Most people know jasmine as a popular plant used in aromatherapy and green tea, but did you know that jasmine is also reputed as beneficial for the hair? Let's take a closer look at this natural wonder and decide whether or not jasmine should become part of your haircare routine...
The fragrance of the East
A member of the Oleaceae plant family, the plant with the pretty white flowers has long been used in haircare, especially when distilled into an oil. In Asian cultures, this oil is applied to the hair and skin for its reputed moisturizing and antimicrobial properties.
The fragrance of jasmine is known for its uplifting and even aphrodisiac properties, which is why it is so often used in herbal medicine. Some scientific studies have also concluded that jasmine has beneficial effects on our mental state, supporting its use in aromatherapy and also suggesting that jasmine may be good for improving our sleep patterns. So, when you use jasmine for its hair benefits, you'll get the double bonus of its mood-boosting perfume!
How does jasmine improve hair quality?
Essential jasmine oil is believed to strengthen the roots and lengths of the hair, while providing a light coat of moisture to improve suppleness. These effects, when combined, give you more natural volume (thicker-looking hair), fewer breakages and shinier hair.
Jasmine is particularly popular among curly-haired women with naturally dry and/or frizzy hair, as the oil doesn't weight the curls down but provides the much-needed moisture to prevent frizz and boost natural volume. Plus, jasmine's antiviral, antibiotic and antifungal properties (found in the plant's secoiridoid glycosides according to research) make it ideal for those with sensitive or flaky scalps, although it's always a good idea to see a professional dermatologist if you suffer from skin irritation.
How to get the benefits of jasmine
While rubbing a jasmine flower onto your hair might give it a lovely fragrance, it won't do much for the quality of your hair (unless you soak it for a few hours beforehand). Instead, look for haircare products with jasmine listed as one of the ingredients: a conditioner, for example, or a serum.
Alternatively, you could add a few drops of essential jasmine oil to a carrier oil such as coconut oil, almond oil or olive oil, and use as a home-made hair conditioner to leave on for ten minutes, or even overnight for a deep condition that leaves hair smelling and feeling fantastic. Always make sure you are using real, not synthetic, jasmine extract in order to get the full effects, and test on a small patch of skin before applying to the hair to ensure against any allergic reactions.
What other plants are good for hair?
If you've been won over by the different benefits of jasmine, why stop there? There are numerous natural plants known for their hair-helping qualities.
For naturally thin hair, or hair that's lost its volume over the years (or due to a sudden change), rosemary oil has been used for decades due to the belief that it stimulates growth and microcirculation of the scalp.
Even those of us with oily locks can use Mother Nature's essential oils to improve hair quality. Essential oils like aloe vera (astringent) and lavender (soothing) have been shown to reduce excess sebum production. The right oils = no more oily hair.
While you shouldn't be concerned about applying ingredients such as jasmine to colored hair, there are a few natural plants that are known for their color-enhancing qualities. These include chamomile for blondes, carrot for redheads and sage for brunettes.
Whether you make your own creation or opt for haircare with jasmine as an ingredient, this fragrant flower could help you achieve strong, shiny and healthy-looking hair!