Can Hair Grow Faster With Cayenne Pepper?
What's the Deal With This Pepper?
Cayenne pepper has been used as a natural medicine for centuries. The active ingredients in it include capsicum and capsaicin and they are both said to have beneficial health properties.
Capsicum has been proven to relieve pain from things such as rheumatoid arthritis and nerve pain due to diabetes as well as some other ailments when applied to the skin of the affected area — it's approved by the FDA to be used for these purposes. It's also used for (though not proven to treat), heartburn, IBS and lots of other illnesses, aches, and pains.
Capsaicin is similarly used to relieve pain when applied topically. This is the substance that causes your skin to sting after you cut peppers. Capsaicin, however, has not been scientifically proven to relieve pain.
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Does It Really Work?
Though it has not been scientifically proven to do so, there are some reasons that using a cayenne pepper moisturizing treatment might cause faster growing hair.
- When you apply an oil-based moisturizing treatment to your scalp and massage it in, this increases blood flow and clears away debris that may have been clogging your follicles.
- The mixture moisturizes your hair, which is key to preventing breakage and helps keep your hair long.
- Washing out the treatment also helps keep your hair follicles free from gunk and other residues that might be preventing growth.
Long story short, using a cayenne pepper oil regularly can be good for your hair. However, it's unclear if it is better than using any other kind of oil or deep moisturizing treatment. It's certainly worth a shot, however (especially if you're recovering from a bad haircut!)
There are many methods of using cayenne pepper for your hair. Most of them involve making a cayenne pepper oil that you apply to your hair and washing it off between three and eight hours later.
Check out the recipes below.
Olive or Coconut Oil and Cayenne Tincture
This is one of the most common mixtures. It only has two ingredients: oil and cayenne. Coconut, olive, argon, and castor oil are all popular for use on hair. Though the recipe below is for olive oil, you could replace it with any of the other ones.
- Pour one cup of extra virgin olive oil into a saucepan at low heat.
- Gradually add one tablespoon of cayenne powder into the oil, stirring to avoid clumping.
- Continue to stir for a few minutes until the mixture is hot.
- Remove from heat and allow to cool.
- After it cools, pour a small amount of the oil onto your scalp and massage through your hair. Make sure you are wearing gloves and that you don't get it in your eyes.
Leave the mixture on your hair for at least three hours. Some people opt to leave it in their hair overnight, but it's up to you. Regardless of how long you choose, make sure you wear a shower cap since it will dribble.
Rinse it out afterwards with shampoo. You might have to shampoo twice to get all of it out.
- Mix one tablespoon of ground pepper into two cups of olive oil and let it stand for one to two weeks in a dark bottle in a cool place.
- After infusing, rub a liberal amount onto your hair and scalp and keep it on overnight (remember your gloves!)
- Shampoo as usual in the morning.
What Happens Next?
After you apply the mixture, you will feel a tingling sensation on your head. That's a sign that blood flow is increasing, which is key for hair growth. It is important to be careful with the spice, though, since cayenne pepper can be very painful on the face and eyes.
Try a treatment once a week for three months and see if you have any progress with your hair length, texture, and shine. Below is more information about hair growth and some tips to make sure you're getting your best chance at long locks.
Castor Oil and Cayenne Pepper Recipe
Factors That Affect Hair Growth
Everyone has a genetically-pre-determined optimal hair growth rate, which means that if everything is going well in your body, your hair will max out growing at a certain speed.
Some people's hair simply grows faster than others. According to WebMD, the hair on your scalp will grows about .3 to .4 mm/day or about 6 inches per year. It's the same amount no matter if your hair is relaxed or natural.
Do you exercise? Do you eat vegetables and healthy proteins? Do you drink enough water? Get enough sleep? Are you stressed out?
All of these can have a big impact on your hair growth.
Hygiene and Hair Habits
Are you kind to your hair? Do you use lots of heat to style or dye it? Do you relax it frequently? Do you put it in hairstyles that are rough on it?
Common hair practices and treatments can make your hair more brittle and prone to breakage. Alternately, if you don't wash your hair frequently, you might have build-up on your your scalp that is impeding hair growth.
13 Natural Ways to Grow Your Hair Faster
1. Eat Better Food.
What you eat should (more often than not) be fresh, green, and home-cooked.
Omega-3 fatty acids (found in fish, almonds, flax seed, and avocados), biotin, folic acid, vitamins A, D, C, B12 and other B vitamins, and calcium are all crucial to hair growth. If you find it hard to get all the nutrients you need from the foods you eat, take a multi-vitamin.
Biotin is the only supplement that has been proven to have a positive effect on nail and hair growth.
2. Drink More Water.
Water is the best moisturizer for your body and chances are that you're not getting enough of it. Try to increase the amount of glasses you drink a day.
This will increase circulation in your body (and in your scalp), boost your metabolism, and help increase your overall health.
4. Get More Sleep.
Sleep is crucial to every part of the body's function, including hair growth. Without enough sleep, nothing in your body works optimally.
How can I control my life when I can't control my hair?— Author Unknown
5. Stress Less.
Mind stress can have a real negative physical impact on your body. Find ways to de-stress like taking some me-time, getting more sleep, asking for help, or even changing jobs in the long term.
6. Treat Your Scalp.
You should wash your hair at least every four to seven days (no matter what kind of hair you have), which this includes giving your scalp a good cleanse and rubdown.
If you have the time, massage your scalp for 30 minutes, or divide that up into smaller time increments. If you like using lots of products in your hair, this is especially important.
7. Trim Your Ends.
It might seem counter-intuitive that you need to cut your hair in order to grow it, but damaged ends have the tendency to split and break. Keep them from breaking, and you'll keep your hair longer.
Life is an endless struggle full of frustrations and challenges, but eventually you find a hair stylist you like.— Author Unknown
8. Be Gentle to Your Hair.
Here are some tips for being kinder to your hair:
- Use a wide-tooth comb and do not over brush your hair.
- Don't yank or pull and try hairstyles that aren't too harsh on your hair.
- Consider a protective hairstyle to keep your ends out of harm's way. Ask your stylist about some looks that might work for you.
- Comb your hair in the shower or before you shower. Wet hair is more fragile than dry hair.
- Remember that coarse hair is not stronger. Quite the opposite in fact, so if your hair is very kinky you need to be extra nice to it.
9. Moisturize Frequently.
This is especially important if you have very kinky hair since the oil from your scalp can't reach the ends. Supplement your body's oil in the form of light, daily moisturizers as well as deep-conditioning every other week or every week. The above cayenne pepper masks works well, as do other types of oil masks.
10. Avoid Heat or Chemicals.
This includes hot water, heat-styling, or other heat or chemical treatments.
- If you relax your hair, you should avoid doing it more than five or six times a year. Space out the time between relaxers from once every 6 weeks to once every 12 weeks.
- Straighteners and blow driers also strip moisture from your hair and make it break more easily. Try to adopt hair habits and hairstyles that stay away from these things.
- Rinse your hair with cold water.
- Avoid harsh dyes if you have previously relaxed your hair.
- If you relax your hair at home, follow the directions and do not keep chemicals on longer than the recommended time to try to get your hair extra straight.
11. Protect Your Hair.
- Wear a silk scarf at night to keep the natural hair oils from being absorbed into your pillowcase.
- Also, if you're using a moisturizing treatment at night, a covering will help the moisturizer stay on your head instead of on your pillow.
12. Apply Protein Up to Once a Week.
Protein treatments can help restore keratin that was lost in chemical treatments.
13. Be Patient.
Hair growth takes time, and seeing a noticeable improvement in your hair will take anywhere from three to six months, so start a new routine and stick with it. Share your tips in the comments and good luck!