Guava leaves have taken the internet by storm with claims of them being a miracle solution for hair loss. They are also gaining popularity as hair thickening ingredients that promote rapid hair growth. But how exactly are guava leaves beneficial for your hair?
More often than not, hair fall is a direct result of unhealthy scalp conditions. Guava leaves have analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and antioxidant properties that have made them popular for maintaining scalp health (1). These leaves are often used in hair rinses to treat scalp issues, such as dandruff. They also contain B vitamins and vitamin C, which nourish the follicles and aid hair growth (2), (3).
In this article, we have put together a step-by-step guide on how to use guava leaves for healthy hair growth.
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.
Apart from curbing hair fall and stimulating new hair growth, guava leaves have a number of medicinal properties that help soothe and control various ailments (7). Hence, it isn’t a bad idea to stock up on those leaves if you have a guava tree near you.
Have you ever used guava leaves for your hair? Tell us about your experience in the comments section below.
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