Besides being used as a spice and a natural home remedy for cold and flu, ginger can also be used to promote hair growth. In this article, we will explore the (i) the benefits of ginger on hair and (ii) how to use ginger to promote hair growth.
Since I decided to go natural and to fully embrace my curls, I have learnt so much about natural home remedies through research and experimenting on my 4C hair. I have tried remedies like Rice Water to condition hair, Onion Juice to stimulate growth, Rose Water for intense moisture and several other remedies.
I use ginger on my natural 4C hair either as a hair rinse or blending it with onion juice when am doing an onion juice treatment.
Now, am sure you are wondering why on earth would someone use ginger on hair! Well, it is because it is loaded with nutrients that are good for hair.
Does Ginger promote hair growth?
There are very limited studies to suggest that ginger promotes hair growth, however the use of ginger stimulates the flow of blood to the scalp, increasing blood circulation, which triggers the hair follicles and encourages new growth.
Ginger may also promote hair growth by preventing hair from developing dandruff which could lead to inflammation of the scalp, itchiness, weakening of the hair root thus hair loss.
Benefits of Ginger on hair
Below are the 6 benefits of using ginger on hair.
1. Prevents Dandruff
Dandruff is one the most common hair problems. Ginger has antimicrobial and antiseptic properties that can help in getting rid of dandruff.
In a research carried out to determine the antifungal properties in ginger, it was found that ginger has antifungal properties, thus good for promoting a healthy scalp.(1)
Extracts from ginger possess an antiseptic property which helps in the prevention of dandruff. For this reason, ginger is a common ingredient used in hair care products such as anti-dandruff shampoos.
Freshly grated fresh ginger can be combined with oil, massaged into the scalp and rinsed off after 15-30 minutes.
2. Helps combat free radicals
The keratin of the hair fiber is easily degraded by the effects of free radicals in hair. Antioxidants present in ginger can help to fight the oxidation process which releases free radicals that disrupt the normal function of hair cells.
Ginger is an antioxidant superfood. Its extracts are used in hair products such as shampoos, conditioners, serums and sprays to stop the oxidation process and protect the hair against harmful environmental effects such as the UV rays.
An antioxidant hair product stops the oxidation process to protect the hair against the harmful effects caused by environmental factors such as UV rays.
These products help in stabilizing the pigment in the hair color and in keeping hair healthy and beautiful.
3. Reduces Inflammation
Scalp conditions such as Saboheic Eczema and Psoriasis can lead to an itchy flaky scalp. In most cases they also lead to inflammation of the scalp and more severe cases, hair loss.
Ginger is known for its anti-inflammatory properties and this is why it is used for treating anti- inflammatory conditions.(2) Its antiseptic properties help in relieving damaged scalp or skin caused by dandruff or other scalp conditions.
4. Makes Hair Soft and Shiny
Ginger is packed with vitamins and minerals including magnesium, phosphorus and potassium. The fatty acids in ginger can help in improving hair appearance.
Use of ginger oil, hair rinse can give hair a soft and shiny appearance to appearance giving your hair a desired lustrous look.
5. May prevents hair loss
Whilst there are no scientific studies that have directly linked ginger to hair loss prevention. It is believe that the antioxidant and antimicrobial properties in ginger prevent common scalp conditions such as dandruff which if left untreated may lead to hair loss.
Ginger is also a natural antiseptic that helps in healing a damaged scalp. With dandruff and inflammation out of the way, ginger promotes circulation on the scalp leading to more blood flow into the scalp thus promoting growth of healthy hair strands.
6. May promote hair growth
Ginger is popularly used East Asia mainly for hair growth and prevention of hair loss, especially among the Indian and Pakistan communities. However, it is important to note that there is no scientific evidence to back this up.
The main abundant active ingredient in ginger is 6 – Gingerol. This Study conducted indicates that Gingerol has no effect in promoting hair growth. Although the study was conducted on mice and with a few limitations.
Many research studies focus on its antioxidant properties and antimicrobial properties. Ginger promotes hair growth by preventing hair from developing dandruff which could lead to inflammation of the scalp, itchiness, weakening of the hair root thus hair loss.
Use of ginger stimulates the flow of blood to the scalp, increasing blood circulation, which triggers the hair follicles and encourages new growth.
How to use Ginger to promote hair growth
1. Ginger Oil
Ginger oil is normally extracted from the ginger rhizome through the distillation process. To increase effectiveness, ginger can be used as a hot oil treatment on the scalp. Heat works by allowing the oil to penetrate better and faster into the hair shaft and by promoting blood flow into the scalp.
It is important to note that ginger oil is strong extract and should therefore be diluted with carrier oil before application.
2. Ginger Hair Mask
A ginger hair mask can be made by combining ginger juice with an essential oil and equal parts of carrier oil such as coconut, jojoba or any other carrier oil preferred.
Massage these into the scalp and ensure that you cover the hair evenly before placing a cap over your hair.
When treating the scalp only, you may add something acidic to the mask such as lemon, apple cider vinegar or yoghurt.
Rinse it out after 30 minutes.
3. Ginger Juice
Ginger juice is extracted from the ginger root. To make the juice, peel a few pieces of ginger root then blend the pulp with a little water to get a smooth paste. Sieve out the ginger juice by passing it through a clean piece of cloth.
Ginger juice can be applied directly to the scalp and rinsed out after 5-10 minutes.
4. In food or as a supplement
Ginger can be taken in food as a spice. There are also lots of supplements available in the form of capsules, tablets and teas that can be beneficial for hair. It is important to be careful while trying out the different ways of usage.
Whilst we know that ginger has been widely used in food and in topical applications without issues being reported, should you notice any reactions when using ginger, discontinue immediately and consult a medical doctor.
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