Using guava leaves for hair is getting more popular today. These leaves are touted as the next big thing for fighting hair loss and promoting hair growth. But is there any truth to these claims? Or are these leaves just another temporary beauty fad?
Well, guava leaves have strong anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and potent antioxidant properties. These can promote scalp health (1). The leaves can also be used to treat dandruff. Since guava leaves are loaded with nutrients like vitamins B and C, they are believed to stimulate hair follicles and boost hair growth (2), (3). As per research, using these leaves improves your long-term hair health.
Keep reading to find out more about the benefits of using guava leaves for healthy, shiny, and thick hair.
How To Use Guava Leaves For Hair Growth
Using guava leaves on your hair can leave it feeling soft and looking lustrous and increase its volume. A herbal shampoo containing guava leaf extracts was found to promote hair growth and resolve hair issues (4).
Follow the steps below to make your very own guava leaf hair care solution to combat hair fall and promote hair growth.
You Will Need
- A handful of guava leaves
- 1 liter water
- A pot for boiling
- Pour the water into the pot and bring it to a boil.
- Add the guava leaves to the boiling water.
- Let the water boil for 20 minutes.
- Strain the liquid and let it cool.
How To Apply
- Wash and cleanse your hair with shampoo and skip conditioning.
- Once your hair is almost dry, section it and apply the guava leaf solution.
- Massage the solution into your scalp for at least 10 minutes and ensure that all of your hair saturated with it.
- Pay extra attention to the roots and tips while you apply the solution.
- You can leave this solution on for up to 2 hours. Optionally, you can wrap your hair in a towel and sleep with the solution in your hair.
- Rinse the solution out of your hair with lukewarm water.
How Often You Need To Apply
If you are experiencing hair fall, use this guava leaf solution thrice a week. If you are using it to speed up hair growth and keep your hair shiny, use it twice a week.
- Ensure that the solution has cooled down to room temperature before you start applying it to your hair.
- Do not rinse your hair with hot water as this will dry out your scalp and hair.
Other Benefits Of Using Guava Leaves For Hair
- Guava leaves contain vitamin C, which is an antioxidant that neutralizes the free radicals and protects your hair from damage (5).
- Guava leaves contain many bacteriostatic and fungistatic agents that can help prevent infections in the scalp (6). This can promote a healthy scalp and hair growth.
- Massaging the lotion into your scalp improves blood pressure, which helps the follicles receive more nutrition. This results in healthy hair growth. However, more studies are required to arrive at a conclusion.
- They can help remove the build-up of dirt and grime from your hair and unclogs your follicles. This helps prevent oiliness and dandruff.
- The removal of dirt helps smooth down your hair shafts, making them soft and shiny.
Using guava leaves for hair has many benefits. They make your hair soft and increase hair volume. Guava leaves have antioxidant properties that protect the hair from damage. They prevent bacterial and fungal infections on the scalp. These leaves remove dirt, additional impurities, and excess oil from the scalp and prevent dandruff. Guava leaves also contain medicinal properties that can relieve and manage multiple ailments (7). In addition, they decrease hair issues and stimulate hair growth. While using the DIY guava hair solution, massage it into your scalp before rinsing it off. For best results, use this solution thrice a week.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I wash my hair with guava leaves?
Yes. Washing your hair with a guava leaves solution can improve your hair health.
Can guava leaves darken hair?
Yes. Guava leaves can prevent the discoloration of your natural hair and help restore color to graying hair.
How do you store guava leaves?
There are a few ways to store guava leaves after cleaning them:
- Spread them in a single layer on a tray to dry for 3-4 weeks.
- Tie the ends of several leaf stems together and place them between stacks of papers.
- Seal them in a bag and hang it in a warm and dry place.
- If the leaves are turning brittle, you may store them in an airtight container, away from sunlight in a low-temperature and low-humidity environment. You will need to use the leaves within a year.
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