Many people suffer from hair loss. Men can often associate it with growing old and having a genetic predisposition toward male pattern baldness, and for women it can be another matter, altogether it is important to tackle the root of the problem. You can find a lot of natural treatments to promote hair growth using onion, castor oil and rosemary but in this article we will inform you how to fight your hair loss using garlic.
Garlic and hair loss – the research
Garlic is a wonder food, it has so many benefits and it is has a long list of home remedy uses. In 2007 a research was made by dermatological researchers from Iran’s Mazandaran University of Medical Sciences, where it was proved that topical application of garlic gel to areas where hair loss had taken place led to hair regrowth in the previously bald areas of the scalp, reduction in size of bald patches, and higher hair count numbers.
Garlic contains sulfur and selenium that helps in fortifying the structure of the hair shaft, meaning not only it helps to replenish the lost hair, but it strengthens the existing hair as well.
How to Use Garlic for Hair Growth (Garlic Hair Treatment):
Garlic Juice and Honey for Hair Growth
Take about 8 cloves of garlic, or a small head and extract the juice by peeling each clove and using garlic press to squeeze the juice from each clove. This should yield about one tablespoon of garlic juice. Mix this juice with equal amount of honey and apply it to your scalp and hair and leave it on for 20 minutes or more before cleaning it. You should do this two to three times per week or more.
It is important to know that pure garlic can irritate the skin if you use it alone. For this reason it is important to mix it to reduce the chances of skin irritation on the scalp.
Garlic Juice and Coconut Oil to Fight Hair Loss
The second healthy hair salve is to mix the equal parts of garlic juice, extracted using the same method from described above and mix the juice with a tablespoon of slightly warmed coconut oil (warm it by placing it in a bowl filled with warm water). And apply it the same way like the one with honey.
Garlic Oil for Hair
Note: You should never confuse garlic essential oil and garlic oil. Garlic essential oil is extremely powerful and can cause skin irritation if not properly diluted. Please use only garlic – infused oil NOT essential oil for treating your scalp.
Garlic – infused oil can also be used as a growth promoting hair salve. All you have to do is apply one tablespoon of garlic oil to your scalp and massage thoroughly, then leave it for 20 minutes or more and then rinse the oil out.
How to Make Garlic Oil to Promote Hair Growth
You can easily make your own garlic-infused oil at home. Here’s how to do it:
Method 1: Simple Garlic Infusion for Hair
It is really easy to make this recipe : peel and mince garlic and soak it in warm olive oil. You should use one tablespoon of olive oil per clove of garlic, the difference is that you should leave the mixture for one or two weeks in your refrigerator so steep before using. Strain the minced garlic from the oil, and use it as outlined above. To prevent spoiling use dark glass container.
Method 2: Garlic Infusion + Essential Oils for Hair Growth
In this method we use more hair-friendly ingredients, and it offers a multi faceted approach with an array of benefits. You will need the following:
- 5 tablespoons of garlic infused oil (see method 1 above)
- 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon of castor oil
- 1/2 teaspoon of rosemary essential oil
- 10 drops of tea tree oil
- 5 drops of peppermint essential oil
Mix the garlic infused oil with the remaining ingredients and shake well. Store in the refrigerator to keep the oil from spoiling.
When trying home remedies it usually takes several months to notice any result, so patience is required. Also not all remedies work for everyone and results vary between different people. There are several other methods that are mentioned at the end of the article, but I think the first step is to try and find if there is any underlying reason for the hair loss – is it hormonal issue, extreme stress, nutritional deficiency or something else. Good Luck.