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Hair growth series 1: Onion scalp and hair conditioner

Girlies, behold my new concution. Well it’s one I have researched for a while and finally committed to trying out over the last month or so. It’s a onion Pre shampoo mix and I think I have found a new favourite. 
Onion is well known as an aid to hair growth. Onion is rich in sulphur and which is itself on the essential nutrients in aiding hair growth. If you are facing hair loss or just want to increase your hair  growth  or hair length with a natural aid, this is will  be a great addition. If you have a lroblematic and dry scalp you will defninitely find the treatment to be very effective. If you have a very healthy head of hair you might mot necessarily see the difference immediately but within a few months of trying this treat you should see an improvement in the state of your hair. The smell is definitely something to get used to and I made the mistake of once leaving a mix in my hair for over twelve hours. Needless to say three consecutive shampoos could not rid me of the smell. 
I used onion on my hair in two parts. The extracted juice for my scalp (amazing) and the paste mixed with fenugreek powder for the hair. 
1- Onion scalp treatment

This is probably one of my best finds. It’s simple and leaves your scalp feeling Deeply moisturised and refreshed.  After the first time I used it, I was hooked. This treatment is easy to make and left in the fridge should last you for a couple more washes. 
For both treatments I used red onions. These are less pungent than their white cousins and also have a higher amount of sulphur. Tree onions smells almost sweet and the smell left behind is nowhere near as bad as if you had used the white onions.


  • 1-2 red onions 
  • Coconut oil 
  • Vitamin e oil 
  1. After blending the onions, add them to a sieve cloth and place the juice in a bottle. Add some coconut or vitamin e oil and massage into your scalp prior to shampooing.  
  2. Leave on for at least half an hour or as long as you wish. I tend to leave mine overnight.  

If you can only commit to one onion treatment, this is the one. The benefits outweighs the smell issue and as someone who has a problematic scalp, I am always on the look out for easy natural remedies.  This treatment has skyrocket to being part of the top three. 
2- Onion hair treatment 

  • Onion paste 
  • Fenugreek powder or 
  • Amla powder 

Having extracted some juice from your concoction above, you will be left with some paste. Leave some of the juice as well and add two tablespoon of either fenugreek or Amla powder. You can be innovative with any other additions you may have but I like to keep things simple so I can have an idea of what ingredients work best. 
Aside from conditioning your hair, this treatment will give it a nice shine and make your hair look glossy.  For someone who suffers from dry looking hair this has a clear advantage. If you don’t want to have any colour lift, then blend the mix with oil. This will stop the colour lightening which occurs from the mix. 
Add to your hair and wrap with cling film for an hour or so. Wash off using a mild shampoo et voila. Nice shiny slightly smelly hair. Follow up with the herbal hair rinse with a few drops of peppermint essential oil and the smell all but disappears. 
The mistake I made the first time using this mix was to leave it on for two long. Twelve hours exactly and it even then the smell was not bad per say. It was just strong. It took quite a few washes the week to being to a more bearable level.  My hair did feel VERY soft and shiny. Still as much as I love the scalp treatment the hair mix might be too messy for me. I have other treatments that better suit me. 
In conclusion, I would urge you guys to try this out and let me know what you think. It does not sounds very appealing when compared to essential and coconut oil mixes, but I would say it works and needs to be tried at least a couple of times. 

I now use the scalp treatment twice a week, prior to my mid week and end of week shampoo. Both times I leave it on overnight, having the left the concoction in the fridge to elongate shelf life. It’s a winner and I am paying close attention to my scalp to see whether it also aids in growth. 

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  • Jocelyne December 23, 2011, 5:52 PM

    Guess who’s visiting your blog…. the white twin in Abidjan!
    Great website, full of information. You’ll need to explain me everything. See you later xx

  • Sonja Hamada April 10, 2012, 1:31 PM

    Thank you for your tips. I get onion juice using a juicer. I then apply it onto my scalp with a Qtip. This is followed by an oil and Brahmi mixed treatment — wash out with rose soap, BedHead Moisture Maniac. I then apply a final rinse of black tea. I like the results thus far and I will try using the fenugreek powder too.

    • curlapothecarie April 10, 2012, 10:09 PM

      I have not yet used the Brahmi mix. Can you tell me more about it?

  • Rameez October 2, 2012, 5:33 AM

    I’ll try it, im sufering frm very high alopecia, and im on last stage of hair loss hope this’ll work, thanks fr sugetion…

  • Anita April 10, 2013, 2:34 AM

    I mixed the onion juice of a small onion with 1/2 tablespoon each of fenugreek powder and raw honey and applied the same to my scalp, massaged in and the balance to my strands. I I tend to leave it in overnight (about 8 hours) and wash in the morning. I will come back with a first time review. I too have alopecia areata and from all of my research, onion has been shown to provide results; I just avoided it due to smell. My resent bout compels me now to go for it. Wish me “more hair!!”

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