It is well known that milk is used in several beauty treatments and is quite nourishing to skin. It turns out that the same benefits that milk imparts to skin can be useful to the hair if used externally. Milk as we know is a whitish liquid that contains proteins, fat and various vitamins and minerals that is produced from mature female mammals to feed their young. It can also refer to liquid, such as coconut milk, milkweed sap, plant latex, or various medical emulsions, that is similar to milk in appearance (thefreedictionary.com)
For the purposes of hair, we will be looking at milk from the cow, goat, almond and coconut. In other words, the milk that is more accessible to some persons and that can do a world of benefit to our hair.
Milk and Hair
Cow’s milk– this type of milk contains several nutrients such as Vitamin A & B, phosphorous, calcium, magnesium, zinc and protein that have the ability to strengthen and fortify cells, and this includes hair cells. The health benefits of cow’s milk include good bone health, smooth skin, strong immune system, prevention of illnesses such as hypertension and dental decay. Milk is the base ingredient for yogurt, butter or ghee and cheese. Cow’s milk is especially useful for hair that is prone to being frizzy and dry. It conditions, moisturizes and adds shine to hair.
Goat Milk– Unlike cow’s milk there is no need to homogenize goat’s milk. Goat’s milk is a very good source of calcium and the amino acid tryptophan. It is also a good source of protein, phosphorus, riboflavin (vitamin B2) and potassium. Goat milk is very good for hair; it nourishes, strengthens and softens hair. You will probably find that after using goat milk on your hair, it is much healthier and shinier looking.
Almond Milk– Almonds are among the healthiest nuts in the world. The nutritional content of almonds can be extracted through either a grinding or juicing process. Almond milk is also packed with protein, several vitamins and minerals including, vitamin E, magnesium, manganese, copper and riboflavin and monounsaturated fats. Almond milk is very good for hair it can help to prevent hair-fall, dandruff, graying and dryness of hair.
Coconut Milk– can be gotten by squeezing the liquid from grated coconut meat. The resulting whitish milk is thick and creamy in consistency. Coconut milk is high in iron, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper, selenium, zinc, folate and vitamin C. It also contains vitamin E, vitamin K, thiamin, vitamin B6, niacin, choline, pantothenic acid and calcium. Coconut milk strengthens and moisturizes the hair and minimizes breakage. It also straightens hair somewhat when used with lime/lemon. Please see Coconut and Yogurt Conditioner For Transitioning Hair
How To Use Milk For Hair
The best milk to use for hair are the ones that are organic, unprocessed and unflavored. Milk can be added to your shampoo for a nourishing wash, it can be added to your regular conditioning treatments as a base, especially your deep conditioning treatments. Milk can be used as a stand alone conditioner with added natural ingredients such as honey, eggs, banana and oils.