Long before the advent of chemical or surgical hair restoration – people around the world have been using natural remedies to nourish the scalp and keep hair thick and healthy. There are around two dozen common causes for hair loss including (but not limited to) stress, skin infection, medications, age, heredity, and sudden change in diet. Whatever your case may be, the remedies on this list when used regularly can help you to regrow, or thicken, your hair.
Amla fruit – commonly referred to as the Indian Gooseberry – is high in Vitamin C with both anti-oxidant and anti-microbial properties. Furthermore, fatty-acids found in amla act as a conditioner to moisturize and strengthen hair and roots. Hair treatments made from powdered, fresh, or dried amla are some of the most popular natural remedies used to prevent hair loss (as well as for masking and preventing grey hair.) Plus there are a number of amla hair oils that help to enrich hair, such as this Dabur Amla Hair Oil.
Reetha, the saponin-rich fruit of Sapindus mukorossi has been used by people in the eastern and western world for thousands of years to make soap – giving the tree its nickname: “soapnut.” The natural cleansers made from reetha have both anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties which may help to heal scalp ailments that cause hair loss. For more information on making your own soapnut cleansers, check out this great article.
Shikakai, a shrub native to warmer regions of Asia, has been used for thousands of years as an herbal hair cleanser and hair loss preventative. All aerial parts of the plant can be ground into powder or dried for later use. By itself, shikakai powder added to water or oil can be massaged into hair and scalp to promote new growth, strengthen roots, and clear up skin conditions like dandruff which may cause hair-loss.
Shikakai, reetha, and amla can also be combined to create a moisturizing, nourishing natural cleanser. Check out this recipe to learn how.
4. Egg Whites
Eggs are rich in protein, sulphur, iron, zinc, and selenium – all of which our bodies need for the production of hair. Extra virgin olive oil is a great natural moisturizer high in Vitamin E traditionally used for all-around skin health. One egg white mixed vigorously with one teaspoon of olive oil creates a great natural scalp treatment that can help to reduce hair-loss by nourishing the scalp, as well as increasing blood flow and oxygen supply to hair follicles.
Sweet-smelling fenugreek is a plant with an ancient background as both culinary seasoning and natural remedy. Soak fenugreek seeds in water overnight then grind into a vitamin-rich paste which can be applied directly to the scalp to improve circulation and stimulate hair follicles. Alternately, you can mix fenugreek paste with Greek yogurt or strained yogurt for added exfoliating power. Leave either mixture on the scalp for thirty minutes before washing with an all-natural cleanser such as amla, reetha, and shikakai.
The seeds of the flax plant are well-known for their dietary health benefits on the mind and body. Full of fatty-acids and anti-oxidants, ground flax seeds boiled in water will form a soothing gel that can be applied to scalp and hair to moisturize skin, eliminate dandruff, stimulate new growth, and improve the strength of existing hair. For a guide on making flax seed gel, check out this article. Flax oil can also be taken as a supplement or try adding ground flaxseed to food to improve scalp health and circulation, among a long list of other benefits.
7. Onion Juice
While you may initially cringe at the idea of applying onion juice to your scalp – or any of your skin for that matter – consider that it is one of the best natural remedies for combating hair loss. Onions are packed full of sulfur which stimulates the production of collagen in your skin. Lack of collagen is one of the biggest causes of thinning hair, so think twice before you turn down this revitalizing albeit pungent scalp treatment. Check out this blog for a couple of excellent recipes.
8. Protein-rich Diet
A diet high in protein helps the body to synthesize keratin, the key structural component of hair, skin, and nails. To combat hair loss and promote new healthy growth, add protein-rich foods such as poultry, fish, lean beef, eggs, soy, yogurt, and nuts to your weekly shopping list.