All men were created equal, but not all spices. Turmeric has the upper hand and could be dubbed ‘king of spices,’ especially in the rhizomes family.
It has proven its worth and name. It is one spice that has benefits in almost every industry, ranging from health to beauty and fashion. There is no single aspect of life that turmeric doesn’t come to the rescue.
In this article, we would be showing you the incredible benefits of turmeric for hair growth. Hair is often said to be the crowning glory of a woman, but sadly, not all women have their ‘crown’ well-nourished and growing as it should- even when well fed. This is where turmeric in its heroism comes to the rescue, to restore glory to all crowns.
Without further ado, let’s get to it.
What is Turmeric?
Turmeric is a root spice that is obtained from the turmeric plant. A lot of people know it as the spice that gives color to curry, which is absolutely correct.
Turmeric has been used by Asians as both medicinal herb and spice. As a spice, it is used to flavor foods and/or add color to curry powders, cheese butter, and mustards.
As a medicinal herb, it is used in the treatment of ailments such as liver diseases, hay fever, high cholesterol, itching, depression, and other conditions that involve inflammation and pain.
Turmeric is also known as Curcuma, Curcuma aromatica, Curcuma domestica, and Curcumae longa.
Turmeric for Hair Growth
Hair loss is caused by a lot of factors but is usually worsened by conditions such as stress, hormonal irregularities, toxicity, and inflammatory responses. Turmeric supports hair growth by countering the effects of these conditions through their anti-inflammatory properties.
Unhealthy inflammatory responses are triggered by a high level of stress, viruses, bacteria, high blood sugar, environmental pollution, and cigarette smoke. All these are countered by turmeric, which in turn provides an optimal condition necessary for hair growth.
Aside from the anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric, it also contains an active ingredient called ‘curcumin’ which helps in stimulating hair growth and preventing hair loss.
Curcumin is an active ingredient that activates the Vitamin D receptor. Vitamin D promotes hair growth and controls the rate at which hair grows.
This property makes turmeric a powerful agent for improving and sustaining hair growth.
How to Use Turmeric for Hair Growth
Turmeric is naturally absorbed poorly in the body due to its low bioavailability. It is, therefore, recommended to be combined with other components that would raise its bioavailability and make it better absorbed by the body.
Such components are called ‘bioavailability enhancers.’ A good enhancer is Piperine; it is the active component in black pepper. It has been associated with improving absorption.
Recipe for Turmeric for Hair Loss
- Mix turmeric with an equal amount of pure honey and milk
- Apply the mixture to your scalp
- Massage the mixture to your skin for about 15 minutes
- Rinse out the mixture from your hair with a mild shampoo and warm water
- Repeat the same step for at least 2 times a week
Turmeric for Hair Removal
Turmeric is also used to remove facial hairs and body hairs. Although its effectiveness in hair removal is highly based on personal accounts rather than scientific researches. A lot of women swear by its effectiveness.
People who used turmeric in hair removal reported that it is effective but slow in action when compared to shaving or waxing.
Benefits of using turmeric for hair removal include smoothening of the skin, removing spots from the skin, evening out the complexion, clearing acne, unclogging pores, and fading off hyperpigmentation. Additionally, turmeric is a cheap option for removing facial and body hairs.
Recipe for Turmeric Hair Remover
Turmeric mask is used for removing facial and body hairs. This mask could be prepared in either of the following methods;
- Turmeric powder
- Rosewater (for fragrance)
- Aloe vera gel (to provide thickness and soothe the skin)
Mix one part of turmeric powder with one part of water, then add the optional ingredients; rose water and aloe vera gel. Ensure it has a jelly consistency.
- One teaspoon of turmeric
- Two tablespoons of flour or powdered oats
- Three tablespoons of milk or plain yogurt
- A few drops of pure honey
Mix all the ingredients in the stated proportions until it has a paste-like consistency. The flour in this recipe is put to keep turmeric from staining the face.
How to Use Turmeric for Hair Removal
Using a clean makeup brush, apply the turmeric mask on parts of your body or face where you want to get rid of hairs from in the direction as your hair growth. Do not use your bare hands to avoid getting stained.
Allow the turmeric mask to settle on your face and dry off completely. When you feel your face tighten with the dried mask- which should have started falling off by now, you can either wash off the mask or pull it off alongside some of your hairs.
Use lukewarm water to gently wash off the mask with either your hands or a clean face towel. Pat dry your face.
Peel off the mask from your face and/or body, until they are completely out of your skin. Then clear your skin of the mask with lukewarm water and mild soap.
Ensure to wash off the mask or peel the mask in the opposite direction of your hair growth.
A good amount of hair should be removed at the end of this procedure. Repeat two times per week for better results. Remember, it is a slow procedure; do not expect noticeable results immediately.
Turmeric for Dandruff Treatment
Dandruff is a common hair problem suffered by both males and females alike. Untreated dandruff causes flaking, itchy scalp, and ultimately loss of hair.
Turmeric is useful in the treatment of dandruff as a result of its richness in anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, and anti-bacterial properties.
These properties enable turmeric when applied on the scalp to properly clean the scalp and minimize flake build-up. It also increases the circulation of blood underneath the scalp, which prevents the formation of dead skin cells.
How to Use Turmeric for Dandruff Treatment
Mix turmeric powder with few drops of olive oil. When the consistency is right, apply the turmeric oil on your scalp. Allow it to sit on your scalp for 15 to 25 minutes, and then rinse it out with shampoo that has neither alcohol nor sulfate in it.
Turmeric for Coloring Natural Hair
As earlier stated, turmeric is a spice that has a universal economic value, even in the fashion industry, where its staining property has made it suitable for dyeing fabrics. In this same light, it is adopted by hairstylists as a dye for natural hair.
As a hair dye, turmeric is used in combination with chamomile, calendula, or saffron.
How to Use Turmeric for Coloring Natural Hair
Usually, an infusion is made with yellow flowers such as chamomile, calendula, or saffron.
A little amount of salt is added to turmeric for dissolution.
Mix ¼ of turmeric to 4/4 of liquid. The ratio mixed at this point will determine the shade of color your natural hair will take after the dying procedure.
Turmeric colors the hair in the following shades; Brown, Blonde, Light Brown, and White.
Turmeric, as a natural hair dye, is preferred over other chemical dyes because it preserves the organic biome of the hair and improves hair shine and texture.
Turmeric for Treating Scalp-related Conditions
Scalp problems include fungal infections, eczema, psoriasis, tinea capitis, alopecia areata, bamboo hairs, male pattern baldness, etc.
These conditions, most especially eczema, inflammation, itchy hair, thinning hair, and fungal infections, can be overcome by using turmeric. This is because turmeric contains anti-allergic, antiseptic, and antioxidant properties, which cleans up the scalp and reduces the scalp’s chances of deteriorating.
How to use turmeric for treating scalp related conditions
In treating scalp diseases, turmeric is best used in paste form. To create this paste, turmeric powder is combined with liquid milk and applied onto the scalp.
Gently massage the paste into your scalp for about 10 minutes.
Rinse the paste off using a shampoo that has neither alcohol nor sulfate in it.
Turmeric has proven over countless times that it is a valuable plant-based spice. However, some of the benefits it has been said to offer are mostly on personal accounts; just a few have been scientifically proven.
This means, therefore, that care should be taken while consuming or using turmeric internally for several health reasons. Turmeric should not be taken without a recommendation from a doctor by pregnant women, and individuals who are taking blood thinners.
For cosmetic purposes, such as use for hair treatment and dying, there are no grave side effects because turmeric is a natural product and has little or no effect on the body’s pH balance.
Supposing you stain your skin while using turmeric powder, its paste or oil. Do not freak out, the colors are temporary on the skin and would clear off when you wash the stained part with soap mixed with some baking soda. Alternatively, you can use a cotton ball dipped in milk. It does magic.