There are these women with naturally full, luscious, long and shiny hair which bounces as if it has been styled for a VIP brand shampoo commercial.

I’m so not one of them.

In fact, my hair is very fine, naturally styling-repellent. It never used to grow beyond a certain length. In fact, I had to cut off inches of split ends even before it could reach that point, and at some point during my first pregnancy, I even got dandruff! And let’s not talk about the hair loss! As we grow older, it is but natural to start losing hair. Women start to see signs of hair loss from the age of 30, and lose most of their hair by the time they are 60. Here are a few reasons for the hair loss:

Causes For Hair Loss:

  1. Stress
  2. Medication
  3. Medical condition
  4. Nutritional deficiency
  5. Thyroid
  6. Menopause
  7. Childbirth
  8. Alopecia
  9. Fungal scalp infections
  10. Over treating hair

Most of the time, the reason behind your hair loss is a combination of a few of the above reasons, which makes it very hard to stop the hair loss. Some treatments work and some don’t. Our lifestyles are a picture perfect example of excessive stress and unhealthy living. And as the saying goes, healthy inside is healthy outside.

Yet, I’ve been able to put an end to my bad hair days ever since I ditched my regular hair products and started using my own DIY recipes and all-natural cures.

Here are my tips to get strong and beautiful hair:

1. Use An All-Natural Shampoo & Conditioner:

After getting rid of all the chemical hair products, the first thing I needed was a decent DIY shampoo which wouldn’t take hours of preparation.

Washing my hair with

  • 1 part baking soda,
  • 3 parts water and
  • a few drops of vitamin E

mixed in a squeeze bottle turned out to be the ideal solution.

This shampoo is quick and easy to prepare, and effectively gets rid of dirt – even though it doesn’t foam at all.

Good to know: Your hair might seem oilier than usual during the first two weeks or so, because your scalp needs to adjust to no longer being stripped off its natural oils by foaming chemicals.

After rinsing, apply a vinegar conditioner consisting of:

  • 1 part apple cider vinegar, mixed with
  • 4 parts water and
  • a few drops of your favorite essential oil (I like lavender and vanilla).

Tilt your head forward, pour the mix all over your hair, and rinse with cold water to add shine and moisture.

2. Mix Things Up With A Vitamin E Shampoo:

If you use only baking soda and ACV, your hair might become a little dry after a few washes.

This is why I mix things up with another shampoo chock-full of nourishing vitamin E – castile soap.

Castile soap, also called “magic soap”, is completely natural. You can either buy it in liquid form or as a soap bar. It pampers your hair with nutrients like olive oil, hemp oil and jojoba oil.

Depending on how oily your hair’s natural state is, you might need to use either the baking soda/ ACV combination or the castile soap more often – but together, these two shampoo alternatives will leave your hair shinier and stronger than anything you’ve tried before.

3. Avoid Split Ends With Olive Or Coconut Oil:

Did I say I used to have trouble growing my hair because the ends would break all the time? Ever since I started applying a little bit of olive or coconut oil into the lengths about 30 minutes before washing my hair, my ends have become soft and shiny.

4. Deep-Condition Your Hair With A Hot Oil Treatment:

Even though store-bought hot oil treatments can do wonders for your hair, they often come with a heavy price tag.

But have you ever thought of using ghee as a hot oil treatment?

  • Mix 1 cup olive oil with
  • 2 Tbsp of melted ghee

Heat the mixture. Apply on damp hair and leave it on for 20 minutes.

5. Use Magnesium Oil For A Dandruff-free Healthy Scalp:

Studies have shown that a flaky scalp loves magnesium oil applied topically. Massage onto wet hair and wait for 10 minutes before rinsing it off.

The oil will not only soothe your scalp but also thoroughly clean your hair follicles.

I’ve been using my DIY recipes for a couple of years now, and I can tell you one thing – even if most of them are way less expensive than regular products, their effect is priceless!

Not just topical hair treatments, but a nutritious diet plan is also essential if you want lustrous tresses.

What To Eat For Healthy Hair?

Your hair is essentially protein-based and requires the right nutrients and vitamins to grow. The next obvious question will be – what are the nutrients? Here is the list:

[ Read: Healthy Hair ]

  1. Vitamins
  2. Zinc and Iron
  3. Proteins
  4. Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Yes, vitamins top the chart. They are essential for good hair. Consuming adequate amount of vitamins ensures that there is reduction of hair fall.

Here is the list of the most vital vitamins for hair growth.

[ Read: Best Vitamins for Hair Fall Control ]

 Vital Vitamins For Hair:

1. Vitamin A:

Vitamin A plays an important role in hair growth. It makes your hair glossy and shiny. Vitamin A contains antioxidants that moisturize the scalp and prevent the hair from drying out. Vitamin A also helps in strengthening and thickening the hair.

Foods Rich In Vitamin A:

  • Sweet Potatoes and Carrots
  • Liver
  • Egg yolk
  • Milk
  • Spinach
  • Dried Apricots
  • Mangoes

2. Biotin Or Vitamin B71:

Biotin is called the ‘hair growth’ vitamin by people around the world. It is one of the 12 vitamins in the Vitamin B family. It repairs brittle hair and improves the health and texture of the hair.

Biotin is known to work wonders for hair volume and thickness. It aids in the production of fatty acids within the cells and facilitates their growth. It works in collaboration with amino acids and fats. Amino acids, as we all know, are the building blocks of proteins. They also play an important role in the process of glucogenesis as well.

Biotin intake results in the following:

  • Rapid increase in the growth rate of your hair
  • Thicker hair
  • Strengthening of hair

Food Rich In Biotin:

nutrients for hair growth

  • Eggs
  • Yeast
  • Cauliflower
  • Raspberries
  • Bananas
  • Walnuts
  • Almonds
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  • Sandana

    After reading this post I decided to take good diet with essential vitamins. because my hair is also falling out in massive clumps. I found some hair growth diet used for skin and nails too. I’m hoping it works. It has all the things she listed and more. Hope it works :) Great job Lancy thank you for posting :)

  • Anita

    Lancy, thanks so much! I had never realised that a good diet and vitamins are so important for healthy and shiny hair! I always kept wondering why all the hair packs didnt give the promised results!

  • Priscilla

    Hi Lancy.. a real good article. Appreciate your effort. Each of the points are rightly said. Now i understand as to why not good branded products also give desired results. Natural is the way to go…

  • minu

    a good article…tq

  • Rachna

    Nice article mam. Very informative. keep it up!!! all points have been rightly said!!! however, i guess each of us have to keep them more in practice for better hair and skin health.

  • Punit

    Nice article.. Im a sardari.. cant cut my hair!! but for sure can try these tips to strengthen and boost hair growth! thanku Lancy for sharing it.

  • Anonymous

    Lancy!! your article is very nice and informative. Thankyou for sharing with us.. each bit counts when we have to take care of your hair!!

  • Yahvi

    Well.. glad to have come across your article.. :) Its really helpful.. i dint care about any thng until now.. will surely begin from today.. :)

  • Nimra

    Informative article.. :) Intake thru food and natural drinks is btr any day.. than taking unlimited doses of capsules..( as per me) right guidance in eatng shall help suffice all the intake..:)

  • megha

    can you name any brand of prenatal vitamin that can be used

  • Chahna

    Taking iron and folic acid supplements really helps for hair growth:)

  • Leena

    I never knew that vitamins played such an important role in hair growth! Thanks. I think its time i switched to a healthier diet if i want beautiful hair!

  • Thanmayee

    I have always had trouble with hair growth and now i know why! My eating habits are definitely not helping even one bit. Thanks for such an informative post.

  • Cha’risa

    I agree! No more fried chicken for me!

  • Rosario Pareja

    The best way to be healthy is eating natural foods. Fruits and vegetables are the best source for a healthy life.

  • Boogie man

    Eat naturally – there is no need for supplements if you do not eat junk food and you’re not overeating. Do you think that those people who live over 100 years old in remote places of the world, who maintain a coherent mind, a good scalp that contains hair, a limited amount of wrinkles, know anything about pills or medicine? They only know about their very limited and simple diet. Eat natural as we are part of nature and only nature provides what is needed in good and accurate proportions. Another thing – nature provides us with different foods seasonally and therefore we should eat accordingly and not the same thing over and over again year round. Pills, flu shots and much medicine are useless in my opinion unless damage has been done by not following the rules of nature. I don’t even take aspirin, I am old, never go see a doctor, eat a basic mediterranean diet (onions, garlic , green peppers, olive oil, bread (yes bread!), tomatoes, a lots of C-rich vitamin fruits (nefles, oranges, lemons, lots of grapes, tead, pine seeds, and much more). I grew up with this type of diet and cannot live without it.

  • anna8

    Vitamins are essential for hair growth also good amount of exercise because exercise is 1 good for health also speeds heart beat faster which makes blood circulation go quicker and the blood run in your skull promotes healthy hair growth and drink plenty of water

  • dr tamana

    omega 3 is also very essential…

  • Anonymous

    Do you have hair vitamin? Like tablet

    • Richa

      There are many vitamins available in market. However, do not waste your time and money on it. No vitamin have been proven best in terms of long run. The best thing you can do is:
      1. Get your hair trim on regular basis
      2. Use good shampoo and conditioner

      Here is a good guide you can read for natural home remedies ->

  • Thomas

    I’ve started using Tiara Gold Lotion, a lotion based on natural ingredients. I did not had high hopes, but now, after using the product for 5 months, my girlfriend and I do see that hairs are growing faster and actually grow on those places where they left me at first. The top of my head that is.
    I agree that vitamins and a healthy life is important, but I do believe that a product like Tiara helped me too.

  • StyleCraze

    Hi Suma, there is no short-cut for weight loss. To lose weight it is important to follow a healthy diet and a moderate exercise to boost your metabolism. However you can check our other articles for tips to lose weight.

  • Malice Hooper

    Great post :)