It is true that a lot of people have found success with eliminating and reversing thinning hair using commercial thinning hair products.
But, because we humans’ hair nature differs from person to person, those commercial products may do worse than good for some people.
Therefore, for those of you who would rather use natural remedies for thinning hair,
In this article, I am going to work you through some natural remedies that have proven to work in re-growing hair and stimulating faster hair growth.
I will also include my DIY recipes for each of those remedies, so stay tuned okay!
Natural Remedies for Thinning Hair That Have Proven to Work
1. Cayenne Pepper
Cayenne pepper is a highly effective natural remedy for hair growth. It has an active ingredient called “Capsaicin” which is the key element for hair growth stimulation.
This Capsaicin is what gives the pepper its spiciness, and because of that tingling sensation from it, helps to circulate blood flow.
During that process, the growth phase of hair is finally stimulated.
Cayenne pepper also has other nutrients such as thiamine, folic acid, vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin B6, and niacin, etc.
The niacin helps to reverse thinning hair by promoting blood circulation. Folic acid and Vitamin B6 benefit the hair by stimulating faster hair growth.
Whereas vitamin A is an excellent cell renewal, and thiamine handles building keratin—a protein that constitutes the hair structure.
You must take caution when using cayenne pepper as a home remedy to combat thinning hair. This is because this spice can be irritating to the eyes, nose, skin, and even scalp.
You would want to first introduce a small amount of it in a hair mask, and after some time you may steadily increase the quantity.
How to Use Cayenne Pepper Remedy to Stimulate Hair Growth
Infuse in any carrier oil of your choice. My favorites are coconut oil and grapeseed oil.
- 1/2 cup of Coconut Oil
- 1/2 tsp (teaspoon) of dry grounded Cayenne Pepper
- Mix both in a dark container and store for a week
- Filter the cayenne infusion using a brewing basket or sieve
- Massage the oil on your scalp and hair once a week,
- As you become comfortable, you may increase to twice weekly. Do not exceed twice, or even better stick to once weekly to be on the safer side.
- Cover hair with plastic a cap or shower cap for 45 minutes
- Wash of the mask with shampoo of your choice, and
- Finish it up with a moisturizing conditioner or deep conditioner. Very essential to prevent dryness!
*Note that: before you start using the oil as a weekly hair mask, you should first try adding about a tablespoon of it to your other hair treatment mask to get used to it.
Careful of your eyes okay, as this stings a lot. You may experience a tingling sensation on your hands as well, I don’t. But, do ensure you use a glove to be safe!
Onion is one of my favorite home remedies for faster hair growth!
It has sulfur which helps to circulate and increase blood flow, and by now you know the effect of blood circulation right!
If not, here’s a quick recap, when blood is well circulated to the hair follicles, hair growth is stimulated.
The anti-bacteria effect of onion makes it an exceptional scalp infection treatment.
You would like to know that bacteria hate to stay where onions are present! With a healthier scalp, your hair would be happy to grow to its full potential.
Furthermore, onion has an antioxidant property that helps prevent cell degeneration and promote cell renewal which leads to anti-aging, it means your dormant hair would be activated and new hair will start to grow.
One thing that may put you off this remedy is irritation, allergy, and the pungent smell.
If you are allergic to onion, the best solution is to stay away from this treatment and refer to another alternative in this article.
But, if it’s the irritation and smell, I have a satisfactory solution for both.
As for irritation, you may first do a patch test on a small area of your skin to see if it would irritate your scalp.
But, the solution I have for the smell should also be effective at reducing its irritating effect.
To get rid of the pungent onion smell, I love to boil it instead of blending to extract the juice.
The good thing about this is that boiling onion/s does not inhibit its benefit or effectiveness.
Instead, all those goodies are absorbed into the water which can then be used for whatever purpose you want.
The second thing is the annoying pungent smell is gone, and what is left is the flavorful savory onion aroma that makes your mouth water.
It sounds like a good one right!
How I Use Onion As An Excellent Hair Growth Booster
- 1 Big Onion
- 2 Garlic Cloves
- 1/2 tsp Cayenne Pepper
- 1 cup of water
- Chop your onion and garlic
- Put everything in a pot including the cayenne
- Place on the stove
- Switch the stove off when it starts to boil
- Let it cool down and drain the juice from the shafts.
- Pour the juice in a spray bottle for effortless application
- Part your hair into workable sections
- Spray the juice on each section from the scalp to your hair root and ends.
- Massage it in and gently use your fingers to comb through your hair and saturate the strands.
- Put each section in a knot, or wrap all the sections up in a bun after you are done with your hair, whichever you are comfortable with
- Cover with a shower cap or heating cap. Then, Cover with a towel (not necessary, that’s how I do it)
- Leave it for 30 minutes to 1 hour (I prefer 1 hour).
- Rinse off your hair, and wash with shampoo.
- You may follow it up with a deep conditioning treatment for an added nourishing benefit.
*Note that the addition of cayenne pepper would make it sting, so be careful not to rub or spray your eyes with it.
Wash your hands well after application!
3. Coconut Milk
Coconut milk is a natural hair conditioner and moisturizer.
If your thinning hair is caused by falling dry and damaged hair that is due to lifestyle, then you look no further than coconut milk mixture and oils.
They are an excellent natural home remedy to combat dryness and damaged hair.
When dryness is completely in control, healthier hair would be able to thrive because both the scalp and hair are well-nourished.
Another thing is, a healthier scalp would give no room for dandruff to occur, thereby thinning hair will be prevented.
Moreover, the protein in coconut milk would help to strengthen the hair and reduce hair breakage and fall.
How To Use Coconut Milk As A Natural Hair Conditioner For Hair Loss
- 250ml or 500 ml coconut milk depending on your hair length and volume
- 4 tbsp Olive Oil, or replace it with Grapeseed Oil (if prone to acne)
- Add a few drops of lavender essential oil, or any of your choice (optional)
- Mix together in a bowl
- Apply on clean hair
- Cover hair with a plastic or shower cap
- Leave in for 15 minutes
- Rinse it off, and style your hair as usual when it is almost, or completely dry.
Avocado is one of the home remedies you can easily find in your kitchen or nearest local grocery stop.
It is a superfood that has monounsaturated fatty acids in high amounts and very well packed with Vitamins B, B5, E, and A.
Aside from the many vitamins, minerals and fatty acids present in avocado, it is rich in protein, biotin, and antioxidants.
Vitamin E is a natural antioxidant itself, and it promotes healthy hair growth.
It also helps in reducing oxidative stress which may cause damages to the hair follicles that lead to the growth of unhealthy hair or even stop the growth of new ones.
The monounsaturated fats present in avocado make it an excellently rich natural moisturizing remedy that helps to repair damaged and dry hair.
Also, the protein in it balances out the moisture and helps to strengthen the hair strands.
Frequent use of avocado as a hair conditioning mask would deliver deep moisture and protein to your hair and would promote a healthy scalp.
In turn, your hair would begin to thrive as breakages and hair loss are gradually eliminated completely.
Another thing I noticed from using an avocado mask is, it makes detangling my hair quite easy, this is because it provides a lot of slip such that my fingers and palm just glide through it effortlessly.
I do not need to detangle my hair prior to applying the mask, instead, I do that as I apply the mask to my hair.
How I Use Avocado As A Deep Moisturizing & Protein Treatment
- 1 medium-sized Avocado
- 1/2 of 250 ml Coconut Milk
- 1 tbsp Coconut oil
- 1 tsp Castor Oil
- 5 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil
- Mix all together using a fork or spoon in a bowl till smooth. You can also use a blender!
- The consistency should be like that of a conditioner, not as watery to avoid being messy.
- Apply on sectioned cleansed hair. (Remember this is replacing your conventional store-bought deep moisture or protein treatment)
- Cover hair with shower cap once done for deeper penetration of the nutrients in the mask.
- Leave for 45 minutes or 1 hour, that’s enough. (Confession: I leave it longer than that especially when I’m busy with other things)
- Rinse off with lukewarm water. Finish rinsing with cool water to seal back your cuticles. Do not over rinse okay!
- Apply your leave-in products after hair drying, and style as desired.
*You can tweak this guide to your needs, this is what I use for my Mid-back length hair, which is quite thick with a lot of density.
When my hair length was right below my collarbone, I usually half avocado and about 4 tbsp of coconut milk.
So, if your hair is longer, you might need more, and if it is shorter, of course, you would need less!
If you have any leftover, you can store in the refrigerator for about a week.
5. Peppermint Essential Oil
Peppermint is a natural remedy whose effectiveness on hair growth has been proven scientifically.
This oil is known for its anti-microbial and anti-fungal properties.
These properties are very essential for thinning hair associated with dandruff or other scalp related conditions because they would help to get rid of the fungi causing dandruff.
In addition to that, its antioxidant property would help to renew hair follicles and promote faster hair growth.
Toxicological research was performed using peppermint essential oil and others such as jojoba oil, saline, and minoxidil to compare and analyze their effects on hair growth.
This experiment was performed on mice and the result shows that PEPPERMINT is MORE EFFECTIVE than jojoba, saline, and minoxidil for faster hair growth.
Such that by the fourth week of the experiment, the mice that peppermint was used on grew about 92% of their hair, while the ones with minoxidil grew about 55% of hair. Here is the comprehensive detail of it!
Ways To Use Peppermint Essential Oil To Stimulate Faster Hair Growth
As a Hot Oil Treatment:
- 4 tbsp Coconut Oil
- 1 tbsp Castor Oil
- 1 tsp Vitamin E Oil
- 3 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil
- 2 drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil
- Mix all together in a bowl, place mixture in another bowl of hot water to warm it up.
- Massage the oil on your scalp, apply the leftover on your hair and use it to detangle it.
- Cover as usual for 30 minutes.
- You can either apply this hot oil treatment before cleansing or after.
- If it is before, you condition your hair after shampooing.
- But, if the treatment is done on an already cleansed hair, you may not need to use a conditioner thereafter.
*Because it says hot oil treatment does not mean you have to burn your scalp with the oil.
You don’t even need the oil to be hot just warm, and you can allow it to cool before applying it on your scalp.
- Add a few drops of peppermint oil to your regular shampoo and use it as usual to get its faster hair growth benefit.
- Always make sure you use a moisturizing conditioner thereafter.
- Do a patch test on your inner arm to be sure you do not react to it nor would it irritate you.
You can always use it in your DIY hair masks and treatment like the one from the avocado deep conditioning recipe.
6. Castor Oil
Castor oil has a protein that helps to strengthen hair thereby preventing breakage and thinning hair.
It moisturizes hair efficiently, but best used when diluted or mixed with another lighter carrier oil such as jojoba oil, coconut oil, and grapeseed oil.
It is extraordinarily rich in essential fatty acids like omega 6 and 9.
It also has an antibacterial property that makes it a natural scalp healing remedy.
The high amount of Vitamin E, a natural antioxidant present in it, enables it to promote hair growth.
There are many people who have reported experiencing fast rapid hair growth and a drastic reduction in hair fall, breakage, and split ends with frequent use of castor oil.
It is one of my staple hair DIY recipes as well.
This oil is thick and sticky. Because of that consistency, it is not easy to work with and may build up easily on the scalp and hair.
Mixing it with other oils and lightly warming it up before using does the trick of letting it mix well with those oils and allow for a more comfortable application.
Well, that same consistency makes it an excellent lip-gloss!
How to Use Castor Oil for Dry Damaged Hair
- 5 tbsp Grapeseed Oil
- 5 tbsp Coconut Oil
- 3 tbsp Castor Oil
- 5 drops of Lavender Essential Oil
- 5 drops of Tree Essential Oil
- Mix all, and store in a dark bottle
To use as a Detangling Formula or a Leave-in Conditioner;
- Part hair into 12 sections, lesser or more depending on your hair volume and length.
- Work with each section at a time
- First, spray water on hair to hydrate and moisturize it, then
- Apply the oil mixture to lubricate and reduce friction.
- This makes your detangling process struggle-free with little breakage
- Because your hair is already saturated with water, knots easily come loose by the time you add oil to the hair.
- But without the water, the oil would only give it shine without any form of moisture and hydration, and it would only make your hair drier.
- I love to use my fingers as the detangling tool because, with it, I can feel and use the right tension on my strands without exerting too much stress.
- You can either use a detangling comb, brush, or fingers, whoever works well for you!
*When using as a leave-in styling oil after shampooing and conditioning your hair, you may substitute water with Aloe Vera juice.
Either way, make sure they (water or aloe) are used before the application of the oil as that would help seal the moisture in.
With that, it would prevent your hair from drying out, promote healthy hair growth and length retention.
7. Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera juice and gel are natural remedies with an exceedingly high amount of moisture and hydration that helps to add and balance the moisture and hydration in the hair.
Before I move on with the benefits of Aloe Vera for thinning hair and hair growth, I want you to first have a better understanding of what this concept “moisture” truly means.
Moisture is water be it in liquid, gas (vapor), or solid (ice) form. But often, we mistake moisture to be oil and that is not so.
Oils are sealant, meaning they prevent moisture from escaping or entering a substance they are applied to or present on.
They create a barrier over it in the process!
It is also the reason some of them are regarded as OCCLUCIVES, they occlude and block.
And others because of their softening and smoothening effects are regarded as EMOLLIENTS.
Let’s say you spray water on your hair and apply an oil thereafter, that oil would seal in the water and prevent it from evaporating into the atmosphere.
This keeps the hair moisturized and soft and prevents it from drying out.
At the same time, it would prevent your hair from absorbing more moisture from the air.
Have you ever noticed what happens to your hair when you keep applying oils or butter without any water present in it? Yes, as time goes on it becomes dry and bristle even though it has luster and shine.
Therefore, when we say oil is moisturizing, it does not mean it provides water to the hair or scalp, instead we are referring to its ability to seal in moisture itself.
Because if that moisture is not sealed in, it would evaporate and escape into the air. The result is like the example above and even worse, as that is lubricated.
Also, when a product is said to be a moisturizing product, the number 1 base ingredient should be water (aqua) or Aloe Vera.
Especially if that product is supposed to be used in the first step of a hair care regimen. It’s okay if it holds oils as well, this is because they would seal in the moisture in the product when applied to your hair.
Whereas, if there is no water in it, endeavor to use water or aloe first before applying the oil-based products on your strands.
If you apply them after, it’s of no use as they won’t be able to penetrate your strands, and hair follicles because of the created barrier.
The only things you may apply water after or on them are honey, glycerin, hyaluronic acid, and gelatin. They are HUMECTANTS that attract and absorb water from the surrounding air to the hair strands.
Always remember this, Water and Aloe are the #1 Best Moisturizers your hair would ever need!
Aloe Vera helps to balance the PH level of our hair.
Its anti-inflammatory properties help to prevent scalp infections and swelling.
Also, it has an antifungal effect that would help to keep dandruff away.
Aloe Vera Juice / Gel recipe – My DIY Leave-in Moisturizer For Faster Hair Growth
- 15 tbsp Aloe Vera Juice
- 2 ½ tbsp coconut Oil
- 2 tbsp Shea Butter
- 2 tbsp Vitamin E Oil
- 1 tbsp Jamaican Black Castor Oil (JBCO)
- 1 tbsp Black Seed Oil
- 1 tbsp Sweet Almond Oil
- 1 tbsp Vegetable Glycerin
- 11 drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil
- 7 drops Ylang Ylang Essential Oil
- Put the Shea butter in a mixing bowl
- Place in a bigger bowl filled with hot water to soften, not melted completely, for easy mixing (you may skip if you are going to use a blender to mix all together)
- Add the Aloe Vera juice (I realized gel mixes well compared to juice, so you may want to use Aloe Gel instead)
- Add all the other oils and mix with a hand mixer or blender
- Add the essential oils at the final step
To Wrap It Up;
These are all the home remedies I have tried and experimented with, and I must say they have played a significant role in the overall health of my hair and scalp.
Remember, we are all different and what has proven to work for others may not work for another.
Also, CONSISTENCY IS KEY when it comes to anything.
You shouldn’t expect a magical transformation overnight. You have to keep trying, and be patient, okay!
Despite that by the way, my hair has grown so much ever since I started caring for it with the use of hair care products for growth and complimenting them with these natural remedies.
You should read this post of mine for my complete hair care regimen.
I would like to know your opinions on these remedies. Which of them would you be trying out? And, are you an avid fan of DIY recipes for hair growth, if yes, how do you make yours?
Write all your responses and comments below, it would be intriguing reading them all.
If you have any other questions, ask away, and I will provide you with the best and right answers as soon as practicable.
Until next time,
Remain exquisitely healthy and lovely!
Tohin…My Exquisite Body And Hair