Ginger (Zingiber officinale) is a wonderful rhizome that’s got several medicinal benefits for the entire body. No wonder it’s among the best superfoods in Indian Ayurveda! But have you ever thought of using it as a hair fall remedy? After all, lots of anecdotal claims point to ginger as a promising remedy for hair fall.
Today, we’ll look into what benefits your hair can get from ginger, and how ginger works when used on hair fall-prone tresses. We’ll also give you ginger hair regrowth recipes that you can absolutely try at home!
Ginger’s Benefits to Thinning Hair
While ginger isn’t the best candidate for getting the best natural hair fall remedy trophy, it is still worthy of accolades because it does the following to your hair:
1. Ginger fights off inflammation.
Inflammatory conditions of the scalp such as dandruff could possibly be the cause of hair thinning or accelerated hair shedding. This holds true especially if the inflammatory conditions are quite severe.
Flaking, itchiness, and redness are classic symptoms that point out to an inflammation on your scalp. Your tendency is to scratch your inflamed scalp, leading to more scalp irritation and possible damage to the hair follicles underneath your scalp’s skin.
Ginger helps calm down inflammation through its varied mix of active compounds. The most powerful anti-inflammatory compounds in the rhizome include the following:
- Gingerol and its related compounds
These compounds work together to soothe the scalp, relieve itchiness, and lessen redness. As your scalp gradually heals, so does your hair follicles underneath. Hair regrowth will ultimately occur once your scalp is cleared of inflammation and its symptoms.
2. Ginger nourishes the hair follicles.
Healthy hair follicles mean that the hairs growing out from them are vibrantly healthy as well. But there are times when the hair follicles don’t work well due to oxidative damage to the cells.
Ginger can supply these weakened hair follicles with antioxidants to help them resume their production of healthy hair strands during the hair cycle’s growth phase. Antioxidants such as paradols, shogaol, and gingerols fight free radicals in the cells and restore hair health at the follicular level.
3. Ginger helps improve blood flow.
You might automatically reach for some ginger tea when you’re feeling cold, as ginger can help warm you up in an instant. But this feeling of warmth we all get from ginger actually helps in improving blood circulation all over the body, scalp included.
Warmth opens up the blood vessels of the body. These vessels relax and widen when they sense warmth and heat. Hence, there’s an increase in the volume of blood flowing through these warmed-up blood vessels. When lots of blood gush back and forth the scalp, more oxygen and nutrients reach the hair follicles, improving their condition and hair regrowth functions.
4. Ginger keeps hair moisturized and hydrated.
Water and fatty acids are essential to keep your tresses sufficiently moisturized. Hair that isn’t dehydrated is stronger and more resilient to breakage and hair fall.
Raw ginger helps you achieve a well-hydrated crowning glory thanks to its water and fat content. Approximately 3.5 oz/100 grams of raw ginger contains a whopping 79% water, while its fat content is at 1%. Using ginger as a conditioner leaves your tresses hydrated, shiny, and strong.
Homemade Ginger Recipes for Healthy Hair and Regrowth
Now that we know how ginger keeps our tresses lustrous and strong, it’s time to put it to practical use! Here are some homemade ginger recipes you can use to stimulate and promote hair regrowth, especially for those with thinning hair or hair fall issues.
1. Ginger-Lemon Paste Mask
This scalp-soothing combo is the perfect way to calm down inflammation while boosting hair regrowth. Prepare the following ingredients:
- Grated ginger, 2 tablespoons
- Fresh lemon juice, ½ teaspoon
- Sesame oil, 3 tablespoons
Simply combine the three ingredients thoroughly until you reach a pasty consistency. Apply the resulting paste mask to scalp and hair and leave it for 30 minutes. Rinse off with a mild shampoo. Do this homemade mask treatment twice a week.
2. Ginger Moringa Hair Rinse
Moringa (Moringa oleifera, drumstick tree) is rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals that help keep hair in tip-top condition. When combined with ginger, its anti-hair fall properties are activated all the more. Here’s what you’ll need to make this rinse:
- Grated ginger, 1 tablespoon
- One handful of Moringa leaves
- Water, 2 cups
Boil ginger and moringa in 2 cups water for 5-10 minutes. After that, allow the mixture to cool, then strain and transfer the liquid to a container. Shampoo and condition hair as usual, then use this ginger-moringa concoction as a final rinse. Don’t rinse out with water. You can use the rinse once a week.
3. Ginger and Onion Juice
Onions can ramp up ginger’s hair growth properties. Onions are rich in sulfur, an element that aids in faster hair follicle regeneration. Pair this up with ginger and you’ve got a juice tonic that works wonders for thinning, brittle, and falling hair.
Note that this combination is potent, so proceed with caution and make sure you assess yourself for any allergies first before using ginger and onion together. This isn’t recommended for overly sensitive scalp skin.
All you’ll need to prepare are the following:
- 1 onion, grated
- 2 tablespoons grated ginger
Place onion and ginger together in a cheesecloth and squeeze them out. Collect their juices onto a clean container. Take a cotton ball, dab it onto the mixture, and apply all over the scalp. Let the juices sit for 20 minutes, then rinse off with a mild shampoo and cool water. Do this treatment three times per week for best results.
4. Fresh Ginger Paste and Carrier Oil Massage
Ginger strengthens your hair and keeps it hydrated. But for extra-brittle, dried-out tresses, an added moisture boost from any carrier oil works wonders in transforming hair to a healthy state.
Make an all-natural ginger paste first by following these steps:
- Peel and chop up into pieces 1 pound of fresh ginger roots.
- Place the chopped ginger into a blender, then add 2 tablespoons of neutral oil such as avocado oil.
- Pulse ginger and oil together until pasty in consistency. You may add water if it’s too hard to combine the two, but be sure to add only a teaspoon at a time.
- Store the paste in a clean airtight container.
Now, take one tablespoon of your fresh ginger paste and combine it with a tablespoon of your preferred carrier oil (such as coconut, olive, avocado, jojoba, etc.). Massage the mixture onto your scalp. Once your scalp is fully coated in the paste and oil, add an extra 5 minutes of scalp massage to boost circulation. Allow the oil to sit for 30 minutes, then wash off with a gentle shampoo. Do this treatment two times per week.
Over to You!
Ginger is a promising natural ingredient that can help fight hair fall and induce hair regrowth. It also improves your tresses’ overall health through its potent anti-inflammatory and hydration properties, antioxidant content, and naturally warming sensation.
Combining ginger with other natural ingredients such as carrier oils, lemons, onions, and moringa results in tresses that are luxuriously beautiful, shiny, resilient, and strong.
Why not try any of the four ginger for hair regrowth recipes we’ve featured above? Or perhaps you’ve got other hair mask recipes that feature ginger as well? We’d love to know your thoughts on this, so hit us up in the comments section!