The Miracle Hair Oil – a tried and tested recipe

When my friend, Ensiya Kothari, shared the ingredients of this Hair Oil with me I thought she was joking! “Onions, garlic, curry leaves, are you kidding me? Are we making a chutney, or hair oil?” I laughed.

Then I saw she was serious and had shared the recipe after I remarked on the change I noticed in her hair. It was fuller, looked glossy and the length had increased considerably as well. Ensiya loves taking care of herself using natural products, and is always reading up and using things she rustles up in the kitchen, so it was safe to say that her recipe had got me curious, and how!

So the first thing I did as soon as I got home was assembled the ingredients for the Oil. Luckily I had everything on hand, even a brand new ½ litre Coconut Oil bottle.

The paste took me 5 minutes to make and boiling that with the oil took another 15 minutes. So in 20 minutes I had the oil in my kadhai. I left it overnight and strained it the next day, and it was ready to use.

I have been using the Hair Oil since February, I have used it once a week though ideally twice a week works better, and am beginning to see these results;

Hair fall has reduced by a LOT more than half

Hair has become darker and glossier

I see new hair growth sprouting where my scalp used to be visible

The Oil, when applied, relaxes me and I sleep better

A noticeable reduction in the frizziness of hair as well

Disclaimer : These are my personal experiences based on the making the Oil and applying it. I take no responsibility for the results it may show on you, whatever they may be.

 Ingredients :
1/2 Litre pure Coconut Oil ( Organic works best but you could use Parachute Coconut Oil too)
1 medium sized Onion (regular Red Onion/Kanda/Pyaaz)
5 Sambhar Onions (available as Red Shallots is you’re living outside India)
5 cloves of Garlic
Leaves from 10 Stems of Kadipatta (Curry Leaves)
1 heaped Tbsp Methi Dana
(Soak methi seeds for 4-5 hours.  Drain the water post soaking)
Chop the onions and garlic and roughly rip the curry leaves.
Mix everything , EXCEPT Oil, and grind it to a fine paste.
In a Kadhai first add the Oil and then add the paste to it and mix well.
Switch on the flame and stir as you let the oil come to a boil with the paste in it.
Lower the flame to a simmer and let it cook till the onion/garlic/kadipatta mixture darkens, as shown in the picture below (took me 10-15 minutes)
Switch off the flame, cover and keep aside overnight.
Strain and use.
You need to store it in a cool, dark place away from sunlight. Mix well before each application.
 It DOES smell strange, so you could add a few drops of essential oil to it before applying.
Apply and leave the oil overnight and shampoo the next day, twice a week, for best results.

Mayuri Nidigallu

Author: Mayuri Nidigallu

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94 Comments on “The Miracle Hair Oil – a tried and tested recipe

  1. Thank you, Mayuri! I really need a miracle for my hair…my hair is thinning too and I have a lot of hair fall…I have all ingredients right now at home, except the sambhar onions, so I’m going to do this first thing tmrw.

  2. Thanks for sharing the recipe with your readers Mayuri, hair problem is something we all fallen prey to and if something as organic as this can save us from loosing lovely tresses why bother to pay heavy bills.

  3. Mayuri, thank you so much for this recipe. I have been suffering from hair fall and greying since some time now and as time passes, I keep fearing baldness!
    I am definitely going to try it out as I too believe in using natural ingredients for skin and hair care . I will let you know the results after a month of using the oil. Till then keeping fingers crossed! 🙂 ♡♡♡

  4. Mayuri I have been at my wits end trying to solve hair fall problem both for me and my daughter. This oil recipe is quite simple. I’ll give this a try. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Thank you for sharing this recipe with me. My first thoughts were the same – chutney mix! Once it was made, I was smelling food thoughts the whole day as it smelt divine then. Once applied to the head; the smell gets nauseating – so yes essential oil is a must (Thank you for helping me search the EO that day)
    I have used it 3-4 times and my hairfall had a remarkable change since first application only. Now hair only comes out the day I massage my hair.
    Earlier I was waking up with hair on my pillow, drains clogged after a bath/hairwash and hair on my clothes too!
    My hairdresser commented on my hair looking really fuller when I went for a haircut recently!
    Thank you so much for this oilt recipe.
    I will make more in a few weeks; probably minus the sambhar onions as we dont get them in delhi – havent seen them here!

  6. My mom advised our milkman back in 1996 to apply sambar onion paste…he was going to get married and worried about his receding hairline. It worked wonders for him and in three months the difference was remarkable. I’m thinking of giving this a go. Hugs Mayuri…Your hair always looks fab to me

    1. I had have experienced the pearl onions ( Sambar onion) miracle myself. I had lost a Small portion hair (more like a lemon size portion) when I was in my 9th grade and rubbing these small onions everyday for a month or so re-grew my hair in that area.

      1. Hey Sree, How long you use to apply the sambhar onion , also do we need to do head wash after applying the same ?

  7. I have t try this for myself and both my girls. Not going to tell them the ingredients as I am sure they r going to run away if they come to know about onion in it. Thanks Mayuri for sharing this wonderful oil recipe. 🙂

  8. I loved the recipe .Though the onion garlic thingy is more for my mutton recipes than hair .That’s what hubby said. But even he noticed the hair looking glossier and fuller.Plus the maid stopped complaining about hair being everywhere .

  9. Mayuri, I have been using this oil for past one month on your insistence and I am so happy I listened to you. It has worked wonders for the postpartum hair fall mess. My hair holds straight and silky even without a conditioner. I can’t thank you enough for this. I have not brushed my hair in an entire day but still my hair is straight and tangle free. I love it.

  10. Thanks for this recipe Mayuri. Hair fall is always my number one concern. And I am too scared to try anything which is not natural with the fear I may lose the rest. Should try ur natural recipe and I hope to see some good results.

  11. I have used oil boiled with kadipatta and methi. It worked well for me and my family. Am sure this recipe will work too… Thanks for the recipe..

  12. Hi Mayuri,
    Thank you for sharing the recpie. Couple of questions:
    1. Are sambhar onions the small onions we get in grocery stores? I am in US. Please let me now.
    2. What do you mean by pure coconut oil? Do you mean organic or any other will do?

  13. Which essential oil we have to use? Any particular brand? I had a baby four months back.. I am experiencing severe hair fall.. Hope this works like a wonder for me

  14. Hi mayuri…..am planning to try this oil….have been having hair loss for many years……but can i add dried fresh henna leaves instead of essential oil……

  15. Hi Mayuri,
    Thanks for this wonderful oil recipe….how long does this oil stay,also,it can be left outside or does it go in the refrigerator…..thx a ton

  16. My Hair is falling incredibly ..I tried something similar before but only coconut oil and curry leaves but didn’t make a difference. Do you think adding onions and garlic would help?

  17. I am planning to make this. The big onion, is it a red onion or a yellow onion? I live in the US and it is not obvious from the picture. Thank you

    1. Radhika, the only way to find out is by trying. To be honest, I did not keep a check for the grey hair. My only concern was the dry texture and severe hair fall and i have seen a huge difference in both.

  18. Mayo this Sounds great but for that oniony -garlic smell.. but what the heck.. I am going to definitely try it if it helps me reduce the tremendous hair fall.. !
    can I reduce the quantity to half for a one time trial ?

  19. Hi Mayuri,
    Does it help in regrow of hair to reduce the hairline apart from reducing the hair fall, or that is a irreversible process. Does it helped you completely stop the hair fall.

    1. Hi Shubs,
      Yes, my hair is regrowing, where scanty patches used to be.Noticed the difference around the hairline first. I have been using it once a week, since Feb, and I have seen a huge difference in the hairfall. Ideally, using it twice a week would help even better.

  20. Haha chutney you said and I too imagined the same after going through the ingredients. But methi seeds, coconut oil and curry leaves can really do wonders although i had never heard of onion or garlic for hair. Will give it try for sure. My hair fall is too bad since it’s seventh month post delivery. Hope this oil can fix it. Thanks for sharing it.

  21. As the weather is going to be too hot in coming days, will this stay if we keep outside as there would be many dark places in the house but cool would be a challange.

    1. Hi Shelly, I made my Oil in winters too, so I have no idea about how it would react to the hot weather. I would suggest refrigerating it, and heating a little of the amount you plan to use each time.

  22. I have a slightly silly question: The shallots I purchased from a local grocery store look slightly different from the ones that I see at Indian stores..Is that okay?

  23. So I finally made the oil. The ‘ masala’ after it turns brown is basically really well.fried onion and garlic if you must. The smell of the oil makes me dream of food !!!!
    I added a few drops of lavender oil, but the onion smell is too strong and overpowers all the other smell.
    Does it take a little to get used to it?
    I hope it works.
    Thanks! Will keep you posted

  24. Hi! I just made the concoction! Excited to try it. I’ll probably add some EO. My question is how long do you leave it on before washing it off? Thanks! And fingers crossed!

  25. Im already into coconut oil and have recently taken a decision against hair colour. I love anything weird and different so will definitely concoct this and apply it to my scalp.

  26. So this is the miracle recipe you told me about! A little concerned about the smell – but I have plenty of lemongrass oil at home that should take care of it.
    My grandma used to boil curry leaves and hibiscus in coconut oil. While I never tried it, she barely had any greys even in her 60s.

  27. I did simmer the oil for about an hour but still the ingredients didn’t turn dark as i see in the picture you posted ? I thought it would turn dark after switching off the gas in the hot oil..Is it okay to repeat the oil to get the desired color ?

      1. I did reheat the oil after 5 hours of keeping it covered.It was dark brown then and i added some jasmine drops to cover the smell. I applied it last night and the smell still lingers in my hair. I will let you know my results with the hair oil.

  28. Hi, had come across this post in a group. Made this oil, but it got burnt as I was reading the blog to store it. 🙁
    Will the slightly burnt oil be okay to be used or should made a new batch?

  29. Came across this post recently. Sounds interesting!! Gonna try this. Also in case you come across such miracle recipes for grey hair please do share!..Thanks for sharing,

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