Curd for Hair Growth: Benefits, How to use it, & Side Effects

Curd is fermented milk and contains loads of calcium and protein. In addition, it has an abundance of lactobacillus probiotics, potassium, magnesium and vitamin A. Including curd in our daily diet has many proven benefits for our overall health, including hair and skin.

Curd for dandruff control

Curd, when mixed with plant acids like Apple cider vinegar or lemon juice, can be massaged directly on the scalp for dandruff issues. Curd has anti-inflammatory properties which help soothe the scalp, reducing the occurrence of dandruff. The curd probiotics also help with lowering the fungal component of dandruff.

Curd for stronger hair

Vitamin B and zinc, found in milk products, are thought to help maintain the strength of hair shafts. This prevents hair breakage and promotes stronger/ healthier hair.

Benefits of curd on hair

  • Curd is used with other hair beneficial products to create a hair mask known as deep conditioning. It is usually used to treat dry or damaged hair, hair dandruff, and itchy scalp to strengthen hair. 
  • In areas of excess pollution, a deep conditioning hair mask can save the health of damaged hair.
  • It also helps hair damaged due to excessive styling /heat tools and other hair products like hair dyes, colour, smoothening, Et cetera
  • Due to its fat content, it helps dry hair – it smoothes hair roughness and frizz. In addition, it helps moisturise your hair and keeps it soft. 
  • The lactic acid in curds helps to clean the scalp, clear dead skin cells, cleanse pores/ hair follicles and help the hair follicle growth.

Side effects of curd on hair

  • Some people can suffer from allergies when applying milk products like curd to any body part. Therefore doing a patch test before the complete application is always advisable. 
  • The fats in the curd can make the hair excessively oily. This might be a concern for people with already oily hair and scalp. 
  • Curd masks can have an unpleasant smell. 

How to apply curd on hair?

Curd can be used along with other known beneficial products for hair and scalp care. You can mix it with other healthy oils like Argan oil, Coconut oil, Jojoba oil, and Almond oil to make hair masks.

Other healthy products like honey, Aloe Vera, eggs and avocados can also be added to help promote hair health and growth.

How to use curd for hair growth?

It is recommended to discuss hair problems with your dermatologist or a hair care expert before you start using any hair masks.

Used homemade or store-bought curd for making curd hair masks. Do not confuse it with yoghurt. Yoghurt has a lower content of lactic acid and more healthy bacteria. 

  • Mix one cup of curd with 2 to 3 spoons of apple cider vinegar and 1 tsp honey.
  • Mix well and apply by gently massaging it on the scalp and along the hair shafts. 
  • Keep this for 30-40 minutes. Cover with a shower cap if needed.
  • Rinse off with a mild shampoo.

Different types of curd masks for hair

Type of hair problem Mask ingredients
dandruff curd + lemon + honey
dry and frizzy hair curd + honey + banana
damaged hair curd + egg + coconut oil

You need to do a 30-minute-patch test before using any ingredients listed above.


Though the direct application of curd is not a topic of clinical research, it is a widely practised home remedy. The many nutrients of curd, including probiotics and vitamins, provides health benefits. In addition, curd has been used as a skin and hair remedy for ages, without any significant side effects. 

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