Ultimate Guide on How to Use Curry Leaves for Hair | The INDIAN Way
Curry leaves has been an ancient remedy to reduce hair fall. It has its importance in Ayurveda not just in hair care but also in improving one’s health internally. Curry leaves for hair is touted to be one of the most effective ingredients for improving hair growth. Been in use since ancient times, it is loaded with antioxidants, proteins and amino acids that works wonders in strengthening hair follicles and stimulating hair growth.
Curry Leaves has its own importance in Indian cuisine. In south India, it goes in almost every curry and may be that’s the reason ladies here have long, luscious black hair.
Before we jump on to some really cool methods to try curry leaves for hair growth, Let’s see how this all started in the first place.
The importance of curry leaves in Indian Cusine
Curry-leaves are aromatic and are used as a flavoring agent in South Indian dishes much as bay-leaves are. They release their flavor best when heated so are added to heated oil which absorbs its flavors. These fragrant leaves not only add aroma to the food but they are also loaded with immense health benefits.
They are used in Ayurvedic medicine and thought to have anti-diabetic properties and may help with digestion.
The green tender leaves of curry plant when eaten raw can cure dysentery. It also finds an external use in curing eruptions and the bites of poisonous animals. The juice of its root helps in relieving kidney pain.
Since ancient times curry plant has been widely used in India and other countries as a vegetable drug. There is not much difference in the value of medicinal herbs and method of treatment used by the people from those mentioned in Ayurvedic, the Unani, the Allopathic and Homeopathic literature.
How important is curry leaves for hair
Known for their beneficial properties, curry leaves can prove to be rather effective when it comes to promoting hair growth. Curry leaves are believed to help in strengthening hair roots.
Being rich in antioxidants, curry leaves help to strengthen the hair follicles and boost hair growth
Vitamin B6 found in curry leaves, these leaves help strengthen the hair roots and shafts while curbing hair loss.
Due to pollution and various other chemical treatments that are done on the hair, the roots of the hair get damaged and dry. However, due to essential nutrients found in curry leaves, it helps to repair those damaged roots.
Curry leaves contain a high amount of beta-carotene, which is an essential protein that prevents hair loss, while the proteins stop hair thinning.
Due to a lot of antioxidants in curry leaves, it helps to eradicate the dead scalp follicular buildup, which is the primary cause for dandruff. Apart from antioxidants, curry leaves are also rich in amino acids that help to lock in the moisture content on the scalp
Ultimate Guide on How to use Curry leaves for Hair
Before compiling this guide on how to use curry leaves for hair for your all, I took some time to try various methods on how one can probably try using it in their hair care routines.
Upon some trial and errors, I have found 3 most easy, effective and the most Indian way to use curry leaves for hair and also one method you should probably avoid doing so. Till till the end to find out.
Doing these on a regular basis can improve hair growth as well. So what are you waiting for? Read on..
1. Most Popular – Home made Curry Leaves Hair Oil for Hair growth
One of the most popular and the most followed way of using curry leaves for hair in India is by preparing a home made hair oil with it. We love home made hair oils. In fact they are the reason why we have gorgeous black shiny long hair for years.
Most of us have grown up by using our mom made hair oils at home. One of the most used ingredient for making such hair oils is curry leaves. Especially in south India, a home made hair oil made using Coconut oil, curry leaves and Amla is the most versatile hair oil to treat many hair problems.
But today as we are specially talking about the benefits of curry leaves, we will see how to prepare curry leaves hair oil to increase hair growth and reduce hair thinning.
How to Prepare curry Leaves Hair oil for Hair growth:
To prepare curry leaves hair oil at your home, you need two main ingredeints. They are,
Cold Pressed Virgin Coconut oil
Bunch of fresh Curry Leaves
>> Before starting, wash your curry leaves thoroughly and Let them dry completely. Grind it to a paste without adding any extra water. Take two cups of cold pressed coconut oil for half cup of this fresh curry leaves paste.
>> Now, add coconut oil and curry leaves paste into a sauce pan (better results with an iron kadai) and put it on the stove. Turn the flame on and put it on as lowest as possible. Do not place any lid on the pan.
>> Continue to simmer this mixture on a low flame and stir it occasionally in between. You will notice that the color of the oil starts to change after 10 minutes. Continue for another 10-15 minutes and then turn off the flame.
>> Strain this oil to a glass jar after 12 hours.
To use, part your hair into sections and apply this hair oil concentrating it on the roots of your hair. Massage well for 3-5 minutes and tie your hair up in a bun so that you don’t mess your sofas, walls or pillows.
You can wash your hair after 6 hours or even on next day morning with a mild shampoo and condition as usual.
Curry leaves are a rich source of beta-carotene and proteins,which can reduce hair loss and increase hair growth
Use home made curry leaves hair oil once or twice a week depending upon the severity of you hair loss issue.
Remember, this is an external solution that can only help to resolve 50% of your problem. In case if your hair loss is related to any of your pre-existing health conditions like thyroid or PCMS, please take your diet as your top priority to solve any skin or hair related issues.
2. Curry Leaves Hair Tonic -Solution for Grey hair and hair thinning
This method is the most efficient one because we are using the fresh curry leaves straight on to our scalp and nothing else.
Curry leaves hair tonic can be prepared by simply extracting the juice out of a fresh bunch of curry leaves. To prepare this hair tonic, collect some fresh curry leaves and wash them thoroughly. Take a small cup full of these curry leaves and put them into a blender. Add few drops of rose water and normal water and blend them into a juice kinda consistency.
Separate the pulp from the juice. Strain the juice using a mesh cloth or a strainer. This collected curry leaves tonic is much of easier to apply to your scalp now. You can either transfer this into a spray bottle for easier application or can also use cotton rounds to apply to your scalp straight from the bowl.
Curry Leaves contain amino acids and antioxidants which strengthen the hair follicles and moisturize the scalp
Entangle and then separate your hair into small sections. Apply this tonic all over to your scalp and massage gently for 5-7 minutes.
Tie your hair in a bun and cover it with shower cap to avoid dripping of water from your hair.
Wash your hair with a mild shampoo after 40 minutes.
3. Curry Leaves Hair Rinse – To clear dandruff instantly
And here, to all the busy ladies( or may be lazy like me :p), this is for you. I think I have wrote a lot about hair rinses on this blog, starting from how to do a basic apple cider vinegar rinse to different types of hair rinses for different hair types.
I specially love doing hair rinses and no matter how lazy I am, I will drag myself up to do a simple hair rinse on the day I wash my hair.
Hair rinses are a fool proof way of caring for your hair. This simple step in your hair care routine can do miracles over time.
Now coming to our Curry leaves hair rinse part, to prepare this hair rinse you can just alone prepare it with water and curry leaves. But if you are looking for extra moisturization and smoothness to your hair, add few Fenugreek seeds as well. Recipe is below.
>> Boil 500ml of water in a sauce pan till the water comes to rolling boil. Now, reduce the flame to low and add few strands of fresh curry leaves along with stems. You can now add a tablespoon of Fenugreek seeds (Optional) and stir the water for a minute.
>> Turn off the flame and cover the sauce pan with a lid. Let the leaves and fenugreek seeds infuse in the water for a couple of minutes.
>> Let this solution cool at room temperature. Strain and use it as a final rinse after you wash your hair.
Curry leaves also help remove the dead hair follicles, which can be the reason behind dandruff
You can use hair rinses once, twice or even thrice a week. No harm in it. But do it consistently for at least 1-2 months to see improvement in your hair’s health.
AVOID using this way
Many of you might have read this or seen beauty gurus on Social media platforms using curry leaves hair pack by blending fresh curry leaves into a paste and mixing it curd or something to apply it to their hair directly.
Well there is no harm in doing so, but the aftermath is not fancy. What they don’t tell you is that, those small pieces of curry leaves get stuck into your hair and its very hard to get it out. It is very hard to wash those small bits off from your hair.
So i suggest you avoid this way of using curry leaves for your hair. If at all you want to use it as a hair pack, use dry curry leaves powder and curd as a hair pack.
And I don’t think anyone will choose this way after me describing some three simple and effective methods above to use curry leaves for your hair. Will you? 😀
Points to remember:
1. Don’t throw away the curry leaves from your curries, eat them. Eating them yield more better results than applying them externally.
2. Investing 30 minutes for one single day will yield a small jar of curry leaves hair oil that can be used for months. Prepare it now because this is the most sough out way of using curry leaves for your hair the Indian way.
3. To increase the potency, use Curry leaves hair tonic once a week. This will increase hair growth, reduce grey hair and controls dandruff with regular use.
4. Hair rinses are a fool proof way of caring for your hair. This simple step in your hair care routine can do miracles over time. If you don’t have time to follow the above methods, then why not use curry leaves hair rinse too? Your hair will thank you.
5. Avoid applying fresh curry leaves paste to your hair as a hair pack. Instead use dry curry leaves powder.
6. Last but not the least, plant a curry leaf plant in your garden today and thank me later. 😀
Among these methods, which one are you going to try the next time you bring few curry leaves strands to your home? Comment and let me know..