Carrots are a healthy root vegetable rich in vitamins, copper, manganese, potassium, beta-carotenes and biotin, one of the vitamins essential for healthy hair growth. Additionally, the other nutrients help guard against split ends, moisturize dry scalp, enhance shiny hair, strengthen hair from the roots and promote healthy cell growth. It also has a high natural SPF, which protects hair from the suns UV rays.
The benefits of carrots can be enjoyed in one or more of the following ways:
- Consuming raw, steamed or baked carrots.
- Juicing carrots or including the juice in a smoothie.
- Adding them as the main ingredient in dishes such as carrot cakes, candied carrots or carrot soup.
- Adding pure carrot seed oil in hair treatments.
There are also several products on the market, which contain carrot oil but the best way to utilize oil is in the pure form. However, you can still give these products a try to see if they can work for your hair.
How to Condition Hair with Carrot Oil
Heat up about 1/2 cup of carrot oil in a bowl then apply it to the length of clean hair with a focus on the ends. Really smoothen it through. Apply a moisturizing conditioner on top of this, again focusing on the ends. Cover with a shower cap afterwards and sit under a dryer or steamer for 45 minutes then rinse out the hair thoroughly and style as usual. This treatment should leave your hair feeling soft and moisturized.
How to Strengthen Hair with Carrot Oil
This treatment should be applied to clean hair. Heat up about 1/2 cup of carrot oil, part hair in sections and apply the oil directly to your scalp, taking care not to burn your scalp. Once your whole head is covered, begin massaging your scalp in firm circular motions for up to 15 minutes ensuring the oil is completely absorbed into your scalp. Cover with a shower cap and sit under a steamer for up to an hour. Rinse out thoroughly and style as usual. You can also use it as midweek scalp massage oil. Over time, expect stronger and damage resistant hair.
Bonus Treatment for Skin
Carrot oil can also be used to protect the skin against UV rays and acts as a natural treatment to improve elasticity and revitalize and rejuvenate the skin. You can apply lightly to your face before putting on make up or all over your body before indulging in outdoor activities.
Do you want to learn more about how to use different kinds of natural oils for your hair type and/or issues including bald spots, thinning, dry and breaking hair? Head over to naturaloilsforhair.net for more information.
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