Neem oil is rich in:
- fatty acids
- vitamin E
Topical application delivers these nutrients directly to your hair, potentially resulting in healthier locks.
Stimulates Hair Growth
Did you know that neem oil has regenerative properties? This means, it’s a great and effective way to support healthy cell division, increases blood circulation, and stimulate the hair follicle to encourage growth and function. And while it encourages hair growth, it also counters hair thinning and hair fall caused by environmental triggers like pollution, stress, or even medication.
Moreover, neem’s anti-inflammatory, antibiotic, and antioxidant properties are said to help prevent baldness as it treats scalp issues like psoriasis, a condition which can lead to permanent hair loss if left untreated. This means a regular topical application of neem oil will promote thicker, stronger, and healthy hair growth.
Pro Tip: When applying the neem oil mixture to your hair and scalp, ensure you apply adequate pressure with your fingertips to help stimulate the follicles and allow for some relaxation as well.
Conditions Dry Hair
Any Indian growing up knows the benefits of a relaxing ‘champi’ when it comes to hair care. And this holds, no matter your choice of hair oil. However, adding neem oil with a carrier oil of your choice, and a regular application of the same, will result in a healthy head of hair that’s thick and lustrous. Why? Because neem oil contains several fatty acids—linoleic acid, oleic acid, and stearic acid—all said to nourish the scalp and hair. These fatty acids help revitalise and restore dry, damaged, under-nourished, and rough or brittle hair.
Pro Tip: After application, we suggest allowing the oil to penetrate your scalp and hair follicles by wrapping your hair in a hot towel. The steam will open the pores and allow the oil to seep in deeper for a deep conditioning effect.
Helps With Dandruff And Itchiness
Not a lot of us are aware that the primary cause of dandruff is fungi Candida and Malassezia. Dandruff, characterised by dry, flaky skin on the scalp, can at times prove to be quite embarrassing and uncomfortable for the person dealing with the problem. Neem oil, for its anti-fungal properties, makes for an effective remedy to combat the dandruff-causing fungi. Moreover, neem oil goes a step further it the treatment of dandruff by soothing an irritated scalp and providing relief from inflammation and itchiness, a side-effect of dandruff.
Pro Tip: For those prone to dandruff, n ensure you use neem oil should regularly. This helps to maintain the pH balance of the scalp and prevents dandruff formation.
Treats Head Lice
Studies have shown that neem oil has proven to be an effective treatment against head lice. According to research, a neem treatment for lice has no side effects as it contains azadirachtin, an insecticidal ingredient, that is said to disrupt the growth and reproduction of lice, eventually and effectively killing them. Moreover, studies suggest that neem’s pungent odour repels lice and hence works as a great preventive measure, too.
Effectively Treats Scalp Infections
As we have mentioned over and over, neem oil is a potent elixir for all health woes as it comes with strong healing (anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antibacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral) properties. Moreover, neem oil is an effective way to regulate the secretion of sebum, thereby normalising the dryness or oiliness of the scalp. It further has a cooling and soothing effect, which promotes relaxation.