Onion Juice For Hair Loss – Does It Work?

Cut onions on a table

In an 8 week study with 38 people onion juice was successfully used for hair loss, with observable hair re-growth in almost all the participants.

In this article you’ll learn about how onion juice can be used to regrow your hair, why it works and what is the best method and application of the juice.

At the end of the article I’ll show you a onion juice shampoo and hair mask which you can start using right away.

BONUS: Discover if onion juice and other natural methods will be effective to re-grow your hair loss by taking the 6 part quiz found at the bottom of this page.

Onion Juice and Its Historical Uses

Onion has been used for over 5000 years, both as a diet staple and for its use in the treatment of a wide range of maladies.

While the exact location of the onion’s original cultivation is still unclear, these healthy and flavorful vegetables have been cultivated in one form or another around the globe.


And, as if the many benefits offered by onions wasn’t already enough, scientists have now learned of its effectiveness at treating hair loss and regrowing hair in those with thinning and baldness.

Can Onion Juice Help with Hair Growth?

While onion juice may seem like an odd treatment for hair loss, there are a number of reasons why onion juice is effective at treating hair loss and helping to regrow hair.

Onion and onion juice on tableOnion Juice Contains Sulfur

Methylsulfonylmethane is an organic compound found within the body. This compound is broken down by the body for use of its sulfur, which contributes to bone, hair, and nail growth.

While a sulfur deficiency may not be the main reason for your hair loss, supplementation with sulfur can certainly contribute to hair growth.

This is great news for onion lovers, as onions are sulfur-rich vegetables. If you’re not an onion lover, however, the application of onion juice to the scalp can still provide benefits and contribute to hair growth and strengthening.

Onion Juice is Anti-microbial

Onion has been proven to contain anti-microbial properties, and this can be helpful in battling the natural buildup of oils, chemicals, and DHT on your scalp. Further, onion juice can fight infections and leave you with healthy and strong hair follicles from which healthy hair can grow.

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Onion Juice is Full of Antioxidants

Onions are a particularly large source of flavonoids and are perhaps one of the main contributors of flavonoid intake in humans But, what are flavonoids, and how can they help to prevent further hair loss and even contribute to hair growth?

Flavonoids are versatile compounds, and as such, they provide a number of functions in the plants they’re found within. One such plant is the onion, in which they serve as an antioxidant.

For men suffering from male-pattern baldness, antioxidants can provide a number of benefits. One such benefit is the neutralization of free radicals, the molecules which are responsible for aging.

In men with male-pattern baldness, free radicals are, in large part, responsible for hair thinning and loss. This is because these molecules destroy hair follicles and make it difficult for hair regrowth to occur.

Onion Juice is Anti-inflammatory

As you can imagine, the damage done by free radicals to the hair follicles can be particularly irritating and inflammatory.

That’s one more reason that onion juice is an effective treatment for hair loss; its anti-inflammatory properties make it useful at decreasing hair follicle inflammation and irritation and creating a healthy environment for hair growth to occur.

What Science Has to Say About Onion Juice and Hair Loss

There’s no doubt that onion juice has a number of properties which make it effective at treating hair loss no matter the cause. But have there been any scientific studies done to prove its effectiveness?

While current research is lacking, one study which was performed in 2002 and published in the Journal of Dermatology has shown the effectiveness of onion juice for the treatment of hair loss.

alopecia-areataThis particular study focused on patients with alopecia areata (a form of hair loss that’s different from male-pattern baldness and which will be discussed later). The study consisted of 38 patients, and these patients were split into two groups.

Group one, which consisted of 23 participants (16 males and 7 females), were instructed to apply onion juice to their scalp twice per day for two months.

Group two, which consisted of 15 participants (8 males and 7 females), were instructed to apply tap water to their scalp twice per day for two months.

At the end of the 8-week study, only two patients from the tap water group showed signs of observable hair re-growth. The group which applied onion juice to their scalps, however, had a stunning 20 participants with observable hair re-growth by week 6. That’s 86.9% of the group!

Can Onion Juice Treat Other Forms of Hair Loss Besides Alopecia Areata?

The above study was performed on individuals with alopecia areata.

A man with a receding hairline being inspected by a dermatologist

Alopecia areata is a form of hair loss which is caused by the immune system attacking healthy hair follicles. These attacks will eventually alter the hair growth cycle, miniaturize the hair follicle, and lead to halted hair growth.

But what about those who suffer from androgenetic alopecia, also known as male-pattern baldness?

While the reason for the miniaturization of the hair follicle is different than in those with alopecia areata (DHT vs immune system attack), the fact still remains that miniaturized hair follicles will halt hair growth completely.

While onion juice may not reduce the production of DHT found in the body, it can help to reduce the amount of DHT found on the scalp, reduce inflammation of the hair follicles, and reverse the effects of miniaturization of the hair follicles.

This means that onion juice can be effective at treating hair loss in those with male-pattern baldness and other forms of hair loss.

Are There Side Effects Associated with Application of Onion Juice?

As with any supplement, it’s important to speak with your doctor if you have any pre-existing medical conditions or concerns.

Onion juice, when applied directly to the skin, may cause temporary irritation and burning. Apply onion juice to a small patch of skin on your wrist prior to use on your scalp. This will give you an idea of how your body reacts to its use and whether you’ll have any issues with use.

If you’re pregnant or nursing, consult with your obstetrician prior to use of the supplement.

And, of course, if you’re allergic to onion, avoid use, even if it’s non-oral.

How Can You Add Onion Juice to Your Hair Care Routine?

Apply It Directly

If you want to reap the most benefits associated with onion juice, then direct application the scalp is the best method to use.

juicerThere are two main ways of extracting onion juice from onions. One involves the use of a juicer, and the other uses a garlic press.

When using a juicer, cut the onion into quarter-sized pieces and peel. Feed the onion pieces, one by one, into the juicer.

With a garlic press, cut the onion into eighths (or smaller), and peel. Place on piece of onion into the garlic press, and squeeze over a cup or bowl until all of the juice has been extracted.

Repeat until all onion pieces have been thoroughly juiced. Learn more about how to use vegetables juices for hair loss here.

Now that the juice has been extracted, pour into your palm and massage between hands. Rub the juice into your scalp in a slow, circular motion. Be aware that juice may flow down your scalp, so avoid direct application to the front of the hairline to avoid onion juice getting into your eyes. Instead, apply to the top of the scalp and spread the juice outward.

The onion juice should absorb, though there will be left over residue. Rinse after at least 15 minutes, or leave the onion juice on your scalp overnight and then rinse and shampoo in the morning.

Add It To Your Shampoo

While the direct application of onion juice to the scalp is the simplest form of treatment for hair loss, it’s understandable that some individuals may not be enthused with the idea.

If you’re one such individual, then adding onion juice to your shampoo may be an easy way to incorporate onion juice into your hair care routine.

While onion juice can be added to store-bought shampoo, some individuals may be more interested in a natural and chemical-free shampoo alternative.

If you’d like to give chemical-free shampoo a try, consider testing out one of the base shampoos mentioned below and adding onion juice for an extra boost.

Shampoo for Hair Growth


Bring water to a boil. Add 2 – 3 bunches of nettle and allow to steep. Strain.

Add the rest of the ingredients to the nettle tea, and mix. Also add one teaspoon of onion juice to the base.

Lather onto wet hair, and allow to sit for at least 2 minutes and up to 5. Rinse thoroughly.

If the onion scent is too strong, shampoo your hair a second time with the above shampoo base, this time without the onion juice included. Stinging nettle helps to clean the scalp pores, block DHT and reduce inflammation.

Make an Onion Juice Hair Mask

Hair masks are a simple way to add onion juice to your regular hair care routine, and it can be applied in as little as 5 minutes.

Onion Juice and Honey Hair Mask

  • 2 tablespoons onion juice
  • 1 tablespoon honey

Cut a medium – large onion into quarter-sized pieces. Peel one of the quarter-sized pieces.

Next, with the help of a garlic press or juicer, juice the onion.

You may need to use more than one-quarter sized piece of onion.

Once you’ve collected two tablespoons of onion juice, combine with one tablespoon of honey and mix.

Apply the onion juice and honey mixture all over your scalp in a thin layer. Leave on for at least 15 minutes, though you can also cover with a towel or shower cap and leave it on overnight.

Rinse, and then shampoo your scalp as usual.

This method can be done at least once per month, though it’s best to do it no more than once per week.


Although there is no absolutely firm evidence that onion juice can be used to treat male pattern baldness, there is good reason to believe that is would be a beneficial addition to your hair care routine doe to its ability to reduce inflammation and reduce DHT levels in the scalp.

However, for now I believe there are more powerful ways to regrow your hair naturally without using onion juice and this is something I show you how to do in step by step detail inside Hair Equilibrium.

If you have a question or comment, please leave a comment below.

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Mark says June 17, 2017

Hello there. I want to know.. I’m allergic to sulfur and unions contain sulfur. What other remedies are method can I use for hair loss.

    Will Hartfield says June 18, 2017

    Hi Mark, onion juice wouldn’t be the first thing I recommend for hair loss, in fact I don’t really recommend it at all, since there are better (and less messy) solutions available. For example, instead I would recommend a mixture of magnesium oil and peppermint oil applied to the scalp.
    However, please keep in mind that topical mixtures (mixtures applied to the scalp) will only have a very minor effect on your hair health. There are much more important things to focus on.

Darijan says May 30, 2017

If I’m not able to juice the onion is it ok if I put it in a blender to get it to really small pieces, add a bit of warm water and then the honey?

    Will Hartfield says June 1, 2017

    That is probably quite a good alternative. You can also try removing the fibre after blending using a muslin cloth.

James Hold says May 14, 2017

Iv been balding from the crown and temples for the past few years.
But onion juice use for the past 2 months has done amazing results..
I have noticed new hairs on the crown spurting out and feel like bristles. This has been long when they were there.
I can honestly say onion juice therapy is the ultimate solution to all hair loss issues.

kanishka says February 19, 2017

I have had hairfall n hairloss about 3-4 yrz ago..can i regrow my hairs back with onion juice..if i starts to apply now??

    Will Hartfield says February 20, 2017

    Onion juice is not a magic cure. You will need to do more than that to re-grow all the hair you’ve lost in the past 3-4 years. The most important point is that you fix the root cause of the hair loss and then use onion juice to speed up the recovery.

Will Hartfield says February 3, 2017

Have any questions for me about using onion juice for your hair type? Just post it here in the comments and I’ll try to answer you within a day 🙂

    Abhinav says May 31, 2017

    I have been experiencing drastic hairfall from last 1 year. 4 months back i have started applying monoxidil.Everytime i apply monoxidil, my hair gets rough and fall out.I am currently washing hair on regular basis with organic shampoo, using monoxidil, taking hair vitamins but i dont feel any progress here.My hair have become very thin. Do you think adding onion juice to this regime will help?

      Will Hartfield says June 1, 2017

      Hi Abhinav, honestly I don’t think onion juice will help very much. Topical applications have limited effectiveness. You need to first sort out your body so you’re not fighting a losing battle. Then maybe use the onion juice to speed up recovery. Also, I would not recommend shampooing too much, even with an organic shampoo. Try using just apple cider vinegar (4 teaspoons per wash) once per week, with no shampooing. Natural oils that are removed during shampooing help to protect the scalp and hair follicle.

        asfandyar khan says August 1, 2017

        Sir first of all thanks to all from the core of my heart that you spare your precious time for us to talk on the issues regarding our health,
        Sir I’ve seen a lot time that onion juice is good but I have been using it for the last couple of ears , I am 25 + , do you think it’ll help me and recover my bald patches

          Will Hartfield says August 4, 2017

          Topical applications only have limited effectiveness. I wouldn’t rely on this to regrow hair, there are other changes you need to make from the inside-out first.

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