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Reader question: What are some natural remedies for women's hair growth? —prisysam1980
There are a lot of myths regarding hair growth and hair loss—cutting your hair makes it grow faster, plucking gray hair will make normal hair grow in its place, etc.—that makes dealing with hair loss more confusing and overwhelming than it already is.
While there's no magic remedy to quickly regrow lost hair, when it comes to natural remedies for hair growth, it really boils down to hair oils. You've probably heard a lot about these oils—studies have shown that a hot oil treatment or even a quick scalp massage with oils can promote hair growth and thickness by mechanically stimulating and penetrating hair follicles.
But don't be so quick to grab just any oil from your pantry. Some oils won't do anything but make your hair oily, since they're too thick to reach the inside of the follicle. And if you're going to apply anything at all, you might as well use something with properties that support hair growth.
I also want to give a quick disclaimer that there's no single oil that will magically give you a full head of Rapunzel-length locks. But it can help give your scalp a boost so your strands are more resistant to breakage and hair growth is accelerated. Just make sure to stay on a strict and consistent regimen once you start—natural ingredients take longer to actually work, and do require a commitment before seeing results.