Feed Your Hair: Cinnamon

Cinnamon

by Kiianah of Rockin’ It Napptural

Cinnamon is scientifically known as Cinnamomumzeylanicum, and originally comes from the most tropical areas of Asia. This herb has been used for centuries for its healing and medicinal properties, primarily its bark. Cinnamon oil is another form that had been used but because it has the tendency to cause irritation and allergic reactions, most people prefer to use the bark, ground cinnamon or the leaves of the cinnamon tree instead.

Cinnamon for Hair
Cinnamon is highly anti-inflammatory and also aids in the circulation of blood. When used in the hair, this helps with removing impurities from the hair and scalp and also promotes hair growth further.

Cinnamon is also very good for treating scalp infections because of its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral and antiseptic properties and can be used both externally or taken internally.

Cinnamon also can significantly change the color of your hair! If you have lighter hair than black, you may notice that your hair may have lightened a bit to a cinnamon brown color. This is not the case for everyone, as some have seen significant lightening of the hair and some can’t really tell a difference unless in direct sunlight. Either way, when trying this for the first time, use sparingly to determine what work and doesn’t for your hair.

Paste Treatment
A paste treatment is most commonly used for stopping hair loss and treating baldness. To create the paste, mix one tsp. of cinnamon and one tbsp. of honey in warm olive oil. Let the paste sit on the scalp for five to 15 minutes before rinsing it out.

Oil Treatment
Cinnamon oil, often mixed with other ingredients such as petroleum jelly, can also be used to achieve similar benefits as those of the paste. The cinnamon oil can be purchased or made, if individuals are familiar with creating oils. The oil treatment is applied (pre-wash) to the hair and scalp, either directly or with a brush. After applying the oil, let it sit for 15 to 20 minutes before washing hair as normal.

Lightening Hair
Cinnamon can be used as a natural alternative to lighten hair without ever going near the sun. To achieve this, mix an equal amount of cinnamon powder and enough hair conditioner to cover the hair from top to bottom. Before applying the mixture, rinse hair under water, but squeeze out the excess water before applying. It is important to apply the mixture evenly to prevent streaking; removing tangles helps ensure the mixture is applied evenly. After applying the mixture, brush the hair a few times before tying it into a bun and covering it with a shower cap. Leave the mixture in for the night, and rinse it out in the morning.

Caution
The cinnamon oil in particular can cause the scalp to tingle and may not be appropriate for children or people with sensitive scalps. Be careful to avoid the eyes when using the oil because the tingling can be very painful. As the oils are often very red and can stain clothing, either wear a protective cover or be very cautious not to spill it on valuable items.

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