Young or old, female or male—hair loss can be embarrassing, frustrating, and disheartening. If you’re experiencing hair loss, it may be wise to first examine the reasons why this may be happening to you. Some of the most common causes of hair loss include:
- Nutritional deficiencies
- Hormone changes/imbalances. It is common for women to experience hair loss for up to a year after giving birth.
- Physical stress on the scalp or hair. These can include excessive use of heating tools or chemical hair products.
- Psychological stress
- Environmental factors
- Weight loss
But before you go paying for hair plugs or for that expensive hair growth ointment you saw on an infomercial, try these natural hair growth solutions that can be prepared at home. The key is consistency—so pick a treatment, stick to it, and watch in amazement as your hair loss problems melt away.
1. Rosemary-Coconut Warm Oil Massage
Rosemary essential oil stimulates hair growth when applied to the scalp. It may also help to darken your hair and get rid of your dandruff.
Coconut oil is a rich source of medium-chain fatty acids. The lauric acid in coconut oil binds to the protein in the hair and coats the shaft to protect it from damage. This can prevent breakage, improve hair quality, and boost follicle health.
Massage improves circulation, bringing more blood and oxygen to the area. That’s why a daily scalp massage can help to increase hair growth.
Heat two tablespoons (for shorter hair, one tablespoon should suffice) of coconut oil in a double boiler or in the microwave. Once it is warm and completely melted, add two drops of rosemary essential oil. Massage it into your scalp for about five minutes and run it through your hair. Leave it on for about half an hour and then shampoo as usual. Repeat twice weekly.
2. Vitamin E-Oil Massage
Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. When applied directly to the scalp, vitamin E can repair damage to the hair follicles, restore balance to pH levels of natural scalp oils, increase blood flow to the scalp, and stimulate hair growth.
Get yourself a bottle of vitamin E capsules. Shampoo your hair and rinse well. Blot your hair and scalp dry with a towel. Pour about one tablespoon of carrier oil (coconut, grapeseed, olive, jojoba, or almond) into the palm of your hand. Use a pin to pierce two vitamin E capsules, and squeeze their contents into the oil. Massage into your scalp for about five minutes and run the oil through your hair. Leave it on overnight and rinse out in the morning. Repeat twice weekly.
3. Castor Oil
Castor oil has a lot going for it when it comes to hair care. This oil is rich in vitamin E, proteins, and omega-6 and omega-9 fatty acids. It’s incredibly nourishing for the skin and hair, and many people have seen amazing results using castor oil to prevent hair loss. It’s even hitting the cosmetics and beauty shelves as a natural eyelash hair growth treatment.
Castor oil is thick and sticky, so it’s best to spread on the scalp by combining it with a carrier oil. Mix an equal amount of castor oil with a carrier oil of your choice and massage into the scalp for about five minutes. Leave it on for 45 minutes, and wash out using shampoo. Repeat two to three times weekly.
Fenugreek—also known as methi—is a powerful medicinal plant used to treat many different health problems, including hair loss. Fenugreek seeds are rich in protein and are known to treat baldness, hair thinning, and hair fall. Fenugreek contains lecithin, an emollient that naturally nourishes and strengthens the hair. (1)
Soak one cup of fenugreek seeds in water overnight. In the morning, grind the seeds into a smooth paste. Apply the paste to your hair from root to tip and leave in for about 45 minutes. Rinse thoroughly using cool water.
Soak three to four tablespoons of fenugreek seeds in water and leave overnight. After shampooing and rinsing hair, use the fenugreek water to rinse out hair again. Style as you normally would.
5. Egg Hair Mask
Eggs are rich in many nutrients that are beneficial to hair growth. They are high in protein and natural fats as well as vitamins A, E, and D.
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 1 teaspoon honey
Break the egg into a bowl and whisk. While whisking, add the olive oil and honey and keep whisking until it forms a homogeneous paste. Massage into scalp and apply to hair from root to tip. Leave it in for about 20 minutes, then rinse with cold water and shampoo.
6. Lemon Juice
Lemons can be used to prevent hair loss for a number of reasons. They are rich in many essential vitamins, such as vitamin C, B-complex vitamins, and folic acid, and they’re full of anti-inflammatory antioxidants. When applied to the scalp, lemon juice also prevents dandruff and tightens pores to minimize hair fall.
Squeeze the juice of two lemons into a cup and add equal parts warm water. Shampoo and rinse your hair as you normally would, then gently pour the lemon juice mixture over your scalp, carefully avoiding contact with your eyes. Leave the mixture in for about five minutes, and then rinse with cold water. Repeat once a week.
Avoid using lemon for hair too frequently, as it can lighten and dry out the hair.
7. Indian Gooseberry
Indian Gooseberry, or Amla, is one of the best natural remedies for hair loss due to its rich and varied nutritional profile. It is one of the best sources of vitamin C out there, and it contains many antioxidants, including kaempferol, emblicanin, phyllantine, quercetin, gallic acid, and ellagic acid.
Indian Gooseberry can be used in all its forms—oil, powder, dried, or fresh—to promote hair growth. (2)
- Mix amla oil with coconut oil and massage into scalp. Leave in for 30 minutes, then rinse with shampoo and cold water.
- Whisk half a cup of amla powder with two whole eggs until it forms a paste. Apply the paste to your scalp and hair and leave in for one hour. Wash hair with shampoo and cool water.
- Mix together one tablespoon of amla juice with one tablespoon of lemon juice. After shampooing and rinsing hair, massage the amla mixture into your scalp and run it through your hair. Leave it in for 10 minutes and then rinse hair using cool water.
- Boil four or five dried Indian gooseberries in coconut oil until the mixture turns black. Wait for it to cool, and then apply it to your scalp and hair. Leave it in for 20 minutes, and then wash your hair as usual.
8. Saw Palmetto
Saw palmetto is an herb known for treating natural hair loss in both men and women. In men, it can prevent male pattern baldness, and in women, it can stop hair thinning. It works by blocking an enzyme that converts testosterone to DHT—the molecule responsible for hair loss. (3)(4)
Mix six drops of saw palmetto oil together with two tablespoons of a carrier oil of your choice. Massage the mixture into your scalp for five minutes and let it sit for about 30 minutes. Wash hair as usual. Repeat twice weekly for best results.
9. Potato Hair Mask
Potatoes contain folate; vitamins C, E, and B6; potassium; and many other essential minerals. Potato hair mask can help to stop hair fall, thicken hair, reduce frizz, and stimulate hair growth.
Peel and chop one large potato. Put the potato in a blender with a little bit of water and blend until it forms a thick paste. Strain the paste into a clean bowl through a muslin cloth or a sieve until you have extracted the potato juice from the paste. Apply the juice to your scalp from root to tip, and massage the scalp for about five minutes. Leave it in your hair for up to one hour, and then shampoo as you normally would. Repeat two or three times per week for one month for best results.
10. Blackstrap Molasses
Blackstrap molasses contains many important nutrients that promote hair growth. Not only is it effective in reversing hair loss, but it also conditions, smoothes, and darkens hair as well. Many people have reported grey hair reversal using blackstrap molasses.
Apply half a cup of unsulphured blackstrap molasses from root to tip, making sure to cover all areas of your scalp. Massage it in for five to 10 minutes, and let it sit in the hair for 45 minutes. Rinse with shampoo and cool water. Repeat once weekly.
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Some of these products may be hanging out in your pantry already. Most of them are available at your local health food stores, so get started on your natural hair growth treatment right away!