Achieving long, shiny and strong hair is not easy, but it is not impossible either. Although it is often necessary to invest in beauty salons, creams, conditioners or special shampoos, nature has many options that can help.
Here we present a series of natural remedies for you to try at home and some tips that will help you stimulate hair growth and keep it healthy.
Aloe vera, also called aloe vera, is one of the most widely used home remedies in traditional medicine and a fundamental ingredient in the world of cosmetics. It is known as the “miracle plant” as it has anti-inflammatory, healing, coagulant and moisturizing properties.
For many years it has been used to treat hair loss, soothe irritations on the scalp, and condition hair.
Experts point out that it is good for stimulating hair growth as it reduces dandruff and unblocks hair follicles that may be “clogged” by excess oil.
How to use it
You can look for products, such as shampoos or conditioners, that already contain aloe vera to incorporate into your beauty or hygiene routine.
Another option is to cut its leaves transversely to obtain the acíbar, a kind of shiny gel inside.
Apply it on the scalp and leave it on for an hour before showering. Repeat this procedure for several weeks.
Many researchers say that the secret of people who live in tropical areas to keep their hair healthy is coconut oil.
This is obtained by pressing the pulp of the coconuts, in this way a concentration of almost 90% of its saturated acids is obtained.
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According to scientific evidence, these penetrate into the hair shaft and reduce protein loss, stimulate growth, and fight dryness and dandruff.
How to use it
You can apply a mixture of coconut oil with a couple of drops of other beneficial oils for hair health, such as basil, castor or rosemary. Leave on for at least an hour and then rinse well during the bath.
The onion seems to stimulate hair growth by increasing the production of collagen (a group of proteins essential for hair health) and promoting blood circulation.
This allows the hair follicles to be properly oxygenated and thus the hair to develop strong and shiny.
How to use it
You can use different options to exploit the beneficial potential of onion on hair:
- Cut a large onion in half and rub gently over the scalp, making sure its juice soaks through. Leave on for an hour and wash.
- Blend a couple of onions until the juice is obtained, then apply to the scalp and hair. Leave it on for 30 to 45 minutes, and finally remove it when you shower.
- Pour a chopped onion into your shampoo and let it marinate for 15 days, then strain and use normally.
Lemon is one of the most popular citrus fruits, and one of the most used remedies to stimulate hair growth and increase hair strength.
This is because it is rich in vitamin C, and has a significant amount of potassium, a mineral that acts as a natural vasodilator.
How to use it
Apply lemon juice to your scalp and hair 20-30 minutes before bathing. You can also use lemon essential oil, but remember to dilute it in a carrier oil (like almond, coconut, or jojoba). This will prevent injury and irritation.
In addition to trying the previously developed remedies, you can achieve and maintain long and strong hair by following these tips:
Cut the ends
Although it seems ironic to get longer hair by cutting it, the truth is that over time the hair refines and becomes fragile.
Unhealthy hair grows slower or falls out, so remember to visit the hairdresser every 2 or 3 months or cut the ends regularly. This will help the hair to regain all its vitality.
Yes, as with facial skin, the scalp needs to be exfoliated, to remove excess sebum, traces of dirt or dead skin cells.
You can consult your dermatologist about hair scrubs and how to use them or prepare homemade options. If you prefer the latter, you only need to mix sugar, bicarbonate, ground coffee or coarse salt with olive oil, coconut oil or honey.
Gently massage the hair with this preparation for a few minutes, half an hour before bathing. Then rinse with cold water and shower normally.
Massaging the scalp
Massages are not only good for relaxing the body, they can also help stimulate the scalp and encourage hair growth.
Try to make circular, smooth and prolonged movements, without haste. This is also a good practice to relieve stress and tension.
Maintain a healthy diet
If you want to show off a good mane, you should not neglect diet. Lean meats, vegetables, fruits, seeds and grains are excellent options to obtain the main minerals and vitamins for your hair to grow properly, while also obtaining antioxidants and proteins that guarantee its strength and shine.
Don’t forget to hydrate
Water plays a key role in the body and in the health of the hair, which is why dehydration can often be the most common cause of rough, weak and dull hair. Try to drink between eight and ten glasses of water a day you can control this situation.
Until there is significant scientific evidence from human trials, people interested in using herbal therapies and supplements should exercise extreme caution.
Do not abandon or modify your medications or treatments, first talk to your doctor about the potential effects of alternative or complementary therapies.
Remember, the medicinal properties of herbs and supplements can also interact with prescription drugs, other herbs and supplements, and even alter your diet.
Sources consulted: Comprehensive Natural Medicines Database, US National Library of Medicine, Mayo Clinic, US Department of Agriculture, Clinical Capillary Institute, National Institute of Complementary and Alternative Medicine.