Thinning of hair and hair loss is a major cause of concern for both men and women.
There are various factors that affect hair growth. As such, it is important if you know these factors as you may be hampering your chances of letting your hair grow fast without even knowing. These factors include; improper hairdo, genetics, age, poor diet, illness, hormonal changes, hormonal imbalances, stress, weak immune system, physiological issues such as trauma, anxiety, and depression.
Fortunately, there are several natural ways to positively counteract these factors so that you can get the fast hair growth and long hair you want.
Here are some good practices and tips for growing your hair fast;
- Eat a healthy and balanced diet. Nutrition is really the key to fast hair growth.
- Lower your stress levels through relaxation or yoga techniques as stress adversely affects your hair health.
- Trim your hair regularly to stimulate a faster hair growth.
- Do not wash your hair too often as this would strip your hair of its essential nutrients that are needed for fast hair growth.
- You could take supplements to ensure there is no deficiency of much-needed hair nutrients.
- Drink water regularly as this would help hydrate the hair and flush out toxins, that could hamper hair growth, from the body.
- There are several hair packs you could DIY that are great for your hair such as egg hair pack or banana hair pack.
- Do not brush your hair too often as this would increase hair strain and the tendency for hair breakage and hair fall.
- Use silk or satin for your pillow covers as their smooth texture causes less hair breakage.
- Protect your hair from inclement outdoor elements, such as harsh sunlight, dusty wind or rain, when you are outdoors.
- Condition your hair regularly to hydrate your hair and help it look frizz-free.
- Massage your scalp to give it the much-needed blood circulation it needs.
- Be patient. Hair growth does not occur overnight and don’t be tempted to use a chemical-laden hair product that promises fast hair growth but would only lead to major health challenges in the future.
Below are 48 natural home remedies for long hair and fast hair growth;
1. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar works in a natural way to deep clean the scalp, reduce scalp problems and promote hair growth. Using it is extremely easy, mix 75 ml of it in a liter of water and store it in a bottle. Use 1 cup of this solution to rinse your hair after shampooing every time.
2. Coconut Milk
Rich in Vitamins, calcium, iron, and phosphorus, coconut milk helps in inducing hair growth in an excellent way. Apply it to your scalp and gently massage for a few minutes. Let it stay for 30 minutes before washing it off with lukewarm water. Doing this once a week will help you obtain long and shiny hair.
A study, published in the Journal Of Cosmetic Science, discusses the merits of coconut oil for hair due to the oil’s affinity to hair proteins and the oil’s ability to penetrate hair shafts. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12715094)
3. Egg Mask
Egg contains a lot of proteins that are needed for the hair to grow fast. So applying it to your hair provides a boost of proteins, antioxidants and other minerals that moisturizes, nourishes and protects the hair. Beat one egg and, to it, add 1 teaspoon each of olive oil and honey. Apply it to your hair and leave this mask for 20-25 minutes. Shampoo your hair as usual.
Coffee has an excellent capability to work at a molecular level to promote hair growth. It is suitable for people with dark colored hair as it may stain the hair to some extent. Brew 7 tablespoon of coffee in 2 cups of water and let it cool. Pour this liquid into your hair after washing it. Make sure you pour some on your scalp. Wring the excess solution from your hair and let it stay for 30 minutes. Wash it with lukewarm water thereafter.
A study, published in the International Journal Of Trichology in 2012, showed the health benefits of the topical application of caffeine for inhibiting androgenetic alopecia (a type of hair loss). (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3500065/)
5. Chia Seeds
The gel-like consistency of soaked chia seeds works in hydrating your hair and scalp to promote hair growth. They also contain omega-3 fatty acids that reduce inflammation and eliminate scalp problems. Soak a teaspoon of chia seeds in milk for 8-10 minutes. Apply it to your scalp and leave it for 10-15 minutes before rinsing off with shampoo and water.
Honey is one of the best natural ingredients that helps to grow hair faster and longer. It hydrates, repairs and makes hair soft and smooth. Just mix 1 teaspoon of honey with two tablespoons of shampoo and use it to wash your hair.
A 2012 article published in AYU, An International Quarterly Journal Of Research In Ayurveda, reviewed the medicinal and cosmetic uses of honey which included honey’s use as a hair conditioner and to improve hair luster. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3611628/)
7. Blackstrap Molasses
Blackstrap molasses provides a boost of vitamin B and iron which is great for hair growth and hair length. Besides it also contains calcium and potassium that promotes hair growth. Take 1/4th cup of blackstrap molasses and apply it on your hair. Leave it for 25-30 minutes and rinse your hair. Do this once a week for long and beautiful hair.
8. Fish Oil
Consuming fish oil supplements will make your hair grow faster. It contains omega-3 fatty acids which help in reducing stress from the scalp and improve scalp health. Since your hair follicles are well nourished from within, it boosts hair growth. Take fish oil supplement on a daily basis along with your food for long hair.
A study, published in the Journal Of Cosmetic Dermatology in March 2015, shows the positive benefits of omega3&6 in reducing hair loss and improving hair density. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25573272)
9. Rose Water
Rose water is an excellent remedy for damaged skin and works great for the scalp too. Mix one cup of rose water with 1 vitamin E capsule and 6-7 drops of jojoba oil. Apply it to your hair and leave it for some time. Wash off with a shampoo thereafter.
10. Potato Juice
Being a rich source of vitamins, potato helps in growing hair faster. Extract the juice of a potato and apply it on your hair. Leave it for 15-20 minutes and wash with shampoo and water.
Also known as the ‘flower of haircare’, hibiscus is extensively used in herbal hair care products. It nourishes the hair and makes it grow fast and healthy. Take 2 fresh hibiscus flowers and wash it. Blend it with 2 tablespoons of sesame oil and apply it on your scalp and the entire length of hair for 30-35 minutes. Wash it with lukewarm water and shampoo. You may also use 3-4 hibiscus leaves in place of the flowers.
A study, published in the Journal Of Ethnopharmacology in October 2003, concluded that hibiscus exhibits potency for hair growth. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12963149)
If you are dealing with dandruff which is causing hair fall or slow hair growth, wheatgrass may help you to some extent. Take 1/2 cup of the wheatgrass juice and apply it on your scalp. Leave it for 20 minutes and rinse with a shampoo thereafter.
13. Baking Soda
Hair growth is highly affected by clogged follicles of the scalp. Baking soda helps in clearing off chlorine buildup and dandruff from the hair. Mix 1 tablespoon of baking soda with 6 tablespoons of water. Use this paste to apply to your scalp and let it stay for 10 minutes. Wash with lukewarm water thereafter.
Rich in proteins, fenugreek is an excellent hair growth remedy. Soak a cup of the seeds in water overnight. When soaked, you can grind them to make a paste. First, apply some coconut oil on your scalp and hair followed by the fenugreek seed paste. Wash off your hair after one hour.
15. Castor Oil
Castor oil helps in reducing bald patches and promote new hair growth. It keeps hair moisturized reducing the chances of damage and breakage. Massage your scalp gently with this miraculous oil and wrap a warm towel around your head for the oil to act. Let it stay for 20 minutes. Do this two times a week for effective hair growth.
16. Rosemary Oil
Rosemary helps in increasing blood circulation around the scalp and promotes hair growth. It also unclogs the hair follicles making them healthy. Mix 2-3 drops of rosemary essential oil to another carrier oil such as coconut oil or jojoba oil. Apply it to your hair and scalp. Leave it on your hair for half an hour. Wash off, as usual, with water.
A study, published by Phytotherapy Research in February 2013, showed that topical administration of Rosmarinus officinalis leaf extract can improve hair regrowth. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22517595)
17. Lemon Juice
Lemon juice is a great source of antioxidants beneficial for hair growth. It also helps in stimulating the circulation of blood in the scalp that results in faster hair growth. Mix lemon and coconut oil in the ratio of 1:2 and apply it on your scalp. Leave it for 45 minutes and wash off.
18. Scalp Massage
Massaging your scalp on a regular basis can naturally boost hair growth. Scalp massage increases the blood circulation of the scalp and prevents clogged follicles. Use your fingers to rub over your scalp in gentle circular motion. This will help in opening up closed blood vessels and increase the flow of blood to the area. It will promote hair growth in a natural way. You may also use an oil such as a coconut oil, jojoba oil or almond oil to massage your scalp on a regular basis.
A study, published by ePlasty which is an open access journal of Plastic Surgery, in 2016 showed that standardized scalp massage results in increased hair thickness (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4740347/)
19. Beetroot Juice
Beetroot is rich in vitamins and minerals that help in boosting hair growth. Crammed with lots of proteins, vitamin B, Vitamin C, carotenoids and iron, it can help nourish the hair and promote its growth. Extract beetroot juice and drink it to attain naturally long and beautiful hair. You may also mix it with other juices such as carrots, cucumber, and coriander to make it work more effectively.
20. Indian Gooseberry
Indian gooseberry or amla makes an excellent hair growth remedy. It reduces premature greying while making your hair soft, shiny and long. Take some dried pieces of Indian gooseberry and cook it in some coconut oil. Strain the oil and leave to cool. Use the oil to massage your hair. Leave it for 30 minutes and wash your hair as you usually do. You may also apply fresh amla juice to grow hair faster.
A study, published in the journal Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine in 2017, had Amla as one of the constituent herbal extracts in the study that stimulates hair growth and improves hair health. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5429933/)
21. Raw Shea Butter
Shea butter moisturizes the hair and nourishes it with vitamin A and E which boosts hair growth. It helps in eliminating scalp dryness and promotes scalp health. Liquify some shea butter by heating it. Apply it to your scalp and hair and massage lightly. Leave it for 30 minutes on your hair and rinse off.
22. Bee Pollen
Bee pollen is a great supplement for boosting hair growth. The high protein content of the supplement keeps hair nourished from within. Take the supplement on a regular basis to grow hair in a fast and easy manner. If you notice any allergic reactions, immediately stop its use.
There are specific asanas or posture in yoga that may help in keeping you calm and relaxed as well as boosting the blood circulation and oxygen flow to your scalp which helps in growing hair faster. Try doing Uttanasana, Adho Mukha Svanasana, Vajrayana and Sasankasana to help grow your hair.
Carrots contain carotenoid which is an antioxidant that helps in reducing hair damage and promote its growth. Extract the juice of one carrot and apply it on your hair. Leave it for at least 15-20 minutes. Now gently remove the juice by washing your hair. Alternatively, you may also drink the juice of fresh carrots for the essential substances present in it to act from within.
Take 3 tablespoons of turmeric powder and add it to a cup of raw milk. Add 2 tablespoon of honey to it and mix well. Apply this mixture to your scalp and hair and wash it thoroughly with a shampoo and lukewarm water after 30 minutes. The curcumin present in turmeric heals the scalp and reduces scalp problems thereby inducing healthy hair growth.
Dirt, oils, and pollution can clog the hair follicles affecting hair growth. Yogurt acts as a mild acid that helps in exfoliating the scalp in a natural way. The fat content, present in yogurt, deeply moisturizes the hair and provides a long-lasting luster. Just apply unsweetened yogurt to your scalp and hair and wash it with a shampoo after 30 minutes. Use this remedy once a week for growing your hair long.
27. Almond Oil
Almond oil is a great hair boosting oil that can be used to massage your scalp. It retains the moisture in the hair and reduces dry and itchy scalp. It provides strength to the hair making it less prone to breakage. Take a few drops of almond oil in your fingertips and massage it on your scalp. Repeat it two times a week for long and strong hair.
28. Curry Leaves
Heat half cup of coconut oil in a pan and add a handful of curry leaves to it. Heat it until the green leaves changes to a black residue. Cool and strain it. Apply this oil in gentle motion to your scalp and rinse your hair with shampoo after an hour. Curry leaves are a rich source of essential minerals such as calcium, iron, and phosphorus plus vitamin A and C that helps in boosting hair growth.
Deficiency of biotin or B-vitamins makes it difficult for your hair to grow. Biotin helps in revitalizing the hair follicles in an excellent way to provide soft, shiny and long hair. Crush 2-3 tablets of biotin and mix it with a carrier oil such as olive oil or coconut oil. Apply the oil and leave it to work overnight. Wash your hair as usual in the morning.
A research published in by the journal, Expert Review Of Endocrinology & Metabolism, in 2008 showed that biotin deficiency can lead to numerous health impairment including hair loss (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2726758/)
30. Onion Juice
The sulfur compound, present in onions, helps in the production of collagen. This makes it a great remedy for baldness useful in growing hair back. Squeeze the juice of an onion and apply it on your scalp. Let it stay for 15-20 minutes and wash off with water and shampoo. Repeat it once a week.
A study, published in the Journal of Dermatology in June 2002 concluded that onion juice gave a significantly high result with regard to hair re-growth. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12126069)
31. Cayenne Pepper
Mix a teaspoon of powdered cayenne pepper with two parts of olive oil. Apply it to your entire scalp and leave it for 10 minutes before washing it with cold water. Cayenne pepper contains capsaicin which is a great hair booster. It stimulates the blood flow to the scalp resulting in better absorption of the nutrients.
32. Avoid Ginger (Don’t Use Ginger-Based Hair Products!)
Contrary to popular belief, ginger causes hair loss. As such, if you want to increase your hair growth and have long hair, stay away from ginger. Several companies make and sell shampoo containing ginger with the belief that it helps stimulate hair growth and prevent hair loss. However, there is no scientific evidence to corroborate their claim.
On the other hand, there is evidence-based research that shows that ginger supresses hair growth. A study, published by PLoS One in 2013, confirmed that 6-gingerol, the main active component of ginger suppresses hair growth and causes hair removal. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3578824/)
33. Rice Water
Rice water is an age-old remedy to boost hair growth. Rice water contains Vitamin B6, E, and K as well as proteins that assist faster hair growth. Soak half cup of rice in 2 cups of water. Strain it and pour the water on your scalp and hair. Massage your hair with the rice water and shampoo as usual.
34. Argan Oil
Also known as “liquid gold”, because it is the most expensive edible oil in the world, argan oil is highly beneficial for healthy hair growth. It improves the texture of the hair making it soft, smooth and lustrous. It balances the natural production of oil in the scalp and stimulates hair growth. Use argan oil twice a week to obtain faster results.
A 2015 publication by the International Journal Of Trichology discusses argan oil’s hair moisturizing and hydrophobic properties. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4387693/)
35. Jojoba Oil
Jojoba oil provides deep hydration through the entire hair shaft and makes it appear lustrous and healthy. When used on a regular basis, it prevents hair damage and promotes its growth. Mix one teaspoon of jojoba oil with 2 tablespoons of a carrier oil like olive oil or coconut oil and massage it into your hair. Let it stay overnight.
36. Green Tea
Crammed with antioxidants, green tea is a great hair growth booster. Just soak a tea bag in 2 cups of hot water and let it cool but still warm enough. Apply it to your scalp and leave it for at least 1 hour. Now wash off the liquid with cold water. Green tea also helps in preventing hair loss and makes it strong and long.
A study, published in the Journal Of The National Medical Association in June 2005, showed positive effects of tea polyphenolic compounds for hair regrowth (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2569505/)
37. Mustard Powder
Mustard powder is known to improve the circulation of the scalp as well as reduce swelling around the hair follicles. This helps in boosting hair growth in a natural way. All you have to do is mix a tablespoon of powdered mustard seeds and 1 tablespoon of sugar in a quarter cup of warm water. Mix it well and use it on your scalp and hair for an hour. Wash it with shampoo as usual.
38. Brewers Yeast
Brewers yeast is packed with a high dose of vitamin B complex which helps in growing hair fast. Make a hair pack by mixing 4 tablespoons of brewers yeast in warm water. Add a half tablespoon of olive oil and mix well. Leave the mask on your hair for an hour and rinse off with a shampoo. Repeat this remedy after 10 days.
Vitamins are essential for hair growth. If you are deficient in any vitamin, it can greatly affect your health, hair, and skin. Make sure you are taking the recommended dose of the vitamins through a balanced diet. If not, consider taking multivitamin supplements that will ensure faster hair growth.
40. Lavender Oil
Lavender oil, also known as the beauty oil, is effective in preventing and curing hair loss as well as alopecia. Mix lavender oil and a carrier oil, such as olive oil or coconut oil, together. Then, apply this oil mixture to your scalp. Leave, on the scalp, for an hour before rinsing off.
A 2016 publication in the journal, Toxicology Research, highlights the hair-growth promoting effect of lavender oil (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4843973/)
41. Sage Oil
Sage oil is rich in antioxidants that provide numerous health benefits to your hair and also boosts hair growth. Mix sage oil and olive oil together. Then, massage this oil mixture into the scalp. Leave overnight and shampoo off in the morning.
42. Flaxseed Oil
Flaxseed oil is fantastic for dry, damaged and brittle hair because of their rich essential fatty acid content. the omega-3 fatty acid present in flaxseed oil helps improve hair growth and hair length. Mix flaxseed oil and a carrier oil, such as coconut oil or jojoba oil, together. Massage this oil mixture into your scalp and hair. Leave overnight and rinse off in the morning.
43. Vitamin E Oil
Vitamin E is rich in antioxidants that protect the scalp and hair from harmful free radicals that cause hair breakage and damage. Vitamin E oil also enhances blood circulation in the scalp. Rupture a capsule of vitamin E and apply the oil to your scalp. Leave this oil on the scalp overnight and rinse off with lukewarm water in the morning.
A study, published by Tropical Life Sciences Research in December 2010, concluded that tocotrienol capsules (a member of the Vitamin E family) increase hair numbers of volunteers suffering from hair loss. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3819075/)
44. Moringa Oil
Moringa oil is potent in preventing split hairs, boosts hair growth and protects the scalp. These benefits of moringa to the hair is making it a sought-after ingredient for herbal hair remedies. Moringa oil is obtained from the famous moringa tree. Massage your scalp and hair with this oil and leave overnight. Rinse off in the morning. You can use this remedy once a week.
Ginseng is a potent hair remedy for hair growth as it promotes the growth of hair keratinocytes and suppresses hormones that cause hair impairment. Mix ginseng herb or its extract with coconut oil or olive oil. Strain the mixture and apply this mixture to your scalp and hair. Leave for 10 to 15 minutes on hair. Wash off with shampoo thereafter.
A study published in March 2015 by Journal Of Medicinal Food showed that red ginseng may promote hair growth in humans. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4350143/)
46. Saw Palmetto Oil
Saw palmetto helps to suppress the hormones and enzymes that cause hair fall and hair loss. As such, when these hormone levels go down, your hair growth rate would increase. Mix saw palmetto oil with a carrier oil such as olive oil, coconut oil or jojoba oil. Massage the resultant mixture into your scalp and hair for 10 minutes. Leave hair for 30 minutes. Then wash off with shampoo thereafter.
47. Peppermint Oil
Peppermint oil is very potent for hair growth and also makes your hair smell nice. Mix peppermint oil with a carrier oil, such as olive oil or coconut oil. Massage this mixture into your hair. Leave for 15-20 minutes before washing off.
A study, published in the journal Toxicology Research in December 2014, showed the efficacy of peppermint oil for hair growth without toxic signs or symptoms. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4289931/)
48. Pumpkin Seed Oil
Pumpkin seed oil is effective for stimulating hair growth and reversing hair loss. Mix one teaspoon of a pumpkin seed oil and 2 teaspoons of a carrier oil of your choice. Massage this mixed oil into scalp and hair. Leave for 60 minutes before washing off.
A study, published in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine in 2014, showed a significant increase in hair count in men using pumpkin seed oil. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4017725/)
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