Apply The Benefits of Chocolate to Achieve Healthy Hair

Chocolate for your hair

Chocolate is a girl’s best friend. What, you thought it was diamonds? Well, you would be wrong since not every woman even wants one. Diamonds sparkle, they are pretty and (of course) are worth a lot but not everyone has access to one, and diamonds cannot do magical things like change our mood.

We can; however, get our hands on some sweet tasting, calming your nerves instantly, and turning a bad evening into a good one piece of chocolate. Yes, chocolate can put a smile on your face like no other.

The Origin

Chocolate actually comes from trees or a small tropical tree called the Theobrama cacao or more commonly “cacao” which is native to Central and South America. However, it is grown commercially throughout the tropics and about 70% of the world’s cacao is grown in Africa.

The beans or pods are harvested from the trees and then fermentation begins. After up to a week of fermentation (it depends on the type of bean) the beans are laid out to dry in the sun for a week. Once the beans are dry, they are then shipped off to factories to be turned into chocolate.

Benefits of Dark Chocolate


Now chocolate or cocoa powder has more benefits than just putting a smile on your face or calming a sweet tooth craving. The Cacao bean is referred to as cocoas once the beans have been cleaned and roasted. Once it has been turned into cocoa powder, it is a great resource to our heart and brain health.

Eating cacao foods several times a day has been shown to decrease the likelihood of having a heart attack or even a stroke according to clinical studies published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology and the Journal of Internal Medicine.

Now when consuming chocolate for its benefits, remember dark chocolate has health benefits not seen in other varieties. Make sure your dark chocolate has at least 70 percent cocoa content and is preferably unsweetened.

Dark Chocolate and our hair

Cocoa can reduce blood pressure and improve our cholesterol levels but did you know it can actually help address our hair loss issues? Cocoa is rich in magnesium; a mineral that helps to combat hair loss.

It increases blood circulation to the scalp, which leads to better hair growth and gorgeous tresses. It is known to give the hair sheen and with all the anti-inflammatory properties, it can minimize the chances of scalp infections. Dark chocolate is full of minerals that aid in cell renewal like iron, copper and zinc.

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About Sabrina Perkins


Hello all, I'm Sabrina. I'm a freelance writer and a full-time blogger at my site, http://www.seriouslynatural.org/ where the focus is on Natural hair, beauty and style. I became natural 8 years ago at the tender age of 35 and love sharing my ups and downs as I master this thing called natural hair. Married, with two kids (one being a natural herself) gives me a different perspective on our hair and why I love being natural. I want healthy hair, long hair and sexy hair! I'm an older natural---that's right---I'm grown and sexy, and I have much to share. I love fashion too and recently opened a clothing shop for beautiful black women at www.seriouslynatural.spreadshirt.com

About Sabrina Perkins


Hello all, I'm Sabrina. I'm a freelance writer and a full-time blogger at my site, http://www.seriouslynatural.org/ where the focus is on Natural hair, beauty and style. I became natural 8 years ago at the tender age of 35 and love sharing my ups and downs as I master this thing called natural hair. Married, with two kids (one being a natural herself) gives me a different perspective on our hair and why I love being natural. I want healthy hair, long hair and sexy hair! I'm an older natural---that's right---I'm grown and sexy, and I have much to share. I love fashion too and recently opened a clothing shop for beautiful black women at www.seriouslynatural.spreadshirt.com

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Kim Adams

I used it in my henna.. Coco powder.

Shanique Buntyn

i would end up eating it before it gets close to my hair

Angie Jackson

That’s just taking it way to far. I’m not doing nothing with my chocolate but eating it

Clara DeLay
Clara DeLay

This is perfect for me as I am one of those rare people who does NOT eat chocolate! I have been natural for about 15 years now but still recovering from damage from not paying attention to chemicals in products for natural hair, like petrolatum! UGH!

Carmen Ferrer

I considered it.

Tiffany Kamagate

No but chocolate mask for my face and it was the best ever!! With avocado, gave a brand new fresh air!!

Annisha Scott Whittaker

I’ve used Carol’s Daughter chocolate products, and they are fabulous!

Tatiana Brittany

Ác

Betty Lyons

Ummmmm! A real chocoholic. . .must have it!
Will eat a truck load. . .its so good. If its going into my body, why would I need to place it on my hair? Double dose of chocolative goodness! Okay, I’ll buy into that.

Nenee James

Heard about it, never use it! Seems crazy!

Cynthia Lawson

Yes a bit over the top now.

Marsha Buchanan

I tried some chocholate Sunday! Here on the island we can get the little ball of dark chocolate that we usually grate to get the powder for beverages or baking. The smell after was divine. My hair loves it.

Sarah Juchemich

If the point of applying the cocoa is simply it’s nourishing magnesium content why not just take a nice daily multi-vitamin that contains magnesium, folic acid (the stuff that makes your hair grow super fast when your pregnant), and all the other good stuff. A great pre-natal includes everything you need for great hair and nails.
Then you can just eat your chocolate instead of putting on your hair. 😉

Joshlyn Johnson

Not tryibg to intrude, but are you saying pre-natal vitamins help hair growth? And how can you get them if only prescribef by doctor?

Wendy Bien-Aime

you can get prenatal vitamins at any pharmacy…yes they help hair growth …

peacelilly513@yahoo.com

Sarah, it can be dangerous to one’s health to just buy a magnesium pill and take it just to grow your hair. Your body gets more nutrients from the foods and liquids that go into it. Pills are not the answer! The answer is nutrition and healthy hair practices. The use of cocoa powder has many benefits for the body. So in turn, added with healthy hair practices then you have healthier hair. The recipes are worth trying for those who have an interest. If not interested then don’t try it. It was nice and is nice to have different ideas to try for your hair rather it be natural or not.

Naomi Quinlan

Yep, hair felt awesome.

Bobbi Mercer

Wouldn’t it have the same effect if I eat it? Afterall the nutrients my hair gets depends on what I eat.

Lozette Clemons

Nope i won’t do it, i rather eat my chocolate

Shawnetta Jones

smh, are we growing hair or baking cookies these days?

Rebecca Keys

would anyone recommend using African Black soap to wash the hair? I’ve been wondering but can’t find enough info on the ‘interweb’ 🙂

Marsha Buchanan

Hi Rebecca,
There really should be no problems with it since it is said to be gentler on the strands while providing a wholesome cleanse. Plus it has hydrating properties that help to moisturize the hair. It’s on my list of things to do.

Tracienatural
Tracienatural

I use African Black Soap to wash my hair and I love it! I use the one from RA Cosmetics, which I found at the beauty supply store. It has a very soft consistency and is full of good products, like honey and palm oil. I use a knife and slice off about 1/2 inch across the width of the bar. Then I cut that sliced portion in pieces and put them in an applicator bottle with very warm water. Shake it around until the pieces dissolve and then shampoo away! It is not stripping to the hair, and leaves my hair feeling soft. Right now, I’m in protective styles (two strand twists) with extensions, so I find that this really works for me. Good luck 🙂

Chanika Tian Xin Clarke

i use 100% real Jamaican chocolate for mine 😀

Marsha Buchanan

Same here Chanika.

Marsha Buchanan

Well, the way I see it is that honey is edible and we can consume milk and tea but they go in many hair treatments. As long as it won’t kill me I’m trying it and I went ahead and liked it very much. For me, I think it’s the thrill of the process of discovery on this hair journey that intrigues me. At the end of all the experimentation I will come away knowing more about what works for my hair and what doesn’t.

Olivia Golding

well i eat it every chance i get so that must account for something

Pamela Willis

Joshlyn Johnson you can get them at places like walmart, Freds, Dollar General etc….

Sarah Juchemich

Joshlyn Johnson- Pamela Willis is correct. You can buy them anywhere. When I was pregnant I bought mine at my local health food store. I figured they would be better than say, the Wal-Mart brand.
BUT- I looked into it after reading the article and multi-vitamins have very little/to NO impact on hair growth or strength. :/
Eat a good diet and…treat your hair well. Which may mean- putting a cocoa rich conditioning treatment on it from time to time. I stand corrected. 🙂

Tiffany Faulk

The hair salon I go to started a line of products which contained chocolate and was called chocolate. It was great!

Myrah McNeil

Carols daughter has chocolate products

Sharmilla English

I’ve seen the Sexy Healthy Sexy Hair Chocolate Soymilk products

Tracey Cade

What? I never heard of this

Silvia Rocha

I did try it and it really work . Make my hair shiny and with a smooth movement .

Jerae Farries

Thanks for that info Annisha! I purchased Carol’s transitioning 1-2-3 kit but I’m looking forward to trying the Chocolate products.

rdyson
rdyson

I have used the Shia Naturals hair products and you can have chocolate added to just about any product. I love her chocolate Creamy Leave In conditioner! This month I purchased the Mango Creamy Leave in; I still like the chocolate smell better. In any case, I am definitely going to try the two recipes above! Thank you for this article!

Portia Motsage

I know its great as a mask for your face, but hair i didnt know.

Andrea Angie Tater

I’m gonna eat it.:-)

Kina Jones

Wow thts smethng I didnt hear about yt

Bianca Hargrett

Carols daughter uses it in some of their products.

Nicole PoeticSpice Smith Hodges

Noooo

Coretta Gallagher

I use chocolate cherry greek yogurt, olive oil, and avacodo oil for a protein treatment. Smells awesome.

Joniece Munroe

Kewl

Danielle Sturdivant

What?!

Asha Jamia

Yes

Ashlie Watson

Teresa angie check out the link^^

Marija J.
Marija J.

Tried it, that is similar recipe, works great! Leaves hair soft and the eggs I added don’t rly smell because of chocolate 🙂 Thanks for the great idea 🙂

Natural Sara

Never heard of this before.

Kia Washington

I wit you on that one :0) Probably No One else has ever heard of this either, BUT it’s A Way to get “desperate” people who want their hair to grow, look this way or that special way” HYPED UP & make Quick money for the Holidays

Angel Park

Every week it’s. Something new. This is where i draw the line chocolate is too good to waste

Kia Washington

AMEN & Chocolate, is too darn expensive to be putting in OUR [email protected] time of The Year with the Xmas Holidays fast approaching. That I all I,’m say-ING!

Dayna Strong

Dang people, must we believe everything when it comes to our hair??

Kia Washington

Now, everyone’s hair is going to to SMELL like Hot Chocolate “mess” this Judah Season trust me on this one.

Kia Washington

Our People need to ((((( stick to WHAT BEEN WORKING FOR YOU ALL THIS TIME,!))) and forget the PRODUCT HYPE!!

Kia Washington

Chocolate & Coco to ME belongs in a Cupw SOME Milk (hot, or cold) NOT in my darn Hair! I have been on this planet (70+) years & I have seen and Tried lots of STUFF ON MY HAIR OVER THOSE 70+ YEARS, but never THIS!!

Kia Washington

I’m NOT EVEN GOING THERE. . . . .LOL

Erin Gray

No! Why would I waste good chocolate on my hair??

Kamela M Oxner

Worth trying.

Denise Thomas

Who think of this Ssh??

Tiela Lewis

Child please! Coconut oil is going to suffice!

Deborah Day

Think about it, chocolate comes in a powered form, what better way to color your hair naturally, no chemicals to damage the hair.