How To Use Garlic For Hair Growth June 2, 2017

Who doesn’t love the smell of freshly sauteed garlic? Even if you don’t, you should know that the ingredient is good for more than just garnish. To be more specific, it can be used to improve hair growth. In a time where people are spending more and more money on salon treatments and extensions, this natural ingredient has become a vastly underrated hair growth aid. Garlic as a hair care ingredient has the potential to not only boost hair growth but also stimulate hair regrowth. Here’s how the root vegetable does it:

Benefits Of Garlic For Hair Growth

  • Garlic has a high content of minerals like calcium, zinc, and sulfur, which are essential for hair growth
  • It is antimicrobial and helps kill germs and bacteria that can cause damage to the scalp and inhibit hair growth
  • The selenium content in garlic helps stimulate blood circulation for maximum nourishment
  • It helps purify the hair follicles, strengthen them, and prevent clogging, curbing hair loss
  • It helps calm aggravated scalp and treats issues such as dandruff
  • Raw garlic is highly enriched with Vitamin C, which is great for the health of your hair. It boosts collagen production which helps with hair growth

Now that you know why it works read on to find out how to use it.

How To Use Garlic For Hair Growth

1. Garlic Oil For Hair Growth

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You Will Need
  • 8 cloves of Garlic
  • 1/2 cup Carrier Oil (Olive, Coconut, Castor, etc.)
  • 1 Medium Sized Onion (Optional)
Processing Time

45 minutes

Process
  1. Crush the garlic and onion or throw them in a blender to get a fine pulp.
  2. Heat the carrier oil in a pan and add the garlic and onion paste to the oil.
  3. Heat the oil until the pulp starts to turn brown and then turn off the heat.
  4. Once the oil has cooled, strain it and discard the pulp.
  5.  Take two tablespoons of the oil and start to gently massage your scalp with it.
  6. After 15 minutes of massaging, cover the length of your hair in the oil and let it sit for an additional 30 minutes.
  7. Wash off with a mild shampoo. Conditioning is optional since the oil acts as a conditioner.
How Often?

Repeat this three times a week for best results.

Why This Works

The oil massage stimulates the hair follicles in the scalp while improving blood circulation.

2. Garlic And Honey For Hair Growth

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You Will Need
  • 8 cloves of Garlic
  • 1 tbsp Honey
Processing Time

20 minutes

Process
  1. Extract the juice from the 8 cloves of garlic. This should give you about a tablespoon of garlic juice.
  2. To the garlic juice, add one tablespoon of honey and mix until the two are well combined.
  3. Apply the garlic-honey mixture to your hair and scalp and leave it in for 20 minutes.
  4. Wash off with a mild shampoo.
How Often?

Repeat this twice or thrice a week for best results.

Why This Works

Honey helps strengthen the hair follicles and seals moisture to your hair. This not only boosts hair growth but also keeps it conditioned.

3. Garlic And Rosemary For Hair Growth

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You Will Need
  • 5 tbsp Garlic Oil (Refer to method 1)
  • 1 tbsp Castor Oil
  • 1 tbsp Coconut Oil
  • 1/2 tsp Rosemary Oil
Processing Time

45 minutes

Process
  1. In a jar combine all the oils and shake well to mix.
  2. Take two tablespoons of the oil blend and start to gently massage your scalp with it.
  3. After 15 minutes of massaging, cover the length of your hair in the oil and let it sit for an additional 30 minutes.
  4. Wash off with a mild shampoo. Conditioning is optional since the oil acts as a conditioner.
How Often?

Repeat this thrice a week for best results.

Why This Works

Garlic, rosemary, and castor are amazing ingredients for hair growth. While they work together to boost hair growth, the coconut oil deeply penetrates and conditions the hair.

4. Garlic And Ginger For Hair Growth

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You Will Need
  • 2-inch piece of Ginger
  • 8 cloves of Garlic
  • 1/2 cup Carrier Oil
Processing Time

45 minutes

Process
  1. Crush the garlic and ginger or throw them in a blender to get a fine pulp.
  2. Heat the carrier oil in a pan and add the garlic and ginger pulp to the oil.
  3. Heat the oil until the pulp starts to turn brown and then turn off the heat.
  4. Once the oil has cooled, strain it and discard the pulp.
  5. Take two tablespoons of the oil and start to gently massage your scalp with it.
  6. After 15 minutes of massaging, cover the length of your hair in the oil and let it sit for an additional 30 minutes.
  7. Wash off with a mild shampoo. Conditioning is optional since the oil acts as a conditioner.

5. Onion, Garlic And Cinnamon For Hair Growth

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You Will Need
  • 1 small Onion
  • 3 cloves of Garlic
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick
  • 2 cups Water
Processing Time

15 minutes

Process
  1. Boil the ingredients in 2 cups of water for 15 minutes.
  2. Let the solution cool and then strain it for the liquid.
  3. Pour the liquid through your hair and let it sit for 15 minutes.
  4. Rinse with lukewarm/cool water.
How Often?

Repeat this every day for a week.

Why this works?

This onion, garlic, and cinnamon solution help with the regeneration of dormant hair follicles.

6. Garlic Shampoo For Hair Growth

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You Will Need
  • 15 cloves of Garlic
  • 10 drops Peppermint Essential Oil
Processing Time

5 minutes

Process
  1. Blend the garlic to get a smooth paste.
  2. Add the garlic paste to a bottle of mild shampoo and add 10 drops of peppermint oil to the mix for fragrance.
  3. Use This shampoo to wash your hair.
How Often?

Don’t use this shampoo more than thrice a week.

Expert’s Answers For Readers’ Questions

Is Eating Garlic Good For Hair Growth?

Yes. In fact, inner nourishment is as important for hair growth as topical applications.

Does Rubbing Garlic On Scalp Help Hair Growth?

Rubbing a chopped clove of garlic on your scalp can promote hair growth. However, it is best to stick to the remedies listed about as direct application of concentrated garlic can aggravate the scalp.

There you have it! The many different ways in which you can use garlic for hair growth. Have you tried any of these remedies? Tell us about your experience in the comments section below.

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  • LongHairedLady

    You know? You could just eat the garlic instead. Eating the garlic in your food would work a lot faster than applying it topically.

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

    Hi Vera, you can apply garlic juice and let it sit for 30 – 40 mins before rinsing off your hair.

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

    Hi Kriti, yes you can use garlic juice along with onion juice. Garlic can be used on the scalp for proper hair care and growth and prevent hair loss. Onions contain a number of important minerals and vitamins, such as vitamins C and B6, calcium, magnesium, potassium, and germanium. Onions also has a high sulfur content. High amounts of sulfur in onions make them effective in regenerating hair follicles and stimulating hair regrowth. So do enjoy the benefits of wonderful ingredients. You can also consume them in sufficient quantities to gain its benefits.

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

    Hey Bhawna, thank you for sharing fascinating experience with us :-) we are glad that you found a solution for your hair problem and do recommend this to your family and friends too, so that they too enjoy the benefits of the wonderful ingredient.

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

    Hi Gul, the best way to use garlic for hair is by adding it to your shampoo and conditioner. Honey is a natural conditioner so you can add it along with the garlic. However it is recommended that garlic can be used in either of these ways only twice a month, as over usage can make your hair and scalp dry.

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

    Hi Mahesh, yes, you can apply onion and garlic juice on a daily basis or every alternate day in a week.

    • lhot

      iam having a terrible hair fall, plsss. Let me know how to use that onion juice and how often do i need to use it. Tq in advans

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

        Hi Ihot, onion juice is beneficial for arresting hair fall and a wonderful remedy to overcome baldness. onion juice can be applied in various ways. One of the way i applying raw onion juice on the scalp. You can apply this juice on the scalp for an hour or leave it for overnight and wash off your hair with a mild shampoo. Apart from this remedy you should also consume a well-balanced diet and regular exercise to improve blood circulation.

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

    Hi Faisal, onion contains trace amounts of sulfur which is one of the essential nutrients in promoting hair growth. A study has shown that applying onion juice on scalp twice in a week for two months can stimulate hair growth. Onion juice can be applied along with garlic juice on the scalp.

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

    Hi Ruhi, regular application of onion and garlic juice to the scalp is the most inexpensive and safe way of treating fungal infection on your scalp. Regular application of onion juice helps to thicken your hair and do away with a variety of scalp problems that are the cause of hair loss and hair thinning. Yeast infections, fungal infections, scalp acne and dandruff can be treated in the long run.

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

    Hi Summa, mild shampoo consists of less detergent based ingredients, when used they form less foam and gently cleanse the scalp. Four important points to pick a mild shampoo are:
    1. Avoid any shampoo with sulfate and sulfonate as ingredients.
    2. Look for Isethionate or Glucoside as the first ingredient after water.
    3. Look for Mildness boosters such as sulfosuccinates, sultaines, amphodiacetates.
    4. Look for conditioning ingredients like silicones, polyquaterniums, and guar.
    Hope you find these tips to be useful.!

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

    Thank you for appreciating Samantha :-) we are glad that you like our posts !!

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

    Hi Babar, losing 80-100 strands of hair per day is normal, but if you lose hair more than that then you need to take good care of your scalp. This includes taking proper diet, regular exercise to increase your blood circulation. Also yo can follow few home remedies like the application of onion juice on the scalp once or twice in a week regularly for a couple of months to combat hair fall. After a couple of weeks or a month if your hair does not show any improvement the consult a dermatologist.

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

    Hi Babar, massaging warm olive oil or coconut oil helps in the growth of hair.

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

    Hi Kavin, it is normal to lose 80-100 strands of hair per day and there is nothing to be worried about. You can use garlic and onion juice to boost your hair growth. Apply this juice on the scalp once or twice in a week…leave it for 30 mins and wash off your scalp with a mild shampoo.

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

    Hi Suneel, baldness is one of the most common hair problems faced by men. Baldness is mainly caused due to clogging of hair follicles. It is the most noticeable problem in men, which can be caused by several reasons or a combination of various factors such as aging, hormonal changes, changes in diet, stress or trauma, medical conditions, like anemia etc. Just go through some of the following natural remedies to prevent baldness.
    1. Castor oil – Castor oil is one of the natural cures for baldness and works as a humectant. Pour some castor oil in your palm and gently massage on your head. This will help in nourishing your hair and boost hair growth. Do this twice or thrice in a week.
    2. Aloevera gel – Aloevera gel helps in the growth of hair. To cure baldness, place some aloe vera gel on the head and massage it gently. The enzymes present in aloe vera will open up the clogged hair follicles. It will also put a stop to hair loss.
    Follow these remedies regularly for a couple of weeks to see the difference.

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

    Hi Suneel, massaging your scalp while applying oil or shampooing your hair may lead to a little hair fall. Massaging your scalp gently will get rid of dead and damaged hair. Regular and gentle massaging will improve blood circulation and strengthen the hair follicles aiding in hair growth. With regular massaging you will see the number of hair fall will reduce eventually…you will need to have a little patience.

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

    Hi Supriya, onion and garlic juice are time tested remedies for hair and hair related issues. Onions are rich source of sulfur and both of them have certain anti-fungal and anti-bodies properties which will help to prevent dandruff and any scalp related issue. You can also mix onion and garlic juice with your hair oil and massage this into your scalp. Leave it on for an hour or overnight. Rinse your hair with mild shampoo and condition as usual.

  • Nandikonda Supriya

    Oily scalp can absorb onion juice plz help me out.

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

      Hi Supriya… yes, an oily scalp can absorb the onion juice.

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

    Hi Pragya, yes….it is absolutely alright to blend garlic and olive oil together and use this as overnight mask. It will not cause any harm. You can leave it overnight or apply this a one hour or so before you shampoo your hair. This help will help in growth of your hair.

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

    Hi Pragya, you can store the peeled garlic in the fridge for a week or more. Just crush them well before you apply it to your hair. And yes, you add aloe vera too.

  • Ownage_God

    can i blend garlic honey and onion and steam my hair?