The neem tree has been used since 2000 BC for its healing properties, and although it was originated in India, it is now grown all over the world.
Neem oil has antimicrobial, antifungal, and antiparasitic properties and when applied to the hair and scalp, neem oil is believed to act as a natural remedy for dandruff and many other hair benefits.
Benefits of Neem oil for your hair
Used in traditional medicine in India for more than a thousand years, it has been used to treat diabetes, ulcers and smallpox as well. Neem oil contains nimbidin, a compound that has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antioxidant properties that help treat scalp issues.
Neem oil has fatty acids, vitamin E, triglycerides, antioxidants and calcium, all these compounds help maintain a healthy scalp –thus healthy hair. It also prevents hair loss, because the moisture provided by neep oil strengthens the hair.
It is perfect to smooth frizz, as the fatty acids in the neem oil lock the moisture in and keep the hair manageable.
How to use neem oil
Neem oil is safe for most hair types, but you have to dilute it with a carrier oil such as jojoba or coconut oil. if you suffer from eczema it is better to avoid it because it can irritate sensitive skin, you can do a patch test before applying it.
1. Add it to your shampoo
Add a few drops of neem oil to your usual shampoo –this will help maintain a healthy scalp.
2. Add it to a hair mask
To deep-condition your hair you can add neem oil to a hair mask, just make sure to shampoo after this treatment, as neem oil can be irritating if left on the skin.
3. Massage your scalp
Massage neem oil diluted with a carrier oil for a couple of minutes, and leave it for about 30 minutes before rinsing it off.
Neem oil hair recipe
- 1 ounce of carrier oil (jojoba, olive, or coconut oils)
- 12 drops of neem oil
- Combine the ingredients
- Apply directly to the scalp and massage using your fingertips
- Pull the oil through your strands from roots to ends
- Leave on for 30 minutes to an hour
- Rinse and wash with your usual shampoo
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