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Is there a Magic Potion for Hair Growth?

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Magic Potion for Hair Growth


Many of us are looking for a magic potion that will transform our hair into silky, abundant and luxurious tresses. So is there any such magic potion? A long while back one of my cousin revealed, after much coaxing, her formula for lush hair growth. It was basically a blend of 4 different oils – almond oil, coconut oil, sesame oil and castor oil. I must say, my cousin who gave this formula did have and still has abundant, thick, curly hair. So perhaps this works!

I have used all the above mentioned oils individually or in different combinations, but, I have never tried them together. So let’s get a bit technical and dissect each oil to see what it has to offer.

1. Coconut oil

Extra virgin coconut oil has a wonderful aroma of fresh coconut cream. This low molecular size oil penetrates easily onto the hair shaft and offers deep moisturising to both damaged and undamaged hair. Lauric acid in the coconut oil has antimicrobial, anti-fungal and antibacterial properties, making it effective in scaly or itchy scalp conditions.

2. Sweet almond oil

Almond oil is a light feeling and odorless oil. Due to its high oelic acid content, almond oil is extremely moisturising and regenerating to scalp skin. It also contains phytosterol which is anti-inflammatory and helps with dry scalp. Almond oil closely resembles our natural sebum – the oil produced by skin, therefore it mixes with our natural oils and allows the scalp skin to breathe without being occlusive.

3. Sesame oil

Sesame oil is one of the most widely used oils in India and is also highly recommended by ayurveda. This oil is balance of oleic acid and linoleic acid. It aids in regulating sebum production and can help with oily scalp and hair. Sesame oil contains vital ingredients for hair health. It is rich in fatty acids, vitamin E and Bs, and minerals such as magnesium, copper, iron, calcium and zinc. The phytosterol in the sesame oil helps to reduce redness and itching of scalp.

4. Castor oil

Castor oil is considered to be one of the most effective oils in treatment of hair thinning and hair loss. It is highly viscous and sticky feeling oil. The stickiness and viscosity of castor oil is due to high amounts of ricinoleic acid – an unsaturated omega 9 fatty acid. The ricinoleic acid is a humectant – meaning it absorbs water from the atmosphere. Humectants are especially useful for dry and damaged hair, as they help to retain its natural moisture and/or draws moisture from the outside in. Omega 9 fatty acid provides nourishment to your hair from the roots. Castor oil also has antibacterial and anti-fungal effect, making it useful for scalp health.

Now this looks pretty impressive blend. You can use the ratio of 2: 2: 2: 1 of coconut oil, almond oil, sesame oil, and castor oil respectively. If you are blending large quantities, add about 1% of vitamin E. This will retard rancidity and increase the shelf life of your oil potion.

It’s absolutely fine if you give a couple of oils a miss and tweak your blend according to your hair needs. You can apply this oil mix an hour before washing your hair or leave it overnight for better result.

Note: Always store your oils away from direct sunlight to prevent oxidation. With so much goodness together, this combination seems to offers real treat to your scalp and hair.

Do you have any such formula to share?


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  • Archu says:

    Suggestion: it works better if you warm the oils before massaging them into the is just a blissful feeling when warm oil is poured on the scalp and then massaged

    • Minaz Aslam says:

      Thanks Archana, you can add lavender oil, which is easily available and smells great. If you have itchy scalp try using Cedarwood. My personal favourites are – Geranium, Rosewood, Khus and Rose. Please check the safety instructions before use.
      Enjoy your homemade hair spa!!

  • anita alwani says:

    My hair are very think I want to make them stronger and I have problem of hair lost also when I put oil in my hair that time my hair fall and when I wash my hair that lost mu hair falls pls help and I want to make my hair long and shine

    • Minaz Aslam says:

      Hi Anita, try using fresh aloe vera gel instead of oil to massage your scalp. Leave overnight if possible. And use shikakai and honey rinse post wash.

      Also, here is my article on how did I regrow my lost hair. Hopefully this will give you some insights.

      Best wishes, Minaz

  • shivani says:

    I lost half of my hairs…reason u don’t know maybe coz of iron deficiency… And now am taking its supplements.
    But I want to regrow my lost hairs
    Now I don’t face hair fall problems but I badly want my lost hairs
    Can I make a homemade oil with mixing castor oil sesame almond olive coconut and some herbs like amla bhringraj and some other too which I read in your posts?

    • Minaz Aslam says:

      Hello Shivani, Yes you can surely make the herbal oil using Amla and Bhringraj. Also, add some hibiscus flowers (also called gudhal in hindi) to it.
      More suggestions to regrow hair in the comments below.

      Best wishes, Minaz.

  • Paula says:

    Hi, I’m trying to grow my hair fast. I blend olive oil, dark castor oil, almond oil, sesame oil with soybean oil, pepper mint oil and avocado oil. So far my hair is looking awesome. I want to know if soybean oil helps grow hair.

    • Minaz Aslam says:

      Hi Paula, I would keep away from soybean oil as most of the soya produce is genetically modified, unless specified so. Substitute soybean oil for coconut oil.

  • Aarti says:

    Hi… M suffering from dandruff and hairfull since many years..I m afraid of baldness now..:-(. I hv tried everything and even consulted to doctors.. Bt nothing helped me… I have tried shikakai reetha and amla for washing my hairs… Bt I feel it doesn’t remove oil from my hairs.. Pls..suggest me some home made shampoo and hair oil…

    • Minaz Aslam says:

      Aarti, use besan or urad flour to remove oil

  • […] experience. I have come across few more people who have benefited by application of castor oil. In one of the post I did speak about my cousin who made a concoction of few oils (almond, coconut, sesame and castor […]

  • sona says:

    Hi… I want to know..which brand of sesame oil and castor oil and almond oil …I should purchase…because I am planning to apply the mixture of all on my hairs…but I am skeptical about the brand… as many types of aboventioned oils are available…please please help…also kindly tell me tge required quantity of each to make them as a mixture.

    • where do you live??

    • sona says:

      sry for late reply

    • Vineet Bagri says:

      Hi minaz,
      I purchased coconut oil,olive oil,castor oil,sesame oil,mustard oil,almond oil and amla oil from an famous local organic store in my hometown. I mix all these oil in a cup and boil this cup full of oil on a pan filled with water. Finally i apply it and wash it. I dont have hair prblm but from few years hair qlty is going down so iam taking precaution. I just want to know if iam doing anything wrong or is it fine

    • Hi Vineet,

      If you are having hair fall, don’t apply hot oil on your scalp.

      First use only two oils (coconut and amla oil) to see how this works for you. Then add other oils one by one.

  • abida says:

    Hi I want to know if extra virgin coconut oil is unavailable than cn we use normal coconut oil?

  • SpecialCass says:

    I’m allergic to coconut, can I use Marula oil or avocado oil in lieu of coconut oil?

  • SpecialCass says:

    I’m allergic to coconut, can I use Marula oil or avacado oil in lieu of coconut oil?

  • Cheesebargahzz says:

    I have a question, how long will it take to see actual results on the hair? Is it gonna be a week or more than a month?

    • It will take few months. But you will know in a couple of application whether this is going to work or not – your hair should feel healthier.

  • Munaf Kazi says:


    I am getting bald from crown & i am working in Saudi Arabia. The above mention mixture of oil will work for me if I applied as mention & it will help me in regrowth in hair. Please update.

  • […] hair and we shun their wise words as carping and yelling. It is high time we include SESAME OIL and ALMOND OIL as a part of our hair care regime because these two magical oils, when mixed in the ratio of […]

  • pretty cool says:

    hi,I have long hair,but is very thin at the ends. i live in saudi arabia ,I can’t find castor oil in the area in which I live,can I substitute it with olive oil ?plz reply

    • Is your hair straight/wavy and dry/oily?

    • Emo-Girl says:

      minaz i m 26 year old unmarried girl i m half bald and whenever i use any shampoo my hair start shedding..i cant massage my hair. but my hair are dul and dry from back and super oily from front.. what should i do? can i use besan to wash my front ?

    • Hi Emo-Girl, use this homemade shampoo. Pour on your scalp, massage very gently and rinse off.
      Let me know how it works for you.

    • Emo-Girl says:

      sure thank you.. one thing more i have to much oily scalp so , can i wash my hair daily with this shampoo?
      p.s its my routine to wash my hair daily becoz i sweat alot and i have extra oily scalp+ dandruff.
      plz rep.

    • Try washing alternate days. That will also reduce the oil your scalp secretes. You can also try spraying your scalp with chamomile floral water and few drops of argan oil – this will freshen up your hair.

    • Emo-Girl says:

      ok thank you so much.. <3

    • Rangana Rohit says:

      How to use these oils?
      If you are available in telugu pl give me the answer in telugu

  • […] will see a noticeable difference in just a months’ time. I have shared many oil blends here, but this one is my […]

  • Uma says:

    can I use olive oil instead of almond oil?

  • imemyself says:

    Can you please advise whether I can have the combination of Almond oil + Castor oil with 1:1 ratio.

  • Radhika says:

    Can i mix bhringraj oil with castor oil?

  • Aurea says:

    Can i use castor oil, black seed oil, coconut oil and almond oil. Will the oils listed in the previous sentence make your eyebrows grow thicker too? -Thanks

    • Apply plain almond oil for first few days and see how it goes, then slowly add one oil at a time to find out what works for you.

  • Hima Bindu says:

    Hello mam,
    Iam using a mixture of olive oil(100ml), almond oil(25ml), caster oil(100), sesame oil(100), coconut oil(100).
    I also add 3tablespoons of curryleaf powder and neem powder to it. i added all these on a slight flame.
    Am using it since 2weeks but i feel like severe hairloss.
    Did i made any mistake in choosing or mixing oils?
    What should i do for fast hair growth?

  • Vijayalaxmi says:

    Hello mAm,
    Now a days I am facing more hair loss,even I have consulted doctor.They suggested me to take diet and also prescribed hair 4u solution to apply on affected area.It doesn’t give any positive result to me.I have googled natural hair oil for hair growth.I noticed in many blogs n sites,combination of cocunut oil+castor oil+almond oil+olive oil+mustard oil+sesame oil+onion chops+curry leaves+Amma+hibiscus gives hair regrowth n thicher hair.Is it really works

  • Pooja says:

    Hello!Can I mix almond olive and mustard oil together and apply it on my hair?Is this a good mixture or bad?Please reply me.

    • Minaz says:

      Hi Pooja, make a small mix and try on your hair. You should try a few combinations to see which works best for you. Keep a record of what you try.

  • Trysh says:

    Hello Minaz,
    I was fascinated by your bio. I’m a ex-practicing hair color specialist and current Neuro Psychologist 🙂 I have hair to the middle of my butt and I have put it through too much the last year, trying to get and keep that fantasy silver. I was researching formulae for a coconut & castor oil hair treatment to repair damage and promote growth (I probably should cow girl up and cut 2 inches off, but I can’t….yet). I’m very excited to try this formula. I’m just missing the sesame oil, which I hope to pick up tomorrow!

    • Minaz says:

      Hey Trysh,

      Glad to hear from you and read about your life journey. The mirror image of our career paths is fascinating. I hope you are enjoying being a Neuro Psychologist.

      Let me know how the hair oil blend works for you.

  • Pavan says:

    Hi Minaz,

    Does the hair will regrowth if you gets rid from roots ?does any special treatment to start for regrowth of hair ??

    • Minaz says:

      Hi Pavan,

      You can give it a try. Follow these simple tips to start with:

      – Drink at least 2 liters of water a day starting with 2 glasses first thing in the morning
      – Apply egg + honey + olive oil mask to your head for 45 mins once every week. Once a week also massage your head with coconut or sesame (til) oil.
      – walk everyday for 30 mins at least. Yoga and pranayam help too.

      If you do this for 3 to 4 months you will see results.

      Best wishes,

  • Shivam says:

    Hi Minaz,

    My age is 18 years and I am suffering from never ending dandruff since 8 years and i have very dry hair and an oily scalpe . I have tired most of the shampoos but all in vain. And if i apply conditioner( have tried many brands )then my hair gets worse and super dry . I shampoo on alternate days but on the second day of washing my hair my hair becomes worse and starts smelling a bit. It becomes dry and ” very stiff ” . And now due to trying so many prescribed shampoos by specialists my hair is getting white in some areas. Can you please suggest me something which can help me and also a weekly hair routine?

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