The Natural Way to Thicker & Healthier Hair
Part 2 – Garlic
In our last blog we mentioned that there were two 100% natural, everyday products that your hair was going to love! The first was coconut oil and now we are here to tell you about the 2nd, Garlic! Yes it does have a very strong odour but it has amazing benefits, particularly for thinning hair.
Garlic, scientifically termed Allium sativum, is a close relative to the onion, shallot, leek, chive and rakkyo family. Although it is commonly used for food seasoning it is also widely used as a traditional medicine with enormous health benefits including its anti-cancerous properties.
Garlic has a very strong odour and although you may be reluctant to use it in your hair, you should give it a try. Here’s why.
Again its 100% natural which means it is free of all of those unnecessary chemicals that can damage hair.
As you know garlic is great source of flavouring for food but it’s also good for your heart, is a natural antibiotic and of course it’s great for your hair!
Whether raw or cooked, garlic, is packed with loads of nutrients that will produce surprising results in the reduction and prevention of hair loss. These nutrients include, Sulphur, Copper, Zinc, Vitamin C, B6, B1, Manganese, Selenium, Phosphorus, Calcium and Iron.
The many Sulphur molecules give it its antioxidants and helps increase blood circulation, which stimulates hair growth. Sulphur also aids in minimising dandruff. The copper, which is often used in hair loss treatments, thickens hair and intensifies hair colour, making it great for reducing greys too. Zinc balances your copper levels and also plays a big part in the production of new hair cells. The vitamin C in garlic, synthesises collagen, a fibrous protein that supports hair follicles and keeps the blood vessels in your scalp healthy. Vitamin C also helps the body absorb iron and Iron carries oxygen to the hair.
Much like Coconut Oil, Garlic is found to have anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and anti-viral properties present which makes garlic a beneficial treatment for your scalp.
How then do you use garlic for best results?
As a hair treatment, this small cluster of cloves, is most widely used to treat hair loss and increase hair growth and thickness. There are a variety of ways you can use garlic in your hair. Here are a few:
With Olive Oil
Method: An hour before bedtime, slice open a clove of garlic and rub it on the hair loss area. Wait for an hour then massage the scalp with olive oil. Put on a cap and go to bed. In the morning, shampoo your hair.
Method:Place garlic pods in a bowl of olive oil and leave for 7 days. Then apply to hair and scalp and leave in overnight. Rinse thoroughly in the morning.
Method: Add garlic and honey to your shampoo and/or conditioner and use 1 – 2 times a month only.
With Coconut Oil
Method: Crush a few cloves and mix with one teaspoon of coconut oil, heat the mixture for a few minutes and stir well. Let it cool then apply to your scalp and massage. Repeat 2-3 times a week for best results.
On its own
Method: Juice a garlic clove and apply the juice to the scalp for a few minutes and wash thoroughly.
There you have it, two natural everyday products that will take you from dry, damaged or thinning hair to happy healthy hair growth in no time!