How Does Turmeric Help Hair Growth?

How Does Turmeric Help Hair Growth?

Make use of turmeric’s therapeutic properties. Turmeric is a powerful substance with a bright color and a rich taste that is believed to have several health advantages. Native to Southeast Asia and India, the golden spice has long been employed in Ayurvedic treatment.

An ancient medical system called Ayurveda treats a wide range of illnesses using natural remedies like the plant-based turmeric plant.

What Are The Benefits Of Using Turmeric Oil On Hair?

Some advantages you could experience if you use turmeric to stimulate hair growth or just to enhance the general health of your hair and scalp are as follows:

  1. Turmeric helps fight against dandruff.

Dandruff may seem less noticeable if you use turmeric essential oil on your hair. If dandruff is left untreated, it can eventually cause hair loss. Using turmeric daily can help keep the scalp healthy, which may promote the growth of new hair.

  1. Can give you more oil control.

Because of its anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial qualities, turmeric might be a helpful aid if you have oily hair or scalp. This is due to its ability to inhibit the growth of bacteria, which are frequently the cause of oily scalps.

  1. It could aid in preventing hair loss.

Curcumin, a substance found in turmeric, has anti-inflammatory qualities. Turmeric is thought to have anti-inflammatory properties that help diminish the effects of hair loss on hair follicles and the scalp, as inflammation is a contributing factor in hair loss on certain levels.

For example, reduced inflammation may be beneficial for those experiencing hair loss due to a skin condition like scalp psoriasis.

  1. It could provide your hair more protection.

In the fight against free radicals, which may damage your hair, scalp, and even your complexion, antioxidants are essential. Turmeric’s antioxidant qualities, which may fortify hair and shield it from toxins, are the reason why so many people take it.

  1. The blood circulation in your body can get better.

Turmeric is thought to enhance blood flow throughout the body, including the scalp, when taken as a supplement. More oxygen and nutrients reach the scalp as blood flow increases, and this can promote the development of new hair follicles.

Options for Using Turmeric in Hair

Turmeric can be ingested or administered topically. For the latter, according to Gaunitz, “turmeric can be used daily when you follow the normal recommendations for systemic use.” Depending on the concentration of turmeric, you should take 500–2000 mg daily. However, if you take turmeric orally, avoid taking it with drugs that can slow blood clotting, such as ibuprofen and aspirin. And if you’re seeking further professional-approved applications of turmeric for hair, you’re in luck:

Nourish your scalp

Combine turmeric with essential oils like lavender to create a soothing scalp treatment.

Use as a shampoo

Using “the golden goddess” ingredient in your shampoo is a quick and simple method to include turmeric in your regimen. Just wash, rinse, and do it again.

Apply as a mask

Equal parts olive oil and turmeric make a simple and effective homemade hydrating turmeric mask, according to Engelman. If you want the mask to be more hydrating, you may also add a tiny bit of honey. After evenly applying the mask, let it on for 15 to 20 minutes so the ingredients may seep into the hair. Finally, use your preferred shampoo and conditioner to rinse and clean your hair.

Take as a supplement

Turmeric has benefits for skin and hair when consumed as a supplement in addition to being applied topically. “Taking turmeric internally is the best way to use it for hair because it can be processed in your gut and reduce inflammation throughout your body,” advises Gaunitz.

In addition, turmeric is well-recognized for improving skin health and stimulating hair growth. Turmeric has several uses that can help you heal. You can add turmeric to food, make a golden milk latte or tea, make a paste with turmeric, or take supplements.

It’s important to note that while turmeric is generally safe for most people, there can be some side effects [highlight]. Be sure to consult your doctor before adding turmeric supplements to your routine, especially if you have any underlying health conditions.

If you enjoyed this article, you may also want to read this article on Turmeric to Relieve Headaches.

*This information is not intended to serve as a substitute for professional medical or dietary advice tailored to individual needs.

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