Last updated on September 27th, 2023 at 08:28 pm
About Goat’s Milk | Nutritional Profile
How Goat’s Milk Differs from Cow’s Milk
Thank God for these lovely creatures provide us with so many benefits
Goat milk and cow milk are similar in some ways. Yet, there are some big distinguishers as well. It’s more noteworthy when you are consuming goat milk as a dietary supplement but this is still good information to know.
Goat milk contains more protein than cow milk but it is lower in a specific type of protein called casein. The casein protein, Alpha S1 is much lower in a goat’s milk than it is in a cow’s milk. This is why people with allergies consume goat milk in place of cow milk. It causes less allergic reactions.
Granted, this may not be a huge factor since we are not ingesting it for the purpose of hair care but again, it’s good information to know.
Consuming goat milk internally can however, also help the condition of your hair but for the purposes of this article, we’ll focus more on the benefits of applying it topically.
Benefits of Goat Milk for Hair
Goat milk has so many benefits for the health of your body and your hair. I’m narrowing these benefits down to the top five for hair.
Just know that goat milk is also famous for supporting sensitive skin and treating dry skin conditions as well. That includes a dry scalp.
Here are the five goat milk benefits for hair:
1. Strengthens the hair strand from root tip.
Due to the protein content of goat milk, elasticity is greatly improved. Hence, the tensile strength is also improved. Hair is much less prone to breaking under pressure.
Protein plays an important role in mitigating hair breakage.
2. Smooths the hair cuticle
Goat’s milk has the ability to penetrate the hair shaft and when the hair cuticle is smooth, that allows for the hair to shine. Goat’s milk rich fat properties are what promote this smoothness.
3. Improve’s Hair’s Manageability
The high fat content is helpful for moisturizing the hair and making it more pliable. When your hair is more moisturized, it automatically becomes more manageable.
Plus, the smooth cuticle also helps your hair to be more manageable.
Regular use of a goat milk conditioner will improve your hair’s manageability more and more over time.
4. Conditions Hair AND Scalp
If you struggle with dry hair or dry, itchy scalp, the nutrients in goat milk will sooth your scalp while also feeding your hair follicles so that your hair grows in healthy and strong.
The lactic acid – one of the AHAs (alpha-hydroxy acids) content helps to hydrate and moisturize the hair and scalp.
The alpha hydroxy acids also aid in scalp renewal by removing dead skin cells from the area while simultaneously balancing the sebum levels, providing your hair with what some refer to as a natural moisture agent.
Goat milk has so many beneficial properties that help the hair and scalp with:
- anti-inflammatory properties that work to calm the scalp along side of being a natural exfoliant
- supporting a healthy pH level in your scalp while maintaining the skin barrier
5. Stops Hair Loss
There are many causes of hair loss. For those that are medically related, goat milk may be of little to no help. Consult with your physician.
If you are experiencing premature or excess shedding for any reason, other than medical, goat milk may be a solution for you
When you have a vitamin B deficiency, hair loss occurs. Because the milk from our goat friends is so rich in B vitamins, consuming it internally can really help with curtailing hair loss.
It’s the combination of vitamins and minerals in goat milk that are essential for healthy hair. Topical application is helpful but consuming the milk internally can really improve many conditions, not just hair.
Buying Goat’s Milk
Unless you have access to a dairy farm, you’ll need to purchase packaged goat milk from a store. I don’t typically have a brand preference since I’m not consuming it internally but the brand I gravitate toward and have been using is Meyenberg.
I use their liquid or powdered goat milk – whichever is on sale.
Myenberg’s has been in the business of producing raw Goat milk products since the 1930s and the quality is stellar. They offer liquid and powdered forms of goat milk which is pretty easy to find in stores.
I purchase the Myenberg goat milk in the Natural aisle at Shoprite supermarket.
Type of Goat Milk Hair Products
Goat milk is manufactured in many forms to aid in healthy hair growth. The types of hair products you can find (or DIY) containing goat milk include:
- Goat milk shampoo
- Goat milk soap bar (and shampoo bars)
- Strengthening hair masks
DIY Goat Milk Conditioner Recipes
To experience the all natural benefits of goat milk, you can create your own hair products with it. Below you’ll find two variations of a goat milk conditioner recipe to start off with.
Goat Milk Conditioner Recipe #1:
- 1/4 cup of Goat milk
- 1 teaspoon of Coconut oil
- 1/2 tablespoon of Sweet Almond oil
- 1/2 tablespoon of Camellia oil
- 1 squirt of honey (a natural humectant)
- 1 tablespoon of Jamaican Black Castor Oil w/ Rosemary Essential Oil
- 3 drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil
- 1/4 teaspoon of Guar Gum
Here’s how to make it and apply it to your hair:
You’ll find more about this recipe here: Goat Milk DIY Conditioner Recipe or
Goat Milk Conditioner Recipe #2:
- 1/4 cup of Goat milk
- 1/2 tablespoon Jojoba oil
- 1/2 tablespoon of Coconut oil
- 1/2 tablespoon of Olive oil
- 1 dropper full of Eucalyptus Oil
- Squirt of honey
- 1/4-1/2 teaspoon of Guar Gum
You’ll find more about this recipe here (this is the original recipe): Original DIY Goat Milk, Honey & Oils Conditioner Recipe or https://finenaturalhairandfaith.com/staple-diy-goats-milk-honey-oils-conditioner-recipe/
Here’s how to make this version:
Both recipes work well on all hair types but especially for those with fine hair and fine natural hair. Notice the rich addition of natural oils and essential oils.
When you DIY your hair products (any personal care product really), you don’t have to worry about there being any harsh chemicals in them.
One last thing to note is to use organic ingredients when possible. Also, you can substitute Grapeseed oil for the Olive Oil.
Goat Milk Products for Hair on the Market
If you’re not one that’s really into DIY hair products because you don’t have time or just aren’t interested, not to worry.
You can still experience the five goat milk benefits for hair mentioned above. You’ll just have to purchase products containing goat milk in them.
Here are some clean brands of goat milk products I’ve come across and feel confident recommending based on ingredients alone:
- The Humble Hive Goat Milk Shampoo Bar (infused with essential oils too!)
- Silly Goat’s Soap Shampoo Bar (mixed with honey, almond and jojoba oils)
- Beekman 1802 Fragrance Free Goat Milk Conditioner (available with scents)
When choosing to purchase goat milk hair products manufactured by others, just bear in mind that you will likely not receive a product with 100 percent natural ingredients.
That’s because, in order for products to be mass manufactured, they need a shelf life. In order to have a shelf life, synthetic preservatives are usually used.
It’s not always a bad thing, just something to be aware of.
However, even though mass manufactured products may not contain all natural ingredients, you still want to avoid those that contain contaminating ingredients like mineral oil.
My Personal Experience Using Goat Milk for Hair
I’ve used Goat Milk in my fine natural hair for a long time off and on. The benefits mentioned above are quickly realized with regular use.
I noticed immediate goat milk benefits for hair starting with the strengthening of my fine hair after just one use. Then, over time I recognized not only more manageable hair but a less itchy scalp and smoother hair.