Hair loss has both physical and psychological effects. Hair is, for many, an integral part of their identity. Slowly, or even rapidly, experiencing hair loss can, therefore, be a traumatic event - for men as well as women.
Hair loss can take many forms whether it’s an isolated bout of alopecia (from which hair growth returns), or androgenic alopecia, also known as male pattern baldness. Though surgical and medical interventions are available, there are also a number of effective home remedies for hair growth, many of which are discussed below.
Though home remedies do not offer a total cure, they can go some way toward stemming hair loss in both the short and long term.
1. Onion juice
Though it may seem surprising, Onion Oil is an effective home remedy for hair growth. And its efficacy comes down to what elements the juice is composed of.
For example, onion juice has high concentrations of sulphur, an element which has been shown to improve blood circulation. Enhanced blood circulation means more nutrients can access damaged hair follicles, thereby rejuvenating and strengthening the hair fibers. Onion juice also has antibacterial properties.
This can help to treat skin infections which may lead to hair loss. Simply extract the juice from a squeezed onion and apply it directly to the scalp. After thirty minutes, wash off the onion juice and proceed to apply normal shampoo. Repeat 2-3 times weekly for maximum effect.
2. Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera has been used for centuries, most prominently by the ancient Chinese empires. Since then, more and more has been discovered about this remarkable plant - not least its ability to stimulate hair growth.
Research has shown that enzymes contained within Aloe Vera help to promote hair growth. It can also be used to reduce scalp itch and inflammation. Simply apply Aloe Vera gel (which is available at your local pharmacy and some supermarkets) to the scalp and gently rub to the affected area.
Avoid touching the affected area for at least 3 hours before then proceeding to rinse it with warm water (avoid hot water). Repeat at least 4 times weekly for maximum effect. You may also try Aloe Vera shampoo for a long term fix.
3. Licorice root
Licorice is yet another effective home remedy for hair growth. Chemicals found within the plant are known to open hair follicles, encouraging new growth and the elimination of caked dandruff.
In taxonomy, it's known by the name of Glycyrrhiza glabra - a plant which not only supports new hair growth, but also a plant with noted anti-depressant properties. To use Licorice Root effectively, simply follow these steps: combine one ground tablespoon of licorice with a quarter teaspoon of saffron.
Once finely ground, add 1 cup of milk and mix thoroughly. Apply the solution to the scalp or balding area and wash the solution off the following morning. Use this remedy at least once a week for maximum effect.
4. Indian gooseberry
Known scientifically as Phyllanthus Emblica, the Indian gooseberry is packed full of essential minerals and vitamins. It is known to boast a high vitamin C content while also supporting the immune system and heart and increasing skin health.
Closer to home, though, the Indian gooseberry is widely acknowledged for its role in promoting hair growth. It does this by reinforcing the roots of hair follicles and promoting the health of your hair. It delivers vital nutrients to hair follicles, thereby limiting the risk of hair loss.
Mix one tablespoon of Indian gooseberry with lemon juice and massage the affected area. Leave on overnight and be sure to wash off the solution the following morning.