- Factors that Boost Hair Growth
- Foods for healthy hair growth
- Top 25 home remedies and tips for hair regrowth
- 1. Hot Oil Massage
- 2. Onion Juice
- 3. Henna
- 4. Aloe Vera Gel
- 5. Castor Oil
- 6. Olive Oil
- 7. Honey
- 8. Green Tea
- 9. Rice Water
- 10. Egg Mask
- 11. Ginger
- 12. Turmeric
- 13. Coffee
- 14. Curry Leaves
- 15. Indian Gooseberry (Amla) Powder
- 16. Mustard Powder
- 17. Yogurt
- 18. Raw Shea Butter
- 19. Wheatgrass
- 20. Potato Juice
- 21. Rosewater
- 22. Carrots
- 23. Coconut milk
- 24. Baking soda
- 25. Fish oil
Factors that Boost Hair Growth
- A healthy diet is single-handedly the most important factor that boosts hair growth. Your diet should be well-balanced, and rich in proteins and vitamins. Iron, zinc, and copper are also very essential for hair growth. Club this with regular exercise and you’ll not only have healthy curls but a healthy body as well.
- Regular oil treatment is a must if you want strong, lustrous locks. No matter how ‘cliché’ or ‘uncool’ it sounds, oiling has major effects on hair growth. They firstly help strengthen the hair shaft, and regular massage helps to improve blood circulation on the scalp.
- Choose the right kind of shampoo for your hair. This is especially important because even hair is of different types and not one shampoo suits all. The right shampoo will help promote growth by unclogging pores, controlling sebum (oil) production on the scalp and dandruff. It is also vital that one chooses an all-natural shampoo, or at least the most natural one can get. Shampoo also has the task of protecting the hair from external pollutants like dirt, UV rays, etc.
- Taking the required vitamins and supplements also help in hair growth. With the increasing pollution in the environment, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that your body and especially hair will need little extra care. Vitamin E capsules and cod liver oil capsules are found to be helpful in promoting hair growth.
- Avoid chemical treatments. Your hair is more sensitive than you might think. Applying heat for straightening, curling, colouring or bleaching your hair, or even heated blow-drying can damage the hair in the long run. There are natural dyes available in the market which can be mixed to obtain the right colour if colouring is your groove. Style your hair all you want, but it should be done in limits. After all, you wouldn’t be able to style your hair if you are left with none.
Foods for healthy hair growth
Although, the list would go beyond these foods that we have mentioned, below are some of the most important foods that help create healthy hair.
Rich in iron, spinach can pretty much stop your hair fall. It also contains vitamins A and C which help to strengthen the hair shaft. Omega-3 fatty acid and sebum contained in spinach help moisturize and condition the hair, while magnesium and calcium help give shine.
Eating eggs daily can directly affect your hair health. Hair is made of a protein called Keratin, and eggs are more than 90% proteins and a small number of fats. The protein from eggs help repair the damaged hair, fats help condition the hair, and a vitamin called biotin contained in eggs help to make the hair grow.
3. Protein-Rich Foods
Rich sources of proteins help repair the damaged hair. Soy, Beans, Seafood and Poultry are known to be rich sources of proteins.
Oats are a powerhouse of nutrients. Rich in zinc, fibre, iron, polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) and omega-6 fatty acids and, oats help promote hair growth and will make your hair thick, conditioned and healthy.
5. Dry fruits
Dry fruits like walnuts and almonds contain B vitamins (B1, B6, and B9), biotin, Vitamin E, plenty of protein and magnesium – all of which are vital for strengthening hair cuticles and nourishing the scalp. They help protect your hair cells from sun damage and environmental pollution. They also contain fatty acids which have conditioning properties.
Top 25 home remedies and tips for hair regrowth
We have compiled for you a list of remedies that you could do at home and help your hair. These are both feasible and easy to do, and many of these are straight out of your grandma’s home recipes but are in fact scientifically backed.
1. Hot Oil Massage
There are various oils that are very good for the scalp. These include virgin coconut oil, vitamin E oil, argan oil, jojoba oil, sage oil and rosemary oil. The procedure is the same: warm the oils for a bit, gently massage on the scalp and apply to the hair strands, leave overnight and wash away with your regular shampoo the next morning.
Amongst the oils mentioned, jojoba, sage, and rosemary should be accompanied with coconut oil for easy application and added benefits. These oils are both thick in consistency and very strong, so you will be required to add a carrier oil like coconut oil to dilute the effect.
Check here to know more about the numerous benefits with Coconut oil for hair.
2. Onion Juice
Peel two onions and chop. Blend the pieces in a mixer and separate the juice from the pulp. Dab a cotton ball in the juice and apply on the scalp. Leave it on for 15 minutes and rinse away with your usual shampoo. The abundance of sulphur in onion greatly boosts collagen production which helps improve the health of damaged hair.
This age-old recipe never disappoints. Mix 1 cup of dry henna powder with 1/2 cup of yogurt. Apply on the scalp properly from roots to tips. Leave it on till it has completely dried, and then wash away with your usual shampoo. This pack can be used once a month. Henna is an excellent conditioner and helps soften the hair. Its colouring properties are also well known and widely used.
4. Aloe Vera Gel
Take an Aloe Vera leaf and extract the gel. Apply this on the scalp and let sit for an hour. Wash it off normally. Repeat this twice or thrice a week. Aloe Vera has anti-microbial properties that help fight dandruff and unclog pores on the scalp, boosting hair growth.
5. Castor Oil
Castor oil is well known for its benefits for the hair. Rich in omega-6 fatty acids and vitamin E, this oil helps to give volume to the hair while imparting a healthy shine. It can also fight skin infections. The problem with the oil is that it is very thick and often hard to remove, due to which it is always advised to use the oil along with a carrier oil like coconut. Massage properly onto the scalp, and then rinse away with your shampoo after keeping it on for about 40 minutes.
6. Olive Oil
Apply some heated extra virgin olive oil juice on the scalp. Then, cover your head with a hot towel. Let it sit for about 20 minutes and then wash away with shampoo. This can be done once every 4-5 days. Olive oil essentially stimulates the scalp for more growth and helps fight Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) hormone build-up, which is a direct trigger for hair fall.
No matter how unlikely it sounds, honey is very good for your hair. Simply mix one teaspoon of honey with your shampoo and apply as usual. Do this twice a week. Honey is rich in antioxidants which help fight free radical damage and also conditions the hair giving it a glossy shine.
8. Green Tea
Not only from the inside, but green tea can also help your hair with external use as well. Dip a green tea bag into a cup of hot water for a good 7-8 minutes. Apply this water on the entire scalp and let it sit for an hour. Wash away as usual. You can do this every time you wash your hair. Green tea being rich in antioxidants helps clear the scalp and fight sun damage. Instead of green tea, black tea, bamboo tea, nettle tea or sage tea can also be used and in a similar fashion.
9. Rice Water
This is a win-win for everyone. Pour half cup of rice into 2 cups of water and let sit for 15 minutes. Remove this water and apply on the scalp. This water is rich in vitamins K, E, and B6, and greatly helps in hair growth (and as a bonus you can cook the rice normally afterwards).
10. Egg Mask
As discussed previously, eggs are rich in protein and hence very effective in promoting hair growth. Take an egg, one teaspoon olive oil and one teaspoon honey. Mix well to form a smooth paste. Apply this on your scalp and hair, and leave it to dry for about 20 minutes. Wash off as usual. Do this once a week to get shiny locks which feel soft and voluminous. Honey and olive oil also additionally help clear the scalp of dandruff and dead skin cells.
Peel ginger root and grate it. Apply it on the parts of the scalp that have scarce hair growth. Let it sit for 30 minutes and then wash away with your regular shampoo. This can be done twice a week. Ginger helps improve blood circulation in the scalp, and its enzymes help coat the hair shaft and protect it from damage.
Yes, turmeric can be used for food, cuts, flu, and hair. This multi-purpose spice contains an ingredient called curcumin which helps treat scalp infections and dandruff. Being anti-inflammatory, it helps treat scalp irritation and itching. The turmeric hair pack requires 3-4 tablespoons turmeric powder, two tablespoons of honey, and a cup of raw milk. Mix the ingredients into a paste and apply all over the scalp. After letting it dry for about 30 minutes, wash away with your shampoo in lukewarm water. This has to be done at least twice a week to see the results.
The cup of joe sure invigorates your mind and body, but did you know that it could rejuvenate your hair as well? Coffee contains caffeine, which penetrates deep inside the hair shaft to undo the damage and promote repair. Brew some good, old-fashioned black coffee by mixing 7 to 8 tablespoons of ground coffee in 2 cups of water. Let it cool. Meanwhile, you’ll have to wash your hair with your shampoo normally. The coffee we made is to be used as a conditioner, so after it cools down, carefully pour on the scalp and cover your hair with a shower cap. Leave the cap on for about 30 minutes after which you’ll have to wash the coffee away with normal water. Repeat this once every week.
One needs to be very careful about one thing though; coffee leaves stains. So if you have dark hair, wonderful, but if you have light or blonde hair, refrain from using this particular remedy.
14. Curry Leaves
Every Indian girl has heard her mother say at least once, that south Indians have such thick hair because they eat curry leaves. And it is true because curry leaves have many important nutrients like iron, phosphorus, vitamin A and C, and calcium. These not only promote hair growth but also protect hair from premature ageing. Add a handful of curry leaves to 1/2 cup of coconut oil and heat it. The idea is to merge the qualities of the two. Heat it up till the leaves start forming a black residue. Strain the oil after it cools down. Apply on hair and scalp and keep it on for an hour, then rinse as usual. You can also store the unused oil in a bottle for future use.
15. Indian Gooseberry (Amla) Powder
You’ll need two teaspoons of each amla powder and lime juice. Even amla juice will do. Mix the ingredients and apply on the scalp. Rinse away after a while. This only has to be done once a month. Amla is full of antioxidants so it protects your hair from damage while also giving them strength and shine.
16. Mustard Powder
Take one tablespoon mustard powder, one tablespoon sugar and one-fourth cup of water. Mix the ingredients and apply on the scalp. Let it dry for about 20 minutes and then rinse away with your shampoo. This only has to be done once a week. Mustard helps improve blood circulation on the scalp.
Yogurt can simply be applied on the hair and kept on for 30 minutes. During this time one would probably want to use a shower cap. Doing this once a week is enough. Yogurt has lactic acid, which is mild but germicidal. Yogurt will rid your scalp of dandruff, flakiness, and irritation. The fat present in it will make the hair soft. Any fungal infections can also be effectively dealt with due to the anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties.
18. Raw Shea Butter
Melt some Shea butter and apply on the scalp. Let it dry for about 30 minutes and then wash away as usual. This can be done once a week. Shea butter has vitamins A and E and antioxidants that help repair the damaged hair and nourish the scalp, while the fats keep the hair conditioned. Cocoa butter can also be used it in its place.
Apply some wheatgrass juice on the scalp. Let it dry for about 20 minutes and then wash away with shampoo. This can be done once a week. Wheatgrass contains chlorophyll, which can fight off dandruff and scalp infections. Wheatgrass juice is also drunk as supplements for their health benefits.
20. Potato Juice
Take a potato, peel and cut it. Blend the pieces in a mixer and strain out the juice. Apply the juice on the scalp and let it dry for about 20 minutes and then wash away with shampoo. This can be done each time you wash your hair. Potato juice is rich in vitamins A, B, and C, all of which are essential for healthy hair. This is also why patients with alopecia are suggested to take this remedy.
Rosewater is a very common ingredient in a skincare regime, but it can also do wonders for your hair. It mainly helps by conditioning the scalp and getting rid of irritants, while being a delight for your olfactory indicators. In a cup of rose water, add 6-8 drops of jojoba oil and empty one capsule of vitamin E for extra benefits. Apply this mix on the scalp and let it dry for about 30 minutes and then wash away with shampoo. Do this once a week.
Grate one carrot and apply on the scalp. Let it dry for about 15 minutes and then wash away with shampoo. Do this once a week. Carrots contain vitamins C, K, E, B1, B2, and B6 and other minerals like potassium, phosphorus, manganese, and molybdenum. They also contain antioxidants called carotenoids. These strengthen the hair from the core.
23. Coconut milk
Apply some coconut milk on the scalp and leave overnight. Wash away the next morning. Coconut milk can be used every time you’re about to wash your hair. It contains iron and protein, which are vital for hair growth.
24. Baking soda
Mix one tablespoon of baking soda with six tablespoons of water. Apply the mixture all over your scalp and hair length. After 10 minutes, wash it off with lukewarm water. Baking soda mainly helps by clearing the dead skin cells’ build-up, and its anti-fungal properties can help cure infections. This remedy is to be used once in 10 days.
25. Fish oil
Fish oil is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, which helps condition the hair and its anti-inflammatory properties will cure any skin irritation. Cod liver oil can also be used. Ingest this daily for healthy skin and healthy hair. It has to be noted, however, that this is strictly NOT recommended for pregnant women or people with asthma. It’s better to seek doctor’s advice on its usage.
A healthy diet goes a long way. While the above foods and remedies can help you have and maintain great hair, if you feel your hair problems need a diagnosis, do not hesitate to meet your doctor. Eat well, live well, and have a great hair day, every day!
Also read: How to Increase Hair Volume in Natural Ways.