Garlic For Shedding
Shedding is completely normal. On average, we shed 50-100 hairs a day. Seasonal shedding is when we experience an increase in shedding during a set season. Think of it as a mammal shedding their winter coat for a light spring coat.
It appears I’m a spring/summer shedder because my hair has been shedding more than normal recently. My main concern is thinning, and if my hair continues to shed at this rate, a trim my be in order because I’m not a fan of thin ends. A trim would hamper my goal of reaching BSL by my birthday in September, so I’m going to focus on getting this shedding under control.
The most common, easy remedies I know of are garlic, black tea rinses, and coffee rinses. I have been taking garlic supplements consistently for the last year and a half but I apparently need to up the ante. Same goes for black tea rinses – I have done them as well and found them beneficial but I would like to see the effects of applying garlic directly to my scalp (I am concerned about my hair smelling like garlic though).
I don’t feel like purchasing garlic oil so I’m going to soak garlic cloves in extra virgin olive oil for the next week and a half, and apply the oil to my scalp on my next wash day. I’ll leave it in for a couple hours, then wash as normal. Hopefully, this does the trick.
I poked around online on the benefits of garlic for hair and found this article, [source]:
Overview: Though often used to season foods like an herb, garlic is actually a vegetable. It is part of the allium class of bulb-shaped plants, which also includes onions, leeks and scallions. Garlic has an extremely high sulfur content, which is beneficial to hair. Garlic also has many other nutrients important to hair and general health, according to the National Cancer Institute. Garlic may also be a good topical remedy to improve hair growth.
Sulfur: Garlic has many nutritional components beneficial to hair, including sulfur. Sulfur is a structural part of many proteins, including keratin, the protein hair is made of. Sulfur is also beneficial for skin, nails and nerves. It can be used therapeutically to fight psoriasis and eczema, both conditions that can detract from hair health.
Selenium: The selenium in garlic works with vitamin E to improve hair health. Selenium boosts the body’s ability to utilize vitamin E to destroy free radicals that damage cell membranes. People who don’t have the proper ability to utilize vitamin E, or who lack vitamin E, often lose hair or have hair that is dry or dull. Selenium also improves skin elasticity.
C and B Vitamins: Garlic is a good source of vitamins C, B-6 and B-1 (thiamine), which are important to hair health. Vitamin C protects hair from breaking and also helps boost collagen. Lack of vitamin B-6 can lead to hair loss, and thiamine aids in scalp circulation as well as carbohydrate metabolism.
Minerals: Minerals in garlic also aid hair health. Calcium provides a structural component in hair. Copper helps hair grow and also prevents defective hair growth. Iron aids in hair growth as well as hair maintenance. Manganese helps the body utilize other nutrients that are important to hair health.