How Does Onion Help In Hair Growth?

onion for hair growth

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Are you losing hair whenever you shampoo or comb? This is a very common problem which many of us face. If we keep losing hair on a daily basis, then imagine what situation we will find ourselves in after a few years! Am I scaring you? Well, don’t be scared since we need to pull up our socks and do something straightaway to combat further hair loss and induce new hair growth.

The good old onion is an amazing natural remedy to fight hair fall and also effectively increase the growth of your hair.

You might be thinking how to use the onion treatment for hair growth especially when it smells awful? But think of it this way: wouldn’t you like to get rid of hair fall problems? Moreover, if you already see your hair line receding or some bald patches showing up, isn’t it better to opt for using something you would find in your own home instead of spending more money at the salon where they promise you great results with regular hair spas but which usually don’t work out ?

Treatment for hair growth with onions is not just natural but completely safe as well. We are not loading our hair and scalp with harsh chemicals but utilizing an ingredient which can prevent hair loss and encourage new hair growth at the same time.

So how does onions help fight hair fall and induce hair growth?

Onions are high on sulfur content. That is why the juice of onions is capable of stimulating hair growth as sulfur helps in increasing blood circulation. It also diminishes any kind of skin inflammation due to its antibacterial properties. Moreover, onion juice makes your hair stronger, opens up the pores of your hair follicles that were blocked and prevents scalp infections at the same time.

Here are some ways to use onion to treat hair fall and promote new hair growth:

Using raw onion juice:

This is the easiest way to derive the benefits of the sulfur content of onion. Just blend some onions in your food processor and extract the juice; apply this on your scalp and leave for at least 30 minutes or more if you wish; rinse off using a mild shampoo. If this is done for a minimum of thrice a week, you can expect to see results within one or two months. Please be patient as this is a natural remedy.

Using onion-honey mixture :

Take one-fourth cup of raw onion juice and add honey to it. Use this to massage your scalp on a daily basis to see the difference.

Using a onion-rum concoction: 

onion rum hair regrowth

If you really cannot stand the smell of onions on your hair, you can try this method instead. For this you have to chop an onion and soak it overnight in a glass of rum. Do not put this in your refrigerator. The following day, strain it to remove the onion bits and use the liquid for massaging your scalp. You can also use this as a hair rinse.

Hope you will find these onion hair growth remedies useful. If you start caring for your hair today, you can not only eliminate hair fall from your life but also get the thick, shiny and long mane you have always desired.

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  1. Avatar of LakshanyaLakshanya

    I think your recipe is great. I am going to put this in my beauty tips book. I think your recipe is one of the most simple I have seen. Two ingredients and there you go. I like you so much Oindrila :D

  2. Avatar of PriyankaPriyanka

    I have heard applying onion juice can cause hair color to brown..is it so ??? moreover should the onion juice be applied daily?? can we apply on a scalp with hair oil onto it ??

    appling onion juice has some negative effect also ??
    plz rply

    1. Avatar of OindrilaOindrila Post author

      If you have colored hair then it may cause it to change color partially.Onion juice is used to make blonde hair color warmer. . But as we have black hair it will not do any such change . .can be applied on oiled hair, apply as directed above

  3. Umair S

    Yea I tried it and amazingly it is helping me so far. I have been using it for last 2 weeks now and my hair fall stop immediately. I hope it helps opening up pores and growth of new hairs too ;)

  4. sneha menon

    Can i mix it with oil and apply it or should i apply oil and den just apply the juice on the scalp.Does it grow new hair? Also does it thicken the existing hair which is thinning ?

  5. Avatar of NimrataNimrata

    I think i am more than willing to put up with the putrid smell for a while if it means that i might get my hair back! I am losing so much hair at the moment that i might be bald in almost no time! Thanks Oindrila!

  6. Avatar of SimrinSimrin

    I never knew that it was even possible to grow hair back naturally once you begin to loose it! Oindrila this a great article! Can also give me a few pointers on how i can mask the horrible smell of the onions? I am not sure if just the shampoo will work….any other solutions?

  7. Avatar of preethicutepreethicute

    it sounds soooo good the results and it is definitely something i needs. My hair fall is so bad now that very very soon i am gonna be bald and there isn’t a damn thing i would be able do about it. But tmy only question is how do you keep your hair from smelling yuckie the next day? Smelling like onions wont sit well with my colleagues for sure!

  8. Yagna

    This is interesting, but Onions? seriously? This is kind of different to apply on the hair, but with the results it shows i think i wont mind giving it a try soon:)

  9. Takia Pollard

    Onions do work, I just chopped it up & smashed them alittle and applied it to my natural shampoo I made, and it works for me… the next step is to add Garlic

  10. virendra

    I am suffring for hair fall last 3year and i lost my 80% hair i use union for
    Regrowth my hair i started today
    But i want to know can i store union juce in a bottel for daily use
    PLEASE TEll ME

  11. mishu

    Onion do works.. I am trying this from last 1 month initially my hair fall was controllled to great extent, however am feeling again hair fall is increased. I am applying onion juice after oil message . Is it ok to apply onion juice on oily hair and then shampoo? or is it less effective since am applying on oily hair? Your suggestion would be great help…

    1. Oindrila

      Hi, use it without oiling your hair. Make partings and apply the juice. I hope this helps. :) Cut down on junk food and consume minimum 3 liters water everyday.

  12. Pranay parmar

    Hi Oindrila,
    Thanks for ur suggestions.
    Please tell me how long it will take to show the results? after reading d posts, I also started applying the onion juice from past one week and massage my scalp after applying. But during the massage, I loose almost 15-20 hairs. I leave for entire night and morning when I shampoo my hairs that time also I loose some.
    Is it ok to extract d juice and store in refrigerator for 2-3 days? will it reduce d power of juice?
    Pranay

    1. Oindrila

      Hi, Which shampoo are you using? It is important to use an SLS free and paraben free shampoo.Yes you can extract and store the juice.

          1. pranay parmar

            Okie.. thanks. but do u suggest to consult a doctor for this? its like I have tried all measures to address this issue… right from using soft water.. then eating almonds, carrot, egg.. thn applying onion juice… thn applying Arnica Plus Hair Vitalizer+Trofer…. almost everything :-P but there is no respite from this…
            plz suggest…
            Pranay

  13. KHUSHBU THAPAR

    APPLYING ONLY ONION JUICE WILL IT BE FINE ??? OR I NEED TO ADD HONEY IN IT ???? PLZ SUUGEST AS I M TRIED OF HAIR FALL

    1. Oindrila

      Hi, yes you can add honey or use it just onion juice. Also, use a good paraben and sls free shampoo. There are several brands in the market which claim to stop hair fall but indirectly lead to greater hair fall. Stay away from those. Also drink 3 liters of water a day and cut down on junk food intake. Hope this helps :)

      1. khushi

        hi oindrila m happy dat u r so concernd thanks fr ur help. I will surly try it . but can u plz guide me bywat does paraben and sls free shampoo means???

        1. Oindrila

          Hi, Your shampoo needs to be free of harsh chemicals that damage hair in the long run. Google for paraben and sls free shampoos in India. :) You can try from brands like Organic Surge, Rustic Art, Soul Tree, The Body Shop. All of them have such shampoos. I am currently using Organic Surge Shine Boost shampoo and it works great for me.

          1. KHUSHBU THAPAR

            hi, :)
            ok I wl go n get d shampoo frm the body shop . n d 1 u r using will it b fine if I use it for protecting ma hairfall n increasing the growth????

          2. Oindrila

            Hi,

            Yes you can try the Body shop Rainforest Shine Shampoo or any other of these shampoos. Even Soul Tree is good. But these shampoos won’t lather much.

          3. KHUSHBU THAPAR

            I HVNT USED ANY OF THESE PRODUTS ONCE ALSO SO WOLUD B THANKFULL TO U :) IF U JUS SUGGEST ME 1 SHAMPOO FOR CNTROLLING HAIR
            FALL AND INCRESING GROWTH.

          4. KHUSHBU THAPAR

            N OINDRILA WANTED TO ASK ONTHER QUS DAT IS PEOPLE VISIT A LOT TO DR BATRES CLINIC FOR HAIRFALL SO IS IT BENEFICIAL TO VISIT HIS CLINC N TAK THE MEDCINES TO PROTECT MA HAIR ??? PLZ ADVICE IF U KNW SUMTHING ABT IT :) THANKS

          5. oindy

            Hi,

            I really have no experience with Batra’s. I think you can try Soul Tree Triphala Hair Revitalizing Shampoo. You can once check with your doctor if any internal problems are causing excessive hair fall. Sometimes hormonal disorders, stress etc can lead to hair fall.

  14. Swati Ghosh

    Hello Oindrila

    I am suffering from acute hair loss for 4 years, literally becoming bald.. I underwent Dr. Batra’s treatment for 4 years bt i lost whatever i had. M very much disapointed.. Plzzzz plzzzzz help me

    1. Oindrila

      Hi,
      Have you checked with your doctor if there are any internal problems? I am saying ‘coz sometimes coz of stress, hormonal probs like thyroid malfunctioning, hair loss can result. Are you from Kolkata?

    2. aana

      m also going to the Batra’s for around last 15months but did not notice any change in ma hair fall problem. m rly disappointed….

      1. akshita

        bt den hw I apply oil if I apply onion juice thrice a weak……..n I read sumwhere dat mixing two tea spoon of baking soda in water acts as a mild shampoo, is dat true??……I hav acute hair fall…n I dnt see new hair growing…..from them……hw much tym will dis take since I hav started applying onion juice in my hair roots…..

    1. Michael Oremaj Mosende

      I just read your reply now. Thank you so much Ms. Oindrila. I started applying onion juice last June29. Hope it will help. I guess I really need patience though. =) Again thank you very much.

  15. Kanchan

    Hey Oindrila….plz help me
    I m just 17 years old & i m suffering frm huge loss of hair since last year, i am taking homeopathy treatment also since last six months along with few natural treatment bt nothing iz happening.
    Plz tell me onion juice works for me . suggest smethng as i m losing bunches of hair every day will onion works and also
    Hw much tme will it take to recover…????

  16. shailu

    hi will the mixer stops growth of white hair.. and how many times v should use this onion&shampoo mixer to stop the hair fall ??

    1. Natural Kinky Curly Marie

      You have to see your Healthcare provider; Physician regarding this severe long term hair loss issue. An Online forum can only offer you advice. Get a second opinion if you have to and tests for proper diagnosis of whatever is causing your hair loss to help come to a solution. Also Natural treatments Take time to work. Sometimes they provide little to No Results at all if there’s an undelying medical issue involved.

  17. Shonali ghosh

    Hey oindrila…..I am suffering from extreme loss of hair due to hair thinning . I Have lost my fore head hair, plz tell will onion juice help ?
    how much time will it take

  18. Vandna

    Hi oindrila I was suffering from extreme loss of hair from one month but before 4 or 5 days i tried this and i feel it work for me. but please tell me what should i use for new hair grow on my scalp so that the extreme loss may be fill.

  19. asha

    Hi ! oindrila
    i am having a heavy hairfall from about 2 months. I have taken medication but no results are seen as yet. Every time whether i tie , comb my hair, big dense bunches of hair start coming out. I am really scared and fed up with my hairfall problem. Also my hair have become very much thin.
    Please suggest the best possible remedy for me as soon as possible. Which shampoo should i use?
    Thank you

    1. Oindrila

      Hi, Suggest you to visit a doc coz sometimes internal probs like hormonal issues can lead to such heavy hair fall. Use any paraben-free,sls,sles and silicone free shampoo.

  20. apsiv

    hi i’m 20 years old i’m having really heavy hair loss i almost lost half my hair quantity.i tried many homemade packs now i’m fed up. i also having itchy scalp, dandruff and split ends too plz suggest me something

    1. Oindrila

      Hi, Visiting a doctor is important as you are experiencing heavy hair loss and it could be caused by internal problems. There are a no.of great posts on hair care here at Stylecraze. Do check them out.

  21. s

    hi i’m having hair loss problem for past 3 years from my childhood i was having long and strong hair but my quantity and length of my hair was decreased i’ve tried many homemade remedies but loss fair didnt came to an end pls give me an solution for my hair fall

  22. Guest

    Hi Oindrila, Many thanks for valuable information.

    Do you suggest SMALL, RED & ORGANICALLY farmed onions?
    Is it helpful to grow ROOT new hair?
    I am not suffering much hair loss still can I use it as preventive measure?

    -Regards

  23. jain

    hiiii….i read some where about onion juice for hair treatment…but to daily make onion juice was too boring…so i boiled onion juice and garlic paste with coconut oil..till all the water gets evaporate….then i am applying this oil twice in a month….my hair loss problem is almost gone…..but is this process proper???….please do reply..

  24. Aanchal

    Hello… I jst want 2 know…if i use onion trtmnt thrice in a week then i hv 2 use shampoo thrice so this will effect my hairs becoz shampoo contain soo much of chemicals….. Can u plzz suggest some kind of shampoo that dont hv chemicals… Becoz i’m suffering from bad hairfall and my marriage is cuming……. Soo plzz help me….

    1. Chitralekha Shanthakumar

      MAKE UR OWN HERBAL SHAMPOO BY MIXING..
      SHIAKAI (SOAP NUT) 300GMS
      AMLA PWD 100GMS
      NEEM PWD 100GMS
      HENNA PWD 100GMS
      BESAN PWD (CHICK PEA FLOUR) 100GMS

      FOR SHOULDER LENGTH HAIR… TAKE 40 GMS OF THIS MIXTURE… MAKE A PASTE USING WATER… AND USE IT TO WASH UR HAIR IN PLACE OF SHAMPOO… THIS WONT BE LIKE THE NORMAL SHAMPOO WHERE U GET LOTS OF BUBBLES… BUT THIS IS A VERY GOOD NATURAL HERBAL..NO CHEMICAL MIX SHAMPOO THAT U CAN USE FOR LIFE… TRUST ME I’M AND INDIAN AND I USED TO USE THIS WHEN I WAS A KID… THEN DURING MY TEENAGE…. LOOKING AT ADS AND FRIENDS,,, I WENT TO USE THE CHEMICAL BASED ONCE AND SPOILED MY HAIR SO BADLY… THAT NOW FOR THE PAST 3 YRS I HAVE SWITCHED BACK TO THIS SHAMPOO WHICH HAS HELPED ME A LOT… U CAN TRY NO HARM…
      MY ADVANCE WISHES FOR A VERY HAPPY AND A WONDERFUL WEDDED LIFE
      FROM
      CHITRA

  25. Joyy

    hlo…i m using onion juice for last 5 days. so i just wanna know whether it is mandatory to wash my hair with shampoo after using the onion juice.

  26. Enny

    hi, pls i just wnt to ask if i can do without washing my hair for weeks and continue to apply the onion and again if i can apply the onion while i have braid or fixing on me?

  27. Urvashi Hasija

    I am facing this hairfall problem from last 1 month….As i am very conscious about my hair. And usually i don’t experiment anything for my hair..So i just want to ask that it it safe 100% or there is any chance of side effect is there???

  28. ariyan

    Hii…I had been suffering from hair fall problem since the last 2 years . I have lost my hair from the forehead left and right side due to lack attention . I have lost also little bit hair from my whole hair means everybody can easily tell me bout my baldness is showing Now I have had my whole head shaved . Plz tell me now what should I do to get my all hair ?

  29. Neha Soni

    i have got my hairs straightened 4 months back..n nw my hairs are falling very badly..pls suggest some measures for getting rid of this hairfall..almost half of my hairs strength has fallen..plss help

    1. Ravi Verma

      Absolute solution for all Hair problems:(hair regrow, hair fall, thinning etc.)
      1) Apply curd (Dahi) daily on your scalp daily for half an hour. Wash your hair after half an hour using shampoo.
      2)
      Do neck exercise daily in the morning and evening: i) move your head to
      and fro, left and right side as if you are dancing(note: most dancers
      have thick hair)(ii) Rub your nails for 15 min. a day.

  30. Ravi Verma

    Absolute solution for all Hair problems:
    1) Apply curd (Dahi) daily on your scalp daily for half an hour. Wash your hair after half an hour using shampoo.
    2) Do neck exercise daily in the morning and evening: i) move your head to and fro, left and right side as if you are dancing(note: most dancers have thick hair)(ii) Rub your nails for 15 min. a day.

  31. Ravi Verma

    Absolute solution for all Hair problems:
    1) Apply curd (Dahi) daily on your scalp daily for half an hour. Wash your hair after half an hour using shampoo. (see after 2 months, great results after 6 months)
    2)
    Do neck exercise daily in the morning and evening: i) move your head to
    and fro, left and right side as if you are dancing(note: most dancers
    have thick hair)(ii) Rub your nails for 15 min. a day.

  32. Fatima

    hey

    I am facing this hairfall problem from last 1 month….As i am very conscious about my hair. I will surely try this but pls can you tell me whether Head and Shoulders shampoo is good? because i guess when I started using this shampoo my hair started falling before I used Himalaya .. may I know which shampoo I should use Himalaya, Sunsilk or Head and Shoulders?? Pls reply as soon as possible !! I will be very thankful to yu

  33. Ariyan Ali

    Have been using onion with coconut oil and olive oil since last month. I have had my head shaved and massaged everyday with these mixture . Found no new hair regrowth yet but my hair are thicker , black , Strong ,shiny and healthy . (^_^)

  34. Nimra Munir

    i do not want to grow new hair only want longer hair i have shoulder hair plz tell me the natural way to enhance long hair faster i have less curly hair

  35. Maria

    So I really want to try this cause I have been having hair loss and I am losing my hair on the edges of my head and I have had so much trouble looking for something to help me grow it back and my sister told me about her friend that had the same problem and she put onion juice in her shampoo and it worked.. I really want to try it but I just colored my hair about a month a go and I wont to know if anyone knows if the onion causes discoloration to your hair?

  36. Sumeet Bhagat

    HI GUYS,i have been facing hairfall problem since almost 4 years …have tried many oils and other treatments. i have recently read this article about using onion juice to regrow hair.Problem is of alopecia as commonly said by doctors whom i visited.I have started applying onion juice from today itself now lets see how does this help:-) waiting for this miracle to happen so that it can be helpful for all of us who face hairfall…Good luck guys…BE POSITIVE!!

      1. sumeet bhagat

        Hey Naren Hie…though i had started applying Onion juice it had stopped by Hairfall…i could not continue due to my work schedule..BUT I have to restart applying onion juice again as my hairs have turned thin…It is nice to know friends that we r trying a better and easy method…Just we need to have patience….

  37. anu

    i have been using onion juice for more than a month.. but my hair fall hasnt reduced yet.. my hair is still getting thinner day by day..

  38. Naren

    Hi Guys,
    I know wat it feels if we loose hairs, I have gone thru various treatments like homeopathy, allopathy,ayurveda in last 6 yrs, Then i come to know about onion juice thru this website. Initially i thot its a joke but then i thot will give a sincere try for 3 months atleast. It’s more than 3 weeks i m using this treatment ,I use this treatment 3 times a week. I cant say that my hairs are grown back as it will take some time. But my hairs are dense as compared to 3 weeks earlier.

    1. naren

      Apply on scalp .. and leave it for atleast 45 mnts and if possible do shirshasan empty stomach for 2 minutes and so far i didnt say that i have regrown hairs .. i said my hairs has become denser..regrowing hair will take more months probably 3-4 mnths as i have just completed 5 weeks..keep patience.

  39. sam assasion

    yup..it works..mujhe after long illness hairfall ki prob hui thi..nd thn i had used many oils,formulas..etc..but jab maine onion juice use kia i came to know that if proper tareeke se use kia jaye to it works amazing..(y)..mujhe abhi 1 month bhi nhi hua use karte hue and amazing results…wowwwww

  40. Manish Arora

    This works. I am using this for over a month now and have notice small hair popping out from that almost dead areas. Going to use this method forever. Also using Livon hair tonic as directed by them, I have abused my hair a lot earlier and now patience is the key. But….. I am loving the results.

  41. Manish Arora

    Some suggestions, take this therapy before going to bed and do not use any shampoo or use baby shampoo since that is mild, after you use this therapy. To avoid, use Badaam Rogan oil (bit scented) and sleep. This will also nourish your hair and will take that onion smell away so that you will be able to sleep easily. Also head massage before sleep leads to a good sleep. Rinse your hair with shampoo in the morning and apply your regular hair oil, where I use Livon as I stated earlier. Eat food that is very rich in iron, zinc and protein. Do some form of exercise with routine since a good blood pressure pumps the process and try to live happy life with no depression since this is a key factor of hair loss. Of course a quality sleep is must for all this. Try it and keep faith and give it some time since this is not a fast hair grow formula and this needs its own area of development like a plant, the more you support and nurture, the more better it gets. Best of luck.

  42. Keshree Pillay

    Does onion juice strip hair of coloured/salon highlighted hair?? Does colour run out of hair faster than normally would using onion juice? ? Thank you!

  43. Priya

    Hi,

    I am having a lot of hair fall, I am planning to start the onion juice therapy. Also, I have a lot of grey hair, I colour my hair in every 6 weeks. Do you suggest applying onion juice on hair after i colour my hair or should i give a break after applying colour. Hope the colour and the onion juice won’t mix up and worsen my hair condition!

    Please reply. Appreciate your help in advance.

  44. Priya

    Hi,

    I am having a lot of hair fall…i am planning to apply onion juice on my hair. I have a lot of grey hair so its necessary to colour my hair in every six weeks..plz suggest if i should use both these simultaneously or give a gap of few weeks! Hope they dot mix up n worsen my hair even more :(
    please suggest.Thanks

  45. Anonymous

    Hi,
    Great reviews and suggestions.
    Just one quick question, Can I chop onion and put them in an oil bottle.
    Will that work and helps in regrow of my hair?

  46. shalini

    hi… oindrila….. i hv tried onion its amazing thank you so much yar……..:-)
    do me one more favor oindrila i have pimples on my face tell me some remedy’s to get clear skin plzzzzzzzzzzzz…………….:-(