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Thick, luscious hair is a dream of all. And, your hair health is critical to help you achieve it.
If you're anything like me, you'll relate to the love I harbor for nutritious hair foods that promote growth and a proper hair care regimen that suits my hair type.
We dread the idea of losing our precious hair, experiencing premature graying, or other issues related to hair. Natural remedies are life saviors for those who have a total love affair with their hair!
Because as it turns out, they are readily available, inexpensive, and... they do work! Well, as with all things organic, consistency is vital here…
While the internet is quick to sell you expensive hair growth treatments and products, the results aren't always scientifically backed. And hence, so many of us still struggle in our hair growth journey and remain FRUSTRATED!
Hey Sis! Fret no more. We're here to help you…
In this guide, you'll discover how a kitchen staple like the onion is a magical ingredient in maintaining thick hair and preventing hair loss.
Well, it sure doesn't sound convincing right away since all we associate onions with is lousy breath or teary eyes. However, research backs the fact that onion is a natural, safe, and effective home remedy that supports good hair health.
This is why it's often touted as the best remedy to gain lost hair since it stimulates growth and... have you flaunting thick, voluminous hair like a queen!
So, grab some munchies, and let's dig into this together!
First, let's understand what research has to tell us about the benefits of onions for hair.
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With a high content of sulfur, onion is just what your hair needs to keep it shiny, strong, and long. Our hair is made of a sulfur-rich protein known as keratin. So, when you end up using onion juice or onion oil for your hair, you're helping it maintain strong roots. This makes your hair look voluminous and doesn't break easily.
Still not convinced? Let's take you through some more research on it. Keep reading…
1. It Promotes Hair Growth
A 2018 study found that onion shampoo nourishes your hair follicles and moisturizes dry hair and scalp. It promotes hair growth without irritating the skin. Thus, they concluded that onion is good for gaining lost hair and improving its ability to grow healthy.
2. It Helps Moisturize Brittle, Dry Hair
Dry hair that easily breaks away sabotages all your efforts to maintain steady hair growth. Onions have flavonoids, such as kaempferol and quercetin, with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. These also help widen blood vessels which help improve blood flow to the scalp.
3. It Fights Off Infections
Onions should become your best friend if your hair is prone to infections. The sulfur in onion juice helps fight scalp infections which often contribute to hair loss. It's a simple equation: the healthier your scalp is, the likelier it is to have good hair growth. Plus, onions also contain antioxidants that protect hair from free radicals. Free radicals are the number one cause of aging and thinning or hair loss.
4. It Can Treat Alopecia
A study conducted in 2014 found that those who applied onion juice noticed better hair growth. If you're suffering from alopecia, onions can come to your rescue. Yes, onion juice is a really effective home remedy in treating alopecia, a condition which results in hair loss in patches. But know that onion is not a permanent cure for alopecia or other hair-loss conditions.
To prevent hair fall use onion juice in the following way:
To make a potent concoction, you may also mix onion juice with emollients like aloe vera or coconut oil. This should also help reduce itching and redness since onions may have a harsh effect on the skin.
If you fear that your hair may smell like onions, you can use some drops of lemon juice in the mix to mask it. Alternatively, you may also follow up with a mild apple cider vinegar cleanse after rinsing off the onion solution. Thank us later... haha!
Onion juice on the scalp isn't a great idea if you're allergic to onions. It's good to steer clear of home remedies containing onions in that case.
The key to achieving the best results from onion is not to leave it too long if you have a sensitive scalp. If you have sensitive skin, onion juice may irritate it further. But if you still want to go ahead, do a patch test the night before.
That said, if using onion extract causes a reaction to your skin, discontinue using it.
Your best bet to control hair loss is to reduce damage, nourish it to stimulate new hair growth, and protect the existing mane. Your hair adds to your beauty. So, taking good care with natural ingredients like onions can help improve its health in many ways. Have you used onion for your hair before? Do share your experiences with us in the comments below!
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