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Mustard Oil & Thicker, Darker Hair

By January 27th, 202113 Comments
Mustard Oil & Thicker, Darker Hair
by Tasha Swearingen via NaturallyCurly

In some countries, it’s typical for chefs to use mustard oil for sautéing, but American chefs tend to drizzle it over a dish just before serving. No matter how you prefer to use it in cooking, it’s rich, tangy taste can help boost many dishes — especially Indian-inspired dishes. This invigorating oil not only accents foods, but you can also use mustard oil for hair growth.

Mustard Oil & Hair Growth

Interestingly, the practice of massaging the scalp with mustard oil dates back as far as 4,000 years ago with Indian scalp massages. Massaging the scalp can help firm the skin and strengthen muscles in the head. This practice started in ancient India as Indian women sought to keep their long hair healthy. In the 70s, this practice became well-known in the UK and has since spread to other parts of the world.

What’s in it?

Mustard seed oil is loaded with vitamins and minerals such as zinc, selenium, and beta carotene. Beta carotene converts to vitamin A, which is excellent in stimulating hair growth. The oil also has a lot of fatty acides, iron, calcium, and some magnesium. Thus, it conditions and helps encourage hair growth in all hair types. You can get mustard oil in Indian food stores or just on Amazon.

How to Use it

On dry hair, massage mustard oil into your hair and scalp, then cover it with a shower cap. You’ll want to leave this on for around three hours, so make sure you have plenty of time at home. After three hours, shampoo the mixture out, then condition as usual. Some CurlyNikki forum users leave it on overnight, then shampoo and do a deep condition (leaving it on for an hour) the following day.

If you don’t have that kind of time, you can also just leave it on for about 10 minutes, using a blow dryer to help the hair absorb the oils, then shampoo and condition your hair as usual. (The shampoo and conditioning should get rid of any mustard smells.) Do this at least once a week, but as much as three to four times a week if you’re suffering from hair loss issues.Final Thoughts

Have you used mustard oil for hair growth?


  • zebralibra1978 says:

    recently did an experiment with mustard oil for a month and my hair grew an inch…I'm satisfied…check it out :)…thanks Curly Nikki cause I got the idea from your site

  • Anonymous says:

    I add some to stale yogurt and leave it on my hair for 2hrs as a protein pre poo. I then wash and deep condition my hair. It leaves my hair silky, strong and moisturised.

  • Sarah's Mommy says:

    I love mustard seed oil and have used it for years.It is sold at all Indo/Pak grocery stores because it is a very common staple.You also may be able to find it in Middle Eastern/Halal food markets.The smell is very pungent and it stings the scalp a bit. Actually it gets very "stingy"(hmmm, did I just make up a word) and warm under a plastic cap. I get very nice results When I mix it with the deep conditioner of my choice and use as a prepoo for me and my three daughters.

  • Anonymous says:

    There is a Canadian YouTuber name UtubeHairCare who is a huge fan mustard seed oil. She even has a video named "Don't Sleep on Mustard Oil". She has tracked her hair growth stages from transition to BC to APL/BSL. Her products and techniques have changed, but the mustard seed oil remained.


  • Anonymous says:

    I am from the Caribbean and I familiar with it's use for cooking. I actually have a huge bottle in my pantry but have never heard of it being used for hair. Very interesting!

  • Anonymous says:

    Is there any truth that it produces dangerous fumes when heated? I heard that is why it's banned from being sold in the States & Canada.

  • Anonymous says:

    How pungent is the odor? Does it smell anything like hotdog mustard?

  • Berthia D says:

    Hmm interesting. I think I'll try it.

  • Anonymous says:

    It's very pungent, I wouldn't seal with it but I'd prepoo with it along with castor oil and I get mine from the Indian grocer along with my castor oil.

  • Hafsa says:

    I love the stuff, my mother introduced me to the oil and I've loved it since. I'll mix it in with my conditioner for a DC or just massage it into the scalp and wash it out. I may love it but it kicks up a huggeee stink though!

  • Erica S says:

    Hmmm this is certainly the first time I've heard of using mustard oil. I wonder how the smell is

  • Anonymous says:

    Do you know any good websites where i can order this oil?

  • Zeitoune MP says:

    Thanks for this post. I was just discussing the benefits of this oil with my Indian&Pakistani friends at work the other day. 🙂 They swore by it!

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