I’ve been doing some research on natural hair loss remedies and came across the healing, stimulating, restorative powers of the humble cayenne pepper. This i thought was a great solution as it’s so easy to obtain and really inexpensive. There’s no ‘smell’ to deal with at all which is great but it is a bit messy but aren’t they all?
Main Active Ingredient in Cayenne Pepper
Capsaicin is the primary active ingredient found in cayenne pepper. This is the key reason cayenne pepper helps prevent hair loss; capsaicin increases IG-F (insulation growth factors), which help hair growth as a result of stimulating hair follicles.
How Cayenne Pepper Helps Prevent Thinning Hair
Inadequate blood flow to the hair follicles results in weak hair roots. This malnutrition makes hair follicles particularly vulnerable to the effects of DHT. When DHT is attached to the hair follicle it is more likely to kill a hair follicle that is unhealthy due to lack of blood flow. This results in thinner more fragile hair and eventually a cessation of hair production, ultimately leading to baldness.
Cayenne pepper increases blood flow to the scalp, resulting in healthy hair follicles and thus thicker, healthier hair. It also speeds up the process of hair growth.
Cayenne Pepper Recipes for Treating Hair Loss
Create a paste made out of 2 teaspoons of cayenne pepper and 2 tablespoons of olive oil or coconut oil. Massage this mixture into the scalp, particularly in areas with thinning hair. Leave on the scalp for 20 to 30 minutes, as long as the scalp doesn’t become overly irritated. Rinse thoroughly and follow up with a good conditioner.
Those who prefer to take cayenne pepper internally may do so by putting 1/8-1/2 teaspoon one cup of liquid such as soup, hot tea, or tomato juice.The amount of cayenne pepper can be increased gradually as tolerance to it builds.
Since cayenne pepper is highly irritating it’s important to keep it away from sensitive skin such as eyes and noses. Hands should be thoroughly washed and dried after handling cayenne pepper to avoid irritation.
I tried this out today but used 1 teaspoon cayenne and 1 teaspoon Neem powder to 2 tablespoons of hemp oil (I thought the essential fatty oil would do great). The neem i will discuss in another post but it’s so good i wanted to get it in there some where. It ended being quite runny and not pasty so i didn’t use up the whole mix. Next time i will use 1 tablespoon of oil so it’s thick and i get the full dosage of herbs in the mix. It was slightly tingly which i thought was a good thing and i was very careful to not get any in my eye area. I left it on for about 1/2 hour and then shampooed. It felt really good. My hair felt really good and my scalp hot and ‘worked on’.
I’ll do this once every week for the next month and note the changes i see and feel in my ‘trouble area’ which is the nape for me.