Cinnamon has a number of natural properties that can be used in hair treatments. It can be used as a natural and inexpensive way to treat baldness and prevent hair loss, or a sunless way to lighten hair. Treatments using cinnamon are often easy-to-make pastes, but can be found in oil form by manufacturers at some specialty stores.
A cinnamon paste or oil is believed to prevent hair breakage and reduce the amount of hair that falls out. When placed on an individual's temples, crown of the head, or nape of the neck, it can promote hair growth by stimulating these areas. Other benefits include hair lightening, achieved by leaving a cinnamon mixture on hair overnight.
A cinnamon hair treatment sees best results when it is used consistently over time. A person who expects a one-time, quick fix for hair loss or baldness will most likely be disappointed by this treatment. Additionally, cinnamon hair treatments are mostly used in problem areas, and is not best for those wishing to achieve an overall shine. Hair that is naturally dry or coarse will benefit most in its use to prevent breakage, while those with thin hair will benefit most for its use to promote hair growth. The treatment can be beneficial to those with treated and non-treated hair, as a defense against the effects on hair of the dry, winter months. For lightening, it is best used on individuals with dark hair.
A paste treatment is most commonly used for stopping hair loss and treating baldness. To create the paste, mix one tsp. of cinnamon and one tbsp. of honey in warm olive oil. Let the paste sit on the scalp for five to 15 minutes before rinsing it out.
Cinnamon oil, often mixed with other ingredients such as petroleum jelly, can also be used to achieve similar benefits as those of the paste. The cinnamon oil can be purchased or made, if individuals are familiar with creating oils. The oil treatment is applied (pre-wash) to the hair and scalp, either directly or with a brush. After applying the oil, let it sit for 15 to 20 minutes before washing hair as normal.
Cinnamon can be used as a natural alternative to lighten hair without ever going near the sun. To achieve this, mix an equal amount of cinnamon powder and enough hair conditioner to cover the hair from top to bottom. Before applying the mixture, rinse hair under water, but squeeze out the excess water before applying. It is important to apply the mixture evenly to prevent streaking; removing tangles helps ensure the mixture is applied evenly. After applying the mixture, brush the hair a few times before tying it into a bun and covering it with a shower cap. Leave the mixture in for the night, and rinse it out in the morning.
The cinnamon oil in particular can cause the scalp to tingle and may not be appropriate for children or people with sensitive scalps. Be careful to avoid the eyes when using the oil because the tingling can be very painful. As the oils are often very red and can stain clothing, either wear a protective cover or be very cautious not to spill it on valuable items.