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I have been reading dozens of posts over the last several months about oil infused with cayenne pepper being used to grow hair. Of course, I was immediately intrigued. LOL! I did some research and there seemed to be mixed reviews. Proponents of the oil exclaimed that it helped to propel their hair growth and, in some cases, even grew hair where it once was bald. Others claimed that it made their scalps burn, their hair shed excessively, and caused extensive breakage.
There also seems to be some confusion over the proper application. There are two opposing viewpoints: (1) apply the cayenne-infused oil to the scalp, massage the scalp for 1-2 minutes, leave the oil in for 2-3 hours, and co-wash it out, or (2) apply the oil to the scalp, massage the scalp for 1-2 minutes, and leave the oil in, without rinsing out until your normal wash day.
The negative testimonials really scared me. However, I couldn’t find many who had used the cayenne-infused oil that had posted before and after pics. So, naturally, I was still curious! Well, curious AND cautious. In fact, it took me a month to garner the courage necessary to even take the oil out of the shoe box in my closet … and probably another 2 weeks to decide to use it!
I know what you’re thinking … that I’m a glutton for punishment. But, hey! Someone’s gotta test out these crazy hair growth methods! And, I just had to know if it would work for me. Here’s how I made my cayenne-infused oil …
- Add 4 tsp of cayenne pepper to any container with a lid.
- You can use a funnel to avoid wasting any cayenne or making a mess.
- Add 4 oz. (½ cup) of any oil(s) of your choice.
- Add ½ tsp. vitamin e oil (to prevent rancidity).
- Seal container and keep in a cool, dark area that won’t be exposed to light.
- I kept my oil container in a shoebox in my closet.
- Shake the mix each day. (I shook mine 25 times over the course of 30 days.)
- Let mixture cure for 2-4 weeks. (I let my mix cure for 30 days.)
- When ready to use, strain the mixture into an applicator bottle.
- Shake the applicator bottle prior to each use.
- Apply sparingly but directly to the scalp every night and massage for 1-2 minutes.
- Avoid contact with your eyes (unless you enjoy pain)!
- Do a “patch test” prior to use to make sure that you ARE NOT allergic and can handle the potency level. For some, cayenne pepper can cause skin irritation. So, if you have sensitive skin, DO NOT use any oil infused with cayenne pepper.
To my surprise, the cayenne pepper oil DID NOT burn or irritate my scalp AT ALL. The first few days, I felt a very slight tingle that was barely noticeable. After that, I pretty much felt absolutely nothing.
I used the cayenne pepper oil for two weeks straight while using the GHE five nights a week. I left the oil in my hair each night until my weekly wash. My scalp and hair never felt oily. If anything, it felt like the cayenne pepper oil dried out my hair a bit. Week three, I didn’t use the oil or the GHE at all because I had family coming into town for a week, and I was worried that applying cayenne pepper oil every day and using the GHE would ruin my hairstyle (i.e., prevent it from lasting 7 days). Week 4, I used the cayenne pepper oil while doing the inversion method.
DAY 1 of CAYENNE PEPPER OIL
DAY 21 (WEEK #3): DAY 1 of INVERSION with CAYENNE PEPPER OIL
DAY 28 (WEEK #4): MORNING AFTER DAY 7 of INVERSION with CAYENNE PEPPER OIL
As you can see, I only received about a 1/2″ of total growth over the course of a month, and that’s with me doing the inversion method. I gained pretty spotty growth from the inversion method while using the cayenne pepper oil (my worst to date while using this method)! While I am grateful the cayenne-infused oil didn’t burn or irritate my scalp, or cause extensive breakage, it didn’t exactly encourage any hair growth either. In fact, I think it stunted (or at least stalled) my hair growth during the month. My hair in the front is about 1/4″ shorter than last month (from 9.25″ to barely 9.0″). So, I had some minor breakage there. However, I maintained my length on the side of my hair that I gained in the first three weeks of the month (at 9.25″). And, I gained a 1/2″ in the back of my hair from last month (from 8.5″ to 9.0″).
Not sure if the cayenne pepper oil caused the stunted growth and minor breakage, or if the inversion method simply exacerbated the problem, or if it’s all of the above, but I’m convinced that the GHE saved my hair from breaking off excessively and becoming damaged. So, no more cayenne pepper oil for me! Truth be told, I’m feeling a little silly for tripling the recipe and making 12 ounces of oil. Sigh … But, I’m not one to be wasteful. So, I plan to add a teaspoon or two of cayenne pepper oil to my weekly cholesterol treatment when I deep condition my hair to help me use up my remaining oil. Waste not, want not!