Cayenne pepper is well known around the world spice and often used as an important ingredient in many hot sauces.
It’s also called Capsicum annuum Cayenne and contains chemical capsaicin that increases blood circulation and promotes hair growth. It contains important vitamins and minerals which promote hair strength and health, as Vitamins A, C, B6, magnesium, iron, fatty oils, B12, B3, B1, and Vit .K. and provides hair with the important and necessary nutrients.
Several doctors and researchers (Department of Translational Medical Science Research, Nagoya City University, Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Nagoya, Japan) pointed the benefits of cayenne pepper to stimulate the hair follicles and consequently promote hair growth.
Unique contents of the cayenne provide the effectiveness of its use for treating hair loss.
According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, cayenne pepper has anti-inflammatory benefits and improve blood circulation. Since the poor circulation is a common cause of alopecia, Cayenne pepper, when applied topically, stimulates hair regrowth, strengthens the hair follicles, eliminated dandruff and seborrhea, and reduces hair loss.
In particular, capsaicin plays the main role in improving hair growth, because it is responsible for the heating effect of cayenne pepper, that resulted in improved blood circulation and faster delivery of nutrients to hair follicles.
Researchers explained that cayenne pepper also prevents hair loss due to its effect on the endocannabinoids system, a group neuromodulators that affect appetite, memory loss, mood, and hair loss. Recent studies suggest that “endocannabinoids inhibits hair growth, especially during the stress”. Cayenne pepper has beneficial effect on androgenic hair loss treatment and particularly for hair loss that caused by stress,(Kreitzer and Regehr, 2001; Maejima et al, 2001)
Cayenne pepper is easy to find in any grocery store or on Amazon.
The study research also suggests taking 3-4 grams of cayenne pepper a day along with a pill of soy isoflavones.
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These two studies support the result that suggested that ” 88 percent of the study participants had hair growth.”
Studies have been identified mechanisms by which “capsaicin, a constituent of cayenne pepper, combined with soy, can stimulate hair growth” (Harada N, Okajima K, Arai M, Kurihara H, Nakagata N.)
To treat hair loss with cayenne is a very easy at home. There are a variety of natural ingredients can be added to home-made hair masks.
Many researchers recommend in addition to hair-loss treatment with cayenne pepper, take some supplements, which may add a positive difference in the hair healthy look.
Homemade hair masks improve the hair structure and glossiness, bring the shine and speed up hair growth.
There are some easy recipes that promote hair growth:
Mask with cayenne paper and Ginger Juice
¼ a cup of fresh ginger juice
1/4 a cup of olive oil or coconut oil
2.5 tablespoons of cayenne pepper powder cayenne.
Mix carefully and apply to your scalp, gently massaging.
Leave for 30 min, then shampoo as usual.
Repeat every week for a month to see the amazing result.
Mask with Cayenne Pepper and Honey
3 tbs honey
1 tbs cayenne pepper powder.
Mix well and apply on scalp ( hair should be damp)
Put a shower cap on or a cellophane bag and wrap your head in a warm towel.
Leave for 30-40 mins. You can wash off the mask earlier if you feel burning sensation. Normally you should feel the slight heating sensation on the scalp that indicates increased blood circulation.
Mask with Cayenne Pepper and Egg Yolk
1 tbs of cayenne pepper powder
1tbs olive oil or castor oil
1 egg yolk
2 tbs lemon juice.
Mix well and apply to scalp. Cover with a shower cap and a warm towel, leave for 30-40 mins, then shampoo as usual.
Mask with Cayenne pepper and Mustard powder
2 tbs cayenne pepper
2 tbs mustard powder
3 tbs warm water
1 tbs castor oil
1 tbs olive oil
1tbs coconut oil
Mix well and apply to scalp. Cover with a shower cap and a warm towel, leave for 20-30 mins, then shampoo as usual.
Possible side effects of cayenne pepper treatment for hair.
Cayenne pepper has multiple health benefits, but occasionally can cause some problem, such as skin irritation or itching, if not used properly or used on sensitive skin.
To avoid possible side effect, please follow precautions :
1. Do the test on skin a day before you are planning the treatment with a small amount of any mask, containing cayenne pepper. Sometimes it can cause burning sensation, – using some ice on the affected area and calming lotion with aloe vera will reduce the symptoms. Do not use on scalp if you test shows that your skin has a reaction to the test application.
2. Use pepper mask on hair before shampooing.
2. Use protective gloves when working with cayenne pepper. Be aware that burning sensation may continue up to 12 hours.
2. Consult your doctor if you use medications to check if there any contraindication for use of cayenne pepper.
3. Do not leave the mask longer than recommended time and do not use more than twice a week. It may cause skin burn and irritation.
4. Be aware that cayenne can change color on dyed hair.
5. Protect your eyes from cayenne pepper- it will cause irritation and pain.
I hope that alongside with various hair treatments, cayenne pepper mask will take a special place in your beauty routine. Apply it to scalp ones or twice per week to improve your hair condition and to get shiny and soft hair.
Please feel free to leave comments or share your favorite hair mask recipes!
Sharma SK, Vij AS, Sharma M. Mechanisms and clinical uses of capsaicin. Eur J Pharmacol. 2013;720(1-3):55-62.
Department of Translational Medical Science Research, Nagoya City University, Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Kawasumi 1, Mizuho-cho, Mizuho-ku, Nagoya 467-8601, Japan.
Growth Horm IGF Res. 2007 Jun 12; [Epub ahead of print] Administration of capsaicin and isoflavone promotes hair growth by increasing insulin-like growth factor-I production in mice and in humans with alopecia. Harada N, Okajima K, Arai M, Kurihara H, Nakagata N.
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