Last Modified on Jul 17, 2014
While a daily hair loss of 100 to even 100,000 hairs is considered normal, hair loss in women that is not replaced by new hair from the same follicle is likely cause for concern. Hair loss can be especially difficult for women to deal with as many women look at their hair as their “crowning glory,” which is why we have compiled a list of natural hair loss remedies specifically for women. If you are dealing with female hair loss, we suggest trying natural cures such as biotin supplements, coconut milk, and apple cider vinegar.
What Are the Main Causes of Hair Loss in Women?
If you feel you are losing more hair than is normal, a number of factors could be to blame. Hair has a natural cycle of growth that is supported by what is happening “beneath the surface” or in the scalp. If there are issues affecting that growth cycle, the result is issues with hair health and even hair loss.
A variety of factors contribute to hair loss including autoimmune disorders, thyroid dysfunction, and genetics. Additionally, common issues like polycystic ovarian syndrome, psoriasis, and seborrhic dermatitis may affect hair and scalp health. Even fungal infections can invade the scalp and cause issues with hair health and growth.
Should I Use Rogaine?
While the FDA has approved Minoxidil or Rogaine for women, the treatment is not always effective. In fact, many women increase the suggested concentration of this formula from the 2% recommended for women to the 5% recommended for men to achieve better results. However, this form of treatment requires multiple applications for an extended period and does very little to actually improve the health of your hair. The formula can even further upset the natural balance of the scalp and prevent any recurrent growth.
Are There Any Natural Remedies I Can Try?
Instead of applying chemicals to your hair and scalp, we suggest using natural treatments. While there are a number of effective treatments available, our favorites are biotin, coconut milk, and apple cider vinegar. The effective properties of these three treatments treat hair loss from all directions and actually improve the health of the scalp and hair.
Biotin is a natural supplement that is used in the body for healthy hair and nail growth. As such, when you take it as a supplement, you boost the natural prevalence of this nutrient in your body and support overall regrowth.
2. Coconut Milk
Coconut milk is extensively beneficial for the body but especially the hair and scalp. This liquid is full of vitamins and minerals that restore hair and scalp health. It also is a natural antibacterial agent, so it treats any issues associated with infection.
3. Apple Cider Vinegar
One major cause of hair loss is fungal infection. As such, apple cider vinegar is an especially effective treatment for hair loss. This mildly acidic liquid naturally eliminates fungus and helps restore hair and scalp health.
Hair loss is an especially difficult health condition for women. Some people have better results than others. Please let us know if you try one of our natural cures for hair loss in women, or if you have a new remedy or supplement to add to our our huge list of remedies suggested below by our readers!
Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- Alopecia Totalis Remedies
- Amla, Ashwaganda
- Anti-Fungal Treatment
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Ayurvedic Navartna Oil
- Castor Oil
- Chinese Red Dates and Honey
- Coconut Oil
- French Shampoo
- Multiple Remedies
- Remedies Needed
- Remedy Side Effects
- Tea Tree Oil and Lavender Oil
- Traction Alopecia Remedies
07/28/2013: Tonia House from Indianapolis: "Alopecia Totalis: I have lost the hair all over my body, as well as my finger nails. My toe nails are black and lifeless. My skin is dry and flaky. I have been to a few dermatologists, as well as my PCP. I have had my thyroid tested, and I was told. My TSH is normal. I have severe night sweats, actually throughout the day I also suffer from hot flashes. I was told my estrogen level is within normal limits. I have chronic hypertension, even though I eat a healthy diet. I have cut out table salt, I cook with sea salt and I also use olive oil. Can you help me?"Replies
07/28/2013: Kt from Usa replies: "Have you had your home checked for mold? Look up intussusception. I don't know what the connection is with mold but there has been enough evidence here that, I feel this is what I'm dealing with. I cannot sit here and provide more detail now but will try later. Hope this helps."
07/29/2013: Joy from Battleground, Wash replies: "You might try some magnesium- slow, low dose and work your way up.... Are you low on D vitamin ? If these are out of balance they throw other hormones out of balance. After a certain age a woman no longer produces progesterone and her body gets estrogen dominant. Your thyroid tests and hormone test can be normal and be inaccurate for you. Dr. John Lee wrote a nice book on how to help yourself figure out what is out of balance and how to fix it.... Best book I've read on hormones and imbalances. Electrolytes affect the hormones, read the watercure site for help."
[YEA] 05/02/2011: Commit2change from D, Usa: "Alopecia was stopped on my head with the use of Amla Juice and Ashwagandha. Amla juice is sold at some India stores but the Amla or Amla C and Ashwagandha can be bought at Sprouts, www.himalayausa.com and some online stores.
I was told by my doctor I had ZERO Vitamin D in my body and no protein uptake either as per my blood results. She even asked if I was vegeterian which I am not as my body was not uptaking protein which is what hair is made of and therefore I had Alopecia.
Googled what caused Vitamin D and protein to be blocked and found the sugar Splenda (yellow package of no calorie sugar) of which I consumed daily. People also wrote in that they had alot of itching on their head when they consumed Splenda. I stopped using Splenda.
I also used Hair, Skin & Nail Vitamins which can be bought at drug stores and vitamin stores. That helped my hair grow back in after about 6 months BUT it would NOT stay in as my hair fell out all over my head and my scalp was quite visible.
Then found AMLA and Ashwagandha and after 6 weeks of use it totally stopped my hair fallout.
Just google Amla or Amla C (it same product) and Ashwagandha and you will find lots of information on it. I also use NEEM which can be bought at same stores.
My hair has all grown back in and I continue to use Amla shampoo and hair products. You can also buy Amla Oil ( which has a very strong smell) and Amla powder. Just mix the powder with water and apply to hair/head. It will tighten the hair follicles. The Amla tablets and juice I consumed.
Hope this helps others.
05/03/2011: Clopez247 from El Paso, Tx replies: "I have a 12 yr old daugther with alopecia areata. She lost almost all of the hair on her head and now I'm noticing that some of her eye lashes and eyebrows are falling out too. How would you suggest my daughter consume or use the 2 things you suggested? I am desperate. I also have a 7 yr old little boy who has the same thing but it is very minor. I appreciate any help you can give me."
07/14/2011: Mary from Auckland, Nz replies: "Hello EB - I would love to know how much you mix. I have used Alma & neen before in a ready prepared indian oil mix and it did help. But it is expensive and I want to mix my own. I have found powdered Neem, Alma & Tulsi.
How much did you mix? And did you use an oil base? THANK YOU"
07/23/2011: Zack from Brooklyn, Ny replies: "CLopez247 Your children's Fluoride intake levels must be to High. Have them tested for low Iodine levels. That is mostly the case with children with Alopecia. Avoid giving your kids toothpaste with Fluoride. Go to your local organic supermarket and purchase children's fluoride free toothpaste. The negative effects of Fluoride out weigh the positive benefits. Zakisl(at)aol.com if you need help"
10/27/2011: Camanokat from Camano Island, Wa, Usa replies: "Save yourself some money and don't buy toothpaste. H2O2 and baking soda work great and it's cheap."
09/17/2012: Amanda from Nsw, Australia replies: "I read that quercetin can be prevent and treat alopecia areata."
01/05/2013: Anne from Kuwait replies: "Hi , Is there any other way to prevent traction alopecia because I got to school and as part of uniform we are supposed to tie our hair back so I can't entirely stop pulling my hair back and about the amla my problem is the same school it is not possible to put amla regularly is it ok if im not regular and I don't use alcohol?"
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 07/09/2012: Pamela from Beverly Hills, Ca Usa: "Hello Ted I have follicular alopecia (scarring alopecia) and have used so many types of products and have even gone to the dermo and nothing they gave me helped. My scalp would burn and hurt when I touch it and my hair would fall out not matter what I used. I recently sprayed intensive antifungal treatment on my scalp and shortly after it stopped hurting, I have been using this for a few days and notice that all systems are going away. I decided to use pure coconut oil as an oil base to keep it from drying, I will also buy some tea tree oil and lavender oil to help my scalp remain healthy.
Do you know how this actually worked on my scalp and why don't the doctors tell people to use this if this is what will make the alopecia go away? Did I just find a cure? Well it is working for me and I'm treating my entire scalp so the fungus will go away and not return. Please reply."Replies
07/09/2012: Cat from Bop, Nz replies: "07/09/2012: Pamela from Beverly Hills, Ca Usa: Sadly Pamela, it amounts to $$$. Doctors and pharmaceutical companies can't make money out of anything that's not a prescription drug, so you don't expect them to tell you. Not only that, but I believe that in their medical school training, they aren't told ANYTHING about how the right food can help your illnesss, let alone a natural remedy such as coconut oil. My 11yr old son recently experienced alopecia areata and after going straight to a naturopath and feeding him up on the essential minerals, oils etc that he was missing, his hair is now growing back at a steady rate. A doctor would never have told me this stuff. I would have been given a cream to rub on!"
07/10/2012: Joyce from Lansdowne, Pa replies: "Hi Pamela, What type of antifungal did you use and how long did you use it? Thanks."
09/07/2012: Mr Q from Casiz, Spain replies: "Have you tried apple cyder? but be careful if u have it irritated could be itchy."
10/17/2012: Eva from Madrid, Spain replies: "What type of scarring alopecia did you have? Because I'm sufering from lichen planopilaris and I havent found any successfull treatment. Can you specify the anti fungal treatment that you used. Thanks"
11/28/2012: Jo Ann from Nashville, Tn replies: "I was told which oils (below) cure the below conditions:
- Alopecia (I was told that there was no cure.... A lie! )
- Hair Loss
- Hair Thinning
At one point my edges were almost completely bald from alopecia and then I started going to a dermatologist twice a month to get injections in my scalp to grow my hair and that worked ONLY as long as I kept going but once you stop getting the injections, your hair falls back out. So my mother-in-law, who is considered a "health expert" told me about specific (PURE) oil combinations that grow your hair. These oils stimulate your scalp's hair follicles, strengthens and repairs them.
I have been using these oils for a few months to the point, I don't need to go to the dermatologist to get injections anymore. Since using these oils, my hair has grown back around the edges and have become even stronger and thicker.
The oil combinations are (Please Make Sure that the oils are 100% Pure):
OILS (Estimated Price)
- Jojoba Oil ($8.00)
- Castor Oil ($8.00)
- Lavender Oil ($14.00)
- Rosemary Oil (Note Sure of Price)
- Lavender Oil ($14.00)
- Peppermint Oil (Not Sure of Price)
When I bought the 1st set of oils, they were a bit expensive, totaled $30.00. I hope that this information can be useful to you! Be blessed!"
12/18/2012: Brenny from Parma, Mi replies: "Hi, those oils you mentioned did you mix them together?"
05/20/2014: John from Boston, US replies: "You need to mix the essential oils in a carrier oil like the jojoba or grape seed oil.
Otherwise you risk having a bad reaction. Essential oils are very powerful and with a few exceptions you should Never use them straight on your body.
Dead on about the oil quality. Most essential oils sold in retail stores are not of the highest quality. They are extended, may contain trace amounts of dangerous chemicals and just not as potent. You are wasting your money on these inexpensive oils. They may smell good but they will not have the medicinal effects you are looking for."
12/14/2011: Walker from Huntsville, Alabama: "My sister has alopecia, and I was wondering will using Apple Cider Vinegar directly on the bald area will it remove the DHT that is around the follicle that is keeping the hair from growing?"Replies
[YEA] 05/28/2014: Diane from Missouri replies: "Sorry to respond so late... but apple cider vinegar worked great for me. It takes quite awhile to see new growth, but it did happen. I rinse my hair with it and take a Biotin supplement."
[YEA] 12/29/2013: Leisa from Brisbane, Australia: "Hi. I would just like to share a most recent treatment for chronic hair fall. I am a 45 year old woman in good health at my ideal weight and with excellent fitness and never took any medications. I have always had (as most people do) hair falling during the summer months. This was never a problem as the hair fall seemed minimal and the hair seemed to thicken up again during the winter months and I always maintained a pretty good head of hair with lovely shine and lustre until the last 5 years or so. To my horror the hair fall seemed to increase at an alarming rate and volume - My summers turned into a hair shedding nightmare. Hair all over the house, clogging up the vacuum cleaner brush and shower drain and giving me absolute misery. By Autumn (Fall), thank God it would stop and I would hope and pray that the new hair growth would somehow catch up. Unfortunately, It never did and I am now left with very thin, embarrassing fine hair in which there are places where my scalp is clearly visible because of the sparseness. I tried a lot of different things - doctors, medications, diets, hair treatments, commercial and home remedies and supplements but nothing seemed to work. Until 2 weeks ago. We are currently in our hottest months here in the southern hemisphere and as usual my hair was dropping out all over the place. I tried a hair oil called Navratna Oil. It is an Ayurvedic scalp and hair oil treatment that I found in the Indian Grocery store. At first I was sceptical because I have tried oil treatments before (Coconut and Sesame) but they seemed to accelerate the hair fall. This treatment however, has, I can safely say, after 2 weeks, somehow almost completely stopped the hair fall! I am flabbergasted and cannot quite believe it as this will be the first time in a very long time when I have never had hair falling in summer. I believe it is the Oil as the effect was instantaneous - HAIR FALL STOPPED (well maybe a couple of hairs here and there) but not the excessive shedding that was happening. I am very happy with this result and wanted to share my experience here with other readers and perhaps it will help others with this very distressing disorder. The oil is a herbal treatment with about nine different Ayurvedic herbs including 'Kunch' and 'Amla'. It seems that it is most commonly used as a 'cooling oil' applied on the scalp and left for a couple of hours for relaxation, headache relief and dandruff and then you just shampoo it out like other hair oiling treatments. I really believe that one of ingredients has done something good to my hair follicles. I don't know what it is but it has a tingling cooling sensation on my scalp which is very pleasant. The smell is a bit earthy/herbally but it shampoos out well enough. I am just so happy with this treatment and I am going to continue using it. Perhaps others on this site can benefit from this information. I know what a frustrating and depressing experience it is to lose your hair. Namaste, Leisa"Replies
06/17/2014: Christy from Ut, US replies: "Re: Ayurvedic Navartna Oil for Hair Loss: Leisa, I was wondering if this product was still working for you and if so could you tell me if it says cool on the bottle? I found one in green box and one in red. Also do you feel this would help with female pattern balding? Thanks"
[YEA] 03/02/2014: Shirley B London from London: "I'm female and have suffered from hair loss for the past two years which has left me with very thin hair. You could see my scalp. My hair has noticeably thickened up. I still have a little way to go but my hair is much thicker now. I notice how much thicker my hair is now when my hair is in a pony tail, it's almost twice as thick. It takes longer drying my hair now as it is much thicker.
My hair dresser recommended using CASTOR OIL. I did some research into this and found that Castor Oil from Jamaica worked better than standard Castor Oil. I'm sure standard Castor Oil would work too as this too would be high in Omega 3.
I find it works better if you massage the oil into your scalp and wrap it with a turbi-towel or wear a hat. The oil seems to work much better if your head is kept warm. I leave it in overnight but I'm sure leaving it in for an hour would help too. I pour castor oil into a clean 'hair dye' bottle as I find it much easier to distribute the oil onto your scalp from a bottle with a thin tip. Castor Oil is quite thick so I shake the bottle figorously and this warms up the poil making it easier to pour from the clean hair dye bottle.
It is really easy to wash out with normal shampoo, I shampoo it twice. The oil leaves your scalp in really good condition and your hair super soft. I didn't notice any difference the first two months but as the oil conditioned my scalp and hair I continued to do this treatment twice a week. After 3 months I noticed my hair thickening up. I have now been doing this for 6 months and my hair is 80% normal, you only notice a slight thining patch as most of the hair on my scalp is back to normal thickeness. I'm so chuffed.
Don't give up using Castor Oil, once it starts working the hair thickens up quite quickly. You do need to wrap your hair once you've oiled the scalp to help it work. Ensure you get oil on your scalp and not just your hair. I do this twice a week, hopefully you too will notice an improvement after 3 months."
[YEA] 01/26/2007: Trisha from Singapore: "I started taking red date and honey as I read it is good for blood circulation, I added 3 -5 drops of apple cider vinegar to it ( balance of the yin and yang in the body and for calming too.. according to traditional chinese medicine) lo and behold, after 3 months of it.. I noticed that a balding part of my scalp rejuvenated and hair started to grow !! after 6 months I started to let my hair grow without cutting it, I now sport hair beyond shoulder length, something which I couldn't do since my hair was very fine and scanty !! ( I also take apple cider vinegar half a teaspoon daily with honey) My sister and brother also tried it, we noticed that facial skin became more youthful !! due to the blood circulation?"Replies
03/23/2007: Veena from Chennai, India replies: "Hi Trisha, I am suffering from Alopecia for past 10 months and was trying all home remedies like onion ,Garlic etc. Though it helped it did not prevent further patches. I would like to try Chinese Red Dates and Honey with Apple cider Vinegar.Can you tell me the quantity and should honey and vinegar mixed in water or milk? can we try dates syrup instead of red dates?"
10/02/2008: J from Lebanon, TN replies: "Is this tea or actual fruits and honey? Thanks."
06/11/2009: Ruddy from London, Canada replies: "Was it fruits you used and you applied to your scalp right? you didnt drink it?"
06/06/2010: Mom52 from Metairie, Louisiana, Usa replies: "I have tried onion and garlic, horsetail tablets and have seen little hair growth. what is red date and where do i find it Trisha please send me you hair regimen"
EC: Chinese red dates are jujube fruit, no?
09/03/2010: Mom52 from Metairie, Louisiana, Usa replies: "Can this Red Dates be found at whole food super market? Thank you, Mom52"
01/19/2011: Diana from San Antonio, Texas replies: "I would like to get the recipe for the alopecia remedy as my 15 year old son has a bad case."
12/26/2011: Joanna from Delhi, India replies: "I have less hair in the front of my head and the scalp is visible........ Please tell me how to apply ACV on my hair and in what quantity........ and where will I get 100% pure ACV?
01/12/2013: Maheen from Karachi, Pakistan replies: "Hey Trisha, I'm a 16 year old girl and I've had alopecia for nearly 10 years now. I've tried everything but not much improvement has been seen.. Please tell me how to use the red dates honey remedie... The quantity and method.. Please help me"
08/20/2013: Elena from Miami, Florida replies: "Hi! Can you please tell me how to take the red dates and the honey.. In what quantity? Thank you!"
[YEA] 12/30/2013: Priyanka from Mumbai, India: "I use coconut oil once a week as an overnight treatment. Earlier I was facing a hair loss problem. Since applying coconut oil to hair is a common pratice in south India where most people have very thick and long hair and is highly demanded internationally for real hair extensions, I decided to give it a try.
I take half cup of coconut oil and WARM it in the microwave/stove. (It should not be too hot, just warm. Heating oil too much destroys its nutrients, but warming it slightly will help it to penetrate the scalp better. If it is fuming when heated, then it means it has been heated too much.) Massage it to the SCALP in circular motions for 5-10 mins. Then apply it to the length of the hair and tips. The really effective method is to SOAK your hair in the oil as it is done in south India. This gets very messy but is extremely helpful. Tie the hair tightly into a ponytail, cover your pillows and sleep. Do this at night and wash it off next morning. You might have to shampoo 2 times to get the oil out.
Ever since I have been doing this (since 2 months) my hair fall has become very less and this treatment gives the hair an unbelievable shine and softness. People have also started noticing and asking me the secret! :) Many people who do this since childhood have very long and thick hair when they grow up, so better to do it for kids also.
If you feel that waiting the whole night is too long, applying the oil in a similar way 2 hours before shower might also help, but keeping it the whole night is actually great. Initially it feels messy but once you get used to it, it actually gives a deep and calm sleep and I feel very well rested when I get up in the morning."
[YEA] 05/11/2007: Alicia from Las Vegas, NV: "After trying countless products on my poor daughter, my friend recommended the Rene Furterer Astera Soothing Milk Shampoo. In one week she started sprouting little hairs. In two months her hair is now thicker and her bald spot is almost completely covered. It didn't stop the reinfections in other spots of her head though. For now we are using the shampoo. I got it from Hello-Gorgeous.net."Replies
06/30/2008: Shea from Mineola, Texas replies: "yes, i have alopecia and i was wondering if you know anywhere to get that shampoo, other than online....? if so email me....and how often to use it?"
07/09/2008: Jackie from Danville, VA replies: "Hi. I have seen that Milk Shampoo on Amazon. It is pretty expensive, but worth the money if it works, right!"
[YEA] 10/27/2008: Anita from NYC, NY replies: "I read this post about 1 month ago and got excited as I have extremely thin hair at the temples. I found the product on many online sites but decided to check out the Rene Ruterer website. I could find a distribitor in the city. Just type in your area and state and you will find many options. The product is expenisve but I did a walk-in consultation at a salon which sold the product. They were very patient and advised me on a treatment plan. The product is expensive but I am happy to report that it has now been 3 weeks and I already have new growth - amazing. As a result I have alrady changes my hair style. I have to continue this treatment (pre-shampoo, shampoo, conditioner, serum daily use moisurizer and vitamins) for 3 months. I will report on whether the growth has continued - so far so good. My hair is also very soft and not greasy. Thank you very much Alicia from Las Vegas - if you did not write this post I would never have heard about this product. I do not know whether you did a consultation at a salon but I found that very helpful in guiding me to using the right product for my particular condition.
01/28/2010: Melissa from Albany, Ny replies: "I picked up the R-80 serum for my son who is 5yrs old...has anyone tried this for alopecia areata? or just the Rene Fruterere soothing milk? I could really use some feedback on what to use, I found the serum in Sephora store."
01/30/2011: Jaazaniah from New York, NY replies: "Hi,
I have a bald spot the size of a nickel near the top of my ear. I really think it happened when I was hit very hard during a sporting event. This is the second time it has happened in the same spot during a 3 year period. I suffered a severe hit the first time as well. The bald spot varies in size during a 1 year period from the size of a dime to the size of a quarter. The bald spot does not irritate me in any way. I have medium to thick wavy hair. Please recommend a product or products that could help me because I do not want to have to wait more than a year for it to start growing again and I do not want to have any kind of injection - Per doctor's recommendation.
I noticed that Rene Furterer Shampoo was recommended. I want to purchase it but before I do I just wanted to know if this shampoo was the only product or was it combined with any other products?
[NAY] 02/03/2011: Carla from Holbrook, Arizona replies: "I have been using the Rene Furterer shampoo for more than two months and am disappointed that I have experienced no new hair growth in that time and no relief for my alopecia. It is an expensive shampoo that I ordered online, and I wish it had worked as the original poster described. I am wondering if the original post was actually a plug for the beauty website she mentioned in her post. I hope not, and I hope it works as described for someone else. Just my 2 cents."
08/31/2011: Fooch from Tucson, Az replies: "Well, the poster put that she used the pre shampoo, shampoo, conditioner and vitamins. You stated you just used the shampoo. So how can you call it ineffective when you used a different regimen?"
12/07/2011: Shishir from Abudhabi, Uae replies: "Hi Alicia, I am quite impressed with your story and I am planning to buy the same product but as you have said "Rene Furterer Astera Soothing Milk Shampoo" I could not find the same thing as you have mentioned. There are other with similar names. But not this one. Can you please help me to choose the same as you have described.
thanks in advance....!!!"
12/26/2011: Joanna from Delhi, India replies: "From where can I get french shampoo in india?"
12/30/2012: Edyta from Toronto, Ontario: "Hi there, I been reading an article about the iodine/alopecia connection?... is this the root cause of alopecia.? I been suffering with hair loss since I was 9 years old. I am 27 now, can you please advise on the best cure? Thanks, Edyta"
[YEA] 07/12/2008: Carol from Chicago, IL: "I purchased the clear iodine, known as liquid kelp from Whole Foods. I applied a drop or two a day on my scalp every other day for about 2 months. many strands of hair did grow on my scalp but the hair is in the form of white fuzz. The article you about wrote about clear iodine causing fuzz to grow on scalp, worked as you said it would. A bald spot on my scalp still remains along with many stunted growth of white fuzzy hair."
[YEA] 01/01/2008: Rob from Hawthorn Woods, IL: "Since I posted my comments several months ago regarding the use of Iodine for my wife's allopecia, I've had several inquiries about the particulars of my wife's treatment. I believe the majority of allopecia problems are internal, not external, so I would highly recommend an Iodine deficiency test if you indeed suffer from this. Many doctors are familiar with this test, but if you go to Dr. Mercola's website at Mercola.com and type "iodine deficiency" in the search box, he will give directions on how to easily and inexpensively do the test yourself. Please post your feedback here at Earth Clinic so that we can help everyone....Thanks"Replies
08/08/2010: Miriam from Farmington Hills, Mi replies: "Warning: Be very careful how much iodine you take and that you do not have thyroid issues!!! I was put on 100 mg. of Iodorol and I had a toxic reaction and all of my hair fell out in a five month period! It has taken almost 2 years to get it back with the help of a very dedicated Dermatologist. Beware."
12/04/2011: Teri In T Town from Tacoma, Wa, Usa replies: "Mariam, it may not be the iodine that caused problems, but the form of the iodine supplement. High dosage in Iodorol is likely to throw other electolytes out of balance. Try correcting iodine deficiencies slowly with natural food supplements such as Kelp and Seaweed, which has many minerals as well as significant iodine. It is interesting that Iodorol caused hair loss (and is indeed a listed side effect) since their marketing describes it as correcting hair loss!"
04/23/2012: Grizz from Jackson, Tn replies: "The problem was NOT the iodine. It was detox symptoms from taking too much iodine too soon. Iodine detoxes the body of bromides, fluorides & chlorine, as well as heavy metals. You must start iodine small3 months. You MUST also take companion supplements selenium, magnesium, vitamin C to avoid detox symptoms.
09/17/2013: Billy from Usa replies: "I searched for iodine deficiency on mercola.com but there were no results with a test. Do u perhaps have the actual url?"
[YEA] 08/16/2007: Rob from Hawthorn Woods, IL: "My wife unexpectedly had all the hairs in her eyebrows fall out over a period of several weeks. There was no apparent cause but we suspected stress had something to do with it. They did eventually grow back, but were very thin and the follicles were still weak. It wasn't until almost a year later that a wonderful holistic doctor tested her and found her iodine deficient. She was put on an iodine pill, her energy levels came way up, the her eyebrows are as thick as ever. Kelp tablets would probably do the trick too, as they are high in iodine."
EC: Please read the .pdf, Fluoride Poisoning Q&A by Jason Uttley.
08/17/2007: Jason Uttley replies: ""Fluoride displaces iodine. So you need the more iodine to perform the same function. Hence Carton's comment in the Fluoride Journal. This is an example of why I included "noticeable hair loss" as a symptom in the relatively early stages of chronic fluoride poisoning."
07/28/2010: Tom from Regina, Sk replies: "Note:
For anyone in Canada who really wants to pursue getting a bottle or two of decolourized iodine (size and cost unknown), here is an excerpt not followed up by myself, of an April e-mail reply to a company in B. C. , Canada. It sounds like you should have a few pharmacy names, addresses, phone numbers, etc. picked out and handy to give to tell them where you will pick it up! :
We do not distribute a Decolourised Iodine, which you correctly refer to as being water white. For us to
bring in a bottle or two of the colourless iodine would make the cost to you prohibitive. If you want to pursue the matter I suggest you call 1-800-668-9453 and ask the customer service to refer you to a pharmacy in XXXXX who would either stock the product or who could bring it in for you."
[YEA] 09/12/2006: Barb from Auckland, New Zealand: "Alopecia Areata is bald spots that occur all of a sudden on your scalp. I dab it on once a day on bald spots for a week to a fortnight - and then forget about it (if I can) and hope:) So far it seems to start the growth of hair again. It changes the scalp texture from red and irritable back to normal scalp. Within 6 weeks to 8 weeks usually spot is covering with little hairs. The iodine may even help the fatigue that comes when your hair falls out too - when a bald spot is occurring I tend to get deathly pale and feel exhausted."Replies
Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: "Dear K: You are asking for trouble by using hydrogen peroxide and iodide solution. If a 35% H2O2 is added to iodide a somewhat explosive reaction, but if a 3% H2O2 is added to iodine solution, the solution will still remain brown and being colorless takes place very slowly.
The solution if you are not careful will cause some burning to the skin where a regular iodine won't.
The problem about all this is it will also inhibit the body's ability to absorb iodine too.
Therefore, use the regular iodine foot painting. Here is an abstract on iodine and hydrogen peroxide uptake issue. In so many words, a hydrogen peroxide will inhibit the uptake of the iodine or limits your body's absorption of iodine, which of course won't help you.
1: Thyroid. 1991 Summer;1(3):267-71.
Hydrogen peroxide inhibits iodide uptake and iodine organification in cultured porcine thyroid follicles.
Fukayama H, Murakami S, Nasu M, Sugawara M.
Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Wadsworth VA Hospital, Los Angeles, California.
We investigated the effect of hydrogen peroxide on the process of thyroid hormone formation in a physiologic culture system of porcine thyroid follicles that we recently established. Porcine thyroid follicles cultured in medium containing 1 mU/mL TSH were exposed to 0 to 500 microM hydrogen peroxide in the presence of 0.1 microCi carrier-free Na125 and sodium iodide for 2 h. Iodide uptake and iodine organification were measured in this incubation system. The kinetics of iodide uptake were used to explain the action of hydrogen peroxide. In addition, cAMP content and Na ,K( )-ATPase activity (an enzyme necessary for iodide uptake) were measured to investigate the mechanism of hydrogen peroxide action. Hydrogen peroxide at concentrations of 100, 200, and 500 microM inhibited iodide uptake in a dose-dependent manner. Iodide organification was inhibited only when the concentration of hydrogen peroxide was greater than 200 microM. The kinetics of iodide uptake indicated that hydrogen peroxide was a noncompetitive inhibitor with iodide. Inhibition of iodide uptake and iodine organification by hydrogen peroxide were not mediated by alteration of cAMP content of Na ,K( )-ATPase activity, since exposure to even 500 microM hydrogen peroxide did not change these parameters in the follicle when compared with those of control samples. Our results suggest that the iodide transport system in the thyroid follicle is inhibited at 200 microM hydrogen peroxide or greater. -----
Therefore a preferred iodine is iodine trichloride (a light yellow color) or a sodium iodide, both of which are more or less colorless.
Your best bet is to use Povidone Iodide (Betadine is its commerical name), if you cannot find colorless iodine."
12/19/2006: K from Montreal, QC Canada replies: "Hello, i have tried to find decolorized iodine but to no avail. I was informed that decolorized iodine is not available in Canada ( not sure why) I would like to know if red iodine would be just as effective. I found out that red iodine can be decolorized with hydrogen peroxide but since I would be using it in an 'inconspicuous' area on my scalp, the color would not bother me. Please let me know as I would really like to try the remedy and post my results!! Thanks for your time."
08/19/2008: Tania from Santa Fe, New Mexico replies: "Decolorized iodine can be challenging to find. I have seen it on www.otclatino.com. Just type iodine into the search bar, and it will pop up."
03/26/2010: Laurie from Great Neck, Ny, Usa replies: "Hi I am new to this site. My son is 25 years old and has Graves Disease since he was 16 years old. He had his thyroid radiated about 10 years ago and is on synthroid ever since. His hairline is receding very bladly. Would iodine treatment regrow his hair? Internally or externally? Clear or orange iodine? Any other remedy that would work? Could you give me specific directions on how to try to regrow his hair? Thank you in advance."
03/28/2010: J0hnn from Toronto, Ontario, Canada replies: "To stop hair loss and start regrowth follow the following protocol:
3 times a day with meals for the first 2 weeks:
Biotin 10,000 mcg(this is a "megadose" level -comes in 5,000 mcg caps)
vegital silica(this is the organic variety(not inorganic silica) 9.4 mg(comes in 4.7 mg caps)
chelated zinc(must be chelated form)100 mg(comes in 50 mg tabs).
After first 2 weeks, continue same dosage twice a day until satisfied with hair growth and optimal health/nutrition is being met.(Biotin is a B vitamin and as such, continuing high stress can increase your regular B vitamin requirements substantially)
Any hair loss will stop immediately and growth with start. Top of head hair grows an average of 1/2 inch per month so you will not see any "fuzz" until about 3 weeks from start.
This is what worked for me as a 64 yr old male that had sudden hair loss last fall where hair was coming out by the handfull for a couple of weeks.
By adding the zinc to the other 2 items, my hair came back in with my natural hair colour rather than the grey/white mix that had been falling out.
You can do further research and will see both the biotin and vegital silica as very well regarded for their benificial properties for hair."
03/29/2010: Lori from Ny, Ny replies: "Hi John from Toronto,
Does this protocol for hair regrowth interfer with thyroid replacement synthroid.
03/30/2010: J0hnn from Toronto, Ontario Canada replies: "Reply to Lori -- I'm sorry I cannot answer your question as I am not on ANY prescribed medication."
06/11/2010: Tessaa from Toronto, Ontario, Canada replies: "Have any ladies tried the hair loss protocol from JOhnn from Toronto? If so, what were the results?"
06/19/2010: Jbear from Buckley replies: "To Laurie from Great Neck, Ny, Usa; Has your son's hair issues been resolved? The vitamins John from Toronto mentions does not interfer as I take these and am also on Thyroid replacement. The only thing I have found so far that stops the hair loss from reoccuring is to replace the Synthroid with Armour Thyroid (it's all natural) I was started on the Synthroid and had terrible issues with hair loss. The change helped a lot. Something to discuss with his doctor :)"
07/27/2010: Jay from Toronto, Ont, Canada replies: "To Kathy from Naperville, Il. . No, I have not been diagnosed with any disease. I experienced a huge amount of stress during the first half of 2009 and most of my hair turned white or grey during that summer. I started losing hair at the top of my head(in typical male pattern baldness) in October 2009 and would have a comb full of hair every few days. I was 64 years old at this time. I was aware of these nutrients for hair health from various reading over the last 20 or so years and so I decided that it was worth a try. I knew it has worked for some people so I thought it might work for me. I started this specific set of nutrients in late October 2009 and my hair loss stopped almost instantly. I knew therefore I was on the right track and continued this daily for about 3 weeks. I then dropped the dosage slightly and continued. By mid December I could see that all of the remaining grey or white hair was showing my natural brown color about a half inch at the root end and the previous bald area was covered with brown fuzz. I have continued taking these nutrients but have reduced the dosage further. My hair continues to grow in my natural brown color at about a half inch per month. I am experimenting with finding the dosage for maintence even now as a few weeks ago I started seeing( for the first time since I started this) that there are now a few hairs in my comb each day. Between November and May I never saw hairs left in my comb. The journey continues."
07/27/2010: Kathy from Naperville, Il replies: "Johnn from Toronto have you been diagnosed with alopecia areata? Is this vitamin combination work for alopecia or is your hair issue something else? How long were you on this vitamin combination?"
07/28/2010: Tish from North York, Ontario, Canada replies: "Hey Jay, would you please give me the list of supplements you are taking for hairloss. I know you must have posted it but, I can't find it. Would be really great if you could write it one more time :). Thanx a lot."
EC: You can find his list in this thread.
07/30/2010: Kathy from Naperville, Il replies: "Jay, the vitamin combination sound like it is worth a try. Do you know if these dosages of the vitamins interfere with any food or medication?"
02/10/2011: Ann from La Mirada, California, Orange County replies: "Jay from toronto where do I find your thread so I can find out what the vitamins are?"
09/11/2012: Reshmi from Yuba City, Ca, Usa replies: "I wanted to ask John who requested the vitamins for hairloss whether he is diagnosed with alopecia areata or is it male pattern baldness. My son is diagnosed with alopecia areata, and he has lost approximately 25% if his hair from ear to ear. Can you please reply and let me know if it would benefit this disorder."
[YEA] 06/01/2013: Sms27 from Princeton, NJ, USA: "To women who are suffering from sudden onset of diffuse hair loss -- there seems to be a lot of information about the connection between low iron (especially low iron stores, I. E. Ferritin serum) and hair loss. Explore that connection before you try alernatives, because it may be a simple explanation."