5 superfoods that are good for your hair and scalp
Everyone wants longer and healthy-looking hair. But who says you can only achieve that with traditional hair products? Sometimes, you can also use items you think are just meant to be eaten. Today, we’re going to take a look at some superfoods that aren’t only good to eat but can also have positive effects when used on your hair and scalp. We’ll also look at how you can use them.
Baobab oil is a highly nourishing oil obtained from baobab trees commonly found in mainland Africa, Madagascar, and Australia. Like Healthline explains in their article on “Baobab Oil benefits for the skin,” it is cold-pressed from fruit trees and is considered to have key components that help protect and nourish the hair and scalp. Some benefits you can get from using baobab oil on your hair and scalp are:
- It has softening and rejuvenating properties that help in retaining hair moisture and preventing dryness
- It adds gloss and shine to the hair
- It’s great for healing dry scalps and preventing dandruff
- It contains vitamin C, which is key in promoting hair elasticity
- It has anti-inflammatory properties that help in treating scalp issues like dryness, eczema, and psoriasis
- It contains Vitamin A and E, which help in softening dry hair
How to use Baobab oil
As a pre-poo: You can use baobab oil as a pre-poo treatment before shampooing your hair. To use, you want to apply and massage an oil blend that’s infused with baobab oil into your scalp and hair strands. You can do this for about 20 minutes before rinsing out and starting to shampoo your hair. You can also leave the oil overnight to allow it to soak, then go ahead to shampoo the following morning.
As a deep conditioner: Baobab oil can also be included in your intensive conditioning treatment, or you can use a deep conditioner that’s been mixed with baobab oil to penetrate the hair and protect it against damage while also providing much-needed moisture.
Small, golden orange fruits from the apricot tree, apricots are juicy, sweet, and are often consumed raw or used in juices, jams, jellies, pastries, and pies. Apricot oil is derived from the kernel of apricots and is rich in nutrients like proteins, soluble sugars, fibers, and unsaturated fatty acids that have numerous benefits on hair growth. They also have a considerable mineral component that provides excellent softening and moisturizing properties to the skin and scalp.
Here are some of the benefits of this superfood on the hair and scalp:
- Apricot contains oleic acid that makes the hair softer and easier to handle
- It moisturizes and prevents dryness of the hair strands and scalp
- It contains linoleic acid, which promotes hair growth and loss of moisture
- Helps in hydrating the hair and scalp by sealing in moisture and also absorbing water from the humidity.
How to use Apricot for your hair:
While the fruit can be eaten raw and used in other food products, apricot seed oil can be mixed with your favorite moisturizing shampoo or conditioner for extra moisture or to make your hair softer. Naturally Curly also tells us in their guide about the benefits of apricot oil that it can be used in massaging your scalp to remove dryness and lock in moisture.
A sweet, syrup-like substance produced by bees from the nectar of flowering plants, honey is a common ingredient in many food recipes. However, it is also a great superfood that is good for the hair and scalp as it offers many medicinal and dermatological benefits. Here are some of them:
- It contains many vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and antioxidants that keep your hair conditioned and healthy
- Honey has emollients and humectant properties that add shine to hair strands and moisture to the scalp
- Honey contains keratin which is an essential protein that adds structure and strength to your hair
How to use Honey
As an oil treatment: You can mix honey alongside an oil blend and apply it to your hair. This can stay on for about 20 minutes before being rinsed off. You can then wash your hair with shampoo and condition it afterward.
As a hair mask: You can also use honey as a hair mask to help soften your hair. Start by mixing one-fourth cup of honey with half a cup of plain, unsweetened yogurt, then apply the mixture to your hair. You can cover it and wash it off after 15-25 minutes.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is known to be used as a hair and scalp treatment as it contains numerous therapeutic properties. It is commonly mixed with other hair products to help in promoting hair growth and a healthy scalp.
Benefits of tea tree oil:
- It helps in treating hair ailments like dandruff and hair loss
- Tea tree oil has antifungal and antibacterial properties that prevent product buildup and dry scalp
- It also helps in preventing excessive hair loss caused by dandruff and excess sebum
- It nourishes hair follicles and hair roots, thus resulting in strong and longer hair
How to use Tea tree oil
As a hot oil treatment: Tea tree oil can be used as a hot oil treatment by mixing it with a carrier oil such as olive, almond, or coconut oil. Suppose you don’t want to go through the trouble of mixing oils; you can always use our oil blend for this purpose as it contains a mixture of tea tree oils, rosemary, baobab oil, and Vitamin E. Despite the number of oils, many people have reported how non-greasy and light-weight the oil blend is.
The aloe vera plant contains a translucent gel that has fantastic benefits on the hair and scalp. It’s made up of water, organic and inorganic compounds, as well as vitamin A, B, C, and E. It offers numerous benefits for the hair and scalp, such as;
- Acting as a great conditioner to leave your hair smooth and shiny
- It contains keratin which gives the hair more elasticity and prevents breakage
- Promoting hair growth and prevention of dandruff
How to use Aloe vera
As a hair mask: Aloe vera can be mixed with coconut oil and applied to the hair as a mask to promote soft hair. You can mix equal portions of aloe vera gel and coconut oil and then leave it for about 30 minutes before washing off.
As a scalp serum: The Uhai scalp serum contains aloe vera juice, baobab oil, tea tree oil, and rosemary oil which keeps the scalp hydrated and gets rid of itchiness. You can apply a scalp serum on your scalp while wearing protective styling or massage it into your hair after washing.
Do you know any more superfoods that you’d like to add? Let us know in the comments. We’d love to hear them!
Uhai Hair is a line of versatile haircare products infused with high quality African ingredients such as superfood baobab, coconut oil and shea butter and designed to revive the hair and scalp. The products are award winning (the Oil Blend won the Allure Best in Beauty Award) and have received recognition from Beauty Editors from leading publications including Allure, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, the LA Times, Harper’s Bazaar etc. Uhai Hair is available globally in Liberia, Kenya, Ghana, Cote D’Ivoire, and the U.S.
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