Potatoes are among the most nutrient-dense foods, rich in vitamins and minerals (especially sweet potatoes!) that are essential for our health. But did you know that potatoes can be just as beneficial for our hair?
Potato Skins for Hair
Regular white potatoes contain vitamins A, B and C, and minerals such as phosphorus, potassium and iron, and are a great food to consume either on their own, as a part of a meal or as a side dish. But next time you’re making potatoes for a meal, do not throw away potato skins.
Potato skins can be used as an amazing hair treatment that will not only nourish your hair, moisturize it and help it shine, but also mask grays. This is thanks to starches found in potatoes – they have actually been used as a dye alternative for centuries!
How to Use Potato Skins
For this hair treatment, you will only need:
- A cup of potato skins,
- A pot of boiling water.
In boiling water, add potato skins and allow them to boil for no less than 30 minutes. Turn off the heat, and let the mixture steep for an additional 30 minutes. Strain the liquid into a bowl (you can throw away the skins now) and let it cool.
Now it’s time to use the potato rinse:
- Shampoo and condition your hair as usual and then dry it with a towel as much as possible.
- Part it into several sections.
- Pour enough potato rinse over each hair section, so that your whole hair is completely coated.
- Rinse your scalp as well, and give yourself a nice scalp massage while you’re at it.
- Cover your hair with a towel and let the mixture work its magic for about 30 minutes.
- Rinse with cold water and style your hair as usual.
The end result should be a natural looking hair color with much fewer grays. Of course, depending on how much gray hairs you actually have, you may have to repeat the process 2-3 times.