Are you struggling with hair loss, thinning and scalp-related issues? Do you get frustrated looking at endless pictures on social media flaunting perfect hair? If so, you’re not alone. More and more women are complaining of a variety of hair-related problems these days because of reasons like hormonal changes, poor diet, pollution, stress, and using too many chemicals and hair treatments. Whatever the reason be, losing a bunch of hair daily can be very distressing and disappointing.
There is a long list of hair loss treatments available in the market to choose from. But they are time-consuming and quite heavy on the pocket. So why not try some natural and DIY remedies that are sustainable and can give you promising results? Fenugreek seeds are one such option that effectively treats hair fall and scalp-related issues. Women have been using Fenugreek in many forms to treat a variety of hair-related issues such as hair loss, thinning, dandruff, dryness, and scalp itching.
These seeds are rich in folic acid, iron, protein, and Vitamins A, K, and C. They act as a one-stop solution for a range of hair problems such as weak hair follicles, dandruff, itching, and poor hair growth.
In this article, we will explore more about fenugreek, its benefits, and risks. We will also list 5 easy DIYs involving Fenugreek that give promising hair benefits.
Also Read – Home Remedies to Treat Dandruff & Oily Hair
Unique Properties of Fenugreek
Fenugreek seeds are a staple ingredient in the Indian kitchen and are widely used for tempering curries, lentils, and vegetables. The plant Fenugreek is a small herb that is largely grown in parts of Asia and the Mediterranean. The seeds from this plant (that are little brown) have traditionally been used in the Ayurvedic Indian and Chinese medicines to treat various issues such as indigestion, hair loss, and skin irritation. (1) As far as hair loss and other hair-related issues are concerned, Fenugreek seeds have been found to give promising results. Here are 10 unique properties of Fenugreek that make it a magical solution for hair issues.
- These seeds contain protein and iron – both of which help in hair growth.
- In addition, these seeds also contain flavonoids and saponins – plant compounds that have strong anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties that reduce hair loss. (2)
- Fenugreek seeds also contain folic acid, Vitamin A, Vitamin K, and Vitamin C, which work against hair thinning.
- These seeds have high nicotinic acid and minerals such as potassium, calcium, and iron, which promote hair growth.
- The use of fenugreek seeds also helps in calming down several scalp issues such as dryness, itching, and dandruff.
- Some experts believe that fenugreek promotes blood circulation, which may control hair loss. (3)
- Fenugreek also clams down frizzy and unruly hair.
- Regular application of fenugreek paste can moisturize and condition your hair.
- These seeds contain lecithin, which strengthens the hair follicles or roots.
- The application of Fenugreek paste to the hair acts as a natural protein treatment and makes your hair shinier.
How to Apply Fenugreek Seeds
The best thing about using any natural hair care ingredient is that they are readily available and cost-effective. These two qualities make them sustainable in the long run and acceptable for a larger group. So let’s agree; not everyone can afford those exorbitantly priced hair care products that give good results.
Fenugreek seeds can be both taken orally as well as applied topically to the hair and scalp. Taking it orally comes with a few side effects such as headache, nausea, and other digestive issues. It is recommended to first consult a doctor before taking it routinely.
In this article, we will be only talking about how the local application of Fenugreek to the hair can help transform them. These seeds can be used in several ways on the hair. Whatever your goal is – adding volume to limp tresses, making extra dry tresses soft, or checking hair loss or thinning naturally – Fenugreek is here to help.
We have discussed here a few DIYs that have a specific objective attached. In most DIYs, it is recommended to soak Fenugreek seeds overnight to soften them and then use them the next morning.
1. For Softer Hair
Soak Fenugreek seeds in water for 7-8 hours or overnight. Make a paste of these soaked seeds with a few tablespoons of water using a grinder. Apply the paste directly to your scalp and let it dry. Leave on for at least half an hour. Wash off with mild shampoo to get soft tresses.
2. To Get Rid of Dandruff
Mix the Fenugreek seeds paste (mentioned above) with curd or apple cider vinegar to treat dandruff and frizzy hair. Apply the paste to the hair and leave it on for an hour. Rinse off with mild shampoo.
3. Deep Conditioning Mask
Why go for salon treatment when you can make a highly effective protein hair mask at home? Combine the Fenugreek seeds paste with olive oil, yogurt, honey, or milk and apply to the hair. Leave this mask for about an hour and then follow it up with shampoo and conditioner.
4. Magical Hair Growth Oil
This is an effective and widely used homemade oil used in Indian homes. Grind Fenugreek seeds into a fine powder and mix it with hot coconut oil. Give a gentle head massage using the oil and apply it thoroughly to the scalp and strands. Leave it on for a couple of hours or overnight and wash it off with a mild shampoo.
5. For Softer, Longer Hair
Soak two tablespoons of Fenugreek seeds overnight. Drain the excess water and grind it into a fine paste. Add some coconut milk to the paste but try and maintain a thick consistency. Apply the mixture to wet hair and leave it on for at least an hour. Rinse off with a mild, organic shampoo to get softer, shinier hair.
A Word of Caution
While there is no doubt that the regular use of Fenugreek seeds can help with a variety of hair issues, there may be a few cases where the cause of hair loss is entirely different and requires a doctor’s help. For example, fenugreek may have little effect if you’re suffering from hair loss because of hormonal imbalance, improper nutrition, stress, or genetic factors.
Having healthy, bouncy hair with least or no related problems like hair loss, thinning, dandruff and dryness is a goal we all wish to achieve. But it’s not that easy. Hair fall can be distressing but before you decide to try chemical-laden, expensive options from the drugstore, give Fenugreek seeds a try. This humble herb/ spice from your kitchen can be extremely effective in controlling hair loss. These seeds are rich in folic acid, iron, protein, and Vitamins A, K and C. Fenugreek strengthen the hair follicle, controls scalp-related issues such as dandruff, and promotes hair growth. Start with simple DIYs: applying Fenugreek paste to the hair weekly; using Fenugreek paste along with yogurt or coconut milk, or hot oil massage using coconut oil mixed with Fenugreek seeds.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Is there any particular hair type for which Fenugreek seeds are more beneficial?
Fenugreek is considered safe and useful for all hair types. However, those with dry and coarse hair benefit more from the regular application of Fenugreek seeds as it makes their hair softer, shinier, and manageable.
Who should avoid applying Fenugreek powder to their hair?
There is no such category, but still, if you’re pregnant or allergic to peanuts or chickpeas, you should avoid Fenugreek. Else, consult with your doctor first before incorporating Fenugreek into your daily routine.
Is there any shorter way to get Fenugreek paste?
We recommend you to try the above-mentioned way to make your Fenugreek seeds paste to get maximum benefits. If that is not feasible, you can use Fenugreek powder that is readily available in most supermarkets. Try and use organic versions.
Can Fenugreek seeds help in controlling alopecia?
Fenugreek seeds alone may not work in treating alopecia or baldness. In such cases, you need well-guided treatment from an experienced professional.
- “Are Fenugreek Seeds Good for Your Hair?” – healthline.com
- “Fenugreek+micronutrients: Efficacy of a food supplement against hair loss” – researchgate.net
- “What to Know About Fenugreek for Hair Growth” – webmd.com