Using Aspirin on your Hair: Treatment and Benefits

December 11, 2019
If you want to take care of your hair, the best thing you can do is maintain a healthy lifestyle, a balanced diet and good hydration. It's also important to choose the most suitable hygiene products for your hair.

While there is no scientific evidence proving the benefits of aspirin hair treatments, there are many people who choose to use them.

If you want to improve the appearance of your hair, it’s important to understand that your lifestyle will play a huge role. A good diet will not only allow your body to function properly, it will also make you look healthier, right down to your hair and skin. In other words, a healthy lifestyle is the key to a healthy appearance.

As well as maintaining a good diet, you may also want to use hair and beauty products specially designed for your hair type and needs. That way, your hair will stay strong and healthy, and grow properly.

The benefits of using aspirin hair treatments

Aspirin tablets

Aspirin is one of the most widely-used painkillers in the world. It’s used to relieve pain, inflammation, and a number of other health issues. As a result, it’s something that nearly everyone has in their medicine cabinet at home.

Doctors recommend aspirin alleviating mild aches and pains, as well as general discomfort. It can also be used to combat fevers and, in certain forms, help to protect your cardiac health.

Many people believe that by crushing aspirin and applying it topically, the acetylsalicylic acid (aspirin’s active ingredient) could help to improve hair health, eliminate dandruff and dry scalp. It is also believed that it can improve circulation to the scalp, boosting the oxygen supply.

Aspirin is also thought to have an exfoliating effect which could eliminate dead skin cells and strengthens the hair follicles.

Aspirin hair treatments

According to popular belief, adding crushed aspirin to your everyday hair products can help improve hair health. However, there is no scientific evidence to support this.

Professional stylists do not recommend using aspirin on a daily basis to improve hair health. Instead, they advise focusing on improving your lifestyle habits (such as diet) and changing your hair care products to suit your needs, eg. increase hydration etc.

If you want to try out some aspirin hair treatments, we would recommend doing a patch test on a small section of your scalp before applying all over. If you feel any itching or irritation, rinse with plenty of water and stop using immediately.

Aspirin hair treatments added to shampoo

Shampoo + aspirin

Ingredients

  • 1 aspirin
  • 3 tablespoons (1 ounce) of shampoo

What should you do?

  • Grind the aspirin into a powder.
  • Mix it with the shampoo until both ingredients are well-combined.
  • Moisten your hair, then apply the mixture from root to tip.
  • Leave it on for five minutes, after which you should rinse as usual.
  • If you like, continue by applying your favorite conditioner.

Aspirin hair tonic

Ingredients

  • 2 aspirin tablets
  • 2 cups (0.1 gallon) of water

What should you do?

  • Grind the aspirin into a fine powder.
  • Pour the water into a bowl and heat in a microwave until warm.
  • Mix the aspirin into the water, then carefully pour this mixture into a spray bottle.
  • Apply to clean, damp hair. There’s no need to rinse immediately.

Remember!

  • The effects of the two aspirin hair treatments presented above may vary from person to person. It will all depend on the hair type and lifestyle of each individual.
  • Eat healthily and make sure to eat foods that are rich in Vitamin E, biotin and proteins.
  • Apply conditioner at least once a week.
  • Brush your hair gently. Never use rough or sudden movements.
  • Trim the ends of your hair once every four months to prevent split ends.
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