Papaya is a superfruit that is growing in popularity due to all of its antioxidants. The flesh is a rich orange color, tastes amazingly sweet with musky undertones and has a soft, butter-like consistency. If you do not eat or use papaya in your beauty routine yet, its impressive benefits may inspire you to start. 

The health benefits of papaya

Their luscious taste and sunlit color of the tropics offer more than sweet fruit or juice. They are rich sources of antioxidant nutrients like carotenes, vitamins A, B, C, and flavonoids. They have folate, pantothenic acid, and popular minerals like copper, potassium, and magnesium. It contains one of the highest vitamin-C content for fruits, even higher than oranges or lemons. Medical News Todays says there have been many studies that suggest consuming fruits like papayas decrease the risk of obesity, diabetes, and even heart disease.

Dr. Maoshing Ni, who practices traditional Chinese medicine, says that the enzyme papain in papaya is incredible at breaking down fiber. Papain aids in digestion and is a protein-digestive enzyme that also lowers inflammation and helps to improve healing from burns.

Benefits of papaya on hair

With all the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients it is no wonder this is an amazing fruit for our hair. The rich nutrients help to stimulate hair growth and strengthen the hair. Many find it helpful in controlling dandruff and removing dirt and excess oil on the hair and scalp. The minerals, nutrients, and vitamins aid in fighting thinning hair and  many love using the extracts of the papaya leaf in hair conditioners for shine and reviving dull strands. Using a papaya hair mask as a conditioner or pre-shampoo treatment is quite popular.

Super Moisturizing Papaya Hair Mask

  • 1 cup ripe papaya, diced
  • 1 cup ripe banana, diced
  • 1 tbs. coconut oil
  • 1 tbs. molasses
  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 1 cup favorite deep conditioner (optional”>

Blend ingredients together well with to ensure no lumps or chunks. Apply to damp hair and cover with a plastic cap. Leave in for at least an hour with a warm towel. Wash out and style as usual. 

Papaya Pre-shampoo Treatment

  • ½ ripe avocado
  • few chunks of ripe papaya
  • ¼ cup of yogurt

Blend together well before applying to hair and scalp. Cover with plastic cap and leave on hair for 15 to 30 min. Rinse well, shampoo, condition, and style as usual. 

Product recommendations

If you are not a DIY-er, you can also find papaya in products on your store shelves. Here are a few that we recommend:


Sabrina Perkins

Sabrina, founder of and contributor to several online publications, is a freelance writer who engages her audiences on the relevance of natural hair, beauty, and style.

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