Kalonji Oil for Hair Growth - Benefits, Uses & more

Is Kalonji Oil Good For Hair?

Also known as Nigella Sativa seeds, black cumin, or simply black seeds, Kalonji oil has for long been recommended for hair treatment, in Ayurveda and in many of the world-wisdoms. Kalonji oil is rich in vitamins A, B and C, and also contains an abundance of minerals like potassium, magnesium, iron and zinc. There are fatty acids (linoleic and oleic) contained as well. All these are very crucial in:
  • Repairing the hair follicles
  • Clearing the scalp and improving the blood circulation
  • Conditioning the hair

In the following sections, we will further explain how Kalonji oil is a must-have for your hair.

Hair Benefits Of Kalonji Oil

1. For A Healthy Scalp

Healthy Scalp

Kalonji oil helps cure your scalp of infections. Many factors can greatly affect hair growth; like excessive dandruff which causes hair to break, oily pores of the scalp sometimes make your scalp itchy and do not let a new hair growth. Kalonji oil has anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties, which means that it clears away any bacterial or fungal infections, and cures rashes and skin irritation.

2. For Hair Regrowth

Containing powerful antihistamines like Nigellone and Thymoquinone, Kalonji oil is very helpful in fighting allergies. It is often prescribed for patients with severe hair fall issues like alopecia.

3. For Fighting Hair Fall

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In a world full of man-made, chemical aggressors, nobody is untouched by hair fall issues. 50-100 strands are deemed normal for a healthy human being, but anything more is a medical concern. Kalonji oil is a massive powerhouse of nutrients and houses over 100 nutrients all of which cater to different aspects of hair fall. It is however recommended that if your hair fall exceeds 100 strands a day, you should visit a dermatologist.

4. For Fighting Grey Hair

Kalonji oil helps retain the pigment of the hair follicles, helping with premature greying. It is often prescribed to patients with vitiligo.

5. For Hair Conditioning

Hair-Conditioning

Kalonji oil helps to regulate the oil (sebum) production on the scalp. Sebum is responsible for conditioning the hair and giving it shine, and over or under-production of it is both bad for the hair. Kalonji oil soothes your sebaceous glands and regulates its production, while its intrinsic fatty acids help coat your hair and seal in moisture, preventing frizzy and dry hair.

6. For Preventing Hair Damage

Being rich in antioxidants, Kalonji oil helps fight free radical damage from the harmful rays of the sun. As mentioned before, it also creates a protective layer over the hair strands to prevent pollutants from damaging your hair from inside.

7. For Controlling Dandruff

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The moisturizing quality of Kalonji oil greatly aids the scalp in fighting against dandruff. Moreover, dandruff has been found to originate from a certain fungus Malassezia. So, the anti-fungal properties of the oil can help eradicate the fungus and consequently dandruff.

DIY Uses Of Kalonji Oil For Hair Problems

1. Kalonji Oil With Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil

Ingredients

  • One tbs Kalonji oil
  • One tbs coconut oil

How To Prepare And Use

  1. Mix the oils and heat them for a couple of seconds until the mixture is slightly warm.
  2. Massage the oil into your scalp and on the lengths of your hair slowly for about 15 minutes.
  3. Leave it on for 30 minutes more and wash away with your usual shampoo.
  4. This should be done twice or thrice a week.

2. Kalonji Oil With Lemon

Ingredients

  • Two tbs Kalonji oil
  • One lemon's juice

How To Prepare And Use

  1. Take the lemon juice and apply it on your scalp.
  2. Leave it on for 15 minutes and then wash off. After your hair has dried, use Kalonji oil on scalp and hair and massage thoroughly.
  3. Leave overnight. Wash it off the next morning.
  4. It is recommended that you use this once or twice a week.

3. Kalonji Oil With Castor Oil

Castor-Oil

Ingredients

  • 1.5 tbs Kalonji oil
  • 1/2 tbs castor oil

How To Prepare And Use

  1. Mix the oils in a bowl. Massage the oil into your scalp and on the lengths of your hair focusing more on the areas that are losing hair.
  2. Leave it on for 30 minutes and wash away with your usual shampoo.
  3. This should be done twice or thrice a week.

Know More: Castor Oil For Hair Growth - 10 Benefits With Homemade Mask Recipes

4. Kalonji Oil With Honey

Ingredients

  • One tbs Kalonji oil
  • One tbs honey
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • Warm towel

How To Prepare And Use

  1. Mix the ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Massage the solution into your scalp and on the lengths of your hair focusing more on the areas that are losing hair.
  3. Leave it on for 20 minutes and cover your head with a warm towel so that the oil can seep in. Wash off with your usual shampoo.
  4. This should be done once a week.
  5. You can see the best results of the nourishment of your healthy hair with honey and Kalonji oil.

Make Kalonji Oil At Home

You Will Need

  • Two tsp Kalonji or black seeds
  • Three tsp coconut oil
  • One tsp castor oil
  • One tsp fenugreek seed powder

Step-By-Step Guide

  1. Crush the Kalonji seeds into powder.
  2. Take castor oil and coconut oil in a non-metallic bowl and heat it using a water bath (indirect heat). This will help enhance both of their nutrients.
  3. Let the oils cool down, and then add Kalonji and fenugreek powders.
  4. Let the mixture sit for 24 hours so that everything can properly get mixed up.
  5. Strain the oil using a muslin cloth and save the oil in a glass container.

The shelf life of this oil is 8 to 10 days, provided it is kept away from direct sunlight.

How To Apply Kalonji Oil?

  1. Take some Kalonji oil in your hands and rub them together to heat the oil slightly.
  2. Massage on your scalp, especially on the areas that are losing more hair than the rest.
  3. Once you've covered the scalp, start oiling your hair strands from roots to tips.
  4. Keep the oil on for 20-30 minutes and then wash off with your usual shampoo.

For amazing results, use the oil twice or thrice a week, unless stated otherwise in a recipe.

Precautions While Using Kalonji Oil

  1. Internal use of Kalonji oil is not recommended for young children, pregnant women, or people with diabetes. If you do intend to ingest it, seek medical advice first.
  2. Use the oil in small amounts. Too much oil on your scalp could make washing your hair difficult. The oil is considerably thick, and so a small amount will do.
  3. Kalonji oil can cause allergies in some people. So, before full-blown use, do a patch test by applying some oil on your inner wrist. If you experience redness or rashes, discontinue usage.
  4. The oil causes stains which are very difficult to remove from clothes. You would want to use old clothes while applying the oil, and in case you plan on leaving the oil overnight, use a towel or an old t-shirt to cover your hair with completely.
  5. Always use a tight, glass jar for storing the oil. This will keep its freshness intact.
  6. Use the oil for the prescribed duration. Do not give up after one or two usages if it does not seem to work. Evaluate its effectiveness after the specified duration and decide upon future use.


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Author Name: Biswashree Mishra

 

 

 

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