Long, shiny and healthy hair is something every woman desires. In a perfect world we would all have it, but the dying, straightening, all the chemical processes our hair endures makes it impossible for us to have healthy hair. There are all sorts of commercial hair care products on the market, which cost a fortune and often yield unsatisfactory results. Luckily for you, in this article we’ll share with you the best natural remedies for fast hair growth and long, shiny healthy hair. The best thing about these natural remedies is that they’re not expensive and have no unwanted side-effects.
Before we go into the remedies we’d like to share with you the most common hair care mistakes we all inadvertently make which damage our hair beyond repair:
- Not protecting your hair from heat;
- Using hot irons on damp hair;
- Intense towel drying (use an old t-shirt instead of a towel);
- You’re only combing the hair ends (you need to brush your entire hair).
- You should avoid using elastics which pull on your hair;
- Try to keep your hair ;
- Keep your hair hydrated using conditioner or a hair mask;
- Nourish your hair after straightening it;
- Drink plenty of water to treat dry, rough and wavy hair;
- When detangling your hair, utilize your fingers or a wide-tooth comb instead of a brush in order to prevent breakage and preserve the shape of your curls;
Hair Growth Cycle:
Hair goes through three stages in her normal growth cycle:
The Anagen stage – You can really notice hair growth during this stage due to the division of follicles.
The Catagen stage – During this stage hair growth stops and the hair shaft is pushed up nearby the surface while the follicle shrinks.
The Telogen phase – During this stage the hair rests. It lasts for about 2-4 months and afterwards it starts growing again.
Note: The normal growth cycle often gets interrupted due to hormonal imbalance, excessive stress and unhealthy diet and the hair start to fall off excessively and stops growing.
Effective Home Remedies for Hair Growth:
Onion juice is an excellent natural remedy for hair growth because it’s rich in sulfur which speeds up collagen production in the tissue.
Take a few red onions and chop them into small pieces. Once they’re chopped squeeze them to get their juice and apply it on your scalp. Leave it for 15 minutes and rinse with a mild shampoo.
Apple Cider Vinegar:
ACV is excellent for hair growth. It cleans the scalp and maintains your pH balance resulting in faster hair growth and healthier, shinier hair.
Mix 75ml of ACV with 1l of water if you want to make a solution which will last longer. If you want it for just a few times you can add about 15ml of ACV in some warm water. First wash your hair like you normally do and then rinse it with the solution.
Not many people have heard about the amazing benefits of potato juice. It’s rich in Vitamin C, A and B which are the key ingredients for accelerated hair growth.
Chop up a few potatoes and put them in a juicer. Apply the juice on your scalp and leave it on for 15 minutes. Rinse with a mild shampoo.
Eggs abound in sulfur, selenium, iodine, zinc, phosphorous and iron. It also contains growth-stimulating proteins.
You just need one egg white, a teaspoon of honey and olive oil and that’s it. Mix all the ingredients until you get a smooth paste and apply it on your entire hair length. Leave it on for 20 minutes and rinse with a mild shampoo.
Fenugreek is a very beneficial plant which is widely used for hair growth. It also protects your natural hair color.
Buy some fenugreek paste, you can find it in almost every herbal store. Mix 1tbsp. of the paste with 2tsp. of coconut milk and apply it on your scalp and entire hair length. Leave it on for 30 minutes and rinse with a mild shampoo.
If your hair is dry and lifeless a henna pack is the perfect solution for you. It will make your hair shiny and silky smooth, while also adding a bit of color. It will stimulate hair growth and strengthen your hair roots.
Mix a cup of dry henna powder with half a cup of yogurt. Apply the mixture on the entire hair length and leave it in until it dries off. Wash your hair with a mild shampoo.
Cayenne pepper is rich in Capsaicin, which activates the nerves and stimulates blood flow in the scalp. It makes your hair absorb the nutrients better and speeds up hair growth.
Mix 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper with 2 teaspoons of olive oil and apply the mixture on hair ends, where the hair is getting thinner. Rinse with cold water.
Indian gooseberry (amla):
Amla is rich in antioxidants and vitamin C which are two highly important nutrients that strengthen hair and improve hair color.
Mix 2tsp. of amla powder or juice with 2tsp. of lime juice and apply the mixture on your scalp. Wait until it dries out and rinse it with warm water.
Coconut milk abounds in potassium, iron, and essential fats which is why it’s so beneficial when it comes to hair growth. It also prevents hair breakage.
Buy some coconut milk and apply it on your hair, on the problematic areas and leave it on during the night. Rinse your hair with cold water the next morning.
Green tea contains high amounts of antioxidants which prevent hair loss and stimulate hair growth.
Make a cup of green tea and while it’s still warm (not too hot) apply it on your scalp. Leave it in for an hour and rinse with cold water.
Cumin seeds are excellent for hair care because they abound in all the much needed nutrients and vitamins which stimulate hair growth and make your hair look healthy and well-cared for.
Soak the cumin seeds in olive oil or castor oil and leave them to soak overnight. Strain the liquid the next morning and apply it on your hair. Leave it in for 15 minutes and rinse with a mild shampoo.