Hi there beautiful ones! Bet you don’t know this hair growth remedy that is lying idly in your kitchen as you are reading this! I’m sure you’re familiar with the saying “hair is a woman’s crowning glory”. For centuries, long, thick, lustrous hair has always been associated with beauty and youthfulness and lets face it, it’s something those of us lacking in the hair department long for!
Everyone in my family has long hair (not me though, I kinda missed out on that gene). I spent all of my childhood wishing and dreaming my hair to grow. I remember putting thick layers of Dax hair wax and vaseline on my hair just so it will grow faster, hoping I would wake up the next day with waist long hair. Oh my, little did I know! Now I’m older and should come to accept my hair for what it is right? That is, hair that never grows past my neck. But that’s not the case. I believe with a lot of care, patience (and in my case, push), African natural hair CAN grow and as such, I’ve been searching for that special instant remedy that will grow my hair to bra strap or better still, waist length hair over night! And I’m willing to try almost any remedy that promises me just that. Needless to say, I’m still searching!
I may not have found the instant overnight hair growth remedy just yet, but I’ve got something that will still make you smile. A natural hair growth stimulant.
Cayenne pepper with botanical name Capsicum Annuum or Capsicum Frutescens. Over here, cayenne pepper is also known as Attarugu (dried pepper).
Cayenne peppers are concentrated with minerals, vitamins and certain phyto-nutrients. They also contain vitamin B6, vitamin E, vitamin C, riboflavin, potassium, manganese and vitamin A among others.
Capsaicin is the main ingredient found in cayenne pepper, it is also what makes it such a good hair growth remedy. It works by increasing the blood flow to your scalp, strengthening the hair follicles and stimulating hair growth. According to Cathy Howse’s book, “Ultra Black Hair Growth II”, hair grows half an inch per month, that’s a total of 6 inches per year. Not all hair grows at the same rate due to genetics and health. For those of us with slower growth rate, this is where we call on Cayenne to unleash the hair growth.
This fiery little thing can increase your hair growth to up to 4 inches in a year (depending on your growth pattern). I tried this remedy last year and after about a month of using it, I noticed my hair grew from lower lip length to chin length (this was a BIG deal for me cos I hadn’t seen any significant hair growth in about 6 months!)
Here’s how I used the cayenne pepper:
3 spoons of Cayenne Pepper Powder
60ml of oil of choice (e.g Olive oil, coconut oil or any natural oil available)
1 bottle or jar
1. Mix the cayenne pepper and oil together and pour into the bottle or jar. Shake very well till completely combined and store in a cool dry place e.g cupboard. Allow the pepper to infuse into the oil for about a week before you start using. After a week, I kept my oil in the fridge to prevent it going rancid over time.
2. There are two ways you can use this oil.
a) Use as a pre-shampoo oil:
Rub the oil on your scalp, put on your shower cap and leave on for 20-30 mins. After 30 mins, you can proceed and wash your hair as usual.
b) Use as a daily scalp massage oil:
Take a dime size of the oil and rub on your scalp massaging your scalp for about 5 mins. You can do this every day or as frequently as you like depending on the condition of your scalp. I did the daily massage at night for a month.
Little warning: You will feel a tingling sensation on your scalp when you apply the oil which usually lasts about 5-10 mins. Also, remember to wash your hands with soap thoroughly after each application to avoid getting cayenne in your eyes or other parts of your body.
So ladies, what do you think about using cayenne on your scalp? Is it something you would try? If you do try it, we would love to hear and see your results. Send us your before and after pics at firstname.lastname@example.org. Till next time, stay beautiful!