Have you ever misplaced your keys?
I was ready to go out the other day, and I couldn’t find my house keys. I was already late and not seeing the keys in the usual drawer made me very upset. I searched every possible place, and it was nowhere.
As I was walking round and round the house, hopelessly, something clinked. That’s when it dawned on me that I had put the keys in the jacket pocket thinking it would save me time. But clearly, I forgot about it and that caused me delay and a bit of frustration.
You see, many a time the solution lies right in our pocket, and we spend too much time looking for it in all wrong places.
Likewise, if you have been looking at the wrong places to find a remedy to regrow your lost hair, it will yield no results. But despair not, not yet, there’s a super effective solution that will repair and heal the follicles and kick-start hair growth on your scalp. And that effective solution is: black seed hair oil.
Before we see how to use black seed oil for hair growth, let’s have a look at these ‘no ordinary’ seeds.
Yes, It’s True, Black Seeds Are Incredible Healers
They have a reputation to treat variety of ailments such as asthma, diabetes, rheumatism, skin disorders, indigestion as well as to boost immune system and general well-being.
No guess required, black seeds are called black seeds because they are black in colour. Since these seeds are very popular in many cultures, they go by different names…
- kalonji seeds
- onion seeds
- black cumin
- black caraway
- fennel flower
- hei zhong cao
- The botanical name is Nigella sativa
Native to Middle East, Asia, North Africa and Southern Europe, black seeds have a really long history of use. They have been found in the tomb of Egyptian king Tutankhamen, to assist him in ‘afterlife’.
You will find their mention is in holy books and ancient medicinal texts.
The Bible describes it as the ‘curative black cumin’. In Islamic literature, it is regarded as one of the greatest forms of healing medicine. And its many uses have earned Black Seeds the Arabic praise ‘Habbatul barakah’, meaning ‘The Seed of blessing’.
But black seeds have also piqued the interest of modern researchers. There a great number of studies on it. From diabetes to heart conditions to hair loss, black seeds have been proven to be useful in a wide range of conditions. So while you can consume these tiny seeds to get a healthier body, you can also use them for healthier hair. These seeds work fantastic for hair growth.
Black Seeds can Kick-Start Growth in Bald Patches
This is not easy, is it?
You must have tried and tried and tried zillions of remedies, but in vain. And then I am telling you some seeds can do the impossible. Actually they can, they have the backing of “Gods” and “Kings”.
But since we live in day and age of science, we need more than what is written in ancient texts – a real proof.
And I am happy to say there’s ‘science backing too’. The star ingredient of the black seed is thymoquinone (TQ) – it is bestowed with antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antihistaminic and antifungal properties. And all these properties ‘together’ is what kicks the ass of hair damaging chemicals in the hair follicles.
One Italian study confirmed this finding. The participants with diffuse hair loss (also called telogen effluvium) were told to apply solution containing black seed oil every day for 6 months. At the end of the study 70% of participants had significant improvement of hair density and hair thickness.
There’s also respite for those who suffer from male/female pattern baldness (also called androgenic alopecia). The TQ in black seeds shows a rare ability to inhibit prostaglandin D2 (PGD2) synthesis – which can cause shrinking of hair follicles, and result in pattern baldness (Source).
Okay, so if this natural remedy has got your attention and admiration, here’s how to make the black seed oil.
Making Black Seed (Kalonji) Hair Oil is Simple and Easy
But before I share with you my recipe, which has been passed down to me – no, not from great-grandmother – but from my mother-in-law and to her by her mother, I want to tell you that there’s an easy way out.
You can simply buy the cold pressed black seed oil and apply on your scalp like any other oil you would apply. But I have tried this and it has not helped me at all. So I have then taken a little less simple route.
For this, we need more than black seeds. Because we are talking about growing hair back on bald areas, we need extra boost to support the growth process. So we are going to add:
Fenugreek seeds, also known as methi seeds, they are an age old remedy for hair loss
Coconut oil is ubiquitous in natural hair care and it needs no further saying
Castor oil has amazing ricinoleic acid that can propel hair growth
So let’s get making, measure out:
- 1 tablespoon black seeds
- 1 tablespoon fenugreek seeds
- 200 ml coconut oil
- 50 ml castor oil
- Glass bottle
Once you have all the ingredients, its matter of minutes, and the oil will be ready. But not to apply, but to shake-shake, till it’s ready to apply.
First, grind both the seeds: black and fenugreek in a grinder to powder. It takes like 40 seconds to do this. Then, place the powdered seeds in a glass jar/bottle and add the coconut and castor oil and stir. All this took maybe less than 2 minutes.
So, two seeds, two oils and one glass bottle and your oil is ready, but not to use. Next you place the glass bottle on a windowsill that gets most sunlight. And leave it for 2 to 3 weeks. If your question is 2 or 3 or 3 or 2, which is best, I would say 3.
It’s because 3 is what I have tried and it worked for me, you can experiment with 1 or 2. While the oil is sitting on the sunny windowsill, don’t let it just sit there, every two days give it a stir so that the oils and seeds marinate together. After 3 weeks just strain the oil and apply, you know where.
And what about the smell?
This oil smells good. I mean the first time I made it I was not very sure, as the black seeds and fenugreek seeds have a pungent and currish smell. But once the oil is ready, the oil looks blackish but smells coconuty and sweet and fragrant. I don’t know whatever happened to the pungent smell. But the final product is fragrant and that is what matters.
Also, what matters is you need to apply it once or twice a week to get results.
Massage the homemade black seeds oil on your scalp and let it soak in to work its magic. I like to keep it overnight, but if you do not like to sleep with oily head, then at least an hour is good amount of time.
And wash. Either with a SLS-free shampoo. Or with a homemade shampoo, such as egg or mud or shikakai reetha. Also, if you are desperately trying to stop hair loss, I have an entire article on homemade anti-hair loss shampoos that you can use to wash the oil out. Imagine black seeds oil and anti-hair loss shampoo: that’s a double whammy on hair loss!
Where to Buy Black seed?
You will find them in most Indian food stores, or many supermarkets stock them these days, or you can also easily buy them from amazon online.
As far as buying the other ingredients goes, you can get fenugreek seeds from Indian store, healthy food store or buy from amazon online.
Coconut oil or castor oil are now found everywhere: supermarkets, health stores and of course online.
Before you gather ingredients to make the black seed oil, here are some mistakes you must avoid:
- Always buy cold pressed and unrefined coconut and castor oil. This is because refining can strip the oil of antioxidants and other phytonutrients, while heat extraction can render it unstable. So virgin oils are the best for hair and health.
- If you think it’s convenient, you can buy ground black seeds and fenugreek seeds. But don’t keep them in your cabinets for too long as they can go rancid fast.
- And lastly, what if where you live is winters and the coconut oil is solid at room temperature. It’s fine. Coconut oil is buttery and soft, use the fork or spoon and mix. And when you have to strain towards the end, simply melt it by placing it in warm water and filter the black seed oil out. Does that make sense?
Lately I have become a fan of black seed oil.
It feels so therapeutic on the scalp, and just like the research studies have found it to increase hair density and hair thickness, I can vouch that it has done the same for me. And I am pretty sure it will help you too, to grow healthy and glossy hair.
That’s it on how to make black seed oil, let’s recap quickly:
- Black seeds have strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that help heal and repair hair follicles. And thus help regrow hair on bald areas.
- To make the oil, you need 4 easy to get ingredients: black seeds, fenugreek seeds, coconut oil and castor oil.
- The making time is less than 2 minutes. But the oil needs about 3 weeks to marinate by the sunny windowsill and get infused with black seeds.
- Apply once or twice a week to boost and augment hair growth.
If you have been looking in all the wrong places to find the remedy for hair loss and bald patches, don’t waste any more time. You now have the super-powerful recipe of black seed oil to grow hair of your dreams.
Black Seed Hair Mask: While you let the oil infuse for 3 weeks, why not get started with black seed mask in the first place, no waiting time, straight route to gorgeous hair.
Do you use black seed oil for hair growth? How has it helped you? Please share in the comment box below…