How To Use Onion Juice For Hair Growth

Learn all the hair care benefits of onions and how to include them in your routine.

Medically reviewed by Dr. Vindhya L Veerula, MD, FAAD
Written by Arshiya Syeda, BA (Literature & Psychology), PG Dip
Edited by Ramona Sinha, MA (English Literature), Certified Skin Care Coach
Fact-checked by Monomita Chakraborty, MA (Journalism & Mass Communication), Certified Skin Care Coach  • 

Using onion juice for hair growth may sound strange, but it works. Hair growth is a process that takes time and dedication. It is difficult to fight the impulse to give up when your hair takes so long to grow, and you can’t avoid having to clip it. Growing your hair takes a lot of patience, but it does not have to be excruciatingly slow. Adding onions to your hair routine may help it grow faster while also adding volume. We have gathered a list of 13 ways to use onions to promote hair growth in the following article. But first, let’s take a look at how onion nourishes your hair. Keep reading!

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Your hair grows about 0.3 to 0.5 mm daily, which amounts to 1.25 cm every month.

Benefits Of Onion Juice For Hair Growth

Using onion juice is a sure-shot method to boosting hair growth and promoting hair regrowth. Onion juice for hair growth has received great reviews online from users with noticeable before and after results. Here are some possible reasons behind what makes this ingredient so effective:

  • Onion juice helps improve hair growth by boosting the level of an antioxidant enzymei  XProteins that work as biological catalysts and help speed up chemical reactions. Essential for digestion, liver function, etc. catalase. This enzyme helps decompose hydrogen peroxide, optimizing the hair growth cycle.
  • Sulfur is essential for the regeneration of hair follicles (1). You can add sulfur in your hair care routine with onion juice. It helps nourish your hair follicles with its rich content of sulfur.
  • The rich sulfur content also helps minimize hair thinning and breakage.
  • The antioxidants help reverse premature graying and delay graying.
  • Onion’s rich antibacterial properties help keep your scalp healthy and free of infection, promoting unhindered hair growth. These same properties also help control dandruff. So, next time you are facing similar issues you can use onion juice for scalp infection and to boost scalp health.
  • Onion juice stimulates your scalp and improves the circulation of blood, resulting in follicles that are well-nourished.

Doro Cubillo, a YouTuber, embarked on a one-week experiment of applying onion juice on her hair and recorded her experience in one of her vlogs: “If you thought that the egg hair mask was smelly, let me tell you something, you haven’t put onions on your hair.” The adverse smell did not deter her from using it, and she noted a decrease in hair loss as a result of the onion juice treatment (i).

However, onion juice may not work for all. Tanya Wilson, a blogger, shared her experience after using onion juice in her hair care routine: “This may help on occasional use, but long term use, I have not found it to be beneficial (ii).”

13 DIY Onion Juice Remedies For Hair Growth

  1. Onion Juice For Hair Growth
  2. Coconut Oil And Onion Juice For Hair Growth
  3. Olive Oil And Onion Juice For Hair Growth
  4. Castor Oil And Onion Juice For Hair Growth
  5. Egg And Onion Juice For Hair Growth
  6. Ginger And Onion Juice For Hair Growth
  7. Garlic And Onion Juice For Hair Growth
  8. Honey And Onion Juice For Hair Growth
  9. Lemon And Onion Juice For Hair Growth
  10. Potato And Onion Juice For Hair Growth
  11. Rum And Onion Juice For Hair Growth
  12. Onion Juice Hair Rinse
  13. Aloe Vera And Onion Juice For Hair Growth

13 DIY Onion Juice Remedies For Hair Growth

1. Onion Juice For Hair Growth

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You Will Need

  • 1 tbsp Onion Juice
  • Cotton Pad

Prep Time

2 minutes

Treatment Time

15 minutes – 1 hour

Method

  1. Saturate a cotton pad with the onion juice.
  2. Use the saturated cotton pad to dab your scalp with the onion juice.
  3. Once your entire scalp is covered, massage your scalp for a couple of minutes.
  4. Leave the juice on for about 15 minutes to an hour.
  5. Wash your hair with a mild shampoo.

How Often?

On alternate days.

Why This Works

Onion juice helps stimulate your scalp while nourishing it and boosting blood circulation. It will help tackle any scalp issues while also ensuring that your hair grows faster and thicker (1).

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You can add 3 milliliters of onion juice to a homemade shampoo of castor, eucalyptus, and coconut oils for better nourishment.

2. Coconut Oil And Onion Juice For Hair Growth

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You Will Need

  • 2 tbsp Onion Juice
  • 2 tbsp Coconut Oil
  • 5 drops Tea Tree Oil (if you have dandruff)

Prep Time

2 minutes

Treatment Time

30 minutes

Method

  1. Combine all the ingredients until you get a smooth blend.
  2. Apply this onion and oil mixture onto your scalp and massage for a couple of minutes.
  3. Once your entire scalp is covered, leave the mixture on for about 30 minutes.
  4. Wash your hair with a mild shampoo.

How Often?

On alternate days.

Why This Works

Coconut oil has amazing antibacterial properties (2). It is also an extremely penetrative oil which will help boost the onion juice’s ability to nourish your scalp and aid hair texture improvement. If you have dry hair issues, use this blend of coconut oil and onion juice for frizzy hair.

3. Olive Oil And Onion Juice For Hair Growth

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You Will Need

  • 3 tbsp Onion Juice
  • 1 ½ tbsp Olive Oil

Prep Time

2 minutes

Treatment Time

2 hours

Method

  1. Mix the olive oil and onion juice until you get a well-combined mixture.
  2. Apply this mixture onto your scalp and gently massage your scalp in circular motions.
  3. Leave the oil on for about 2 hours.
  4. Wash your hair with a mild shampoo.

How Often?

On alternate days.

Why This Works

Olive oil is another ingredient with excellent dandruff-fighting properties. It helps condition your hair and scalp, leaving them with a silky shine while the onion juice boosts hair growth.

4. Castor Oil And Onion Juice For Hair Growth

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You Will Need

  • 2 tbsp Castor Oil
  • 2 tbsp Onion Juice

Prep Time

2 minutes

Treatment Time

1 hour

Method

  1. Mix the castor oil and onion juice until you get a well-combined mixture.
  2. Apply this mixture onto your scalp and gently massage your scalp in circular motions.
  3. Leave the oil on for about an hour.
  4. Wash your hair with a mild shampoo.

How Often?

On alternate days.

Why This Works

Castor oil is one of the most popular remedies for boosting hair growth. Animal studies have shown that it helps thicken your hair and maintains hair health (3). Many people find this effective and use castor oil and onion juice for hair fall and promoting hair volume.

5. Egg And Onion Juice For Hair Growth

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You Will Need

  • 1 tbsp Onion Juice
  • 1 Whole Egg
  • 2-3 drops Rosemary/Lavender Essential Oil
  • Shower Cap

Prep Time

2 minutes

Treatment Time

20-30 minutes

Method

  1. Whisk the onion juice with the egg to get a smooth mixture.
  2. Apply this mixture onto your scalp and work it down through the length of your hair.
  3. Once your hair and scalp are entirely covered in the mixture, wear a shower cap to avoid making a mess.
  4. Wait for about 20-30 minutes.
  5. Wash your hair with cool water and a mild sulfate-free shampoo. Cool water will prevent the egg from “cooking” in your hair while also controlling the smell.

How Often?

1-2 times a week.

Why This Works

This onion juice hair mask consists of the nutritional value of eggs and the growth boosting properties of onion juice. The high protein content of the eggs helps nourish your hair and keep it healthy while the onion juice stimulates your scalp to promote hair growth (4). The essential oil in the mix helps control the smell.

6. Ginger And Onion Juice For Hair Growth

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You Will Need

  • 1 tbsp Ginger Juice
  • 1 tbsp Onion Juice

Prep Time

2 minutes

Treatment Time

30 minutes

Method

  1. Combine the ginger and onion juice.
  2. Apply this mixture onto your scalp and gently massage your scalp in circular motions.
  3. Leave the oil on for about half an hour.
  4. Wash your hair with a mild shampoo.

How Often?

On alternate days.

Why This Works

Ginger is known for its anti-inflammatory properties and has been widely used for the same in homeopathy and in Chinese medicine. It also helps boost blood circulation while minimizing hair loss and improving hair quality.

7. Garlic And Onion Juice For Hair Growth

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You Will Need

  • 1 tsp Garlic Juice
  • 1 tbsp Onion Juice
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil

Prep Time

2 minutes

Treatment Time

1 hour

Method

  1. Mix the three ingredients until they are well combined.
  2. Apply this mixture onto your scalp and gently massage your scalp in circular motions.
  3. Leave the oil on for about an hour.
  4. Wash your hair with a mild shampoo.

How Often?

On alternate days.

Why This Works

Garlic is an abundant source of minerals such as calcium, sulfur, and zinc, all of which are essential for hair growth (5), (6). In combination with onion juice, it helps improve the rate at which your hair is growing while also thickening your hair.

8. Honey And Onion Juice For Hair Growth

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You Will Need

  • 2 tbsp Onion Juice
  • ½ tbsp Raw Honey

Prep Time

2 minutes

Treatment Time

30 minutes

Method

  1. Combine the ingredients until you get a smooth mixture.
  2. Apply this mixture onto your scalp and gently massage your scalp in circular motions.
  3. Leave the oil on for about half an hour.
  4. Wash your hair with a mild shampoo.

How Often?

2-3 times a week.

Why This Works

Honey is an emollienti  XSubstances that cover the skin to trap in moisture and help soften and smoothen the hair and skin. which helps bind moisture to your hair and skin (7). You can use onion juice for dry hair as it keeps your hair hydrated and boosts hair growth.

9. Lemon And Onion Juice For Hair Growth

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You Will Need

  • 1 tbsp Onion Juice
  • 1 tbsp Lemon Juice

Prep Time

2 minutes

Treatment Time

1 hour

Method

  1. Combine the ingredients until you get a smooth mixture.
  2. Apply this mixture onto your scalp and gently massage your scalp in circular motions.
  3. Leave the oil on for about half an hour.
  4. Wash your hair with a mild shampoo.

How Often?

2-3 times a week.

Why This Works

Lemons are known for their strong oil-cleansing properties. You can try mixing some lemon juice with onion juice for oily hair and scalp problems. Additionally, lemons contain vitamin C which helps with the production of collageni  XAn important protein that builds the structure of connective tissues, including the hair, skin, and nails. (8). The juice also helps strengthen your hair follicles while warding off oily hair issues such as dandruff and other infections of the scalp. It balances the pH levels of your scalp, ensuring that there is unhindered hair growth.

10. Potato And Onion Juice For Hair Growth

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You Will Need

  • 2 tbsp Potato Juice
  • 1 tbsp Onion Juice

Prep Time

2 minutes

Treatment Time

10  minutes

Method

  1. Combine the ingredients until you get a smooth mixture.
  2. Apply this mixture onto your scalp and gently massage your scalp in circular motions.
  3. Massage your scalp for about 10 minutes.
  4. Wash your hair with a mild shampoo.

How Often?

On alternate days.

Why This Works

Potato juice is another ingredient which is well known for its growth-boosting properties. It gives hair nutrition as it is an abundant source of nutrients such as vitamins B and C, and the minerals iron, zinc, and niacin (9), (10). These good hair vitamins and minerals help nourish your follicles, ensuring that your hair grows out healthy (11).

11. Rum And Onion Juice For Hair Growth

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You Will Need

  • 1 bottle of Rum
  • 3-4 Medium Sized Onions

Prep Time

Overnight

Treatment Time

10 minutes

Method

  1. Finely chop the onions and soak them overnight in a bottle of rum.
  2. In the morning, take about a tablespoon of the onion-infused rum for use.
  3. Apply this mixture onto your scalp and gently massage your scalp in circular motions.
  4. Massage your scalp for about 10 minutes.
  5. Wash your hair with a mild shampoo.

How Often?

2-3 times a week.

Why This Works

Rum has long been used along with ingredients like onions to promote hair growth. While there is not a lot of scientific research that backs up its claims, a lot of bloggers swear by this remedy.

12. Onion Juice Hair Rinse

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You Will Need

  • 4-5 Finely Chopped Onions
  • 1 liter of Water

Prep Time

2 hours

Treatment Time

5 minutes

Method

  1. Boil the chopped onions and then set it aside for 1-2 hours to cool.
  2. Strain and pour the solution into a jug once cooled.
  3. Wash your hair with a mild shampoo and condition.
  4. Pour the onion solution through your hair.
  5. Do not rinse your hair any further.

How Often?

2-3 times a week.

Why This Works

Onion juice is a hair growth stimulant. It keeps your scalp and hair free of oxidative damage. However, it has a very strong smell.

13. Aloe Vera And Onion Juice For Hair Growth

Onion and aloe vera for hair growth
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You Will Need

  • 2 aloe vera leaves
  • ½ piece of onion
  • 1 tablespoon of honey

Prep Time

1 hour

Treatment Time

15 minutes

Method

  1. Finely chop the onions and boil them.
  2. Once they are cooled, use a muslin cloth to drain the liquid. Keep it aside.
  3. Scoop out the gel from the aloe vera leaves.
  4. Place the aloe vera gel and onion juice in a blender.
  5. Blend them to form a paste-like consistency.
  6. Transfer the mixture to a bowl and add honey to it.
  7. Apply the mixture to the scalp and hair.
  8. Leave it for 15 minutes.
  9. Rinse it off with warm water and a mild shampoo.

How Often?

Once a week.

Why This Works

Aloe vera may help boost hair growth due to the presence of enzymes, anthranols, and mucopolysaccharides. Plus, it may reduce dandruff and improve overall scalp and hair health (12).

Infographic: How To Extract Onion Juice Without A Blender

Onion juice is an effective solution for hair growth. It replenishes hair follicles and reduces thinning and breakage. Using it in your hair care routine will help you solve your hair care woes. You can easily prepare the onion juice solution at home. Check out the infographic below to learn how to extract onion juice without a blender.

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Now you know how to use onion juice for hair growth. Onion juice stimulates hair growth, replenishes hair follicles, reduces hair thinning and breakage, reverses premature graying, protects the scalp from infections and keeps it healthy, and improves blood circulation in your scalp. Pair onion juice with other beneficial ingredients, like ginger, garlic, potato, or rum, to promote hair growth. These 12 DIY onion juice remedies are sure to increase hair growth and make your tresses look beautiful and healthy.

Here are some frequently asked questions about using onion juice for hair growth:

Frequently Asked Questions

How To Make Onion Juice?

Simply peel and chop the onions and blend them to a pulp. Use a cheesecloth to collect the juice.

How To Remove The Onion Smell From My Hair?

You can follow up the onion treatments with an apple cider vinegar hair rinse. Combine two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with a cup of water. Pour this solution through your hair at the end of your shower.

What Kind Of Onions Should I Use?

Any kind of onions will do for these treatments.

Can I Leave The Onion Juice In My Hair Overnight?

As long as you don’t mind the smell and don’t have sensitive skin, go for it! You can leave onion juice on overnight and wash it off in the morning. Onion juice can cause skin irritation or a rash; discontinue use immediately if this occurs.

How long does onion juice take to regrow hair?

In a study, hair regrowth started after 2 to 6 weeks from the application of onion juice in most of the subjects (13).

Is it possible to regrow lost hair with onion juice?

Yes, onion juice has shown hair regrowth as it has healing qualities. Many people use onion juice for hair benefits, as It also has antibacterial, cleansing, and nourishing properties due to the presence of vitamins and sulfur, which are effective for stimulating hair growth and regenerating hair follicles (14). You can use onion juice for its rich contents of quercetin for hair care. Quercetin is a compound that may be beneficial in the treatment of alopecia leading to hair regrowth, as shown in a study conducted on mice (15)

Is onion juice better than minoxidil?

Both onion juice and minoxidil are used to treat alopecia and stimulate hair growth. However, both of them cannot be compared, as onion juice is a natural ingredient whereas minoxidil is a medication.

Can we apply onion oil daily?

No, it is not recommended to apply onion oil daily as its sulfur content may cause scalp irritation. Using it once a week before cleaning your hair is ideal.

Is boiled onion water good for hair growth?

Yes. The sulfur content in boiled onion water can promote stronger and thicker hair strands.

Which is best for hair growth: onion or aloe vera?

Both are good for hair, as onion promotes hair growth while aloe vera hydrates hair, makes it softer, and reduces breakage.

Key Takeaways

  • Onions contain high levels of sulfur and antioxidants for hair growth improvement.
  • Use onion juice for hair loss, apply it on the scalp to promote blood circulation and nourish hair follicles.
  • Its juice can be mixed with the juice of lemon, garlic, potato, and ginger to fight inflammation.
  • Mix it with coconut oil, olive oil, and egg yolk to hydrate the scalp and lock in moisture,
  • It is recommended to use fresh onion juice on the hair and scalp, then leave it on for at least 15 minutes before rinsing it off with water and shampoo.

Growing your hair can feel like it is taking forever. However, with these effective DIY onion juice hair care masks, rest assured, you will get there. Have you ever used onion in your hair care routine? Tell us about your experience in the comments section below.


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References

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