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Try these two DIY pre-shampoo treatments for thinning hair.

Hair Growth: Ginger Infused Hair Oil

Ginger encourages blood circulation which helps stimulate hair growth. Blood flow also directs nutrients and oxygen to the surface, nourishing the scalp and hair follicles.

  • 1/2 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 spring of Rosemary or a few drops of essential oil (optional)

Add grated ginger (and rosemary) to olive oil heated the olive oil on low heat. Remove ginger from heat once it turns and allow to cool. Once cool, strain the ginger out of the oil.

Apply to the scalp for up to 10 minutes and then rinse thoroughly, follow with shampoo.

If you want to keep it simple, you can substitute the freshly grated ginger with 1-2 drops of ginger essential oil. I like going through the process of making from scratch though.

This ginger-infused oil is easy to make at home and can be applied a few times a month. I purchased fine mist spray bottles from here.

Hair Growth & Strength: Coconut Milk Mask

Coconut milk contains healthy proteins and essential fats, both of which boost hair growth.

  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 3 teaspoons olive oil
Combine ingredients, apply the mixture to your scalp and then work the mask through your hair. Massage the mask into your scalp and through the ends of your hair. Wear a cap to allow heat to help with deeper penetration. Leave on for 10-15 minutes and then use a clarifying shampoo to rinse the mask out.