Since I love all things natural, I decided to test out a claim I read about online (and elsewhere). I heard that pure neem oil is good for your hair, and can even help reduce dandruff issues. Dandruff is really a scalp problem (a skin condition), not a hair problem. It made sense to me that an oil could help.
The neem plant is native to South Asia (India, Pakistan and Bangladesh). From its fruit and seeds the famous oil is extracted. In addition to its use as a hair conditioner, it’s also antifungal, antibacterial and is widely used in Ayurvedic medicine.
So I bought a 1 oz bottle and tried it out for myself.
It’s a very dark brown color.
1) I combed out my hair (I have long hair, so this took a while) and made sure it was dry when I started. Separating the locks, I massaged a little oil into my scalp. I worked my way all over the head, and used what was left on my fingers to rub into the long strands.
2) I left it in for about 1 hour. You don’t have to leave it for so long. I was trying to get the most out of it (and the downside to living with other people is that the bathroom gets frequently occupied and I have to wait my turn to take a shower).
3) I used a bar of Chagrin Valley Extra Honey Beer Shampoo to wash out the oil.
The results: I noticed a significant reduction in the amount of dandruff, and my hair felt very soft and moisturized! There was a very strong, unpleasant scent before, during and after the application. The smell is not unpleasant like rotten eggs (it is more medicinal) but it will bother you if you have a sensitive nose.
I will put up with the bad smell because I really like what the neem oil did for my hair. I will try this once a month. Hopefully, the dandruff will eventually be gone for good.
I’ll just have to keep shopping for a nice smelling conditioner to cover the icky smell. Or a hair rinse. I’m now getting ideas to start making my own hair rinse. *starts writing the next blog post* 🙂