There a hundreds of different tips and myths on how to promote hair growth, from onion juice rinses to weekly egg masks.
Your hair grows from the follicles that are on your scalp, and the actual hair we have is dead, so applying products to the hair will not result in any growth. Some food can help hair growth as the nutrients are consumed and this helps the hair follicles to stay healthy.
Some home remedies used cannot cause your hair to grow however they can help the health of your hair. To clear things up we have picked the most popular hair growth home remedies and discussed what they actually do.
Coconut oil can works to provide nutrients for the hair coconut is rich in vitamin E and K, as well as iron, which works to improve the softness of the hair. The oil seals in moisture and shields the hair from any damage.
Coconut oil is very good for the health of your hair; however the properties do not reach the hair follicles and therefore do not have any way of promoting growth.
Some myths advise that to promote hair growth you should drink beetroot juice. The bright purple vegetable is packed with protein, vitamins B and C, iron, potassium and silica. These nutrients help to promote hair growth, if you regularly drink beetroot juice it could lead to hair growth – however, there is no scientific evidence it does.
Eggs are a great source of protein and it is thought that using an egg mask can help your hair grow. The hair is made up from keratin and protein which is why people believe that the added protein from an egg can make your hair grow.
The egg mask may not work to help your hair grow, however the mask can work to reveal shinier and healthier looking hair instantly.
Using the juice of two to three onions as a mask before shampooing is thought to promote hair growth. Some even say that rubbing onions onto your head can promote growth.
Onions are enriched with sulphur which works to improve blood circulation. Applying onion juice to your hair will not promote growth; applying onion juice to your scalp can, however, improve hair growth.
As the hair grows from the follicles in the scalp the increased blood supply gives the follicles better nutrients and nourishment.
Home hair growth remedies can help your hair grow, remedies such as a drinking beetroot juice and applying onion juice to the scalp can directly help hair grow because the hair follicles are getting the nutrients. Factors such as your diet can also have an impact on hair growth, and having a balanced diet helps hair grow.
Remedies such as coconut oil and egg masks cannot directly make your hair grow however they can improve the condition of your hair. If your hair is in bad condition it can lead to split ends which will eventually snap off causing hair to become shorter. By keeping the hair in good condition you can prevent this from happening.