At present, many are indicating the use of blackstrap molasses for hair rejuvenation. The claim is that this health food can be used to do the following:
- renew hair growth,
- encourage melanin production (to deal with graying strands), and
- lead to shinier hair.
Is any of it true? A tricky question. At present, a final word is not yet obtainable. This is since more studies have to be carried out for true scientific validation. Yet even before that can be achieved, it is already possible to glean some enlightenment from existing evidence.
Thus far, what evidence does appear is more in support of the claims than otherwise. A lot of anecdotal evidence exists for blackstrap molasses’s hair benefits, for example. Added to this is what we already know about blackstrap molasses themselves.
Knowledge of the nutrients and minerals in this superfood—nutrients and minerals already scientifically proven to be beneficial to scalp and hair health—seems to indicate reason behind the alleged benefits.
Blackstrap Molasses and Copper
Copper content is one of the biggest points in blackstrap molasses’s favor.
These dark molasses carry a surprising amount of copper. A single tablespoon of blackstrap molasses yields as much as 7% of the daily recommended intake for this trace mineral.
Now copper is useful for a lot of things, but as far as the hair is concerned, it does its good via the peptides it contains. These peptides are used by the body to rebuild the cell structure making up our skin, nails, and hair. It is for this reason that so many people take copper supplements—and it is for the same reason that these are classified as beauty supplements.
There have been many cases of people experiencing renewed hair growth and color after consumption of copper supplements. In fact, these have often gone hand in hand with smoother skin and brighter, healthier nails.
It is thus of little surprise that evidence exists too of people reaping the same benefits following regular intake of blackstrap molasses. The high copper content of the molasses renders it a copper supplement.
But beyond that, the beneficial effects of molasses on hair go further than a simple copper supplement. This is because of the other nutrients in this health food—nutrients that also promote scalp and hair health.
Antioxidants and Thinning Hair
A great many of the physical symptoms of aging are due to oxidation. One gets a rough illustration from simply slicing an apple and leaving a slice out to suffer the wind and sun. Oxidation takes place in the exposed flesh of the fruit – it browns and wrinkles – it ages – it forms a dark skin.
A not-dissimilar process occurs to our cells over time. Oxidative agents like the sun and various chemicals we consume do their work and our skin and hair lose their freshness, graying and aging.
Antioxidants, of course, perform the countering activity to such agents. They stave off oxidants and are thus vital in retaining the physical character of youth.
And they are present in blackstrap molasses.
Using Blackstrap Molasses for Hair Regrowth and Color Rejuvenation
There is thus merit in using blackstrap molasses for hair growth. As the antioxidants zinc, manganese, and selenium are found in it along with copper, it seems reasonable that many would see their hair growing thicker and seeming shinier after supplementing their diets with the syrup. It is for the same reason that taking blackstrap molasses for grey hair also makes sense.
The syrup is far from some arcane “miracle cure” that way. It is really just a multi-vitamin and multi-mineral supplement, one that feeds the body many of the things that it just happens to require for rejuvenation of the epidermis and the hair.
Its other elements may also play a part in this rejuvenation. Blackstrap molasses is rich in a number of other healthy vitamins. The salutary effect these have on the body in general contribute in their own indirect way to the improvement of hair health. Poor health—physical stress—is after all suspected to be a compounding factor in rapid hair loss and premature graying.
There are caveats to be had even here, however. If you do want to use blackstrap molasses for gray hair or a thinning mane, you cannot expect it to have instant effect. Supplements support the body. That is, they only bolster the body’s natural healing powers. They do not replace those powers with some magical instant cure that shows a clear change already the day after.
There are two accepted ways of using blackstrap molasses for hair health, and both demand regular, sustained execution—although one need not do both of them to reap the benefits of the molasses.
The first method is simple consumption. Most people take blackstrap molasses as an oral supplement. The usual dosage ranges from 1 to 2 tablespoons per day, often mixed in warm water or some other warm beverage much like regular sweeteners. It does have a distinctive taste, though, so you may want to test whether you prefer to take it in one go from the spoon or as a flavoring for a drink.
The second method is shampooing. This is not as silly as it sounds—remember that people have put honey on their faces for ages and that science has already corroborated the benefits of doing that. Blackstrap molasses can be massaged into the hair and left there for 5 to 15 minutes before being rinsed away. By that time, the hair and scalp should have managed to absorb whatever nutrients it can take from the syrup.
I prefer not going the second route, that’s for sure, but I might for the sake of this blog and human advancement. 🙂