Are you sick of dealing with the woes of hair loss? Look no further than the spice cabinet, because fenugreek might be just what you need. Also known as Greek hay, fenugreek seed is used in the spice blend garam masala. It’s tasty and aromatic, but when used as a beauty product, it can get a handle on hair loss.
We all shed 50 to 100 hairs each day. This is perfectly normal, but stress, pregnancy, and prescription drugs might make it worse. If you frequently brush your hair or use bleach and dye, breakage and shedding are also likely.1
Commercial hair growth products aren’t any better. Minoxidil, a chemical that fights hair loss, is known for bringing on dermatitis, scaling, itching, and swelling. It’s like trading one problem for another. Instead of coating your scalp with harsh toxins, take advantage of the natural powers of fenugreek. There’s a reason why it’s been used in traditional medicine for centuries! To add fenugreek to your haircare routine, learn about the benefits and the ways to use it.2
How Fenugreek Helps Hair Loss
1. Fights Dandruff
Dandruff will make you scratch like there’s no tomorrow. In turn, hair will more likely break and fall out. Blame bacteria and fungi! While they normally live on the scalp, an imbalance can lead to dandruff. Thankfully, fenugreek has both antibacterial and antifungal properties, making it useful for an itchy scalp.3 4
2. Soothes Irritation
Inflammation is another sign of dandruff, but even cold weather and minoxidil can cause irritation. Kick it to the curb with fenugreek’s anti-inflammatory properties. On the scalp, it’ll ease annoying conditions like dermatitis and scaling.5 6
3. Protects Skin
Don’t forget that the scalp is still skin. Anything that strengthens it will do wonders for hair loss, especially as you age and skin thins out. Fenugreek fits the bill. According to a 2015 study in Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity, this herb has anti-aging effects. It provides a rich dose of antioxidants, helping skin cells last longer. Fenugreek might just be the missing link to your entire beauty routine.7
How To Use Fenugreek For Hair Loss
Traditionally, fenugreek seeds are soaked overnight before using. This is thought to bring out its maximum benefits!
1. Fenugreek Hair Mask
Keep it sweet and simple with this basic hair mask. To store the leftover, place it in an amber jar and store it in a cool, dry place.
- Soak 2 tablespoons of fenugreek in just enough water to cover it.
- Leave it overnight.
- Grind the seeds into the paste, using the same water.
- Massage the paste into your roots.
- After 20 minutes, rinse out as usual.
2. Fenugreek And Peppermint Hair Mask
Hair growth also depends on adequate circulation and blood flow. To give it a boost, use peppermint oil. It’s been shown to extend the anagen phase, the growing phase of hair.8
- Prepare the hair mask above.
- Add 5 drops of peppermint essential oil.
- Stir well and apply it to your hair as usual.
3. Fenugreek And Coconut Milk Hair Mask
Do you suffer from a dry, irritated scalp? Add moisture using coconut milk, which stops hair breakage. The antibacterial and antifungal properties of coconut milk will also lend a hand.9
- Grind 2 tablespoons of fenugreek seeds into a powder.
- Mix it with 1 tablespoon of coconut oil.
- Massage the paste into your roots.
- After 20 minutes, rinse it out.
Before using any of these hair masks, do a patch test on your neck or arm. Watch out for any irritation. If your skin acts up, avoid using the mask.
|↑1||Hair Loss. American Academy of Dermatology.|
|↑2, ↑8||Oh, Ji Young, Min Ah Park, and Young Chul Kim. “Peppermint oil promotes hair growth without toxic signs.” Toxicological research 30, no. 4 (2014): 297.|
|↑3, ↑4, ↑6||Venkata, Kalyan C. Nagulapalli, Debasis Bagchi, and Anupam Bishayee. “A small plant with big benefits: Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum‐graecum Linn.) for disease prevention and health promotion.” Molecular nutrition & food research (2017).|
|↑5||Wang, Lili, Cécile Clavaud, Avner Bar‐Hen, Meng Cui, Jun Gao, Yuanyuan Liu, Chen Liu et al. “Characterization of the major bacterial–fungal populations colonizing dandruff scalps in Shanghai, China, shows microbial disequilibrium.” Experimental dermatology 24, no. 5 (2015): 398-400.|
|↑7||Jadoon, Saima, Sabiha Karim, Muhammad Hassham Hassan Bin Asad, Muhammad Rouf Akram, Abida Kalsoom Khan, Arif Malik, Chunye Chen, and Ghulam Murtaza. “Anti-aging potential of phytoextract loaded-pharmaceutical creams for human skin cell longetivity.” Oxidative medicine and cellular longevity 2015 (2015).|
|↑9||Lima, E. B. C., C. N. S. Sousa, L. N. Meneses, N. C. Ximenes, Santos Júnior, G. S. Vasconcelos, N. B. C. Lima, M. C. A. Patrocínio, D. Macedo, and S. M. M. Vasconcelos. “Cocos nucifera (L.)(Arecaceae): A phytochemical and pharmacological review.” Brazilian Journal of Medical and Biological Research 48, no. 11 (2015): 953-964.|