Using Fenugreek (Methi) to combat hair loss and promote hair growth.
Fenugreek has long been used by Indian women (known for their beautiful, thick, long hair) as a natural Ayurvedic hair treatment to prevent dandruff and hair loss and to promote healthy hair growth.
Fenugreek, also known as methi, contains lecithin, which is an emulsifying substance. When soaked, the seeds produce a mucilage (a slippery substance which gives hair shine and slip). This quality makes fenugreek a natural conditioner.
It is also a good source of protein, which is important in rebuilding and strengthening the hair shaft.The amount of protein in Fenugreek alone might explain it’s restorative ability on damaged or shedding hair.
Where to buy Fenugreek:
- I like to buy Fenugreek Seed Tea Bags, because they are convenient. I just open up a few teabags and use the seeds when making a paste, and I also make and drink the tea! It’s so good for you!
- You can also buy Fenugreek in capsule form, if you’ll be taking it as a supplement.
- And you can buy Fenugreek liquid extract, which is perfect to use as a scalp tonic.
How to mix and apply Fenugreek to the hair:
- You can either grind the seeds first and add to water, or you can mix the seeds with water and then grind into a paste.
- Add boiling water to the seeds (I open up two teabags of Fenugreek tea, put the seeds in a mug and fill with about 4-8oz of boiling water), and let steep for a few hours.
- When the seeds are “slimy” they are ready to be used. If you didn’t grind your seeds first, now is the time to mash them up into a paste. You can then apply this mixture to your scalp. Use any excess liquid as a rinse for your hair.
- Wrap your head up in a shower cap or plastic bag or plastic wrap and let this mixture sit for anywhere from 20 minutes to a few hours, but remember that the mixture needs to stay moist or it will dry very hard and be difficult to rinse out.
- If using Fenugreek liquid extract, simply apply to scalp and cover.
- After leaving it on for your desired amount of time, rinse off with cool or tepid water. Rinse well to loosen any seeds or particles you may have. You can also brush these out when your hair dries.
You can also use the excess tea from making your Fenugreek paste in a mister bottle as a scalp tonic (just spray a bit on before bed).
Keep in mind:
Fenugreek is not to be used or ingested by pregnant women, as it can cause contractions and potentially induce preterm labor.
Fenugreek should not be used daily as a conditioner, as it may cause skin sensitivity or make the hair feel coated (if it does, use a clarifying shampoo). It is better suited for scalp treatments once per week or less often.
Fenugreek often leaves hair smelling of curry or maple syrup. When dry, the smell usually does not linger.
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