Sweet Potato & Hair?

I know you must be thinking, you guys just did a whole post on yams. But did you know that the North American sweet potato and the yam are two different root vegetables? However, they do have similar nutritional benefits, both when consumed and applied topically. Sweet potatoes are a great source of beta-carotene. The body converts this compound into vitamin A, which is linked to good hair health. Research has shown that vitamin A promotes the production of sebum, which helps keep hair healthy. Vitamin A could also speed up the rate of hair growth and encourage the growth of thicker hair, all while preventing other hair follicles from regressing. The Omega-3 fatty acids add luster by nourishing your hair follicles. Below are a few DIY masks that are sure to give you gorgeous healthy hair. Want more? Check out Naptural85’s recipe in her latest youtube video.

Sweet Potato and Honey Hair Conditioner

Ingredients:

  • 1 large sweet potato

  • 1 cup of full fat yogurt

  • 1 Tbsp. of honey

  • 3 Tbsp. of coconut cream

  • 2 drops of clove essential oil (more or less if desired)

  • 4 drops of vanilla essential oil (more or less if desired)

  • Double boiler

Directions:

Peel and cut the sweet potato. Boil the sweet potato and add coconut cream to melt in a double boiler (or can melt in the microwave at 30 sec bursts). Drain sweet potatoes and whip in a food processor or hand-held beater. Pour in melted coconut cream, yogurt, honey, and blend until smooth. Add essential oils. Apply to your hair while the conditioner is still warm and then cover with a plastic cap and towel. Allow it to sit for 20-30 min. and rinse completely. Continue with your wash day routine as normal.

Notes:

If you do use condition, keep it to the ends of your hair only. You don’t want to over condition your hair.

Sweet Potato and Yogurt Hair Conditioner

Ingredients:

  • ½ plain large sweet potato cooked and mashed

  • ¼ cup of full fat yogurt

  • 3 Tbsp. of honey

Directions:

Peel and cut the sweet potato. Boil the sweet potato and add coconut cream to melt in a double boiler (or can melt in the microwave at 30 sec bursts). Drain sweet potatoes and whip in a food processor or hand-held beater. Pour yogurt and honey, and blend until smooth. Apply to your hair while the conditioner is still warm and then cover with a plastic cap and towel. Allow it to sit for 20-30 min. and rinse completely. Continue with your wash day routine as normal.

Notes:

If you do use conditioner, keep it to the ends of your hair only. You don’t want to over condition your hair.