Haircare the Spinach Way
Sporting a long, lustrous and a silky mane is every woman’s dream. However, that’s not possible always. Not all women have straight hair, there are some who have curly, frizzy, straight with curly hair. It can be short, long or even shoulder length, yet it is one aspect of a woman’s idea of beauty that has remained constant over the centuries. While hair care is a part of everyday routine, it doesn’t mean just using various products will help you, if your hair does not get the nutrition it deserves. The kind of hair one has often reflects how healthy the person is. Hair is the first part of our body to be effected by bad nutrition, various infections or diseases that may not be apparent otherwise.
I am sure, you have used a number of remedies right from shampoos to conditioners to serums, different hair oils and even hair packs. There have been times when you have used remedies your grandma told you about; and all this in a bid to maintain your hair. Everyone around you says eat spinach, it’s good for your eyes as it has vitamin A. But have you ever considered spinach for hair too?
Yes, you read it right! Spinach or Palak as we call it helps with hair growth too. Now that is like finding gold in a silver mine. If you love eating spinach in salads or soups or vegetables then you are not only getting help with your eyes, but your hair too. However, if you are one of those who does not like eating greens maybe you should consider eating it now.
Here are a few spinach benefits for hair that you should consider
Hair needs a number of vitamins and minerals in order to grow and stay healthy and shiny. You can get all this and more from Spinach. Palak has Vitamins A, B, C, B6, B2, B1, K and E that are known to help hair growth.
Helps production of sebum:
The vitamins A and C available in spinach helps the body produce sebum. Sebum is an oily or waxy substance that is secreted by the sebaceous glands on our body, which help to lubricate our hair.
Helps to maintain the scalp:
The vitamin C found in palak augments immunity and stimulates hair growth. It also has anti-oxidant properties that help to maintain the scalp health.
Blood circulation in the head helps our hair grow, which is why we are often asked to brush our hair to stimulate circulation. Eating or applying spinach also helps to increase circulation as it has vitamin E that is a powerful anti-oxidant.
Store for Folic acid and Biotin:
Folic acid and biotin play an important role in keeping the hair healthy. Spinach has ample amounts of vitamin B and B complexes B1, B2, B3, B6 folic acid and biotin. While biotin nourishes the hair, vitamin B12 makes sure that every hair follicle receives the right amount of oxygen, promoting healthy hair growth.
Source of magnesium:
Low magnesium levels could lead to hair loss and baldness. To make up for the same without resorting to eating tablets, you can make sure spinach is added to your diet. Magnesium in spinach helps hair regrowth anddecreases hair loss.
Source of iron:
To maintain healthy hair follicles you need to have enough iron in your body. Spinach is a very good source of iron which helps to promote healthy hair growth. A bowl of boiled spinach gives us as much as 2 mg of iron.
Since we have taken a look at spinach benefits for hair, lets understand how to use it.
Ways to use Spinach
Adding spinach to your food is one of the easiest ways to get all the benefits of spinach. However, there are other options too.
Spinach hair oil:
It’s quite easy to make at home. You can grind a cup of boiled or raw spinach to a pulp and keep aside. Mix this pulp with your everyday hair oil and then apply the same on to your hair for an hour maybe and then wash it off. You can continue using your regular shampoo and conditioner. This hair oil helps to stimulate hair growth and provide nourishment to every strand of hair.
Have this juice as a part of your morning routine. You can blend spinach together with salt finely. You can then pour in a glass and have it or blend it together with other fruits and vegetables. Another option is to add it to your soup and drink it up.
Blend together spinach, papaya and banana and milk till it turns thick and smooth. You can have this smoothie every day. To begin with try for a week and check out the results. Spinach will make your hair long and smooth.
Spinach hair mask:
Mix together 1 cup of spinach leaves, 1 tsp honey and enough oil. You can use olive or castor or coconut oil. Blend them into a smooth paste. Make sure it’s not too thick or runny, but has the right consistency. Apply this paste on your scalp and hair for at least 30 minutes. Rinse it off with water and shampoo. This hair pack can be used once a week. It will help hair growth and decrease hair fall if any.
Use one of these mentioned above and see the astonishing results for yourself.