- Alternative & Natural Medicine
Natural Remedies For Hair Growth
Beautiful hair that is lustrous and soft is a combination of a balanced diet, healthy habits and good quality hair products. While many drug store products promise to make your hair grow, for those of us who are wary of putting chemicals and unknown toxins on our tresses, there are some natural products and home remedies that have been used in many cultures for centuries. These homemade remedies consist of easily available products, are safe and fit effortlessly in to your hair care routine. These are tried and tested remedies that can control hair fall and make your hair grow. So go ahead and try these if you are suffering from hair loss.
How to make your hair grow
- Hot oil massages with coconut oil: Researchers believe that coconut oil has a high affinity for hair protein, and has the ability to penetrate deep into the hair shaft. This can help to prevent hair damage caused by combing, better than other oils like sunflower and mineral oils. Coconut oil is widely used in the Indian sub-continent to nourish hair follicles, prevent dandruff and split-ends and restore hair-loss. Coconut oil is best applied warm and left on overnight.
- Jojoba oil massage: Jojoba oil is an emollient that unclogs hair follicles, which has led to its topical use for balding. Jojoba oil needs to be combined with other oils, such as olive oil for it to be effective in treating hair loss. Jojoba oil and olive oil can be combined in a 1:1 ratio and rubbed on the scalp. Leave the oil on for 2-3 hours before washing it off with a mild shampoo.
- Egg white masks for conditioning hair: Egg whites are known to add a glaze to hair and restore its softness. This is because of the protein and fat interaction, which adds a rich shine to hair. At the same time, albumen is a rich source of protein. Hair is composed of 70 percent keratin, and egg masks are able to rebuild damaged hair by filling in weak links and temporarily strengthening hair. The fatty acids in eggs also replenish the natural oils on the scalp that are stripped by harsh chemical products, aiding hair growth. A few drops of olive oil and 1tbsp of honey can be added to the egg white before it is applied to the hair shaft. The mixture needs to be left on for at least ½ hour before it is washed with a mild shampoo.
In combination with these home remedies, stores also carry products with natural extracts that can help with hair growth. It is important to look for products with natural oils like carrot seed, coconut etc., natural butters like cocoa and shea, food-derived proteins and essential oils like lavender, orange, lemon etc. that contribute vitamin C (helping to build collagen and absorb more iron to strengthen hair).
Be gentle on your hair by using products containing natural ingredients, as they rarely have side effects, and provide the same benefit as chemical laden stuff.