For those curlies who have taken the plunge and decided to embrace their natural curls, figuring out how to keep those curls healthy can be tough. As more curlies are getting serious about their curl care, more are also starting to think intentionally about what they’re putting into their curls. Ginger has long been celebrated as a fantastic and tasty ingredient often used in Indian and Asian cuisine. However, it also is known for its medicinal purposes. If you’re experiencing some trouble with your curls, such as slowing growth, dandruff or dryness, ginger just might be the answer.
Ginger’s naturally antiseptic properties helps kill the fungus that creates dandruff. It keeps yeast from growing and stops itch and dryness before it even starts. It can also help reduce the inflammation that creates scalp acne. Ginger also will unclog the pores on your scalp, which will lead to better circulation and help curls grow faster. It also works great as a curl conditioner as it is abundant in natural oils and minerals.
Ginger for curl growth:
- 2 tablespoon ginger juice
- 1 tablespoon castor oil
What to do: Using fresh juice from the ginger root, mix with the castor oil until incorporated. Apply and gently massage into the scalp with your fingertips for 10 minutes. Cover your curls with a cap and allow the mask to sit overnight. Remove in the morning by cleansing curls with a mild shampoo. You can repeat this 2-3 times a week to get quicker results.
Ginger for treating stressed curls:
- 3 tablespoons of aloe vera gel
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon fresh ginger juice
What to do: Take fresh juice from the ginger root and mix with the aloe vera gel and coconut oil. Mix until smooth, then apply liberally to the curl’s roots. Allow to sit for 20-30 minutes, then remove with a gentle cleansing shampoo. You can repeat this 2-3 times per week.
Have you ever used ginger to help treat your curls? If so, let us know in the comments below!