There are some ingredients that we can trust blindly for our hair. While oils like castor and coconut have been on top of that list since time immemorial, there’s one ingredient that’s been making a lot of buzz recently. We’re talking about using onion juice for hair—because guess what? Even Malaika Arora swears by it.
The Bollywood actress recently opened up about her experience with covid-19 on Instagram, explaining how she’s been suffering from hair loss post-recovery. “…besides my immense weakness, I also experienced quite a bit of hair loss,” Malaika says in her Instagram post.
A part and parcel of the recovery process from many viral infections, including dengue and covid-19, hair loss can be fairly common. Thankfully, it is also temporary and you end up gaining all the fallen strands eventually. A few extra measures—like eating a protein-rich diet and some hair-friendly home remedies—can help speed up the process.
Admittedly, Malaika in her video talks about consulting with doctors and taking the required vitamins, adding that: “But there’s something that I swear by, which I have been doing for years. So, I am going to go back to it… it’s really very very simple. You just literally need some ingredient that you gotta apply to your hair (sic).”
And we think you know what that one ingredient is: onion juice! You can watch Malaika’s video here:
Although using onion juice for hair growth is advocated by Ayurveda, modern science finds merit in this idea too. According to the findings of a clinical trial published in the Journal of Dermatology, onion juice is an effective topical therapy for alopecia areata—a type of disorder that leads to patchy hair loss.
Even if you don’t have this autoimmune disease, onion juice can nourish your hair follicles by enhancing blood flow to the scalp—thus boosting hair growth.
The method is fairly simple. Just grate one medium-sized onion and extract the juice from the pulp. You can do this either by using a muslin cloth or a sieve. Collect the juice in a bowl, dip a cotton bud in it, and apply it all over your scalp section by section.
“Keep it on for about half an hour or 45 minutes, and then wash with your favourite shampoo,” says Malaika. “I assure you that this really really helps that hair loss you’ve been experiencing and in a couple of weeks you can see that definitely that hair loss stops (sic),” she adds.
All of this proves that onion juice is indeed a great remedy for hair loss. However, if you want to try this therapy at home, do a patch test first to ensure that you don’t suffer form any adverse effects.
Also, if you have a sensitive scalp or have been consulting a dermatologist for your hair loss, do talk to an expert before trying this.