We all know onions as an indispensable vegetable that brings tears to eyes when chopped raw. But do you know that onions are great hair care solution too? Ayurveda, the traditional Indian healthcare system advocates onion juice application for multiple hair woes – hair fall, dandruff, flakes, frizz, dryness, pre-mature greying, and thinning. Read more on how and why your hair loves onions.
We all hear of fancy exotic ingredients for hair care, but there is one humble vegetable present in every single kitchen that gives great results. We are talking about onions. The ordinary red onion that we put into our curries and more on a daily basis.
What’s there in onions that’s good for hair?
Onions have good amounts of dietary sulphur, vitamin C, vitamin B6, folate and key minerals like iron, magnesium and potassium. All good nutrition for hair. Onions are also rich in phytochemicals like allium, allyl disuphide and quercetin that help shield from the free radical onslaught, boost blood flow, and improve hair health. Onions also have fibres called fructans that support scalp health. Onions are also rich in antibacterial and antispetic properties that help shield from scalp infections.
Sulphur is a key beneficial element for hair as it is found in amino acids that are used in making of keratin, the protein that makes almost 96% of a hair strand. Similarly, sulphur also helps promote collagen synthesis, another key protein essential for scalp and hair health.
What all hair issues can onion juice help with
Onion juice nourishes and conditions the scalp to help improve scalp health. Healthier scalp leads to healthier follicles and healthier hair.
Onion juice promotes hair growth by helping improve scalp health and strengthen hair follicles. Massage with onion juice boosts blood circulation, improves nutrient absorption, and thus helps boost your tresses’ look, thickness, and silkiness.
Onion juice has antibacterial and antiseptic qualities that help check dandruff, flakes, and other sundry scalp infections.
Regular massage of onion juice is believed to help slow down premature greying of hair. This may be due to onion juice promoting secretion of an enzyme called catalase in hair follicles that stops greying action caused by the accumulation of hydrogen peroxide in hair roots.
Onion juice helps condition hair for added softness, less dryness, and frizz control.
What hair issues onions can’t help with
Onions are great for hair but these aren’t some cure-all magic wand. While regular hair woes like dryness, thinning, frizz, early greys, and flakes can be managed with onions, more serious issues like male pattern baldness and aloepecia are linked to genetic, hormonal and auto-immune factors, and may need medical guidance and treatment.
How to use onions for hair care
You can grind regular red onions to a pulp that is then sieved to obtain fresh onion juice. Apply this juice to scalp and hair lengths, massage well, wear a shower cap, and wash off after an hour.
You can also blend this onion juice with a good quality cold-pressed oil such as castor oil or sesame oil for application.
Remember: Onion juice should be fresh-squeezed. Storing it will lessen its efficacy. Also, be ready for the smell factor as onions have a strong smell.
Benefits of onions without the mess or the smell
You can choose hair care products enriched with red onion seed oil extract that has all the healthy goodness of onions without any smell or messiness. What’s even better is that by choosing the right kind of products, you also get benefits of other quality actives present in these products such as black seed onion extract, aloe vera, hydrolyzed proteins etc, that are excellent for hair care and repair.
Red Onion Seed Oil Extract: Rich in healthy phytochemicals, flavonoids, sulphur-rich compounds, and vitamins B1, C, D & E. Effective antimicrobial, and antioxidant qualities that help stimulate hair growth, check pre-mature greying, unclog blocked hair roots, and stop scalp infections.
This is a premium haircare range enriched with not just red onion seed oil extract, it also has the celebrated black seed oil that contains thymoquinone that helps reduce hair loss and promote hair regrowth. This active ingredient also has antimicrobial and antioxidant qualities to help check dandruff, soothe scalp eruptions, and boost scalp blood circulation.
WOW Skin Science Red Onion Black Seed Oil Shampoo
This shampoo gently cleanses and moisturizes your hair and scalp and helps improve hair texture. It is infused with red onion seed oil extract, black seed oil and sweet almond oil. It helps hydrate hair roots and scalp for healthier, lustrous hair. Also helps tackle hair loss, clean out scalp buildups, and revive dull, weak hair. Helps promote hair growth. pH balanced for healthier hair care. Formulated totally without sulphates, parabens, mineral oils, silicones, colour and PEG.
WOW Skin Science Red Onion Black Seed Oil Conditioner
This conditioner helps give your tresses strength, smoothness, and luster. It is infused with red onion extract with strong antioxidant properties that help to protect the hair and promote blood circulation to the roots. Black seed oil, rich in fatty acids, helps to form a protective barrier on the strands. Wheat protein aids in keeping hair conditioned and adding shine. Also helps improve hair texture and shine, strengthen hair follicles, reduce hair fall, and repair and protect damaged hair. Suitable for all hair types, this conditioner has been formulated totally without parabens, mineral oils, silicones, colour and PEG.
WOW Skin Science Red Onion Black Seed Hair Mask
This hair mask helps transform hair from weak and lifeless to strong and lustrous. It is infused with red onion extract with strong antioxidant properties that help to revive weak strands and promote blood circulation to the roots. Black seed oil, rich in fatty acids, helps to form a protective barrier on the hair. Wheat protein aids in keeping hair conditioned and adding shine and smoothness. Formulated to replenish lost nutrition and give intensive nourishing care to hair, this hair mask has a blend of natural ingredients that help enhance hair texture and shine, helps strengthen hair strands, reduce hair breakage, repair and protect damaged hair. Suitable for all hair types, this hair mask can be used to add deep hydration to your hair and scalp. This hair mask has been formulated totally without sulphates, parabens, silicones, and colour.