8 Home Remedies To Combat Hair Loss And Nourish Thin Hair

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Botanical extracts and essential oils have been used since forever to nourish hair and condition the scalp, and even to this day, they’re some of the most sought-after treatments to support healthy hair. Better still, some particular natural extracts and oils have been heavily researched to promote new hair growth and minimize shedding. Generally, those are extremely rich in nutrients, vitamins, and minerals and work by feeding follicles from within to hike up the hair production rate. Even though they might not be as effective as prescription medications for addressing advanced conditions of alopecia, these remedies can still be a great help for treating thinning hair and early forms of hair loss at home. 

And the most reasonable part? They’re super easy to DIY, and you probably already have several of these hair growth remedies in your own kitchen. It takes a few minutes to mix common ingredients, such as aloe vera and onion juice, into a hair mask and use it to keep your hair nourished, moisturized, and strong. Sticking to the habit and using the right recipes can surely help your hair grow faster over time.

Let’s discuss the most effective home remedies for hair growth plus how to prepare and use them to get A-class results.

How do home remedies improve hair growth and reduce shedding?

Your scalp’s health directly affects the quality of the hair produced by follicles. If your scalp is healthy, balanced, and well conditioned, the follicles are more likely to grow thicker hair that is less prone to breakage. Unless you suffer from genetic conditions, home remedies can help by stimulating the scalp and energizing hair follicles to promote more hair growth. In addition to moisturizing and supporting follicles nourishment, natural remedies can deliver extra benefits such as:

Improve scalp blood flow

A proper scalp blood flow ensures that the essential nutrients given to your body will reach the hair follicles. This is extremely helpful because nutritional deficiencies caused by poor blood circulation are often linked to hair loss.[1] So driving more nutrients and oxygen to the follicles can have a meaningful impact on the quality and thickness of your hair.

How can home remedies help in the process? Well, some natural ingredients, like peppermint oil, are known to have vasodilatory effects when applied on the scalp. Vasodilators open blood vessels, and their role is to increase blood flow to tissues that need it most. Technically, they facilitate hair growth by supporting nutrient delivery to the follicles.

Target pattern hair loss

Androgenic alopecia is the most common form of hair loss caused by genetics and a specific hormone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT) which is converted from testosterone. DHT binds to scalp receptors and can weaken hair follicles and interrupt the growth cycle, causing follicles to produce thinner and weaker hair. A few oils and extracts are known as natural DHT-blockers, and they work by inhibiting the 5-alpha-reductase activity, the enzyme responsible for the conversion of DHT.

Provide antioxidants

Antioxidants diminish and counter the effects of free radicals. The free radical theory of aging states that organisms age because cells accumulate free radical damage over time. This leads to oxidative stress, aka an imbalance between free radicals and antioxidants. Oxidative stress has been linked to hair loss because it can disturb hair cycling and often leads to follicles’ premature aging.[2] Some natural herbs are rich sources of antioxidants such as vitamins A, C, and E. When applied as a hair mask, they can create an optimal environment for hair to grow healthy by delivering a burst of antioxidants to the strands.

Natural remedies to combat hair loss at home

Peppermint Oil Promotes Hair Growth

Peppermint oil

Peppermint oil became a household name in the haircare industry, and that is because it has several mechanisms to improve hair. First, peppermint creates an optimal environment for healthy hair growth due to its ability to kill bacteria and its antioxidant properties. Secondly, it boosts blood circulation thanks to its vasodilatory properties, helping hair follicles to receive more nutrients and oxygen.[3]

Using peppermint oil for hair growth is fairly easy and straightforward:

  • Because it’s an essential oil, you must dilute it with a carrier oil of your choice (we suggest coconut and jojoba oils). Add two drops of peppermint oil to one tablespoon of carrier oil.
  • Gently apply the mix to your scalp and leave for 20-30 minutes. You can wrap a towel around your head to protect the mask from dripping (thank us later).
  • Rinse with a delicate shampoo.
  • You can add a few drops of peppermint oil to your daily shampoo or conditioner.
Onion juice for Hair Growth

Onion juice

Onion juice is often used in folk medicine to enhance hair vitality and restore its shine and thickness. That’s because onion juice is a rich source of sulfur needed to produce enzymes and proteins necessary for natural hair growth. Onions also contain antioxidants, such as flavonoids, that protect against the premature aging of hair follicles and oxidative damage. More than that, onions boost scalp blood flow and have an antimicrobial activity that fights infections and bacteria. According to a study, the topical use of crude onion juice twice daily for two months considerably increased hair count in 86.9% of people suffering from alopecia areata.[4]

To benefit from this simple home remedy, simply work onion juice into your scalp and let it sit for 15 minutes. Rinse as usual.

coconut oil natural moisturizer

Coconut oil

Coconut oil is present in almost every single hair mask out there due to its high content of fatty acids. When applied to the scalp, coconut oil can provide deep moisture and nourishment to hair follicles. Besides, according to studies, coconut oil reduces protein loss in both undamaged and damaged hair when applied as a pre-wash or post-wash product.[5]

Cayenne Pepper for Hair Loss

Cayenne pepper

Cayenne is a good source of vitamin A and contains potassium and fiber that can keep hair healthy. Besides, capsaicin, one of the compounds in cayenne pepper, can stimulate blood flow in the scalp and reduce inflammation, nourishing and revitalizing hair follicles. 

To prepare a hair mask with cayenne pepper, you’ll need coconut and olive oils. Blend equal parts of cayenne pepper powder with coconut oil until you get a smooth consistency, and then add olive oil to the mixture. Massage the mask onto your scalp and gently work down to the ends. Leave it for 20-30 minutes and rinse off with your regular shampoo.

aloe vera natural moisturizer

Aloe vera

Aloe vera gel loads more than 75 active compounds, including antioxidants, fatty acids, enzymes, minerals, and amino acids, which are all necessary for healthy and thick hair.[6] Also, researchers suggest aloe vera gels can improve blood flow to the area where it’s applied and has anti-inflammatory and moisturizing benefits that can relieve itching and dryness, common causes of thin and fragile hair.[7] Here are our favorite aloe vera hair masks.


Other natural ingredients that can reduce hair loss

  • Saw palmetto: Saw palmetto is something you’d definitely want in your hair serum if you’re dealing with pattern hair loss. In a small study, 34 men and 28 women with androgenic alopecia topically applied saw palmetto extract in lotion and shampoo base for three months. The results show a 35% increase in hair density and a 67% increase in sebum reduction. In short, saw palmetto extract is thought to be similar (and as effective) to finasteride, inhibiting the 5-alpha reductase enzyme and blocking DHT conversion.[8]
  • Licorice root: It’s well known that licorice extract can relieve scalp irritation, reduce dandruff, and increase moisture levels. Besides, the main component of licorice extract, glyceric, offers anti-androgenic proprieties by inhibiting DHT and eliminating 5-alpha-reductase enzyme activity. A study conducted by the International Journal of Applied Pharmaceutics has determined that a hair tonic prepared with licorice extract in concentrations of 2.5%, 5%, and 10% stimulated hair growth activity similar to minoxidil.[9]
  • Ginseng extract: Ginseng is an ancient herbal remedy mentioned for the first time in The Herbal Classic of the Divine Plowman, a Chinese book scripted more than 2000 years ago. Since then, modern science has revealed that ginseng extract contains various bioactive compounds, especially groups of saponin, which possess hair growth activities.[10] For this reason, you’ll often see it as the main selling pitch in hair growth products.

Footnotes

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References
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  • Oh JY, Park MA, Kim YC. Peppermint Oil Promotes Hair Growth without Toxic Signs. Toxicol Res. 2014 Dec.
  • Sharquie KE, Al-Obaidi HK. Onion juice (Allium cepa L.), a new topical treatment for alopecia areata. J Dermatol. 2002.
  • Rele AS, Mohile RB. Effect of mineral oil, sunflower oil, and coconut oil on prevention of hair damage. J Cosmet Sci. 2003 Mar.
  • Surjushe A, Vasani R, Saple D G. Aloe vera: A short review. Indian J Dermatol 2008;53:163-6
  • Lawrence R, Tripathi P, Jeyakumar E. Isolation, Purification and Evaluation of Antibacterial Agents from Aloe vera. Braz J Microbiol.
  • Murugusundram S. Serenoa Repens: Does It have Any Role in the Management of Androgenetic Alopecia? J Cutan Aesthet Surg.
  • Utami, Sheila & Joshita, Djajadisastra & Saputri, Fadlina. (2017). Using hair growth activity, physical stability, and safety tests to study hair tonics containing ethanol extract of licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra Linn.). International Journal of Applied Pharmaceutics.
  • Choi BY. Hair-Growth Potential of Ginseng and Its Major Metabolites: A Review on Its Molecular Mechanisms. Int J Mol Sci.
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