Garlic: A Natural Way To Stop Hair Shedding?

Garlic to stop hair shedding

This post is all about the one ingredient every kitchen cannot be without, yes you guessed it…garlic! But this isn’t about garlic being a great ingredient for your favorite Italian dish but rather using it in your hair as part of your regimen to cure shedding.

If the hair found in your brush after a single use can be mistaken for a small weird looking rodent, chances are you are experiencing heavy duty shedding. Some shedding is perfectly natural but it can be a real issue when it is excessive.

I can empathize with the worry you would face if you found yourself experiencing a lot of shedding especially if you have no clue as to what is causing it or even how to stop it.

In the hair community you will often hear that garlic is a viable option for stopping shedding, even to the extent that manufacturers use the spice/vegetable in shampoos and beauty products for this very purpose.

This post will take a critical look at what makes garlic so special, how it can help with shedding and the ways that you can incorporate it in your regimen.

What is shedding

As I mentioned, shedding in a healthy scalp is perfectly normal, as a matter of fact we often lose about 50-100 hairs per day with the number being on the larger end of the scale during the autumn and winter months.

Beyond what is considered normal shedding is excessive shedding or the medical term telogen effluvium and this can be caused by a variety of things including a sudden drop in weight about 20 pounds or more, stress or anxiety, an operation, child birth (called postpartum shedding) and some women experience it if they stop taking birth control pills.

Excessive shedding should also not be confused with hair loss, even though you are still physically losing your hair. The difference is simple, hair loss occurs when there is no chance of the hair growing back until whatever is causing the loss is removed from the equation. For example a woman undergoing chemotherapy will experience hair loss until the therapy is stopped.

Why garlic?

Have you ever heard of allicin? If you haven’t, well it is a sulfur compound found in garlic and in onions. Here is what’s crazy about the compound; it isn’t actually found in garlic until your crush it, that’s where that strong odor comes from.

Since we always crush garlic anyway we tend to reap the benefits of allicin which helps in the the elimination of toxins and stimulation of blood flow to the scalp. The blood flowing near the scalp is exactly what you need to get rid of shedding and help with hair loss altogether. But wait! There’s more! Garlic also contains other beneficial nutrients for our hair:


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Hi I'm Petra Lomax , a staff writer and editor for . I am Jamaican born and raised and moved to the United States in my early 20's. I have a BA in Political Science and International relations as well as an MBA and a Masters In Project Management. I love travel, culture and anything that has to do with creative media and business.

About Petra

Hi I'm Petra Lomax , a staff writer and editor for . I am Jamaican born and raised and moved to the United States in my early 20's. I have a BA in Political Science and International relations as well as an MBA and a Masters In Project Management. I love travel, culture and anything that has to do with creative media and business.


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Tanisha Wynder

I use garlic for everything. I put it in my top coat or clear nail polish it makes my nails strong and long


Do you grate the garlic into your polish? If not how do you do it?

Sakita McDonald

Do you grate it into the nail polish?

Tanisha Wynder

Yea not too much though so our finger nails

Kenya Gilliam

sure does!!!

Katrice Hickman

This really does work. To avoid the Gallic smell go to the pharmacy and get the garlic pills (comes like the vitamin E pills).

Sara Bessa

worst tip ever hahhhaa

Shante Willnevasettle

I take odorless garlic pills daily.

Shaniah Paige

Has anyone used the garlic shampoo? Does it Wrk or pills would b btr? Dnt want the garlic smell all over me. Lol

Panama M America

NO. It does not work at all. got some from amazon. fresh garlic or onion works much better.

Shaniah Paige

Thanks so much, so u grind the garlic/onion n massage thru ur hair?

Panama M America

Yes. on scalp w/ shower cap on for 1 hr or longer and do ur normal wash day routine. some ppl apply the juice on daily w/o washing it out. thats too extreme for me bc end up smelling the place up having it smell like old pizza.

Shaniah Paige

Lolol thank u so much for the advice

Bernetta Nelson


Edwige M. Jean

This really works and works immediately. I’ve made my own concoction. After I used it for the 1st the shedding stopped instantly. It’s now part of my haircare regimen. Once it’s mixed w/other things and rinsed out thoroughly there barely is a smell.

Evette Howard

It does work

Kia Serena

I love garlic!!!! Lol


ME TOOOOO! ^_^ but I just don’t know how to use it my hair

Darreana Jordan

The pills don’t have the same effect, I take a garlic clove, chop it up and take it like that daily.. I have been doing this regiment for a while now, I feel better internally and when and if I get sick it’s not as severe, and mind you garlic is good for everything ..


Even if the pill is strong as a clove.

Rosemary Samuel

ive started doinig that a few months i have to say it works wonders natures miracle

Yvonne Diederick

I will try it out!

Almeda Johnson-Sye

Has anyone tried garlic oil mixed with eo?

Ashle Defreitas

Solo Nyf



Denise Wright

I take garlic tablets.

Priscilla Washington

I want to try this for my temple areas..but I’m on SO much stuff already lol.

Moonetta Genaro

Literally going Bald garlic cloves in my shampoo, and Conditioner

Moonetta Genaro

You can YouTube all regimen on garlic cloves and olive oil @shaniah page it really does work

Cathy Fenner


Nesha Nnb

I’ll try this


I love this topic. I keep garlic in a bottle of evoo everyday. This is what I use to put in my conditioner every time I wash my hair. This mixture helped when my daughter got some type of ring worm in her head. This mixture helped get rid of it and helped her hair grow back when it fell out.

Deatrice Hildreth

Unfortunately, Garlic did not stop my hair from shedding.

Talayah Teel

I thought shedding was a necessary, natural process? Why do we want to stop it?

Caramel Kimmie

Cant nothing stop yur hair from sheddn its natural way of new growth is comen

Julie Brown
Julie Brown

This post was so informative. I have long hair that tends to shed every time a comb even looks at my hair. I can’t wait to try it and hope it works so my husband will stop fussing about my hair being all over the place! 🙂

Tonya Alex

I never have heard abt garlic shampoo/ condition/oil. It’s interesting

Sarrah Mrani El Hilali

I always use garlic oil mixed with my hair masks. It works wonderfully. Don’t be afraid of the strong smell, it fades away when hair is dry.

Dia Portia Mcfarquhar

it does wonders for my nails been using it since i was a teen ima ave to try it for my hair too

Brittany Dixon

It doesn’t work for me and im literally going bald

Jackie Canada
Jackie Canada

That’s my problem, I’m going bald. I have male pattern baldness. Will any of the garlic concoctions help? If anybody knows of any success stories, pleas let me know. I just want to grow hair on top and keep it low on sides and back.


Andrea Conquest

Really I know it was good for you but I didn’t know It stopped hair from shedding mines sheds bad in winter I just don’t like the garlic scent…ewww!!!

Lauretta Brady

I bought garlic shampoo it works pretty well

Frankye Campbell


Sheila Gaylon Barnett

Wow, learn something new everyday

Nomcebo Motsimo

how du i applY gArlic on .mA hAir

Dishauna Kirksey

If you have an issue with the smell use lemon juice as a neutralizer. Eliminates the stank lol

Kenya Gilliam

Brittany Dixon.. try Nioxin products…google it…

Christina Banks

I took the garlic pills an that worked as well

Tracey Rolyart

I just had some fresh garlic on my salad last night I suppose it can work if you ingest it a few times a week too huh?

Miko HairCare

Hair sheds naturally.. on average, people shed 60- 100 strands daily. it’s a part of the natural hair growth process.. There’s a growing phase, resting phase & fall out phase. Each hair on our head is at a different point in this never ending cycle. Accept what is.. If your hair is excessively shedding to the point where it’s noticeably thinner from month to month, visit a doctor. The problem is something internal for sure..


I don’t know about garlic, but I can testify for onion. Have scalp inflamation. It was itching like I have worm in my scalp, pimples sometimes and I used to put onion juice every other day and rinse wiht ACV. My scalp is doing wonderful now.
The smell was stron, my husband did not like it, but I am free now of itching.

Felicia McKenzie


Aneisha DeArman

I use Alter Ego Semi De Lino Conditioner w/Garlic Extracts, Wheat Protein, Silk Protein for my hair. It can be found on and it works so well but you have to make sure to alternate conditioners everytime you wash or your hair will get too used to it. Check out my blog as well

Tracey Cade

Is this true?. I never heard of this

Donna Chesser


Donna Chesser

Mix up some beets that works wonders. People believe anything. Lololololololololo!

Laadee T Purpleme

Brittany Dixon, Hairfinity will def work for you. Use 3 a day instead of two a day.

Torrence Jasmine Peyton


Denise Raphael

It sure does wk