Castor oil works wonders. 1
Women have sworn by cold-pressed castor oil for hair growth for centuries now and, apparently, it really works. "Castor oil is most commonly used as a natural treatment for thin or sparse eyelashes,” Dr. Joshua Zeichner, dermatologist and director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York told InStyle. "[The] fatty acids [...] coat the hair shaft [...] to enhance shine and make the hair itself look thicker."
An avocado can help hair growth. 2
Avocado contains both protein and omega-3 fatty acids that can help intensely hydrate, strengthen and revitalize dry, damaged hair which it time will encourage growth. Did I mention it also boosts shine? Try mixing avocado with olive or coconut oil for a deeply conditioning treatment.
Apple cider vinegar will give you a healthy scalp. 3
You can’t have healthy hair without a healthy scalp. The acetic acids in apple cider vinegar can help balance the pH levels of your scalp as well as remove product build, access oil, and dirt that can be prevent healthy hair growth. It also contains vitamin, C, B, and alpha-hydroxy acid which hleaves hair strong, hydrated, and shiny.
There’s a reason why your abuelita had you wearing garlic hair masks growing up. 5
The large amounts of calcium, zinc and sulfur in garlic are said to help stimulate hair follicles and encourage noticeable growth. Create a natural hair treatment mixing 2-3 gloves of minced garlic with ½ cup of olive or coconut oil. Leave on for 15-30 minutes before rinsing out.
Latinas swear by mayonnaise for hair growth. 6
This protein-packed natural treatment helps to repair dry, damaged, and brittle hair. It also deeply moisturizes hair prevent splits or breakage that can prevent hair growth.
You’ve probably noticed aloe vera in a lot of your favorite hair products these days. 7
That’s because aloe contains proteolytic enzymes that help encourage a healthy scalp and repair and moisturize dry, damaged strands. Did I mention it’s loaded with protein? This is an essential ingredient when it comes to hair strength and growth. Remove the sap from an aloe vera branch and apply to hair from roots to ends. Leave on for 10-15 minutes before rinsing. It’s also light enough to use as a leave-in or natural curl gel.
Biotin is in a lot of your hair growth supplements. 8
This B-complex vitamin encourages cell proliferation which helps in hair growth. Look for a supplement that consists of a daily dose of 30 micrograms a day.
Eggs do more than you think. 9
Not only are they known for deeply moisturizing hair but they are known to help prevent hair loss and encourage growth, that’s because they're filled with proteins, B-complex vitamins, and essential nutrients that help to drastically improve the health of hair. If your hair is too thin or naturally oily, use the egg whites only. Whisk them and then apply to damp hair from the mid-shaft down to the roots. Leave for 20 minutes, then remove with cool water before shampooing.
Rosemary oil is a great way to grow long hair. 11
Massaging the scalp with rosemary oil helps to stimulate hair follicles that will eventually lead to growth. It will also cost you little to nothing.
Scalp massages are key. 12
Try dedicating a few minutes a day to gently massaging your scalp to help promote blood circulation which helps to stimulate hair follicles. The easiest way is to use a scalp massager.
Snail slime can do miracles to your strands. 13
If you grew up going to Latino beauty supply shops, chances are you’ve seen the famous Baba de Caracol intensive hair conditioner. Dominican women have sworn by this ingredient for healthy, soft hair for years now. Even Kim Kardashian uses it! In fact, the reality star styled her hair with it for the 2016 VMAs. "Snail slime can be a very effective sealant on the hair,” Ni’Kita Wilson, a cosmetic chemist told Self.com. "The proteins can help strengthen strands while the texture helps seal the cuticle and locks moisture in place."
Who knew seaweed promoted hair growth? 14
Apparently it’s filled with nutrient heavy vitamins and minerals like omega-3-fatty acids, iron, zinc, vitamins A, C, B, and E, which help to stimulate hair follicles for growth, produce sebum for moisture, and detoxify the body. Try consuming it more in your diet or look for hair products that contain seaweed as a prime ingredient, like Bumble and Bumble Seaweed conditioner.
Bee venom promotes hair growth, and who would have guessed? 15
Studies have shown that bee venom can help with hair loss and stimulate hair growth even on people who struggle with alopecia. Try incorporating a supplement into your diet.
There’s this controversy over whether or not coconut oil actually encourages hair growth. 16
There isn’t enough scientific research to back up this theory, but coconut oil does in fact hydrate and strengthen hair contributing to healthy hair. Apply it as an oil treatment and leave on for 15-20 minutes before rinsing off, cleansing, conditioning and styling as usual. If you have thick, curly hair, you can also use it as a leave-in treatment.
Tea tree oil is great for thinning hair. 18
This anti-microbial oil not only relieves dry scalp but it’s known to improve the circulation of blood and stimulate hair follicles which leads to growth. Try massaging your scalp using this before washing hair.
Argan oil has multiple hair benefits. 19
The super hydrating oil that comes from the Moroccan Argan tree, deeply nourishes hair, leaving it softer, shiner, but also stronger. It encourages growth and prevents damage and breakage.
Chia oil is great for your hair, too. 20
This oil treatment that’s formulated with cold-pressed chia seeds is loaded with antioxidants and omegas 3,6, and 9, which not only hydrate hair but also works to intensely repair it.
Peppermint oil can help you grow long hair. 21
Studies show that it causes blood vessels to wide which increases blood flow and circulation which leads to hair growth. Add a few drops to your favorite shampoo.
Bananas can help with hair loss. 22
Because they are rich in potassium and antioxidants, bananas are known for not only strengthening hair but aid in hair loss as well. Try making an at-home hair mask at home using a ripe banana, olive oil, coconut oil, and honey.
Grapeseed oil for growth. 23
There’s a reason why you’re finding grapeseed oil in a lot of your favorite hair products these days. That’s because it does everything from moisturizing, conditioning, reducing strengthening hair, to reducing dandruff and dermatitis – it even reduces hair loss. Apparently it blocks cortisol, a hormone that’s released when you’re stressed that can lead to hair loss.
Use yogurt as a protein treatment. 25
It can help to strengthen strands, balance the pH levels of your scalp and deeply moisturize.
Who knew ginger helped with hair? 26
Ginger is practically a miracle ingredient. It helps with colds, digestion, gut health, the immune system and apparently helps to tackle dryness and promote hair growth.
Almond oil can help you grow hair. 27
This rich oil hydrates hair like you wouldn’t imagine without weighing it down. But it’s also been used as a hair growth remedies for centuries, mainly used by ancient Egyptians. Mix it with castor oil and apply to the scalp through massage motions.
Almond milk also works. 28
It contains high amounts of protein and iron that instantly strengthens hair and prevents potential hair loss. Try creating a conditioning mask using a ½ cup of almond milk and a tablespoon of castor oil.
Rose oil isn’t just great for your skin. 29
Apparently the same properties it contains to nourish skin can also be applied to hair. It’s not only hydrating but it’s a natural anti-inflammatory that can promote scalp health as well.
You’ve probably never heard of ucuuba butter. 30
This deeply moisturizing butter comes from central and south America and contains anti-inflammatory and anti-septic properties that help provide scalp health as well as repair dry, damaged hair. It’s not easy to shop for, but you can find it at select health food stores or online at Etsy.com or Amazon.com.