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Besan (Chickpea flour) for Thick Hair Growth + How to use for Glowing Skin

Are you looking for a protein-packed, nutrient-rich home remedy for your hair? Apply Besan (chickpea flour) Hair Mask. It helps to nourish hair follicles and promote thick hair growth.

In this article, we will see:
– Benefits of Besan for Hair
– How to Make Besan Hair Mask
– How to Use Besan as a Face Wash and Face Mask

Besan hair mask for thick hair growth

Besan has recently garnered limelight across the world. Not just because of its yummy taste and versatility in cooking but also because of its gluten-free status and high protein content.

Besan or gram flour is a staple in Indian cooking. It comes from a darker variety of chickpeas called kala chana or Bengal gram.

This pale yellow flour is one of my favourite cooking ingredients. I grew up eating delicious dishes made out of it, such as bhajia, cheela (pancakes) and ladoo.

Besan is also a superb beautifying ingredient.

For centuries, men and women from the Indian Subcontinent have used besan to enhance their face, body and hair.

I have always used besan for the face but didn’t know how amazing it was for the hair. My brother-in-law, who grew up in Bihar, told me applying besan to the hair was a Sunday ritual in his family. Before the bath, he and his siblings got a head massage followed by a besan mask to nourish and condition hair.

These rituals also meant that all members of the family got together to spend quality time laughing, sharing and passing down the ancient traditional wisdom of food, health and work.

The besan hair mask certainly did some magic as my brother-in-law has thick, black, shiny hair and no grey hair in appearance, even in his early forties.

Besan needs no research or lab animal studies to prove the point. The thing is when you head massage and put the right herbs (tested by generations) on your hair, it creates healthy hair follicles, which promote strong and lustrous hair growth.

Hair Benefits of Besan Mask

1. Nourishes and rejuvenates hair follicles

2. Promotes strong and healthy hair growth

3. Adds volume and shine to your hair

4. Balances scalp oils, especially useful for oily scalp

Besan is literally like a multivitamin for hair. It contains antioxidants, folic acid, iron, copper, selenium, and niacin – all of these nourish hair follicles and improve growth.

Besan also contains extraordinary amounts of antioxidants, which protect the hair from the damaging effects of free radicals. While the high amounts of protein help to nourish and thicken hair strands. The other bonus ingredients in besan: zinc and magnesium – supports the scalp tissue and surrounding hair follicles so the hair has a strong foundation to grow from.

How to Make Protein-Rich Besan Hair Mask

After the much loved miracle hair mask, I am excited to share another hair mask that is very popular in the Indian culture.

The protein-rich besan is combined with yogurt and some lime juice to make an ultra-effective hair treat. Yogurt contains lactic acid for exfoliation and moisture. It also has tons of healthy bacteria to help reduce inflammation, hydrate and protect your scalp.

While lime juice is rich in vitamin C and helps to rejuvenate the scalp, as well as add luster to your hair. Lime also has antiseptic and antifungal properties that help with dandruff.

What you will need:

  • 2 tablespoons besan
  • 5 tablespoons yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil (optional, use for dry hair)
  • 1 tablespoon raw honey (optional, offers extra moisture)
Besan / Chick pea Flour for Thick Hair Growth


Place besan, yogurt, lime juice (and other optionals) in a bowl and mix well. You can add 2-3 tablespoons of water to thin out the mixture.

How to apply:

Start with dry hair. Apply to your hair, from root to tip. Place a shower cap or wrap an old towel and let the mask soak in for 15-20 minutes. Next, rinse out and shampoo as usual. If your hair feels soft and clean, you don’t need to condition.

But if it doesn’t, apply your choice of herbal tea to condition hair. This will get rid of besan bits and also make your hair shiny.

Use green tea for oily hair or marshmallow tea for dry hair (more ideas here).

How often to apply: Once a week or once every 15 days

Enjoy your thick, shiny, beautiful hair.

You may also like: Besan Homemade Shampoo: A Natural alternative to Washing your Hair

How To Use Besan For Glowing Skin

Use besan as your everyday face and body cleanser. You can even use it as a skin-brightening treatment or anti-aging face mask.

Let’s find out how to use besan in skincare…

Besan Face Cleanser

Besan and turmeric face wash


When there was no face wash, there was besan. The slightly gritty besan can be used as an everyday face wash to remove deep-seated dirt and refresh complexion.

I also like add things like turmeric, licorice and fullers earth.

Turmeric offers excellent healing properties and provides smooth and glowing skin. Licorice is useful in skin conditions like eczema and also helps to keep the skin soft and hydrated.

What you will need:


Mix the above ingredients in a small bowl to create a liquidy paste.

Some people like to use milk instead of water (you can do that if you have dry skin).

How to use:

Gently massage the face in a circular motion. Keep it on for a minute or so, and rinse with water.

How often to use: Use every day or a few times a week.

Tip: After you wash your face and pat dry it, apply 2-3 drops of almond oil on your face and neck. This will brighten up your skin instantly (without any nasty chemicals).

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Besan Face Mask for Glowing Skin

This classic face mask is a must try if you desire soft, clear and glowing skin.

Besan contains tons of antioxidants and zinc – both of these help to rejuvenate skin, even out complexion, as well as protect it from oxidative damage.

Traditionally, bride-to-be applied this mask every day for a month before the wedding. But you can use it even if you are not getting married, or are already married, or whatever your status is.

This mask is suitable for all ages, and you can use it as an anti-aging face mask too.

You will need:

  • 1 tablespoon besan
  • 1 tablespoon whole milk (you can also use milk cream or rose water)
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric (calms redness and skin conditions, evens out skin tone)
  • 1 teaspoon almond flour (optional, rich in vitamin E, it can help brighten your look)
  • ½ teaspoon fullers earth or multani mitti* (optional, absorbs impurities)


Combine the besan with milk (and other ingredients) to make a smooth paste. Add more milk if needed.

*you can use bentonite clay or kaolin clay in place of fullers earth.

How to use:

Apply evenly on your face and neck and let it sit for 15 minutes. Wash it off with water.

How often to use: Use twice a week.

Note: Turmeric may stain your skin, first test it on the back of your hands before using on your face. You can replace turmeric with wild turmeric or kasturi turmeric which doesn’t stain.

Besan Body Scrub for Sm


Besan makes a fantastic scrub for your body.  It helps to exfoliate the dirt and unwanted dead, dull skin cells to uncover fresh, bright new skin.

You will need:


Combine the above ingredients in a bowl to get a paste. Feel free to add some water to make it paste-like but make sure it doesn’t turn watery!

*If your skin is on the dry side, use milk or milk cream instead of yogurt; or you can combine both.

How to use

Gently massage besan scrub into your skin and let it sit for a few minutes, then rinse it off.

Cook with Besan

You can include the super-nutritious besan in your diet. Make besan cheela or pancake from it. You can also use it in making rotis, soups, gravies, bhajias, etc .

For curious souls, besan counts as one of five a day (fruits and vegetables). So another reason to celebrate besan!

Where to buy Besan/Chickpea Flour

You can find besan in any Indian shop. You can also buy it online (click here to buy).

Note: For those of you who don´t know Besan, it is made from Bengal Gram, a smaller variety of chickpea. Besan cannot be replaced with chickpea flour in this hair mask recipe.


To have great skin and hair, you also need to work on the inside. Be sure to drink water, avoid processed and junk foods, eat lots of fruits and vegetables, exercise, sleep adequately, and think and feel positive!

Do you use besan for your hair/skin? Share your experience below!

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