7 Effective Natural Remedies for Hair Growth
Of course, before trying out the natural remedies for hair growth mentioned below, it’s important to rule out any medical conditions that may affect hair growth. Thyroid imbalances, alopecia areata, fungal infections and auto-immune diseases are just some causes of hair fall, and it’s recommended to rule these out.
1. Castor Oil Mix
As the name suggests, the main oil in this mix is castor oil, extracted from the castor oil plant. Castor oil is probably the most popular ingredient used in promoting hair growth. It is rich in fatty acids, and is usually pale yellow in color.
Castor oil is quite thick, which makes it difficult to be applied directly. It is recommended to mix equal quantities of castor oil and , along with a few drops of rosemary essential oil. The coconut oil helps to make the mix lighter, while the rosemary oil adds some fragrance. Warm the oil mix and apply all over scalp and hair. Keep covered with a shower cap for an hour or at least 30 minutes before washing off. Repeat daily or on alternate days.
2. Ginger Hair Mask
Ginger has an important role in Ayurveda, and it is considered a warming spice. Rich in volatile oils like gingerol that is believed to stimulate hair growth. To make the ginger hair mask, finely grate a knob of ginger and mix 1 part ginger with 2 parts olive oil and a few drops of jojoba oil. Olive oil offers deep nourishment while the jojoba oil, rich in Vitamins B,C,E along with zinc and copper help to strengthen hair. Apply the mask all over the scalp and cover with a shower cap or warm towel. Leave for 30 minutes and wash off. Try this out once or twice a week.
3. Egg Conditioner
When you think of the fact that hair is 70% protein, it is only obvious that for more hair, you need more protein! While you can certainly add it to your diet, you can also apply it externally, and one of the best protein sources available are eggs. Besides, eggs also contain Vitamins A, D and E which are great for hair. The egg conditioner can be made by beating together 1 whole egg, 1 tbsp honey and 2 tbsp olive oil. Wash hair using a clarifying shampoo to remove product buildup and to ensure the conditioner can work properly. Apply the egg conditioner and let it sit for 10 minutes before washing off with cool water. Follow up with your regular conditioner, letting it sit for 5 minutes before washing off. Repeat after 2 weeks.
4. Aloe Vera Hair Mask
Aloe Vera is probably the most popular ingredient in DIY beauty treatments, and for good reason too! It is rich in antioxidants that fight free radicals that are responsible for hair thinning. It also contains antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that stop hair fall and promote hair growth. To make the Aloe Vera hair mask, start by steeping a tablespoon of fenugreek seeds in hot water to get ‘fenugreek tea’. Fenugreek contains compounds that encourage hair growth and stimulate hair follicles. Mix a couple of tablespoons of this tea with Aloe Vera gel to get a paste. Apply all over scalp and hair. Leave for 20 minutes and wash off with a mild shampoo.
5. Curry Leaf Hair Oil
Curry leaves may seem like an unlikely ingredient for hair growth, but the truth is that it’s very effective! They are rich in Vitamins A, B, C and E, iron, copper, antioxidants and amino acids, which are basically building blocks of proteins. And you know what? Curry leaves don’t just promote hair growth, they are also known to prevent premature graying.
In a double boiler, put half a cup of coconut oil and let it heat up. Once it’s quite hot, put in about 2 tablespoons of fresh curry leaves. Turn off the heat and let the leaves steep in the oil. Once the oil is cool enough to handle, but still warm, strain the oil into another container and apply all over hair and scalp. Leave for 30 minutes to 1 hour and wash off as usual. You can try this every day or every alternate day. You can also try this fabulous shampoo bar by Burst of Happyness that is loaded with the goodness curry leaves and henna.
6. Coconut Milk
Everyone is aware about the benefits of coconut oil, but coconut milk is not far behind! Extracted from freshly grated coconut, coconut milk contains all the best stuff – healthy fatty acids, Vitamins B,C and E, iron, potassium and phosphorous. All these contribute to strengthening hair and making it lustrous. It’s recommended to make your own coconut milk by blending grated coconut and then squeezing it through a muslin cloth to get thick coconut milk. Mix ¼ cup of this milk with equal amounts of an organic shampoo and a few drops of lavender essential oil. Apply as you would your regular shampoo, but let it rest for a few minutes before washing off.
7. Onion Juice Mask
Now you must be thinking – onion juice for hair? Now I’ve heard everything! Yes, onions are pungent, but it is this very quality that can help promote hair growth. The sulfur in onions encourages more protein to reach hair, making it stronger and thicker. It also improves the blood circulation to the follicles.
Grate half an onion and squeeze it through a muslin cloth to extract fresh onion juice. Mix 3 tbsp of this juice with a tbsp each of honey and yogurt along with a few drops of lavender essential oil. Apply all over the scalp and leave on for 30-40 minutes before washing off as usual.
Remember that these natural remedies for hair growth require time to work, so don’t give up after the second or third attempt! Keep at it for at least four to six weeks, before moving to another treatment. Always massage the scalp in circular motions using the finger tips and not the nails. Wear an old t-shirt so it doesn’t matter if some of the mask spills on to it. After all, that’s no big deal when your hair is long, thick and lustrous!!