If you’re dealing with hair loss or dry, brittle hair, it can be extremely frustrating. Before you let yourself despair, however, try some of these natural home remedies to improve both the health and amount of your hair.
1. Castor Oil
Castor oil is rich in a variety of vitamins and minerals that are good for healthy hair, including vitamin E. People have used castor oil for years to improve the strength and thickness of hair. For best results, combine castor oil with a carrier oil, such as olive or coconut oil, and massage into the hair and scalp for about 1 hour. Shampoo your hair as normal afterwards. This can be repeated 2-3 times per week.
2. Potato Juice
Potatoes are rich in many vitamins that the hair and body both need to be healthy, such as vitamins A, B, C, and B1. Not only should you consume more potatoes, but you should especially apply the juice of potatoes directly to the hair; let sit for 15 minutes then rinse with cold water.
Alternatively, make a mask by following these directions: juice 3 medium potatoes and mix with 1 egg yolk and 1 teaspoon of honey. Mix well, and apply to the hair for 1-2 hour. Rinse with a gentle shampoo and warm water.
3. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar helps increase hair growth and also improves the health of your scalp. For best results, use it as a rinse after you shampoo and before you condition your hair.
Fenugreek has been used for centuries to improve hair and skin health. Soap 2-3 teaspoons of fenugreek seeds in water overnight. Use the fenugreek-soaked water and apply to dry hair; let sit for 2-3 hours, and then rinse with warm water. Alternatively, use the soaked fenugreek seeds, grind them, and combine them with ¼ cup of coconut milk. Apply this mixture to the hair and let sit for 30 minutes, and then rinse.
Rosemary helps strengthen your roots and increase hair growth. Some users have even claimed that rosemary has helped regrow hair (i.e. addresses thinning, balding). You can combine two drops of rosemary oil to some coconut oil and apply to all your hair; let sit for 30 minutes, then wash your hair. You can also boil some fresh rosemary, and then store this water for use in your next shower.
6. Onion Juice
Onions contain sulphur, and sulphur helps increase collagen production, which therefore helps strengthen the hair. Take 3 red onions and grate them to get the juice; apply this juice to your hair and scalp and massage for at least 30 minutes. Wash hair with a gentle shampoo and lukewarm water after.
7. Hot Oil Massage
By massaging the scalp regularly, can improve circulation and thus increase hair growth. Take advantage of shampoo-time and really massage your scalp well, adding in warm coconut or olive oil to the massage once or twice a week.
8. Aloe Vera
Aloe vera is moisturizing not only for your skin, but also for your hair. Take the aloe gel directly from the leaves and mix with some lemon juice, and apply it directly to your hair for 15-30 minutes. You can also combine aloe vera gel, wheat germ oil, and coconut milk and apply to your hair for the same amount of time.
9. Jojoba Oil
Jojoba oil is well-recognized for its ability to moisturize and hydrate. This oil can encourage hair growth by moisturizing hair follicles and improving scalp circulation. It also helps address dry, damaged, and brittle hair. Simply add a few drops of jojoba oil into your regular conditioner and apply as usual.
10. Green Tea
Green tea is rich in antioxidants and is great for healthy hair and skin. You can drink it regularly of course, but you can also apply green tea (after it has cooled) directly to the hair and scalp for 60 minutes for a boost of health to your hair.
For healthy hair, it is also important to maintain a healthy diet. A diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and lean protein will help support healthy hair. Also, be sure you drink plenty of water consistently. For further hair loss prevention, be careful about towel-drying your hair, keeping it in a ponytail, or washing your hair with too-hot water.