I know what you’re thinking, “This child has lost her mind. Watermelon belongs either in my drink or on my plate, NOT in my hair…” but hear me out.
As strange as this may seem, once you learn what watermelon can do for your hair and how, you might find yourself second guessing those doubts. Now, I’ll admit, I’ve had my share of skepticism about this topic, and I honestly find it fascinating just how much I’m itching to try it for myself.
With that being said, here’s what I found out about watermelon and how it could change the natural hair game…
This is pretty obvious given the name, water-melon, but it’s the composition of the watermelon which qualifies it to be one of the best hydrators Mother Nature could create. Packed with a host of vitamins, amino acids and, of course, water, this fruit contains a powerful cocktail that hydrates the hair from the inside out. Consuming this fruit regularly will hydrate the body which, in turn, will hydrate the hair as well!
According to WebMD, watermelon contains citrulline, which is an amino acid that is converted into arginine by the body. Arginine is a precursor for nitric oxide, which helps with blood vessel dilation. As we all know, blood vessels all over our body, including our scalp, need to be healthy in order to operate at their best. Once blood vessels on the scalp are actively dilating, the desired nutrients and vitamins that are needed to produce and repair keratin are fed to the scalp, which promotes healthy hair growth.
Watermelon seed oil, otherwise known as ootanga or Kalahari oil, contains anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidants which boosts scalp circulation and moisturizes without being greasy. The more blood that reaches the scalp, the less amount of hair will fall unnecessarily. In addition to this, fatty acids provide the hair with moisture and improves the elasticity of the shaft, reducing the amount of breakage that you may be experiencing.
In order to reap these wonderful benefits all you have to do is eat more watermelon! Be careful not to over-indulge in an attempt to see results quicker; there is such a thing as too much of a good thing. If you’re not really into eating watermelon, you could try juicing it or adding it to your smoothies as a way to sneak it in without having to actually “eat” it.