Curry leaves have a special place in every Indian kitchen due to their nutritious nature. But what many do not know is the usage of curry leaves for hair growth in hair tonics and as supplements. Let us see a bit more about their use.
In today’s fast moving world, both men and women are most likely to lose their hair due to number of reasons. The reason may be as simple as a vitamin deficiency or could be primary health condition.
While men suffer from hair loss as much as women do (sometimes even more!), while men combat baldness, women are traumatized by hair thinning and loss of lustrous hair A woman’s body undergoes lot of changes throughout her teen and adult life. The following are some of the common reasons for hair loss in both men and women:
- Using excessive hair styling tools, hair products hair, colours, gels, sprays and so on.
- Hormone imbalance is a primary cause for hair fall. This also includes conditions such as PCOS (Poly cystic ovarian syndrome)
- Anemia due to inadequate iron intake
- Protein deficiency, vitamin or mineral deficiency
- Sudden weight loss
- Thyroid disease or diabetes
- Physical or mental stress
- Environmental pollution
Other than these common problems, women also suffer from hair fall during heavy menstruation, during and after pregnancy, due to consumption of birth control pills, and when she stops having menstrual periods..
Hair fall and unhealthy hair are the two major problems for both men and women. So now what is the natural remedy for this?
Curry leaves are not just for cooking or to add flavor to food. It has a wide range of nutritional benefits too. It contains vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, Protein, Carbohydrates and fiber to name a few.
In Ayurveda it is considered a medicinal plant. It helps control diabetes, protects our liver, stops diarrhea, fights against infection and cancer, improves vision reduces cholesterol and finally, improves hair growth.
Curry leaves makes the hair shiny and improves the overall health of our body. Let’s see one by one the effective ways to make use of curry leaves for hair growth.
How to use curry leaves for hair growth?
Curry leaves hair tonic
Curry leaves can be made into a great natural hair tonic and you could apply this tonic on the scalp. This massaging action will distribute the nutrients equally to the entire scalp.
- Take a cup of water or oil and drop curry leaves in it. Boil the mixture until the leaves becomes soft. Once they get soft, the water or the oil will turn greenish in colour.
- Cool off the tonic and apply them completely on your scalp and hair for 10 – 15 minutes.
- Once applied wait for an hour and wash the hair with shampoo.
- Try the same at least twice a week for best results.
- You could add a few drops of lavender oil to the tonic if you are not comfortable with its smell.
Curry leaves hair mask
Preparing a hair mask is quite simple. You would need a few stalks of curry leaves and 2 – 3 tablespoons of curd.
- Grind curry leaves to make a thick paste
- Add the paste to 2 – 3 tablespoon of curd in a cup and mix well.
- Apply this hair mask using a brush or your fingers (fingers work better in my opinion!)
- Leave it for half an hour and wash with shampoo
It strengthens our hair, keeps hair soft and healthy.
Hair oil from Curry leaves
In the olden days, people usually had a habit of using curry leaves as an ingredient in hair oil. This would be a leave on hair oil and hence the nutrients in the curry leaves will go deep into the scalp and it will work on the roots more efficiently.
This hair oil can be applied once or twice in a week, initially while applying some may feel a mild irritation and stickiness in the hair, but once it dries up and gets absorbed, you can wash the hair with shampoo to reduce the stickiness.
Regular use of curry leaves in our hair will strengthen hair follicles, repairs damaged hair roots and promotes new hair growth.
In many cultures, longer and soft silky hair perceived as more beautiful. While this is just a matter of perception and taste, healthy hair is definitely an indicator of good health.