Who knew that the secret to healthy hair would be found in the syrup-like byproduct of the sugar cane refinement process? Packed with essential minerals, blackstrap molasses can serve as inexpensive health supplements.
Molasses have been receiving a lot of attention lately, particularly among those who are interested in health and wellness. It contains high concentrations of nutrients, helping it address deficiencies in the body.
But the lesser known fact is that molasses can have a positive impact on your hair.
Right now we should note that there is no scientific research that points to the efficacy of molasses in terms of helping the hair grow healthier. But it’s undeniable that many people have tried it and have experienced its nourishing qualities.
Today we will look at how blackstrap molasses benefit the hair.
Hair Benefits of Molasses
Many of the minerals found in blackstrap such as manganese, zinc, and selenium are well-known for their anti-aging benefits. These antioxidants that can eliminate or reduce free radicals in the hair, allowing it to grow smoother and longer.
Its second notable benefit involves copper. As some of you may know, copper is toxic in high qualities. However, it performs important functions in the body when consumed in moderation. Among its qualities is the ability to help the body produce melanin. Melanin is a pigment that is responsible for hair color. Therefore, it can help people fight the effects of old age, particularly graying!
On top of all these benefits, molasses have been known to help facilitate hair growth.
You can harness its potential to improve your hair health by either taking it as a supplement, or by using it as a hair mask. As with every suggestion we make, we recommend consulting your doctor before trying anything new, especially if you have allergies or are taking medications.
Simply mix one or two tablespoons of organic blackstrap molasses into a cup of boiling water. You can drink the mixture once it has cooled. Some people report experiencing benefits to their hair within weeks, but it usually takes months of regular consumption to see any change. Don’t get discouraged if you don’t immediately see signs of re-growth or restoration of color.
Alternatively, the hair mask option is something that’s more direct, and has a higher chance of providing quick results.
Molasses Hair Mask
Molasses is a good source of minerals. In fact, it can help restore your hair health inside and out. On the internal level, it provides many nutrients that can help you stop or slow down the effects of aging, including premature graying.
Molasses is somewhat like honey. It is a natural sweetener that has hair benefits. And so it’s no surprise that it works as a natural deep conditioner that helps make hair silkier, shinier, and smoother.
The naturally dark color of molasses can help stop graying. However, do not use molasses on your hair if it is undiluted. This thick and sticky mixture will be very difficult to remove if applied directly. That’s gonna be a stressful event—something you want to avoid because stress is one of the many factors that may cause hair loss. So just a gentle reminder not to use blackstrap molasses on your hair directly: dilute it first.
Instead, dilute it first, and then mix in some other hair-healthy ingredients. You can try various essential oils as they can help improve the hair mask’s texture, while also making it more fragrant. The oils also add in another set of benefits that can further beautify your hair.
If you don’t have access to essential oils, you can try yogurt. It’s a natural source of amino acids, as well as beneficial bacteria—also known as “good bacteria”—and enzymes. This ingredient can help nourish your scalp.
To make the hair mask, you’ll need two tablespoons of organic blackstrap molasses, and one teaspoon of organic apple cider vinegar. Optional ingredients are ¼ cup of plain whole-milk yogurt, and two drops of Rosemary essential oil.
Just dilute the molasses, mix the two ingredients in, add the essential oil, and it’s ready to go! This hair mask can nourish your hair and improve hair strength and texture. Just massage it into your hair and scalp, and then cover it with a shower cap. Leave it on for 10-15 minutes, so your hair could absorb it properly.
Afterwards, you can rinse it off completely, and then shampoo as normal.
The best part about natural remedies like this is that they work both internally and externally. Its effects may work best if you do both: consuming it regularly, and using it as a hair mask.
Who would have thought blackstrap molasses could be so good for the hair?
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What are your thoughts on molasses? Have you ever tried this hair mask?