We all love the luscious, delicious, pink grapefruit. But not many of us know about its health benefits in regards to hair. Grapefruit has a sweet, fresh, light and citrusy aroma that instantly uplifts the body and mind and revitalizes the hair and skin. It is a nutritious citrus fruit that is anti-oxidant rich and contains many medicinal benefits. It gets its name from the Latin word Citrus Paradisi and is a refreshing and revitalizing fruit from which essential oil is extracted.
The grapefruit essential oil is cold-pressed from the fruit rind, is yellow in color, and has a water-like consistency. This must be distinguished from grapefruit seed oil, which is produced from the inside of the grapefruit. Both essential oils are commonly used in many commercial hair products. Typically, consumers must use up the oil within 6 months of extraction as after that the benefits lessen thereafter.
Benefits of grapefruit essential oil for hair
1. Healthy Hair:
Massaging hair with grapefruit oil is an easy method to promote healthy hair and enable hair re-growth. Moreover, it leaves the hair more shinier and lustrous. Alternatively, you may make a homemade hair mask by mixing some fresh grapefruit juice or grapefruit essential oil with orange, lemon and sage. Apply the mask and leave it on for 30 minutes before washing it off. This will cleanse the scalp effectively and add bounce and vitality to the hair.
2. Hair Deodorizer:
Fill a spray bottle with few ounces of water and some drops of essential grapefruit oil. Spray the hair and scalp with this mixture after shampooing and drying. The oil will leave the hair with a fresh and sweet aroma.
3. Hair Cleanser:
This easy-to-make cleanser will clean the hair and remove all dirt, salt buildup and chlorine.
The cleanser recipe includes half-cup club soda, quarter-cup grapefruit juice, quarter cup orange juice, quarter cup lemon juice and 2 drops of sage oil (to restore vitality and shine). Add all the ingredients to a spray bottle. Wet hair thoroughly and spray the mixture onto it. Comb through the hair and let it stay for 5 minutes. Wash the hair with your regular shampoo and conditioner. Repeat the process every 2 weeks and for dry and damaged hair, re-peat every three weeks.
4. Fights Dandruff:
Grapefruit essential oil is recommended to cure dandruff and promote growth of healthy follicles.
5. Lustrous Shine:
A few drops of grapefruit essential oil when added to your regular shampoo bottle will ensure lustrous shiny hair.
6. Hair De-Tangler:
A combination of 2-3 drops of grapefruit essential oil, two drops glycerin and a teaspoon of aloe vera gel and half liter of water, when sprayed to the hair before taking a hair shower will remove the tangles on your hair.
7. Hair Stripper:
Grapefruit juice can help strip away chemicals that have loaded the hair follicles due to usage of hairsprays, gels and crèmes that have been used on the hair. Simply massage some grapefruit juice onto the hair and wash it away with water. The natural juice will not cause damage your hair and will leave hair that feels soft and silky. The oil is also known to eliminate oily scalps.
Use of any of the above processes will help reduce mental stress. When the oil or juice is applied to your hair, it will uplift your mind along with helping to create lucidity and coolness.
The grapefruit is full of vitamin C, calcium and potassium. Other than hair and skin benefits, it can also help lower cholesterol, reduce cellulite and water retention, reduces stress and tension, increase immunity system, lymphatic stimulant, rebuild cells, reduce inflammation, treat depression, fights cancer, aid digestion and reduce fever.
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