Onion oil and hair
Hair fall is a significant problem for both men and women. It could be due to numerous scalp and hair conditions such as dandruff, hair thinning, premature greying, and so on. Pollution is also responsible for many of the scalp and hair conditions. No matter how much we protect our hair using umbrellas, scarves, helmets, pollution is still likely to impact your hair.
Onion oil is becoming popular these days for its hair regrowth properties and also to reduce hair fall. Onion oil, which is made from the extracts of onion juice, is immensely beneficial for hair. It promotes collagen production, which is responsible for skin and hair rejuvenation, boosts blood circulation, and helps in maintaining the overall health of hair follicles. Onion oil has anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, antioxidant, and anti-bacterial properties, which benefit scalp and hair health.
Benefits of onion oil for hair
Here are some of the benefits of onion oil for hair.
Boosts hair growth cycle
Onion oil can stimulate or activate a few enzymes, which can boost the hair growth cycle. These enzymes can increase hair growth rate and also reduce hair fall.
Delays premature greying
Onion oil has antioxidant properties which prevent free radical damage in your hair and also prevent premature greying.
Prevents hair thinning and breakage
Onions are rich in sulfur, and onion oil prevents breakage, thinning of hair, and split ends. Sulfur in onion oil forms bonds in the hair that strengthens your hair.
Maintains pH levels
Scalp health is very crucial for healthy hair growth. Onion oils keep your hair nourished, and balances the scalp by maintaining scalp pH levels.
Onion oils preserve the moisture present in the scalp. It helps moisturize hair and scalp and helps to protect the natural oils produced from being not washed away.
Due to its antibacterial properties, onion oil helps get rid of bacterial infections, which might cause dandruff, hair fall, and weaken hair follicles. It also prevents bacterial infections.
Enhance hair texture
Onion oil is an excellent moisturizer and conditioner that can enhance hair texture by smoothening and getting rid of frizzy hair. It tames the hair into shiny, smooth, and frizz-free hair.
How to make onion oil at home
Ingredients: onions and coconut oil.
Take 1.5 kg onions to blend into a fine paste. Extract onion juice from this paste and keep the remaining paste and juice aside. In a heavy bottom pan, pour 400 ml of coconut oil and add the onion juice and onion paste. Mix it well. Switch on the stove and allow the mixture to boil. Reduce the heat after some time and keep stirring the mixture well. 20-30mins later, switch off the flame and allow the mixture to cool down.
Take a muslin cloth and strain the oil. Store in an airtight container. This oil has a shelf life of 2-3 years, but it is better to use it within six months to see maximum results.
How to use onion oil for hair?
Onion oil can be used as a hot oil treatment. Mix onion oil with some olive oil and heat it to a lukewarm temperature. Massage into your scalp in circular motions and leave it overnight. Wash it with a mild, sulfate-free shampoo.
Alternatively, you can even use onion oil at normal temperature. Massage hair with onion oil on the scalp for 20-30 minutes in circular motions and leave it for 3-4 hours before washing your hair with a mild shampoo, followed by a conditioner.
Onion oil hair masks
- Mix onion oil with castor oil to get a deep conditioning effect, thicken hair and nourish hair. Massage this mixture onto your scalp and hair length for 5-10 minutes, leave it for 1-2 hours before washing your hair.
- Mix egg whites with onion oil to use it as a protein mask for your hair. Apply this mask to the scalp, hair, and hair length and leave it for 20 minutes before washing your hair.
Things to remember while using onion oil for hair?
Here are some things to remember while using onion oil for hair.
- Onion oil has a strong deep pungent smell, and if you can not bear it, you can add some fragrant essential oils.
- Homemade onion oil might still make your eye teary, just like an onion.
- Sometimes onion oil can cause inflammation in irritation if overdone or when scratching the head.
- Do a test patch on the inner arm a day before using onion oil for hair if you use it for the first time to check any allergic reactions.
- Avoid leaving the oil on your scalp if you have sensitive skin.
Onion oil is known to have many benefits for hair. The main reason behind such benefits is its properties to nourish the scalp and promote hair growth. Onion oil is very beneficial in treating dandruff and baldness. It is also used for conditioning hair, preventing premature greying, maintaining pH levels, and strengthening hair. It is also used to treat hair loss and makes hair soft. This article will guide you through the benefits of onion oil, including making onion oil and using it.