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Thin, slow growing hair got you down? These 6 natural home remedies for hair growth and thickness will help your hair to quickly grow and get stronger over time. Thinning hair is a condition that affects billions of people throughout the world. For the most part, men suffer from hair loss, but females can also be affected by thinning hair or just thinner/weaker hair in general. So whether you're losing hair or you just have thin and weak hair, these home remedies for hair growth and thickness can definitely help your hair kick-start its growth!
What Causes Thinning Hair?
There are a number of things that can cause someone to lose their hair or for their hair to thin out. These are:
- commercial hair products
- heat styling tools
- allergies or reactions to chemical substances
- poor nutrition
These factors can all contribute to hair loss or thinning hair, but the underlying condition should never be ignored. If you think you have a condition that's resulting in hair loss, please contact your physician. Otherwise, you can use any or all of the home remedies for hair growth and thickness.
Eggs are packed full of protein which means that they can help strengthen otherwise weak, brittle hair. Use on a regular basis for several months for best results. To use eggs on hair, simply beat 1 or 2 eggs (depending on how much hair you have), and massage gently into the scalp, making sure to cover entire head. Cover the head with a shower cap or towel and leave on for 30 to 45 minutes. Wash out and follow up with a sulfate free shampoo and conditioner. Repeat 2-3 times a week.
Additionally, you can also add eggs to countless hair growth masks. This one here is a favorite of ours:
- 2 egg whites
- 1 tbsp ginger juice
- 2 tbsp aloe vera gel
- 1 tbsp castor oil
Mix all ingredients together and apply to dry, unwashed hair. Make sure to saturate all the hair starting from the roots to the tips. Leave on for 30 minutes and cover with a shower cap. Once time is up, wash your hair with a sulfate free shampoo and conditioner.
Use this mask for hair growth 2-3 times a week. You should start seeing hair growth after about a month of usage.
#2. Carrier Oils
Carrier oils, such as olive oil, coconut oil, and castor oil contain omega3 fatty acids which are essential for hair health, growth, and strength. Both olive oil and coconut oil can also help provide hydration to an otherwise dry, itchy scalp. To use oils for hair growth, simply heat the oil up for a few seconds in the microwave and massage into the scalp, making sure to cover entire head. Leave on for 30 to 45 minutes and rinse out with a sulfate free shampoo and conditioner. Repeat 2-3 times a week for best results.
Here is one of our all time favorite and tested oil hair mask that not only helps to grow hair faster, but also thickens and targets hair problems such as dandruff and itchy scalp.
- castor oil (organic, cold pressed is preferred)
- few drops of essential oil (optional)
Warm up the castor oil for a few seconds in the microwave. If using, add a few drops of your favorite essential oil such as tea tree oil or lavender oil. Pour the warm oil onto the scalp (making sure it's not too hot first so you don't burn your scalp!), and massage. Make sure you saturate entire head and leave on for 30 minutes and up to 1 hour for best results. Wash the oil out and follow up with a sulfate free shampoo and conditioner.
Use this hot oil hair mask 3-4 times a week, or every time before you wash your hair. You should start to see results in as little as a month.
#3. Aloe Vera
Aloe vera has been used for thousands of years to treat a number of different scalp conditions including dry, itchy scalp, dandruff, and thinning hair. Aloe has natural healing properties, but can also strengthen and thicken the hair as long as it's used on a regular basis. For a quick aloe vera hair mask, use 100% pure aloe vera gel (either directly from the plant or from a bottle). Massage into the scalp and leave on for 30 to 45 minutes. Once time is up, rinse the aloe out, and follow up with a sulfate free shampoo and conditioner. Use 2-3 times a week for best results.
Here is one of our favorite aloe vera hair masks which is actually a triple threat since it contains egg, castor oil, and aloe vera!
- 3 tbsp aloe vera gel
- 2 tbsp castor oil
- 1 egg
Break the egg into a small bowl, and mix in the aloe vera gel and castor oil. Stir well until completely combined and massage into the scalp. Leave on for 10-15 minutes and rinse off. Wash your hair as you normally would and condition. Check out these 5 aloe vera hair mask recipes for hair growth!
Use this mask every time before you wash your hair for best results. Typically, we recommend 2-3 times a week.
Because avocados are rich in vitamin E and fatty acids, it makes them an excellent home remedy for hair growth and thickness. Not only is it completely natural, but it can help hydrate a dry, itchy scalp, and also encourage hair growth and shine.
A quick avocado hair growth recipe is to mash a ripe avocado and mix it with a tablespoon of your favorite carrier oil such as olive oil, coconut oil, or castor oil. To make it easier to spread onto the hair, use a food processor or blender. Apply to scalp and hair and massage for a few minutes. Leave on for 45 minutes and rinse out. Follow up with a sulfate free shampoo and conditioner. Check out 4 simple avocado hair masks for strength and growth!
Here is one of our favorite avocado hair masks for hair growth and thickness.
- 1/2 ripe avocado
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 1/4 tsp vitamin E oil
In a blender or food processor, add all ingredients and pulse until well mixed. Apply to dry, unwashed hair, making sure to cover everything from roots to tips. Massage gently into the scalp in slow, circular motions. Leave on for 30 minutes and shampoo and condition as usual.
Use this avocado hair mask 2-3 times a week, or every time before washing your hair. Continue with the treatment for several months for best results.
Mayonnaise is made out of vinegar, olive oil, and eggs, which makes it the perfect ingredient for those with dry, thinning hair. A quick mayonnaise hair mask is just to apply mayonnaise to the scalp and saturate the entire head. Leave on for 30 to 45 minutes and rinse the mayonnaise out with water. Follow up with a sulfate free shampoo and conditioner. Check out our 8 best mayonnaise hair masks for hair growth and strengthening.
If you're looking for an even more effective mayonnaise hair mask, here is one of our favorites!
- 8-10 strawberries (fresh not frozen)
- 2 tbsp mayonnaise (full fat mayo, not light) if you don't have mayonnaise, you can substitute for coconut oil
- lemon juice (optional)
To a food processor or blender, add the strawberries and mayonnaise. Pulse until the mixture becomes a smooth paste and apply to scalp and hair. Leave on for 30 minutes and rinse out. Follow up with a sulfate free shampoo and conditioner.
Use 2-3 times a week, or every time before washing your hair. Be sure to continue with the treatment for several months until you start to see results.
Honey is a natural antiseptic and will therefore target problem areas at the scalp. If you have dry, itchy scalp or suffer from dandruff, honey can easily and quickly take care of those issues and return the hair to its healthy state. For a quick honey mask, simply warm up some honey and massage it into the scalp. Leave it on for 20 to 30 minutes and rinse out with warm water. Follow up with a sulfate free shampoo and conditioner.
If you're looking to get even more out of honey, check out this favorite honey hair mask recipe that's easy to make and will leave your hair soft, shiny, and strong!
- 1-2 tsp raw, organic honey
- the juice of a small-medium size onion, preferably organic
In a small bowl, mix honey with onion juice. Apply to dry, unwashed hair, concentrating on the scalp. Apply all over hair, including hair roots and ends, and leave on overnight. Slip on a shower cap and enjoy a good night's rest! In the morning, wash out as you normally would using a mild shampoo, and apply a few drops of lavender essential oil to your shampoo to mask the smell of the onion.
Use this honey and onion hair mask 2-3 times a week, or every time before you wash your hair for best results. Continue treatment for several months, or, until you start to see hair growing and thickening.
Have any favorite hair growth recipes you'd like to share? Let us know in the comments below!
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