Male pattern baldness, a type of alopecia, affects millions and can cause stress and depression. Many men and women resort to drastic or expensive measures like hair restoration surgery. However, characteristics of onions make this vegetable an unlikely remedy to this common problem.
The reason onion works against hair loss is because of its high sulfur content. Sulfur stimulates blood circulation, reduces skin inflammation, and is vital in the development of collagen, which is the main protein responsible for healthy skin, hair and nails. For these reasons, sulfur has often been called the “healing” or “beauty” mineral.
The right amount of sulfur in the body can aid in reducing hair loss and encouraging hair growth and regrowth. Incorporating more onions into your diet is an easy way to prevent sulfur deficiency and promote healthy hair growth. Sulfur is not manufactured by the body so can only be obtained by eating sulfur-rich foods (like onions) or taking supplements.
However, for those suffering from hair loss, the most effective way to utilize the hair growth benefits is the direct application of onion extract to the scalp. A study published in the Journal of Dermatology in June, 2002 showed that 73% of participants who used onion juice applied to the scalp experienced some form of hair regrowth. The application of onion juice for hair loss is approved by the FDA and onion is already an ingredient in some commercial hair loss products.
To take advantage of the hair growth promoting effects of onion juice, save money by bypassing the drugstore and try any of the following DIY treatments:
Grate onions in a food processor and strain the juice. Apply juice directly to the scalp and leave for 40 minutes. Then wash off with a mild shampoo.
Chop a medium-sized onion into small pieces and add it to one cup of rum. Let it sit for 24 hours. Strain the mixture using a sieve and massage the remaining liquid solution onto your scalp.
Mix half a cup of chopped onions and half a cup of dried stinging nettle. Add enough vodka to cover the onions and nettle. Let the mixture sit for a few days. Strain the mixture using a sieve and apply the liquid to your scalp.
Mix a quarter cup of onion juice with a tablespoon of raw honey. Massage this mixture onto your scalp daily.