According to research, 50% of women and 40% of men of age 35 suffer from hair loss or alopecia. Millions of others suffer from lack of hair growth, brittle hair, etc. There are many products in the market including oils, creams, shampoos, and pills that claim to reduce or eliminate hair loss.
But how many of them offer a real solution? Nobody knows. And the chemicals present in most of the products bring with it many side-effects that are worse than hair loss itself. So what is a solution for this?
Well, it is right in your kitchen – Onions! Onion juice has proven to be successful in fighting hair loss. So let’s discuss how to stop hair loss using onions to see visible results.
Causes of Hair loss and dry hair
It is considered normal to lose 50-100 strands per day. However, if you take 60 hairs between fingers and more than 15 strands come off, then you may be suffering from alopecia. Reasons for hair loss can be anything including poor diet, lack of essential nutrients such as vitamins or minerals, stress, poor sleep,
Many people seek doctor’s help, use “popular” products that claim to solve hair loss issues overnight. Regret sets in when they realize not only these products are a fad, but also cause side-effects.
Hair loss can affect your self-esteem and increase stress which further results in more hair loss. Intense hair loss can lead people to depression, social anxiety, and more serious mental conditions. Hence, hair loss cannot be treated as just another beauty problem and should be addressed in the early stages itself.
How onions prevent hair loss?
Onions are said to be the most effective natural remedy for hair loss. Since it is a natural resource, it is safe and comes with zero side-effects and contains the essential vitamins for hair growth.
Also being available in abundance makes it cheap and pocket-friendly. Except for the smell, it causes no allergies or chemical reaction. Sounds good huh?
People are always skeptical when it comes to any home remedy. Thanks to intense advertisement campaigns that eat up our logical thinking on a daily basis, we tend to believe that things that are complicated can only solve our issues.
You might think “When costly oils and shampoos that are developed using “extensive R&D” failed to produce effects, how can onions save me from hair loss?”
Onion is a vegetable that has a lot of medicinal properties as well as health benefits. It has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It consists of essential proteins that are crucial for hair strength and growth. It is also antibacterial and antifungal which protects your scalp from infections.
Along with using onions as hair loss remedy, you should identify the root cause of hair loss and eliminate it. If it is vitamin or mineral deficiency, then eat a healthy and balanced diet. If it is stress, then unwind and take preventive measures to reduce stress. Working on the cause can speed up your recovery from hair loss.
How do onions help in hair growth?
Our hairs are made up of a protein called keratin that is rich in sulfur. Sulfur is responsible for hair growth and elasticity. When the amount of sulfur reduces, hair becomes brittle and dry. Onions are loaded with sulfur that is helpful in filling this gap and promotes hair growth and strength.
Onions also contain quercetin, another component similar to sulfur which is anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. This helps to eliminate free radicals that are present in the hair due to air pollution. Onions are also beneficial against dandruff and other fungal infections of the scalp. A few studies also show that onions prevent gray hair.
One thing that you need to keep in mind is that the results may not occur overnight. You have to sustain your efforts for a specific period to see results that are long-lasting.
How to use onions for hair growth?
First, peel and chop 2-3 onions and create a paste of it either by using a blender or processor. Grating is also ideal. The basic idea here is to get the juice out of it.
Once you have the onion juice, apply it directly to your scalp with gentle massage. You can also use a cotton towel or cotton ball to take the juice and place it on your head. The process is so simple that anyone, of any age, can do it without much effort.
The only downside of the whole treatment is the smell of onions which is quite strong in this case as we are dealing with the juice. So it is recommended to get this treatment at night or on weekends to avoid embarrassment and use some mild hair perfume if needed.
The longer you keep the juice on your hair, the better it is. Usually, it takes about half an hour to one hour for the hair and scalp to absorb the essence of the juice. So it can be considered as the ideal period to keep the juice.
Meanwhile, you can use a plastic bag to cover your head for better results. After that, rinse your hair and scalp with a lot of lukewarm water and use a chemical-free shampoo to remove the juice. For best results, do this process at least 3 times a week for a couple of months.
Now, 2 months seem to be a long time, but we are not looking for a quick fix that would only last for few days. We are looking to achieve a long-term solution for hair loss, and that won’t come easy.
A quick fix is like a crash diet. You would feel like you have lost weight, but once you start eating normal, all that lost weight plus some more will come back.
Hence, for long-term results, you have to keep doing it and put in the necessary effort. After all, it is just about mashing some onions!
You can further tweak this treatment by adding more elements such as olive oil, Honey, ginger, coconut oil, lemon extract, yogurt etc. Each time when you juice onions, add one of these components and you will multiply the effects. Also, consume a lot of raw onions in your diet in the form of salads. Soon, you will notice new baby strands on your head and also that bald spots slowly disappearing. So chop some onions right away, cry a little bit today to see happy strands tomorrow!