Healthy long hair can be such a blessing for many women, as it is a sign of beauty and youth. For many centuries, people all over the world have tried several home remedies for hair growth. Many have even turned to clinical treatments in hopes of having longer, healthier hair as a result. But why waste your money on products that may never work, when you have all these natural ingredients in your kitchen waiting to be used? The best thing about them is that they are inexpensive, all natural, and have no side effects! So, they're worth a try without breaking your pocket.

1. Coconut Oil

Used for centuries, coconut oil works as a natural conditioner for your hair, leaving it moisturized and manageable. It also keeps your scalp healthy, and repairs damaged hair. Coconut oil contains Vitamin E, an essential nutrient for your hair and skin, capric acid, and lauric acid. These all work together to promote protein regrowth in the hair. As you may or may not know, hair is made from protein, but exposure to harsh chemicals, heat styling tools, among many others, can strip your hair of this. Coconut oil penetrates deep into the hair follicles making it stronger, thus preventing breakage. In the end, smooth, healthy hair.

2. Onion Juice

When you think about onions, you think about that little thing in the kitchen that makes you cry when you cut it. Yes? But did you know that the juice from onions can play a great role in hair growth? One of the oldest home remedies for hair growth, onion juice is rich in sulphur, which helps to regenerate the hair follicles, and also cleanses the scalp from bacteria that can inhibit hair growth. Now many of you may ask, "how on earth do I get the juice from the onion?". The process is pretty simple if you have a juicer or food processor/blender. If you're using a juicer, simply peel the onion, cut it in half, and place it in the juicer. If you choose to use a food processor/blender, peel the onion and cut it into about four sections. After you do this, put it into your food processor or blender and start blending. Strain the mixture leaving only the juice of the onion. You then have onion juice to apply to your scalp. Leave on for 15-20 minutes, then rinse it out with a mild shampoo. Yes, it stinks, but the result is totally worth it.

3. Green Tea

Green tea is packed with antioxidants, and is well-known for its health benefits worldwide. It also plays a major part in hair care today, as it is a common ingredient in many hair shampoos geared towards preventing and reducing hair loss. Epigallocatechin-3-gallat, or EGCG, present in green tea, promotes growth of hair follicles. Applying warm green tea to your scalp for an hour and rinsing out with cool water can increase your hair's growth rate.

4. Cayenne Pepper

This other method is also right there in your kitchen on your spice rack. Cayenne pepper irritates your scalp (in a good way that is), and this causes an increase of blood flow to your head, which is a fundamental aspect of hair growth. Mix one teaspoon of cayenne pepper with two teaspoons of olive oil and apply to patches. Wash it out with cool water after.

5. Garlic

Garlic is evidently excellent for hair growth as it reduces shedding, removes toxins from the hair and scalp, enhances the hair's texture, and boosts regeneration of new hair follicles. The more pungent the smell of the garlic, the more beneficial it will be, as this means that the sulphur content is higher. The higher the sulphur content means that protein, especially keratin, which the hair is made up of, will be added to the hair. Boil some cloves of garlic in some olive oil or coconut oil and apply it to your roots. You can use this treatment three times per week.

If you ever try any of these remedies, please let me know how it works out for you!