Long before the advent of chemical or surgical hair restoration – people all over the world have been using natural remedies to nourish the scalp and keep hair thick and healthy.
There are about two dozen common causes for hair loss and thinning hair, including (but not limited to) stress, skin infection, medications, age, heredity and sudden change in diet. Whatever your case, the remedies on this list when used regularly can help you regrow, or thicken, your hair.
Amla fruit – commonly referred to as Indian gooseberry – is high in vitamin C with antioxidant and antimicrobial properties. In addition, the fatty acids found in amla act as a conditioner to hydrate and strengthen the hair and roots. Hair treatments made of powdered, fresh or dry hair are some of the most popular natural remedies used to prevent hair loss (as well as to mask and prevent gray hair). In addition, there are a number of amla hair oils that help to enrich the hair, like this Dabur Amla hair oil.
Reetha, sapindina rich fruit of Sapindus mukorossi, has been used by people in the eastern and western world for thousands of years to make soap – giving the tree its nickname: soapnut. Natural cleansers made from reetha have both anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties that can help heal scalp ailments that cause hair loss. For more information on how to make your own soapnut cleaners, check out this great video.
Hop flowers are widely recognized for their ability to stimulate hair growth as well as to strengthen existing hair and reduce breakage. Hop flower oil is also a natural antiseptic that can help prevent hair loss caused by microbial infection of the hair follicles.
Shikakai, reetha and amla can also be combined to create a moisturizing and nourishing natural cleanser.
Eggs are rich in protein, sulfur, iron, zinc and selenium – everything our bodies need for hair production. Extra virgin olive oil is a great natural moisturizer high in vitamin E traditionally used for skin health all around. An egg white mixed vigorously with a teaspoon of olive oil creates a great natural scalp treatment that can help reduce hair loss by nourishing the scalp as well as increasing blood flow and supplying oxygen to the follicles Hairy.
Ginger increases circulation, combats dandruff, stimulates hair follicles to promote new and existing hair growth.
The watercress is full of vitamins and minerals, including zinc, iron and biotin, all of which have shown benefits for the scalp and hair health.
Protein rich diet
A high protein diet helps the body synthesize keratin, the key structural component of hair, skin and nails. To combat hair loss and promote healthy new growth, add protein-rich foods like poultry, fish, lean meat, eggs, soy, yogurt and walnuts to your weekly shopping list.
Basil has anti-inflammatory properties, strengthens hair against breakage, and improves circulation in the hair follicles to stimulate growth. Try this recipe for a herbal infusion.
Bhringraj is an ancient Ayurvetic herb considered to be one of the best natural remedies to revitalize the sleeping hair follicles. Bhringraj powder mixed with water (or an oil base, such as coconut oil) can be prepared in a treatment for the scalp and hair.