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Fenugreek (Methi)/ Hair treatment for transitioning and natural hair 5/5

2012 has certainly started with a great find: FENUGREEK seed. I have previously used fenugreek powder in my diet but never on my hair. With the new year upon us, I have decided to set myself a hair growth challenge. For the next few months I will be incorporating as many Ayurvedic practices in my hair regime and though I am a big fan of herbal teas, I have never before used seeds. Needless to say I have been missing out! Yesterday I used a fenugreek mixture on my hair for the first time and I am in love!!!

Background information

For a little bit of background info, Fenugreek is a herb that grows in the regions of the Middle Eastand other semi-arid regions of the world. Its seeds are generally used in food preparations, mostly curries. Fenugreek seeds are renowned for their healing qualities. They help with healing burns, aid with poor digestions and other health benefits.

The powdered seed can be added to oil and applied on hair, which will render the hair shiny and silky. When it comes to hair and scalp use, it has been used in combating hair loss and baldness.

Where I got it from

I bought the seeds from Neal’s Yards. You can find it from other natural stores and general food stores in the powdered form. I bought the seeds because I wanted to crush them myself (not such a great idea. See below for why).

How I used it

  • To use topically, Fenugreek seeds are soaked in water overnight.
  • I placed 25g of the seeds (not the powder) in a plastic container.
  • I added half a cup of water and left it overnight to soak. Others add hot water and some boil it. I prefer not to boil it though. The mixture thickens and turns into a mucus formulae (sticky, slimy and gooey).
  • The following day, I add some coconut oil (for the general shine and health benefits that come with coconut oil.)
  • I let this mixture rest for a couple of hours then prepare for use on my hair.
  • I use a mortar and pestle and crushed the seeds as much as I could. This did not work well so I added the mixture to the blender and blended. Success. I was left with a runny, mucilage like mixture.
  • I parted my hair in 6 sections to make it easier to use the mixture.
  • I pin my hair when the mixture has been evenly spread and wrap with cling film.
  •  I left this mixture on for a minimum of 7 hours (this was due to the fact that I was relaxing watching Vampire Diaries). I would usually leave it on overnight though a 1 hour application is fine.
  • This mixture can be used to wash your hair. However, I prefer to wash my hair with shampoo so I cannot give an opinion on how effective it would be as a shampoo. One thing I will say however is that it left a LOT of residue on my hair so unless I was prepared to rinse my hair for an hour or so it would not have done well as a shampoo.
  • The 25g was just enough to cover most of my hair and I put a small amount to the side. With hindsight some parts of my hair could have done with more but I wanted to experiment and put the mixture in the fridge to see how long it can last without going off (for the busy girls who don’t have time to make a new batch every time!)


Now this was the best part. My hair felt soft and moisturised to the touch so divided it into 4 sections (as I normally do before washing).

I took each section separately, added water and detangled with my fingers. Heaven!!! It made the detangling process sooo easy! I added some conditioner to part and slowly combed my hair from the bottom up.

When my hair was completely detangled I rinsed again, added the shampoo making sure to concentrate on cleaning my scalp and moved on to the next session.

After the shampoo I finished with my obligatory herbal nettle rinse et voila.

                             The powdered version will definitely better than the crushed seeds. 

The good

My hair felt so silky and shiny after I used it. It’s made detangling a breeze and cut the time I use to detangle by half!!!

Fenugreek seeds are a must especially if you are transitioning. It almost eliminates the demarcation between your old relaxed texture and your new natural texture. It smoothes your hair shaft so you can comb easily.

A little goes a long way. This powder is a must and I only wish I had started using it a long time ago. I had heard and read about it but left it on my list of things that I must try. Well better late than never!

The Bad

Though I did not use it as a shampoo, I don’t see how effective it would be as it leaves some heavy residue behind. It might however suit those that prefer the no-poo method.   

This is not so much a bad thing as I mistake on my part. I want to carry on buying the seeds but next time I will use a grinder to powder them before soaking them. As things stand I am left with lots of oatmeal like crumbs in my hair. The day after some pieces were quite big and when I attempted to remove them they slid out easily (this shows how thick and moisturising the mucilage is).

Going forward

This is a clear winner and I will be using it as a pre shampoo as often as possible. I will try to see how I can make it work for my mid week no shampoo conditioning wash and shall post a review as soon as possible.

Fenugreek is perfect for moisturising, and smoothing the hair cuticle. With constant use, it should help with hair growth so that’s a great bonus. At £1.40 for 50g in Neal’s Yard, it’s not that bad in pricing either.

After a couple of days and constant head shaking, the pieces were barely noticeable!! 


{ 8 comments… add one }

  • Nibi January 24, 2012, 12:29 AM

    Beautiful hair! (btw, similar blog names, AND we’ve lived in 3 of the same cities. Are we sure we’re not the same person? Hehe!)

    • curlapothecarie January 24, 2012, 12:36 AM

      Lol at the name. I have already been checking yours out. Really like it. I had to find a new way of spelling mine but it’s so apt for what we are dong wouldn’t you say? Lx

  • Natural Nigerian January 24, 2012, 4:20 PM

    Thanks for sharing. I bought Fenugreek seeds last year – soaked it, blended it and at the last minute chickened out as I was certain it would leave residue on my hair. Based on your experience, I may try it one more time (hopefully the residue will slide off as it did for you).

    I have since purchased Methi/Fenugreek leaves but have not had a chance to use it. No chance of residues there.

    • curlapothecarie January 24, 2012, 6:45 PM

      You have to be very thorough with the rinsing. Boiling it also will make it easier to blend and make it very fine.

  • theblackhairdiary April 8, 2012, 12:47 AM

    I love Fenugreek (methi) it is good stuff for the hair and it is also good to use with other ayurvedic herbs to stretch them and get good benefits all at the same time.
    I have been using it for a little while now and I love the silky and smooth results.
    I buy mine form cotsherb.co.uk for £3 for 1kg, when, a little goes a long way, because I use the powder too lazy to be crushing any seeds. Consider ayurvedic hair care is hard work as it is already. I soak the powder in boiled water and cover til the morning and the mucilage qualities of the powder forms by the morning. I will either use it as it is or add Amla and coconut oil and apply to scalp and hair and leave on with a plastic cap for a number of showers then rinse.
    I tend to follow up with a conditioner, not that it needed it but to get rid of the small particles in my hair.

    • curlapothecarie April 9, 2012, 12:13 AM

      Sounds like a winning regime. I never get tired of how lovely my hair feels after I have used it. X

  • Wrinkles November 8, 2012, 11:05 AM

    The fenugreek methi hair treatment is excellent. It is very good for your hair

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