Could This Ancient Spice Revive Dying Hair?
Do you find yourself constantly looking for ways to make your hair fuller and longer? It’s a search we all endure but are finding disappointment at every turn. Our hair is a staple part of our looks, especially in this day and age. But for some, hair thinning and hair loss is a problem that can be emotional and traumatic. We’re here to tell you about one ingredient that could be sitting in your kitchen right now! It has been known to do miracles for hair growth – keep reading to find out!
Hair Loss – The Facts
As we get older, hair tends to naturally get thinner. Why? The hormone, estrogen, encourages thick hair growth [i], and as we women age, our bodies produce less estrogen. Both hair on the head and the body tends to thin and grow at a slower rate.
Hair loss is also natural when it’s not too much. With over 100,000 hairs on our head, we should be losing about 100 hairs each day. This is because hair follicles are producing new hairs all the time, so they need to push some out to give space to the new ones. So if you notice some hairs on your hairbrush, there shouldn’t be much cause for concern.
Related: If you want to know more about why our hairs fall out, read ‘5 Reasons For Your Hair Loss, And What You Can Do About It’
Serious Hair Loss
For women who experience a higher level of hair loss or evident hair thinning, there could be ways of reviving that hair. Research done by the American Academy of Dermatology tells us that 40% of women start to visibly lose their hair by the age of 40 [ii]. This is due to the natural change in hormones we go through. Although a lower percentage than in men – 85% by the age of 50 [iii] - it’s still a significant amount of our fellow ladies who could be struggling with a blow to their confidence.
If you do notice patches of hair falling out, it could be a case of alopecia. Alopecia is a condition in which hair falls out and leaves patches completely hairless. It can occur in different stages of life, for different reasons. In most cases, hair will grow back eventually, but it could be that it grows back thin and white [iv].
So What Spice Is It?
Drum roll, please! The spice that could save your hair from thinning and falling is Fenugreek! Also known as methi dana, this spice is grown in different regions of the world, including northern Africa, southeastern Europe, and western Asia, and is used in numerous national dishes. But how is it good for our hair?
What Can It Do?
Fenugreek seeds are abundant in folic acid, and vitamins A, K, and C, as well as possessing proteins, calcium, and iron that can all help with the loss of hair! Fenugreek is known to be great for health in other ways, such as helping with weight loss, aiding digestion and ridding of skin imperfections [v].
How It Helps Hair
The protein – which is essential to healthy hair growth – in Fenugreek is extremely helpful in the thinning of hair, and also can encourage hair follicles to develop hairs, and therefore assist hair growth. It also has a natural moisturizer in it, called Lecithin [vi]. Lecithin can strengthen and moisturize hair, which can be invaluable in treating the symptoms of alopecia and hair thinning! Not only can it revive dying hair, but it has anti-inflammatory properties that can help with the problem of dandruff and scalp irritation!
How Do I Use It?
Fenugreek has been used as a natural remedy for hair loss and thinning for years in southern Asian countries, such as India and Bangladesh. Now we know why! You can use the Fenugreek seeds at home to make a paste or mask.
The simplest way to make a paste that will undeniably help in the prevention of hair loss is [vii]:- Put 2 tablespoons of Fenugreek seeds in a bowl of water and leave it to soak, sitting in a cool place for around 8 hours
- Take the bowl, don’t remove the water, and grind the seeds until they are sticky and slimy
- Apply it to the roots of your hair and leave it on for approximately 20 minutes
- Rinse your hair with water, apply a tiny amount of shampoo, then rinse again
If you want to add further moisturizing effects, use coconut oil with it!- Grind the Fenugreek seeds to a powder first (you don’t need to soak them)
- Put the powder into a bowl and add one tablespoon of coconut oil to it
- Mixing the two should create a paste which you can apply to your hair, focusing on the roots
- After 10 minutes, wash it off with a small amount of shampoo and rinse
Does it really work?
The only way you can know is either you trust us, or you try for yourself! We suggest you do both. Fenugreek seeds are loved by women, and men, in southern Asia, and has been used for hundreds of years. This is the kind of history we like!
Hair loss and hair thinning are problems that for some are inevitable, but it doesn’t have to be the be and end all of fabulous hair! If you do experience these problems, have a look in your cupboard for this incredible spice, and give it a whirl.
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