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 of hair growth.

Read on as we put together a list of our favourite secret hair growth oil recipes that will help strengthen your hair and boost hair growth.


1. Curry leaves + coconut 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.

How to Use:

  • Dry a handful of curry leaves in the sun for over two days.
  • Then, boil them in 100 ml of coconut oil.
  • Turn off the heat and let it cool.
  • Then, filter and use the hair growth oil mixture to massage your hair and scalp.

2. Kalonji seeds + olive oil or coconut oil

Kalonji Seeds + Olive oil or 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!

How to Use:

  • 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.

3. Camphor + castor oil + olive oil

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.

How to Use:

  • Mix equal parts of camphor oil, castor oil and coconut oil for hair growth and massage it onto your roots and hair.
  • Heat this hair growth oil before use, so that it effectively penetrates the scalp.

4. Neem + almond oil

Neem + Almond Oil Make Your Hair Healthy

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.

How to Use:

  • 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 hair growth 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.

5. Amla + olive oil

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. Amla also works as a string conditioner to give you deeply hydrated locks that are less prone to breakage.

How to Use:

  • Take some dried amla pieces and boil them in olive oil.
  • Leave the piece sitting in the oil for a week to prepare an effective hair growth oil.
  • Store it in a glass bottle and use twice a week for best results.

6. Peppermint oil + grapeseed carrier oil

Peppermint oil + grapeseed carrier oil

The anagen phase of hair growth is the first stage in the hair growth cycle and also the most crucial. Nourishing your roots with DIY hair oils during this phase will aid in growing healthier and thicker. This is where peppermint oil comes into the picture. This refreshing oil, when combined with grapeseed, helps increase blood flow to your scalp and strengthens the follicles. 

How To Use: 

  • Mix peppermint oil with the grapeseed carrier oil in the ratio if 1:4. 
  • Massage the concoction into your hair and leave it on for five minutes.
  • Comb through your hair once and rinse off with a gentle shampoo afterward. 

7. Hibiscus flower + coconut oil

Hibiscus flower + coconut oil

Enrich with vitamin A, vitamin C and other nourishing nutrients, hibiscus flowers are well known for promoting hair growth, preventing hair fall and delaying hair greying. When combined with coconut oil, this formula will give your hair luminous shine, fight split ends and hair growth for a thick, dark, silkier and bouncier mane.

How To Use:

  • Wash the hibiscus flowers you are planning to use thoroughly with cold water and dry on a tray under the sun.
  • Heat some coconut oil in a pan and carefully add the hibiscus flower petals to it. 
  • Heat the mixture for five minutes on a low flame, remove from flame and let it cool.
  • Strain the oil and store in a dark bottle.
  • Warm it up a little bit every time before use and massage on the scalp.
  • Leave for an hour and wash off with a gentle shampoo.

8. Onion + lavender oil

Onion + lavender oil

A common DIY ingredient in many cultures, onions are high in sulphur content and help treat many hair issues, including hair fall. When combined with lavender, this concoction in enriched with cleansing and antibacterial properties that help soothe scalp infections and strengthen hair roots to aid in dense hair growth.

How To Use:

  • Extract the juice of three onions and mix with equal parts of coconut oil.
  • Massage on your scalp an hour before a hair washing and shampoo with a cleansing formula.
  • Make sure you get all of the onion juice out of your hair to avoid the pungent odour. 

FAQs about Hair Growth Oil:

FAQs about Hair Growth Oil

1) Do hair growth oils actually work?

A. Massaging oil into the scalp helps promote blood circulation and stimulates hair growth. Regular massaging is therefore recommended to those suffering from hair loss.

2) Does castor oil really help with hair growth?

A. Castor oil is known to moisturize the scalp and remove dandruff creating a healthy environment for hair to grow. One can say the castor oil does help with hair growth.

3) How long does hair growth oil take to work?

A. Regardless of the formula, hair growth oils start to show an effect over a period of 2 to 6 months, depending on the frequency of use and the individual's hair health.

4) Other than oils what else works for hair growth?

A. Apart from regularly massaging oil into the scalp, it is necessary to have a healthy and protein-rich diet for hair growth