When it comes to our hair, many of us are more than willing to spend money on supplements or new hair products, but often forget the absolute basics, like drinking more water or incorporating more fresh foods into our diets. One of the best ways, I’ve found to stimulate hair growth is by getting my blood flowing, especially to my scalp.
Our blood carries all the nutrients necessary to nourish our scalps, providing health and healing to the growth bed of our hair. The more our nutrient rich blood flows to our scalp, the greater the quality and sometimes speed of our hair growth.
Some of the best and arguable easiest ways to get that blood flowing is via exercise and head massages, but since I’m a bonafide mixtress, it doesn’t take me much to start creating potions that have stimulating effects.
Here are 3 recipes that’ll help stimulate blood flow to your scalp for hair thickening and growth:
Onion Juice Mix
From the little research I’ve done, I learned that onion juice is some kind of ancient remedy for thinning hair and itchy scalp. It’s though to promotes blood circulation to scalp, bringing nourishment directly to the follicles also killing fungus (think extreme dandruff) and bacteria. I’ve modified a recipe to suit my personal preference and here it is below:
- Combine ¼ cup of onion with ¼ cup of water
- Blend then strain
You’ll want to apply this to you scalp up to every day for 20 minutes at a time for a month.
Cayenne Pepper mix
Cayenne pepper is serious on any level. If you have a black mom, auntie, or grandma, you may be familiar with the concoction of hot water, lemon, garlic and cayenne pepper that magically clears you of any colds or ailments. Canyenne pepper not only works as an immune system booster, but it can help to stimulate your follicles for hair growth. If you’re not in a hurry, a homemade cayenne pepper infused oil may be just the thing you need:
8oz aloe vera juice
1 tbs quality, cayenne pepper powder
Mix these ingredients together and pour into a spray bottle. Let the mix to sit in your fridge for 15 days to allow cayenne pepper to infuse into aloe vera.
What’s great about this mix is that the aloe vera juice will provide some serious healing if you suffer from some scalp dandruff. It could also be something you use more often, not just on wash day, because it will not smell as bad as the onion mix.
Ginger and Lemon Mix
Ginger and lemon are great for scalp issues, and the tingling of ginger will stimulate blood flow to the scalp.
2 oz coconut oil
12 drops of Ginger essential oil
6 drops of Lemon essential oil
Some may find the smell off putting (though I like the smell of ginger and lemon), so using this oil directly on the scalp just about an hour before washing you hair is a good compromise to get the benefits of both.
Have you found success in using a product to stimulate blood flow to your follicles?