Moringa has been around for a very long time and has been used for centuries because of its health benefits and medicinal value. Moringa grows in dry areas that have sandy soils. I use Moringa both in my tea and in my hair rinses and I love the results on my natural 4C hair. In this article, you will learn more about the Moringa herb and how you can use it to grow long, healthy hair.Can Moringa be used to grow natural 4C hair? Moringa can be used to grow long healthy natural hair because of it’s loaded with nutrients that are very valuable to your hair. Moringa is rich in protein, minerals, and vitamins. This is why it works like magic on hair leaving it healthy and strong. Moringa also has chlorophyll, complete amino-acids, and antioxidants, all of which are responsible for nourishing your hair. Moringa is mostly used in powder form as the powder is quite easy to obtain and very affordable.
Moringa grows very quickly and is considered a fast-growing plant because it can grow up three meters in ten months. The trees have sweet-smelling flowers, green leaves, and fruits. The fruit is brown and full of oily seeds. The Moringa tree has small green leaves that contain most of its nutrients needed. All parts of the Moringa tree are edible and have long been consumed by humans.
Nutritional composition of Moringa and the benefits to hair
Moringa powder is concentrated, so use it sparingly and always keep in mind a little will go a long way. The various nutrients that are present in Moringa and the benefits include:
1- Vitamins A and B in Moringa promotes hair growth
Moringa contains both Vitamins A and B that nourish the hair and promote growth. Vitamin A plays a very vital role in the development of healthy cells and tissues in the body and in reducing hair loss. Moringa contains high contents of vitamin A, thus supporting hair growth. Vitamin A deficiency causes thickening of the scalp, dry hair and dandruff. Meaning using Moringa helps moisturize your hair and keeps off dandruff. Vitamin A also stimulates the production of sebum from the sebaceous glands. Sebum moisturizes the scalp and helps keep the hair healthy.
Hair loss can also occur if you have a vitamin B deficiency especially Vitamin B6, inositol, biotin, and folic acid. Vitamin B aids in creating red blood cells which carry oxygen and nutrients to the scalp and hair follicles. Proper blood circulation in the scalp allows the hair follicles to grow strong and healthy.
2- Iron in Moringa prevents hair loss.
According to various medical journals, Iron deficiency has been associated with hair loss. Iron boosts oxygen circulation in the blood, all the way to your scalp. When your scalp has sufficient supply of oxygen your hair follicles grow better. Moringa being one of the top vegetable sources of iron makes it a suitable herb for natural hair growth.
3- Zinc for healthy hair follicles
The Moringa plant contains zinc, which stimulates hair growth. Both the zinc and Vitamins protect the hair from drying and clogging of sebaceous glands, which are responsible for sebum production. Low levels of zinc has been linked to poor hair growth and even hair loss. [source] Zinc is a very important contributor to healthy hair follicles, which are the roots of every single hair on your head. Zinc improves hair growth by supporting damaged hair follicles to recover more quickly. It helps keep the oil glands around the follicles working properly.
4- The essential amino acids in Moringa nourishes the hair strands
Moringa is rich in amino acids, the building blocks of all our body cells. Moringa contains arginine, cysteine, lysine, and methionine all very important for hair growth. Cysteine is the most crucial of amino acids for hair growth. Cysteine is a strong antioxidant that protects the hair from sun damage and other harmful radiations. It also provides Sulphur to the hair cells which improves the texture and strengthens the hair. A portion of Moringa every morning can give you exactly what you need.
5- Vitamins C & E in Moringa fights oxidative stress
Vitamins C & E are very powerful antioxidants that aid in fighting against damaging free radicals. Free radicals get into the body from both the inside and outside, causing hair to weaken and even turn grey. Vitamin C helps in combating this damage while vitamin E can help in repairing the damage that is already done. Both Vitamin C and E help improve blood circulation in the scalp. It is vital to maintaining the capillaries that carry blood to the follicles. The vitamin E contained in Moringa is a powerful antioxidant that stimulates blood circulation throughout the scalp. Proper flow of blood to the scalp helps the absorption of nutrients in the hair follicles.
6- Omega 3 in Moringa nourishes hair
Omega 3 fatty acids or unsaturated fats also play a major part in maintaining lustrous and healthy hair. Most people think of salmon whenever they hear about Omega 3 fatty acids, but what you should also know is, Moringa is a great plant-based source of this fatty acid. Omega 3s help thicken hair strands by enriching them with healthy fats. The fatty acids in omega 3 also reduce inflammation of the scalp and nourish hair follicles, encouraging hair growth and overall hair health [source]. These fatty acids also promote blood circulation, soothe and moisturize the scalp preventing dryness and dandruff. The fatty acids also encourage the production of scalp oils, which naturally coat hair strands, helping to transform dry hair giving it life.
The Omega 3s in Moringa helps increase hair strength and thickness. By increasing hair elasticity, your hair looks more beautiful, bouncier with less breakage.
Finally, omega 3 contributes positively to your hair’s natural sheen, leaving your hair with a beautiful shine even without shine products. Anyone looking for glowing, healthy hair would do well to incorporate Moringa into their daily diet or as a hair rinse and mask.
7- Proteins in Moringa promote hair growth
Hair is majorly made of the protein keratin. Getting a healthy dose of protein from your daily diet is very essential in ensuring that your hair grows. Regular consumption and use of Moringa nourishes and strengthens the hair to give you thick, healthy and shiny hair. The acidic properties of in Moringa cure dandruff and scalp psoriasis helping in improving the health of the scalp.
How to use Moringa powder to grow hair
1- Moringa natural hair oil
Using Moringa oil as a treatment for your hair will make it dandruff free and your scalp becomes moisturized. Moringa oil hydrates, moisturize and treats your hair follicles from the inside. Moringa oil is an all-natural and very effective conditioner and moisturizer. The best oil comes from seeds of the tree. Moringa oil is so effective that is has become a popular ingredient in expensive luxury cosmetics. You do not have to spend so much to enjoy the benefits of Moringa oil for your hair, though. You can use the oil directly on your hair and will be more affordable and you will still achieve maximum benefits.
To apply Moringa oil treatment, make sure your hair is dump then massage the oil into your scalp and working your way from the roots to the end. Repeat this once or twice a week for best results.
2- Moringa Tea Rinse
Moringa powder can also be added to various teas that already exist or you can just stir it into hot water to make tea on its own. You can add apple cider vinegar or lemon juice for flavor. Use the tea as a hair rinse during your wash day.
3- Hair mask
You can use Moringa by adding the powder or oil to your hair masks. Use at least once a week as a Hair Mask. Here’s is one recipe that can turn your hair from dry and brittle to healthy and shiny.
What you will need:
- 1 tbsp Coconut Oil
- 2 tbsp Moringa Powder.
- 3 tbsp Raw Honey.
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and add some water to achieve your desired consistency. Apply the mixture generously to your hair. Cover and leave it in for about 30-45 minutes. Rinse thoroughly and style. This mask will leave your hair looking shiny and feeling soft. This combined with the boost of nutrients from your diet is a winning combination for beautiful hair.
4- Add to Food
Supplementing your food with Moringa powder works well for your hair from the inside. You can sprinkle it onto salads or in soups or including it in a multitude of recipes of delicious smoothies, teas, and juices, it is guaranteed to nourish your hair follicles from the inside out.
Try adding Moringa into your haircare regime to achieve a glossy, nourished look. Always remember to consult your doctor before experimenting with anything new especially if you have allergies. Remember Moringa is not to be used by expectant mothers. The chemicals in the root, bark, and flowers can make the uterus contract, and this might cause a miscarriage According to Webmd. Moringa can however be used by lactating mothers as it boosts milk production.
To learn more about herbs that you can use to grow long, healthy natural 4C hair, read this article.
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