Fenugreek has been a staple as a home remedy for issues regarding health, skin, and hair. It is also believed to treat thinning hair and dandruff. But how far is this true? How can you use fenugreek for better hair health? In this article, we will take an in-depth look at the benefits of fenugreek seeds for hair. Keep reading.
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What Is Fenugreek?
Fenugreek is a green herb found in southern parts of Asia and the Mediterranean. It is popular for its unique aroma and bitter flavor. Both its leaves and seeds are used for culinary and medical purposes.
Fenugreek seeds have been used for a long time and have various health benefits. They help improve digestion, soothe skin irritation, and even induce labor (1). They also could regulate cholesterol and blood sugar levels and even fight inflammation (2).
These seeds are rich in vitamins, phosphates, flavonoids, iron, and saponins. But how can they be beneficial for your hair?
How Are Fenugreek Seeds Good For Your Hair?
Fenugreek Seeds For Hair Growth
Fenugreek seeds are rich in iron and protein, which are essential for hair growth. They also contain flavonoids and saponins that possess anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties (3).
Direct research on the relation between fenugreek seeds and hair growth is limited. But some studies state the seeds may have a positive effect on hair growth.
In one study, 53 participants were given a daily oral dose of 300 mg of fenugreek seed extract for 6 months. Eighty percent of the participants observed an improvement in their hair growth (4).
In another animal study, topical application of an herbal oil mixture containing fenugreek seed extract helped increase hair growth. The study stated that the extract could be an alternative to minoxidil, a popular hair growth medication (5).
Although these studies show a positive effect of fenugreek seed on hair growth, more research is warranted in this regard.
Fenugreek Seeds For Scalp Health
Fenugreek is popular in treating conditions associated with dry or irritated skin. It is also known to treat dandruff that is caused by itchy, flaking scalp. An itchy scalp, in some cases, may lead to temporary hair loss as well.
Dandruff can also be caused due to excess oil production, fungal growth, and inflammation (6).
It is unclear if fenugreek seeds can treat all causes of dandruff. But some studies have found that these seeds possess anti-inflammatory, moisturizing, skin-soothing, and wound-healing properties (7), (3).
In a study done on 11 people over 6 weeks, a cream with fenugreek extract was found to reduce skin irritation and enhance skin moisture (8).
Some anecdotal evidence suggests that using extracts of fenugreek seeds may help boost scalp health. However, more research in this area is warranted.
You can use fenugreek seeds for hair growth in a couple of major ways. We have highlighted them below.
How To Use Fenugreek Seeds For Your Hair?
Fenugreek seeds as a supplement are readily available as a powder or a concentrated liquid extract. There is no concrete recommended oral dose established yet. Some believe 1200 mg of fenugreek seed powder or 300 mg of extract per day could be ideal. Consult with your doctor regarding the same.
Note: Consult your doctor if you plan to use a fenugreek supplement and are unsure about it.
- Topical Application
Topical use of fenugreek seeds can also help promote healthy hair growth. You may use a fenugreek seed mask for this purpose.
- Soak a few tablespoons of fenugreek seeds in water.
- Make a paste of the seeds and apply the paste to the scalp. Additionally, you can also mix coconut oil, yogurt, or honey with the paste.
- Leave the mask on for over 10 mins and rinse with warm water. Clean your hair with a gentle shampoo.
Fenugreek seeds may cause certain side effects. It is important to be aware of them before you start using the seeds.
Side Effects Of Fenugreek Seeds
- Fenugreek supplements are generally safe for most. However, if you are pregnant, avoid them before 37th week as they may induce premature labor. Avoid fenugreek if you are allergic to peanuts and chickpeas (9).
- Fenugreek seeds are also believed to cause neurodevelopmental, neurobehavioral, and neuropathological side effects. More research is needed in this area.
- Fenugreek seeds may also cause chronic asthma in susceptible individuals. Research is limited. Consult your doctor before use.
Fenugreek seeds are a popular home remedy for hair loss and dandruff. They can be taken as supplements or used topically. However, more concrete research on the benefits of fenugreek for hair is needed. While the use of these seeds is generally safe, visit your doctor if you experience any side effects.
Expert’s Answers for Readers Questions
How long should I leave a fenugreek mask on?
You can leave the mask on for about 10 minutes.
Is drinking fenugreek water good for hair?
Fenugreek is known for its beneficial properties for hair. Hence, drinking fenugreek water may help promote hair growth and volume. However, studies are scarce in this aspect.
Does fenugreek change hair color?
No, fenugreek does not change hair color. Consult your doctor if you experience a change in your hair color after fenugreek intake.
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