No doubt all of us would have been blessed with silky soft hair when we were born. However, somewhere along the line, some of us would have lost that natural beauty, luster and shine which had once made our hair the center of attention at any gathering.
As we grow up, several internal and external factors would lead to a myriad of hair problems, including split ends, damaged roots, dandruff and or course hair fall. All these would in turn limit hair growth to a minimum and reduce its natural beauty to a great extent. And that is when we would usually start resorting to alternate methods, treatments and therapies to nourish it back to life.
Simple And Effective Home Remedies For Hair Growth
The thing about standard treatments for hair growth is that they never guarantee positive results. You would need to follow these treatments for several weeks with no way of knowing whether they would have any effect on your hair. Most standard treatments for hair growth also cause potential side effects that could cause permanent damage to the hair in the process.
Therefore, when it comes to taking care of hair, home remedies are considered the best option. Neither will they cause harmful side effects nor will they keep you waiting for weeks on end to notice desirable results.Given below are some of the best known (and most recommended) home remedies for hair growth.
Include These In Your Diet
If you want your hair to grow, you would need to treat it internally as well. Deficiencies in certain minerals or vitamins can restrict hair growth in certain cases. The best bet would be to opt for foods that contain these vitamins and minerals, or choose foods (and supplements) that contain substances that can correct the deficiencies.
Accordingly, some of the nutrients you can include in your daily diet for hair growth include Vitamin B, C and E, Beta-carotene, zinc, iron and amino acid, folic acid and Biotin. In addition to preventing damage and hair fall, these nutrients would promote the growth of long, strong and lustrous hair.
Heard Of Eggs
Take the whites of two raw eggs and massage them gently into the scalp and hair. Cover your head with a shower cap and leave it on for about an hour or so.
Rinse it off with a moisturizing shampoo afterwards. Note You can choose to add the yolks too but it would take a lot of shampooing and conditioning to remove the smell from your hair.
Whoever heard that onions can promote hair growth? Well the truth is that they can! Onions contain substances that help in the growth of new hair follicles and the regeneration of the old ones. All you need to do is peel a red onion, cut in two and boil the parts in a cup of water for about 20 minutes (in low flame).
Let the mixture cool, strain it and apply it on your scalp nicely. Rinse it out with a moisturizing shampoo after about 15 minutes for beautiful, voluminous and shiny hair.
Potatoes Work Well Too
Cut three raw potatoes and blend them to extract the juice. Mix this with some water. Add an egg yolk and a teaspoon of honey for extra benefits.
Wet your hair slightly and apply this mixture all over the scalp and hair, making sure you cover properly from roots to tips. Rinse it with cold water after about 45 minutes. For best results, follow the same treatment at least twice every week.
Garlic Doesn’t Just Smell
Some of you may want to avoid garlic because of its smell. However, you may not know that garlic has potent hair restorative properties that help promote the growth of new hair follicles in place of the old ones that either fell off or died. Garlic also helps increase the blood circulation around the scalp, thereby nourishing hair from the roots to the tips.
Crush a few cloves of raw garlic and boil them in coconut oil (olive oil would work as well) for about 15 minutes (in low flame). Strain the mixture and apply it all over your scalp and hair roots. Rinse off after about half an hour and follow this treatment for three times every week for positive results.
Use Cayenne Pepper
If you are not one to go to the trouble of crushing, blending or boiling ingredients, this remedy is just what you might need to make your hair grow beautiful and strong again. Make a paste of cayenne pepper powder and olive oil (in the ratio 1:2).
Apply this paste on the scalp, making sure you apply a bit extra on the places where there are bald patches or thinning hair. Let the mixture sit for about 15 minutes and rinse it off with cold water. Cayenne pepper would effectively reduce bald patches and stimulate hair growth.
The Miracles Of The Hibiscus Flower
Of course if you ask for an excellent home remedy for hair growth from anyone in India, the first thing that comes to their mind would be the Hibiscus flower which has been used for several years in several homemade and herbal shampoos.Also called the ‘Flower of Hair Care’, Hibiscus can effectively stimulate hair growth and take care of issues like dry scalp, dandruff and premature aging that usually cause hair fall.
Dry a few hibiscus flowers under the sun for a couple of days and blend them to form a coarse powder. Mix one tablespoon of this powder with 2 teaspoons of coconut or olive oil and apply the paste all over your hair. Wait for about 15 minutes and rinse off the paste with cold water. Apply a conditioning shampoo afterwards for soft, silky hair. Follow this procedure at least twice a week to promote hair growth in no time at all.
Coconut Milk At It’s Best
Like coconut oil, coconut milk is enriched in several nutrients like zinc, iron, proteins, essential fats and potassium etc. that support hair growth in addition to preventing split ends, breakage and shedding. Grind a fresh coconut and extract the milk (add a few drops of water before grinding for better effect).
Apply this milk over thinning or bald patches in addition to covering the hair roots. Rinse off after about 30 minutes to get strong, shiny and lustrous hair. For better results, apply the milk on the hair and keep it overnight (wear a shower cap when you go to sleep).
Indian Gooseberry Aka Amla
Amla is considered to be one of the most effective home remedies for hair growth in India. It contains potent antioxidant properties that help flush out harmful toxins from the body which may otherwise lead to hair fall and a myriad of other hair related problems. Amla also contains Vitamin C which promotes hair growth and enriches its natural color, thereby preventing premature aging to a great extent.
The best way to get its benefits would be to mix amla powder with lime juice (in the ration 1:1) and apply the resultant paste on the scalp and hair roots. You can choose to leave it overnight and wash it off the next day, or wash it off after 15 minutes of application.