Many of us know the joys of a ginger beer, ginger herbal tea or tasty ginger biscuit. This wonderful natural root has lots of uses in the culinary world. Less of us are probably aware that ginger also has many beauty benefits. This root is part of the Zingiberaceae family, along with cardamom and turmeric. It is commonly produced in India, Jamaica, Fiji, Indonesia, and Australia. From face masks to moisturizers, people have been applying this potent spice to their skin and hair for centuries.
One of the best things about ginger when it comes to beauty is its effect on hair. If you are one of the many people currently suffering from hair loss it may be a useful thing to try. In this article we give you the low down on how to use ginger to fight thinning and hair loss. Whether you have long, straight locks or gorgeous curls like 4a hair, ginger has a lot to offer so read on.
Why is ginger good for fighting hair loss?
Ginger actually has a range of benefits for the scalp, roots and ends of hair, from stopping thinning to increasing blood flow and giving the hair much needed minerals. Here are our top reasons for incorporating this root into your haircare routine:
One of the best things about this tasty ingredient is that it has circulatory agents. These are properties of the substance that aid with the flow of blood around the body. This is particularly important for those with thinning hair. One of the reasons hair can become thin is that it does not receive important nutrients from the blood. It’s more likely to do so with increased blood flow to the scalp.
A common reason for incorporating ginger into your food is its excellent nutritional benefits, including as it does some important minerals. These are also absolutely vital for hair growth and shine too. Ginger includes magnesium, potassium, phosphorous and a host of vitamins that really make a difference to your locks.
If you have hair that tends to thin or leaves patches on your scalp ginger is a great thing to try because of its fatty acids. These are a type of substance which help to stop thinning. Both eating the stuff and applying it to your scalp can help transfer the fatty acids to your hair.
With so many potential benefits, the obvious question is how to apply ginger to hair. The best thing to do is apply the root fresh and direct to your scalp. Take an inch long piece and shave off the skin using a kitchen knife. Then grate it into a small bowl. Once you have a good amount, apply liberally to any area of your scalp where the hair appears thin or dry. Leave for approximately 3 minutes then rinse off. As with all beauty treatments do a patch test first with a small area of skin to check for reactions.
This root is really a useful little ingredient when it comes to thinning hair or hair loss. If you have naturally quite dry hair, like 4a hair or other curly hair types, then it is also a good resource for adding gloss and shine. Try it out today and see what impact it has for you.
I know you all love videos so here’s a great one from Babilon Kay. It’s a Ginger Hair Mask that is easy to follow and create. All you need is the root a peeler, a grater, and some olive oil. This is great for women who are suffering from thinning edges too.