The Benefits of Using Papaya in Hair Masks
Papaya fruit – also known as the fruit of angels – is native to Central America and Mexico, but people all over the world realize the values of this rich fruit.
It has benefits for your overall health, skin, and hair, and you can use it in a variety of forms – including as a rich hair mask.
What is a hair mask?
Facial masks have been around for decades in the cosmetics industry for the same reasons why hair masks are now gaining popularity.
They help to clean, refresh, and restore. Effective hair masks should work like a deep conditioner that restores vitality to your hair and helps to repair damage caused by styling, weather, and just natural stresses on your hair.
After you use a quality hair mask, your hair should be shiny and manageable, but not greasy.
You can get a hair mask by heading to the salon, buying a kit, or making your own, and your mask might be designed to just condition over minutes or an hour – or you could leave it on all night long for deep conditioning.
Typically, you use overnight hair masks once a week. More than that and you will probably find your hair over-conditioned and oily.
Buyer beware, though, because not all hair masks will give you the same results. So if you’re ready to find a hair mask that is right for you, let’s start with one of the most popular natural ingredients on the market for hair masks – papaya.
Why is papaya good for hair masks?
One of the most prominent reasons why papaya is a great choice for hair masks is that it a natural conditioner.
The vitamins, minerals, and enzymes of this fruit help to repair your hair shafts by removing that gritty buildup that other hair products leave behind for daily or weekly use.
The components of the papaya work to clean away grime, oil build-ups, and dirt, and work to clean and moisturize your skin.
These are all beneficial for your hair even if you don’t use a lot of styling aids because even the harshness of winter wind and sunny summer days cause wear and tear on your locks.
If you are a swimmer, work where there are chemicals in the environment, spend a lot of time outdoors, or work in a restaurant with all of the smells and splashes of food prep – papaya hair masks can help you.
All of these benefits come together to give your hair lift, shine, and volume without leaving an artificial sheen or feel. If you use a papaya hair mask once a week, your hair will thank you.
How can I make my papaya hair mask?
You can find papaya in the produce aisle, but you can also find it in specialty beauty supply sections in a gel form.
For your first hair mask, it is probably easiest to just head to the supermarket and grab a few basic ingredients to make your homemade concoction.
Homemade Papaya Hair Mask Recipes
The following recipes all harness the power of papaya, so it might just be best to choose the one that has the ingredients you already have on hand (or the ones that intrigue you the most!).
- Grab an avocado, a papaya, and plain yogurt (or egg). The oleic acid from the avocado works with the nutrients of the papaya and yogurt to clean and condition. Mash all ingredients in a blender.
- Combine fresh papaya, a few ounces of olive oil, a squeeze of honey, and enough yogurt to coat your hair. Pulse it through your blender and apply!
- In a blender combine a drizzle of honey, a few papaya chunks, and about one-third of a cup of milk (coconut milk is a great option because of the natural benefits for your hair of healthy fats and minerals, and of course the awesome scent).
- Add half a banana, a few teaspoons of essential coconut oil, 4-6 chunks of fresh papaya, and a dollop of yogurt into a blender and pulse until smooth.
- Try taking those 4-6 chunks of fresh papaya with a teaspoon of honey, a few drops of essential lemon oil, and one-fourth a cup of plain yogurt. Again – yield the power of your blender and make your hair mask.
How do I apply my papaya mask?
So – you’ve found your recipe and are ready to apply. The most common approach is to wash your hair with your regular shampoo, then towel dries your hair, but you can also apply it to dry hair.
The first time you use a papaya hair mask, try it for anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour or two to make sure your hair is responding well. From there you can move on to an overnight mask application.
- If you apply the mask to dry hair, wrap a towel around it and let it sit for at least 30 minutes.
- For dry and brittle hair you might want to try leaving the hair mask on for longer. You can use a shower cap to keep your hair out of the way and keep the mask mixture from getting all over your furniture or clothing.
- Use a wide-toothed comb to help saturate your hair with the mask mixture.
- You want the majority of your mask to cover the ends of your hair and not your scalp.
- When you’re ready to finish with the hair mask, rinse it well with warm water, then use your regular shampoo and conditioner. If your hair is greasier than you wanted, it probably means that you either left the mask on for too long or your ingredients were too rich for your hair.
The fun thing about making your papaya hair masks is that you can experiment with essential oils that target what you need – and the scents you like – such as lavender and lemon.
But if at the end of the day you feel like making your mask is more than you want to tackle, there are lots of great options on the market that take advantage of this angel fruit – and will leave you with soft angel hair.
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