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Benefits of Ginger for Hair And How To Use It

A staple in all Indian kitchens and cuisines for centuries now, ginger is a wonderful natural remedy for managing various diseases and infections. This condiment has been used in traditional medicine systems like Ayurveda and stood the test of time.

In India especially, ginger is a household remedy for fighting cold and cough due to its antimicrobial properties. Apart from these health benefits, using ginger for hair can also be quite beneficial. When used in your hair care routine, it can help prevent scalp infections and keep your hair healthy and strong.


Can Ginger Help Control Dandruff?

The key benefit of using ginger juice for hair is fighting off Seborrheic dermatitis aka dandruff. Dandruff is caused by an infection of yeast known as Malassezia which causes itchy flakes and redness on the scalp. And using antifungal ingredients helps control its spread. 

Studies have shown that ginger has a powerful antifungal effect that can help control dandruff. Gingerol, the most abundantly found active component in the ginger rhizome is responsible for its antimicrobial nature. It also has an anti-inflammatory effect when applied to your scalp which hence helps reduce inflammation and provides relief from constant itching caused by dandruff. 


How Is Ginger Used To Fight Dandruff & Make Your Hair Strong

Eating ginger as a part of your daily diet helps your body fight off various infections. It can be used in various recipes and can enhance the flavor profile of your dishes too.

But the best way to use ginger for dandruff is by applying it topically to your scalp. By using ginger juice for hair, you can control the yeast infection and help soothe your scalp too.

Making ginger juice is easy.  Grate some fresh raw ginger and strain it using a sieve to extract the juice. Apply this all over your scalp and leave it on for 15-20 minutes. Rinse off with one of our gentle, organic shampoos and condition your hair as usual. You can do this twice a week until your dandruff clears off and itching is under control. Alternatively, you can also puree the ginger and strain to get ginger juice for hair.


Other Benefits Of Ginger For Hair

Apart from gingerol, ginger has various active compounds like paradol, shogoal, zingerone, and flavonoids that show anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antimicrobial properties which can be useful for maintaining a healthy scalp. Here are some more benefits of using ginger for your hair.

  • Soothes irritated scalp:
    The strong anti-inflammatory effect can help provide relief from itching and redness caused by infections as well as the use of harsh hair care products that leave your scalp dry and irritated.
  • Nourishes hair follicles:
    Ginger can boost blood circulation to your scalp when applied topically. This can help deliver essential nutrients to your hair follicles and keep them well-nourished.
  • Keeps scalp healthy:
    Ginger can prevent various bacterial and fungal infections of the scalp and reduce inflammation to keep your scalp clean and healthy.
  • Reduces hair fall:
    By keeping our hair follicles well-nourished with required nutrients and fighting off scalp infections like dandruff, ginger can help retain the thickness of your hair and reduce hair fall.
  • Protects hair from damage: 
    The antioxidants found in ginger neutralize free radicals and reduce oxidative stress inflicted on your hair by environmental aggressors such as pollution, smoke, and UV rays emitted by the sun.

Different Ways To Use Ginger For Hair 

Here are a few ways to use ginger for hair growth and dandruff control in your hair care routine to promote healthy hair and scalp.

  1. Add dried ginger to cold-pressed coconut oil and let it infuse under the sun for 2-3 few weeks. Strain the oil and use the oil to massage your scalp. You can use this twice a week before shampoo to keep dandruff under control.
  2. Mix ginger puree with cold-pressed jojoba oil and apply it all over your scalp. Leave it on for at least 30 minutes before rinsing off with mild shampoo. Use this hair mask once a week until the condition improves. 
  3. Dilute the ginger essential oil with cold-pressed coconut oil and use it as a hair oil to soothe your scalp and control infections. At JC, we always advise not to use more than 1% concentration of essential oils in a concoction to avoid skin irritations and adverse effects.

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FAQs

  1. Is ginger suitable for all hair types?
    Ginger is best suited for itchy, dandruff-prone, or irritated scalp.
  2. Can I use ginger on my hair every day?
    Using ginger 2-3 times a week is enough to see results.
  3. Can ginger cause adverse effects?
    If you are allergic to ginger, you may have adverse reactions. Your skin may also develop sensitivity to ginger. We always recommend conducting a patch test first to check for signs of irritations and sensitivity before proceeding to use it on your scalp.

 Add ginger to your hair care routine for a clear, healthy, and nourished scalp.


Sources:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4106649/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6149881/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5429933/#B24
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/343774515_Ginger_Extract_Reduces_Oxidative_Stress_and_Improves_the_Clinical_Outcomes_in_Patients_with_Alopecia_Areata

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