If you are reading through this, you are probably a little or too much worried about those falling hair of yours and want a remedy that may put an end to that distressful hair fall period. If you have tried all the contemporary hair fall rescues, but still failing to get any results, it’s time that you go old-school with oil nourishment for your brittle, falling hair.
And like everyone else, I have saved a hair remedy for you, too. But the only difference: This one works. And it’s not just my personal anecdote but a plethora of scientific research and reasoning that corroborates the benefits of black seed oil for hair.
So before I tell you how Black Seed oil can actually do wonders for your hair, let’s first take a look at what the hair is made up of.
What’s our hair made up of?
Approximately 91 percent of our hair is protein, made up of amino acid chains derived from hydrogen, oxygen, carbon, and sulfur.
What is black seed oil ?
Black seed oil is derived from the cumin (or caraway) seeds. The herb is scientifically called Nigella sativa. This oil has been studied for long and many results have established that the oil has a wide range of health benefits. One of these benefits is the maintenance of beautiful and healthy hair. How does this come about? An in-depth look at this oil explains how.
What does black seed oil contain?
A research study published in the International Journal of Pharmaceutical Science and Research (2016) identified many properties of the black seed oil that may be players in the maintenance of healthy hair. Some of these findings included the following.
Black seed oil was found to contain high levels of fatty acids. This was almost at 90% of the analyzed samples. The leading types of the fatty acids were:
- Bienoic acid
- Linoleic acid
- Oleic acid
- Eicosapentanaenoic acid
Many more fatty acids and other chemicals were isolated. Fatty acids are known for their antioxidant properties. Research suggests that topical application of an antioxidant can help in maintaining healthy hair and preventing premature aging of the hair. Antioxidant fatty acids in black seeds oil help to reduce the effects of free radicals (free oxygen species – FOS) whether from the environment or from the body. This free radicals scavenging of the oil helps the body beyond the hair. Healthy hair is usually a mirror of a person’s overall health status.
As science discover more benefits of the black seed oil on the hair and overall health, it becomes clear why the earlier civilizations used it even among their dead.
How black seed oil benefits hair?
As aforementioned that human hair is mostly comprised of amino acids, so it’s understandable that we need amino acids for hair growth, but not just any amino acid but especially those that are the building blocks of our hair. Black seed oil has 15 different amino acids that are essential for hair growth!
But it’s not just the hair growth that black seed oil can induce; there are other great benefits of black seed oil for your hair:
Black Seed Oil for Hair Loss
It’s possible to have a hair loss even when you have good hair growth. However, hair loss can lead to bald patches or even baldness in the long run. So in order to put a stop to your falling hair, you will need to nourish your hair. With its fatty acids, non-starch polysaccharides and monosaccharides, Black seed oil is one effective way to get all the nourishment that your hair is craving for.
How to use black seed oil on hair?
There are a few different ways black seed oil is used to treat hair loss. However, many people just know about the rubbing the oil on their head.
- To cure baldness, have a cup of coffee with ½ spoons of black seed oil twice a day.
- To prevent premature hair loss, rub some lime juice on your head and leave it for 15 minutes. Wash your hair with a mild, chemical-free shampoo and then apply black seed oil once your hair gets dry. Don’t towel dry your hair, ever!
- If you have dandruff, mix 30 ml of olive oil, 10 ml of black seed oil, and some lime juice; rub the mixture on the hair and leave it for 30 minutes. Wash with a mild, chemical-free shampoo.
References and further reading
Khan, M.A., 1999. Chemical composition and medicinal properties of Nigella sativa Linn. Inflammopharmacology, 7: 15-35
Song, J.H., K. Fujimoto and T. Miyazawa, 2000. Polyunsaturated (n-3) fatty acids susceptible to peroxidation are increased in plasma and tissue lipids of rats fed docosahexaenoic acid-containing oils. J. Nutr., 130: 3028-3033.
Padhye, S., Banerjee, S., Ahmad, A., Mohammad, R., & Sarkar, F. H. (2008). From here to eternity – the secret of Pharaohs: Therapeutic potential of black cumin seeds and beyond. Cancer Therapy, 6(b), 495–510.