Summer is almost here and you know what that means, mango season is in full effect. One of the most popular fruits eaten around the world, the mango, is best known for its fragrant smell and sweet, juicy flesh. These fruit carries a host of different essential vitamins and nutrients that help ward off heart disease and diabetes, as well as preventing asthma, protect against certain types of cancers, and even aids in calcium absorption.
Aside from being incredibly delicious, mangoes have also proven valuable when it comes to skin and hair health. Everything from the skins to the seed have been used for centuries in Ayurvedic treatments for conditions ranging from dandruff to hair loss.
What’s in a Mango?
Well, a typical mango contains about 1g protein, 0.5g fat, Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Folate, Vitamin B-6, Vitamin K, Copper, Calcium, and Potassium. The composition of this fruit is the perfect cocktail which provides your scalp the nutrients to produce sebum and moisturize the hair. The consumption of this fruit will also maintain the elasticity of your hair and skin due to the collagen-building Vitamin C. With that being said, here are 5 reasons why you should consider introducing mango into your hair regimen…
No matter what hair type you have, dandruff is one of the most annoying things to deal with. The constant flaking of your scalp can be the result of a number of things ranging from product build-up to under-active sebum activity. If you’re tired of seeing those little white flakes on your clothes and pillowcase, then mango just might be your answer. Now, the best mango product to use for this would be either mango oil or mango butter, which is extracted from the seed. After cleansing the scalp, gently massage the oil into the skin for 2-3 minutes. Do this twice a week until you see improvement.
Promotes Hair Growth
Since the sebum glands are kicking it into gear, it’s only natural that this fruit promotes hair growth, right? Vitamins A and C are essential for both scalp and hair health. As a matter of fact, Vitamin C is one of the most effective nutrients that helps to grow and repair damaged hair. While Vitamin A is there to heal and protect the hair and scalp, Vitamin C kick starts that cell turnover and sebum production, resulting in strong, healthy new growth.
Prevents Hair Loss
This pretty much coincides with the fact that it promotes hair growth. Once you’ve used the oil religiously, you’ll notice that the scalp is much healthier and the hair is significantly stronger, resulting in less hair fall.
Since the mango is about 80% water, it’s safe to say that it’d be perfect for moisturizing the hair. Couple this with its restorative properties and you have a recipe for success. It’s best to pair the mango with something thick or creamy so that your end product isn’t too watery. Pair with an avocado, banana and a tbsp of honey for the perfect moisturizing treatment. I recommend pureeing all of your ingredients into a smooth consistency, and then straining it through a mesh sieve before applying it to your hair. You could also use mango oil as a hot oil treatment.
Prevents Grey Hair
I’m not sure how true this is, but according to a number of Ayurvedic sites, mango seed oil can help prevent and reduce the appearance of grey hairs…but don’t quote me on this.