Growing up in Jamaica has its perks, but the best one of all for me was being able to walk to my backyard and pick any fresh fruit (I had quite a bit of fruit trees) of my choosing. One of the things that I miss most about my homeland is being able to grow, cook, and use my very own produce. Among my various choices of fruits and veggies was the guava fruit, and can I tell you it is delicious. But I didn’t come here to tell you about how great my life was, so let’s get to it!
Hmmm, guava leaves for hair growth! So, I have been witnessing many naturalistas (Hey women of South Africa… I see you ladies!!!) trying out the guava leaves for hair growth, and I have to say that many of them have seen good results. There might be a few of us who are skeptical about using anything that pops up promising hair growth, but it is being used for good reason. There are a few studies conducted that reveal that guava leaves do help to regrow the hair because it is packed with nutrients that gives the hair follicles the boost that they need to regenerate.
“Dr. Sophia V. Roshni, Cosmetic Surgeon and Hair specialist of the Cocoona Center for Aesthetic Transformation, says, ‘Guava leaves are a natural remedy for hair growth. Its benefits are many fold. It has antioxidants, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties which help to maintain a healthy scalp. The vitamin C content improves collagen activity aiding in hair growth, and the lycopene content gives protection from the sun’s UV rays.”
To this day I still have that guava tree back home, but it wasn’t up until about 2 years ago that I became aware of the great benefits that guava leaves have. While many of us are unaware of the benefits of guava leaves, it has been used medicinally for centuries in Mexico and parts of South America.
Benefits of Guava Leaves For The Hair
Guavas (Psidium guajava) are very common fruits cultivated in many tropical and sub-tropical regions. The Psidium guajava (common guava) is a small tree in the myrtle family, native to Mexico, Central America, and northern South America, and it produces bright yellow, orange, and green fruits 4-12 centimeters long (depending on the tree).
1. Guava Leaves are packed with Polyphenols
Polyphenol is simply a term used to refer to the abundant plant-based molecules of a plant/fruit that is packed with antioxidants. Antioxidants are great for the hair because they fight free radicals that would otherwise damage the hair follicles and ultimately stunt hair growth. It helps to regrow the hair because it helps the cells to become stable, it kills free radicals, and it helps to regenerate the follicles to produce healthy hair growth.
2. Vitamins B and C
Guava leaves contain vitamins B and C, which help to boost collagen activity. This helps the hair to grow out healthy and shiny.
Lycopene is an antioxidant found in guava leaves that protects the hair from UV rays.
4. It slows/stops hair fall
If you are experiencing excessive shedding or hair loss then one remedy that works (depending on the type of hair loss) is using guava leaf tea rinse to strengthen the hair and reduce hair fall.
5. Healthy Scalp
Healthy hair growth involves having a healthy scalp, and the antioxidant content in guava leaves helps to eradicate free radicals to promote health and blood stimulation.
How to use Guava Leaves for Hair Growth
1. Use it as a rinse
This method is very similar to using black or green tea rinses to stop excessive shedding, and it involves simply boiling fresh guava leaves for about 20 minutes, extracting the tea, and using it as a rinse.
Equipment and Ingredients:
- Fresh Guava Leaves
- Pot for boiling leaves
- Get some fresh guava leaves (the amount depends on how your hair).
- Fill the pot up with water according to the amount of leaves that you are using. (Use a good amount of leaves to water ratio to ensure that it is concentrated enough to get all of the benefits)
- Put the leaves in the pot, and boil for 20 minutes to extract all the nutrients.
- Let the mixture cool to room temperature then strain the leaves and bottle your tea.
- Apply the mixture to clean hair and scalp (so right after you shampoo your hair).
- Cover your hair with a plastic cap, and leave the mixture in for about 30 minutes.
- Rinse and proceed with your wash day routine (deep condition, etc)
- Repeat process every wash day until you get the results that you desire.
2. Use it as a mist
Another way that you can use guava leaves for hair growth is to use the tea as a mist. Everyday before I apply my leave in I mist my hair lightly with water to add moisture, and you can use the guava tea mist on your hair and scalp before applying your moisturizer. How often you use it depends on your hair, but I would recommend 2-3x per week. Ensure to cleanse your hair after at least a week to remove any build-up.
- Make the tea using the same method mentioned above.
- Pour tea into a spray bottle and mist your hair and scalp.
3. Drink it
Sometimes we focus so much on the outside and tend to forget that the best way to approach hair growth issues is from the inside out. Drinking guava leaf tea will provide all the nutrients to the body and follicles from the inside to promote healthy hair growth. It is all natural and similar to the green or black tea that we drink, so why not take advantage of all the nutrients by indulging in a cup or two? You can couple drinking the tea with using it on your scalp for better results.
Make tea as per instructions above, and enjoy!
4. Add it to your deep conditioner
Many of us afro-textured hair women are mixtresses because we love to mix a ‘little bit of this’ with a ‘little bit of that’ to create the perfect concoction for our curls. So why not add a little guava tea to your DIY homemade or regular Deep conditioner? It will not only provide more moisture, but your hair will receive more nutrients from the guava leaves.
Using guava leaves for hair growth doesn’t mean that you will see results in a day or two. This is an all natural treatment, so the time that it takes to see results will vary because it is based on your individual hair. Please have patience and be consistent with applying the treatment to the affected area, and overtime you will see results.
Read this article for more information on how use Guava leaves effectively for hair growth.
I’ve seen results that happened within two weeks and I’ve also seen results that took a little longer, so the take away is patience and consistency.
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