The problem of hair loss and thin hair is very common among the people of all ages.
Mostly the hair growth of the scalp stops after reaching a length of 2-3 feet due to the vitalization loss of hair follicles. Exceptions of the unusual length of hair growth appear due to the abnormalities in hair development.
Hair loss occurs both in men and women. In the normal hair growth cycle, everyone sheds about 100 hairs each day, but the excess of it is a distressing development. In women, the hair loss occurs on the top of the head or temples while men lose hair on their temples. Men are more likely than women to go completely bald.
The people often find themselves at loss to have proper hairstyle due to thin hair. In the US about $3.5 billion each year is spent to stop hair fall.
It may occur due to several reasons. The chief among them is the hormone imbalance, deficiency of nutrients in the diet, negligence to take proper care of the hair, pollution, sunburn chemical changes in the body, use of synthetic shampoos, dyes, hair oils, etc.
Structure of Hair and hair Loss
The hair is made of a protein called keratin and the loss of it causes hair fall and grey hair. There are several reasons for the loss of production of keratin in the body including age, heredity, diet, improper care, stress, etc.
The hair follicle holds each hair into the skin. The base of the hair follicle is formed by the hair bulb in which the living cells divide and grow to build the hair shaft. The blood vessels nourish the cells in the hair bulb and deliver hormones for the growth and structure of the hair at different stages in life.
The hair loss may be due to a loss in the functionality of a pseudogene which helps in the production of keratin.
My daughter got her haircut as her friends were having short hair, as per the prevalent fashion. But later she wanted her long hair back. But they did not grow to their previous shape. So she tried some of the following home remedies and now her hair is longer than what they were earlier.
Here are few home remedies for hair loss and for thick, long and beautiful hair.
1. Indian Gooseberry
There is nothing better than Indian Gooseberry for thick, long, black and dense hair. It is rich in vitamin C and antioxidants and besides the topical application, it is beneficial to eat it too. Prepare the mixture of two tablespoons each of the juice of Indian gooseberry with lemon juice and apply it on the hair. Let the mixture dry and then rinse off the hair.
2. Fenugreek Seeds
These small seeds contain proteins, nicotinic acid, and lecithin which strengthen the roots of the hair and are helpful in several other serious problems. Add two tablespoons of coconut oil to a tablespoon of the paste of fenugreek seeds. Rinse off after half an hour and repeat the remedy for a month to get thick, long and dense hair.
3. Basil and Indian Gooseberry
This is the best remedy for hair loss, hair breaking, grey hair, and split hair. Apply the paste of basil leaves and Indian gooseberries on hair. Rub the contents on the scalp for few minutes. Use the remedy for 6 weeks at least two 2 or three times a week.
4. Curry Leaves
Pollution and synthetic hair products clog hair follicles and cause hair damage and hair loss. Curry leaves unclog the follicles and help them to breathe, thereby promoting hair growth.
The rich amounts of following nutrients in curry leaves rejuvenate the damaged hair follicles and increase hair growth.
The proteins prevent hair thinning; beta-carotene stops hair loss/ hair thinning; amino acids strengthen the hair follicles; vitamin B reinforces the hair roots, stops hair graying and hair loss; and the scalp moisturizing antioxidants remove the dead hair follicles and stop dandruff.
a. Hair Tonic
Pyridoxine or vitamin B6 in curry leaves balances the hormone levels and thereby strengthens the shafts and roots of the hair. Boil a handful of curry leaves in a small bowl of coconut oil until they turn black. Cool this hair tonic, apply it on hair and rinse off after an hour. Repeat the remedy twice a week and see the visible hair growth in a month.
Caution- Conduct a patch test for allergy before using the paste of curry leaves. The seeds of curry leaves are poisonous.
b. Hair Mask
Curry leaves restore the dead skin on the scalp, prevent premature grey hair and strengthen the hair roots by allowing air supply to the hair.
Mix a paste of curry leaves (1 tablespoon) with yogurt (4-5 tablespoons) or milk and whip to get a consistent cream and apply as a hair mask. Let it remain for half an hour and wash with herbal shampoo or soap. Repeat the remedy every week to get new, long, healthy, smooth, strong and shiny hair in a month.
Include curry leaves in regular diet to avoid all hair-related problems. Add curry leaf powder in rice and curries, or you can also consume a mixture of finely chopped mint and curry leaves with milk or buttermilk.
5. Oil Massage
The head massage twice a week cures and prevents hair loss by increasing the blood flow to the hair follicles, conditions the scalp, strengthens the hair roots, opens the blood vessels for a greater intake of nutrients, and retard the causes of hair loss like dandruff, stress, etc.
Use the following oils for different benefits of hair massage.
Prepare garlic oil by burning few garlic cloves in any oil. Rub the filtered oil on hair and scalp for hair growth and thick hair. Gently massage for a few minutes and let it remain for an hour or so and then rinse off. Repeat the remedy for a few days to see the results.
The coconut oil gets absorbed into the hair and nourishes each hair. It increases the number of proteins in hair and prevents hair loss. It acts as a sealant and maintains the hair moisture. The presence of antibacterial lauric acid in the oil saves from hair infections. Regular use of coconut oil stops hair loss and makes the hair thin and dense. Massage the oil on hair roots and on hair to make the hair fiber strong and shiny.
Another remedy to apply the mixture of 4 tablespoons of coconut oil and 2 tablespoons of lemon juice is very effective for dry hair.
Along with the above remedies, the weekly message of olive oil will give strength to the damaged hair, stop them from falling and improves their shape. The conditioning of the hair is not required if the olive oil is regularly applied on the hair. The olive oil also removes the dirt from the hair.
Kalonji or Nigella Stevia Oil
Kalonji is widely used in Indian Ayurveda system of medicines as it contains several minerals and nutrients including rich amounts of calcium, potassium, and fiber. It contains 15 amino acids which help to replenish several deficiencies of the body. It also helps in hair loss due to an unhealthy lifestyle.
a) Massage the hair for 20-25 minutes with half-cut fresh lemon and thereafter wash the hair. Then apply the Kalonji oil and let it dry on the hair. The result will become evident within a fortnight of the application of the remedy.
b) To get relief in Alopecia, heat the mixture of Kalonji oil, olive oil, and henna powder and apply it on hair after cooling once a week. Wash the contents after drying.
c) Massage the hair with the ash of Kalonji seeds to reverse the process of baldness, but this remedy needs patience.
6. Onion Juice
It is one of the best and most popular hair loss remedies. Some people find it effective for hair regrowth. It is not clear that hair growth will stop if the use is discontinued. It does not damage the existing hair, even if no visible results appear.
So give it a try.
Nutrients in Onion Juice
The vitamins in onion juice reduce the receding hairline, hair loss, hair thinning, hair breakage, and may help to encourage the growth of thick and healthy hair.
The nutrients may nourish the hair follicles, promote new hair growth and improve the volume, shine, and strength of hair.
The following minerals in onion juice may improve the health of the hair.
1. Dietary sulfur
Onion juice contains rich amounts of dietary sulfur, the most common minerals in the body, needed for the required production of enzymes and proteins.
Sulfur is also found in keratin, which is one of the components needed for hair growth.
The sulfur increases the amount of cologne, stimulates the hair follicle, prolongs the growing phase of the hair and nourish the growth or leads to the regrowth of thick hair.
2. Anti-microbial properties
Onions have anti-bacterial properties which fight against the scalp infections which is one of the reasons for hair loss. A healthy scalp is needed for strong hair follicles.
Certain antioxidants like flavonoids in onions protect the body from free radicals. Free radicals cause aging and may destroy the hair follicles, leading to hair thinning and hair loss. Onion removes the free radicals may reduce damage to the hair follicles.
Onion Lemon Treatment
This remedy makes the hair long and healthy. It also turns all the prematurely white hair black again.
Preparation for Use
Peel, grate and extract the onion juice.
Rub a half-cut lemon slice on the scalp and leave for 15 minutes.
Now apply the onion juice on hair roots and let it dry for 30 minutes.
Shampoo and condition the hair. The juice of ginger could be also be added to increase the stimulation of hair follicles.
How to Decrease the Odor
The lemon juice rose water or a few drops of peppermint, lavender, and rosemary essential oils decrease the potent odor of the juice.
1. Conduct allergic patch test, as the skin contact can be irritating even to the people not allergic to onions.
2. Avoid eye contact with onion or and rinse with water if it happens.
Frequency of Application
It is probably not a miracle cure and gives no quick results. Have the patience to see the visible results by applying the remedy twice daily for several weeks.
Research on Success Rate of Onion Juice
Research in the Journal of Dermatology declared that the onion juice might help the scalp hair regrow in Alopecia Areata, a non-scarring, patchy form of hair loss. The hair growth started after 2 weeks of the application when applied twice daily.
Almost 74 % found some hair regrowth after 4 weeks, and 87% reported it after 6 weeks. It was higher among males than females. The study indicated positive results, but there were just 38 participants.
7. Aloe Vera
It acts as an Elixir for the overall health of the hair by making them long, thick, beautiful and shiny. It strengthens the hair roots and revives the weak hair by nourishing them.
It is advisable to regularly apply the aloe vera gel on hair to get rid of the problem of thick and weak hair. Keep the gel applied on hair for half an hour and then rinse off with water. The fresh Aloe Vera gel conditions the hair and improves their shape and structure.
The sweet honey has several sweet uses. It prevents hair loss and helps in the growth of hair. Mix one teaspoon each of honey, lemon juice and garlic juice with 250 gm of rosemary tea. Apply the paste on hair and scalp and wash after half an hour.
Camphor is a very good option for the growth of hair and helps in the appearance of new hair on bald scalp.
Prepare the mixture of camphor and any hair oil especially the coconut oil. Regularly massage this mixture on hair before going to bed at night. Wash the hair in the morning. Repeating the remedy for a month will help in the growth of new hair.
10. Coconut Milk
It is different from coconut water and is used as a milk substitute. Despite high-fat contents, it is very effective during weight loss. It contains niacin and folate vitamins which increase blood circulation and also prevent certain cancers. It is beneficial for the skin and hair.
Coconut milk helps in hair growth due to the presence of vitamin E and fats in it. It is extracted by squeezing the fresh and grated coconuts with the help of cheesecloth. Cook the filtered extract in a preheated pan for 5-6 minutes. Let it cool and freeze overnight. Massage the milk on the scalp with a cotton ball to increase blood circulation and hair growth. Cover with hair cap for 5-6 hours for natural heating and complete absorption of milk. Wash with soap and repeat the remedy twice a week to see visible results.
Deep conditioning for Hair Growth
Heat the mixture of olive oil (50 ml), honey (1 tablespoon) and coconut milk (4-5 tablespoons) for 2-3 minutes and then apply on hair. Cover with hair cap for an hour and then wash off. Repeat the remedy every week for 2-3 months to increase hair growth.
Massage the bald spots with a mixture of camphor solution (10 ml), plain yogurt (10 ml) and coconut milk (50 ml). Wash after 10-12 hours with warm water. Repeat the remedy on every alternate day to get rid of baldness.
11. Henna Leaves
Besides being a natural dye, the weekly application of the powder of henna leaves on the scalp also gives thick hair. The paste of henna powder is prepared in curd or vinegar and applied on the hair and scalp. Let the mixture remain till the paste dries up and then rinse off with cold water.
Another remedy is to prepare the mixture of 3-4 large spoons each of henna powder and margosa or neem powder with 2 large spoons of curd and 1 spoon of coffee powder. Add a juice of a small lemon and massage this paste on hair and scalp. Let it remain for half an hour and then rinse off.
12. Castor Oil
Using castor oil once or twice a week increases the normal hair growth to about four to five times. It is the best remedy for the growth of hair and eyelashes, as the rich amount of ricinoleic acid in it, increases the blood circulation and balances the pH levels of the scalp. It repairs the damage of alkalinity caused by the use of chemicals and synthetic hair products.
This antibacterial and antifungal oil is rich in Vitamin E, minerals, proteins and 10 beneficial fatty acids including Omega 6. It helps in folliculitis, dandruff and scalp infections.
As an antioxidant, it supports the keratin in hair and makes them strong and smooth.
It is better to massage the hair for few minutes with the mixture of unrefined cold-pressed hexane free castor oil with less viscous jojoba or any other oil and coconut oil. Add a drop of argan oil to make the dry hair silky, smooth and shiny.
It is easy to apply it on damp hair and leave it overnight by covering the head. Massage the hair with an egg for easy removal of grease and for additional nutrients. It prevents or retards hair loss and could be used on eyelids and eyelashes.
13. Orange Peels
The vitamin A in orange peels helps in hair loss, gives strength to the roots of hair and and make the hair dense and long. The rich amounts of vitamin C in peels give strength to the hair and help to reduce the hair loss or alopecia.
Make a paste of the powder of dry orange peels or prepare the paste by grinding the fresh orange peels. Apply the paste on hair and let it remain for half an hour and then rinse off.
14. Rosemary Oil
It supports growth and reverses common forms of hair loss. But there is no evidence that it works for everyone and can stop hair loss due to chemotherapy, drugs or chronic hair pulling.
This remedy is safer and causes no side effects.
The effectiveness of rosemary depends on the causes of hair loss.
1. Alopecia Areata
A research in 1998 was conducted for the effects of aromatherapy using rosemary oil on people with hair loss due to autoimmune disorder or Alopecia. Here 44% of participants improved within 6 months.
2. Genetic Hair Loss
A study in 2013 proved that the rosemary oil caused hair growth of mice in testosterone-related hair loss. It was theorized that the oil prevents DHT from binding to hormone receptors that enable it to attack the hair follicles.
It can neutralize the effects of DHT and can prevent the genetic hair loss too. DHT or Di-hydro-testosterone is an androgen that gives male characteristics. It miniaturizes hair follicles and contributes to male pattern baldness (MPB).
3. Better than Medications
A 2015 study proved that in DHT-related hair loss, both rosemary oil and minoxidil (a popular hair regrowth treatment) caused equal hair growth in 6 months.
It proved that rosemary oil promotes hair growth in the long term. It is better than growth medications which cause allergies and skin irritation. Minoxidil often causes scalp-itching.
4. Scalp Health
A study in 2016 found that it led to blood circulation and skin health in rats. So it can prevent the hair loss by improving the health of hair and scalp.
5. Scalp Infection
Another study in 2017 found that rosemary oil may kill some fungi and bacteria and helps in hair loss is due to infection or unhealthy scalp.
6. Other Types
A small research finds that rosemary oil also reverses other forms of hair loss.
Preparation of Rosemary Concentrate
Steep a handful or two of dried rosemary leaves to a liter of boiled distilled water for 5 to 6 hours. Longer steeping gives higher concentrations.
Count the number of hairs in a small region to check the progress of slow growth.
The care and repetition of use are needed, as the results appear after several months.
How to Use
Apply the diluted oil directly on the scalp.
Add one part of oil to 4 parts of liquid soap.
Add 10-12 drops of rosemary oil to a shampoo, and wash daily.
Dilute a drop or two of rosemary oil in a carrier oil, and leave overnight for better effects.
Perform a patch test.
Keep it out of the reach of children.
It should not get into the eyes and mouth.
It is not safe in all concentrations or for all people.
There is no research that it could replace standard treatments.
The safety to use it alongside Minoxidil or other drugs is not certain.
Avoid use during pregnancy and breast-feeding except under medical advice.
There is no evidence that it works for childhood hair loss or it is safe on their scalps.
15. Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse
Vinegar is being used since ages to flavor and preserve food, heal the wounds, and clean the surfaces. Hippocrates (460-337 BC) acclaimed it for infections, ulcers, and sores. The Romans used it for hair shine and dandruff.
It helps in hair loss causing scalp conditions, including flaking, dandruff, and psoriasis.
Apple cider vinegar and hair growth
The rinsing of hair with apple cider vinegar helps in hair growth. Though a little research testifies it. But the benefits are reported and one can give it a try.
It stimulates the hair growth by increasing the blood flow in the scalp.
It cleans the product buildup left by the styling creams or shampoos, and thereby unclogs the hair follicles to remove dandruff.
Its anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties combat yeast and irritation. It also removes the build-up of dead skin cells, flakes, and itching.
Balances pH levels
The alkalinity of shampoo causes hair friction, breakage, dryness, and hair loss.
An ideal pH of hair lies between 4 and 5 and the vinegar balances this level to make the hair smooth, strong, and shiny.
Cuticles and Curls
The acidity of vinegar makes the hair cuticle smooth. It removes knots and tangles, and reduces the frizz of lifted cuticles, thereby enabling the hair to reflect light in a better way to attain a glossy and healthy glow.
The shampoos and conditioners weigh down individual hair strands, while vinegar rinse aerates the curly hair and gives a bouncy look.
Prepare a mixture of 2 to 4 tablespoons of vinegar in 500 ml water. Wash the hair with shampoo and rinse. To avoid eye contact with vinegar, tip back the wet head. Pour the mixture over the entire scalp, leave it for 2-3 minutes and then rinse off.
Vinegar should not be used on wounds.
Adverse reactions to excessive consumption are rare.
Hypokalemia or low potassium in blood was reported on daily consumption of about 250 ml vinegar for 6 years.
The low pH of the mixture may irritate the skin and damage the delicate outer hair cells of the ear.
16. Use Hair Pack or Rose Water in Summer
Don’t keep the oil applied on hair in summer as the oil itself is sticky and the stickiness increases with sweating, which causes hair loss. So it is better to apply the oil at night and wash the hair in the morning. Wash the hair twice a day in case of excessive sweating in summer.
The weekly use of a hair pack reduces the stickiness of the hair caused by sweating. Strawberry, milk or orange juice could be added to the hair pack.
The stickiness and dandruff caused by sweating could also be removed by washing the hair with rose water once a week.
Diet and Other Remedies for Hair Loss
It is better to focus on the diet to increase the regrowth of hair. here are few drinks and eatables that are known to boost the hair growth
1. Garlic- Honey- Flax Seed Oil
This nutritious homemade drink is a very powerful health tonic improves the eyesight, makes the skin supple and healthy, turns the white hair black and helps in the growth of thick hair thick.
Take 3 small cloves of garlic and a juice of two lemons. Blend the two and add 1 Kg organic honey and 200-gram flax-seed oil into the blender and properly mix the contents by again adding the juice of 2 lemons. Refrigerate the mixture in a covered glass bowl. By using a wooden ladle, take one tablespoon, half an hour before each meal thrice a day.
2. Orange Peels
The intake of a tablespoon of dry powder of orange peels with water twice a day replenishes the need of required nutrients in the body needed for the growth of hair.
The orange peels could be boiled in sugar and refrigerated for further use.
3. Armenian cucumber or snake melon
The regular intake of Armenian cucumber or snake melon increases the growth and length of the hair. It contains silicon and sulfur, which help to increase the length of the hair.
Regularly washing the hair with the water or juice of snake cucumber is also beneficial for the growth of the hair. It also delays the process of hair loss.
The intake of cabbage is very beneficial for the hair. The juice of cabbage replenishes the need of sulfur to the hair and thereby helps in hair loss by strengthening the hair. The vitamin and silicons in cabbage help in the growth of new hair.
Benefits of Hair Plucking- A New Research
A research team led by Prof. Cheng-Ming Chong, of the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California, found that individually plucking hairs from the back of a mouse led to the regeneration of hairs. These findings were published in the journal “Cell”.
They discovered that the damaged hair follicles induced hair regeneration in the surrounding areas.
To test this theory and the team plucked 200 hairs from the back of a mouse in several different patterns and found that,
- Plucking the hairs from an area more than 6 mm in diameter did not regenerate new hairs.
- Plucking hairs from a region 3-5 mm in diameter, however, led to the regeneration of 450 to 1,300 new hairs.
- The new hairs even grew outside of the plucked area.
- The stimulation of hair follicle by hair plucking may lead to new hair growth.
- Hair plucking triggers 'distress signals' to encourage new hair growth.
- The research may lead to potential new targets for treating alopecia.
Through molecular studies, the researchers found that the growth of new hair was due to a process called "quorum sensing".
How it Works
In simple words, the plucking damages the hair follicles. This damage triggers the release of inflammatory proteins. Then these proteins send a call of "distress signal" to the immune cells to rush to the site of the injury. The immune cells activate signaling molecules, like tumor necrosis factor-alpha or TNF-α.
These molecules at certain concentrations encourage both damaged and undamaged hair follicles to produce new hair.
Prof. Chuong senses wide implications in these findings. It is possible that minor damage to organs could also stimulate some regeneration. A parallel process may also exist in the physiological or pathogenic processes of other organs, though not as easily observed as in hair regeneration."
But it has not been confirmed that plucking could be effective for human.
In the future, the pathway may be followed with some cream or injection?
Till then try plucking a few hairs here and there until you become totally bald.
Avoid Stress to Stop the Hair Loss
Stress is another reason for hair loss and grey hair. The signs of stress appear on hair and skin. During the stress, the body releases the hormones in which work goes against the overall system of growth and repair of the body and the hair is no exception.
So it is advisable to avoid stress, cultivate happiness, and have a positive outlook.
© 2015 Sanjay Sharma
Sanjay Sharma (author) from Mandi (HP) India on August 31, 2017:
Thanks, Georgiana Dacosta for the visit and the comment. The garlic smell will stay in the hair untill the hair is washed.
Sanjay Sharma (author) from Mandi (HP) India on August 18, 2017:
Thanks, Cyber Sammy for the visit and the comment. You can try and see the results.
Cyber Sammy on August 18, 2017:
Thanks for this blog, i underwent a FUE HT recently. But i will try to follow some of your recommendations so that I can make my existing and transplanted hair healthier.
Sanjay Sharma (author) from Mandi (HP) India on January 10, 2017:
Thanks FemaleAdda Social for the visit and the comment.
FemaleAdda on January 10, 2017:
Nice blog , i will follow all tips from here.
Sanjay Sharma (author) from Mandi (HP) India on November 16, 2016:
Thanks OanaWriter for the visit. Yes it stays. Use the remedy when you are staying at home.
Georgiana from London on November 12, 2016:
My go to treatment is always olive oil + egg, coconut oil. Your suggestions are really interesting.
I might not be able to easily find all the ingredients here in London but I'll definitely be able to try honey, lemon juice and garlic juice with rosemary tea.
However, won't the garlic smell stay in the hair?
Sanjay Sharma (author) from Mandi (HP) India on September 05, 2015:
Thanks karthi for the visit. Read my hub about How to turn white hair black without chemical dyes
karthi on August 29, 2015:
Sir, i have half of the white hair so how to permantly chnge black hair kindly give your soln
Sanjay Sharma (author) from Mandi (HP) India on June 16, 2015:
Thanks aviannovice for the visit. The age old remedies often work and they do not harm us like the chemicals or synthetic drugs. The latter entail several side effects and cancers.
Deb Hirt from Stillwater, OK on June 03, 2015:
This is excellent. I'd rather use natural items on my hair than chemically formulated shampoos.
Sanjay Sharma (author) from Mandi (HP) India on May 19, 2015:
Thanks Jodah for the visit and the compliment.
John Hansen from Queensland Australia on May 19, 2015:
Great advice and tips here Sanjay. Thank you for sharing,