We deep dive into how Onion Juice and Rice Water can help to nourish your scalp and speed up your hair growth. The tips shared on this blog could be particularly useful for men who’ve started experiencing thinning hair due to male pattern baldness, and anyone with Alopecia!
How Onion Juice may fight Male Pattern Baldness
Male pattern baldness is down to a hormone called Dihydrotestosterone, which in genetically predisposed guys. It attaches itself to hair follicles and shrinks them in a process called Miniaturisation.
Onion juice won’t reduce the levels of DHT found in the body, it can help to reduce the amount of DHT found on the scalp, reduce inflammation of the hair follicles, and reverse the effects of miniaturisation of the hair follicles.
How Onion Juice may fight Alopecia
More research is needed in humans, but animal studies show that topically applied Onion Juice can be effective in encouraging hair growth and topical lotions of onion juice are recommended.
In this 2002 study ( Journal of Dermatology ) 38 people were split into two groups.
The first group applied onion juice to their scalp twice per day for two months.
And Group two applied tap water to their scalp.
By week 6, 87% of the group who’d been applying onion juice to their scalps, noticed observable hair re-growth, compared with only two people in the group applying tap water to their scalp.
So Onion Juice, can be really useful in the fight against hair loss
I go into a lot of detail about the various nutrients in Onions that help to encourage hair growth so do feel free to check it - the link’s in the description,
But one of the most important ingredients in Onion Juice that helps to fight hair loss is Sulphur.
Human hair is made of a protein called Keratin which is high in Sulphur.
Sulphur gives healthy hair its strength and elasticity; but if you don’t have enough sulphur in your hair, it leads to brittle hair that can break easily.
Hair goes through three phases,
Sulphur helps to extend the growth phase, ensuring that hair is longer and healthier throughout the cycle, reducing the appearance of thinning hair.
There is a village in China called Huangluo. The Yao women of this village are famous for having hair that reaches 6 feet long, as well as the length - look at the colour - their hair doesn’t go grey - and it won’t even start to go grey until they reach their 80’s :
Long Haired Yao Minority Women in the Rice Terrace Fields Ping An Longsheng China Stock Photo - Alamy
Longji, China. Woman of Yao Ethnic Minority Showing her Long Hair Stock Photo - Alamy
A village of Rapunzels! Inside the ancient community where women only cut their hair ONCE in their lives
Now, the rice water trend is spreading.
What is so good about rice water?
Rice grains contain 75–80 percent starch. Rice water is the starchy water that remains after soaking or cooking rice.
Rice water is thought to contain many of the vitamins and minerals contained in rice. These include:
- amino acids
- B vitamins
- vitamin E
This is how to prepare the rice water.
You can use plain white or brown rice, organic or regular. The most important thing is to wash the rice water thoroughly, and get rid of all the impurities.
Then add one tablespoon of rice to one cup of water. Add more if you’ve got long hair,
Put in lemon oil, lavender oil
Put it in a jar with a lid,
Leave for 24 hours overnight
Take the onion juice and pour that into a bowl,
Then take the fermented rice water and pour that in a bowl. Wash your hair as normal, massage the onion juice and rice water to the hair, leave it in for 60 minutes
Wash it out with a sulphate free shampoo, rinse, apply conditioner, style as desired.
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