Is your hair falling out with no end in sight? Hair loss is a common symptom of the hormonal changes women go through as they age. While there are plenty of expensive treatments out there to choose from, many of them leave us feeling insecure and frustrated when they don’t work like we had hopped. But we are here to let you know that you can replenish those luscious locks with all-natural neem oil for just $10.
Neem Oil for Hair Loss
Neem oil is pressed from the neem plant, which is native to India and often used in traditional Ayurvedic (Indian) medicine. In Ayurveda, neem has been used to promote a healthy head of hair for thousands of years. In modern times, it’s considered to be a natural antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, which is why it’s often used for to treat skin conditions and as a powerful hair treatment.
Using neem can both support hair growth and stop hair loss. It contains fatty acids, vitamin E, and antioxidants, which are all hair-boosting nutrients. Applying neem oil topically delivers these nutrients directly to your scalp, which helps facilitate the growth of healthy strands. Vitamin E, for example, helps repair and regenerate skin cells and hair follicles.
Neem oil also contains a compound called nimbidin. Some research suggests that nimbidin can reduce inflammation, making it useful for treating conditions of the scalp like dermatitis, psoriasis, or general skin irritation that could be causing hair to fall. Not only that, but neem is even considered to be a powerful antifungal. Fungal buildup on the scalp, as seen with conditions like dandruff, can also lead to hair loss.
How to Use Neem Oil for Hair Loss
Using neem oil to treat hair loss is super simple. Before using it on your scalp, perform a small test patch on your skin to check for adverse reactions. Then, you can apply neem oil directly onto your scalp, focusing on any trouble areas. You can also dilute your neem oil in a carrier oil like olive oil or sweet almond oil, then apply it all over the scalp, then onto the hair from root to tip. Leave your hair mask in for at least 30 minutes, or as long as overnight! Then wash as usual.
We hope you love this ancient hair-boosting ingredient as much as we do. For a neem oil product we love, try this one from Kate Blanc Cosmetics (Buy on Amazon, $10).
Cheers to a thick, healthy mane!
This article originally appeared on our sister site, First for Women.