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Miracle Hair Mask For Hair Growth, Thickness and Dandruff

miracle hair mask : fenugreek and yogurt


I call this recipe Miracle Hair Mask because it helps with so many hair issues. It’s also one of the most popular hair masks with the Indian women, because of its amazing beauty and healing effects.

Benefits of Miracle Hair Mask

  • Reduces hair loss
  • Prevents dandruff and promotes healthy scalp
  • Encourages faster hair growth
  • Moisturises hair and leaves it feeling soft, shiny and smooth
  • Strengthens hair shaft and adds volume to your hair
  • Helps with frizz and fly-aways
  • Greatly reduces split ends and hair breakage
  • Makes detangling really easy

The good thing about the Miracle Hair Mask is that it works for all hair types: whether your hair is dry or oily, fine or coarse, frizzy or damaged – everyone can use it.

Made with just two ingredients – Yogurt and Fenugreek (methi) seeds – this mask will transform your hair into fabulousness.

fenugreek hair pack ingredients

Fenugreek seed

You will find fenugreek or methi seeds in every Indian, Bangladeshi, Pakistani and Sri Lankan kitchen. It’s not just an aromatic spice, but has amazing medicinal and beauty benefits.

Fenugreek is an age-old remedy for hair loss and thinning. It stimulates blood flow to the scalp, nourishes the hair follicles to promote faster and healthier new growth. Fenugreek is also a great alternative to store bought conditioner, thanks to its high mucilage content – which provides slip like conditioner and makes detangling very easy. And if you have dry, coarse or frizzy hair, fenugreek can come to your rescue. Regular use of this herb in a hair mask or deep conditioner will naturally soften your hair, increase manageability, and restore lustre and bounce.

In addition, fenugreek also contains antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that help with dandruff, scalp irritation and acne.


Yogurt is wonderful for hair. It is full of protein, which works to strengthen the hair shaft, thus preventing split ends and breakage. At the same time, yogurt also conditions, moisturises, and adds volume and shine to your hair.

And if you are struggling with never ending dandruff, the combination of yogurt and fenugreek is excellent. Yogurt contains healthy bacteria that help to fight dandruff causing yeast.  Also, the lactic acid in the yogurt has gentle exfoliating action. It will get rid of dead skin and flakes and promote clean and healthy scalp.

How to make the Miracle Hair Mask

You will need:

fenugreek hair pack ingredients
Mix all the three ingredients in a bowl, cover with a lid and set aside of 2 to 3 hours. During this time fenugreek seed powder will swell and the entire mixture will thicken up and become slightly slimy.

If you think the mixture is too thick to apply, add a few tablespoons of water to make the mixture more creamy.

Grind fenugreek seeds into fine powder


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Mix yogurt and fenugreek seed powder


Combine the two. Cover with a lid and set aside for 2 to 3 hours


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After 2 to 3 hours the mixture will thicken up. Mix once again and use.

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How to use:

Start with dry or damp hair. Apply this mask to your scalp and hair. Put on your shower cap or wrap your head in a muslin cloth or a towel. You can also leave your hair uncovered as this mixture won’t drip.

Leave this on for 20-30 minutes, then rinse off thoroughly. Wash with a natural shampoo and let your hair dry naturally. Do this mask once a week to restore and maintain your hair.

Enjoy your beautiful hair!

Extra Notes

Fenugreek seed powder: You can buy fenugreek seed powder from an Indian shop or online. But you can also easily make your own fenugreek seed powder. All you need is fenugreek seeds and spice and nut grinder. Just add 1 tbsp fenugreek seeds and grind to a fine powder. You can also grind large qualities and store in a glass jar.

Methi seeds for hair mask

To get rid of the smell pan roast fenugreek seeds for a couple of minutes

Methi seeds for hair mask
Methi seeds for hair mask
Fenugreek smell: Fenugreek has a nice pungent smell, but some people find it strong. To lighten the smells you can do the following: Heat a pan until warm, add the seeds and roast over a medium flame, for a couple of minutes, stirring constantly to avoid charring.

Using yogurt: For this mask it’s best to use plain, whole fat yogurt. Also, prefer yogurt with live cultures, as it has extra benefit for the scalp health. If you make it at home, that is the best.

Yogurt substitute: If you are a vegan or don’t like putting yogurt on your hair, you can replace it with coconut milk. It offers similar hair benefits as yogurt. Also, yogurt may cause drag or roughness in some people’s hair, so for them coconut milk is a good option.

Oiled hair: You can apply the mask on oiled hair, just don’t add the extra oil when preparing the mask.

What people are saying about Miracle hair mask

Tanima Dasgupta Dutta :

A big shout for Minaz….who helped me..during my bad hair days…2years back I shifted to holland from India..that time I m loosing hair due to lack of ferritin, calcium and biotin deficiency..I send her a mail and she suggest me that yogurt and fenugreek hair mask..That mask really suits on my hair..gradually I made a regular hair care routine…Thank You Minaz….

Alright!!! This is my Story and the reason i am writing it is because I CAN’T BELIEVE THAT THE ANSWER TO A CURE FOR TOTALLY DAMAGED HAIR DOES NOT REQUIRE ANYBODY TO SPEND THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF RUPEES AT PLACES LIKE KAYA OR THE SIMILAR SORTS WHO ARE PROBABLY LOOTING PEOPLE. A scalp rejuvenation therapy at a renowned skin center costs about 70, 000 and i was worried because i did want to regain the luster and beauty of my hair but cold not afford so much for it. Like i said, long before that i am very fortunate to have encountered Hair Buddha. I am so very happy to see my hair recovering and can’t believe that this could be so simple and all within a few rupees. I used the COCONUT MILK & METHI therapy for dandruff & hair fall and after so many YEARS, i can actually feel my hair to be softer than before. I guess the miracle here is the COCONUT MILK. Very few are aware of the fact that COCONUT OIL has reverse affects on damaged and dry hair, like i did and so I could never bring the softness back to my hair but COCONUT MILK is SIMPLY AMAZING and i recommend this to everyone. Thank you HAIR BUDDHA and THANK YOU MINAZ….!!!! I mean every bit of what i said.

Have you tried this hair mask? I am excited to hear how it works for you….Share your experience/views in comment box below.

  • Luzz

    sounds yummy can you eat it too?

    • 🙂 No.

      • Azan Ali

        can we use amla powder,coconut oil ,curry leaves and Fenugreek powder together for black and shine hair

  • Kae

    Or is this the recommended amount for one person?

  • Kae

    Hello, I was wondering do you have a recipe list for a big portion of this?

  • Buy any extra virgin olive oil. Or you can use any of your favorite oil and that’s fine.

  • shweta karanje

    Hi Minaz
    Could you please suggest which brand for olive oil to use for hair? Since in the markets I see olive oils for cooking only.

  • Jennie Mele

    Please help. My hair has always been my pride and joy. I figured since it is pretty damn healthy, it could deal with some bleach damage. And I figured the master stylist who did all the color-corrections would know how much would be too much. I was wrong, and now I want to burst into tears every time I look at my hair or touch it. I just don’t know what to do. my hair has also NEVER been shorter than this and it breaks and falls out. What should i do to regrow hair?

  • Bharath

    Hi Minaz..Thank you for this wonderful blog.
    I am following miracle hair mask with rinshe shampoo and hibiscus hair rinse every sunday very religiously for the past 2 months and I can notice a little difference in the thickness because of which i am very happy 🙂
    My question is Can I add onion juice along with a few drops of lavender essential oil for this miracle hair mask for hair growth? Will it help or will it do any damage as there are lot of ingredients. Kindly suggest.
    Thanks 🙂

  • Denice

    Hi! Happy New Year! I was wondering… I have been using the Castor oil and Egg mask along with your Natural shampoo recipe, which also uses fenugreek seeds. So far I do like the results. I was wondering tho, would you recommend this mask over the Castor oil egg mask? Also, I was thinking of incorporating the Rosemary hair rinse after the Natural shampoo. As of right now, I can definitely see more growth and am experiencing less hair loss. I also use Henna, but either the Natural shampoo is helping with my grays or it may be growing slower, since we’re in winter now, but usually I have to apply Henna every 4 to 6 weeks. It has been over six weeks now and I don’t see a need for it yet!

    Again, thank you for such a great site!!!

    • Hi Denice, A very happy new year to you.
      Thanks for sharing your results with natural shampoo and castor oil and egg hair mask.
      Every ones’s hair is different, so you will have to try this mask.
      Since you are already using fenugreek in the shampoo, it may not have an added advantage. But you never know, so give it a try.

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  • Angela

    Hello ~ If you use coconut milk instead of yogurt, how much should you use? Also, are you able to store this mix and if so, how long does it keep?
    Thank you!!

    • Hi, use same as yogurt – 1/2 to 1 cup depending on your hair
      I wouldn’t store it.

  • Shelly

    Hi Minaj I had a few questions…first can you keep the mask on overnight? Second I suffer from eczema on my scalp will this mask be good for that?..and third can I use jojoba oil in the mixture instead of olive oil?
    Thank you

    • Hi Shelly,
      Don’t keep it overnight.
      Apply on a small area of scalp and see how it reacts.
      If your hair likes jojoba oil you can use that.

  • Shelly

    Hi I was wondering first can I leave the mask on overnight?..and second I have eczema on my scalp would this work for that purpose? And third can I use jojoba oil instead of olive oil? Thank you

  • brototi

    Hi Minaz, there is another mask that promotes hair growth. Soak tender curry leaves, neem leaves, amla and shikakai overnight. h eat (not boil) this mix. Allow it to cool. Then strain and apply it on the hair and scalp. Leave on for 1-2 hours. Wash off with normal water. If one is not applying oil, this work as a wonderful cleanser too. It can be used every three to four days. In this way one can skip the use of a shampoo completely. But i must add that this mask does not clean oil. So if one has oiled the hair, it will first need to be shampooed before this mask is used.

  • Ferlonda

    You might try getting your hormones tested, including your thyroid levels.

  • Tanya

    Hi ! I am 15 yrs old and there’s a huge hair loss in front on my scalp since I was 13. I’ve seen very very thin hair follicles there that do not grow and repeatedly falls off. And I also have dandruff. Don’t know how to completely cure this. I know it will take time to cure this problem but I have no hurry. What I want is the results. Could you please help me ?

    • Ferlonda

      You might want to see a doctor or naturopath to get your hormones tested. I hope you find the help you need!

  • Suvarna

    Hello! I tried this hair mask, first time after reading your post. My hair problems are very thin, dry, dandruff and hair loss. I applied this mask, 3 days back. Liked the fuller and strong feeling of hair. But faced the problem of fenugreek powder still sticked to hair (even after washing).So, have to wash second day. Also, we have very hard water for usage. I will try the mask and let you know the results. I could like to know, how much time it takes to show the results?

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  • Julie R Salazar

    Hi, julie here, I’m so glad i have a seed grinder and had some seeds from an earlier recipe because last night I tried the mask and I love it. My hair feels fuller and stronger. Can i do this mask weekly? Thanks

  • Jennifer Choo

    Hi Minaz

    I just tried this mask about five days ago and it soothed my extremely flaky scalp so much that I couldn’t wait the full week before trying it again. thank you for sharing. However could I ask one question, you mentioned in the comments that soaking the fenugreek powder helps to get rid of the smell, I did that today but I threw away the extra water (the fenugreek powder had thickened and sank to the bottom) and mixed the remaining powder with the yoghurt. is this correct?

    Thank you again

    • Hi Jennifer,

      I am glad to know it helped your scalp.
      Don’t throw the water, take less water next time.
      Did you find any difference in the results using this method?

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  • Hi Sandhya, thanks for reading.

    Did the doctor do any blood test to rule out any deficiency? iron, b12, vitamin D, calcium are common ones that cause hair loss.

    Here are natural remedies and tips to regrow hair

    Let me know if you have any questions.

  • Amilina Kipkeeva

    Hey, Minaz! I’m from Russia, but I do really love Indian receipts for hair. I’m using it about more that few years already! Thank you so much for new information and inspiration!
    My question is how to avoid smell of fenugreek on my hair? It’s last for so long! And I smell like some meat dish!😂

    • Hi Amilina, I am so happy to hear that.
      To reduce the smell, add less fenugreek, and keep it on your hair for 15 minutes.
      You can also presoak the fenugreek powder in water for few hours, then combine with yogurt and use. This will also cut down the smell.
      Let me know how it goes.

      • Amilina Kipkeeva

        Thank you very much for so fast reply! I’ll try in few days and let you know.

  • Sandhya Kankanala

    Hi Minaz,

    Love your website and appreciate that you share so much useful tips to us. Keep the love.

    I’m 33 yrs old and a mother of 2 kids(ages 7&2). I’d always had very thick and long hair(hip length) since childhood. I started losing hair very badly 3-4 yrs ago and now my hair is 1/3 of what I used to have before.Because of the extreme hair fall, I cut my hair to shoulder length. I went to a doc and he said that there is no new hair growth coming in so he suggested that i should vitamins and some biotin. So far I don’t see any change in the hair fall or new hair follicles growing. I want to know from you whether there is still a chance for me at this age to regrow new hair and get that thickness(volume) back if I try the your tips. Kindly reply.

    Thank you in advance.

  • Sandhya Kankanala

    Hi Minaz,

    I started reading your website few days ago and love all the tips and information that you share. Keep the love of sharing going on.

    I’m 33 yrs old and a mother of 2 kids(ages 7&2). I’d always had very thick and long hair(hip length) since childhood. I started losing hair very badly 3-4 yrs ago and now my hair is 1/3 of what I used to have before.Because of the extreme hair fall, I cut my hair to shoulder length. I went to a doc and he said that there is no new hair growth coming in so he suggested that i should vitamins and some biotin. So far I don’t see any change in the hair fall or new hair follicles growing. I want to know from you whether there is still a chance for me at this age to regrow new hair and get that thickness(volume) back if I try the your tips. Kindly reply.

    Thank you in advance.

  • Kirti D-Explorer

    Hello Minaz,
    I want to know one thing. After rinsing this mask you have suggested to wash hair using a natural shampoo. Can I wash the hair using besan mixed with water or use shikakai powder dissolved in water. I am a bit skeptical here as to how will i wash my hair with a non store bought shampoo.??

    • Since your hair is dry, use shikakai powder or ree-shi shampoo.

      I will tell you one short cut that I do sometimes: I add a teaspoon of store bought shampoo (SLS and paraben free) to the homemade ree-shi shampoo and wash my hair with it. This helps to clean my hair beautifully.

      • Kirti D-Explorer

        Hello Minaz,
        Thanks for the super fast reply… Can you help me with two things
        1)Suggest some SLS and paraben free shampoos that I can get In India
        2) Do tell me a good method to use the shikakai powder to wash my hair.

        • Sanjana Chowdhury

          Dear Kirti,
          Himalaya Herbals Baby Shampoo is a very mild shampoo, and SLS and paraben free. I know it sounds odd to use baby shampoo, but this one is really good. It doesn’t lather at all, and feels more like water than shampoo, but it cleans the hair well.

  • Sremedies Tips

    Are fenugreek leaves work for dandruff?

  • fiercelyfocused

    Last question, I did this today and my hair was beautiful! Once I rinsed my hair, I got very defined curls without frizz!! I wanted to follow up with an amla powder & coconut oil treatment. My question – could I get rid of the coconut oil and instead add amla powder to this miracle (yes it is) mask?

    • Glad to know miracle hair mask worked for you so well. Yes, you can try adding amla or other herbs. Let us know how it goes for you 🙂

  • fiercelyfocused

    Is it okay to use greek yogurt for this recipe?

  • mickey15

    Hey…great post!
    I was just wondering if
    1. Can we use castor oil instead of olive?
    2. Can we use the mask more than once a week? Will that provide more benefits?

  • Z

    What other oils can be used in this recipe?

    • For dry hair you can add: avocado, argan, almond and olive oil
      For oily hair: coconut, sunflower, olive and jojoba oil

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  • Mythili

    Hi minaz..

    My hair is bit curly.. Now it had become wavy due to my hair products or I use coconut and olive oil mix…
    I don’t know what might be the reason but my hair has become wavy and it has recurring dandruff..

    Problems with my hair..

    Oily scalp, itchy scalp, dry hair, thinning hair, slight bald patches in front, grows an inch in 3 months.. Very slow growth rate

    curly has become wavy and I want my curls back.. My hair length is nearly to mid length…

    Do help me… Please 😣

  • Luna

    Hello Minaz!

    What would you recomend to do on hot days, where the hair gets all sweaty?

    Don´t want to wash it everyday, but stilll don’t want to walk around with all sweaty hair!
    And thanks for all inspiration you giving here 🙂

    • Hi Luna,

      you can use rice water rinse, add a teaspoon of lemon peel powder and/or shikakai powder to it. Let me know how it goes.

      Tip: use the first, easy method to make rice water.

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  • Yogendra

    Can I use curd instead of yogurt?

  • Yogendra.

    Can I use curd instead of yogurt?

  • Walter

    Very detailed and nicely written article, would definitely like to try this hair pack. Thanks very much Minaz and all the best for you.

    • Walter, I am so glad you liked it. Let me know how it goes for you.

  • Sally Sapsford

    Hi, can this mask be used on colour-treated hair?

    • I don’t have an experience on colored hair, but I have’t come across any one use this and change their hair colour.

  • Veena

    I have used yogurt many times just on its own for my dry hair and it really helps. Knew about health benefits of fenugreek as well. But never thought of using both together for hair. Brilliant!
    That’s why I love hairbuddha it’s become my default for any hair related issues. Thanks for what you do and the simplicity of ideas that you share.

    • Great! let me know how it works for you.

      • Raji

        Hi Minaz,

        I am 44 and have had thick long hip length hair all my life. But my hair started falling drastically since last october and I consulted the dr. and got the blood work also done. Everything is fine. Dr. said it could be seasonal, and I too thought so initially But it is still falling(its been a year now) and I can feel my scalp now. Today I consulted a dermatologist and he has prescribed Performa spray 5%(Minoxil) and said that if i start using it, then I would have use it all my life. He says this problem is hereditary and would not fix itself. So, spray is necessary. I am scared to use it though. But I am also scared that I might get bald if i don’t use it. I have never done any styling, coloring, hair dryer.. always used coconut oil and regular shampoos and always kept my hair in a braid.
        please advice

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