Grandmas are the best, aren't they? Indeed, when it comes to grandmothers, everything is abundant—the love, the food, the gifts, the sure-fire home remedies and head massages that they oh-so lovingly bestow on us.
Those head massages can easily be our favourite childhood memory. And, even though our hectic lives today might not always allow us to enjoy the company and love of our beloved dadis and nanis—we sure can continue to benefit from their experience and nuskhas.
Read on as we put together a list of our favourite secret hair growth oil recipes that will help nourish and strengthen your hair.
- Curry leaves + coconut oil
- Kalonji seeds + olive/coconut oil
- Camphor + castor oil + olive oil
- Neem + almond oil
- Amla + olive oil
Curry leaves + coconut oil
Easily available in every Indian kitchen, curry leaves are a super ingredient for your hair. They are rich in essential nutrients, antioxidants and amino acids that prevent hair thinning and hair fall by strengthening hair follicles. Curry leaves are also rich in beta-carotene and proteins that stimulate hair growth.
Dry a handful of curry leaves in the sun for over two days. Then, boil them in 100 ml coconut oil. Turn off the heat and let it cool. Then, filter and use the oil mixture to massage your hair and scalp.
Kalonji seeds + olive/coconut oil
Another natural ingredient that is popular with most grandmas is kalonji seeds. These seeds are rich in vitamins A, B and C and nutrients like magnesium, zinc, iron potassium and essential fatty acids, all of which work together to give you problem-free, healthy hair. Kalonji seeds when teamed with your hair oil not only prompt hair growth but also treat split ends and condition the hair. How’s that for a super ingredient!
Grind a tablespoon of kalonji seeds in a food processor. Fill a glass bottle with olive or coconut oil and add the powdered seeds to it. The oil will be ready to use in 2-3 days. Every time you want to massage your scalp, heat a small quantity of this oil and use.
Camphor + castor oil + olive oil
Considering that camphor is an extremely beneficial ingredient for both skin and hair ailments, it’s no surprise that it’s an integral part of Ayurveda and a hit with the grannies. Packed to the brim with antiseptic and antioxidant properties, camphor strengthens hair cuticles and nourishes dry hair while also adding volume and lustre. Camphor also works to cure dandruff and hair fall.
Mix equal parts of camphor oil, castor oil and coconut oil and massage it onto your roots and hair. Heat it before use, so that it effectively penetrates the scalp.
Neem + almond oil
Dandruff is possibly the most common hair concern and our grannies (obviously) have a solution for that too. Neem, the super ingredient is laden with antioxidants and fatty acids and is anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory. These medicinal properties can make your hair healthy and dandruff-free.
Dry a few neem leaves for two days. Boil 100 ml of almond oil along with the dried neem leaves. Allow the leaves to soak in the oil for a week. The oil will turn green in the period, which means it is well-infused. Then, filter the oil and it’s ready for you to use.
Amla + olive oil
Another popular Indian ingredient for nourishing hair, Amla is rich in vitamin C and great for those who want lustrous, black hair.
Take some dried amla pieces and boil them in olive oil. Leave the piece sitting in the oil for a week. Store it in a glass bottle and use twice a week for best results.