Herbal Hair Oils to Maintain Strong Fine Natural Hair

Oil is not only good for sealing in moisture.

While there’s a limited number of ways to use oils in your hair, the type of oils you use make a difference between simple sealing, stimulating growth and strengthening the hair fibers.

So, it would stand to reason that depending on your hair goals, you want to pick the right hair oil (or combination of hair oils) right?

 

For those with a goal of stronger natural hair, using herbal hair oils is the way to go.

Why?

Herbal hair oils are made with a combination of oils and herbs vs. a singular oil like coconut or jojoba. The properties within each of the oils and herbs, when blended together create a powerful oil for your hair.

There’s an exhaustive combination of herbal hair oils you can use in your natural hair but fine natural hair benefits most from those oils that fortify the strands. I’ve tried a number of combinations of herbs and oils, recipes that while all beneficial for the hair, took a lot of time to prepare.

Narrowing down to just two herbal hair oils, I’ve discovered a powerful combination that takes very little time to prepare.

Fenugreek “Methi” Hair Oil

An herbal hair oil made with Fenugreek seeds is easy to create but you need to let it sit for a few days to reach it’s most potent state. Here’s a very simple small batch recipe for creating your very own fenugreek hair oil:

  • 1/2 cup Grape seed (or coconut oil)
  • 1/2 cup Castor oil
  • 1 tablespoon Henna
  • 1 tablespoon Fenugreek seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon of vitamin C (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon of MSM (optional)

Warm the henna on top of your stove using a double boiler or just sit a break proof bowl containing the henna over a pot of boiling water until the henna warms. Then, combine with all the other ingredients in a dark amber colored jar. Alternatively, you can put all ingredients in a mason jar but keep it in a dark place so that the properties of the oils and herbs are not disturbed.

Allow this mixture to sit for a couple days up to a week. You’ll notice the color of the oil will change to a darker shade. You can then strain out the henna powder (the vitamin C and MSM, if used will dissolve). Leave the fenugreek seeds, as they will continue to infuse the oil. If you prefer, you can also leave the henna powder in the oil just know that your oil will have more of a gritty appearance.

herbal hair oil

If you want an already mixed Fenugreek hair oil, Curly Proverbz created a powerful combination of oils using Fenugreek, in partnership with Belle Bar Organic. It contains Coconut oil (or Grape seed oil), Olive Oil, Castor Oil, Henna, Methi (Fenugreek), Vitamin C, Peppermint Essential Oil, Rosemary Essential Oil and Tea Tree Essential Oil. Curly Proverbz recommends adding the MSM as Belle Bar does not carry that ingredient.

I used 4 bags of Curly Proverbz’s Fenugreek “Methi” Herbal Hair Oil with coconut oil as a base. I likely won’t repurchase this for a while as I’m creating my own version of it using the recipe above. It’s more cost effective this way. Especially since Belle Bar is now distributing the oil in a smaller bag for the same cost.

For more information on Curly Proverbz line of herbal hair products (including her hair glosses), check out this post: Curly Proverbz New Hair Care Line

Henna Blend Oil

To create an herbal hair oil where henna is largely the influencer, I’ve tried two recipes:

  • Cornerstone Skin’s Henna Blend Hair Mask + Coconut Oil as a base
  • Nupur 9 Herb Henna Blend + Grapeseed Oil/Coconut Oil as a base

I created my herbal hair oil from a working knowledge of using various herbs for hair growth. The process for creating an herbal hair oil with either Cornerstone Skin or Nupur is quite easy. I’ll share more details in a YouTube video at a further date but to provide an overview, I simply heat up the herbs, mix them in a base of coconut or grape seed oil and allow the oil mixture to sit for a few days before straining and using. This is the same process used when creating Fenugreek “Methi” hair oil.

The Cornerstone Skin Henna Blend contains a 36 herbs (full video review here). This henna blend contains so many beneficial herbs which is why I chose it to create my herbal hair oil to begin with. However, upon closer inspection, I noticed that henna is quite far down on the ingredient list (16th to be exact). You’ll find the full ingredient list on Cornerstone Skin’s website here.

henna blend hair mask
Application of Cornerstone Skin’s Henna Hair Mask

That’s why I’ve decided to repeatedly move forward with the Nupur Henna Blend when creating a herbal hair oil. It contains only 9 herbs in addition to henna, which is the most abundant. An herbal blend containing many many herbs is not necessarily something you want for creating a hair oil. You want your oil to contain an abundance of potency for each of the herbs you choose to use. You begin to lose the potency of one herb over another when you have too many herbs working together.

Nupur’s 9 Herb Henna Blend contains:

  • Henna (Mehendi) – Helps to naturally mend the hair cuticle by filling in gaps along the hair shaft, also adding “weight” to the hair; also covers gray hair
  • Amla (Indian Gooseberry) – strengthens hair, helping to maintain length; prevents premature greying; adds luster and deals with all sorts of scalp issues
  • Jatamamsi – Creates shiny, lustrous hair
  • Hibiscus – Makes hair shiny & silky; stimulates hair growth and fights premature greying
  • Fenugreek – Stimulates hair growth
  • Aloe Vera – Adds moisture to the hair
  • Bhringraj – Stimulates hair growth
  • Neem – Prevents dandruff and fights infection in the scalp
  • Brahmi – Promotes hair growth
  • Shikakai – Strengthens roots of the hair to promote hair growth

As you can see from the list of herbs that formulate Nupur’s Henna Blend, there’s the potential to create a potent herbal hair oil that can greatly strengthen fine natural hair.

What Do I Use as a Base Oil?

What you choose to use as a base oil to mix your herbs with is entirely up to you. My hair can tolerate coconut oil but I find the oil blend to be less drying when grape seed oil is used. You can even opt to mix the two oils to reap the benefits of each.

The herbal oils blends are what I find work really well in fine natural hair to keep it strong and healthy. Why recreate the mold? Try one 🙂

Resources:

Fine Natural Hair and Faith Amazon Shop (contains all of what you need to create a DIY Herbal Hair Oil, including accessories)

Belle Bar Organic – Curly Proverbz Fenugreek Infused Hair Growth Oil

Cornerstone Skin Henna Blend Herbal Hair Mask

Michelle Smith
Michelle is a Christian special needs mom residing in the NYC area who shares useful tips to grow and maintain fine natural hair. She's a published author and Creator of Fine Natural Hair and Faith, inspiring others with faith for living along side knowledge on how to care for their "crown."

7 thoughts on “Herbal Hair Oils to Maintain Strong Fine Natural Hair

  1. First off thank you Michelle for posting this! So I have nupur henna that I bought last month. I did a henna gloss (2nd one ever, first one was in India in 2016) and it seemed to give my hair life. I trimmed the really bad ends, but I cant find a oil that helps with my very bad dandruff or scalp psoriasis… gro-aut oil looks good but thats’ not a daily oil right? I was originally going to buy a 3 pack of almond, avocado and jojoba oil and buy essential oils afterwards, but im so confused.. money is tight so Im also looking for time and cost effectiveness. Jojoba oil and grapeseed works for dandruff but not long.

    1. Hey you can use the Nupur to create a hair oill. It has other beneficial herbs that are great for dry scalp conditions. Use Jojoba as your base oil for the Nupur to infuse into. I’m going to create a video showing how I do it next weekend

  2. i swear its like you where here with me and red my minde. just last weekend i was mumbling to myself “i wanna try a herbal oil belnd”…. when i recieved ur email and red the title i was like huuuh !!! ahahahah! oh Michelleeeeeee this article is all the research i need & i will get to practical application right away ! i wil start with the Methigreek oil since i hv the ingredients ! =) i’ll let you know the first impression ! thank you so much !

      1. UPDAAATE … i’ve been using this for a month and 3 days to be exact ! every night, oil on my finger tips with scalp massage!!! >>> results>>>… i can see my baby hair got a little longer, but the bold spot is still bold! the baby hair around it got longer !! ahaaaa! i still call it a success tho & will continue oil & scalp massage until June . That’s when i’m planing to do a length check ! i hope i reach my goal ! wish me luckkk ! and thank you again for this recipe post!! =) ^_^

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