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Home Remedies that Encourage Hair Growth

Most people will get a bald spot at some point in life, and a pattern of baldness will start appearing. Many suffer from gradual thinning of the hair until they go bald. There are many reasons for heavier-than-usual hair loss and most of these can be effectively treated from within the home.
Keep in mind that it is normal to lose some hair, and the average person loses about 100 hairs every day. But for those going bald, this is something that's very hard to live with, and so we're bringing you some easy home-made remedies that might encourage the growth of hair. 
The most common causes of hair loss:
•    Rapid shedding of hair after childbirth
•    Hair loss after fever
•    Sudden weight loss
•    Some medications
•    Certain illness and infections
•    Severe stress
•    Thyroid problems
•    Anemia
•    Age
•    Poor diet
Symptoms Of Hair Loss
•    Clumps of hair falling out
•    Loss of more than 100 hairs in a day
•    Thinning of the hairline
After we understand the cause behind hair loss, it is time to treat it with some effective home remedies that will keep your scalp and follicles clean and encourage healthy growth.
Home Remedies That'll Encourage Hair Growth:
1. Aloe Vera
Aloe vera can be used to moisturize your scalp and will prevent it from getting dry and itchy, while balancing its pH levels. Apply pure aloe vera gel directly on the scalp and gently massage it with your fingers for about 10 minutes. Leave the gel on your scalp for a few hours and then wash with lukewarm water. Repeat this procedure twice a week for best results.
aloe vera
2. Hot Oil Massage:
A very effective home remedy for hair growth, massaging the head and scalp with hot oil has several benefits: it can rejuvenate your hair follicles, improve the blood flow to the scalp, prevent dandruff and prevent hair loss. You can use either almond, olive, coconut, jojoba, rosemary or lavender oil - but remember to massage your scalp daily. The oil should be warm or lukewarm. Leave the oil in your hair for at least 30 minutes, then wash it off. For best results, leave the oil overnight and wash it in the morning.
3. Onion Juice
You may not know this, but onion juice is one of the oldest remedies for encouraging hair growth. The sulfur in the onion juice promotes the creation of collagen proteins and aids in the growth of new hair. Chop a few red onions (or shallots) into small pieces. Then, squeeze the juice out of them. Apply the juice to your scalp for 15 minutes and then rinse off with a mild shampoo. Do this every other day for best results.
4. Apple Cider Vinegar
Is there anything this material can't do? Even when it comes to washing your scalp, vinegar will help keep it clean and healthy, and prevent infections (as well as dandruff). A clean and healthy scalp will definitely help hair grow faster. Shampoo your hair well, and then rinse it with diluted apple cider vinegar for healthy, shiny hair.
5. Egg
A simple egg can make for a good hair mask andegg
will provide your hair with needed proteins. The egg also provides a few other essential nutrients the hair needs, such as: Iron, Selenium, Phosphorus, zinc, sulfur etc. Take a regular egg and add 1 teaspoon of olive oil and honey. Mix them well and apply the resulting paste onto your hair. Leave it like that for about 20 minutes and then rinse with cool water and shampoo.
6. Green Tea
As a powerful antioxidant, green tea can be used both as an external and internal solution.  Drinking 3-4 cups of green tea a day will help your overall body health as well as promote regrowth of hair follicles. You can help this by applying some warm green tea to your scalp and leaving it there for about an hour. Then, rinse off the green tea with cool water, and your hair will become shiny and soft.
7. Oil of Vitamin E
Oil enriched with vitamin E has powerful antioxidant properties and can remove the free radicals that damage our cells. In addition, it can purify the oxygen supply to the scalp and blood flow, which help in healthy hair growth. Take the oil and massage it gently into the scalp, leave in overnight and wash it with a mild shampoo when you get up.
8. Coconut Milk
Coconut milk is heavy in protein and happens to also contain large amounts of iron, potassium and various fats that are essential to the body. Using coconut milk on your scalp and hair will reduce your hair loss while strengthening your individual hairs. 
coconut milk
9. Henna
Henna is a natural conditioner. Apply a bit to make your dry hair softer and smoother. Henna strengthens the root of the hair as well. Mix 2 tablespoons of henna powder with half a cup of yogurt, and let it sit for 2 hours. Apply the mix to your hair and leave it there for about 1 hour. Then, wash it off with cold water.
10. Banana and Honey
Banana and honey make for a powerful mix that can perform as a conditioner and moisturizer for your hair. Mash one banana and add a tablespoon of honey to create a mixture. Apply this mix to your hair, leave it for 45 minutes and then wash it off.
Cover image courtesy of imagerymajestic / freedigitalphotos.net 
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