SLS) and sul­fur. SLS is is a harsh deter­gent that strips hair of buildup and nat­u­ral oils, which can lead to break­age. Sul­fur is a nat­u­ral min­er­al found in the body that aids in essen­tial func­tions, includ­ing hair growth. Hope this helps!


    This for­mu­la­tion of sul­fur has no sul­fu­ric smell. The com­pound that caus­es odors has pur­pose­ful­ly been omit­ted. My hus­band would have noticed. I have asked him sev­er­al times while tak­ing 2000mg cap­sules. I take 1000mg now as rec­c­om­mend­ed on the bot­tle. I bought it at vita­cost.


    Oh great! Did you real­ly notice a dif­fer­ence in your hair and nails?


    @Jessica The crown of my scalp is no longer chron­i­cal­ly itchy. My nails are grow­ing and hair seems thick­er. Nails seem to still break and side split so I am still miss­ing some­thing else. I take bioti­nand a mul­ti also. On a side note my mom has side split­ting nails. Hered­i­ty per­haps.


    Sor­ry Chaunta! I meant a thumbs up… Good to know! I think I might give it a whirl
    Ps- those damn side split­ting nails! I get those too and it’s like what­ev­er I do I get them… I’m this close to get­ting tips again after years try­ing to grow my own with­out them

    I also have side split­ting nails, I think it’s just some­thing that hap­pens to peo­ple that this is prone to. My nails grow rapid­ly they just split some­times. I take the MSM along with a liq­uid Biosil which is good for the skin, hair, nails, and joints. This has been a great com­bo for me, along with my mul­ti vit. I real­ly like the old school which does work the Sul­phur 8. My mom too used it on my hair when I was a kid and boy oh boy I had waist length hair. Ps check out your eye­lash­es while… Read more »

    Sounds inter­est­ing, but I would be con­cerned about the smell.…