How To Use Garlic For Hair Growth

by Anjali Sayee

Garlic is good for more than just garnish. It can also 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 (1), (2). Read on to understand how garlic can aid hair growth and the different ways of using it.

Benefits Of Garlic For Hair Growth

  • Garlic has a high content of minerals like calcium, zinc, and sulfur (3). These nutrients promote healthy hair.
  • It is antimicrobial (4). It helps kill germs and bacteria that can cause damage to the scalp and inhibit hair growth.
  • Garlic also contains selenium (3). It helps stimulate blood circulation for maximum nourishment of the scalp and hair.
  • It helps purify the hair follicles, strengthens them, and prevents clogging, curbing hair loss.
  • It inhibits the growth of Malassezia and helps treat dandruff (5), (6).
  • Raw garlic is highly enriched with vitamin C (3). Oxidative stress can cause hair loss (7). The vitamin C in garlic protects your hair from free radicals and prevents hair thinning and hair loss.

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

How To Use Garlic For Hair Growth

1. Garlic Oil For Hair Growth

The oil massage stimulates the hair follicles in the scalp while improving blood circulation (8).

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. Turn off the heat.
  4. Once the oil has cooled, strain it and discard the pulp.
  5. Massage your scalp with two tablespoons of the oil.
  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 3 times a week for best results.

2. Garlic And Honey For Hair Growth

Honey is an emollient. It seals the moisture in your hair, keeping it conditioned and shiny (9).

You Will Need

  • 8 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tablespoon honey

Processing Time

20 minutes

Process

  1. Extract the juice from the eight cloves of garlic. This should give you about a tablespoon of garlic juice.
  2. Add one tablespoon of honey to the garlic juice and mix well.
  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 2-3 times a week.

3. Garlic And Rosemary For Hair Growth

Rosemary oil can aid hair growth, while castor oil increases its luster (10), (11). While they work together to boost hair growth, the coconut oil deeply penetrates and conditions the hair (12).

You Will Need

  • 5 tablespoons garlic oil (Refer to method 1)
  • 1 tablespoon castor oil
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon rosemary oil

Processing Time

45 minutes

Process

  1. Combine all the oils in a jar and shake it well to mix.
  2. Massage your scalp with two tablespoons of the oil blend.
  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 3 times a week.

4. Garlic And Ginger For Hair Growth

Research shows that ginger can reduce dandruff (13). It has been used traditionally to prevent hair loss and promote hair growth. However, there is no scientific evidence to prove these effects.

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 it.
  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 in a bowl 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

Onion juice can help stimulate hair growth (14). A study showed that cinnamon could stimulate hair growth and increase the size of hair follicles (15).

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 two cups of water for 15 minutes.
  2. Let the solution cool. 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.

6. Garlic Shampoo For Hair Growth

Mice studies reveal that peppermint oil induces rapid anagen stage and can promote hair growth (16).

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 3 times a week.

Note: Garlic can cause burns when applied to the skin or scalp. Hence, talk to your doctor before incorporating it into your hair care routine.

There you have it – the different ways in which you can use garlic for hair growth. Though the preliminary studies sound promising, more research is needed to establish the benefits of garlic for hair. Hence, make sure you consult a doctor if you are experiencing hair loss.

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 the 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.

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Anjali Sayee is a writer and an introvert. From studying Aeronautical Engineering and wanting to design her own airplane to writing articles on hairstyles, she has been on quite a journey. She believes that hair is one of the key factors that define a woman’s personality. To quote her, “What’s the first thing they do in the movies to show a personality change? Change the hair – because it has a life of its own.” She’s here to help you find the hairstyle you need. This bookworm is a self-professed Wholocker, a talented drummer, and an amateur photographer.
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