As folk remedy mustard plays significant role in many beauty procedures. This nature’s gift helps stimulate hair follicles and boosts blood circulation in your scalp, thus, accelerating hair growth. Mustard helps remove grease from strands. It effectively unclog scalp pores and let the nutrients penetrate into deeper layers.
Other ingredients used in hair masks such as olive oil, eggs, yogurt or honey will nourish and strengthen your locks, making hair grow thicker, stronger and look healthier. You can vary hair mask mixture with different natural additives depending on which problem you wish to solve.
Is Mustard Good for your Hair?
Mustard seeds contain 16,5—38,5 % of fatty oil and about 0,2—1 % of essential oil, protein, mineral compounds (up to 10 %) and mirosin enzyme. Oil embraces erucic, oleic, linoleic, palmitic, arachidonic and linoleic acids.
Let’s check how some mustard powder elements affect the skin and hair.
Vitamin A – a great natural healer for damaged, split, brittle, thinning hair. It has regenerative and restorative properties. Also helps promote the development of cells in the collagen and elastin fibers, which are responsible for the elasticity of strands.
Vitamins of B complex – possess moisturizing effect, help control the production of the sebaceous glands. Make hair shiny and less greasy.
Vitamin E – known for its antioxidant properties. Treats seborrhea, prevents hair loss, actively protects against external aggression.
Vitamin D – useful for damaged tissues, as well as restores them.
Essential oils soothe irritated scalp. Natural seborrhea treatment.
Fatty acids – good for dry hair, as they moisturize and effectively restore fragile, very thin and weak strands.
But the main “ingredient” of mustard – allyl isothiocyanate (AITC). This compound binds to ion channel (TRPV1 and TRPA1) located on the plasma membrane of many human cells like keratinocytes and cells in hair follicles. Such interaction generates a lot of pain, and the heat sensation as well. Ion channels excitation lead to mediating peripheral widening of blood vessels and increasing dermal blood flow. This is why mustard can help in improving hair growth.