Is Black Seed Oil good for natural hair? Studies have shown that Black seed has antimicrobial, antihistamine, antioxidant, sun protection, anti-aging and hair growth promoting properties. These makes it great for promoting natural hair growth. Black seed is also believed to restore hair growth in thinning areas because of its high concentration of Thymoquinone which is a powerful antihistamine. Antihistamine has become a popular alternative treatment prescribed to patients with hair loss to help regrow hair (1).
What is Black Seed Oil
Black Seed Oil is extracted from the Black Seed herb. The seeds are pressed to yield a yellowish to dark amber liquid. This liquid is what is commonly referred to as Black Seed Oil.
Black Seed goes by several other names such as: Black Cumin, Nigella Sativa, Kalonji, Black Caraway and Roman Coriander.
The chemical composition of Black Seed Oil includes Thymoquinone, Dithymoquinone, Thymohydroquinone, Thymol, Tannins, Flavinoids, Essential fatty acids, Essential amino acids, Ascorbic acid, Iron , Calcium, among others, making it a great medicinal and hair remedy (2).
Pure, unrefined Black Seed Oil is too potent to be used on its own. Therefore, the oil should be diluted in another carrier oil like coconut oil. Once you dilute the oil, you can use it directly on the scalp to reduce inflammation, stimulate hair growth and reduce flakiness and sensitivity.
Benefits of Black Seed Oil on Natural Hair
1. Promotes natural hair growth
Black Seed Oil is rich in nutrients such as Essential Fatty Acids, Ascorbic acid, Iron, Calcium, among others. These nutrients are essential in hair growth and thus regular use of Black Seed Oil can promote hair growth. This study indicates that Black Seed Oil when used together with Coconut oil indeed promotes hair growth.
2. Maintains the scalp health
As mentioned earlier, Black Seed Oil contains antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. These properties help maintain a healthy scalp by addressing issues such as dandruff which is caused by microbes such as bacterial and fungus. The Black Seed Oil also keeps the scalp moisturized preventing dryness which is a condition that makes the scalp more prone to dandruff.
3. Promotes moisture retention in the hair
Black Seed Oil is rich in Fatty Amino Acids which are good for sealing moisture on the individual hair strands.
4. May prevent hair loss
Black Seed Oil contains Thymoquinone as a primary active component. It also has anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory effects which play a key role in preventing hair loss. A study was done on 20 patients with Telogen Effluvium (a condition that leads to shedding of hair due to early entry of hair into the Telogen phase). Out of the 20 patients, 10 were treated with a lotion containing Black Seed Oil on a daily basis for three months. The other 10 were treated with Placebo. At the end of the three months, 70% of the patients treated with Black Seed showed significant increment in hair density and thickness (3).
How to use Black Seed Oil to promote natural hair growth
There are many ways you can use Black Seed Oil at home. Below are a few easy DIYs that you can try.
Method 1: Black Seed Oil and Coconut Oil.
What you’ll need:
- Black seed oil (1 tablespoon)
- Coconut oil (1 tablespoon)
Mix the two oils together in a bowl. Apply the mixture into your scalp in circular motions, concentrating on areas that are more damaged. Leave it on your hair for 30 minutes and then wash your hair like you normally would. Your hair will feel softer, hydrated and have more sheen.
Method 3: Black Seed Oil and Castor Oil for hair growth
What you need:
1. Black seed oil (1 tablespoon)
2. castor oil (half a tablespoon)
Mix the black seed oil and castor oil in a bowl. Start by massaging the oil mixture on your scalp. Once your scalp is entirely covered with the oil, apply the oil on your hair strands from the roots to the tips. Leave the oil on for 30 minutes to an hour and then wash it off with a mild shampoo.
Castor oil is well known for its growth-enhancing properties. It is regularly used to increase hair thickness and promoting hair growth. When mixed with black seed oil, it can help promote healthy and rapid hair growth.
Method 4: Black seed oil and honey for hair
What you need:
1. 1/4 cup of coconut oil
2. Honey (one tablespoon)
3. Black Seed Oil (one tablespoon)
Mix all ingredients in a bowl until you get an even and smooth mixture. Massage the mixture on your scalp, focusing on the areas that lose a lot of hair. Once your scalp is covered with the mixture, apply the mixture along your hair from the roots to the ends. To improve the efficiency of this hair mask, cover your hair with a warm towel. Leave the mixture on for about fifteen to twenty minutes or an hour and then wash it off with a mild shampoo.
Honey as a humectant seals the conditioning effects of both oils in your hair.
If you don’t want to go the DIY way there are products that contain black seed oil that you can use for hair growth and overall health. Remember to always massage the oil into your hair as this stimulates your hair follicles and therefore stimulates hair growth. In addition, the black seed oil will nourish your hair follicles with the essential nutrients it needs to produce healthy hair.
Various studies have shown that the chemical composition of Black Seed Oil gives it a place in the relief of various conditions including common hair problems such as hair loss. Although the studies on the importance of the oil on hair are few, it appears that Black Seed Oil is an effective natural hair remedy. Lots of people have turned to this magical herb, “believed to cure everything apart from death” to solve their natural hair problems.
As always, if you are unsure of the reaction of the Back Seed Oil on your scalp and hair, always consult a medical doctor.