There are various virtues and benefits of bay leaves for hair. A plant is not well known in this field. Its leaves are excellent for strengthening and curing our hair of almost all the ills that affect it. Try it and make your own opinion!
I- Brief review of hair problems
1- Hair loss
Regardless of its origin, hair loss is not only the subject of many questions but also of scientific research.
Men, in general, lose between 50 and 1000 hairs daily, some a little more depending on the type of hair, the season, age, or even heredity.
Present on the hair and scalp, dandruff is small fragments of the skin, or more precisely the surface of the epidermis.
The scalp, like the skin, in a normal cycle, is renewed every 21 days. However, sometimes this process accelerates and lasts only five to seven days.
As a result, the cells are not mature enough to be eliminated in the normal way. This not only causes a traffic jam but also creates small clusters of dead cells: dandruff.
3- Hair that is too fine
Fine hair is another major hair problem. Compared to curly, frizzy, or thick hair, fine hair is a little more fragile.
It, therefore, requires a little more care. It should also be noted that fine hair is not only vulnerable to split ends, but also breaks more quickly. And it is also common for it to become greasy more quickly.
4- Greasy hair
The sebaceous glands secrete sebum (hyper seborrhea). If these glands are not functioning properly and secrete too much sebum, the hair becomes too greasy.
It should be noted that this excess sebum spreads along the hair shaft and covers the scalp. Oily hair visibly gives a “wet hair” effect.
5- Dry hair
Dry hair lacks not only moisture but also nutrition.
These types of hair cannot produce the necessary amount of sebum to coat the hair fiber for the above-mentioned reasons.
6- Other hair problems
Other hair problems include damaged hair, dull hair, electric hair, frizz, etc. Now let’s find out the benefits of bay leaves for hair and how to use this plant.
II- Benefits of bay leaves for hair
It should already be said that the laurel called or referred to as “laurel sauce”, “laurel noble”, “laurel of Apollo” is the only family of Lauraceae that can be consumed by men even though it is very slightly toxic.
The laurel which is recognized and much more used in the culinary field, perfumery, health, beauty of the skin, can be also used in the capillary field.
It is a plant that has many benefits for the hair. The benefits of this plant for the hair are not known or are ignored by many people.
Bay leaves are, it must be said, aromatic leaves of the Laurel tree that act against hair loss. They are also very beneficial when it comes to eliminating dandruff.
Indeed, for more details, it is important to note that the bay leaves, as we have listed above, have multiple virtues for the hair. They restore hair strength, tone it, fight against itching.
They also slow down hair loss and accelerate hair growth by stimulating the circulation of the scalp.
Also, it should be said that they eliminate lice from the hair while making them more shiny and healthy. It must be said that bay leaves have all these benefits because they are rich in vitamins, antioxidants, and essential fatty acids, lauric acid, linoleic, etc…
III- How to use bay leaves for hair?
One thing is to know the benefits of bay leaves for hair, another is to know how to use them.
To be able to enjoy the benefits of bay leaves for hair, you must know how to use them.
There are different methods of using bay leaves for hair. We will at least take you through two of these multiple methods.
You may use bay leaves as a rinse lotion. To do this, you need to gather the following ingredients: on one side 30 bay leaves, and on the other side 1 liter of water.
As for the preparation, you must, first, make infuse the 30 bay leaves in the liter of water and let them cool.
Then, you must rinse your hair with this infusion of bay leaf after your shampoo.
Finally, you have to let this infusion act for 20 minutes before rinsing with clear water.
Another way to use the bay leaves for the hair is to massage them with the essential oil of the bay.
Indeed, it is recommended to you to massage your hair with the help of 10 drops of essential oil of bay-tree diluted in coconut oil or shea butter if you want to nourish and strengthen them.
It is thus advised to you to let pose this mixture for one hour or ideally all night then make a shampoo.
It is necessary to note that this care has the capacity to nourish the hair of the root until the points.
1. Bay leaves and coconut oil for hair (fall and repairing)
Coconut oil is one of the most recommended oils for hair beauty care.
It is a faithful ally for those who want to have healthy, soft, and perfectly hydrated hair.
And this is due to its composition rich in saturated fatty acids, vitamin A and vitamin E (also known for its antimicrobial and antioxidant properties).
To strengthen and nourish your damaged hair, massage them with 20 drops of essential oil of laurel diluted in 3 large spoons of coconut oil.
Leave it on for a few hours (minimum one hour) then rinse and shampoo as usual.
This treatment nourishes the hair from the roots to the ends and gives it a youthful look.
2. bay leaves and cloves for hair growth
Cloves are incredibly nutritious. It contains fiber, minerals, and vitamins.
It is very well known to be an excellent ingredient for hair health.
Combined with bay leaves, it becomes a machine for repairing hair that is damaged, brittle, or fails to grow quickly.
This formula is recommended because the two ingredients that make it up can regulate the secretion of sebum at the scalp, in addition to stimulating blood circulation in the roots of the hair, strengthening the roots, and enhancing the shine of the mane.
To prepare this recipe, nothing could be easier:
Take between ten to twenty bay leaves and the same number of cloves and put them in a bottle of clean water. Then leave for a few hours, even days, and massage your hair with it, half an hour before each shower.
Your hair will become strong and shiny, the scalp healthy and dandruff-free.
3. Bay leaf hair mask
This recipe is very effective for broken hair, which begins to fall out and lose its vitality and shine.
You need two essential ingredients, honey, and chopped bay leaves: 5 large spoons of chopped leaves (ground is better) and 5 others of organic honey.
Then put the bay leaves in well-heated water and let it infuse for a few hours.
Note that you should put the minimum amount of water possible to have a kind of pasty texture.
Then put the honey in the obtained paste and stir until you get a homogeneous formula.
You can apply this mask by first massaging the scalp deeply and the hair from the roots to the tips.
You can then, for more effectiveness, wrap your head with a towel or even with a simple cling film.
Leave on for a few hours (one-hour minimum) before rinsing your hair and showering with your usual shampoo.
4. Bay leaf essential oil for hair
Nothing is more simple than to take care of its hair with the essential oil of the laurel.
Take a few drops of this essential oil that you will mix with any other vegetable oil (Personally I prefer olive oil).
Then massage your hair with the mixture obtained and leave it on for at least 20 minutes before rinsing your hair with warm water and showering it with your usual shampoo.
For the proportions, 5 drops of the essential oil of the laurel to mix with two large spoons of olive oil.
And then with experience, you will see the proportions that go with the type of your hair.
5. How to make bay leaf powder?
Very simple to make.
You will need a few dry bay leaves. Put them in a blender and press the start button.
Just a few seconds and you have your magic powder.
6. How to make bay leaf oil with dried bay leaves?
You take your dry leaves, put them in a jar full of vegetable oil known for its virtues for the hair.
Leave the jar in the dark for several days. The oil will be impregnated with the essence of the bay leaves and will have a tenfold strength to treat the hair.
Personally, as I had already mentioned, I always prefer olive oil for hair care, even if other vegetable oils are also effective, such as castor oil, almond oil, and coconut oil.
IV- Olive oil and bay leaves for hair
The bay leaves mixed with olive oil are a very efficient remedy because this mixture allows you to make the essential oil of laurel which has multiple virtues.
This mixture in addition to doing good to your hair is powerful and can replace the effects of aspirin; because it can decrease the increase in body temperature.
V- Bay leaves for frizzy hair
For a long time, bay leaves have been recognized not only as a folk remedy but also as a spice.
It should be noted that they work effectively against hair loss and especially to treat frizzy hair.
Frizzy hair is hair that is naturally curled in tight tufts. They are hair that has very tight curls.
Thus, the bay leaves, precisely the essential oil of bay, allow you to treat your frizzy hair.
Regular application of this essential oil will certainly give vigor and energy to your hair.
VI- Other plants to strengthen hair
Apart from bay leaves, there are other plants that can help you strengthen your hair.
Among these plants, we can list castor oil, nettle, rosemary, watercress, thyme, nasturtium, aloe, etc…
As far as castor oil is concerned, it should be said that it is rich in fatty acids and minerals. Regarding nettle, it is important to know that it is a plant that participates not only in the growth but also in the regrowth of hair while strengthening it.
As for the nettle, it should be noted that it is a plant that participates not only in the growth but also in the regrowth of hair. It also slows down hair loss and helps fight against dandruff.