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Does Onion Juice Really Help In Hair Growth – Research and Truth

Hair loss is one of the common problems, probably each one us might have experienced. It may be due to dandruff, brittle hair, weak hair, patchy hair fall called alopecia, age baldness or stress. Our grand parents often advise to use onion juice as a hair loss remedy as it was very effective in teir times. But is it really worth it? What does the science and research say? Let’s find out.

Research

A research study was done under Khalifa E Sharquie in June 2002 on subject “Onion Juice (Allium cepa), A New Topical Treatment For Alopecia Areata”. This study was designed to test effectiveness of topical crude onion juice on patchy baldness in comparison with tap water for straight 8 weeks. The study was carried out on a total of 38 patients. This study showed that the use of crude onion juice gave a signicicantly higher results with reagrd to hair regrowth than did tap water and that it can be an effective topical therapy.

Although a lot more research is required in this area of field.

Benefits

  • Onions contain high amount of dietary sulfur. The protien needed for our hair growth and strength called Keratin is sulfur rich. More sulfur helps in more hair growth.
  • Sulfur from onions promote collagen production. Hence, improving new cells’ build and stronger hair scalp.
  • The tingling effect of onion juice is known to improve blood ciculation when applied directly, resulting in increased hair health.
  • Onion has anti microbial properties which contibutes to scalp infections and treat them.
  • Onions contain falvonoids which fight free radicals and help stop aging of hair follicles.

Application

Take a small sized onion. Grate or crush it. Pack it in a muslin cloth and press it tightly to squeeze all the juice from the onion. Apply it directly on the dry scalp with the help of fingers or a spray bottle for at least 30 minutes. Then wash and dry the hair as usual. Repeat the process twice or thrice a week.

If very strong, then dilute it with some water.

Addition of rose water or lemon may help with the strong smell.

If irritating, add some emolient like olive oil, aloe vera gel, coconut oil etc.

If allergic, avoid using it. As an alternate use onion juice shampoos available in market but this may slow the end results.

References

This inforamtion was extracted from

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/12126069/

https://www.healthline.com/health/onion-juice-for-hair#considerations

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