In this post, you are going to learn how to use turmeric for hair growth; I will also show you how to reduce hair loss using this amazing spice, with over 4000 years of therapeutic use, without side effects and without spending a lot of money.
What’s amazing about these tips is that they are completely naturally, meaning that you do not have to use supplements or even buy premade products, they are not going to damage your hair follicles and most importantly, they are going to increase hair growth rates rapidly.
- 1 Does Turmeric Help Hair Growth?
- 2 Is Turmeric Bad For Hair Growth?
- 3 Turmeric Benefits For Your Hair
- 4 Turmeric For Scalp Inflammation
- 5 How To Use Turmeric For Hair Growth
- 6 Turmeric For Alopecia
- 7 Turmeric Oil For Hair Growth
- 8 How Long Does It Take For Turmeric To Increase Hair Growth?
Does Turmeric Help Hair Growth?
If you would like to increase hair growth, then you need to follow my instructions because I have done so, of course, I have used other herbal remedies, but by far, turmeric is one of the best.
From my experience, turmeric is extremely efficient at increasing hair growth, and more importantly, there are many reviews circulation on the internet about such effects, however, there is a problem!
In order to use turmeric for hair growth, you need to follow precise steps, and this is what I’m going to show you here, this may look very challenging at first, but I promise you, if you follow a good hair routine, you are going to increase your hair growth using turmeric.
I’m also going to show you other herbal preparations you need to use as well in order to increase your hair growth to the maximum levels.
Does Turmeric Cause Hair Loss?
There are many techniques and ideas circulation with women about using turmeric for hair loss, in other words, applying turmeric on facial hair for example or other bodily hair in order to get rid of it, is this true? Does turmeric thin your hair?
To find out the truth, let me turn to a scientific study by Shaffrathul, Jasmine, et al. under the title: Turmeric: Role in hypertrichosis and acne, published in the Indian Journal of Dermatology, vol. 52, no. 2, 2007 which concludes to the following:
“… Subjects who were using turmeric did not have decreased hair growth when compared with those who were not using turmeric. “
In other words, female subjects were put into two groups, the first one was instructed to use turmeric in order to decrease hair growth while the second one was not told to use turmeric, in the end; researchers concluded that turmeric has no effects on decreasing hair growth.
They even went further by stating the following explanation:
“Turmeric stains both hair and skin. This yellow hair on the skin, gives a camouflage effect and so the hair looks less visible.”
In other words, what many women and men believe as a potent effect of turmeric, that it decreases hair growth, is just an optical illusion according to the researchers, as further explained here:
“We demonstrated this by taking few strands of black hair and some of them were smeared with turmeric. Those hairs which were smeared with and without turmeric were placed on a yellow background. Those hairs which were colored with turmeric appeared less visible than the hairs without turmeric.”
From this study, it is very clear that turmeric is not a hair growth inhibitor.
To read this study, please use the following link (paid article): http://www.e-ijd.org/text.asp?2007/52/2/116/33294
So, turmeric does not stop hair growth which is excellent news for us since we want to use it as a hair growth stimulant, however, there is one thing you need to understand:
Turmeric Powder Isn’t Going To Influence Hair Grow Directly!
You need to understand that the best way to make turmeric stop hair loss is not what you probably think!
When I ask my readers about the best way to use turmeric for hair fall, most are going to say something like: you should apply it directly onto your scalp!
Trust me, this is not the right way to use turmeric, this is simply going to waste a lot of great opportunities for hair growth!
And yes, using turmeric directly on your scalp is good for getting rid of bacteria, inflammations, pain, and fungi.
Indeed, many scientific studies have long talked about the amazing benefits of turmeric on our skin and overall health; in fact, many have even proven that turmeric can be used for even reducing Alzheimer’s disease and cancer risks as stated here:
“This study elaborates the current understanding of the chemopreventive effects of curcumin … and highlights its therapeutic value in the treatment and prevention of a wide range of cancers.”
Curcumin is the main active compound of turmeric.
However, when it comes to hair growth; applying turmeric powder directly on your scalp is not the best way to take advantage of this amazing spice!
Is Turmeric Bad For Hair Growth?
Not at all, turmeric is very healthy and powerful for both our overall health and our skin, including our hair as well, and if you use it the right way, you are going to increase hair growth while also lowering hair loss dramatically.
Turmeric Benefits For Your Hair
As mentioned before, turmeric is a very powerful antifungal , antibacterial and antimicrobial spice, which is extremely beneficial for our hair.
You see, most of our hair issues are due to either microbes or fungi damaging our scalp, which are definitely going to influence hair growth.
Of course, there are also hormone issues that directly influence hair growth, we will deal with this subject later on in this post, but you need to be aware that most often, in people suffering from reduced hair growth, scalp pain or inflammations, microbes and fungi are to blame which is why turmeric is very beneficial and also extremely powerful in order to increase hair growth while also reducing inflammations and pain.
Turmeric For Scalp Inflammation
If you are suffering from scalp inflammations, then, let me tell you that turmeric is an extremely powerful anti-inflammatory spice.
Indeed, as mentioned in the following study which I linked to in this post previously, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21671126 , turmeric was used to help postoperative patients improve and relieve pain faster.
So, the techniques I’m going to share with you in this post are also going to help you with scalp inflammation since they require the use of turmeric powder abundantly.
How To Use Turmeric For Hair Growth
In order to get the most benefits for your hair when it comes to turmeric, you need to take it orally, as topical application of turmeric can be used for more damaging hair loss causes since most of the nutrients and anti-inflammatory compounds are going to be absorbed directly by your body.
In order to increase hair growth, you need to ingest turmeric every day.
It is quite easy to understand, turmeric has many anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antiviral properties, these are going to help your body detox and get rid of inflammations, on the long run, these are the ones responsible for lowering hair growth and even growing weak and thin hair strands!
I’m sure that you see my point now; you need to consume turmeric daily in order to lower inflammations and to increase hair thickness and growth.
The Right Turmeric Dosage For Hair Growth
You need to take at least a quarter of a teaspoon daily of turmeric powder, but do not exceed half a teaspoon as it will increase oxalates in your body which can be very dangerous, especially for people already suffering from kidney and liver stones.
So, whenever you are preparing a meal, sprinkle some few pinches of turmeric with black pepper, as it helps with curcumin absorption.
Turmeric For Grey Hair
High inflammation levels in the body have been linked to gray hair, read the following Cosmos magazine article for more information https://cosmosmagazine.com/biology/inflammation-can-turn-your-hair-grey .
The good news is that turmeric contains high levels of anti-inflammatory compounds, most importantly, curcumin, however, greying of hair is not completely understood, some studies point to vitamin B12 deficiency while others point to an iron or vitamin D3 deficiency.
What’s to be noted is that high inflammation levels in the body are going to contribute to the greying of the hair, this is the reason why turmeric might be a good preventive solution.
In other words, by increasing curcumin levels in your blood stream, you are going to lower inflammation levels and thus decrease the occurrence and greying of your hair.
Benefits Of Turmeric Milk For Hair Growth
Right now, turmeric milk is all the rage, it’s available in many coffee shops and restaurants, it’s also very powerful when it comes to hair growth since it contains all of turmeric’s amazing hair benefits with the addition of more spices, it can even be fantastic for lowering pain and increasing energy levels.
However, there is one thing I don’t like about turmeric milk, the fact that it uses cow’s milk.
Indeed, the calcium and proteins in cow’s milk have been proven to inhibit the absorption of many compounds found in turmeric and other herbs and vegetables as well, as stated in the following study: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17213230 , where:
“Milk counteracts the favourable health effects of tea on vascular function.”
This brings me to my favorite way to prepare turmeric milk, using nondairy milks such as soy, I particularly like the following recipe, just don’t forget to use more than half a teaspoon a day of turmeric:
Turmeric Tea For Hair Growth
One of the best refreshing drinks you can enjoy every day for both longevity and reducing inflammations in your body is turmeric tea, you can also use it to increase hair growth since it lowers toxins in your body and has an amazing anti-inflammatory effect.
So, here is how I make my turmeric tea, by the way, this recipe is by doctor Andrew Weil, in my opinion, he uses too much turmeric and doesn’t use a sweetener, I can’t drink it without adding some honey, but this is a personal opinion:
- Boil four cups of water
- Add half a teaspoon of ground turmeric
- Simmer for 10 minutes
- Add a tiny pinch of black pepper, which can increase curcumin’s bioavailability and absorption by 2000%
- Strain your turmeric tea
- Add two tablespoons of honey
Turmeric For Alopecia
By alopecia, most of the time, people are referring to alopecia areata, or commonly known as bald spots.
Its primary cause is an auto immune response, meaning that your immune system is attacking your hair follicles and causing them to shrink and die, however, most of the time, alopecia areata is temporary, meaning that after some few weeks or even months, hair growth is going to return.
However, sometimes, it can even take years and sometimes, it can never happen!
The thing you need to understand here is that alopecia areata is caused by your immune system, and for it to attack your hair follicles, it uses inflammations.
I have already told you in a previous section that turmeric is a very powerful anti-inflammatory spice; especially its most important organic compound, curcumin.
Well, by consuming turmeric on a daily basis, especially if it’s highly concentrated, as in turmeric tea or turmeric milk, you will be able to reduce the levels of inflammations in your body.
Inflammations are also responsible for causing pain, that’s why turmeric is used for arthritis patients.
Turmeric For Male Pattern Baldness
Male pattern baldness, scientifically known as androgenetic alopecia, is caused by a testosterone byproduct, dihydrotestosterone, referred to as DHT.
This testosterone byproduct is going to increase growth cycle in your hair follicles, at first, this may seem beneficial, but with years, the hair follicles are exhausted and permanent hair loss occurs.
The truth is that male pattern baldness is not caused by high levels of inflammations, so, turmeric doesn’t act directly on hair growth!
However, in the coming section, I’m going to share with you a fantastic turmeric oil recipe in order to increase hair growth, for now, just understand that turmeric isn’t efficient when it comes to male pattern baldness!
Yes, it’s going to lower inflammations in your scalp while also increasing hair growth to some extent due to its nutrients’ density, but when it comes to getting rid of DHT, unfortunately, to this date, no studies point to its efficiency.
Turmeric For Female Baldness
Both male and female baldness are categorized as alopecia, androgenetic alopecia to be more precise, and are caused by hormonal issues, indeed, even with female baldness, it’s due to high dihydrotestosterone, DHT, levels in the scalp.
This is why I highly recommend that both males and females use the following oil for hair growth.
Turmeric Oil For Hair Growth
Before I started using the following recipe, I was relying on many essential oils, most importantly, jojoba oil, yes, it was very efficient for hair growth, but with time, I got many questions from different readers about alopecia and other hair loss issues and how turmeric can help them.
This is the reason why I started digging for more information and most importantly, I came to the following studies:
The first study is about pumpkin seed oil and its effects on hair growth, you can read the full study for free here: https://www.hindawi.com/journals/ecam/2014/549721/
Indeed, it is demonstrated in this study that using pumpkin seed oil can have a 30% increase in hair density and count as well.
And for the side effects, researchers noted the following:
“Most of the subjects completed the protocol without adverse symptoms…”
The second study is the following: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0378874111008774 and it states these findings:
“Carthamus tinctorius was the most potent 5α-reductase inhibitor and hair growth promoter…”
Carthamus tinctorius is the scientific name of safflower.
The reason why I mentioned the following studies is because they focus on natural ingredients, most importantly, pumpkin seed oil, safflower and saw palmetto, which I didn’t, mentioned, but it’s stated as well in the first study.
However, most sold treatments focus on finasteride and minoxidil, which are both drugs approved by the FDA, however, they are not without side effects, as an example, finasteride decreases ejaculate volume in men and can even cause erectile dysfunction while decreasing libido!
Minoxidil can cause both scaling and scalp itchiness.
Now, here is the best turmeric hair growth recipe you can use for increasing hair thickness and count as well.
This can also be used as a powerful turmeric hair mask.
Here are the ingredients you will need to make turmeric oil for two weeks:
- Three tablespoons safflower oil
- Five tablespoons pumpkin seed oil
- One tablespoon ground dry saw palmetto berries
- Two tablespoons turmeric powder
This recipe is very simple to make, first, take your oils and put them in a saucepan on very low heat, make sure you do not burn your oils, if you cannot put your finger in them, then, they are too hot and they will be destroyed, so just warm them a little.
Then, add your saw palmetto and turmeric powder while stirring very well, away from the heat.
Let everything cool down to room temperature for a minimum of one hour then sieve using a stainless steel strainer.
Put your turmeric hair growth oil in a glass container.
Every three days, before taking a shower, simply apply this oil to your scalp, one teaspoon, while massaging very well; then, cover using a clean towel for a minimum of one hour before rinsing your hair with your favorite shampoo.
Making Turmeric Shampoo
Here is the thing: most shampoos contain very powerful solvents, in other words, no matter what oil or ingredient you are going to put in them, it’s going to end up destroyed!
However, if you truly want to make turmeric shampoo, you can use the following:
Take your turmeric hair growth oil, two tablespoons, and add them to a good organic shampoo.
Just shake very well before using and you’ll be fine.
How Long Does It Take For Turmeric To Increase Hair Growth?
Using my turmeric hair growth oil, you can expect to notice positive results, more hair growth, hair density and count, after two months of use.
Please, if you have a question or a comment about using turmeric for hair growth, don’t hesitate to ask me in the comment section below, or you can send me your e-mails using the contact me page.