If you are a woman with short, thin hair, and/or recently got a bad haircut, you may be looking for ways to grow your hair out faster. Instead of crying yourself to sleep at night, envying the Rapunzels of the world (that have the long and thick locks that you so desire), it’s time to do something about it.
What if your hair never seems to grow more than an inch a year and is naturally very thin? Relax. You don’t have to start wig shopping or vow to spend the rest of your life wearing baseball caps. There are a lot of quick fixes out there, from physician formulas to hair transplant procedures, that promise to get you the mane you’ve always wanted. But before you make a pricey commitment on something that may or may not work, why not try some home remedies first?
We’ve compiled a list of 15 natural ways to make your hair grow faster and fuller. Our home remedies are very budget friendly and can be done at home in your pajamas. And guess what? They actually work!
People have been using onion juice to promote hair growth for centuries, so why haven’t you heard of it? A lot of people are reluctant to put onion juice in their hair because of the smell, but if you can get past it, this method really does work. The reason it is so effective is because onion juice contains a lot of collagen boosting sulphur that promotes hair growth. If you’re desperate, it might be time to suck it up and try the onion juice.
Put an onion in a juicer, then work the juice into your scalp. Leave it in for 10 to 15 minutes, then wash it away with shampoo.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is another solution where you’ll have to get past the smell. It’s not as stinky as onion juice, but it can be a little overpowering. Apple cider vinegar is great for your hair because it cleans away anything that might be keeping your scalp blocked. When you have a natural pH balance on your scalp, you will see that your hair grows much faster.
Before you get started with this treatment, wash your hair in the shower. Then work a mix of apple cider vinegar and water into your scalp, and later rinse away with water. To make this mix, you won’t need as much apple cider vinegar as you might think. Take a container and fill it up about 10 percent of the way with apple cider vinegar, then fill the rest with water. Your scalp (and hair growth) will greatly improve.
In our last article, we told you about what eggs can do for your skin. Now we’ll tell you about what they can do for your hair. Eggs are great for your overall health, since they contain a lot of protein and nutrients that your body needs to stay strong. Protein is what hair is made of, so having more protein in your hair strengthens your strands and stimulates growth.
You only need one egg to get started on making the mask. Remove the egg white, add in olive oil and honey (just one teaspoon of each) and whisk it all together. Use this mixture all over your hair and let it sit for 15-20 minutes. Wash it out with shampoo and rinse with cool water.
Rosemary oil doesn’t get used a lot in hair treatments in the western hemisphere, but those in the Middle East swear by it. The oil that comes from the rosemary herb can expand our blood vessels. That sounds like a bad thing at first, but it can actually improve our overall blood circulation, even in our scalps. This oil is great for hair growth, as well as an overall boost to your skin’s health.
Using rosemary oil is quite simple (at least compared to the previous items on our list). All you need to do is mix in some rosemary oil with the shampoo and/or conditioner that you are currently using and massage it deeply into your scalp. You can also add in a small amount of olive oil for an even shinier head of hair.
Potato juice doesn’t sound like something that would help your hair, but you would be surprised of its benefits. Potatoes are packed with three essential vitamins for a strong head of hair: A, B and C. If your hair has started thinning, adding these vitamins into your scalp will help slow down hair loss (and even stop it, in some cases).
Put a potato in a juicer and work the juice into your scalp. Let it sit for a maximum of 15 minutes, then wash the potato juice away with shampoo.
Trim & Comb
You might be asking yourself right now, “Why would I get my hair trimmed when I’m trying to grow it out?” It’s not as ridiculous as it sounds, as we definitely aren’t talking about getting your hair trimmed every day. If you get a trim done once every three months, you will see your hair grow back faster than ever before. The trim will stimulate your hair follicles by getting rid of those dry, dead ends.
You should comb your hair at least three times each day to keep it on its toes (although hair doesn’t have toes). This will keep the blood flowing in your scalp. There are many people that brush their hair multiple times a day, and you might notice that these people tend to have long thick hair. Perhaps it is time to follow the leader, here.
Not only can cayenne pepper help you lose weight, but it can also help you regrow hair. These benefits come from the chemical that cayenne pepper contains, known as Capsaicin. Capsaicin is a natural acid that helps burn away fat and some of the bad oxidants that can be found in skin (like in your scalp.)
Your scalp will better absorb nutrients and thus stimulate hair growth if you follow this method. Mix one teaspoon of cayenne pepper powder with olive oil (just two teaspoons will do) to create a nice mixture that you can rub into your scalp. Make sure to give extra attention to any areas where your hair is thin. Once you’re done, wash it away with cold water to alleviate the tingling sensation.
Coconut milk has a lot of the same benefits as potato juice, but it smells a lot better in your hair. Thus, companies are more willing to put coconut into their shampoo than potato juice. Coconut milk is loaded with protein, potassium, and the fatty acids that your scalp needs to protect your hair from damage.
Instead of picking up a coconut shampoo, get an actual coconut from the grocery store. Take the milk out of it and lather it into your hair and scalp. Instead of washing the coconut milk away after a few minutes, leave it in your hair overnight. The next morning, rinse it away with water, and in a short time, you will have much stronger hair.
Like cayenne pepper, green tea is known to aid in weight loss thanks to its anti-oxidizing abilities. Also, like cayenne pepper, not many people are aware of the benefits that green tea has on hair. Using an antioxidant like green tea on your scalp will decrease hair loss and speed up hair growth.
Rub cooled green tea into your scalp while your hair is dry. Leave the treatment in for about 60 minutes, then wash it away with cold water. Green tea has such a wide range of benefits, and you don’t even have to drink it to get beautiful, fuller hair.
Protein Filled Foods
We told you earlier, but it bears repeating. Your hair is made up of protein, specifically known as keratin. The more protein you eat, the your higher your keratin levels, which will lead to a fuller and stronger head of hair. Many foods contain a lot of protein, but there are certain ones that you should be eating to specifically benefit your hair.
The main sources of keratin boosting proteins are kidney beans, soybeans, eggs and chicken. These foods also contain the good fatty acids responsible for making your skin glow and your hair shine. Eat more protein and avoid the processed junk.
A lot of people add cumin seeds to their food, but this spice can do a lot more than add a little kick to a dish. Cumin seeds are high in protein and about 100 other nutrients that are essential to your hair’s growth, including the vitamins that we talked about earlier.
You can’t do this hair treatment right away, unlike most of the home remedies on our list. It requires a little more preparation, as you have to soak some cumin seeds in oil overnight. You can use olive oil or castor oil, the choice is yours. The next morning, massage the oil and seeds into your scalp. Let the treatment sit for about 15 minutes, then wash it out with shampoo and cool water.
Castor oil is highly regarded as one of the best natural remedies you can use to boost your hair’s growth. It also makes your hair stronger, preventing damage and split ends. Castor oil even works as a conditioner by keeping your scalp moisturized, and thus reduces dandruff. Castor oil really is the Swiss Army knife of oils when it comes to hair.
Pour some castor oil into a bowl and slightly warm it in the microwave. Take the warmed oil (make sure it’s not too hot) and rub it vigorously into your scalp. Let it soak for 15 to 20 minutes. Wash your hair afterwards, and let it air dry.
A lot of us have an issue with dandruff at some point in our lives. Dandruff occurs when a person’s scalp gets dehydrated and their skin falls off in flakes (causing their head to itch). The petals and leaves on hibiscus flowers can both rid one of dandruff and promote hair growth.
It takes a bit of effort to concoct this hair treatment, but it really works. Once you have stripped about a dozen hibiscus flowers of their petals and leaves, rip them into the smallest possible pieces. Next, add in a bit of oil (either coconut or sesame) and rub the flowery mixture into your scalp. Let it sit for 5 minutes before you wash it out with shampoo and cool water.
There are many benefits to eating garlic, including improved heart health. If you just want a thicker head of hair, garlic can help you out with that, too. Garlic contains a compound that is known as allicin, which helps to increase the flow of hemoglobin to your scalp. With the increase in hemoglobin, your hair will get stronger and even grow back in thinning or balding areas.
Use a garlic presser to crush three to four garlic cloves, then boil them in a pot with a bit water. While the garlic is boiling, add in some coconut or olive oil, and let simmer for a few minutes. Remove the pot from the burner. Once the mixture is cool to the touch, rub it directly into the roots of your hair and let it sit for 10 minutes. Wash it away shampoo afterwards; repeat the process three times each week.
Vitamin E Oil
When hair doesn’t grow in certain spots, it’s not just because of a lack of protein, but also from a lack of blood flow. Your blood flow can be stopped by what is known as free radicals, but a little Vitamin E oil can fix you right back up. The anti-oxidizing properties of Vitamin E oil knocks the free radicals away and helps to clean your scalp, setting up a much better base for hair growth.
Vitamin E oil can be found at your local supermarket, and requires no mixing. Just take the oil and rub it into your scalp before you hit the hay, then wash it out the next morning. Pretty much right away your hair will be looking fuller and softer.