By Jc of The Nat­u­ral Haven Bloom

Avril asks,

‘If water can enter the cor­tex of the hair and mois­tur­ize it, then would water infused with herbs ben­e­fit the cor­tex of the hair? eg. like how you would make tea. I do know of some per­sons who swear by tea rins­es

Also does gar­lic real­ly help with hair shed­ding?’

My instinct was to dis­miss this is as an old wives tale but the sci­en­tific process does demand that I look for evi­dence and I am actu­al­ly shocked!!

Gar­lic has been shown to stim­u­late hair growth in those suf­fer­ing from alope­cia areata! Alope­cia areata is a form of hair loss which does not scar the skin. One study says that gar­lic gel applied to the head led to an increase in hair growth. Unfor­tu­nate­ly the study is pub­lished in Ara­bic, which I can­not read , there­fore I can­not give more details (Jour­nal of Mazan­daran Uni­ver­si­ty of Med­ical Sci­ences, pg 9–15, 2006).

A sec­ond study says that patients respond­ed bet­ter to a mix­ture of gar­lic gel and a steroid cream com­pared to those who just got a steroid cream . Steroid creams are the stan­dard start­ing treat­ment for this type of hair loss. (Indi­an Jour­nal of Der­ma­tol­ogy, Venere­ol­o­gy and Lep­ro­l­o­gy, pg 29–32, 2007) 

Inter­est­ing­ly onion juice (yep, just plain old crushed onions) also enhanced hair growth com­pared to tap water. Mean­ing in the absence of steroids, crushed onions could stim­u­late hair growth for alope­cia areata(Journal of der­ma­tol­ogy, pg 343–346, 2002).

The rea­son why crushed gar­lic and onion are thought to have an effect is not pre­cise­ly known. Sci­en­tists think this could be linked to

1. This form of hair loss is caused by the body attack­ing itself and gar­lic/onion juices con­tain chem­i­cals that can help slow or stop the immune sys­tem from doing this.
2. Gar­lic extracts have anti­fun­gal prop­er­ties (Inter­na­tion­al Jour­nal of Der­ma­tol­ogy, pg 285–287, 2009). This action may help cre­ate a suit­able hair growth envi­ron­ment.

I real­ly didn’t think I would find any­thing but clear­ly it is nec­es­sary not to be biased and just look for an answer.

I have not found any­thing more regard­ing tea rins­es direct­ly but I’ll keep look­ing. I would say that the stud­ies were speci­fic to a hair loss con­di­tion not for peo­ple who just want­ed more hair and had a healthy/normal growth pat­tern. Nonethe­less, con­sid­er me shocked!!

Ladies, have you tried gar­lic or onion in your hair reg­i­men?

Leave a Reply

48 Comments on "Garlic and Onion for Hair Growth?"

Notify of
avatar
lightawake
Tried a tra­di­tion­al onion rem­e­dy rec­om­mend­ed on youtube by some­one of ara­bic cul­ture — both for get­ting rid of sunspots on the skin, and for nour­ish­ing and regrowth of hair. I tried both tonight, and both felt great and gave not­i­ca­ble results — espe­cial­ly the hair rem­e­dy which result­ed in imme­di­ate­ly stronger, silkier, straighter, more nour­ished feel­ing hair! Her recipe for hair was 2 onions, some rock­et, one banana blend­ed togeth­er and left on hair for 75 mins-overnight, before wash­ing off. I left it on for the min­i­mum time — but it improved the state of my hair so much… Read more »
Emily George

gar­lic

Carolyne Brown

Great post. I use Alter ego’s Gar­lic Mask treat­ment and have noticed a great improve­ment in the con­di­tion of my hair and scalp. I suf­fer from far less shed­ding than I used to and as a result my hair is the longest it’s ever been. It’s avail­able in the UK on Ama­zon and ebay, but I pur­chase mine from ebay as it’s far cheap­er. Here’s a link to the pro­duct http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/321607507664?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1558.l2649

Yogesh

Its real­ly nice post, thanks to shar­ing.. i will try it for me.

Jason Neman

Nice post. It is real­ly help­ful espe­cial­ly for those who are suf­fer­ing from hair dis­or­ders. Hope to see more of your post about hair treat­ment. Keep it up!

Tony2
I used a gener­ic ver­sion of Monistat 7 twice a week 2 months for most of my scalp. (Also use to re-grow front edges from time to time.) For the crown of my head I used home­made gar­lic oil because I could not use gener­ic Monistat 7 there. Over a year I kept most of my growth. My go to style is a sin­gle French braid in back regard­less of length. For me wear­ing a French braid encour­ages the hair to grow long enough to be braid­ed eas­i­ly into a sin­gle braid. (I have done this for years to grow… Read more »
hyip

Its good to know that there is still hope for peo­ple like me who had lost their once crown­ing mane of glo­ry

ebbi

uni­ver­si­ty of mazan­daran is in iran and does not pub­lish sci­en­tific arti­cles in ara­bic !!! only in par­si oth­er­wise known as per­sian .

Alireza

Uni­ver­si­ty of Mazan­daran is one of the best uni­ver­si­ty in Iran ‚and their lan­guage is Per­sian , not Ara­bic , I’v con­firmed ebbi.

Neil Lamarch
The onion plant has a fan of hol­low, bluish-green leaves and the bulb at the base of the plant begins to swell when a cer­tain day-length is reached. In the autumn the foliage dies down and the out­er lay­ers of the bulb become dry and brit­tle. The crop is har­vest­ed and dried and the onions are ready for use or stor­age. The crop is prone to attack by a num­ber of pests and dis­eases, par­tic­u­lar­ly the onion fly, the onion eel­worm and var­i­ous fungi that cause rot­ting. Some vari­eties of A. cepa such as shal­lots and pota­to onions pro­duce mul­ti­ple bulbs.‘,::… Read more »
trackback

[…] Cred­its 1, […]

http://www.streetdirectory.com

It’s hard to come by knowl­edge­able peo­ple for
this sub­ject, but you sound like you know what you’re talk­ing about!
Thanksstreet­di­rec­to­ry — http://www.streetdirectory.com -

trackback

[…] I so want­ed to reblog this piece here! … but see­ing that I couldn’t I have cre­at­ed a link with­in (Click on the pic­ture)- PLEASE read the arti­cle for your hair’s sake Cheers! […]

Levi Catania

Gen­er­al­ly, hair loss in patch­es sig­ni­fies alope­cia areata. Alope­cia areata typ­i­cal­ly presents with sud­den hair loss caus­ing patch­es to appear on the scalp or oth­er areas of the body. If left untreat­ed, or if the dis­ease does not respond to treat­ment, com­plete bald­ness can result in the affect­ed area, which is referred to as alope­cia total­is.

Albert lasva

I tried for 2 weeks so far and will my hair regrow i dont know yet please advise me how to see result quick­ly tq new com­er papua new guinea

Mehdi

Thx for the arti­cle
There is one thing
You wrote about a study wich pub­lished in (Jour­nal of Mazan­daran Uni­ver­si­ty of Med­ical Sci­ences, pg 9–15, 2006)
You said it was in ara­bic !!!! Mazan­daran locat­ed in north of Iran , and Ira­ni­ans are not ARAB, they are per­sian and their lan­guage is not Ara­bic its per­sian or far­si
please cor­rect your arti­cle :)

Alex

By the way, thank you for this blog but very impor­tant­ly Uni­ver­si­ty of MAZANDARAN is locat­ed in north of IRAN, which last time i have checked the nation­al lan­guage is PERSIAN not(ARABIC).
so once again thank you for your blog but please ensure not to have the wrong facts as this may upset peo­ple and more impor­tant­ly give the wrong impres­sion of your knowl­edge which all togeth­er can be ques­tion­ing or con­tra­dict­ing mat­ter for a blog­ger,
Mis­takes are allowed of course , it is what we do about them that mat­ters.
Best regards,
A

nadine

yes it does work. I am nat­u­ral and I blend gar­lic and onions with con­di­tion­er and leaves it on my hair for 45 minutes..and voila..cuts my shed­ding about 90%. I am hap­py with results, it makes my hair strong at the same time. I will con­tin­ue to use this com­bi­na­tion until Decem­ber. I have past shoul­der hair length, and hop­ing for a healthy and strong full head of hair.

nickeciac@yahoo.com

Yes onion and gar­lic does work. In fact it works almost instan­ta­neous­ly! I research it and tried it! but con­sis­ten­cy with treat­ment will assit. and of course prayer :)

brittnei

I’ve suf­fered from alope­cia a cou­ple of years ago. I didn’t see a doc­tor about it for about two months after the ini­tial hair loss. I was prescibed a foam for hair growth. I used the foam faith­ful­ly for two months with no improve­ment in hair growth (4 months with no hair growth). After read­ing about onion juice I thought why not. After a week of dab­bing fresh­ly juiced onions on my patch­es hair sprout­ed. I firm­ly stand by the onion juice cure. :)

Paige

Did u mix it with any­thing else? And how often did u apply it?

SeriouslyNow

I take odor­less gar­lic pills and I now have very lit­tle shed­ding. And it DOES seem that every antibac­te­ri­al thing, from essen­tial oils to Monistat, pro­motes growth by remov­ing any top­i­cal fun­gus (we all have it) that may hin­der growth.
Also, I suf­fered from alope­cia areata. I used a top­i­cal steroid given to me by my der­ma­tol­o­gist, but I can only imag­ine how good the results would be with a steroid AND gar­lic pills.

Anne

But reduc­ing shed­ding has more to do with hair thick­ness than hair growth right?

Tee

Can i leave onion and Gal­lic juice on the hair unwatched. Is there any side effect of leav­ing this on my hair . 

Tee

dbiz

used gar­lic oil as part of a deep con­di­tion­er one day and it did leave my hair super soft. how­ev­er the smell was God awful so I haven’t done it again :/

anastasia

I was think­ing of doing the same thing but using odor­less gar­lic instead, just for kicks! I think a liq­uid odor­less gar­lic is sold in health food stores, and of course, there’s always Ama­zon.

I did read a few peer-reviewed arti­cles regard­ing garlic’s ben­e­fit, but I do remem­ber that the ben­e­fit was only seen w/ Alope­cia areata (as the post men­tions). I’m still going to try it any­way, cuz this girl loves adding a lil extra some­thin’ some­thin’ to my deep con­di­tion­ers and my hair responds well to tea rins­es =)

lulu

very inter­est­ing info! I think I’ll stick with emu oil, avo­cado oil, JBCO and Rose­mary Oil. I’ve expe­ri­enced enhanced growth with the­se. If gar­lic or onion oil didn’t stink so much, I’d look into it but I can imag­ine remov­ing the smell would remove the essen­tial prop­er­ties need­ed for hair growth. It almost always works that way.

SeriouslyNow

There are odor­less gar­lic pills out there. I take them and now expe­ri­ence very lit­tle shed­ding.

Sobesonatural

What is JBCO?

Alwina

Jamaican Black Cas­tor Oil

NappyHeadChronicles

I’ve heard that gar­lic was good for hair growth, but nev­er heard of apy­ing it top­i­cal­ly. Most peo­ple take gar­lic pills or eat roast­ed gar­lic. I’d be inter­est­ed to see how to apply it to the scalp and not reek of it all day!

L M

Hey JC when do we get to see pics of your hair?

The Natural Haven

Not gonna hap­pen :)

Saywhat

Like a den­tist who won’t let any­one see their teeth, hmm­mm.

Sunshine

Heard about using food col­or as hair color…do not know how healthy this method is but some nat­u­rals swear by it not being dam­ag­ing n safe way to col­or hair.…any insights?

meraj

nat­u­al rem­e­dy

meraj

nat­u­al rem­e­dy

Hair!over

Nat­u­ral Rem­e­dy

RPrice

Why do I see some new­ly nat­u­ral crush­ing gar­lic and onions and apply­ing said mix­ture to theirs scalps? Shoo, I may try it myself.

Barbara

I’m start­ing to see a trend here, seems like any­thing anti fun­gal works as a growth aid, monistat cream, Cas­tor oil, sul­fur, aloe vera, gar­lic.….

GiGi

I agree, i think this may be some­thing I will try

Landry

“Monistat cream”? I think I just threw up in my mouth a bit. I’m all for hair growth, but that is tak­ing it a lit­tle to far.

Landry

*too*

AllyCat

Ha! Would it be bet­ter is she said Tough Act­in Ten­act­in or what­ev­er? Anti­fun­gal cream is anti­fun­gal cream. I can­not believe the imma­tu­ri­ty of peo­ple who get freaked out about Monistat on your scalp. As long as its not used already ie tak­ing it from the cooch and THEN apply­ing to your scalp how is it any more gross than any­thing else? (Although I am reply­ing to you, this com­ment is not toward you per­son­al­ly i’ve seen many peo­ple get grossed out by this and it puz­zles me to no end).

Barbara

Because any­thing relat­ed to vagi­nas are like soo total­ly icky, sil­ly!

Landry

Yes, “Tough Act­in Ten­act­in” would sound bet­ter, much bet­ter. lol! I auto­mat­i­cal­ly asso­ciate Monistat with vajay­jay, not good!

Oh, and I take very lit­tle per­son­al. ;) Just voic­ing my opin­ion, and I agree with the “many peo­ple grossed out.” hehe

SeriouslyNow

You know glyc­er­ine is found in sex­u­al lubri­cants and lax­a­tives and it is used on hair and skin, right?
There are mul­ti­ple uses for every­thing. Google it.

For the Love of Curls

How­con­nie on youtube swears by onion juice.

wpDiscuz