In the name of natural beauty and DIYs, I’m always up for trying even the most bizarre ingredients in skincare cocktails – egg yolks, beer, mushrooms, and more. Some stained my skin, some made a mess in the shower, while some left a nasty scent. Case in point: Onions. The thought of cutting up onions and squeezing the juice on your hair sounds gross – I can literally smell it as I type this. But the fact is, it’s not just moms who advocate its use in your care routine – back in 2016, a ‘hack’ of rubbing onions on your brows went viral after the Internet’s most famous beauty gurus, Huda Khattan and Farah Dhukai, admitted to doing that for accelerating hair growth. Even Tweak founder Twinkle Khanna and actor Sara Ali Khan, who have both inherited a luscious crop of hair from their mothers, claim to maintain them with homemade potions of onion juice. But does it really work? Is it safe? How do you get rid of the smell? Don’t dismiss it as just another ghar ka nuskha yet, there’s a science that makes the onion such an unexpected haircare hero.
DECODING THE HYPE
In a nutshell, here’s the one thing that you need to know about using this ingredient in your hair care routine – it boosts hair growth. Onions are chock-full of sulphur, which stimulates collagen production in the hair, in turn increasing healthy cell production in your scalp to strengthen roots. This same sulphur is also an important component of proteins like keratin, and we’re all aware of how important that is for making up the structure of your hair. Another big one is that onion juice is anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial – what this means is that when you leave it on your scalp for a bit, it actually reduces itching and flaking. This, plus its circulation-boosting capacity ensures that your roots are strengthened, reducing breakage-induced hair loss and promoting longer length. The list goes on – the enzymes in it prevent premature greying, studies have shown it slows down alopecia too. But does this mean you need to cut up an onion and smear it on your head instead of adding it to your salad? If you’re more of a Huda-type then you may consider that option, but it’s not necessarily the only way to go.
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