I read a post on the Black Hair Information website that onion juice could be used to treat hair loss. This post referred to the results of a scientific study on onion juice.
I’m currently battling a small bald spot in the middle of my hair. Although it has really improved with my daily use of Lavender JBCO-essential oil mix plus weekly coffee rinses, I decided to give onions a spin!!
This study was done to evaluate the effectiveness of onion juice as a topical treatment for alopecia areata.
This is a summary of the study (I copied the summary from a site called PUBMED)
Authors: Sharquie KE,et al.
J Dermatol. 2002 Jun;29(6):343-6.
Department of Dermatology and Venereology, Baghdad Teaching Hospital, Iraq.
Alopecia areata is a patchy, non-scarring hair loss condition. Any hair-bearing surface may be involved, and different modalities of treatment have been used to induce hair regrowth.
1. This study was designed to test the effectiveness of topical crude onion juice in the treatment of patchy alopecia areata in comparison with tap water. The patients were divided into two groups.
2. The first group [onion juice treated] consisted of 23 patients: 16 males (69.5%) and 7 females (30.5%). Their ages ranged between 5 and 42 years with a mean of 22.7 years.
3. The second group [control; tap-water-treated] consisted of 15 patients: 8 males (53.3%) and 7 females (46.6%). Their ages ranged between 3 and 35 years with a mean of 18.3 years.
4. The two groups were advised to apply the treatment twice daily for two months. Re-growth of terminal coarse hairs started after two weeks of treatment with crude onion juice.
5. At four weeks, hair re-growth was seen in 17 patients (73.9%), and, at six weeks, the hair re-growth was observed in 20 patients (86.9%) and was significantly higher among males (93.7%) compared to females (71.4%) P<0.0001.
6. In the tap-water treated-control group, hair re-growth was apparent in only 2 patients (13%) at 8 weeks of treatment with no sex difference.
The present study showed that the use of crude onion juice gave significantly higher results with regard to hair re-growth than did tap water (P<0.0001), and that it can be an effective topical therapy for patchy alopecia areata.
My two qualms with the study are:
1. It doesn’t say how long the test subjects left the onion juice on their hair; or
2. If they washed it out. I suppose they did but that would mean washing my hair twice a day!! I have decided that I’ll incorporate onions into my regimen when I feel like it. I honestly can’t use it more than twice a week.
Making onion juice is quite simple: you could use a blender, a food processor, juicer or a grater to make yours.
– To make my onion juice, I simply grated 2 onions (using the smaller blades). I lent out my blender and I’m missing some parts from my juicer (between moving from Nigeria, I have no idea where they are!).
Thank goodness that the onion smell was overpowered by the coffee! If you want to mask the smell of the onion, you can try diluting it with rose water, honey, coconut oil, etc.
– I washed my hair then poured this mix into a bottle with an applicator tip and applied it on my scalp and hair.
– Afterwards, I applied my conditioner to my hair, wore my shower cap and sat under my dryer for 30 minutes. I rinsed my hair and to be honest, my hair didn’t smell of onions at all!!
Would you be willing to try using onions on your hair?© Copyright 2013 Dr Fomsky, All rights Reserved. Written For: Get your Sizzelle on!