The naturally curly hair community is always on the hunt for the "next big thing," a little known ingredient we can use in our at-home hair recipes-- and black pepper is definitely having a moment right now. This natural ingredient is found in many ayurvedic medicines and foods not just because of its taste, but for its herbal benefits, too. According to DNA India, black pepper is rich in Vitamins A and C, flavonoids, carotenoids and other anti-oxidants that help remove harmful free radicals and protect the body from cancers and diseases. For us, this means it has exceptional growth stimulating and dandruff fighting abilities. Black pepper is also effective for relieving cold symptoms, acts as a natural antidepressant, and natural exfoliator--it brightens skin complexions. If apple cider vinegar (ACV) is not your thing, this black pepper recipe might be an equally beneficial option, as it works as a natural astringent to your scalp, opening the pores and allowing healthy hair growth.

What You'll Need

  • 1/4 cup ground peppercorns or pepper
  • 1/2 cup coconut olive or jojoba oil

Directions

  1. Blend all ingredients well into a bowl until it turns into a smooth, pureed consistency.
  2. Store this into a jar with a seal-tight lid and let it marinate for two weeks or longer.
  3. Drain the oil from the pepper (dispose pepper residue).
  4. Apply oil on the roots of the hair covering with a warm towel. Leave on for 30 minutes then wash out completely.

Thanks to InspirationMyCreation for the recipe.