Onion of Amaryllidaceae family is one of the oldest cultivated vegetables. The red or brown colored small vegetable carried an important role in every civilization. The organized cultivation of onion plant started from 3500 B.C. And ever since then it has grabbed the limelight in our kitchens.
Today, onion is a common vegetable as it is easy to grow in any climatic condition and soil type. Believed to have its origin in Central Asia, this vegetable has countless benefits. It has also been mentioned in Holy Scriptures. There are many types of Onions, but the most common ones are the Yellow Onions, White Onions, Red Onions, Sweet Onions, Green Onions, and etcetera.
Filled with Vitamin C, Vitamin B, Potassium, Calcium, Sulphur and Fibres; Onion fights several diseases. It improves our eyesight, assures good sleep, fights cancer, regulates blood sugar level, ensures good heart health and helps in proper digestion, among other benefits. Well, it not only prevents harmful diseases and has been a part of our diet but even takes care of our hair.
Yes, you heard it right. Onion is a magical ingredient for maintaining healthy and lustrous hair. How? let’s read this article to know more about the onion benefits for hair.
You can peel the skin of the onion, slice it and grind it. Alternatively, grate it and take the juice out of it. Onion can be used in multiple ways to maintain the hair. It can be applied as onion hair mask, onion oil, and onion juice.
In case you don’t want any of these, you can simply add onion to your daily diet to boost the sulphur content in your body which in turn will ensure hair growth and prevent damage. This common vegetable is known for its antiseptic and antibacterial properties. It also contains minerals. It has been found that onion not only cures scalp infections but also play an important role in hair growth, prevention of hair loss, restoring the natural hair color, repairing the damaged hair and adding shine to it.
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Benefits of Onion Juice for Hair:
The onion has several good nutrients. Both raw and cooked onions are rich in fiber and carbohydrates. Fresh onion contains 89% water in it. And there’s much more in the list; it is an abundant source of Vitamin C, Folate (B9), potassium and Vitamin B6.
Onion juice fights against dandruff and various scalp infections making hair grow faster. It even adds volume to the hair. It gives a shine to the hair. As onion is rich in Sulphur, it prevents breakage and makes the hair thick and strong. Massaging onion juice in hair circulates blood circulation and therefore helps in hair growth.
Onion juice serves as a remedy for premature hair greying, dull, dry and brittle hair. It helps in treating thin hair, dandruff, hair loss and scalp infections. If you are suffering from lice problem, onion is the savior for you. It helps in hair growth, adding shine and volume to hair. Applying onion juice as a hair mask for 2-3 times in a week even helps in maintaining good hair. It produces healthy cells and promotes hair growth.
Now, you know the benefits of onion juice for hair, here is the way to how to make onion juice for hair.
How to make Onion Juice?
Onion juice is an effective homemade remedy for hair fall, dandruff, and itchy scalp. Moreover preparing the onion juice is extremely easy. Just peel the onion skin, slice them and finally grind it to get the juice. You should always filter the onion juice to avoid flaky onions in your hair.
Mix either castor oil or yogurt or curry leaves or honey with the onion juice to get the maximum result. The mask can be left in hair for 30 minutes to an hour. Rinsing the onion juice with infused juice will ensure that there is no onion smell in the hair.
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Benefits of Onion Oil for Hair
Onion oil acts as an extraordinary therapy for our body. It rejuvenates our skin, helps in digestion, heals wounds, controls the blood sugar level, cures sinus, helps in weight loss, cures fever and most importantly ensures healthy hair. While you can purchase the Onion essential oil from the market, it can easily be prepared at home too. But do remember, onion oil smells bad.
How to make onion oil:
Here is the DIY recipe for Onion Oil using ingredients from your kitchen. We are adding curry leaves in this oil. You can only use onion if you want or if you don’t have curry leaves.
- 3-4 Onions,
- 500 ml Coconut Oil,
- A bowl full of Curry leaves
Pour the coconut oil into a pan and heat it. Once it starts boiling, add the bowl of curry leaves into it, followed by the chopped onions. Mix everything. And boil it on high flame for nearly 40 minutes. Turn off the flame and cover the pan, leaving in for 7-8 hours. Finally, strain the oil into a glass bottle. Onion Oil is ready to use.
You can massage your hair with homemade onion oil thrice a week. And in case you don’t want the onion smell to stay in your hair for longer, you can apply it to your hair, just the night before hair wash. Curry leaves (Kadi Patta) are rich in fiber, vitamins and enriches hair. Similarly, coconut oil nourishes the scalp and helps in hair growth. It also adds shine to hair.
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5 Best Onion Hair Masks
1. Onion and Egg Hair Mask:
Take 1 spoon of onion juice, 1 egg and few drops of lavender essential oil. Mix the three ingredients perfectly and apply all over the scalp and hair. Leave the mask for 30-40 minutes and wash it off with cold water.
The onion will make the hair stronger and the egg will boost the hair with nutrients and proteins. This mask can be applied twice a week.
2. Onion and Honey Hair Mask:
Take one onion and make the juice out of it. Add 2-3 drops of honey to it, followed by few drops of rosemary essential oil. Apply this mixture on your scalp and hair and cover it with a shower cap. You can wash it off after 30 minutes or leave it for longer.
This mask works amazingly for hair loss. Honey makes the hair smooth and shiny, while onion juice enriches the blood circulation and helps in hair growth.
3. Onion and Garlic Hair Mask:
Mix one spoon of onion oil, one spoon of garlic oil and one spoon of olive oil in a bowl. Apply it on the scalp and leave it for an hour. Wash it with any shampoo.
This mask increases hair growth and makes hair thicker.
4. Onion and Curd Hair Mask:
Mix 2 spoons of curd with 2 spoons of onion juice. Apply the mixture to your scalp and hair. Rinse it off after an hour or so.
This hair mask not only adds shine to the hair but also prevents hair fall and brittle hair.
5. Onion and Aloe Vera Hair Mask:
Take 2 spoons of onion juice, 1 spoon of aloe vera juice and ½ spoon of olive oil. Mix all the ingredients and massage it on the scalp for a few minutes. Leave it for at least 15 minutes and finally rinse it with a shampoo.
Onion and Aelo Vera mask makes the hair stronger and prevents thinning. If you want some more aloe vera hair mask, here is the list of Aloe Vera Hair Mask For Hair Growth
Homemade onion shampoo for hair growth:
No doubt both onion juice and onion mask are tremendously helpful for our hair. So is the Onion shampoo. It is easy to prepare and use. First of all, you have to choose a shampoo. There are no hard rules to select; you can go for any shampoo you prefer. Take few onions, cut and slice them into tiny pieces. Mix the onion slices with the shampoo and shake it vigorously. Leave the shampoo bottle in a dry place, away from heat and moisture. Let the fermentation take place for 15 days. After that, your Onion shampoo is absolutely ready to use.
While going for the hair wash, start with rinsing your hair with plain water. And then apply the shampoo from back (from the neck) to front (the forehead). Massage it gently with your fingertips and leave for few minutes. Wash it off with and use conditioner.
Onion shampoo helps in hair growth and strengthens the hair too.
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We are developing in terms of technology. But this modernity has been received at the cost of our health. The main cause of hair fall is stress, hypothyroidism, protein and vitamin deficiency and scalp diseases. Nobody appreciates the thin and weak hair. We constantly want our hair to grow again. And using chemical products should never be an option.
One of the most proven home remedies is Onion for hair regrowth. Our hair is made up of Keratin which is rich in Sulphur. So, naturally not having enough sulphur content will affect the health of the hair, resulting in brittle hair and ultimately hair loss. Onion is high in sulphur content and thereby helps in strengthening the hair and regrowth. It is also known for its antibacterial properties and keeps scalp infections at bay. It is also rich in biotin and has natural antioxidant in it, which prevents hair fall. Rich in quercetin, it protects the hair from pollution. You can simply consume onions in your daily diet or prepare a mask and apply it in your hair. Either way, it will give you the desired results.
The vegetables in our kitchen have miraculous uses. So why use harsh chemicals and damage our hair. In extremely simple ways we can get beautiful and healthy hair. Do share your experiences with us after using these onion masks for hairs.