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.

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Final Thoughts

Curlies, sound off! Have you used mustard oil for hair growth, and does it work?


Hi I'm Jackie I have Curly hair type 3b and i want my hair longer than it is now. If i try the mustard oil will it work fast or within weeks? My hairs past my shoulders when its just washed but drys up and curls up really small. I want it back to my butt like it was years ago. Can you respond to me asap pls
I am so going to try this!!! :) thanks for the amazing article!
ebay. I'm getting some now!
where can i buy this oil?