Having long, thick, healthy, lustrous hair is something most of us desire so it’s no surprise that thinning hair or hair loss can prove to be very upsetting, for both men and women. There are many reasons hair loss happens: stress, nutritional deficiencies, heating tools, and hormonal imbalances are just a few.
There are several home remedies that have been proven to be very effective in nourishing your hair and stimulating hair growth, if used regularly for at least one month.
Here are the top 10 things you can use at home to stimulate hair growth:
1. Scalp Massage
Massaging your scalp for as little as 5 minutes per day can give you visible results. It increases circulation, therefore stimulating hair growth. For an additional boost, try massaging once per week with warm peppermint oil. The peppermint oil binds to your hair roots, increasing circulation and stimulates the hair follicles, creating hair growth.
Rosemary strengthens hair roots, eliminates dandruff, and promotes growth of long hair. It will unclog blocked hair follicles and increase circulation on the scalp. You can mix 2 drops of rosemary essential oil with a base oil (such as coconut, olive, or almond) and massage the scalp. Let it sit for 30 minutes then shampoo as usual. You may also create a rosemary water to use as a final rinse your hair. To do this, steep two sprigs of rosemary in 2 cups of hot water for 5 minutes. Allow it to cool, strain it, and then use it as a rinse after shampooing.
3. Castor Oil
Castor oil is rich in omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E. This oil is thick and will help add moisture to your hair while adding volume, reducing frizz, and fighting any scalp infections. For an effective treatment, mix 4 drops of rosemary essential oil with 1 ounce of castor oil. Massage it onto your hair and scalp.
Keratin protein is the main building block of hair and eggs are high in protein, so naturally, eggs are very beneficial in hair growth. To use, mix 2 egg yolks in a bowl with 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Apply the mixture to your scalp; let sit for 20 minutes. Rinse with cold water, then shampoo as usual.
5. Indian Gooseberry
Not only does Indian gooseberry help with hair growth, but it also helps with premature graying. In a pan, heat some coconut oil and cook dried amla pieces until they are charred. Strain the oil and let it cool. Massage the strained oil into your hair and scalp; leave it on for 30 minutes then rinse and use a mild shampoo.
6. Lemon Juice
Lemons are rich with vitamins and will also help promote smooth, shiny hair that is dandruff free. Lemon juice will stimulate hair growth when used on the scalp but be sure not to use it too often as it can lighten hair over time. In a bowl, mix 1 part lemon juice to 2 parts coconut oil. Rub into your hair and scalp and leave it on for 30 minutes. Rinse and shampoo as usual.
7. Beetroot Juice
Beetroot is a vegetable that is packed with protein and vitamins. To extract the juice, place beetroot in a juicer or a blender. You can also mix it in with your favorite smoothie vegetables, such as carrots, cucumbers, or lettuce. Drink beetroot regularly to stimulate hair growth.
Fenugreek is rich in protein, which aids in hair growth, and also lecithin which strengthens and moisturizes hair. To make a fenugreek paste, soak 1 cup of fenugreek seeds in water overnight. Remove them from the water and grind into a paste. Rub coconut oil on your hair, followed by the paste. Leave it in for 1 hour, then rinse and shampoo regularly. Repeat 3-4 times per week.
9. Fish Oil
Fish oils are loaded with omega-3’s and sometimes a deficiency in these fatty acids can actually hinder hair growth, so it’s a good idea to take a fish oil supplement for at least a month. If the smell of fish oil is something you can’t tolerate, try taking flaxseed oil.
10. Coconut Milk
Coconut milk is a tasty way to nourish your hair, promote hair growth, and prevent hair loss. It’s full of vitamins and nutrients and you can reap the benefits by simply including fresh coconut milk into your diet.
In addition to these home remedies, your diet plays a big role in hair growth. Incorporate fresh foods into your diet, particularly leafy green vegetables and dairy products. If your hair loss or thinning is a result of a medical condition or medication, please consult your doctor for proper treatment.
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