Cayenne pepper, in your hair? EEEK! For anyone who’s accidentally touched their face after making salsa and chopping those jalapeños, you know the sensation. Burning, stinging, and gets the blood pumping.
Now, while our skin and mucous membranes and eyes might hate this and find it irritating, it’s actually quite good for scalps with thinning hair.
Is Cayenne Pepper Good for Hair Loss?
Yes, it is! Cayenne pepper stimulates new growth by promoting additional blood circulation throughout the scalp.
Increased blood circulation means improved nutrient delivery to hair follicles, and improved circulation of waste products AWAY from the follicles.
Cayenne strengthens and encourages hair follicles to remain in the growth (telogen) phase.
Here’s a groovy infographic with more specifics on the goodness of cayenne. A picture says a thousand words…but for some reason my word count doesn’t agree 🙂
What’s in Cayenne Scalp Treatment?
This serum contains several powerful DHT blockers that help fight hair loss.
Organic Rosehip Oil: Rosehip oil is an excellent source of essential fatty acids. EFAs repair and renew damaged hair follicles and scalp tissue to promote healthy hair growth.
Organic Perilla Seed Oil: This oil is rich in alpha-linolenic acid, which is an Omega-3 fatty acid that’s essential for hair growth. Omega-3 fatty acids help essential nutrients to pass through the cells in our body, including the cells in our hair follicles. Also, Perilla enables blood and nutrients to flow to the follicles, which of course regenerates the follicles and promotes hair growth.
Organic Argan Oil: This beneficial oil is rich with vitamins A, C and E, and loaded with antioxidants, linoleic acid and omega-6 fatty acids. When applied externally to our skin and scalp, it boosts scalp production which results in healthier skin and hair. Argan oil is often included in high-end beauty products…so this is the good stuff, kids!
Organic Pumpkin Seed Oil: Pumpkin seed oil is high in zinc, which helps nourish the scalp and promote hair growth.
Organic Saw Palmetto Oil: Saw palmetto Ooil is a heavy-hitter in the hair loss treatment world. It is a powerful blocker of the hormone DHT, which is a byproduct of testosterone and the culprit behind many forms of hair loss in men and women equally. By decreasing DHT levels, an environment is created conductive to hair re-growth, naturally leading to fuller thicker hair, facilitated by a healthier scalp.
Organic Sesame Oil: Sesame oil is popularly used for hair growth throughout Asia, and to maintain scalp health.
Organic Jojoba Oil: Jojoba oil is capable of moisturizing hair follicles without leaving any residue. It speeds up the reproduction of hair cells.
Amla Fruit Oil: Amla oil massages help boost blood circulation. This, in turn, optimizes nourishment to follicles and increases hair growth. Alma is also extremely rich in antioxidants, particularly Vitamin C.
Organic Mustard Seed Oil: Mustard seeds contain protein, calcium, vitamin A and E, omega-3, and omega-6 fatty acids. All of these strengthen your hair from the inside. Stronger hair falls out less often. Mustard Seed oil is also an excellent conditioner.
Avocado Oil: Avocado oil stimulates blood flow and unclogs blocked follicles. These effects may help fight hair loss. The monounsaturated fatty acid content in avocado oil is extremely high, and is one of the main reasons it is so good for your hair. Let’s face it, most of us have hair that’s dry, damaged and weak from poor nutrition, heat styling, chemical treatments and environmental pollution.
Organic Castor Seed Oil: Castor oil has antibacterial and antioxidant properties that make it beneficial against follicle inflammation, dandruff, and scalp infections. Its ricinoleic acid content increases circulation to the scalp and improves hair growth.
Bhringraj Oil: Important in Ayurvedic medicine, Bhringraj oil improves blood circulation and revitalizes the hair follicles and facilitates hair growth.
Moringa Seed Oil: Moringa has Vitamin A, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B7, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin E and Vitamin K. In addition to this, Moringa contains the following minerals: Calcium, Copper, Iron, Potassium, Magnesium and Zinc. This is basically a hair follicle diet from heaven.
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Black Seed Oil: Black seed oil gets deep within the roots of your hair. Numerous studies have proven black seed oil to be one of the most efficient ways to tackle hair loss. This is mainly due to the thymoquinone content, which helps lessen inflammation, clear any fungal or bacterial imbalances, and heal the root causes of the women’s hair loss problems.
Brahmi Oil: Brahmi oil is a natural remedy for slow hair growth. It cools the scalp and provides relief from itching and irritation. It strengthens hair roots by providing them nutrition and antioxidant protection with free radicals. It also reduces dandruff and flakiness on scalp.
Cayenne Pepper Extract: Oh hey, look up at that fancy infographic again if you need a reminder about all the good things this product’s namesake does for our precious hair and scalp. Capsacin increases blood circulation throughout the scalp to deliver more of the essential nutrients to the hair follicle required for healthy hair growth.
What else is in it? SO MUCH STUFF. I’ve gone into detail about most of the heavy hitters, but here are the other ingredients: Chili Seed Oil, Organic Peppermint Essential Oil, Vitamin E (D-Alpha Tocopherol), Organic Lemon Eucalyptus Essential Oil, Organic Rosemary Essential Oil (read more about Rosemary here), Organic Lemongrass Essential Oil, Organic Grapefruit Essential Oil, Provitamin B-5 (D-Panthenol), Organic Cassia Essential Oil, Organic Clove Leaf Essential Oil, Organic Tea Tree Essential Oil, Carrot Seed Essential Oil, Candelilla Wax, Vitamin A (Retinyl Palmitate), Styrax Benzoin Essential Oil.
About all of this, Botanical Green Care, the company that makes this product, says:
100% NATURAL Anti-Hair Loss Formula with our Powerful proprietary and CLINICALLY PROVEN Advanced DHT Blockers blend, the STRONGEST NATURAL HAIR GROWTH STIMULATORS, most powerful natural botanical hair loss fighting Organic Extracts, Essential nutrients, omega-3 oils, fatty acids & Vitamins. NO HARMFUL CHEMICALS. No Harsh Preservatives. No SLS. No Parabens.
No SLS means no Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (we’ve written about how evil that stuff is here). Engine de-greaser does not belong in our beauty products!
No Parabens is also good – Parabens can mimic the behavior of estrogen in our bodies, which can throw us out of whack especially since so many of us with hair loss issues are already dealing with hormonal imbalances or endocrine problems.
After looking at all of this in detail, I’m really surprised and pleased that they packed so much good DHT-blocking hair-nourishing stuff (minus the crap) in one product.
I think this product counts as a “kitchen sink” choice – throw everything at the problem and hope something sticks and makes those follicles come back from their oh-so-annoying sleepy slumber!
How do you use it?
The directions are pretty darn straightforward. The cool thing is that you wash it out – you don’t have to wear it overnight like Rogaine or Lipogaine.
Shake well before use. Massage Treatment into your scalp before washing your hair. Leave on for at least 20 minutes, then shampoo. For best results use at least 2 to 3 times per week.
You might feel your scalp tingling even after you rinse it off, but that’s just the blood rushing to your scalp and carrying all the nutrients and goodness to your hair. This makes your roots stronger, prevents hair fall, and increases hair growth.
What do people say?
This product has an average of 4.5 stars out of 5 on Amazon.com, from 133 reviews at the time of this blog post.
There are a lot of reviews with before/after pics, which I always appreciate.
The basic gist of the good feedback is that this stuff works, and people appreciate the ability to wash it out and not have to keep it on for 10 hours a day 🙂
A lot of people remarked positively on the smell, which, after reading the ingredients, has to be pretty stupendous.
There were reviews from people with long-term hair loss, alopecia, post-partum hair loss, men, women, young, old…so it was good to see this is a unisex product.
The basic gist of the negative feedback was that it didn’t work, or that it smelled predominantly of lemongrass (which is a very loud smell, for sure). There were so few negative reviews, though, that it’s hard to generalize further. If that isn’t a ringing endorsement, I don’t know what is!
Cayenne Hair Loss Treatment by Botanical Green Care may be relatively new on the scene, but it has rave reviews online, and packs a massive punch of hair helpers and DHT fighters.
Any thoughts on this product or cayenne peppers or spicy food or how your day has been so far? You know the drill….leave a comment, I will reply, and the world will be a better place after we share what we know about hair 🙂