Onion Juice Might Not Be As Good For Your Hair As You Think

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Onions are better suited for your food but maybe not so much for your scalp!

DIY beauty hacks have become very prevalent ever since the COVID induced lockdowns began. Because of lockdowns, all beauty salons were closed for months and this led people to take matters of hair care and skin care into their own hands. One of the most popular and trending hacks for hair care was applying onion juice on the scalp and hair. A lot of these DIY hacks are rooted in Indian Ayurvedic treatments and remedies. The therapy of applying onion juice is also an Ayurvedic practice that has been proven to have a lot of benefits.

Onion juice is very loaded with anti-inflammatory agents, anti-oxidants and Sulphur. In theory, it has been proven very beneficial for promoting hair growth, reducing hair fall and improving hair shine. Ironically, the high Sulfur content can also be quite irritating for your scalp too! Here’s what experts have to say about using this tear-jerker for your hair woes.

Benefits of Onion Juice

Here are the benefits that you should know about.

  • Onion has nutrients providing benefits of antioxidants and antimicrobial action on hair. There are anecdotal experiences of improvement in hair texture, hair loss, and dandruff while using onion juice.
  • Sulfur is a key component of Proteins like keratin, which as you know are the building blocks of hair. It is said to enhance skin cell regeneration and aids in new hair growth.
  • None of the claims are scientifically backed, especially when it comes to stopping hair fall. Dr Rohila, however, states that there are a few studies that show improvement in cases of treating alopecia areata after using onion juice.

Onion Juice Is Not Always Good For Hair

Onion acts like an irritant ingredient when applied to the scalp. It can temporarily improve the blood circulation of hair, like any other irritant agent, but can also cause excessive burning, itching or rashes after use and at times add to the hair loss. Other concerns such as hair loss, dandruff and hair thinning need to be investigated and diagnosed by a certified dermatologist. If not rinsed properly, it can lead to irritation and hyper sensitivity. Excess of onion juice absorbs natural moisture and oils from the scalp, which can lead to a dry scalp. Plus, since it has an unpleasant odor, people tend to shampoo more to remove it, resulting in an increase in dryness.

Onion juice is not advisable for people who are prone to allergies, psoriasis or eczema, and using it excessively multiple times a week can sensitize the scalp and aggravate hair loss. A more holistic approach to taking care of your hair and scalp would yield better results, this includes a well-balanced diet, proper hydration and sleep, supplements and a regimented hair care routine based on your hair type. That is the ideal way to maintain hair and scalp health.

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