Ginger has been valued for centuries in ancient China and India, often being used for medicinal and beauty purposes. It is only recently that the West has woken up to the miracles of ginger, and for good reason. When applied topically, it stimulates your hair follicles’ growth. When massaged, it improves your blood circulation, which in turn nourishes your scalp by increasing the amount of oxygen it receives. Furthermore, it protects the scalp from harmful free radicals that cause hair loss; its antioxidant properties make our hair healthier, thicker and shinier; it contains potassium, magnesium, vitamins, etc. which promote serious hair growth; it helps unclog hair pores and it has certain oils and minerals, which make it an excellent hair conditioner. So, how can you benefit your hair the most with ginger?
How to Use Ginger for Hair
For hair regrowth: ginger and onion
1 tbsp. coconut oil
2 inches ginger root
Cut the ginger and onion into small pieces.
Wash with water and mix them in a blender till you get a paste.
Add the oil to it and mix with a spoon.
Apply it on your scalp and let it remain there for at least half an hour.
Wash with warm water.
Repeat this process at least 2 times a week. If you want quicker results, up it to 4 times a week.
For split ends: ginger and essential oil
As already mentioned in the introduction, ginger is seriously high anti-oxidants, which is key to use ginger for hair damage repair, as well as for dry hair rescue! So what do you need to do?
Well, you will need:
3 inches ginger roots
1 tsp. almond, olive or jojoba oil
1 tbsp. aloe vera
10 drops of essential oil of choice
Empty spray bottle
Chop the roots finely, and take out all their juice.
Add your oil, aloe vera and essential oil to the juice.
Mix and use a strainer to pour the juice into the empty spray bottle.
Sprinkle once you’re out of the shower on damp hair.
This will not only act as a mild conditioner and detangler, but will also help repair any damaged hair you may have.
For damage repair: ginger and garlic
Coconut milk and oil work hard to repair damaged hair and bring back its shine, and ginger, due to its rich sulphur content, keeps your scalp free of free radicals and at the same time gives it a plethora of minerals and nutrients to promote hair growth.
You will need:
2 tsp. coconut oil
2 tbsp. coconut milk
5 garlic cloves
1 tbsp. grated ginger for hair
Mix all the above ingredients in a clean bowl, till you have a smooth paste.
Then apply this mask carefully on your scalp and let it remain there for half an hour to 45 minutes.
Wash your hair with a mild shampoo and use this mask on your scalp at least 3 times a week.
For dandruff: ginger and lemon
Ginger is a natural antiseptic that kills dandruff causing fungi, and lemon possesses vitamin C and anti-fungal properties. This mixture of ginger and lemon helps restore the pH balance of your scalp.
You will need:
2 tbsp. grated ginger
1 tsp. lemon juice
3 tbsp. sesame or coconut oil
Mix all the ingredients in a clean bowl till you have a smooth paste.
Then apply it carefully on your scalp and let it remain there for 30 minutes.
Wash your hair with a mild shampoo and use this mask on your scalp at least 2 times a week.
For scalp detox: ginger and baking soda
Baking soda exfoliates the dead skin cells from scalp and clear clogged hair follicle. It soothes the itchy scalp and improves oxygen flow to hair roots. Ginger and baking soda both have anti-fungal property which will kill the microbes causing dandruff. Besides, honey will moisturize the scalp.
You will need:
2 tbsp. honey
1 tsp. baking soda
2 tbsp. crushed ginger for hair
Extract juice from the ginger, and add honey and baking soda to it.
Mix till it forms a paste, and apply to your scalp.
Let it remain there for 10-15 minutes, and rinse it with warm water.
Use this method only once a week, and avoid it if you have dry or sensitive hair or skin.
For hair loss: ginger and Indian gooseberry
Not only does the Indian gooseberry have a high number of antioxidants, its exfoliating properties help in the maintenance of a healthy scalp, which in turn increases hair growth and reduces chances of hair fall. It also gives a fantastic shine to your hair.
You will need equal quantities of ginger and Indian gooseberry juice.
Simply mix both the extracts and apply on your scalp.
To make things easier, you can pour the mixture in a spray bottle and spray it over your scalp for a more easy and convenient distribution.
Let it remain for at least half an hour, and apply this mixture at least thrice a week!