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5 min read / 30 March 2023 / Laura Garvin Gomez

How to Use Turmeric Oil for Hair Growth

Learn how to promote healthy hair growth using the natural benefits of turmeric oil.


Turmeric has long been used through the ages to treat a host of ailments and conditions thanks to its antioxidant, anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties.

This is largely thanks to its main active ingredient, curcumin, a pigment many believe can also help to improve the overall condition of your hair.

We decided to take a closer look at how to use turmeric oil for hair growth and explore some of its many potential hair care benefits.

Is turmeric oil good for hair, and what are the benefits?

If you want to use turmeric for hair growth or just to improve the overall condition of your hair and scalp, some of the benefits you could enjoy include:

  • It could help to prevent hair loss: Turmeric contains curcumin, which is known for its anti-inflammatory properties. Because hair loss is caused by inflammation at some level, it is believed that turmeric can reduce inflammation which can lessen the impact of hair loss on hair follicles and the scalp.
  • Turmeric can combat dandruff: If you apply turmeric essential oil to your hair, it could help to reduce the appearance of dandruff. Untreated dandruff can eventually lead to hair loss, so regular application of turmeric can ensure the scalp remains healthy, which in turn could encourage new hair growth.
  • It may add more protection for your hair: Antioxidants play a vital role in combating free radicals that can affect your scalp, hair and even your complexion. Many people use turmeric for its antioxidant properties, which can strengthen your hair and protect it from damage caused by harmful molecules.
  • Can give you more oil control: Turmeric contains both anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties, which can prove to be a useful tool if you have oily hair or scalp. This is because they can stop microorganisms from growing, which are a common cause of oily scalps.
  • Your body’s blood circulation can improve: It is believed that when turmeric is taken as a supplement, it can improve blood flow throughout the body – including the scalp. When more blood is flowing to the scalp, it means there is more oxygen and nutrients, which can lead to the growth of new hair follicles.

Is turmeric good for all types of hair?

The good news is that can benefit all hair types, so whether you have thin, dry hair, or thick, oily hair, it could improve the overall condition.

However, if you have an inflammatory scalp condition (such as dandruff), you should keep a close eye on the condition of your scalp whilst using turmeric.

This is because it can aggravate these types of scalps, as turmeric enhances the immune response, which is responsible for hair loss.

Not many people experience this kind of reaction, but it is helpful to be aware of the possibility.

The back of someone's hair that looks like it's just been washed

What is the best turmeric oil for hair?

If you want to get started with using turmeric oil for your hair, we recommend using our Turmeric Essential Oil.

When using turmeric oil you should always ensure it is heavily diluted with a carrier oil, as when applied without it can stain and turn skin and hair yellow, which can take some time and effort to remove.

You can also enjoy the health benefits of turmeric essential oil using other methods, such as adding it to a bath, mixing it with your favourite skincare lotion, or as part of a candle or soap recipe.

If you aren't a fan of using turmeric for hair growth, you could always try rosemary oil for hair.

What is the best carrier oil to use with turmeric oil?

Turmeric essential oil is an extremely versatile oil that can be used with a variety of different carrier oils.

Coconut oil and olive oil can be used to dilute turmeric before applying it to your hair, whilst jojoba oil and argan oil are recommended mixers for topical use on your skin.

Some people use turmeric oil on their skin to ease the appearance of acne and others apply it to treat sunburn in affected areas.

Hands holding a net bag with turmeric root inside

How to use turmeric oil for hair growth

There are quite a few ways you can use turmeric for hair growth. The most common is as a hair mask, with the most common being:

Turmeric and olive oil for hair

  1. Mix equal parts turmeric and olive oil (2 tablespoons of each should be fine).
  2. Apply directly to your hair and let it rest for 30-45 minutes so the oils can fully soak into your hair.
  3. Rinse out thoroughly with a shampoo and conditioner.

Turmeric and coconut oil for hair

  1. Mix 4-5 tablespoons of coconut oil with 2 tablespoons of turmeric oil.
  2. Apply directly to your hair and let it rest for 30-45 minutes.
  3. Wash out thoroughly with a shampoo and conditioner.

You can also add turmeric to your regular shampoo.

Mixing the two will add more antiseptic and antimicrobial properties that can help to cleanse the scalp, whilst the antifungal properties can work to fight against dandruff and potential hair loss.

Are there any side effects of using turmeric for hair growth?

Experts recommend that you should not leave turmeric in your hair for too long as it can harden and potentially even pull it out.

This is partly why turmeric is used as a natural hair removal paste for armpit hair and hair that grows on your arms, legs, stomach and face.

Turmeric essential oil has also been known to cause allergic reactions for some people. This is why it is important to always carry out a patch test before using the oil on your hair.

To carry out a patch test, simply add one or two drops of the oil to the inside of your upper forearm and cover with a plaster for 24 hours.

If there is no reaction, there should be no issue with using the oil.

However, if you experience any redness, itching or inflammation, wash the oil off immediately and do not use any further.

Illustration of turmeric root

Whether you use turmeric to boost hair growth or to improve its overall condition, including it in your hair care routine is easy to do.

Regular use could help to improve blood circulation and combat scalp issues like dandruff, while also helping to reduce the amount of oil in your hair.

Do not leave a turmeric hair mask on for too long, and always make sure that it is diluted with a carrier oil to avoid it staining your hair or skin or hardening and pulling out strands.

Product Name

100% Pure Turmeric Essential Oil
Botanical Name Curcuma Longa
Scent Type Earthy
Benefits & Uses Anti-Inflammatory, Mood Boosting, Skin
Suitable for Diffusers? Yes, this tumeric essential oil is perfect for diffusers.
Suitable for Candles and Soaps? Yes, this tumeric essential oil is perfect for candle and soap making.
Extraction Method Steam Distillation
Bottle Type Tamper proof and UV resistant

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