Whether you are looking for a remedy for hair growth or a remedy to treat any other hair problem like dandruff, hair damage, hair dryness or any other hair issue, onion should be your go-to ingredient. The benefits of using onion on your hair are many and the best part is that it is all-natural!
It is a one-ingredient solution to help all your hair problems. Sounds good doesn’t it? Check out these simple remedies and ways to use onion on your hair, below.
Here are the benefits of using onion on hair:
Onions are rich in sulphur. This property of onions is beneficial to promote blood circulation on the scalp and provides stimulation to the hair follicles and improves collagen (a protein that can prevent hair follicle damage and promote hair root strength) production that nourishes the hair follicles, makes the hair grow faster and roots grow stronger. It has antibacterial properties that can treat and reduce dandruff and other scalp infections.
Our hair often gets damaged and dry due to the kind of water we use, hair styling products, pollution, ultra-violet (UV) rays, over exposure to sunlight, etc and therefore onion juice can help restore hair lustre and shine over time and restore the bounce to your hair. Onion is a great remedy for greying hair. It can help increase catalase. This enzyme can help naturally darken one’s hair.
How to use onion for the hair?
1. As onion juice:
Here’s how you can make onion juice:
Wash and remove the skin of one big sized onion and roughly chop it into 4 to 6 big pieces and grind it to a fine paste, using a mixer grinder. Then using either a strainer or a muslin cloth, squeeze the juice out of the grated onion and collect it into a small container and it is ready to use.
How to apply it on your scalp and hair:
Partition your hair and evenly apply this into your scalp using a cotton pad and the rest you can apply it on your hair using downward strokes. Lastly, massage it in gently using your fingertips and tie your hair into a loose bun or preferably tie your hair into a shower cap and leave it on for one hour. Rinse your hair using a mild shampoo and conditioner and let your hair dry naturally.
2. As onion oil:
How to make onion oil at home:
2 large onions
½ cup coconut oil
Step 1: Remove the skin of the onions and wash them thoroughly under running water. Then chop them into 4 to 6 pieces each and grind it into a fine paste using a mixer grinder, along with 1 tbsp coconut oil. Set it aside.
Step 2: Into a heating pan, add in ½ cup of the ground onion paste and ½ cup of coconut oil and let it simmer on flame until the colour of the oil changes and the onion paste reduces to one fourth of its quantity. This process should take around half an hour. Turn off the flame and let it cool down completely.
Step 3: Strain this oil into a small storage container, using a muslin cloth and store in a cool and dry place.
Tip: You can add in 2 drops of any essential oil, if you dislike the distinct smell of the onion oil, as the essential oil will dilute the smell of the onion oil.
How to use:
Partition your hair and apply this oil using a cotton pad or using your fingertips all over your scalp and hair evenly. Then, gently massage the oil in using your fingertips, using circular motions, for 5 to 10 minutes. Then, leave it on for half an hour so that the oil can penetrate into the hair follicles. You can tie your hair into a loose bun. Then, rinse off using a mild shampoo and conditioner.
Caution: Before using onion in any form on your hair, patch testing is always advised.