Essential oils. Face oils. Cleansing oils. There are a whole lot of oils in our beauty routine, but there’s one in particular that we were unfamiliar with until now (and had no idea how much we needed). Meet black seed oil for hair growth, the OG of scalp treatments.
WHY SHOULD YOU USE BLACK SEED OIL IN YOUR HAIR?
Also referred to as black cumin or Nigella Sativa, the black seed oil is thought to naturally restore hair growth in thinning areas thanks to its high concentration of thymoquinone, a powerful antihistamine. Yep, antihistamines are often prescribed to alopecia patients to help regrow hair, and get this, it’s actually an essential oil. That means it’s not thick like olive or coconut oil, and it has added therapeutic benefits. It also means that 100 percent pure, unrefined, and cold-pressed black seed oil has to be diluted in another carrier oil (such as coconut or olive), because it’s too potent on its own. And when diluted, it can be used directly on the scalp to reduce inflammation, stimulate hair growth and reduce flakiness and sensitivity. However, even if you don’t have any scalp conditions, it helps to make hair healthy, soft, hydrated, and shiny with consistent use.
HOW DO YOU USE BLACK SEED OIL?
There is one concoction that can easily be made at home:
1 tbsp black seed oil
1 tbsp coconut oil
Mix equal parts of black seed oil and coconut oil in a bowl (you can sub in olive oil if you wish). Before showering, work the oil into your scalp in circular motions, concentrating on any thinning areas. Let it sit for 30 minutes and then wash your hair like you normally would. Your locks will be softer, shinier, and hydrated instantly.
Don’t want to go the DIY route? Byherbs carries a Nigella Sativa Black Seed Oil that can be used for hair growth and overall health.