Thursday, 13 September 2012

Garlic for Hair Growth

There are several natural ingredients that can help us in our quest towards achieving longer and healthier hair, one of such ingredients is garlic. Garlic has been used even in ancient times by the Egyptians as a remedy for various illnesses. Therefore garlic does not only benefit our hair but promotes overall health as well.

Garlic is excellent for hair growth because it helps to decrease shedding of our hair, boosts regeneration of new hair follicles, removes harmful toxins from our hair/scalp, promotes scalp circulation, enhances hair texture, controls hair loss and strengthens/reinforces our hair roots. I cannot stress enough how valuable this herb truly is.

The more pungent the smell of the garlic, the more beneficial it will be because it’s sulphur content will be higher. Sulphur is the structural part of many proteins including keratin the protein which our hair is made of, therefore garlic will work to fortify our hair. Garlic also contains other important minerals such as selenium, vitamin E, vitamin C and so on which are critical for hair growth.

Garlic can be used for hair growth in various ways which include:

Taking garlic pills: There are various garlic pills (including the odourless variety which I take myself) that can be obtained from the pharmacy which should be taken internally. Over a course of time (in as little as three weeks) an improvement in the hair should be seen.

Adding garlic to natural oils: You can infuse garlic into an oil such as olive oil or sweet almond oil. This can be done by chopping some garlic into very small pieces and putting it in some oil over a period of time say two weeks. This concoction should be kept in the fridge to prevent it from going rancid. Alternatively you can take the seemingly easier route by using store-bought garlic infused olive oil, the only problem with this is that you will be unaware as to how much garlic is actually in the olive oil. I advise mixing about a tablespoon of this oil into your shampoos, deep conditioners, hot oil treatments, pre-shampoo treatments where you can be sure to wash your hair afterwards to avoid the garlicky smell.

Adding fresh garlic to your deep conditioners: You can chop some garlic cloves very finely or mince them and mix into to your deep conditioners or alternatively you can add your garlic infused oil in to your deep conditioner as well.

Is this a natural ingredient you may try?


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  1. Yes, I'm going to try this but like you I'll opt for the pills since you say they're odourless. Thanks a lot for the tips.

  2. Thank you for your comment dear Val. However when buying the garlic capsules ensure they say odourless. Also you can try adding the pills into your deep conditioners, that should work as well.

  3. Hi dear, I dnt knw if u can help. Most tyms wen I loosen my hair, almost half of my hair wld scrape off in d process of combing. I tried steaming my hair n all bt it never worked for me. Now,I have a scanty hair. What can I do???

  4. If you do very tight braids or the weaving under your weave on is too tight; this is likely to result in breakage. Also when your hair is in these styles it is important to moisturise as much as possible and never leave the style in for too long. Please refer to my very first post on "the 10 Cardinal Rules for Growing Long and Healthy Hair" for further guidance. Deep condition frequently, do hot oil treatments, moisturise and seal and you should see some improvements. Hope this helps.


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