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The characteristic smell of onions makes onion hair oil notoriously underappreciated compared to other oils for hair care. In fact, several excellent recipes allow using onion for hair growth and reaping the benefits of this miraculous natural product without any unpleasant associations.

Still skeptical about onion hair treatment? See the benefits you might be missing and the best onion hair masks to use.

Using Onion Juice for Hair Regrowth

With so many factors causing hair loss, having long thick hair becomes a real challenge. Getting good results requires dedication and resorting to procedures with proven effectiveness. Using onion juice for hair is one of the best methods to try if you are growing your hair and looking for DIY alternatives to off-the-shelf hair growth products.

And there is even scientific proof for that!

In one study, onion extract applied twice a day promoted hair growth as soon as after 2 weeks of use. At 6 weeks, hair regrowth could be observed in 87% of participants, both male and female. Another recent research revealed that using a home-made onion shampoo helps to:

– provide better nourishment of hair follicles;

– make dry hair and scalp moisturized;

– stimulate hair growth.

Whether you are applying onion juice for black hair growth or to reverse the hair loss due to stress and during pregnancy, this is definitely a good option to go for.

Other Benefits of Onion Juice for Hair

The good part is that by using onion juice for hair growth, you take advantage of other benefits your hair will be grateful for:

1. Nourishment of hair follicles: Onion juice stimulates the regeneration of hair follicles by delivering sulfur, the key mineral for hair growth and improvement of blood circulation.

2. Treating scalp infections: The antibacterial and antifungal properties help to keep the scalp free of infections and dandruff.

3. Delaying gray hair: Onions are rich in antioxidants that help to fight premature graying of hair (even though you are always welcome to embrace your graying locks).

4. Adding volume and natural shine: Regular use of onion extract makes your hair add in volume and natural shine so that your tresses look strong and healthy.

It is important to be mindful of possible side effects, though. Needless to say, if you are already allergic to onions you eat, you should better not experiment with onion juice for hair loss treatment.

An onion mask can also irritate sensitive skin. To prevent unpleasant redness and itching, do not leave the mask on for too long and mix onion juice with some soothing emollients like olive oil, coconut oil, or aloe vera.

How to Make Onion Juice for Hair

Onion juice is not difficult to prepare. Start by taking one small onion and peeling it. Then, you can either chop and blend it using a food processor or grate it with a vegetable grater. Pass the pulp through cheesecloth to collect the juice without onion bits getting into it.

You can take any kind of onions: yellow, white, and red onions work equally fine, and the long onion is the only odd one out here. It’s better to make some fresh juice every time you want to use it. However, if you do not mind the pungent smell of onion, you can store it in a refrigerator for four or five days.

Once prepared, gently massage the onion juice into your scalp for about 15 minutes and then rinse it off with a mild shampoo. If you do not feel any irritation, you may let the onion oil sit in your hair for a few hours before rinsing or even leave it on overnight.

One more tip here: 2-3 drops of Rosemary or Lavender essential oils can help mask the nasty onion smell. If you can still smell onion after washing your hair with a mild shampoo, follow up with an apple cider vinegar rinse. To prepare one, add 2 tbsp of apple cider vinegar to a cup of water.

Hair Remedies with Onion Juice

There are other great recipes that will make onion juice even a better treat for your hair and scalp. Here are the top 3 DIY recipes we have handpicked for you:

– Potato and Onion Juice for Hair Regrowth

Potato juice is another ingredient that can nourish the follicles with vitamins and minerals and stimulate hair growth, so it will make your onion hair treatment even more effective.

How to prepare: Prepare onion and potato juice as described above. Then, mix 1 tbsp of onion juice and 2 tbsp of potato juice.

How to use: Apply the compound evenly to your scalp and massage for about 10 minutes. Then, wash it off with a shampoo.

– Garlic and Onion Juice Remedy

Garlic contains much calcium, sulfur, and zinc that are vital minerals responsible for hair growth. Adding some olive oil to the mixture, you can provide soothing properties for the mask.

How to prepare: Distill some onion and garlic juice from the mashed pulp. Then, mix 1 tsp of garlic juice, 1 tbsp of onion juice, and 1 tbsp of olive oil.

How to use: Apply the mixture evenly to your scalp with circular massage movements and leave it on for one hour. Then, wash it off with a shampoo.

– Rum and Onions for Your Hair Growth

While not scientifically proven, the incredible impact of rum on hair growth is mentioned every now and then by popular hair bloggers. It might be time for you to try it out too.

How to prepare: Soaking onions in rum overnight is all it takes to prepare the mixture. You will need to sacrifice a bottle of rum and 3-4 onions, though.

How to use: Apply a tablespoon of the mixture to your scalp and massage for about 10 minutes. Then, wash it off with a mild shampoo.

Does Boiled Onion Water Helps to Grow Hair?

Using rice water and onion water for hair rinse are rapidly gaining traction among the fans of DIY hair care. However, there is no research proving the effectiveness of the procedure. Since cooking makes some vitamins degrade, onion water might be less effective than onion juice, which is extracted from the fresh vegetable.

If you still want to give it a try, prepare the rinse by boiling onions: 4-5 chopped onions are boiled in one liter of water. Therefore, use the cooled and strained solution as a hair rinse after washing and conditioning your hair. There is no need to rinse your hair after pouring the onion water through it.

How many days will it take to see the results? While you are likely to observe some positive changes immediately after the first use, the most substantial results can be achieved in about 6 weeks if you include onion juice into your hair care routine at least twice a week. One thing can be sure: onion will not make you cry this time!

Have you ever tried onion juice for hair? Comment below and share your story!

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by Donna Sullivan
Donna is a hairstylist with 8 years of experience. Ask her about any hair-related problem (haircuts, hairstyles, colorings, hair care) and get a pro advice!