“Hair growth,” you repeat over and over, once it dawned on you that chopping off your locks during a period of misery was a horrible mistake. Or maybe there was no actual chopping off involved, just your hair refusing to break out of your scalp and, well, grow.
Slow-growing hair can be frustrating, especially when you’ve gotten used to having long, silky locks all your life. Fortunately, the Internet is rife with suggestions on how you can make your hair grow faster. In fact, some tips even promise results in as fast as 30 days!
Sounds too good to be true? Wait till you check out these 5 weird methods that swear to enhance hair growth within a month.
1. Onion water rinse
Yes, you read that right: onions aren’t exclusively for simple, everyday cooking or for whipping up barbecued meatballs with a twist. Who’d have thought they’d make terrific material for making hair grow longer faster?
Well, no one really did. But there are a few brave souls who dared try out this onion water rinse, and they swore the whole thing worked. Maybe because it’s so easy to prepare that anyone can do it, and the procedure’s centered on the “slowly but surely” mantra?
The process is ridiculously easy. First, grab some onions. Second, do whatever you want to them: grate, slice, blend, or juice them—whatever floats your boat. Third, boil the onions with water. Fourth, wait for the solution to set. Fifth, apply the solution to your hair, leaving it on for 30 minutes. Sixth, rinse off.
Voilà! Thanks to the nutrient-rich onion, your hair will be healthier and shinier, as well grow faster.
2. Cayenne pepper paste
Cayenne pepper is popularly linked to the Master Cleanse diet, a juice-fasting method that claims to promote weight loss. You simply drink up the lemonade-and–cayenne pepper solution, and you’ll see significant results in a few days’ time.
Apparently, though, cayenne pepper works for speedier hair growth too. The theory is that the pepper irritates your scalp, thereby encouraging blood and oxygen flow to the area. This sudden surge in blood and oxygen flow brings with it the nutrients that nourish hair. When you’re hair’s well-fed, it’s likely to grow faster.
Want to give this a shot? Measure 3 equal parts of cayenne pepper and olive oil (note: this is in teaspoons, not in tablespoons!). Mix until you have a thick paste. Put on rubber gloves, and apply the paste to your hair and scalp. Let sit for 10–15 minutes, then rinse out.
When rinsing out the mixture, take great steps to not let the solution get into your eyes, or anywhere on your body, for that matter. It stings and burns, and you wouldn’t want that, right?
In addition, if the idea of using that much cayenne pepper scares you, start off with a little, eventually working your way to the recommended 3 teaspoons.
3. Jojoba oil hair treatment
With beauty oils recently making their way into the market, no doubt you’ve heard of jojoba oil and its many benefits in terms of health and beauty. In fact, experts recommend this oil for dealing with conditions related to the integumentary system, such as the hair, fingernails, and skin.
Like with most natural oils, application is a breeze. All you need is your own supply of jojoba oil, which you can purchase from your trusted health store or supermarket. Pour a small amount on a microwaveable bowl, and place said bowl in the microwave.
What, heat the oil? Yup. Oils become softer and more viscous when heated up, so they’re easier to apply. Massage the warm jojoba oil into your scalp and onto your hair strands. Leave no area untouched; cover all your scalp’s space.
Once your hair’s drenched in jojoba oil, put on a shower cap or plastic wrap over your head. Let it stay overnight. Your hair will drink in the oil’s nutrients, and you’ll wake up to healthier, shinier hair in the morning.
Note you can use this treatment once a week, or as often as you like (it is pretty easy to do).
4. Potato juice hair treatment
When you hear the word potato, the thing that likely pops first into your head is french fries. Or mashed potato. Or baked potato. Right? Right.
Bet you didn’t expect to see this vegetable make the list of odd hair-growing methods. But apparently lots of people swear by this method. Though one of the least-known techniques, apparently, this is one of the most effective.
Here’s how to test it yourself: First, juice at least 3 grown potatoes. Second, combine the juice with a tablespoon of honey and an egg yolk. If you want, you can dilute the solution with a bit of water.
Third, massage the liquid on your scalp and on your hair strands. Do this procedure thoroughly, making sure every inch of your scalp has been coated with the potato juice. Put on a shower cap or plastic wrap, and let the hair treatment sink in for 20–25 minutes.
Once the time’s up, thoroughly rinse your hair with water. Do this weekly for faster, visible results. Your hair will thank you for it.
5. Hanging upside down (a.k.a. the Inversion Method)
Ah, the things people come up with for the sake of speedier-growing hair! Who’d have thought spending considerable time at the monkey bars would help you achieve long, lustrous locks faster?
Yup, that’s what the Inversion Method, simply known as hanging upside down, claims to do. Specifically, you can gain an inch of hair weekly if you do this on a regular basis.
Actually a popular blog about hair growth – HairLossRevolution, featured this very method as one of the most powerful techniques to stimulate hair growth.
The process is simple enough: Massage some oil into your hair (recommended: jojoba oil) and then, for 4–5 minutes, invert. You can sit and let your head hang between your legs, you can stand over the sink and bend as if you’re about to rinse your hair—whatever works for you, as long as you can make your blood rush to your head.
Theoretically, the Inversion Method promotes faster hair growth because all that blood rushing to your head brings nutrients and oxygen to your scalp. This stimulates your hair follicles, supplying them with much-needed nourishment for healthy growth.
Note: before trying this out, if you’ve any health condition—such as high blood pressure, cardiac problems, or osteoporosis—consult first with your doctor. They likely won’t recommend you doing this method (too dangerous), but if you really want to be sure, schedule an appointment with them.