By Love Olaniyi
23 October 2022 |
Our hair is our crown. We wear it strong and proud. Whether it is long, short, straight, curly, or wavy, we all have one thing on our minds—how to care for it. We go online and see all kinds of hair care products that promise to increase hair growth, volume, shine… you name it. But…
Our hair is our crown. We wear it strong and proud. Whether it is long, short, straight, curly, or wavy, we all have one thing on our minds—how to care for it.
We go online and see all kinds of hair care products that promise to increase hair growth, volume, shine… you name it. But half of the time, either the prices scare us away, we don’t get the desired results, or it has an unfavourable side effect. So what do we do?
Luckily, we are blessed with incredible natural products that can help us achieve that luscious, full, bouncy hair that we desire. Let’s get into it.
Aloe Vera- That herb that grows behind or beside everyone’s house and is sometimes dismissed as a nuisance. It contains ingredients that are beneficial to both your skin and your hair. So what are the benefits of aloe vera?
● Hair growth:
Aloe vera can act as a natural conditioner as well as aid in balancing the pH level of your hair. All that is needed is to apply the aloe vera gel to your scalp and hair.
● Strengthens hair:
It contains vitamins C, A, and E that help in strengthening hair follicles.
● Helps itchy scalp:
Aloe vera has been backed up by dermatologists to have components that help deal with dandruff and itchy scalp.
Although it is commonly used to spice up a variety of dishes, this plant is also suitable for hair treatment. It contains carnosic acid that aids in the rejuvenation of nerves in the scalp. It also has other benefits like:
● Hair shine
● Boost Hair Growth
● Acts as hair cleanser: Rosemary has antibacterial components that make it perfect for scalp cleansing.
Do not apply the leave directly to your hair; simply boil it, then use the water for whatever hair purpose you need.
Shea butter is a natural product that the beauty industry includes in their products. It works for both hair and skin.
● Moisturiser: Shea butter locks in moisture in the hair, thereby giving it a soft feel, reducing dryness and giving it a shine. People who have thick hair or curly hair are advised to use it.
● Reduces scalp irritations: Shea butter is said to have an antioxidant
property that aids in the scalp’s protection and reduce inflammation and irritation on the scalp.
You can decide to add it directly to your hair and scalp or mix it with a hair product before applying it. After the application, there is no need to wash it off. Shea butter can sit on your hair for weeks, depending on how frequently it is applied.
Hibiscus, or some parts of west Africa like to call it “Zobo leaves”, is an antioxidant that helps with numerous health conditions. But what most of us don’t know is that it works just as well for hair.
● Dandruff treatment
● Thicken hair and gives volume
● Stops hair loss
● Prevents split ends
The grounds of hibiscus leave are usually mixed with other products before being massaged into the hair. It is not a leave-in mixture and should be washed off with a mild shampoo after use.
Moringa is saturated with vitamins and electrolytes, minerals, and antioxidants that help protect cells from damage as well as boost the immune system.
● Boost hair Growth: Moringa contains all the right vitamins and minerals to aid hair growth. It has vitamin b that aid in the production of red blood cell that carry oxygen to the hair and scalp, and others like vitamin a and omega-3
● Prevents dandruff and itchy scalp: Pterygospermin is an antibacterial and antifungal component that helps with things like dandruff.
● Prevents hair loss
● Enhances thickness
Moringa leaves can be grounded into a powder and added to other things to use, or it can be boiled and used as a hair rinse.