- 1 Have You Ever Thought Of Using Curry Leaves For Hair Growth?
- 2 Using Plants In Hair Care
- 3 Recipes Using Curry Leaves For Hair Growth
- 4 My Final Thoughts On How To Use Curry Leaves For Hair Growth
Have You Ever Thought Of Using Curry Leaves For Hair Growth?
Like any other woman, I am constantly on the ‘prowl’ for the next best thing to use for a beautiful head of hair. Anything to make it healthy, long, shiny, and simply luxurious!
I recently came across the wonderful curry leaves and how they can help you achieve nirvana in your hair care. Yes, the curry smell might make you rethink your choice, however, the benefits might make you a believer in using curry leaves for your hair growth.
Using Plants In Hair Care
Women in India have been using curry leaves as a part of their hair care for ages. And I am sure you will agree with me that their hair is beautiful in more ways than one:
- Full of volume
I have often wondered about their hair secrets. I know that they use a lot of natural hair products in their hair care. They use herbs in powdered forms which they make into pastes and apply as hair masks. A few of my personal favorites are:
Along with the powder herbs, come the oils.
It is not unusual that these women also use oils in their hair care. They make oils from these same plants as well. The whole plant goes into the hair care and maintenance. Some of the more popular oils that I often use and have fallen in love with are:
The list could go on and on, however, today our topic is about the curry leaves and their impact that it can have on your hair.
What Are Curry Leaves
According to Wikipedia, ‘The curry tree (Murraya koenigii) is a tropical to sub-tropical tree in the family Rutaceae (the rue family, which includes rue, citrus, and satinwood), which is native to India and Sri Lanka.’ 
Even though the curry tree is indigenous to East India, it can also be cultivated in other parts of the world as well.
‘Often used in curries, the leaves are generally called by the name ‘curry leaves’, although they are also literally ‘sweet neem leaves’ in most Indian languages (as opposed to ordinary neem leaves which are very bitter and in the family Meliaceae, not Rutaceae).'
Benefits Of Curry Leaves
On a whole, the curry leaf is a great natural product for your general health and I guess, we could say that it is icing on the cake for the health of your hair as well. My general thought on hair care and natural products is quite simple – if you can eat it, you can wear it!
The fact that you can ingest a lot of these plant products, makes it easier to incorporate it into any health or hair care regimen. We will look at the general advantages that the curry leaves have for the overall health and then define it for the hair care.
Curry leaves are touted to have anti-diabetic, antioxidant, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, anti-carcinogenic and hepato-protective (capability to protect the liver from damage) properties. The roots can be used for treating various body aches while the bark can be used to help treat snake bites.
- It helps with digestion and gastrointestinal protection
- Helps to fight acne
- Helps to reduce inflammation
- Cures diarrhea
- Lowers cholesterol levels
- Cancer-fighting properties
- Promotes hair growth once used consistently
- Conditions hair and makes it softer
- Helps to stave off gray hairs and premature graying when used consistently
- Enhances hair color
- Strengthens hair strands
- Helps to prevent scalp issues like dandruff
Recipes Using Curry Leaves For Hair Growth
Curry Oil Infusion
- a bunch of curry leaves
- carrier oil – coconut, jojoba, castor
- clean glass bottle
Wash leaves and ensure that that they are completely dried. You can lay them for a few hours on a paper towel to ensure that all the moisture or wetness is absorbed. Once ready, fill the bottle with the leaves as much as you can, depending on the size of your bottle. Leave a little breathing space near the top.
Add a generous amount of your carrier oil of choice to fill the bottle. Leave the bottle on a windowsill or somewhere where it will get sunlight daily for 4-6 weeks. It is a long process but it is so worth it.
After the oil has been infused, strain it with the cheesecloth and then pour into another glass bottle ready to be used. Store in a dark yet cool place. Because we are using natural products, the shelf life is much lessened before it becomes unstable. If you like, you can add a few drops of Vitamin E which will act as a natural preservative.
With this method, we will be heating the curry leaves first. Depending on how much curry oil you choose to make, add enough to cover the leaves in the pot. Let the leaf and oil simmer for about 10 mins. The leaves should be sort of crispy. Allow the mixture to cool. Strain through cheesecloth and store in a glass bottle in a cool dark cupboard.
Curry Paste Hair Mask
- curry powder made from curry leaves
- coconut oil
- olive oil
Mix all ingredients together in a bowl until a paste is formed. You determine the consistency you like, which will depend on your hair’s density and length. After mixing, apply to hair – you can do this paste on dry or freshly cleansed hair. In my opinion, I think it is best to apply this mask on dry hair. Cover with a plastic cap and allow the mask to nourish your strands for at least 30 mins.
Cleanse as usual, then as an additional treat, deep condition your hair with a moisturizing conditioner. Then style as usual. I recommend doing this mask maybe once a week with consistency to see any type of growth. Your hair will reward you for it.
Curry Based Shampoo
- curry powder or curry leaves
- Castille soap (liquid or make slivers from the soap and add water)
- coconut oil
In a pot, combine all the ingredients. Cook over a low heat for a few minutes, about 15 minutes. Allow the mixture to cool. Pour into a glass bottle for storage. Use as a hair cleanser, followed by a moisturizing conditioner.
My Final Thoughts On How To Use Curry Leaves For Hair Growth
I love using the goodness of Mother Nature in my hair care regimen. I love using curry in my cooking and as a hair growth aid, I am willing to try it as well. Have you ever tried using curry leaves in your hair care?
I would love to hear your feedback. Have a happy hair journey.
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