What is Sweet Potato?
Sweet Potato is a root vegetable belonging to the Convolvulaceae family. Otherwise know as; the bindweed/ morning glory family.
This vegetable originates from Central and South America. It can grow naturally in a warm region, where the water supply is sufficient.
How is it beneficial to my Hair Care?
Sweet potato contains beta-carotene which is a pigment that makes some vegetables appear red-orange. When you eat a sweet potato this pigment is converted into Vitamin A. This Vitamin is necessary for growth, hair being the fastest growing tissue in the body Vitamin A is very useful.
In addition to promoting hair growth, the Vitamin A aids the scalp produced sebum.
Sebum is a biofluid, and oily substance secreted on your scalp and skin. It is responsible for keeping your hair and skin moisturized making sure it does not dry out.
DIY Sweet Potato Hair Mask
You will need
- 1 sweet potato (pureed)
- 2-3 TBSP Olive Oil
- 2-3 drop tea tree essential oil
- 1/2-1 TBSP Honey
How do you make sweet potato puree at home?
The best way it to steam them until they turn soft. This will make them easier to mash, here is a youtube video I found that explains how to do this…
- Once you have obtained a puree add in all the other ingredients and mix them in
2. Apply all over your hair and scalp, before you shampoo, then allow the mask to sit for 25-30 minutes before rinsing it out with luke warm water and shampooing your hair.
Using this hair mask you could detangle before shampooing.
How is it beneficial to my Skin Care?
This vegetable is not only rich in vitamin A but also Vitamins C, which is essential for maintaining healthy skin…
Well, because Vitamin A helps maintain your collagen, collagen being responsible for your skin’s elasticity making sure it is nice and toned!
It is a vegetable high in vitamins, fibers and antioxidants. Antioxidants are great for protecting your skin from free radicals which are damaging to your skin.
DIY Sweet Potato Face Mask
You will need
- 1/2 a sweet potato (puree)
- 2 TBSP Honey
- 1 TBSP of your favourite floral water (ie. Rose water, Geranium water)
Before applying your weekly face mask you may also want to steam your face before hand, check out how you can do this here… 😉
Apply this mixture all over your face and let it sit for 3-5 minutes before rinsing it off using lukewarm water…
Voila! Nature already provides so much goodness that you can use on a weekly basis in your DIYs. If you enjoy our DIYs make sure to comment and let us know 😉