Used in medicine since ancient Greece, garlic is a plant from the onion family, closely related to onions, shallots and leeks that have many health benefits to offer. But what can it do to your hair?
You’ve probably heard all the medicinal properties of garlic –it’s packed with vitamins and manganese and it is great to combat colds, reduce blood pressure, improve cholesterol levels and it also contains antioxidants that can prevent dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Its medicinal use was documented by Egyptians, Babylonians, Greeks, Romans and Chinese as well and it is often referred to as nature's antibiotic.
Hair Benefits of Garlic
Garlic has fantastic scalp and hair health benefits. Due to its antimicrobial properties and its nutrients like calcium, zinc and selenium, garlic contributes greatly to the health of your hair.
- It is anti-microbial: The components in garlic have antiviral and anti-fungal properties, so if you have any fungal infection in the scalp garlic is bound to help.
- It helps with dandruff: Applying garlic powder to the scalp can help increase the circulation of blood in the scalp, minimize dandruff and stimulate hair growth in consequence.
- It protects your hair from sun damage because of its antioxidant properties it can prevent ultraviolet damage.
- Appling topically garlic to the hair might reduce the risk of hair loss, just make sure to do it twice a day for 3 months to see the results.
If you suffer from alopecia, using garlic gel can be the answer, just make sure you consult your doctor before taking any supplement or including it into your hair regimen.
How to include it in your hair routine
Garlic is great as a pre-shampoo scalp treatment –not a hair strand treatment. You can try applying garlic oil or garlic-infused oil to the scalp. You can even create your own blends, using jojoba or avocado oil. Massage your blend of choice allowing it to penetrate and leave it on for 20 to 35 minutes before shampooing and conditioning. Make sure you remove the oil from the scalp and if you suffer from mild dandruff or itchy scalp, once a week will do, for more severe cases you can repeat the treatment before every shampoo.
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