How To Use Yogurt For Hair Growth

by Anjali Sayee

While keeping your hair healthy is a task all by itself, focusing on growing your hair can be even harder. It takes a lot of care, energy, and effort on your part to keep your hair healthy and growing. But there are always ingredients that help speed up the process while adding to the health of your hair.

Yogurt is a common natural hair care ingredient. It is rich in vitamins and fatty acids that are essential for hair health. Is yogurt good for hair growth? Scroll down to find out.

Benefits Of Yogurt For Hair Growth

  • A study states that adjusting the bacteria balance on the scalp by increasing the Propionibacterium and suppressing Staphylococcus may help reduce dandruff (1). Yogurt produced with Propionibacterium can help enhance the number of these bacteria in your scalp (2). This, in turn, can help reduce dandruff.
  • It helps calm frizz by keeping your hair moisturized for longer.
  • Yogurt contains probiotic bacteria that increase the hair density. It increases the anagen phase of hair follicles (3). This promotes hair growth.
  • It controls hair fall by improving scalp health and reducing the clogging of follicles. It also reduces hair damage (4).
  • It balances the pH levels of your scalp by regulating sebum production (3).
  • Yogurt soothes an aggravated scalp with its cooling effects.

Now that you are aware of the benefits, let’s look into how to use yogurt to promote hair growth.

How To Use Yogurt For Hair Growth

1. Egg And Yogurt

Egg yolk contains peptides that stimulate hair growth (5). This ensures that your hair grows out fast and healthy.

You Will Need
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons yogurt
Processing Time

30 minutes

Process
  1. Wisk the egg in a bowl until the yellow and white are combined.
  2. Add two tablespoons of yogurt to the runny egg and mix to form a consistent paste.
  3. Section your hair (damp or dry) and apply this mask from the roots to the tips.
  4. Ensure that you have covered all of your hair and leave the mask in for 20-30 minutes.
  5. Rinse the mask out with shampoo and cool water.
How Often

You can use this mask up to 2 times a week.

2. Banana And Yogurt

Banana contains potassium, carbohydrates, and vitamins that help nourish the hair. It improves scalp health and makes the hair shine. It also prevents dandruff. It prevents hair breakage and split ends as it protects the hair’s natural elasticity (6).

You Will Need
  • ½ ripe banana
  • 1 tablespoon yogurt
  • 3 teaspoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
Processing Time

30 minutes

Process
  1. Mash the banana in a bowl until there are no lumps.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients to the mashed banana and mix until you get a smooth, consistent paste.
  3. Apply this mixture from the roots to the tips of your hair until it is entirely covered.
  4. Keep the hair mask on for at least 25-30 minutes.
  5. Wash off with shampoo.
How Often?

You can repeat this up to 2 times a week. 

3. Yogurt And Olive Oil

Keeping your hair healthy and avoiding breakage is an essential part of hair growth. Olive oil and yogurt are good hair conditioners (4). Lemon helps maintain the pH balance of hair (7).

You Will Need
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 cups water

Processing Time

20 minutes

Process
  1. Mix the oil and yogurt in a bowl and set it aside.
  2. Combine the lemon juice and water in a jug.
  3. Wash your hair with shampoo and squeeze out the excess water.
  4. Apply the yogurt-oil hair mask to your damp hair and leave it on for 20 minutes.
  5. Rinse the yogurt mask with cool or lukewarm water.
  6. Follow this up by rinsing your hair with the lemon water.
How Often?

You can repeat this up to 2 times a week.

4. Yogurt And Honey

Honey not only conditions your hair but also helps improve dandruff and hair loss (8), (9). You can add a banana to this mask if you have dry hair or strawberries if you have greasy hair.

You Will Need
  • ½ cup yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
Processing Time

30 minutes

Process
  1. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl to form a smooth, consistent paste.
  2. Apply the mixture from the roots to the tips of your hair in sections. Do this until your hair is entirely covered in the mixture.
  3. Leave the yogurt-honey mixture on for about 30 minutes.
  4. Rinse it out with a mild shampoo.
How Often?

You can repeat this up to 2 times a week.

5. Aloe Vera And Yogurt

Aloe vera helps in treating dandruff (10). It also has moisturizing properties and was used as a treatment for hair loss (11).

You Will Need
  • 3 tablespoons pure aloe vera gel
  • 2 tablespoons yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey
Processing Time

45 minutes

Process
  1. Combine the ingredients in a bowl until you get a smooth mixture.
  2. Massage the ingredients into your scalp for about 15 minutes.
  3. Cover the entire length of your hair in the hair mask and leave it on for an additional 30 minutes.
  4. Wash off with shampoo.
How Often?

You can repeat this up to 2 times a week.

6. Avocado And Yogurt

Avocado is rich in vitamin E, vitamin B5, vitamin A, antioxidants, minerals, and fatty acids (12). These nutrients improve scalp health and tackle slow hair growth (13). It is also extremely conditioning and makes for a perfect hair care ingredient for dry hair.

You Will Need
  • 1 cup yogurt
  • ½ ripe avocado
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey
Processing Time

25 minutes

Process
  1. Mash the avocado until it is free of lumps. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix until you get a smooth, consistent paste.
  2. Section your hair and apply the hair mask. Start from your roots and work your way down to the tips. Concentrate on your roots and tips to boost nourishment and repair damage.
  3. Leave the mask on for 20 minutes and then wash it out with shampoo.
How Often?

You can use this mask once every week if you have dry hair, and once a fortnight for normal hair.

7. Curry Leaves And Yogurt

Curry leaves are rich in proteins and other nutrients that reduce hair fall and promote hair growth (14). The use of this mask will help thicken hair while boosting the rate at which hair grows.

You Will Need
  • 1 cup yogurt
  • A handful of fresh curry leaves
Processing Time

30 minutes

Process
  1. Wash and then grind the curry leaves in a food processor to get a smooth paste.
  2. Mix the curry leaves paste with a cup of yogurt in a bowl.
  3. Apply the mixture to your hair, starting from the roots and working your way down to the tips.
  4. Leave the mixture in for 30 minutes and then wash it out with shampoo.
How Often?

Use this mask once a week to boost hair growth.

8. Coconut Milk And Yogurt

Coconut milk is packed with essential fatty acids and vitamins that boost hair health (15). It provides your scalp with the right nourishment for hair growth.

You Will Need
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • ½ cup yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons camphor oil
Processing Time

2 hours

Process
  1. Combine the ingredients in a bowl until you get a consistent mixture.
  2. Massage this mixture into your scalp and work it through your hair.
  3. Leave it in for an hour or two.
  4. Rinse it out with lukewarm water.
How Often?

Use this hair mask once a week.

9. Fenugreek And Yogurt 

Fenugreek has shown hair growth-promoting effects in mice studies (16), (17).  It also maintains natural hair pigmentation and keeps the hair silky.

You Will Need
  • 1 cup yogurt
  • A handful of fenugreek seeds
Processing Time

30 minutes

Process
  1. Soak the fenugreek seeds in yogurt overnight.
  2. In the morning, grind the seeds and yogurt until you get a consistent paste.
  3. Apply the paste to your scalp and hair.
  4. Leave it in for half an hour and then rinse it out with lukewarm water.
How Often?

You can repeat this up to 2 times a week.

10. Lemon Juice And Yogurt

This simple hair mask is one of the easiest ways to soothe an aggravated scalp. Lemon juice is often used to reduce and prevent dandruff, which suggests that it can also promote scalp health.

You Will Need

  • 4 tablespoons yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon honey
Processing Time

20 minutes

Process
  1. Combine the ingredients in a bowl until you get a smooth mixture.
  2. Apply this mixture to your scalp and hair.
  3. Leave it in for 15-20 minutes and then rinse it out with lukewarm water.
How Often?

You can use this hair mask once a week.

Hair growth is never easy, and it takes a lot of patience. However, using yogurt as a hair growth aid can help keep it healthy while it grows. Make sure to consult a doctor if your hair fall problem persists.

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Anjali Sayee is a writer and an introvert. From studying Aeronautical Engineering and wanting to design her own airplane to writing articles on hairstyles, she has been on quite a journey. She believes that hair is one of the key factors that define a woman’s personality. To quote her, “What’s the first thing they do in the movies to show a personality change? Change the hair – because it has a life of its own.” She’s here to help you find the hairstyle you need. This bookworm is a self-professed Wholocker, a talented drummer, and an amateur photographer.
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