Have you ever considered using neem oil to strengthen your hair and reverse hair loss?
You probably have come across dozens of suggestions and are wondering whose advice to take.
Worry not because in the next few paragraphs we’ll tell you what exactly the world’s leading scientists have to say about this oil.
Most importantly, we have two methods on how to use neem oil for hair growth.
More About Neem Oil – A Quick Overview
Neem oil is a special type of oil that’s obtained from the leaves, fruits, or seeds of a tree that goes by the same name.
Never seen or heard about this “wonder tree?”
Well, it’s an evergreen tree that’s native to the Indian subcontinent.
For many decades, parts of this tree have been used in traditional medicine. In particular, its leaves are thought to possess significant antibacterial effects.
But does neem oil have any meaningful benefits as far as your hair health is concerned?
Here’s what scientists who have carried out research on it think.
This peer-reviewed study suggests that neem oil contains nimbidin, an active compound that can suppress scalp irritation, psoriasis, and dermatitis.
More human studies need to be done to confirm the extent to which neem oil stimulates hair growth. But so far, scientists confirm that this special oil contains Vitamin E which is a well-known hair growth booster. That’s a fact confirmed in these studies 1 and 2.
In one 2011 study, researchers confirmed that oil extracted from neem seeds killed lice in 10 minutes of topical application. That’s a benefit that has so far been attributed to the fact that the oil is rich in Azadirachtin which makes it difficult for the pests to lay eggs.
What People Generally Think Neem Oil
Countless blogs and videos have been uploaded by folks who swear by neem oil’s hair follicle stimulating benefits.
That said we’d like to clarify that much as this oil is a powerful hair regrowth agent, its results aren’t typical.
Also, if you have a sensitive skin, it’s important to do a patch test before applying it on any part of your body.
How to Do the Patch Test
Apply a small drop of neem oil to the inside of your forearm. You may want to have this oil diluted using a base oil e.g. coconut oil.
Cover the section with the oil with a bandage and leave it for 24 hours.
Once you remove the bandage if you notice any hives, redness or symptoms of irritation avoid using the oil. Chances are that you’re among the few people in the world who are sensitive to it.
Otherwise, if your skin seems tolerant after this test, you are free to continue with the full application of the oil.
How to Use Neem Oil for Hair Growth
- Neem Oil,
- Carrier Oil (e.g. olive oil or coconut oil),
- And Essential Oil (e.g. lavender, but this is optional as it’s only meant to mast the smell.
Note that you may use tea tree oil in place of lavender if you have lice.
How To Get Started:
Step One: In a small jar, mix 1/2 teaspoon of pure neem oil with 3 tablespoons of your preferred carrier oil. Mix until evenly blended.
Step Two: To mask the strange smell of organic neem oil, you may want to add 20 drops of lavender essential or tea tree oil if dealing with lice.
Step Three: If you didn’t complete the patch test we recommended earlier, this is the time to get it done. It is important just to be sure your skin isn’t sensitive to the oil.
Step Four: Apply the oil to your hair and massage it into the scalp. Work your way as if from the hair roots to the tips of your hair also.
Step Five: Once properly applied, leave it on for 2 hours before washing it out using a mild shampoo. Done!
Important Points to Note
It is important to note that some people recommend leaving the oil on the scalp overnight. However, some dermatologists caution against that.
Leaving the oil to sit on your scalp for too long might increase the likelihood of your scalp getting irritated. For that reason, we strictly recommend washing it off using a mild shampoo after 2 hours.
For the best results, be sure to repeat this process twice or thrice a week.
What If You Can’t Find Neem Oil?
How To Prepare Neem Oil – A DIY Method
Typically you can just place an order on Amazon to order your neem oil.
However, If you live in an area where it’s difficult to find neem oil (or quality oil), you might want to prepare some using organic neem leaves. This is by far the most effective way to use neem oil for hair loss if you’re on a budget.
You’ll need Organic Neem Leaves (fresh or dried), Water (a few drops), Carrier oil (e.g. extra virgin oil), Blender, Bowl, and Sieve.
Step One: Put 3 pinches of neem leaves in a bowl and clean them with some water before straining.
Step Two: Separately, put half a cup of extra-virgin oil in a bowl and use the double boiler method to heat it on low heat.
Step Three: Take the neem oil you prepared in step one and put inside a blender jar. You may add a few drops of water to it. Blend it to create a paste.
Step Four: Mix the paste with the extra-virgin oil still on low heat. Stir gently for at least 4 minutes or at least until the oil gets a nice, thick green color.
Step Five: Leave the mixture to cool down before finally straining the oil. At this point, the oil is ready to use. Take a few drops of it and store the rest of it in a cool, dark place (this oil can be stored for up to 8 months).
As usual, you may use this oil 2 to 3 times per week. Or as directed by your dermatologist.
If hair loss has been frustrating you, neem oil might provide you with an extra tool in your arsenal to combat it and regain your happiness.
And as we’ve shown you in this article, you don’t need to make a trip to the East to take advantage of this therapy. You can easily prepare and apply this oil from the comfort of your home.