Mustard oil is not only wonderful for cooking, it’s incredibly beneficial for hair! Mustard oil has been used for hair growth for thousands of years, in fact, the practice of massaging the scalp with mustard oil dates back 4,000 years in India, where the women used it to keep their hair long and healthy.
Starting around 1970, the practice was introduced to the United Kingdom and has since spread throughout the globe. Mustard oil is full of vitamins and minerals, including beta carotene, selenium, zinc, iron, calcium, magnesium and fatty acids. It not only conditions hair but encourages all hair types to grow.
To use mustard oil in your hair, massage it into your scalp then cover it with a hot towel and a shower cap. Leave it on for at least three hours or overnight. After you rinse it out, shampoo and condition your hair like you normally would.
You can do a deep mustard oil scalp massage several times a week, but use caution as it can be irritating to some people. If you are suffering from hair loss, you may want to try this up to three or four times a week.
Mustard oil can be difficult to handle due to the smell. To make handling it easier, try mixing it with another oil, such as almond oil or jojoba oil. This will make the mustard oil lighter and easier to wash out, as well.
Another trick is to boil henna leaves in the oil. Henna also stimulates hair growth. Simply add some henna leaves to a pot of mustard oil until the leaves are burnt and strain the oil.
Mustard oil for hair growth really works! There is anecdotal evidence of naturals growing their hair from bra strap length to waist length in the span of three months by using mustard oil regularly. But remember, simply using mustard oil in your hair is no gauruntee that you will have healthy hair. You need to eat well and have a healthy lifestyle, too.