Along with infamous ripe papaya, coconut milk and honey are great for making a hydrating and growth-supporting hair mask. Instead of relying on commercial products that contain chemicals, you can use some natural ingredients to support your hair’s health. Natural ingredients not only ensure that your hair is not treated with chemicals, but also are cost effective.
Homemade Papaya Hair Mask
Ripe papaya is rich in numerous nutrients like vitamins A and C, beta carotene, magnesium, potassium and copper that support healthy hair growth and also help make your hair smooth and shiny. Coconut milk is also an excellent ingredient for hair care. The high vitamin E and fat content in it helps strengthen your hair from the roots. It also helps soften and treat dry hair.Honey is another excellent ingredient for your hair. This natural emollient works as a hair softener for smooth and soft hair. The antioxidants in it help make your scalp healthy and stimulate hair growth.
Combine these three ingredients to make your own homemade papaya hair mask in a chemical-free and cheaper way. Follow these simple steps in making your very own papaya hair masks. For you to make it, you would need 1/2 cup of ripe papaya, 1/4 cup of coconut milk, and 1 teaspoon of honey.
Put ½ cup of peeled ripe papaya (cut into cubes) in a blender.Next, add ¼ cup of coconut milk.Then, add 1 teaspoon of raw, organic honey.Blend the ingredients for a few minutes, until you achieve a smooth paste. Transfer the mixture into a container, and your homemade papaya mask is ready to use.
In using this mixture to your hair, first you need to shampoo your hair and wash it thoroughly after. Next, apply this solution thoroughly all over your damp hair. Cover it with shower cap, any kind of shower cap will do. Let the mask stay on your hair for about 30 minutes or more as your hair needs to absorb the nutrients from the papaya mask solution. Finally, rinse it out with water.
Use this treatment 1 or two times a week. As this treatment provides hair conditioning benefits, you need not shampoo your hair after applying it. If there is a lingering smell then you can wash your hair with a mild shampoo the next day.
Avoid using unripe papaya for making this hair mask. Unripe papaya releases a latex fluid, which can cause irritation and produce an allergic reaction in some people. You can also use yoghurt as an alternative for the coconut milk. If you have extremely dry hair, you can also add a little olive oil to the mask.