Neem for Hair — Naturally Beautiful!
The phone has been ringing off the hook this week with people looking for fresh neem leaf for neem oil for their hair. I can’t find the link that’s promoting it but we say thank you (we would have appreciated more this summer when we had plenty of fresh leaf though!)
Neem – in almost every form – is amazing for hair. I started going gray in college (genetics) and color-treated it for years until I realized that the dye was part of my chemical sensitivity issues. At that point, it could have turned purple and I wouldn’t have cared because the sensitivity made my head hurt so badly. I started using neem for hair more to chase away bugs than to color it – but went another 20 years before it went really gray.
The fun part is talking to people who use neem for hair and don’t realize what’s going on because it happens so slowly. One dear friend in New York has very dry hair, and started using the Anti-Itch Formula to de-frizz it during really cold snaps. Her long-time hairdresser was very upset when she saw her – she was sure my friend had found someone else to color her hair instead of using neem for hair to treat the frizz cause by dry hair.
We ran a story on neem for hair focusing specifically on gray hair and oxidants – based on research published in the Federation of American Society for Experimental Research Journal – a couple of years ago trying to understand why neem works on graying hair. Turns out it’s probably the antioxidants neutralizing the naturally occurring hydrogen peroxide that actually removes color from hair before it leaves your scalp.
Even more interesting than the link were the calls from people who had already seen the results of a study on using neem in the Journal of the American Medical Association Dermatology. It was back in the days before you could print reviews but he called to say: “I’d never really thought about it before but my hair looks better than ever, while my brother is balder every time I see him.”
We’re still not sure who (or what recipe) people are using with fresh neem leaf, but we’re growing it as fast as we can. And as I have told everyone I’ve spoken to or emailed, dry leaf is really better in an infused oil. It doesn’t have the water that you need to heat for long times to totally evaporate – which may destroy some of the active ingredients in neem.
For a limited time, while supplies last, we do have dried whole aloe that we had been infusing in coconut oil for salve – before we realized how many people were allergic to aloe. If you’d try the dry leaf, we’ll send a bag of aloe to add to your concoction. (Just make a note in the comment section and we’ll include it.)
And if you’re not into DYI beauty treatments, don’t forget that we make an entire line of easy-to-use neem products for your hair without ever entering your kitchen:
Neem Oil Shampoo and Neem Oil Conditioner – packed with antioxidants but made without sulfates, parabens, phthalates, sodium laureth sulfates or artificial colors or fragrances. It’s pH balanced so it’s safe for chemically treated hair and gentle on sensitive scalps.
And this month, everything on the site is 20% off with our March Madness sale!
P.S. — Don’t forget your pups — using neem on their hair means healthier, happier, less itchy skin!
* These statements are based on clinical research published on the National Institutes of Health website but have not been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Neem Tree Farms does not sell products which are intended to diagnose, prevent, control or treat any disease, or kill or repel pests, except as allowed by the NimBioSys registration when used on plants only.