Going the natural way! Young or old, we love our hair.

Hair health plays the deciding role in factors like styling and personality. Conditions like hair fall, damage, dandruff are few of the common hair problems faced by all. Earlier hair fall used to be a sign of ageing. The ever-rising pollution, hectic lifestyle and never-ending work stress paves way for hair fall.

There is another factor that we mostly ignore. Back in the days, women took better care of their hair. We do not have that kind of time anymore. We moved away from natural remedies to chemical treatments looking for instant results. Instant results is not the right solution for healthy hair. We have seen and understood that with time. It is time to bring back the age old solutions! Before that a small brief into the cycle of hair growth.

Hair Growth Cycle:

Each strand of our hair goes through three stages in its entire life cycle:

  1. The Anagen stage – A phase when the growth in hair is actually seen. The follicle divides and contributes to the lengthening.
  2. The Catagen stage – This is more of a transitional phase. Here the hair growth stops and the shaft of the hair is pushed up closer to the surface as the follicle shrinks.
  3. The Telogen phase – This is the resting phase which lasts for about 2-4 months. Once this phase is over, the hair sheds on its own accord.

These cycles are very much active like every other body functions when we are young. The problem starts during the middle age, around 30 years or more. Our hair growth starts slowing down due to the hormonal imbalances, improper diet and excessive stress.

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Home Remedies For Hair Growth:

So how to grow new hair naturally? There are many advantages of going natural with hair care. The most important being the fact that it works and it is inexpensive. It’s like having the cake and the cherry at the same time!

There are many remedies from nature that deliver great results. We have split this list into 4 categories of Kitchen remedies, essential oils and dietary needs for better clarity.

A. Kitchen Ingredients – Effective Home Remedies for Hair Growth:

1. Onion Juice:

This is the oldest and the most efficient home remedy for hair growth.

Why?

Onion juice is rich in sulphur that boosts collagen production in the tissues and helps in re-growth of hair.

How To Use:
  • Use red onions or shallots
  • Chop it into small pieces
  • Squeeze out its juice.
  • Now apply it on your scalp carefully and keep for 15 minutes.
  • Finally rinse off with a mild shampoo.

For better understanding, here’s an excellent post on how onion helps hair growth.

The Summary:

Onion’s high sulphur content helps boost collagen production, thereby promoting hair growth.

2. Apple Cider Vinegar:

Why?

The vinegar gently cleanses the scalp and maintains the PH balance of the hair accelerating hair growth.

How To Use:
  • Wash your hair
  • Use apple cider vinegar as a final rinse after washing your hair to get healthy and shiny hair.
  • For 1 litre of solution – mix 75ml of apple cider vinegar to one litre of water
  • You may store this entirely or make it smaller batches.
  • For smaller quantities, take 15 ml of apple cider vinegar and add it to a cup of warm filtered water
  • After washing your hair, using this cup of water as the final rinse.

The Summary:
Apple cider vinegar maintains the pH balance of the hair, and hence helps in hair growth.

3. Egg Mask:

This home remedy is found to be a part of the many cultures all over the world with different variations.

Why?

It contains high levels of proteins which help in the formation of new hair. It is also rich in sulphurzinc, iron, selenium, phosphorous and iodine.

How To Use:
  • Take the white of one egg
  • Add 1 teaspoon of olive oil and honey to it
  • Mix it all well to form a smooth paste
  • Apply it all over your hair carefully and leave it for 20 minutes
  • Rinse with cool water and shampoo it off.

Not just for hair, you can use egg masks to get glowing skin too

The Summary:
The high protein content makes eggs one of the best ingredients that promote hair growth.

[ Read: Egg For Hair Growth ]

4. Fenugreek:

This is another widely used home remedy for treating hair fall.

Why?

Fenugreek accelerates hair growth and protects the natural colour of your hair.

How To Use:
  • Take 1 teaspoon of the fenugreek paste
  • Add 2 teaspoons of coconut milk to it
  • Apply it all over your hair and scalp
  • Leave it on for 30 minutes
  • Wash off with a mild shampoo

Here is an excellent post on beauty benefits of fenugreek.

The Summary:
Fenugreek solves two purposes; it promotes hair growth and also protects the natural colour of your hair.

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  • Xanthia

    Very nice post! The article is thoroughly researched and well presented. It is a very informative and educative post. Came to know a lot of things about vitamin B12. Enjoyed reading this article. Thanks for the post!

  • http://www.knobsandposts.com Karyn@KnobsAndPosts.com

    I love this post and have tried a few of the treatments. How often can you treat your hair particularly with the olive oil?

    • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

      Hi Karyn, olive oil can be applied twice or thrice in a week on hair for best results. Olive oil stimulates hair growth as it is extremely rich in antioxidants.

  • Radhiga rajaram

    its not gud to appy honey in hair. it ll lead to grey hair..

    • soujanya rao

      hey.. I was also having the same problem. My hair goes grey when applied honey.. so i tried capigro by amiri health its really awesme..,.. try this one its starts effecting your hair with in a weak.. try it…

  • Anonymous

    thanks for every details……hop it wil work………

  • Sonal

    Just one Q. I lost my hair a couple of years ago while dieting. Can I gain back my hair with such remedies?

  • anin de

    I’m surely going to try all these!!! thanks a ton!!! :)

  • saranyapandian

    It is very nice post which is so helpful to get long and shiny hair.all post are so simple so that we can easily understand all remedies.i have also tried some of this tips which is so helpful to me and i also find a good results……

  • Anonymous

    can i grow this hair on my forehead?

  • Anonymous

    Thank you for so much information. It is very nicely & systematically presented.

  • Anonymous

    Vry helpful

  • http://www.facebook.com deepika

    very nice tips..thnk u so much…

  • Sadhana

    I tried Vitamin E oil for my hair. After 15 days i identified that my hair is growing. Thanks for the awesome hair remedies.

    • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/richag/ Richa

      Thank you Sadhana, that’s the main objective! These are home based products that have been passed on from generations.

      Hope it will help others too!! :)

  • Asha

    Thank you very for the detailed post. It is one of the best article that I have found across the net :) Have followed few remedies which have shown good effects on my hair condition. Instead of trying all that’s mentioned we can try a few and whichever is very effective we can stick to it..For me coconut milk and fenugreek have shown great results.

    • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/richag/ Richa

      Glad you found the article useful. If you ever need any assistance or have any question, leave a message.

      Keep following us!! 😉

  • Asha

    Where do you get capigro by amiri health? medical shop or Ayurveda shop?

  • Abi

    after applying garlic in oil, can i use shampoo or not? please tell me…

    • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

      Hi Abi, after the application of garlic and oil to your hair…leave this for 30-40 minutes and wash it off from your hair with a mild shampoo.

  • Alexia

    Which Is Better Potato Juice Or Onion Juice?

    • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

      Hi Alexia, both onion and potato possess qualities that boost the hair growth. However onions have a pungent odour..if you are allergic to the smell of onion then you can apply potato juice to your hair and reap its benefits.

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Hi Krishna, grey hair could occur due to ill health or a bad lifestyle or maybe it is heredity. There are various remedies to treat white hair. Few of them are: application of curry leaves hair oil. Apply curry leaf hair oil on your scalp and hair, once or twice in a week. Curry leaves oil eventually darkens the premature grey hair at home and will give you a dark beautiful hair. For more tips, remedies and info, you can check other articles below:
    http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/natural-remedies-to-treat-gray-hair-using-amla/
    http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/7-homemade-tips-to-cover-up-grey-hair/
    http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/premature-hair-greying-with-the-power-of-ayurveda/
    http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/homemade-hair-oils-for-gray-hair/
    http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/best-homeopathic-medicines-to-treat-grey-hair/
    Hope you try them and do share your experience with us !!

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Hi Arshi, yes u can apply some olive oil after an hour or so after the application of onion juice on hair. Olive oil promotes the growth of hair and also helps your scalp to get rid of pungent smell of onions. It will not cause any harm.

  • pranavi

    I would love to use garlic to my hair. But the Smell is horrible. I tried to remove the smell using shampooos,vinegar,hair sprays. But those are not helped me. How to remove the garlic smell from hair? Is there any alternative for this

    • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

      Hi Pranavi, to combat the smell of garlic from your hair, you can apply olive oil in liberal quantities after the onion juice treatment and sleep with a hair cap on your head. In the morning, rinse your hair with a mild shampoo. An apple cider vinegar rinse or a few drops of lemon juice will also help you to remove the onion smell from your hair. Rinse your hair with water and massage the scalp well. Allow your hair to dry well after a wash so as to remove any garlicsmell from it.

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Hi Puja, henna works as an excellent conditioner for hair. There are few tricks by which you can get the benefits of henna and at the same time avoid getting your hair colored are: add few drops of oil to the mixture of henna before applying or apply a coat of oil to your hair before applying henna. Oil will prevent the absorption of color by hair to an extent. Do not leave henna on hair for more than 30-35 mins. If left for longer time may change the color of your hair. Hope you find these tips to be of use !!

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Hi Sadhana, the egg mask treatment is effective when you do it 1-2 times each month. Egg mask is rich in proteins, vitamins, and super-nurturing fatty acids, egg yolks it will not only make your hair softer, shinier, and healthier, they help you to grow your hair long as well. An abundance of vitamins A, D, and E will help prevent any hair loss and thicken thinning hair, while D itself promotes new growth and keeps split ends at bay. Olive oil also strengthens and softens, making it particularly ideal for dry or damaged hair. It also exfoliates your tresses while strengthening the color of your hair and maintaining the texture.

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Hi Priti, both castor oil and coconut oil can be left overnight on hair. Onion juice too can be apply to the entire scalp for an hour or so regularly. You need not leave onion juice on hair for an entire night. Was off your hair with a mild shampoo after onion juice treatment.

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Hi Haniya, garlic posses a strong pungent smell…you can get rid of the smell of garlic from hair by applying or massaging the scalp with lavender oil, olive oil or tea tree oil. Leave the oil on the hair for an hour and then rinse your hair with a mild shampoo.

    • Priscilla

      I can’t even hold garlic clove in my hands because it makes me hot and itch so bad so imagine if I rubbed it on my scalp,but if I use aged garlic extract orally or topically I have no problem.The smell is nowhere near the same as a garlic clove and it does not linger.It taste sort of like soy sauce.I wash it out of my hair after 20-40 minutes with a non toxic shampoo.So many people couldn’t understand how it made my hair grow so fast,thick and long.They think I’m wearing a big wig.

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Hi Ritpal, hairfall can take place due to lack of proper nutrition, improper sleep, hormonal imbalance etc. One of the most effective remedy for hair fall is the application of raw onion juice on the scalp. Onions are high in sulfur content. When massaged on the scalp, onion juice helps in improving the blood circulation. Regular application of onion juice will help you to thicken your hair and do away with a variety of scalp problems that are the cause of hair loss and hair thinning. Apply onion juice on the scalp…wait for at least one hour and then rinse off using plain water and a mild shampoo. Do it on alternate days for a month regularly to reap the best benefits.

  • tanvi

    Hello my self tanvi my hairs growth has stopped they were not healthy too.. Plz suggest me some effective remedies so that i have long healthy hairs…

    • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

      Dear Tanvi, diet plays an important role for the growth of healthy and lustrous hair. It is very important that you nourish them from outside as well as inside. Regular exercise and proper sleep will help you to keep stress at bay which will in turn regulate the hair growth. Wash your hair regularly to keep it clean and healthy. Indulge your hair with hot oil massage..once or twice in a week. This will improve the blood circulation of your scalp and if you have tried all the hair remedies without any success then consult a dermatologist so that he or she can study about your problem. By your dermatologist’s advice, you can take supplements and undergo medications.

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Hi Ramesh, it is advisable to follow one remedy regularly that suits you well. All the above mentioned ingredients are natural and chemical free, thus can be used with out any problem…just ensure that you are not allergic to any of the ingredients.

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Hi Neha, if you are using this remedy for the first time then a little extra shedding of hair for first few days is normal. However this continues in a abnormal way then stop applying it and it is also advisable to consult a dermatologist who can help you to understand the cause of hair fall.

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Hi Anna, rough and dry hair can be the result of dry, itchy scalp and lack of moisture. First of all you will need to tackle with dandruff…a healthy scalp will lead to healthy hair. Some of the remedies to tackle of these problems are:
    1. Yogurt and pepper – yogurt contains friendly bacteria that prevents scaling of scalp and pepper is an antifungal. Take two spoons of pepper and ground it finely. Add this to one cup of yogurt or curd. Mix it completely and apply on the scalp (make sure you apply only on the scalp and not on the hair). Leave it undisturbed for an hour and then rinse. Use a mild shampoo after that.
    2. Olive oil – Olive does two things here. Firstly it can cure dandruff and secondly it moisturizes the dry areas of the scalp and the hair. Before going to bed, massage your scalp with warm olive oil every day. Cleanse your hair with a mild shampoo the next morning. Ensure the olive oil is just warm and not too hot.
    Hope you find these tips to be useful and do share your experience with us !

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Thanks….glad that you liked our article :-) application of onion juice is an effective way to boost hair growth. However the pungent smell of onions can be difficult to get rid off but not impossible. Few ways of removing the smell is rinsing your hair with apple cidar vinegar or few drops of lemon juice diluted in water after shampooing of hair. Another way is to apply olive oil in generous amount..leave it on hair for an hour and then wash your hair with a mild shampoo. Secondly, it is true that biotin is beneficial for healthy hair and nails. Biotin can be found in eggs, mushroom, avocado, peanut butter, cheese, salmon, cauliflower, whole wheat bread, almonds, bananas, soyabeans etc. Do include these items in your diet to enjoy the benefits of biotin.

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Hi Basha, yes you can use castor oil instead of coconut oil or olive oil. Boil a few cloves of crushed garlic in castor oil. Apply it to the roots of your hair follicles. Wash off your hair after few hours or leave it overnight. Use this treatment thrice a week for best results.

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Thanks for the tip Ratna !! It is true that sometimes insufficient intake of water can lead to hair loss. Toxicity in the body makes the body too acidic. While some acidity is very important for body processes to function correctly, over-acidity is a problem and can lead to hair loss. If one then also don’t drink any water during the day, the acidity stays in the body undiluted and this is where damage occurs.

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Hi Basha, you can combine both onion juice and few crushed garlic, mix it with any hair oil of your choice like coconut oil/ castor oil /olive oil. Massage this oil on your scalp well and then rinse your hair after an hour or so with a mild shampoo. Follow this treatment regularly twice or thrice in a month for a couple of months for best results.

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Yes Basha, it will be safe to use castor oil with cloves for hair, twice or thrice in a week.

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Dear Judy, with aging nearly everyone has some hair loss with aging. The rate of hair growth also slows. Hair strands become smaller and have less pigment. Men may start showing signs of baldness by the time they are 30 years old. Women can develop a similar type of baldness as they age. This is called female-pattern baldness. One of the remedies that is effective is the application of onion juice. Regular application of onion juice on the scalp promotes hair growth. It is advisable to consult your doctor if you have sudden loss of hair and your doctor can also suggest an appropriate diet for you for healthy hair and wellness.

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Hi Bridin, if you wish to grow your hair long then do follow a protein rich diet. Include eggs, chicken, tofu, soybean; kidney beans and other similar foods to your diet. Remedies like regular application of onion juice or egg mask will help you to boost the growth of hair.

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Hi Surbhi, castor oil and olive oil are beneficial for hair growth. Also when you apply this oil on hair…heat the oil a little and massage it well on the scalp. Also apply oil to your hair before you hit the bed.. leave it overnight and wash your hair next morning. Do wash your hair before you step out, as oily hair attracts dust and dirt making the scalp greasy.

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Hi GP, you can follow some of the home remedies regularly to get rid of dandruff without damaging the quality of hair.
    1. Coconut oil/ Olive oil – Coconut oil helps eliminate dandruff due to its anti fungal properties. It also moisturizes dry scalp and provides relief from itching. Olive oil too works in the same manner. Take some coconut oil or olive oil and mix half the amount of lemon juice in it. Rub it on your scalp and massage for a few minutes. Wash your hair after at least 20 minutes. Follow this remedy two to three times a week.
    2. Apple cidar vinegar – apple cider vinegar is effective in getting rid of dandruff. Take two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar.Mix an equal amount of water and 15-20 drops of tea tree oil in it. Apply it onto your scalp and massage. Rinse your hair after a few minutes. Follow this natural treatment two or three times a week.
    Hope you find these tips to be useful. Do try them and share your experience with !!

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Hi Vivek, thinning hair and losing hair can be a normal part of ageing or may be due to other causes. Age also makes hair become finer. Thinning of hair can be caused due to other reasons like poor diet, stress, certain medication, and thyroid problem etc. Application of raw onion juice on the scalp, once or twice in a week for a couple of months. Onion juice is rich in sulfur that boosts collagen production in the tissues and helps in re-growth of hair. Massaging warm oil like olive oil/ coconut oil / castor oil on the scalp for 10-15 mins improves blood circulation and boosts hair growth. If your hair fall persists then consult a doctor or dermatologist who may diagnose hair loss by carrying out a physical examination and checking your medical history.

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Glad to help you Vivek :-)

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Hi Kimpreet, some of the remedies to prevent graying of hair are:
    1. Curry leaves and coconut oil massage – Take one cup of coconut oil and a handful of curry leaves. Add the curry leaves to the oil and boil it for 6 to 8 minutes, or till the leaves turn black. Remove from flame and let it cool. Strain the oil in a container and massage your scalp and hair with this oil 3 to 4 times per week before going to bed. Wash off with a mild herbal shampoo in the morning.
    2. Black Tea massage – Boil 2 tablespoons of black tea and 1 teaspoon of salt in water for 2 minutes and remove from flame. Let it cool and strain the liquid. Wash your hair with this liquid and let it dry, don’t rinse with shampoo. Repeat it 2 to 3 times per week for best results.

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Hi Unaiza, proper diet is as important as following any remedy for hair growth. Include some of these foods in your daily diet for better hair: take protein-rich foods to maintain hair health, Vitamin A, when taken in the right quantities, can greatly promote hair growth. Have lots of dark green vegetables. Fish is a great source of omega 3 fatty acids and so are nuts. Apply raw onion juice on the scalp once or twice in a week regularly for a couple of months. Use mild or organic shampoo.

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Hi Harnoor, most of the time hair loss during teen years is temporary, and it usually means that you are not eating right or she may be sick. Any medical condition like thyroid, diabetes or any prescription medicines can be one of the most common causes of hair loss. Follow or take certain steps to ensure good hair health.
    1. Make sure to eat protein-rich food.
    2. Regular oiling of hair. Oiling is one of the best ways of making one’s hair stronger.
    3. If you suffer from alopecia areata, make sure you visit an appropriate doctor and get this condition treated at the earliest.
    For more tips and info, you can check the link of an article given below:
    http://www.momjunction.com/articles/effective-remedies-to-prevent-and-treat-hair-loss-in-teenage-girls_0081345/

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Hi Ranmith, it is normal to lose between 50 and 100 strands of hair a day but serious hair loss is medically termed alopecia. It is a sign that something is wrong with our body. Five major causes of hair loss can be stress, vices, pollution, genes and poor nutrition. Hair is made up of a protein called keratin. So, it’s essential that you include sufficient protein in your diet. Oiling the scalp with coconut or almond oil three nights a week, and washing it off the next morning helps. If you indulge in smoking and drinking then it is time that to quit smoking and drinking or reduce your drink to moderation.

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Hi Unaiza, amla oil is very beneficial and helps in hair growth. It contains essential fatty acids that helps strengthen the hair follicles to condition and improve the hair .