How to DIY Make Neem Oil at Home For Healthy Hair

How to Make Neem Oil for Hair at Home
How to Make Neem Oil for Hair at Home

The neem tree, also called the miracle tree, has been known for its amazing health benefits. Especially for promoting a healthy scalp and strong hair growth.

And one of the best ways to use neem for your hair is to make it into an oil.

So in this article, I will be guiding you through the correct DIY methods on how to make neem oil at home for your hair.

neem leaves
neem leaves

DIY Methods on How to Prepare Neem Oil For Hair at Home

There are two different methods you can use to make neem oil for your hair at home.

  1. HOT-PRESS METHOD – This method is the fastest method, since it takes less than 30 minutes to prepare but requires some amount of tools.
  2. COLD-PRESS METHOD – Requires no tools however it will take longer to prepare (5-7days)

Both of these methods will give you the same results.

How to Make Neem Oil Using the Hot Press Method

Items Needed:

  • Freshly picked neem leaf or you can use neem powder if available
  • Any Type of Carrier Oil such as coconut oil, or rosemary oil or any other preferred hair oil)
  • Castor oil
  • Containers that can be used for either double boiling or microwaving
  • Airtight container which are clean and dry
  • Sieve

The ratio of the mixture should be: 2 parts Carrier oil to 1 part Neem flakes to 1 part Castor oil.

Procedure:

  1. Gently rinse and pluck neem leaves from the stem.
  2. Add to grinder or a blender to make it into a powder/flaky like form.
  3. Pour adequate amount of carrier oil such as coconut oil (or any preferred hair oil) to the neem flakes
  4. Microwave the mixture for 15-20 minutes OR you can Double Boil the mixture for about 20 minutes.
  5. Constantly check and stir your mixture (and look for a green-colored-like change). Stirring allows the diffusion of nutrients from neem leaves, which will combine with the oil.
  6. While boiling add the castor oil to the mixture.
  7. After boiling and leaving for cooling, we use a sieve to strain the finished product, into the dry clean container for storage.

Double Boiling is where the oil is heated to a certain temperature without applying direct heat. It is a gentle and slower method of boiling. Double Boiling prevents the damaging of essential properties of the oil. You can click here to learn more.

How to Make Neem Oil Using the Cold Press Method

Items Needed:

  • Freshly picked neem leaves or you can use neem powder
  • Any Type of Carrier Oil (such as coconut oil, rosemary oil or any other type of hair oil)
  • Castor oil
  • Airtight container
  • Sieve

The ratio of the mixture should be: 2 parts Carrier oil to 1 part Neem flakes to 1 part Castor oil.

  1. Gently rinse and pluck leaves from the stem
  2. Add to grinder or blender to make it into a powder/flaky like form
  3. Pour adequate amount of carrier oil such as coconut or rosemary oil (or any preferred hair oil) to the neem flakes
  4. After which add the Castor oil to the mixture.
  5. Mix well and let it sit for 5-7 days. This act allows the diffusion of nutrients from neem leaves, which will combine with oil.
  6. Use sieve to strain mixture into a dry clean container for storage.

NOTE:- It is recommended to apply oil to hair 1-3 times weekly for better results (depending on hair’s health). Results may differ due to hair type, diet, products, and day to day activities (conducive to hair growth)

Click here for a step-by-step guide on how to correctly apply neem oil to the scalp and hair.

Video Showing How to Make Neem Oil Using Hot & Cold Press Method

How To DIY Make Neem Oil At Home

Benefits Of Neem Oil For Hair

Neem Oil will:

  • Improve The Health Of Your Scalp  by providing adequate amount of Vitamin E, Fatty Acids. both of which are essential to maintain healthy scalp.
  • Guard Against Dry Itchy Scalps -because of its high level of essential fatty acids which is used to make and stimulate the production of natural oil.
  • Strengthen The Hair and make the roots firm and strong by using its rich collagen content to build the proteins needed for hair growth
  • Protect the Cells of the Scalp in the blood vessels for healthy hair growth due to its  Antioxidants content
  • Promote Healthy & Rapid Hair Growth due to its high content of calcium (which is an important mineral needed for hair growth..
  • Protect the Hair Shaft and Repair Minor Scalp Injuries by decreasing the amount of moisture lost, preventing dryness thus acting as a hair conditioning agent, all with the help of its fatty acid (Triglyceides)
  • Reduces Dandruff And Other Scalp Infection (both Fungal or Bacterial), due to its anti-microbial properties
  • Treat Head Lice
  • Prevents Pre-maturing Grays, Soothe Frizz And Prevent Against Split-Ends by regulating the secretion of sebum and normalizes dryness or oiliness of the scalp.
  • Protect Against Environmental Damages- by the lubrication hair shaft, which acts as a shield.

Amazing Facts of Mixing Neem with Castor Oil For Hair Health

A combination of Neem Oil and Castor oil makes an exceptional antibacterial and antifungal hair oil which helps to:

  1. Stop and prevents dandruff, by acting as a moisturizing agent for dry flaky scalp
  2. The Castor oil decreases the risk of infection, by stimulating tissue growth so that a barrier can be formed between the wound and the environment.
  3. To fight fungi, Reduces inflammation, and relieves pain, for scalp inflammation cases (Folliculitis).
  4. Prevent Lice – Neem has been shown in several studies for it’s effectiveness in preventing and treating lice infestation. Neem and Lice.
  5. Helps with the lubrication of hair shaft – this because it has an extremely high saturated fat content
  6. Increase flexibility which decreases the chances of breakage.

Click here to see on Amazon the castor oil that I’ve had the best experience with.

Amazing Facts of Mixing Neem and Coconut Oil For Hair Health

Neem with coconut oil is a great combination because:

  1. It’s fatty properties help with curing dry flaky scalps, i.e. reducing the risk of dandruff.
  2. Reduce protein loss, making it look silky, healthy, and strong.
  3. Acts as a protective shield from environmental damage like wind, sun, and smoke. And damages caused when wet.
  4. Protect against split ends and dried-up-looking hair.
  5. Lice prevention
  6. Since Coconut oil is a natural saturated fat which helps to calm scalp irritation and itching.

Click here to see on Amazon the coconut oil that I use.

How to Properly Store Neem Oil For Hair

This all depends on how long you would like to store your neem oil.

  • 1 – 2 months – it could be stored at normal room temperature, away from direct sunlight.
  • 3 – 4 months – if stored properly in a cool dark place away from sunlight and moisture. Do not store above 46°C (110°F) and below 5°C (41 °F).

When subjected to repeated freezing and thawing Neem Oil will lose its effectiveness.

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