Using the right products and having a lot of patience is required on your journey to embracing your natural hair in order to achieve the perfect twist-out, stretched afro and well-defined curly hair. But with so many hair care products out there—all promising less frizz and tangles — it can be a long, grueling process toward discovering what works for your hair texture. If you’ve tried every brand and curly custard out there and your hair is still dry, brittle and lifeless, it’s time to switch up your beauty routine by incorporating more natural ingredients. The best ingredient for transitioning can be found right in your kitchen pantry: turmeric.
It’s common knowledge that this spice has a myriad of health benefits. Some of turmeric’s healing properties include preventing cancer and Alzheimer’s disease, aiding in weight loss, improving your skin, boosting your immunity and remedying digestive problems. Sure, no curry dish is complete without turmeric, but what you didn’t know is that the golden spice is also a lifesaver for natural hair.
Turmeric root is rich in an active compounds called curcumin, which has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and acts as a natural antiseptic. Wondering how that translates to your natural hair? Well, those same compounds have the ability to absorb vitamin D and stimulate hair growth. Turmeric’s anti-inflammatory properties also help to purify the scalp and reduce dandruff.
In fact, creating a turmeric-based formula to soothe your scalp and maintain your natural curl pattern is quite simple and cheap. But don’t just take our word for it. Even Hollywod star actress, Gabrielle Union’s flawless curls can be attributed to a DIY turmeric hair mask. As you can see in the Instagram video below, Union’s stylist Wankaya makes her own curly hair elixir, infusing turmeric with avocado, manuka honey, coconut milk and tea tree oil.
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