The lyrics from the musical "Hair" tout long, beautiful, streaming, flaxen, waxen hair. Many children, teens, men, and women spend countless hours washing, drying, and styling their hair. Alternative treatments and homemade remedies abound in the treatment of hair care, and the use of red chili peppers is one of them.
Ground red chili peppers form cayenne pepper. It is used in myriad health treatments including treating weak digestion, loss of appetite, as a pain reliever, and to ward off colds and flu. It is often mixed with olive oil, aloe, and water and used as a hair tonic.
Red chili peppers mixed with water form a paste that can be used as an alternative hair product. This mixture is said to stimulate hair growth. Results have been seen in some people who suffer with alopecia (hair loss) and male pattern baldness.
Early medical practitioners used red chili peppers in many cases of hair loss. They massaged the scalp with a combination of red chili peppers, salt, and fresh onion juice. Red chili peppers trigger blood circulation to the scalp, which enhances hair's nourishment and growth.
Most natural hair tonics today contain cayenne (ground red chili peppers) or the capsaicin extracted from them as an essential ingredient.
A 2008 TopGear Award was presented to Santé Natural Invigorating Chili Pepper and Vitamin E Shampoo for Fine and Fragile Hair. This shampoo strengthens, protects, and thickens hair.
Red chili peppers have a stimulating effect and can excite the senses, the skin, and the hair. When ground to make cayenne pepper, it is used as a hair tonic, shampoo, and conditioner.