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Who doesn’t want long, soft and voluminous hair? Most of us struggle with slow hair growth or excess hair fall, brittle dull hair, dandruff and scalp infections etc. A healthy scalp needs extra care and most of us are unable to provide it proper nutrients. Maintaining our scalp is complicated, requiring a variety of steps and sometimes personalized treatments. If you are growing your hair, care should be taken so that it is strong and healthy, avoiding any kind of damage and dull appearance. Onion juice for hair loss is considered as the best remedy for hair and scalp problem. It contains sulfur which the main component to make your hair strong which ultimately prevents hair loss and helps in hair growth. Onion juice, when mixed with other ingredients like aloe vera and olive oil, will be the perfect combination to promote hair growth, treat hair loss as well as dandruff. Let’s take a look at the benefits onion juice and the ingredients used in this natural scalp treatment.
Benefits of Onion Juice for hair loss and dandruff
This onion juice for hair loss and dandruff remedy is made up of 3 powerful ingredients i.e. onion juice, aloe vera juice or aloe vera gel, and olive oil. All the ingredients have different benefits, as well as they, work with their own uniqueness on hairs and scalp.
- Onion juice has antiseptic and antibacterial properties. It helps fight hair lice, dandruff and can be used as a natural hair nourisher and conditioner. It kills bacteria or microbes which lead to hair loss.
- Onions are rich in sulfur, which is known to minimize breakage and thinning of hair.
- Our hair is comprised of a durable protein called keratin, which is high in sulfur content. Sulfur is required for proteins (like keratin) to maintain their shape, which contributes directly to the overall health, strength, and elasticity of hair. More exciting is that there are studies indicating that sulfur has positive effects on hair growth.
- Onions can be used to fight dandruff owing to their rich anti-bacterial properties.
- Onions improve blood circulation which is another way they contribute to hair growth.
Aloe vera Juice
- Aloe Vera contains protein and hair are made of protein. Protein helps make hair smooth and strong.
- Vitamin A present in aloe vera helps to produce healthy sebum, an oily substance secreted by the scalp, which keeps hair from drying out and breaking off. In addition, Vitamin A fights free radicals that weigh your hair down.
- Vitamin B12 in aloe vera is important for a healthy scalp. Because of this, it can help to boost hair regrowth.
- Vitamin C helps fight the bacteria on the scalp. It wards off dandruff and helps to get rid of the follicles’ debris and encourages the growth of new hair. It also helps with dry and itchy scalps because of its antiviral properties.
- Olive oil helps in giving moisture and shine to hair. It helps in regrowth of hair and makes scalp healthier than before as it contains antioxidants and vitamin E which are beneficial for hair and scalp.
- Olive oil solves the problems like dry, flaky scalp or dandruff, switching to olive oil is a good idea.
Procedure for Onion Juice for Hair Loss and Dandruff
- 2 tablespoon onion juice
- 1 tablespoon aloe vera juice or aloe vera gel (Buy From Here – US | India)
- 1/2 tablespoon olive oil (Buy From Here – US | India)
- You can adjust the quantity according to your hair
- Peel the onions and chop them into small pieces.
- To extract the juice, you can use a food processor, a blender, a grater or a juicer. I have used a hand grater to extract the juice.
- Run this paste through a strainer or a sieve or an old but clean handkerchief or a cheese cloth.
- Take the juice out.
- Now, mix aloe vera juice or aloe vera gel and olive oil to it.
How to apply
- Make the partition of hairs and apply the onion juice for hair loss.
- Massage the juice into your scalp or cover the bald patches.
- Leave on for at least 15 minutes (longer if you can tolerate the smell) and then wash out using an herbal shampoo.
- Do repeat this remedy for 2-3 times in a week for the best results.
Those who are allergic to onions, even its topical application can bring about a reaction. Also, certain medications such as aspirin can increase sensitivity to onions. A patch test is necessary before using onion juice for hair loss treatment.
- If you’re bothered by the strong smell of the onion, add some lemon juice or rose water to your hair rinse. Essential oils can also be used. Rosemary (Buy From Here – US | India), lavender (Buy From Here – US | India), and peppermint (Buy From Here – US | India) all promote hair re-growth.
- Try adding onion to your food recipes. This will not act as fast as the hair rinse but will provide additional dietary support.
- Stop using commercial shampoos and wash your hair with natural shampoos with low alcohol content once a week. Rinse with cold water when finished, to close the fibers in the hair.
Go ahead and try these remedies and do let me know your experiences in the comments section below.
Abdul GhaniMarch 17, 2017 at 5:07 am
one time on weak please tell me
MamtaMarch 18, 2017 at 6:53 am
Hi Abdul, you can use this remedy for 2-3 times in a week for the best results. Please be sure to do a patch test on your skin for any allergies or reactions before using it.
JawadMarch 30, 2017 at 12:08 pm
Hopefully it will work
VictoriaApril 20, 2017 at 2:12 pm
What kind of onions do you recommend? White, sweet or red?
MamtaApril 20, 2017 at 4:31 pm
Hey Victoria, There are various types of onions, and they all are different slightly in terms of flavour, texture, and colour, but can usually be substituted for one another. I couldn’t find any reference that mentioned specifically a certain type of onion that is better for hair growth than any other type of onion. You can use either white or red onion for the treatment of your hair loss or dandruff problem.
ChuckAugust 22, 2017 at 3:47 am
You’re right in not finding any reference that mentions a specific type of onion to use, when it SHOULD be a known specific since different types of onion contain various amounts of sulfur, from fairly high amounts to not so high. Since onion is such a common ingredient in almost every hair regrowth formula, it’s odd that no one seems to know the answer which makes me wary of the claims, but hopeful nonetheless. I see most people tend to use red onions, but I think this is more because red onions are just more pleasing to the eyes instead of actually being the best for hair regrowth. The onions with the highest amounts of sulfur are yellow onions, white onions have a bit less sulfur, red onions even less. There are other types in between called “sweet onions” like Vadalia for example, are even further down the list of onions and their sulfur content, and these are all considered “dry onions”. There are also “green onions”. These would be mostly just the young onion of almost any species, but since most aren’t labeled as to what type they are, some can have quite a strong “bite” to them, meaning a high sulfur content, so it’s a not really a good idea to use these since you don’t know what you’re getting most of the time. Scallions and other cousins to onions can have as much sulfur as onions themselves. Maybe somebody can come up with more information on what the correct sulfur content from which onion SHOULD be used in a hair regrowth formula than I can. At anyrate, good luck to anybody trying to regrow hair using this formula or ANY formula calling for onion. I would start with the milder ones first, i.e. Vadalia, red, etc., and if your scalp can handle it well, possibly move up a notch to the white variety for that extra sulfur ‘punch’, which I personally think you should do, but I’m not a professional in this area, and obviously nobody else is either. Again, good luck and experiment until you find what works for YOU!
MamtaAugust 27, 2017 at 5:17 pm
Hi, Chuck, thanks for sharing such a detail study about onion and its benefits for hair.
NazimDecember 3, 2017 at 8:14 am
Hello Mamta can I make onion juice for 15 day to one month. if I want to make for a month how to make n how to keep safe can you let me know.
MamtaDecember 5, 2017 at 4:34 pm
I will recommend you to make fresh juice every time you use it.
Nancy MayOctober 27, 2017 at 9:12 pm
Hello Miss Mamta! I just want to ask if I can store the mixture for a week or more? Or should I make a mixture that I need for the application within the day… thank you very much!
MamtaNovember 15, 2017 at 4:39 pm
I would recommend you to use onion juice mixture freshly prepared and NOT store it.
leaOctober 15, 2018 at 12:02 pm
hi mamta can i store the mixture (aloevera and onion juice) in the fridge up to 3 days?
MamtaNovember 4, 2018 at 5:49 am
Hi Iea, yes you can
PameelaMay 4, 2017 at 3:35 am
M not allergic to onions..Do I still need to do the patch test before I try it.
MamtaMay 15, 2017 at 6:24 am
Hi Pameela, it’s always advisable to do a patch test before applying to your scalp because of different skin’s type.
Ardis KynerMay 9, 2017 at 2:03 am
I think I will give this stry on the crown of my head
RomaMay 13, 2017 at 2:45 pm
Can you make it and keep it in a bottle
MamtaMay 15, 2017 at 6:18 am
Hi Roma, Yes you can keep it in a bottle for only 3-4 days because of perishable nature of onion but make sure that it is refrigerated.
SalmaJune 28, 2017 at 8:04 am
I m using onion Juice from last one week and this s second week three times a week for jow long I have to wait to see the resuilt and my hairs are still falling .
MamtaJuly 6, 2017 at 5:02 pm
Hi Salma, natural remedies for hair takes some time to work but they are great as they are free from any harsh chemicals. I would recommend you to keep using onion juice on your hair for at least 2 months for a significant change.
Shruti barnwalAugust 1, 2017 at 8:38 am
If we use onion juice thrice a week.. and then shampoo every time… this means thrice a week we have to do shampoo… bt doing shampoo thrice a week will result more hair loss.. as it is highly recomended to shampoo once or maximum twice week… so what to do??
MamtaAugust 11, 2017 at 12:59 pm
Hi Shruti, you can use natural herbal shampoos thrice a week with no problems. You can find natural herbal shampoos from your local departmental store. You can also try to use homemade shampoos which are not harsh on your scalp.
AJAugust 1, 2017 at 1:54 pm
What are natural shampoos? Except alcohol.
MamtaAugust 11, 2017 at 12:56 pm
Hi Areebaj, you can use any herbal shampoo available at your local departmental store. Also, you can check Pinterest for ideas related to homemade shampoos. Currently, I have not written anything about homemade shampoos but will soon write some posts on that as well in future.
KavitaAugust 7, 2017 at 6:13 pm
How to extract gel from aloe vera. How much time we should keep it on hair.
MamtaAugust 9, 2017 at 5:52 am
Hi Kavita, this should help you with extracting the aloe vera juice from plant. http://www.wikihow.com/Extract-Aloe-Vera
You should keep it for at least 15 mins.
LarrydAugust 14, 2017 at 9:36 am
Thanks for this piece ,I use to have hair loss at my hair edges and my hair is very thin,but the onion water did the magic,I have strong full hair now and my hair grows in length.try it if u haven’t.
MamtaAugust 17, 2017 at 4:56 pm
Hi Larryd, glad you had positive results.
ChuckAugust 22, 2017 at 3:51 am
I’m glad you had good results. If you don’t mind me asking, how long did it take to get the results you wanted?
RebeccaSeptember 26, 2018 at 1:03 pm
Hi~what colour of onion that you use for your hair treatment？
nonsoAugust 16, 2017 at 1:40 pm
Hi mamta.. I rub dat like twice a day…. dats like 14 times a week. for my beard. Bcos it is comin out slowly and scanty. So how long will I stay for it to come out fully? When rubbing dat??
MamtaAugust 17, 2017 at 4:55 pm
Hi, you can use onion with aloe vera to see great results. Apart from that, you can also use a mixture of 1 tablespoon of castor oil and 2 drops of rosemary essential oil. You can store it in a container and apply this daily before sleep, keep it overnight. This will give you faster results. Hope this helps. Let me know if you have any other questions.
Rahul GuptaAugust 17, 2017 at 1:30 pm
I am applying onion juice and coconut oil from past 7 months thrice a week. I would not say that falling of hair has been stopped (may be because of Psoriasis) but I can see hair regrowth on bald patches but I bit dryness is still there.
I was many positive posts on applying aloe vera for eliminating hair dryness and dead skin. I also want to add aloe vera in my home remedy but I am afraid of any side effect or negative result. Please suggest.
MamtaAugust 17, 2017 at 4:49 pm
Hi Rahul, glad to see positive effects of using onion on your hairs. You can safely use aloe vera along with the juice. Aloe vera is great for your scalp. You can see the benefits of using aloe vera in the post itself. Hope this helps.
JoseDSeptember 1, 2017 at 1:15 pm
Can I add essential oil or combination of essential oils on this? Like Rosemary and Lavender. If yes how many drops for each essential oil or total of? Thanks!
MamtaSeptember 2, 2017 at 8:21 am
Hi Jose, yes you can use a mixture of essential oils in your mask. You should use a total of 3-4 drops essential oils in your mask.
AbduSeptember 9, 2017 at 11:44 am
Hi mamta is there any problem if I use it when I sleep and wash it in the morning
MamtaSeptember 11, 2017 at 6:34 am
Hi, Abdu, I would not recommend this mask as an overnight remedy because onion contains sulphur and sulphur can make your hairs dry.
Sanath KumarSeptember 11, 2017 at 5:53 am
Is Onion juice and Alovera Gel can mix with Olive oil only or can mixed with Mustered oil or Coconut oil instead of Olive oil
MamtaSeptember 11, 2017 at 6:17 am
Hi, Sanath, You can use mustard oil or coconut oil but I would recommend using olive oil because it is more moisturizing than coconut oil which helps condition your hair deeply and effective in removing dandruff when applied regularly. It helps to exfoliate dead cells more effectively than coconut and mustard oil.
Sanath KumarSeptember 11, 2017 at 7:30 am
Thank you Mamta. Another question. If we use Castor oil then we have to use Vitamin E oil or not.
MamtaSeptember 13, 2017 at 7:39 pm
Hi Sanath, it’s not required to add vitamin E oil but if you add it you will get extra benefit.
AnkurOctober 4, 2017 at 3:10 pm
Hello Mamta, my hair’s go greasy after almost 2-3 days, will this help or shall I just not add olive oil to the mixture?
MamtaOctober 4, 2017 at 4:36 pm
Hi, Ankur, I also have this problem. I too get greasy hairs in 2-3 days. For this, I have to shampoo twice a week. If you want you can avoid olive oil in the mixture as well.
ankush kumarOctober 7, 2017 at 4:49 am
Do we need to mix three of them i.e onion,olive oil and aloe vera??
MamtaOctober 8, 2017 at 5:03 pm
Hi Ankush, yes you have to mix together all ingredients and apply it to your hairs.
Bhavya ManwaniOctober 11, 2017 at 1:33 pm
Thanks for this valuable information.I have one question if we hairfall due to water than also this remedy will work because i am applying onion juice from past so many weeks. Also can we store this solution in refrigerator or we need to use it fresh everytime.
Thanks in advance.
MamtaOctober 11, 2017 at 6:51 pm
Hi Bhavya, if you are facing hair fall due to water, then I would suggest changing your water first then trying out this remedy. You can use filtered or purified water to wash your hairs.
You should not store it in the refrigerator. Every time you use this remedy you will have to make it again.
Diya AroraNovember 5, 2017 at 5:54 pm
Should I use hot water in winters after applying onion juice??
MamtaNovember 15, 2017 at 4:35 pm
You should not use hot water even in winters to rinse your hairs. Hot water strips off natural oils from scalp and hair. You can use warm water if you like.
nitinNovember 9, 2017 at 8:48 pm
can i use onion juice with patanjali aloe vera gel
MamtaNovember 15, 2017 at 4:13 pm
Yes, you can use Patanjali aloe vera gel with onion juice.
JenniferNovember 27, 2017 at 12:17 pm
I am using onion juice,coconut oil & aloe vera gel and applying the mixture on hair twice a week. I keep it for around one hour & wash my hair with hot water.(Not very hot – but little). Will I see the same result as you have specified earlier in your comments? Am from chennai and we use well water for bathing and not corporation water. So pl advise whether I will be getting positive results if i continue the same.
MamtaDecember 5, 2017 at 4:04 pm
Hi Jennifer, you should keep using this to see the benefit. Using well water is great, nothing to worry about.
georgeDecember 13, 2017 at 9:16 pm
hi,my hair edges is now like an upside down triangle. I do cut my hair very low weekly hope it wont affect the result if i start this method
MamtaDecember 19, 2017 at 2:40 pm
Thanks for commenting. Do let me know the progress.
SadafJanuary 6, 2018 at 5:09 pm
Hi i heard its good for ur dandruf if u add asprine to ur shampoo bottle.so i mixed my loreal shampoo with asprine in it.so if i use this onion remedy then is it safe to rinse hair with that asprine mixed shampoo?
MamtaJanuary 11, 2018 at 3:43 pm
I am not sure about this combination. But if you are allergic to onion then aspirin will worsen the condition.
PriyankaJanuary 14, 2018 at 6:30 pm
Hi, I would like to know that, what if ? If I apply this to overnight ?
MamtaJanuary 22, 2018 at 4:11 pm
I have not tried this overnight, but you can try. Maybe this leads to dry hairs due to sulfur in onion. I would recommend not to use it as an overnight treatment.
AnimeshFebruary 7, 2018 at 8:21 am
Can we use this method more than thrice a week?
If yes will that be more helpful?
MamtaMarch 4, 2018 at 6:23 am
You should use this only 3-4 times in a week. Washing hairs more than 3-4 times in a week can be harmful.
Rakesh PatelMarch 5, 2018 at 9:18 pm
Hi Mamta, how many hours we can leave onion juice out side or in cold condition . So we can use next day.
MamtaMarch 15, 2018 at 4:20 pm
Onion juice will get spoiled the next day, hence you will have to make a fresh batch everytime you use it.
TejasMay 12, 2018 at 1:01 am
Hello Mamta Mam ..!!
I’ll be starting to use this treatment from tomorrow hopefully and keep u posted with my progress. I’ve alresdy used aloe vera gel , vitamin e capsules and coconut oil mixture. N result has been positive. Have also applied onion juice last week. I can see hair roots but they need to grow.
But I have a bald patch on the crown area. Being hopeful that it will be helpful.
MamtaMay 22, 2018 at 1:41 pm
Thanks for commenting. Do let me know your progress.
AnantiyaMay 21, 2018 at 5:33 am
I had very thin hair and I had too much hair fall problem and dandruff also.my hair got greasy after 2days of using shampoo.is it useful for my hairs to use coconut oil,alovera and onion juice mixture???And i use sunsilk thick and long shampoo is it good ??Need ur suggession what to do for hair ,so that I have thick and shiny hairs and hair fall problem also decreases.
MamtaMay 22, 2018 at 1:16 pm
This will work. Also if you add rosemary and tea tree oil then you will get faster results. Also, don’t use Sunsilk, you can use any herbal shampoo.
aliJune 1, 2018 at 5:49 pm
hi mamta ma’am,
i have used your remedy today,and i will continue to do so every week now.
i would like to know,if there is an approximate time when i can expect visible results and also if it would work better if i shaved my head?
I’m using a shampoo called triclenz,which actually says hair clenzer on it,is this recommend?
lastly, I’m loosing hair at an alarming rate and way too young, I’m just 21,if you can give any more insight into stopping hair fall and regrowing hair,that would be wonderful!
thank you in advance
Anna KingJune 2, 2018 at 5:40 pm
Thank you so much, glad I came across your post and will be waiting to read more. Please don’t stop your good work… Keep going.
MamtaJuly 4, 2018 at 11:28 am
Thanks for those kind words.
Joan RoaJune 30, 2018 at 12:02 pm
Hello Ma’am Mamta,
I have a very thin hair and a lot of hair fall everytime i shower.
I’ve use onion ( i didnt squeeze the juice i mix it directly to my “Safi” shampoo) and use it everday. But still i have hair fall. What should i do? Thank You.
MamtaJuly 4, 2018 at 10:24 am
I think you should leave it on your hairs for at least 15-20 mins so that nutrients could sink into your skin. If possible try using essential oils like rosemary and tea tree which will help your hairs.
JosieJuly 23, 2018 at 8:13 am
for how long do you need to use it?
Will it be possible to use it as hair daily moisturizer, meaning without washing it off?
Will it be possible to add other oil such as castor oil?
MamtaFebruary 5, 2019 at 6:18 am
You have to apply it regularly until you get your desired result. And also, you have to wash your hair after applying this hair mask.
You can mix any oils and essential oils which suits your hair type.
PradeepaJuly 31, 2018 at 4:32 pm
Hi I have heavy Hair fall for past 2 years and my hair texture became very thinner. Shall I use this combination alone for thrice a week. I am not applying oil the other days when I am not shampooing. Pls suggest me
MamtaFebruary 5, 2019 at 6:34 am
You can apply this mixture 2-3 times in a week and have to wash your hair after applying it. Otherwise, your hair will smell like an onion.
Also, there is a hair growth serum that I have posted which can help you in hair growth and stops hair fall. Here is the link for hair serum recipe- http://alluringsoul.com/diy-hair-growth-serum/
You can apply any one recipe. Both are effective.
UrmiAugust 8, 2018 at 4:07 am
Can I replace olive oil with almond or coconut oil?
MamtaAugust 11, 2018 at 4:22 am
Hi Urmi, Yes you can use almond and coconut oil.
TejalSeptember 9, 2018 at 11:25 am
As per the procedure I have made the mixture of onion and alo vera juice yesterday. Should I use it today ??? Please help.
MamtaOctober 5, 2018 at 2:29 pm
Yes, you can use. But I would recommend making it fresh and use it as it will work better than the one kept.
SantoshSeptember 30, 2018 at 11:30 pm
Hi Mamta, thanks for your inputs, u doing great by helping people realise the importance of Nature s gift, I want to ask you a couple of thing straight. One I work out daily and my scalp sweat but I shampoo alternate days so what do u recommend here n how u want me to use the ingredients. Second I use zycafy m shampoo, is this safe?
MamtaOctober 5, 2018 at 2:12 pm
Use the remedy twice a week. You can keep using the shampoo.
ManasaOctober 16, 2018 at 1:35 pm
Can this made once be stored n used? If yes…for how long n how to store? N thank you for your work.
MamtaNovember 4, 2018 at 5:45 am
Hi Manasa, I always recommend to use fresh onion juice but you can store this mixture for up to 3-4 days.
pheara phabOctober 24, 2018 at 10:05 am
i would like to ask you a question can i use only olive and onion juice?
MamtaNovember 4, 2018 at 5:32 am
Hi Pheara, yes you can use.
PrincessNovember 3, 2018 at 10:57 pm
Hi Mamta, thanks for this remedy. Please is it normal for my hair to inch me when I use this remedy? And can I add raw egg to the mixture?
Thanks in advance.
MamtaNovember 21, 2018 at 3:21 pm
Onion juice can be itching its normal. Yes, you can add eggs to this recipe.
JCFebruary 12, 2019 at 4:04 am
Does boiling onions in water help in getting the juice out and making a kind of concentrate?
Should I use any shampoo to get the smell out of my hair after each treatment?
MamtaFebruary 17, 2019 at 9:44 am
I would recommend using raw juice for scalp and apply shampoo to remove it from your hair.
JFebruary 13, 2019 at 12:08 am
What about boiling onions to get the juice out ?
MamtaFebruary 17, 2019 at 9:37 am
raw juice would be better for hair and scalp.
AsrielMay 15, 2020 at 9:14 am
What happens if I don’t wash it off
MamtaJune 7, 2020 at 3:37 am
This mask is not a leave-in product. It can harm your scalp if it is left for a longer period of time.