How To Use Carrots For Hair Growth

Use this vibrant veggie in a variety of ways to get thick and luscious locks!

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Carrots have long been renowned for their ability to improve vision. But did you know that you can also use carrots for hair growth? Yes, carrots may help to improve the health of your hair.

Carrots are rich in vitamins A, B6, B1, B3, B2, K, and C, and other nutrients like fiber, potassium, iron, zinc, phosphorus, beta-carotene, and antioxidants. These nutrients can improve skin health and overall well-being (1), (2). In addition, carrots are also thought to contain nutrients like biotin that can help with hair growth.

In this post, we will look at how carrots can benefit hair health and how to use them. Continue reading.

protip_icon Know Your Ingredient: Carrot

What Is It?
A long, firm, orange root vegetable with a crispy texture and earthy smell.

What Are Its Benefits?
It conditions the scalp, prevents premature graying, and stimulates thick hair growth.

Who Can Use It?
Anyone can use it except people with a carrot allergy.

How Often?
You can use carrot oil or hair masks twice a week.

Caution
Excess use of carrots may add an orange hue to your hair.

Possible Benefits Of Carrots For Hair Growth

Woman with healthy hair happily biting a carrot
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  • Carrots contain vitamin A, a nutrient that may condition your scalp. This may help combat hair loss. However, there is limited research to support this aspect. In a case study, vitamin A deficiency lead to sparse and dry hair (3). However, there are studies that show that excess of vitamin A may cause hair loss (4).

Farzana Sabah, a blogger, shared that she snacked on carrots to combat extensive hair fall: “They did not taste any better if I am honest (I still hate carrots), but they contained enough vitamin A to protect my hair from falling (i).”

  • As per anecdotal evidence, carrots may also improve scalp health and the overall strength of your hair and make it thicker and shinier.
  • The nutrients in carrots may also improve blood circulation to your scalp, which may help promote hair growth, hair volume, and hair texture.
  • Regular consumption of carrots may also prevent premature graying of your hair, though this has not been proven by science.

Just like carrots, carrot oil also has many beneficial effects on your hair. Let’s learn some interesting facts about this nourishing ingredient in the next section.

Carrot Oil For Hair

Some fun facts about carrot oil for hair care include:

  • Carrot oil has a long history of use, dating back to the ancient Egyptians and Greeks. It was revered for its medicinal and cosmetic purposes.
  • Carrot oil is typically extracted from the seeds of the carrot plant.
  • Due to its high beta-carotene content, carrot oil serves as a natural sunscreen for your hair. It may help protect your hair from the damaging effects of UV rays, preventing dryness and hair color fading. However, more research is needed to prove this claim.
  • The pleasant and earthy aroma of carrot oil is claimed to provide relaxation and promote a sense of well-being.

But the best way to use carrots for hair growth is as juice. In the following section, we will see how.

How To Use Carrot Juice For Hair Growth

1. Carrot Oil

Some carrots beside carrot oil
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Massaging your head with carrot oil is the most convenient way to include this ingredient in your hair care routine. Carrot oil nourishes your hair from the roots. This remedy also contains olive oil that may condition your hair and promote hair growth. You can make this oil in bulk and store it for months.

What You Need

  • 1 carrot
  • Olive oil
  • Grater
  • Glass mason jar
What To Do
  1. Grate a carrot and put it in a glass mason jar.
  2. Pour olive oil into the jar until it is full and close the lid.
  3. Store this jar in a dark place for a week.
  4. When the oil has turned orange, strain the oil and transfer it into a clean container.
  5. Massage this oil onto your scalp and hair 30 minutes before you wash with shampoo.

How Often You Should Do This

Follow this routine once a week.

protip_icon Quick Tip
Add 1-2 drops of your preferred essential oil, like peppermint (for hair growth), lavender (to prevent lice), rosemary (for hair growth, oiliness, dandruff), chamomile (for hair growth), or bergamot (for dandruff), to this mix (5). These oils improve hair health and smell great!

2. Carrot, Yogurt, And Banana Hair Mask

The carrot, yogurt, and banana hair mask may prevent hair breakage and hair damage due to free radicals and promote hair growth. It may also make your hair soft and manageable. This could be attributed to the various nutrients in the ingredients. However, there is a lack of research in this aspect.

What You Need
  • 1 carrot
  • 2 tablespoons yogurt
  • 1 banana
What To Do
  1. Cut a carrot and a banana into small pieces.
  2. Blend them in a food processor along with two tablespoons of yogurt.
  3. Apply this hair mask all over your hair, put on a shower cap, and leave it on for 30 minutes.
  4. Wash with a mild shampoo.

How Often You Should Do This

Follow this routine once a week.

3. Carrot Juice, Olive Oil, Onion Juice, And Lemon Juice Hair Mask

Lemon, Onions, and Carrot Juice for hair mask
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The carrot and olive oil in this mask boost hair growth and condition your hair, respectively.  Onion juice, on the other hand, nourishes hair follicles. It is known to help combat hair loss (6). Lemon juice is replete with vitamin C, which boosts collagen production (7). Collagen may stimulate hair growth, but there is not enough research to establish this fact.

What You Need
  • 1 carrot
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 onion
  • 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
What To Do
  1. Cut a carrot and an onion into small pieces and blend them in a food processor.
  2. Mix two tablespoons of olive oil and lemon juice each into this paste.
  3. Apply this hair mask and leave it on for 15 minutes.
  4. Wash with a mild shampoo.

How Often You Should Do This

Follow this routine once a week.

4. Carrot, Avocado, And Honey Hair Mask

The carrot and avocado provide several vitamins, proteins, and amino acids that may nourish your scalp and promote healthy hair growth. The honey in the  mask moisturizes your hair and strengthens hair follicles. It also has hair conditioning effects (8).

What You Need
  • 2 carrots
  • ½ avocado
  • 2 tablespoons of honey
What To Do
  1. Cut two carrots into small pieces. Along with half an avocado, blend the pieces into a paste.
  2. Mix two tablespoons of honey into this mixture until you achieve a smooth consistency.
  3. Massage this paste onto your hair and scalp and leave it on for 30 minutes.
  4. Wash it with a mild shampoo.

How Often You Should Do This

Follow this routine once a week.


protip_icon Quick Tip
Instead of avocado, you can also mayonnaise or any hair butter like shea, cocoa, or mango butter. These ingredients can condition and moisturize your tresses.

5. Carrot And Coconut Oil Hair Mask

Coconut oil should be added to carrot juice to make a hair mask
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Coconut oil is an excellent moisturizer that hydrates your scalp and moisturizes your hair to make it softer (9). In combination, the carrot may also boost hair growth and promote hair health.

What You Need
  • 1 carrot
  • 2 tablespoons of coconut oil
What To Do
  1. Cut a carrot into small pieces and blend it in a food processor.
  2. Mix two tablespoons of coconut oil until you have a thick paste.
  3. Apply this mask all over your scalp and hair and leave it on for 20 minutes.
  4. Wash with a mild shampoo.

How Often You Should Do This

Follow this routine once a week.

6. Carrot, Papaya, And Yogurt Hair Mask

The folic acid in papaya may help promote the health of hair follicles. The yogurt in the mask may cleanse your scalp by getting rid of the dead skin cells and dandruff that could be clogging your pores. However, more research is warranted in this regard.

What You Need
  • 2 carrots
  • 4-5 pieces of ripe papaya
  • 2 tablespoons of yogurt
What To Do
  1. Cut two carrots into pieces.
  2. Blitz the pieces of carrot and four to five pieces of ripe papaya along with two tablespoons of yogurt in a food processor.
  3. Apply this mask to your hair and scalp and leave it on for 30 minutes.
  4. Wash with a mild shampoo.

How Often You Should Do This

Follow this routine once a week.

7. Carrot And Aloe Vera Juice Hair Growth Spray

Aloe vera should be added to carrot juice to make a hair mask
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A hair growth spray could be a convenient way of boosting your hair health. Both carrot and aloe vera contain vitamins A and C. These nutrients are believed to enhance hair health. The enzyme content in aloe vera also aids hair loss prevention. These enzymes achieve this by protecting the scalp from any disease (10). This simple spray-on solution may work wonders in improving hair health.

What You Need
  • 2 carrots
  • 50 mL aloe vera juice
  • 100 mL spray bottle
What To Do
  1. Blend two carrots in a food processor and strain the paste to extract the juice.
  2. Fill half the spray bottle with carrot juice and 50 mL of aloe vera juice. Shake well.
  3. Spray this solution all over your scalp and massage it in with your fingers for 10 minutes.
  4. Leave the solution on overnight or wash after 30 minutes.

How Often You Should Do This

Follow this routine twice a week.

Infographic: How To Use Carrot Juice For Hair Growth

Carrots are a great source of nutrients for your health as well as hair, and there are many ways to use them. Check the infographic below to learn about some simple yet effective ways to use carrot juice for hair growth.

how to use carrot juice for hair growth (infographic)

Illustration: StyleCraze Design Team

Carrots are a nutritionally-rich ingredient frequently used for improving skin and overall health. They are rich in vital minerals and vitamins that will condition your scalp, improve blood circulation, and stimulate thick hair growth. The best way to reap the benefits of carrots for hair growth is by consuming carrot juice. You can also mix carrots with ingredients available in your pantries, such as papaya, banana, aloe vera, and lemon juice, to prepare hair masks. Use these hair masks twice a week to see visible results over time.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it OK to eat carrots every day?

Yes, it is OK to eat carrots every day.

Does drinking a lot of carrot juice stop gray hair?

There is no scientific evidence to prove this. But you may give it a try. As per anecdotal evidence, carrot juice could prevent premature graying of hair. However, it cannot reverse the color of gray hair.

Can carrots change your hair color?

No, carrots cannot change hair color. However, it may add a subtle orange hue on lighter hair colors like blonde, light brown, white, or silver.

How many carrots should I eat a day for hair growth?

It is advised and safe to consume up to 5-6 carrots per day (10).

Can I spray carrot juice on my hair?

Yes, you can spray carrot juice on your hair and leave it to rest for 15-20 minutes for best results.

How long does it take for carrot oil to work?

Just like any other oil, you shouldn’t expect immediate results. But regular application for 1-2 months may show some visible changes.

Key Takeaways

  • Carrots contain vitamins and minerals, which benefit overall hair health.
  • Carrots prevent dry scalp and dandruff by restoring moisture.
  • Carrots reduce hair breakage and gray hair and strengthen hair follicles.
  • Use carrot oil and olive oil; carrot, yogurt, and banana hair mask; or carrot and coconut oil hair mask for a wholesome hair care routine.

Personal Experience: Source

References

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Tiffany Young
Tiffany YoungCertified Trichology Practitioner
Tiffany Young is the CEO and founder of ThinHairThick and a certified trichology practitioner with 6 years of experience. She is also a recognized expert in the hair and beauty industry with celebrity clientele. Her own personal struggles with hair loss created an opportunity for her to deep-dive into learning all things related to medical conditions and external factors that contribute to hair loss.

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Anjali Sayee
Anjali SayeeAssociate Editor
Anjali is an associate editor at StyleCraze. She specializes in hairstyles and hair and skin care and has written over 200 articles in these domains. She has 7 years of experience, and her philosophy about hair and skin care is simple: if you love and care for it, it will be healthy.

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Ramona is an editor at StyleCraze with 11 years of experience in writing and editing. She has authored over 200 articles on skin and hair care. She graduated from the University of Calcutta, West Bengal, and did her post-graduation from the University of Kalyani, West Bengal.

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Monomita Chakraborty
Monomita ChakrabortyBeauty & Lifestyle Writer
Monomita has a graduate degree in mass communication and video production from St. Anthony's College, Shillong, and a master’s degree in journalism and mass communication from the Royal Global University, Guwahati. She is also a certified skincare coach with a keen interest in skin, hair, tattoos, nail art, and lifestyle trends.

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