Strawberry for hair? You may have been heard of benefits of strawberry for cardiovascular, blood sugar, cancer and aging conditions, but what are the benefits of hair that are associated with using strawberry?
Today you will learn how can strawberry be the closest friend to your hair, when you understand how it can defend your hair against dandruff, thinning, and falling, how it can maintain moisture in your hair, how it can exfoliate skin of the scalp, and how strawberry is one of the best scrubs of your hair.
Although strawberries are very poor in protein, fat and calories, yet it is very rich with different sorts of antioxidants, minerals and vitamins. The peculiar properties of the constituents of strawberry, makes it of special importance in making masks for hair for different purposes like, moisturizing, scrub, exfoliation, fighting dandruff, hair thinning and loss.
Let us be indulged in exploring the secrets strawberry holds for your hair.
Composition of Strawberry and Your Hair
We will discuss constituents that are of benefit to your hair, neglecting those that of little importance, strawberry is not that kind of food that you can use to get macro-nutrients like protein, fat or carbohydrates.
Antioxidants in Strawberry :
* Anthocyanins: cyanidins - pelargonidins
* Flavonols : procyanidin - catechin - gallocatechins - epicatechins - kaempferol - quercetin
* Hydroxy-benzoic acids : ellagic acid - gallic acid - vanillic acid - salicylic acid
* Hydroxy-cinnamic acids : cinnamic acid - coumaric acid - caffeic acid - ferulic acid
* Tannins : ellagitannins - gallotannins
* Stilbenes : resveratrol
Strawberry comes 4th among all fruits concerning its total antioxidant capacity. This powerful antioxidant effect, guards against free radical chain reactions in the cell membranes, which lead to formation of a rubber-like film which propels away water molecules inducing severely dry scalp. This endows strawberry with a great effect in moisturizing hair.
Ellagic acid is a polyphenol that was searched by The European Research Society, it was found that it may be effectively used to delay androgenetic alopecia. At least we may use strawberry to treat thinning or falling of hair.
Vitamins in Strawberry
Strawberries are rich in vitamin C which complement the effect of antioxidants. It is also rich in Folic acid, vitamins B5 and B6 where their deficiency may lead to hair loss.
Minerals in Strawberry
Strawberry is a rich source of Copper, Manganese and Magnesium. Manganese and Copper form complexes with dicarboxylic acids, producing complexes that are potent inhibitors of growth of fungi.
Alpha and Beta Hydroxy Acids in Strawberry
Fresh strawberry contains the alpha-hydroxy acids, Citric, Malic acids. It also contains the beta hydroxy acid Salicylic acid. These acids are good exfoliating agents.
Uses of Strawberry for Hair
Strawberry as a Moisturizing Agent for your Hair:
Strawberry through its potent antioxidant effects can protect cell membranes of the cells of the scalp, and prevent formation the hydrophobic layer on their surface, which insulates the scalp from contact with water. Mixing it with egg yolk is a fantastic way to moisturize your hair.
Strawberry for Thinning and Falling Hair:
Strawberry through its high content of Ellagic hair, may protect hair from thinning or falling. Other constituents like Folate and vitamin B6 may help your scalp to overcome the problem.
Strawberry for Fighting Dandruff
Mixing strawberry with phytochemicals that have antifungal effect like Tea tree oil or Thyme oil, may augment their effects through its content of Copper and Manganese.
Strawberry as an Exfoliating Agent
Mixing Strawberry with Yogurt or Orange juice adds up to the exfoliating effects of both of the constituents. It is a way to make exfoliating more easier.
amanda on July 02, 2013:
You can do it.
gehan on April 18, 2012:
Very useful and also affordable. Personally i like all natural things for using on body and hair.
Debbie Carey from Riverton, KS, USA on October 09, 2011:
I love strawberries and would have trouble putting them in my hair! I would want to eat them instead! Good hub! Lots of good information! Voted up and interesting!