Black Seed Oil for Hair Growth
What is Contained in Black Seed Oil?
Many people want to understand how certain types of oils can provide healing properties to hair and skin. They rely on a direct application to the scalp, where the hair follicles are located. Here, the oil can penetrate deep into the follicles, and can aid in encouraging the growth of hair, reversing hair loss, as well as encouraging hair to retain their pigment cells, rather than losing pigment and turning grey.
Black Seed Oil (also known as Nigella Sativa oil) contains many beneficial compounds for the human body, such as conjugated linoleic acid which acts as an anti-oxident; thymoquinone another antioxidant, melanthin which acts as an insect or parasite repellant, nigilline an alkaloid good for combatting bacteria or fungii, and transanethole which is also an anti-fungal. Black seeds also contain nigellone and thymoquinone, which are also anti-histamines.
How Can Black Seed Oil Improve Your Hair?
Black seed oil is a natural emollient, so it will soften and smooth thick coarse hair. It can also soften scalp conditions that are dry and produce flakes, such as with dandruff.
Black seed oil is considered an adjuvant. This means that it can be combined with other ingredients—such as natural oils and essential oils— for additional benefits in preventing hair loss, slowing down the production of premature grey hair, and generally making your hair softer and more manageable.
How Black Seed Oil Can Prevent Hair Loss
Often many hair conditions that cause the hair to fall out are due to inflammatory conditions. These may be due to disease, bacteria, fungus, and any of a variety of conditions. The black seed oil works as an anti-inflammatory, and many of the compounds it contains can aid in controlling infections, such as bacterial, viral, and fungal. It’s even beneficial for lice, mite, or parasitic infections.
How Black Seed Oil Can Benefit Grey Hair
Black Seed Oil can also benefit grey hair. This works by encouraging the hair cells that are responsible for the production of pigment to continue growing naturally. If the pigment cells die, the hair strand from that one follicle will grow as grey. Prevention is easier to attempt than trying to reverse this aging process, but some success has been found in encouraging pigment cells to grow again.
The process is the same as when managing hair loss. Simply massage some oil into the roots of your scalp where your hair has been turning prematurely grey. Leave it overnight, then wash your hair normally in the morning. Repeat this process every night. Give yourself a break on the weekend if you wish.