Fenugreek for Hair: 10 Benefits & 6 Ways to Use it

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Fenugreek seeds are used as a ‘secret ingredient’ in the manufacture of various herbal hair care products like-oils, serums, shampoos, and hair packs. And today we will tell you, some quick+ easy ways to DIY Wild Clover (called Methi, in India) seeds at home, the right way.

After using fenugreek for hair you can at least stop saying this to your girlfriends; “I just love your hair, can you give it to me, please!” You want someone’s mirror-shine hair, while somebody else’s dense black hair. From stopping hair loss to smoothening one’s hair. You greedy girl, you want everything to happen all at once! And we totally understand your greediness to make one’s hair healthy.

This is why we chose the Greek-Hay (Methi) for you. You will soon know why. From today you will start to know, the advantages of using fenugreek and how to use fenugreek at home. From using fenugreek seeds for hair strengthening to using, fenugreek powder for hair dandruff, we will tell you about everything. And Oh yes! At the ending of our Post we have written about some of the “Tips and Mistakes to avoid while applying fenugreek on hair”. Don’t forget to read that.

Benefits of Fenugreek for hair

Fenugreek cures your hair by

Increasing:

  • Hair Growth
  • Hair Strength
  • Hair Shine & Softness
  • Hair Conditioning

Decreasing:

  • Hair Loss
  • Excess Hair Oil
  • Scalp Problems
  • Dandruff
  • Premature Hair Graying
  • Split Ends

We know this because…

1) For Hair Growth

Just the way head massaging, improves our scalp’s blood circulation. Nicotinic Acid i.e. Vitamin B3 of fenugreek supplies oxygen to our hair follicles and hair roots.

Well, you cannot massage your hair all the time, isn’t it? This is why you can give your hair a Vitamin, whose effect is equivalent to head massages.

You should also thank beta-carotene of Methi for this. Beta-carotene contains lots of Vitamin A and antioxidants. When hair follicles are introduced to beta-carotene, they help in removal of harmful free radicals from hair. That you derive from outside’s dust, smoke and pollution.

Beta-carotene is also responsible for production of healthy hair sebum. They are special because they are said to be natural hair conditioners and hair growth stimulants too.

2) For Strengthening Hair

Our hair is nothing, but our body’s waste! ‘Body waste’ means something that we don’t need. Hair is actually made of both living and non-living cells.

Due to dead cells, you don’t feel any pain when your hair gets cut. And hence the whole responsibility of keeping hair strong comes onto the shoulders of living cells.

These living cells need lots of energy to work and grow. For this your hair roots and hair follicles, need carbohydrates. And you can rely on Methi as 60% of its chemical composition is made up of carbohydrates only.

3) For Making Hair Shiny and Soft

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If you have gone through our last post titled, “Amla for Hair: 11 Benefits and 12 ways to use it”. You must be knowing that, closed cuticles bring shine to hair.  And for keeping one’s hair cuticles closed and sealed, you need moisture.

Moisture in Methi is brought by a natural emollient, known as ‘Lecithin’. That is said to be present in it, at a high quantity.

Moisturizers are technically called ‘emollient’. With moisture in hair, you can make your hair feel soft. Lecithin being a fatty acid moisturizes and protects our hair from UV rays too.

Speaking about hair shine, the time you will strain out soaked Methi seeds. You will find it slimy to touch. This sliminess in Methi is brought by a gelatinous substance called ‘mucilage’.

Lecithin will bring natural shine to your hair and Mucilage will polish your naturally shiny hair.

Plus with the help of mucilage only, you will be able to detangle your hair quite easily after every hair wash.

4) For Hair Conditioning

Methi acts as both hair conditioner and hair moisturizer.

By moisturizing your hair, you increase the moisture retaining capacity of your hair cells. And on hair conditioning, you give moisture to it along with improving your hair’s texture and appearance.

By texture and appearance we mean, make your hair look frizz-free. With hair conditioners, you can also prevent post-hair wash problems like- ‘hair matting’ and ‘static hair’.

This happens due to polyphenols and falvonoids that are present in fenugreek. Both of these are said to have condition hair naturally.

5) For Controlling Hair Loss

It may happen that you take every possible step to take care of your hair but still your hair fall is not willing to stop.

You do have a control over the usage of hair care products. But you do not have any control over your body’s natural hormones.

Phytosterols and phytoestrogens of Methi can prevent hair loss, caused naturally by uneven increase/decrease of your body hormones.

The three main body hormones that affect our hair’s health are:

  • Estrogen
  • Progesterone and;
  • Testosterone (a.k.a. Androgen)

Low estrogen and progesterone can deter hair growth and cause hair loss too.

While testosterone, when gets converted to Di-hydro-testosterone (DHT), can cause hair baldness and hair thinning too.

Fenugreek’s phytoestrogens help in the rise of lowering estrogen.

And Phytosterols of fenugreek prevents testosterone from getting converted into Di-hydro-testosterone (DHT).

What are Phytoestrogens and Phytosterols?

Our body doesn’t produce them naturally. These hormones are present in plants usually, which usually help in controlling human body hormones.

6) For Removing Excess Hair Oil

Even the sebum (oil) of your scalp contains DHT. DHT clogs our hair pores, our hair’s sebum glands keep on secreting oil and DHT keep on depositing it on our scalp’s surface.

This is why many people with oily hair suffer from dandruff and hair breaks too. For removing DHT from the scalp, phytosterols of fenugreek can be of your help.

7) For Scalp Problems

Besides dandruff and dry scalp, there are also some other scalp problems like hair lice and psoriasis, etc. The oil of fenugreek seeds lauds fenugreek with anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties .These two help in dealing with all these scalp problems.

8) For Dandruff Removal

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Dandruff is mainly seen on oily head scalps. If you are able to control the oiliness on your scalp, then your dandruff will also get removed along with the excess oil. We hope you remember that even for removing excess hair oil, fenugreek can be put to use.

9) For Premature Hair Graying and Whitening

You all know that melanin, gives color to your hair. But you don’t know that, melanin is composed of tyrosine.

Due to tyrosine only, melanin is able to give your hair a black color. As by the oxidation of tyrosine only melanin can be produced by our hair cells.

Tyrosine is one of the amino acids that are made of Phenylalanine.

And phenylalanine is an amino acid that is present in fenugreek seeds.

Along with this fenugreek seeds also contain copper, which is another essential nutrient to avoid premature hair graying and whitening.

Related Article: Shikakai for Hair: 16 Benefits and 11 Ways to Use it

10) For Split Ends

If you don’t oil your hair before wash, if you improperly detangle your hair after hair wash, you can get split ends! Split ends causes are many, but there’s only one solution for getting rid of them.

That is to moisturize your hair properly, so that you can prevent the opened cuticles of your hair, from wearing off. The worn off cuticles only gives rise to split ends.

How to Use Fenugreek for Hair at Home

Fenugreek can be used at home, mainly in two forms. They are:

  •  Fenugreek Seeds: Usually to use it, they are soaked overnight. When you soak it always see that whole of the seeds are soaked inside water. The ratio of water and the Seeds should be- 2:1. In the morning you can grind the slimy seeds into Fenugreek paste.
  •  Fenugreek Powder: Fenugreek powder is readily available in the market. It can be made at home also, by simply grinding fenugreek seeds. For getting a fine powder don’t forget to use a sieve, to separate all the ungrounded parts.

1) Fenugreek for Hair Loss

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Things you will need: Aloe Vera Gel + Fenugreek Powder

Ratio: 1: 1

Things to do:

  • Like Fenugreek Powder even Aloe Vera Gel can be bought from the market.
  • For making it at home, remove the gel part of Aloe Vera from its leaf’s inside.
  • Don’t forget to wash the leaf under running water. And see that its ‘yellow residue’ gets washed properly.
  • As that sticky yellow liquid can cause itching on scalp.
  • Blend the gel into a nice smooth paste.
  • After this, just mix the Powder and the Gel together.
  • Apply it from scalp to hair’s tip. While applying slowly massage your scalp too.
  • Leave the mixture on your head for about an hour.
  • Then wash it off with a shampoo.

How Often to Repeat: 2-3 times a week

2) Fenugreek for Hair Growth

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Things you will need: Coconut Oil + Fenugreek Seeds

Ratio: 1: 2

Things to do:

  • Partially crush the fenugreek seeds.
  • Then heat it with Coconut Oil, until the seeds color starts looking red.
  • Strain the solution and store it in a glass jar.
  • Beauty products are usually not kept under direct sunlight.. But here, you need to do the opposite.
  • Store the oil and keep the glass jar under the sun, for up to seven days.

How Often to Repeat: Massage your scalp nicely at night, a day before shampooing. This means you can use it 2 times a week.

3) Fenugreek for Dandruff Flakes

 

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Things you will need: Curd + Fenugreek Powder + Lemon Juice

Ratio: 1: 2 : 1

Things to do:

  • You can make Fenugreek Powder even at home by following our instructions above.
  • Before shampooing, mix Fenugreek Powder with Curd. See that no lumps are formed while mixing it.
  • Mix well until it turns into a smooth paste. After this squirt ½ or 1 tbsp of lemon juice in it. 1 tablespoon if your hair is long.
  • Apply it on your scalp. Then, leave it alone for 40-50 minutes.
  • Wash your hair mask with a shampoo then.

How Often to Repeat: 2-3 times a week

4) Fenugreek as Hair Conditioner

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Thing you will need: Olive Oil + Fenugreek Powder

Ratio: 1: 2

Things to do:

  • Heat the olive oil for a minute or two and then mix fenugreek powder in it.
  • While mixing the ingredients together, the oil will cool down itself, so don’t worry about burning your fingers.
  • Take a cotton ball and dip it, inside the mixture.
  • Then using the cotton ball apply the mixture onto your scalp.
  • Leave it for 30 minutes.
  • Then wash your hair.

How Often to Repeat: 2 times a week

5) Fenugreek for Greasy Scalp

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Things you will need: Apple Cider Vinegar + Fenugreek Paste

Ratio: 1: 2

Things to do:

  • By soaking fenugreek seeds overnight. Make their paste in the morning by grinding it.
  • Then pour apple cider vinegar into the Grinded Methi Paste.
  • Apply it from roots to tips and leave it for an hour.
  • After this wash your hair with a mild shampoo.

How Often to Repeat: 2 times a week.

6) Fenugreek to Prevent Hair Graying

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Things you will need: Curry Leaves Paste + Fenugreek Paste

Ratio: ½ : 2

Things to do:

  • For making Fenugreek Paste, you know what to do. In case you don’t, just scroll up and see the starting lines of our topic “ How to use fenugreek for hair”
  • For making the curry leaves paste, wash the curry leaves and use mortar and pestle.
  • Instead of plain water use the water of soaked Methi seeds from last night.
  • You will need at least 8-10 depending upon your hair’s length and volume.
  • Then mix the curry leaves paste and fenugreek paste together.
  • Apply it on your scalp and leave it untouched for 30 minutes.
  • Then wash your hair with shampoo.

How Often to Repeat: 2-3 times a week

Tips and Mistakes to Avoid while using Fenugreek

  • Instead of throwing away the water of soaked methi seeds, use it to rinse your hair.
  •  After you apply fenugreek paste, cover your hair with a shower cap. If you have a spare gown, wear it to avoid getting Methi stains on your clothes. Likewise, if you sleep putting fenugreek oil, don’t forget to cover your pillowcase with a spare cloth.
  • Use the Double Boiling method, while heating Methi seeds in Coconut Oil. In case you are planning to use fenugreek for growing hair. In double boiling, instead of directly heating the coconut oil. You need to heat the bowl of coconut oil in a large pan filled with water. Remember the water can boil but the oil needs to be heated only.
  • For washing fenugreek paste packs, always use a mild shampoo. Or else fenugreek’s pungent smell might bother others.

So this was all about, Methi uses and its benefits for hair. If you know something, we don’t. In case you have your very own Fenugreek DIY(s), then tell it to the rest of your sisterhood. Don’t be shy. We are waiting to hear you!

Want Lovely Hair? Read this article on the Magical Benefits of Amla, Reetha & Shikakai for Hair and How to use it!

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