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What Are the Benefits of Papaya for Hair?

Papaya is useful in treating dandruff.
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According to hair care experts, using papaya for hair may help with removing build up and residue from cleansing products and chemicals and also restore hair's natural shine and softness. Hair care professionals claim the benefits of papaya may be received by consuming the fruit or by using papaya products designed for hair care. Some hair care experts recommend papaya for hair that lacks body, to create volume by nourishing the hair shaft. Those who are balding may also find that using papaya for hair may promote hair growth and strengthen the hair, as papaya is rich in nutrients. Some people also use papaya for controlling dandruff.

Some experts recommend adding fresh papaya to the diet as a natural remedy for thinning hair. Hair stylists sometimes advise clients with fine and thin hair to consume this fruit daily to achieve fuller, thicker hair. It should be noted however, that results may vary with the individual and there is no conclusive scientific evidence to support this theory.

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Even without the scientific proof, experts tout the benefits of papaya for hair, skin and overall good health. Other than nourishing the hair with an abundance of vitamins, minerals and enzymes, papaya is thought to remove dirt and oil, as well as chemical build up from hair in a harmless and safe manner. This can be achieved by using papaya products, such as conditioners, or preparing a papaya paste and applying it to the hair as a weekly treatment. Some people prefer to make their own homemade treatment. Making a homemade hair treatment with papaya may be a less expensive alternative to buying costly salon products.

Papaya leaf extract can be purchased at health care stores or salons and used as a hair treatment. When used as a conditioner, this treatment is said to add shine to dull, lifeless hair, and possibly relax coarse or unruly hair. There are specially formulated dandruff shampoos made with papaya that are designed to control flakes or prevent dandruff.

There are other ingredients that may be added to papaya when making a homemade treatment that may boost the benefits. For example, coconut milk and honey may be mixed together with papaya for a rich textured conditioner. The paste may be left on the hair for up to 30 minutes, then thoroughly rinsed for strong, healthy and shiny hair.

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irontoenail
Post 4

@pleonasm - That could be a bit of overkill. I mean, people eat papaya all the time without having to research it first. I don't think using it topically is really all that big of a deal.

And most people will be using creams that just have papaya extract in them, which should be absolutely safe. They get tested over and over before they are released for human use, so I think you can use them without having to worry.

pleonasm
Post 3

@Fa5t3r - I'm pretty sure it's just the skin of papaya that people are usually allergic to. The pulp isn't any more dangerous than the average fruit, but the skin has a few strange chemicals in it. Which might be what actually helps the hair, I don't know.

I do know that it is used as a traditional medicine in quite a few places. And something to bear in mind is that some women use the green fruit as a means of abortion. I don't know if that works or not, but it's obviously not a fruit that you want to take lightly.

I would definitely research it before using it for anything more than food, because it might have unintended consequences.

Fa5t3r
Post 2

You have to be very careful if you've never used papaya before. A fairly large percentage of people are allergic to it and it can make them break out in blisters and swelling if they aren't careful.

If you just slather the stuff over your head without doing a spot check first, you might end up doing more harm than good to your hair and skin.

rachelsjulia
Post 1

Wow I just knew now that Papaya also used for hair. I only thought it was only good for the skin and face. What a great idea here!

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