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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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Barbara Toney says

I’m trying to find something that’s really going to make my hair grow longer and fuller

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?

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,

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.

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.

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

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