Hair is a vital element in many beauty standards across the world. Its condition and appearance can be very important because it is one of the first major things that others notice when looking at us.
Unfortunately, hair is not only exposed to sun and products that can make it dry and damaged, but there are also many scalp conditions that can affect its state.
We need to take care of it with the right tools but with so many products out there, it can be hard to choose one. Well, and it goes without saying that product build-up and using a lot of chemicals can make matters much worse.
This is why we love to look into popular scalp and hair treatments that are as natural as possible. And today, we will be exploring the benefits of the yucca root for hair!
What Is Yucca Root
Yucca is a genus of plants that contains 40-50 species that are all known for their tough, pointy leaves. They are native to the United States and Mexico and are usually found in hot and dry regions but can adapt to many different climates and conditions.
They have thick skins to prevent water evaporation and they also store water in roots, or sometimes in thick leaves.
Yuccas are popular as home or garden plants and many species are also edible because they bear fruits, seeds, flowers, and stems. And not only that, they can be great sources of folate, dietary fiber, vitamin C, and potassium.
DID YOU KNOW? Yucca is often confused with yucca because of similar names. But yucca is actually a root vegetable, known as Cassava.
Yucca Root Benefits For Hair
The root extract of yucca can be used to cleanse your hair with the help of saponins, natural chemicals found in yucca that produce foam. They can unblock the hair follicles and help get rid of product buildup in the hair.
Native Americans used to use yucca root as a shampoo to treat many health conditions such as psoriasis, dandruff, flaky scalp, hair loss, sores, and inflammation.
Research shows that’s because Yucca is an excellent source of polyphenolics (yuccaols and resveratrol), which are found in the roots and have shown anti-inflammatory and antioxidant activity.
Yucca can often be found in hair loss products. While there is no scientific evidence that yucca root can cure hair loss directly, it does cleanse hair follicles and stimulates the scalp.
The build-up of dead skin, oil, and sweat can clog the hair follicles, which can result in hair loss.
Pro Tip: Mix one tablespoon of yucca root powder with two cups of water. Pour it in an applicator bottle and use it as a natural shampoo!
Trying out unique natural products is always exciting, and what’s even better – it’s super easy. And now that you know yucca root actually benefits your hair, and is not just a plant that will add some extra funk to your living space, are you going to try it out?
Let us know in the comments below! And if you’re looking for another natural add-on to your hair routine, check out our article about apricot oil.