Natural Home Remedies for Hair Regrowth
For anyone who doesn’t want to try abrasive creams, pills with potentially dangerous side effects, or surgery, there are a number of home remedies for hair loss available. None of these have been proven or tested by the FDA, but most hold very little risk so they may be worth a shot.
In addition to tasting and smelling sweet, cinnamon powder is said to stimulate hair follicles, meaning more blood will rush to the follicles. Since blood carries nutrients, the end result is extra nutrients feeding the hair follicles, which will hopefully foster growth and prevent future hair loss. To apply the cinnamon, simply add a tablespoon of cinnamon to a cup of heated olive oil. Massage the concoction into the scalp and allow it to remain there for half an hour. The oil and cinnamon can then be washed away.
For approximately three weeks, add one teaspoon of cider vinegar to a cup of water and drink with each meal. It may also help to try drinking half a liter of lettuce juice and spinach juice each day. Increasing foods such as lettuce, yogurt, carrots, and alfalfa can promote hair growth as well. If you’re looking for something sweet, try a banana smoothie with honey, but make sure to use skim milk. These foods can help provide the nutrients hairs need to grow, but they cannot have any effect on the genetic causes of baldness.
Safflower oil and coconut oil can each be used in its own way to nourish the scalp. Safflower oil dilates blood vessels, whereas coconut oil is said to prevent dandruff or dryness. For those using Rogaine or other minoxidil treatments, coconut oil may be helpful in reducing side effects. Another helpful oil is amla oil, which is made by boiling amla in coconut oil. Amla oil can be combined with lime juice and used as shampoo to prevent hair loss and promote future hair growth.
Meluthi & Seeds
For patchy hair loss, it can be helpful to use meluthi, or licorice. The licorice should be ground up and then mixed with milk to make a paste; a touch of saffron should be added as well. The paste should be placed on the patches at night before going to sleep. Lime seeds and black pepper seeds can also be ground into a paste and placed onto bald patches. The seeds will irritate the scalp, which will increase blood flow to the bald spot. The paste should be applied twice a day for the duration of a few weeks.
Onions are the best and most effective of all the various home remedies for hair loss, due in part to its high sulfur content. To make the remedy, grate half a small onion and squeeze out its juice. Mix in some honey and place the mixture onto the bald patches, then leave it overnight. If the smell is bothersome, consider covering the entire scalp with a towel of some sort. The next morning it should be shampooed out and results can be seen in as little as a week.
There are a number of home remedies for hair loss, but none of them have been empirically tested. Not all of them work; some are just old wives’ tales and myths. However most of them are fairly simple and relatively risk-free so if you’ve had a bad experience with the medical treatments, or are just hesitant to try them, home remedies for hair loss may be just what you need.