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.
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.
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.
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 🙂
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