Methi or Fenugreek seeds are an essential commodity in every Indian kitchen. While we are well versed with its use in making lip-smacking delicacies, there is another aspect of this lovely spice which is sure to delight you. Fenugreek is an excellent cost- effective and safe way to put an end to almost all of your hair problems.
Hair problems such as dandruff, hair fall and hair dullness are the commonly occurring problems which most of us face nowadays, thanks to the pollution and stress we are subjected to. In such a scenario, fenugreek seeds with their high content of protein and nicotinic promote hair growth. The abundance of lecithin helps in keeping the hair well nourished and keeps the scalp cool. All this prevents the occurrence of dry hair and dandruff.
Fenugreek seeds have been used since time immemorial for curing hair problems, so you can go ahead and use them without any second thoughts. Here are some ways to help you get the best out of fenugreek seeds in order to keep your tresses long, strong and shiny. Getting problem-free hair was never this easy.
Get rid of Dandruff
Dandruff is essentially due to a dry scalp or undernourished hair. Fenugreek seeds help in keeping the scalp hydrated and cool and thus prevent the occurrence of a dry flaky scalp.
Soak about 2 tablespoons of fenugreek seeds overnight in water. Grind it to a fine paste and mix it with curd or cider vinegar. The duration of the hair mask should be an hour for curd and not more than 30 minutes for cider vinegar. Rinse off the mask with shampoo. Regular application of about once a week ensures an effective remedy for dandruff and itchy scalp. [More home remedies for dandruff]
For those who are time bound, you can resort to using the fenugreek powder readily available mixed with warm water to make a paste and apply it as an effective hair mask for treating dandruff. The duration of the hair mask can be increased to an hour as per the severity of the dandruff prevalent.
As a Hair Conditioner
The slimy nature of fenugreek when soaked in water overnight gives a great shine to the hair. Apply the ground paste to scalp and entire length of your hair and rinse off while it is still moist. Duration of 30 minutes is sufficient for serving its purpose as a conditioner.
Mixing the ground paste of soaked fenugreek seeds with hibiscus flowers further enhances its conditioning properties.
Another method of using fenugreek seeds to add shine to our hair is by adding it to coconut oil. Boil the seeds and soak them in coconut oil overnight. This strained oil can be used as a tonic to massage your hair and scalp about thrice a week. Not only will it result in shiny hair but also reduce hair fall and promote hair growth.
To Prevent Hair Fall
Fenugreek seeds have high protein and nicotinic content which are essential for promoting hair growth and prevent balding or thinning out of hair.
Using paste of methi powder mixed with water as a hair mask, or using coconut oil which has been strained after boiling methi seeds in it for massage can reduce hair fall to a great extent.
The benefits of fenugreek seeds for restricting hair fall can be maximised in the following way.
Heat a mixture of about 3 tablespoons of these seeds in a glass containing ¾ th coconut oil by placing it in a water bath. The boiling water would heat the mixture.
Keep this regularly in a sunny place for a week, shaking it once in a while. Strain and store this oil and use it to massage your scalp and hair at least an hour before you shampoo
Use the above stated mechanisms to reap the maximum benefits of fenugreek seeds for your hair. Herbal remedies take time to achieve results but are a time-tested effective mechanism, so be patient and regular and you are bound to achieve the desired results.