Natural remedies for healthy hair growth are fast becoming popular as more and more people shy away from using harsh chemicals on their skin. One such natural plant extract that is gaining popularity is cayenne pepper. Cayenne pepper is more commonly associated with weight loss, but more study has shown that it can also be linked to hair growth when used specifically for this purpose.
Studies show that the active ingredient in cayenne pepper known as capsaicin contains a receptor that plays a crucial role in the hair follicle growth cycle thereby directly influencing the hair growth 1.
Another study reveals that the presence of capsaicin induces the production of a molecule known as substance P which enhances hair growth in test subjects (animal models) 2. Patients treated with products that included cayenne pepper showed an improvement in their hair growth over a period of time.
Acting as a potent stimulant, cayenne pepper when applied to the scalp result in the unique tingling sensation that shows that blood circulation is increasing. Blood brings nutrients to the hair follicles which encourages them to grow.
Decrease in blood flow to the hair follicles results in the decrease of hair growth. Hence using cayenne pepper ensures the jump-start action of the blood flow towards the follicles.
Cayenne pepper can be administered as oil which can be prepared as follows:
Mix half a cup of coconut oil with two tablespoons of cayenne pepper in a container that can easily be sealed, and stir. Allow the mixture to stand in a dark cupboard away from sunlight for at least ten days before use.
When applying, massage the oil mixture the same way that you would apply any regular hair oil.
- White, J. P.; Urban, L.; Nagy, I. (2011). “TRPV1 function in health and disease”. Current pharmaceutical biotechnology 12 (1): 130–144. doi:10.2174/138920111793937844. PMID 20932253
- Paus, R.; Heinzelmann, T.; Schultz, K. D.; Furkert, J.; Fechner, K.; Czarnetzki, B. M. (1994). “Hair growth induction by substance P”. Laboratory investigation; a journal of technical methods and pathology 71 (1): 134–140. PMID 7518880