Can Garlic Oil Promote Hair Growth?
Can Garlic Oil Promote Hair Growth?
Most of us accept hair loss as a natural part of life, whether it is as a result of aging or other causes. Losing 50-100 hairs throughout the day is normal but thin, patchy hair can have a negative effect on our confidence levels.
I first experienced hair loss a few years ago, my belief is that it was as a result of extensive dying and use of commercial shampoos and other treatments. When I realized I could see my scalp through my hair, I was honestly scared. I didn’t know if it was going to grow back or get worse.
There are many products on the market claiming to stimulate hair growth, but I prefer natural methods myself. I wanted to find a cure as quickly as possible, and one of the options I came across was garlic oil. I wondered “can garlic oil promote hair growth?” Let me share my findings
What Causes Hair Loss?
There are numerous reasons why your hair can thin and fall out. Much like your skin, any upset or stress will show on your hair. Severe stress can cause hair to fall out overnight.
Some other factors are hormonal changes, genetics, poor nutrition, alopecia and receding hairline with age. Excessive use of chemicals such as hair dyes, commercial shampoos and conditioners can dry your hair making it brittle weak - leading to hair loss.
How Does Garlic Oil Promote Hair Growth?
Garlic is a vegetable in the allium class which also includes onions, leeks and scallions. It’s mainly used as a flavouring in food but has been used traditionally as a medicinal remedy due to its nutrient content.
Here are some of the facts about garlic use for hair growth:
Garlic contains high levels of the nutrient sulfur. Sulfur is a vital building block for keratin which gives our hair and nails strength and helps them grow. Applying garlic oil to your scalp results in strong, flexible hair.
Garlic has antifungal properties. One of the most common fungal infections which affects our scalp is dandruff. If your hair is in poor shape as a result of dandruff or another scalp infection, garlic oil might offer a cure. Allicin in garlic was found to be effective against six different fungi.
Selenium in garlic improves hair health by helping the body use vitamin E. Vitamin E deficiency can cause hair loss.
Garlic contains vitamins C, B6 and B1. Vitamin C boosts collagen in hair and protects against breakage. B6 deficiency can cause hair loss and B1 improves scalp circulation.
Minerals in garlic also improve hair health. Calcium provides a structural component in hair. Copper prevents defective hair growth. Iron aids in hair growth and maintenance. Manganese helps the body utilize other nutrients that are important to hair health.
Garlic is known as a rubefacient, i.e. stimulates blood circulation. Your blood carries nutrients and oxygen to every part of your body, including your roots and scalp. This means more nourishment for your locks. Much like watering a plant, blood flowing to your scalp leads to healthy hair growth.
A study determined that garlic oil enhanced the effects of a steroid gel to treat hair loss due to alopecia areta.
How to Use Garlic Oil for Hair Growth
In traditional folk remedies, garlic was used for hair loss by slicing a clove open and rubbing it on the scalp. This was followed by an olive oil head massage an hour later. The hair was not washed until the following day. If this is a bit too hippy (and smelly) for you, don’t worry, there are plenty of modernized recipes for garlic oil hair treatments.
If the smell of garlic really bothers you try adding lemon juice or rose water to the mix. Essential oils are also an option - rosemary, lavender and peppermint oils are purported to be good for hair growth whereas eucalyptus and tea tree are recommended for clearing dandruff.
Always do a patch test before apply garlic oil mixtures to your skin. Never apply to broken skin and make sure not to get any garlic oil in your eyes.
If you have sudden, unexplained hair loss, please discuss it with your doctor as it could be a sign of illness somewhere in your system. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
The most important part of treating hair loss is to find the underlying cause if possible. If you don’t fix the reason for your hair loss, no amount of cures will help. Luckily after I eliminated dye and commercial hair care products from my routine, my hair slowly returned to its original state.
I still have lots of
flyaway baby hairs from the new growth but they don’t bother me - it serves as
a reminder to treat my locks well! I wish you best of luck with using garlic
oil to promote hair growth - I hope it gives the results you desire!