Wednesday, 30 January 2013

How To Use Fenugreek | Methi Seeds For Dandruff: Fenugreek Hair Mask


Fenugreek seeds are called methi seeds in Hindi and vendhayam in Tamil. Since it is a common kitchen ingredient, we use it a lot in remedies and especially it's very famous for treating all scalp related problems. Methi seeds helps in hair regrowth, stops hair fall and treats dandruff. I always had dandruff from my young age. When I was younger, my mom used to regularly apply methi hair mask regularly on my hair and let it soak for 20 minutes before washing my hair. After marriage, I don't know why but I stopped using it. My dandruff became very worse and I completely forgot about methi mask. I went to a dermatologist and he gave me anti dandruff shampoos to use. The problem with anti dandruff shampoos was once I stopped using them, I got the dandruff back immediately. When I went to the doctor again, I mentioned about this methi mask. He replied that there is no permanent cure for dandruff and I will have to use anti dandruff shampoos regularly. But if I was comfortable with a home remedy I can go ahead with it. I have been using this mask regularly, weekly once or twice and my dandruff is under control. This mask is the only treatment I use for my dandruff and I have been using it for years now. It not only treats dandruff, it greatly conditions the hair and arrests hair fall, if used regularly. It is one of my favorite hair masks that I highly recommend to anyone who wants to treat dandruff naturally at home. The only problem with this methi seeds hair pack is that anyone who is prone to sinus or asthma can't use it as it is very cooling and will aggravate the problem. To be on the safer side, don't let the hair mask soak for a long time (max 10 minutes) when you are using it the first time. Once you are comfortable, then you can let it soak for 15 to 20 minutes. 

 


 METHOD:

 1.Take the required amount of methi seeds in a plate and sun dry it till it gets very crisp.


2.Then powder it finely in a mixer. Sieve it and again grind the left over mixture till you get a fine powder.

                                        
3.Take the required amount of powder in a cup and mix it with required amount of yogurt. Mix the yogurt and methi seed powder well with a spoon or whisk, as it forms lumps if not properly mixed. Let it soak overnight or for 3-4 hrs.


4.The next day the methi and yogurt mixture would have turned into a thick mass. The mixture is so thick that that it won't drip on your clothes when you use it on your hair. If you simply grind the methi seeds with yogurt directly without powdering it first, the mixture will be very runny and will keep dripping all over your dress.

 

NOTE:
  • One can start applying this methi seeds hair mask weekly once for 10 minutes and if it agrees with their body, they can increase the time to 20 minutes. Please do not use this paste on your hair, if you have a cold or if you are prone to sinus or asthma.
  • You can sun dry large quantity of methi seeds and grind it in the machine. The left over powder can be stored in the fridge till next use.                      

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39 comments:

  1. Hi Ramya,

    Could you please tell me any other method of controlling dandruff. I have plenty of dandruff that falls on my shoulder.I have tried this method but i discontinued it as i have sinus problem.

    Thanks,

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  2. Hi, I will surely try to post an alternate method soon.

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  3. Hi Ramya, can I use fenugreek paste to 4 yrs child. Is it advisable? my daughter has dandruff and ITCHing, I took dandruff shampoo suggested by doctor but if i stop using that shampoo again dandruff is coming.

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  4. Hi Maheswari,
    Fenugreek paste can be applied for a 4 year old child. But do it in the afternoons and don't try it in a cold climate, as she might catch a cold. When you are using it for the first time, apply the paste and leave it just for 5 minutes and wash her hair. If it agrees with her, then you can increase the time to 10 minutes.

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  5. Hi Ramya,

    Can we use this mask on every day? If we do so, is that any problem?

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    1. This mask does not agree with everyone as it is very cooling. Some get headaches and cold if the mask is left on the scalp for a long time. But for me it agrees so well even if used daily. I would suggest to use weekly twice first and if it agrees with you, slowly increase the days....

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  6. Hi Ramya, can I grind 1 kg of vendhayam at once to store and use? Also is it required to be stored in the fridge? Currently I'm soaking the seeds overnight and grinding it in the morning with some hibiscus leaves to use as a mask. Pls let me know if this powder will be better for hair fall problem.

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    1. Hi Kavitha, Fenugreek powder spoils faster especially if made in large amounts so it is better to store it in the refrigerator. This fenugreek mask is very very good for preventing hair fall if coupled with a good diet...

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  7. Thanks Ramya will try this mask out

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  8. Hii ramya instead of adding youghurt to dis pck wat else cn i add to prevent dandruff

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    1. You can add rice water or butter milk or even neem water (neem leaves boiled in water)....

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  9. Hi Ramya how long should I apply this hair mask for hair fall & when will I see the difference.will it help in new hair growth

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    1. Hello, Regular use along with oil massage using pure homemade oil will arrest hair fall very soon, you should start noticing results within 2 weeks...

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  10. Hi Ramya,

    I soak fenugreek overnight, grind it in morning with water and apply it on my scalp. Since I found it drying my hair I oiled my hair and then applied this. But still I couldn't find best results. This method you have suggested, should I try it with or without oil on my hair? Please clarify.

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    1. If you use it with yogurt like mentioned in the recipe, you will never experience drying at all. You can use the hair pack either without oiling or after light oiling of the hair, both ways it will not cause drying..

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  11. Hello mam, i have been struggling from hereditary dandruff problem. But thanks to this method it is under controll and my hairfalls have considerably reduced.
    But years of hairfall have reduced my hair which earlier used to be thick and strong. How may i regain my original hair volume. Pleas help

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  12. can we use methi powder instead?

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    1. Yes, you can use methi powder too but try to soak it in yogurt for some time before applying on the hair...

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  13. Hi Ramya. Is there any hair remedy that people with sinus can use?
    I have a bad sinus and nothing seems to work out.

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    1. Hi, sorry for the late reply, I would suggest nochi steam. It is the best for sinus infection according to me and gives best results. You can read about nochi steam in the blog...

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  14. hi ramya .. can i put this methi into coconut oil ?

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    1. Yes you can add methi seeds into coconut oil and use for hair....

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  15. hi ramya .. im hvg hair fall aftr straightning .. can i put this methi into coconut oil and use it ? or any othr suggestion would u gv ?

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    1. Since your hair is chemically treated, I would suggest intensive hot oil treatment (try oil bath from the blog)weekly once and hair pack like this fenugreek hair mask weekly once, both these treatments will condition the hair and prevent hair breakage...

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  16. Hello, For the first time, I applied this pack today for 20 min to my hair and took steam afterwards. But when I washed my hair, there was a more hairfall than normal. What can be the reason?

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    1. We usually shed some hair daily which is normal and the shedding happens when there is traction to the hair like oil massage or when applying hair pack. This hair pack usually does not cause additional hair fall........

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  17. hi... can we use this mask to my daughter??? She is 2 years old....

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    1. Since she is only 2 years old, I would suggest not using this fenugreek hair mask as she might catch a cold. Instead try the oil bath from the blog, it will keep her hair healthy...

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  18. Hi Ramya, I am using this methi paste from past 6 months on my hairs, and I have considerably reduced my hair fall, but I have a sinus problem and now I get cold fast . Is this due to the continuous use of methi even during winters.

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    1. Hi, Fenugreek paste does aggravates sinus infection, try stopping the fenugreek hair pack for 2 weeks and see how you feel..

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  19. hello i have chemically straightened my hair 5 months back.. now iam facing hair fall.. can i use fenugreek mask for my hair?

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    1. Fenugreek hair mask can be used for chemically treated hair as it will condition it really well. When applying the fenugreek hair mask apply it all over the scalp and hair too...

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  20. does this mask works for premature greying too? can you also suggest any other remedy for premature greying?

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    1. This fenugreek hair mask does not help with premature greying, I would suggest trying the curry leaf hair oil from the blog...

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  21. Ramya, As you said yogurt keeps the hair moisturized. But since am vegan I will not use yogurt. Please suggest a substitute for yogurt

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    1. You can soak fenugreek seeds in rose water and use instead of yogurt for making this fenugreek hair mask...

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  22. How long does it take to get dandruff under control? I applied it yesterday and could see an increase in dry flakes on my scalp. Is this supposed to happen?

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    1. Usually within 2 to 3 applications you will see results. Usually there is no increase in dry flakes but usually what happens is when we apply fenugreek paste especially for the first time, it is hard to get it out of the scalp. And when there is some left on the scalp, you see it as dry flakes when you comb your hair. I would suggest giving this remedy another two or three tries at least before deciding whether it works for you or not...:)

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  23. Hello mam u r treatment for Dandruff is really worth tnks u so much

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