How To Use Yogurt For Hair Growth

Probiotics are popular for skin but it's time to unveil their benefits for your tresses.

By Arshiya Syeda

Using yogurt for hair growth can be a good idea as it is rich in nutrients that can help nourish hair. It is inexpensive, free from harsh chemicals, and can be easily incorporated into your hair care routine. Whip up a customized yogurt-based hair mask to say goodbye to all your hair woes. It is also known to restore hair shine and reduce dandruff. Want to learn more about how to get beautiful, healthy hair with this simple pantry item? Do try our yogurt hair mask recipes!

Benefits Of Yogurt For Hair Growth

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  • A study states that adjusting the scalp’s bacteria balance by increasing the Propionibacterium and suppressing Staphylococcus may help reduce dandruff (1). Yogurt produced with Propionibacterium can help enhance these bacteria on 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 promote hair density. It increases the anagen phase of hair follicles (3). This also helps boost hair growth.
  • It improves scalp health and reduces the clogging of follicles, thus reducing hair fall and hair damage (4).
  • Yogurt balances the pH levels of your scalp by regulating sebum production (3).

Let’s now explore how to use yogurt to promote hair growth.

How To Use Yogurt For Hair Growth

1. Egg And Yogurt

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

You Will Need
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons of yogurt
Processing Time:30 minutes
Directions
  1. Whisk the egg in a bowl until the yellow and white are mixed properly.
  2. Add the yogurt to form a consistent paste.
  3. Divide your hair into sections and apply the mixture from the roots to the tips.
  4. Leave it on for 20-30 minutes.
  5. Rinse your hair with shampoo and cool water.
  6. You can use this mask up to two times a week.
StyleCraze Says
Curly and coily hair tends to be drier, while straight or wavy hair is more prone to oiliness. If you have curly or coily hair, use the egg yolk. For straight or wavy hair, use the egg white. The yolk contains fatty acids and protein, while the white only contains proteins (5). Fatty acids can moisturize curls, while proteins strengthen the hair.

2. Banana And Yogurt

Banana contains potassium, carbohydrates, and vitamins that help nourish the hair. It improves scalp health, reduces dandruff, and makes the hair shiny. It also prevents hair breakage and split ends by protecting the hair’s natural elasticity (6).

You Will Need
  • ½ ripe banana
  • 1 tablespoon of yogurt
  • 3 teaspoons of honey
  • 1 teaspoon of lemon juice
Processing Time: 30 minutes
Directions
  1. Mash the banana in a bowl until there are no lumps.
  2. Add all the ingredients and mix well to form a smooth paste.
  3. Apply this mixture from the roots to the tips of your hair.
  4. Leave it on for 25-30 minutes.
  5. Wash your hair with shampoo.
  6. You can repeat this up to two times a week.

3. Yogurt And Olive Oil

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Olive oil and yogurt are good hair conditioners (4). Lemon helps maintain the pH balance of the hair (7).

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

Processing Time: 20 minutes

Directions
  1. Mix the olive oil and yogurt in a bowl and set it aside.
  2. Dilute the lemon juice in water.
  3. Apply the yogurt-oil mixture to damp hair.
  4. Leave it on for 20 minutes.
  5. Rinse your hair with cool or lukewarm water.
  6. Wash your hair finally with the lemon water.
  7. You can repeat this up to two times a week.
StyleCraze Says
If you don’t have olive oil on hand, you can use other carrier oils like coconut oil or argan oil. You can also try hair butters like mango, shea, or cocoa butter. They are great moisturizers, especially for dry, damaged, and frizzy hair.

4. Yogurt And Honey

Honey conditions your hair, treats dandruff, and reduces hair loss (8) (9).

You Will Need
  • ½ cup of yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon of honey
  • 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar
Processing Time:30 minutes
Directions
  1. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl to form a smooth paste.
  2. Apply this mixture from the roots to the tips of your hair. Ensure that your hair is entirely covered.
  3. Leave the yogurt-honey mixture on for about 30 minutes.
  4. Wash your hair with a mild shampoo.
  5. You can repeat this up to 2 times a week.

Note: If you have dry hair, add a banana to this mask. And for greasy hair, add strawberries.

5. Aloe Vera And Yogurt

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Aloe vera helps treat dandruff (10). It has moisturizing properties and can reduce hair loss (11).

You Will Need
  • 3 tablespoons of aloe vera gel
  • 2 tablespoons of yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
Processing Time:45 minutes
Directions
  1. Combine the ingredients in a bowl until you get a smooth mixture.
  2. Massage this mixture onto your scalp for about 15 minutes.
  3. Apply it to the length of your hair and leave it on for 30 minutes.
  4. Shampoo your hair.
  5. 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 treat 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 of yogurt
  • ½ ripe avocado
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
Processing Time:25 minutes
Directions
  1. Mash the avocado until it is free of lumps.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients and mix well to get a smooth paste.
  3. Section your hair and apply this paste from root to tip.
  4. Leave it on for 20 minutes and shampoo your hair.

Note: Use this mask once a week if you have dry hair and once a fortnight for normal hair.

7. Curry Leaves And Yogurt

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Curry leaves are rich in proteins and other nutrients that reduce hair fall and promote hair growth (14). This mask helps thicken the hair and boost hair growth rate.

You Will Need
  • 1 cup of yogurt
  • A handful of fresh curry leaves
Processing Time:30 minutes
Directions
  1. Wash and then grind the curry leaves to form a smooth paste.
  2. Mix this paste with the yogurt in a bowl.
  3. Apply this mixture to your hair from the roots to the tips.
  4. Leave it on for 30 minutes and shampoo your hair.
  5. Use this mask once a week to boost hair growth.
StyleCraze Says
If you don’t have curry leaves, you can grind a handful of mint leaves to add to this hair mask. Mint leaves refresh and cleanse the scalp.

8. Coconut Milk And Yogurt

Coconut milk is packed with essential fatty acids and proteins (15). Anecdotal evidence suggests that applying coconut milk helps nourish your scalp and aids healthy hair growth.

You Will Need
  • 1 cup of coconut milk
  • ½ cup of yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons of camphor oil
Processing Time:2 hours
Directions
  1. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Massage this mixture onto your scalp and hair.
  3. Leave it on for an hour or two.
  4. Rinse your hair with lukewarm water.
  5. Use this hair mask once a week.

9. Fenugreek And Yogurt

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

You Will Need
  • 1 cup of yogurt
  • A handful of fenugreek seeds
Processing Time:30 minutes
Directions
  1. Soak the fenugreek seeds in yogurt overnight.
  2. In the morning, grind the seeds and yogurt into a consistent paste.
  3. Apply the paste to your scalp and hair.
  4. Leave it on for 30 minutes and rinse with lukewarm water.
  5. Repeat this process twice a week.

10. Lemon Juice And Yogurt

Lemon juice is a short-term remedy for dandruff (18). This hair mask is an easy way to soothe aggravated scalp.

You Will Need

  • 4 tablespoons of yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons of lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon of honey
Processing Time:20 minutes
Directions
  1. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Apply this mixture to your scalp and hair.
  3. Leave it on for 15-20 minutes, and rinse with lukewarm water.
  4. Use this hair mask once a week.

There are numerous benefits of using yogurt for hair growth. It reduces dandruff, calms frizz, increases hair density, prolongs the anagen phase in hair growth, vastly improves scalp health, prevents hair fall and damage, and regulates the scalp pH level. Pairing yogurt with natural ingredients like eggs provides additional hair care benefits such as increased moisturization and stronger hair. Use these hair packs as recommended above for the best results. Remember, with consistency and patience, you can see good and healthy hair growth. Pair these yogurt hair packs with additional tips such as eating a healthy diet, exercising, and regularly relieving stress.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I leave yogurt on my hair overnight?

No, do not leave yogurt on your hair overnight as you might catch a cold.

Does yogurt thicken the hair?

Yes. Yogurt helps promote hair growth, which makes it thick and healthy.

Are there any possible side effects of using yogurt for the hair?

No. However, if you have a sensitive scalp, you might experience a tingling sensation. 

Is yogurt good for dandruff?

Yes, yogurt can help eliminate dandruff. Apply it to the roots and massage in a circular motion. Leave it on for 30 minutes before washing off with an anti-dandruff shampoo. Check out these anti-dandruff hair masks to help control dandruff.

 

Sources

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Arshiya Syeda is an editor at StyleCraze. Prior to that, she was a content writer and combined her writing and... more

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