Admittedly, the trend towards going natural and organic is on the rise. Cures and
remedies that were used centuries ago are now rediscovered as treatments for even
modern day ailments. The list of herbs and plants include even the lowly yet very
common red pepper.
What Is Red Pepper?
Red pepper is better known as a spice and cooking ingredient. It is derived from
the fruit of the plant in the Capsicum family. It is usually fiery red and rarely
grows to more than 4 inches in length. They are usually commercially available as
dried and powdered extracts of the fruit. It is pungent, hot and has a strong bite.
It is usually used as an ingredient for Mexican, Thai and Indian cooking.
Red Pepper is a popular folk remedy against baldness. It is applied to the scalp
as a poultice to act as a skin irritant. This draws blood and nutrients around the
applied area and triggers the release of histamines that stimulate cell division
and hair follicle production.
Red pepper is also a natural source of Vitamin A, Vitamin B, Vitamin E and biotin.
These are essential vitamins for growing and maintaining healthy hair.
Red pepper is also a rich source of other essential minerals that provides health
benefits. Many herbal specialists believe that pepper enhances heart health, the
functioning of the circulatory and digestive systems. There are claims that cayenne
pepper, a common type of red pepper, is the most valuable herb known to date.
How To Use Red Peppers For Hair Loss Prevention
As with many natural remedies, red pepper can be taken orally in its raw form or
semi-processed and dried preparations. Not all of us can tolerate pepper as a stand
alone finger food. It would be a good idea to spice up your favorite dishes or beverages
with red pepper and experiment with new flavor combinations.
For those who suffer hair loss but could not tolerate the biting taste of peppers,
it can be applied topically on the scalp:
• You will need to boil red peppers over medium heat for a short time.
• When peppers are done, you have to extract the juice and liberally apply it on
the scalp as you do with any shampoo or hair conditioner.
• After applying, allow your hair and scalp to air dry.
* Never use hair dryers or curling irons as a dry the scalp can cause hair follicles
You may also turn ground pepper into a paste by mixing it with warm water and olive
• Apply this liberally on the scalp as you would with the pepper juice, giving special
attention to areas with very little hair.
• Leave the paste for 20 minutes unless your scalp gets overly irritated before the
• Then rinse thoroughly, making sure that no nothing is left on the scalp and hair
as prolonged exposure might lead to severe irritation.
Lastly, if you are not averse to pill popping, there are pepper supplements available
in many vitamin shops, pharmacies and beauty and health sections in department stores.
When using supplements, it is important to read and follow dosage instructions written
on the labels.