Onion juice is usually known for its strong smell, it may be time that it’s known for something else, its help in hair care.
Researchers have found that the anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties of onions may help you grow your hair or enhance its healthy appearance.To encourage hair growth
A 2018 study published in the Journal of Drug Delivery and Therapeutics took a look at the onion’s ability to improve hair growth.
The study’s researchers created an onion shampoo by:
- gathering 100 grams (about 3.5 ounces) of fresh onion bulbs
- cutting them into small pieces
- using a food processor to chop the onion into even smaller parts
- filtering the onion extract by pouring the chopped onion over a muslin cloth
- They then added the onion extract (usually anywhere from 1 to 3 milliliters) to a natural shampoo of coconut, castor, and eucalyptus oils as well as cleansers.
They found when applied to skin for 5 minutes (much longer than your usual shampoo), the mixture didn’t irritate the skin. They also found that the onion shampoo:
- provided more nutrients and better nourishment to hair follicles
- moisturized dry hair and scalp
- promoted hair growth
You can use this same process to add onion extract to your own shampoo
Even if you’re not ready to start making shampoos, you can use the same process the researchers used to make an onion extract to add to your own shampoo at home.To quell dandruff
Onion juice has antimicrobial and antifungal properties, which is why some natural health experts advocate for it as an infection treatment.
Many people experience dandruff due to a fungus called Malassezia furfur, so onion’s antifungal properties could definitely come in handy as a dandruff fighter.
Because there isn’t a lot of research on onion as a dandruff fighter, though, it’s not really a first-line treatment for moderate to severe dandruff. If you have the occasional flakes, however, you could try applying onion juice to your scalp.