After watching some convincing long-haired IG influencers spread mustard seed powder over their locks and tout it as their secret, we wanted to know everything and anything about how it works. To get more info about the mane-boosting power of mustard oil, we tapped Michelle Ranavat, founder and CEO of ayurvedic-influenced Ranavat Botanics.
“Mustard seed works because it increases blood circulation, so when it is applied to the scalp it encourages hair growth,” says Michelle. “The protein in mustard seed oil is rich in omega 3 fatty acids so it helps keep the hair strong and long.”
Mustard Oil Hair Benefits
With omega-3 and omega-6, zinc, selenium, and a high amount of beta-carotene, as well as selenium (which is an antioxidant property in the oil), mustard seed is basically a mane miracle. It “protects the hair and scalp from free radicals and fosters an environment for healthier hair growth,” adds Michelle. It also has antifungal and antibacterial properties, which helps eliminate dandruff and itchiness on the scalp—another huge benefit.
To reap the full benefits of mustard, apply it as an oil. “I would suggest cold-pressed organic for the best effect. You would apply the mustard seed oil to the scalp, massage it in, comb through your hair, and leave it in the hair for a few hours or even overnight. Then, shampoo and condition as usual and you will have smooth hair,” advises Michelle.
Trying Mustard Oil
Mustard seed oil is best for any and everyone. “The best time to take care of your hair is now. Don’t wait until your hair is dry and brittle to start using deep conditioning treatments,” says Michelle. Using a leave-in oil treatment can help recover and protect your hair.
Mustard is a key ingredient in the Radiant Rani Illuminating Botanical Serum. “This serum is all about the glow. Not only does it help with brightness, but the selenium is an antioxidant, which helps protect from environmental damage that can cause premature aging,” she explains. Mustard oil is also a DIY fave, available for under $20.
Interested in more Ayurveda? We break down the ancient secrets of ayurvedic haircare HERE!
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