What is arrowroot powder?

Arrowroot powder is taken from the tropical tuber that is found across Indonesia and has been used for many years in self care. Arrowroot is extracted from the rhizome plant and is turned into a powder. This is used for various purposes, from cooking to being used in various medicinal ways. It’s become a popular healing product and a major part of healthy living and eating.

It’s high protein and nutritional impact means that arrowroot is very much a good thing to be using in our food. However, is it any use to you if you are looking for a solution to issues with your hair?

Natural hair products are becoming increasingly popular, but can we trust that using something like arrowroot powder can lead to long-term benefits for our hair? 

Arrowroot Powder For Hair: Benefits

Like many other products today, arrowroot powder is a very commonly used tool in natural care. If you are looking for a way to use nature to help boost the condition of your hair, should you consider using arrowroot as part of your long-term health care?

  • It’s high in potassium, iron, and folate – all very good for helping our body and hair.
  • It’s also been linked with preserving hydration in the body, helping to avoid moisture loss.
  • Some users also note that it can make hair feel soft and smooth compared to beforehand.
  • It works well as a natural dry shampoo, when massaged in to the roots of your hair it helps your hair feel clean and less greasy.

With regards to what arrowroot powder can do for our hair, though, much more research is needed. While we know it’s a nutritionally dense tool with some benefit when it comes to things like moisture, it’s not known just how good use arrowroot powder on our hair can be. Anecdotal evidence, though, suggests it could be beneficial in the long-term. 

Arrowroot Powder Side Effects

Like any other powder product, make sure you have yourself tested by a doctor before you test it out. We could find no real associated side-effects to using arrowroot powder, but it is possible that you could suffer an allergic reaction to it. As such, it’s highly recommended that you look to have your arrowroot powder tested before you start using it.



Written by Jordan Prichard. Medically reviewed by Dr. Shane Jackson, MBBS. Last modified on 20/05/2020. 


Dr. Shane Jackson a UK based doctor, working within the NHS for 9 years. With experience in both Medicine and Surgery, his time is now spent mainly in Elderly care and Rehabilitation. Outside of his clinical work he has a strong educational presence, teaching undergraduates and foreign doctors wishing to work in the UK. He is passionate about the dissemination of healthcare for all, providing consultancy for health, well-being and biotech startups worldwide. Dr. Jackson is the founder of Acrosophy, which helps school leavers applying to medical, dental and associated courses at the top universities in the country. 

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