By Terez Howard
Would you believe that your local health food store or even your kitchen cupboard contain necessary products for healthy hair growth? It’s true. Some hair growth remedies span all the way back to ancient India. Ayurveda is an ancient Indian hair loss remedy which includes massages and eating herbs. If you want to grow strong, healthy, long, natural hair, it is safe to turn to natural hair growth remedies.
Some people might turn their noses up when you tell them you put apple cider vinegar or sage in your natural hair. However, many black women slather their hair with sodium hydroxide, the strongest chemical in hair relaxer that can disintegrate a pop can in a matter of hours. So, you have no reason to be embarrassed about using essential oils for hair growth or other ingredients for what may appear to be unusual hair growth remedies. If these hair growth remedies help your natural hair grow long and healthier, then those same people who ridiculed you will be asking for hair growth tips.
Apple Cider Vinegar for Hair Growth
The average person loses between 25 and 100 hairs every day. When androgenic hormones cause hair to shed faster than it grows, hair follicles become damaged and no longer produce healthy, strong strands. The nutrients in apple cider vinegar can balance the pH levels in your scalp. An apple cider vinegar rinse can remove dead skin cells that might clog the pores on your scalp and slow or halt growth. Apple cider vinegar has the ability to smooth hair cuticles, giving your natural hair a shinier appearance. Apple cider vinegar also has been known to thicken hair.
To make a natural hair growth remedy with apple cider vinegar, use:
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 1 cup warm, filtered water
Mix the two ingredients together and pour the mixture over freshly washed/conditioned hair as a final rinse.
Sage Hair Growth Remedy
Sage contains healing and aromatic properties that can combat hair loss. Its antifungal and antibacterial properties rid the hair of fungal and bacterial infections, which might cause hair loss. Sage has estrogenic substances, which can promote natural hair growth.
Ingredients of two hair growth remedies combined:
- 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 cup warm, filtered water
- 10 drops sage oil
Pour this mixture onto your natural hair, ensuring that it saturates your scalp. Wrap your hair in a cap or towel. Leave the mixture on for 1/2 hour. Rinse. This hair growth remedy can be used once per week before your wash your natural hair.
What Essential Oils Do For Hair Growth
Essential oils can strengthen natural hair, rid the hair of toxins and stimulate hair follicles to grow. The essential oils rosemary oil and lavender oil are two particularly effective ingredients in hair growth remedies.
Rosemary essential oil, which stimulates natural hair growth, contains carnosic acid, which eliminates free radicals and other toxins from the body. These toxins can cause hair loss. Rosemary contains other properties that nourish the scalp.
Nappturality’s Hair Growth Spritz
(another combo of hair growth remedies found here)
- 3 rosemary tea bags
- 3 drops of sage oil
- 1 or 2 cups of water
Boil the 1 or 2 cups of water and steep the tea bags for one hour. Add 3 drops of sage oil. Shake the ingredients in a spray bottle. Spray on your hair. Refrigerate leftovers. Discard leftovers after a few weeks.
Lavender essential oil has been used to treat alopecia. One study revealed that a test group experienced significant hair re-growth with the use of lavender essential oil.
Lavender Hair Growth Remedy
- 1 cup warm, filtered water
- 10 drops lavender oil
Mix these two ingredients in a spray bottle and spritz it on your natural hair.
You could also use this concoction as a scalp massage. Simply heat the oil in the microwave or over a stovetop and mix it in the warm water. Massage it in your scalp for 15 minutes and rinse out.