When it comes to your hair, there are several suggestions and advice you can get from your mother, friends, acquaintances, advertisements, and the biggie – the internet. Of course, you must be wondering which one you should start with to take care of your hair fall problems. Sometimes, you choose the easy way and go for the commercially available hair growth supplements. While these may show changes, you should know that the long-term use of such supplements can have side effects.
So, if you are willing to give some real care to your hair and wish to improve your hair growth naturally, here is an easily available ingredient to try – guava leaves. But, before skipping to the part on how to use guava leaves, let’s examine what makes them work wonders for your hair.
Benefits Of Guava Leaves For Hair
Guava fruits are delicious and nutritious with equally useful leaves. These leaves have been found to benefit those with hair fall problems. Research has shown that the extract of guava leaves can even benefit chemotherapy-induced alopecia.1 This is how guava leaves make your hair healthy.
- Vitamin B: Guava leaves are rich in vitamin B, particularly vitamin B2 and vitamin B6 that are essential for the growth and maintenance of skin and hair. Vitamin B6 is also useful in the process of cellular development, even within the hair follicles.
- Antioxidants: If the scalp is exposed to free radicals that cause damage to cells, the body’s natural response is to get rid of it through inflammation. Inflammation of the scalp can cause hair fall. Guava leaves possess antioxidant properties that help fight these malicious free radicals.2
- Anti-microbial properties: The anti-microbial properties of guava leaves can keep the scalp clean. It may even be useful in reducing dandruff.3
- Vitamin C: Guava leaves are rich in vitamin C that improve the production of collagen – a protein in the body that supports hair growth.
Convinced to give guava leaves a try for boosting your hair growth? Let’s see how you can use the leaves to promote hair growth.
How To Use Guava Leaves For Hair Growth
1. DIY Guava Leaves Potion
Guava leaves can be prepared with water easily to improve hair growth. The extract can be used twice or thrice a week for optimum results. Here’s what you need to prepare a guava potion for better hair.
- A handful of guava leaves
- 1 liter water
- A pot
How To Prepare
- Pour the water into the pot. Place the guava leaves in it and allow the water to boil for about 20 minutes.
- Strain the water and allow it to cool down to room temperature.
- Before applying this water to your hair, ensure that it is free from chemicals. It is best to use this after a shower and once the hair is dry.
- On dry hair, apply the guava leaf solution from the roots to the tips of your hair. Massage the solution thoroughly onto the scalp. This increases blood circulation, which is good for the hair follicles.
- You can leave the solution on your hair for 2 hours.
- Rinse your hair well with lukewarm water and allow it to dry.
2. Guava Leaves Concoction With Coconut Oil
Guava leaves can also be used with other hair growth promoting ingredients like coconut oil, curry leaves, and amla or Indian gooseberry. If used regularly, the following recipe may even prevent premature greying. Let’s examine how to prepare this.
- 20 curry leaves
- 1 chopped amla
- 5 guava leaves
- 200 ml pure coconut oil
- 1 dark-colored bottle
How To Prepare
- Pour coconut oil into a pot. To this, add the curry leaves, chopped amla, and guava leaves.
- Boil this oil and allow it to turn black in color.
- Cover the pot and allow it to cool down to room temperature.
- After the oil is cool, allow it to pass through a muslin cloth into a dark-colored bottle.
- You can use the oil as required.
Use these simple guava leaf remedies to get healthier and shinier hair and beat hair fall with its regular use. Always remember that home remedies take time to show results, so don’t jump to conclusions too quickly. Give it a try and see if it works for you!
|↑1||Gavatia, Narayan P., Mukul Tailang, Bhaskar K. Gupta, Eman A. Subhey, Alkesh K. Lokhande, and Narendra Vyas. “Therapeutic potential of Psidium guajava and its polyherbal formulation on chemotherapy induced alopecia.” JPharm Res 4 (2011): 1082-83.|
|↑2||Chen, Hui-Yin, and Gow-Chin Yen. “Antioxidant activity and free radical-scavenging capacity of extracts from guava (Psidium guajava L.) leaves.” Food Chemistry 101, no. 2 (2007): 686-694.|
|↑3||Gutiérrez, Rosa Martha Pérez, Sylvia Mitchell, and Rosario Vargas Solis. “Psidium guajava: a review of its traditional uses, phytochemistry and pharmacology.” Journal of ethnopharmacology 117, no. 1 (2008): 1-27.|