Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- POPULAR REMEDIES
- Warning -- Please Read Recipes Carefully!
- Accutane Related
- Activated Charcoal
- Alfalfa Juice
- Aloe, Essential Oils, ACV, Cod Liver Oil, Grape Seed Oil
- Amla, Ashwaganda
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda
- Bach Flower Remedies
- Baking Powder, Apple Cider Vinegar
- Blackstrap Molasses, B Complex, ACV
- Brushing Technique
- Carrot Juice Applied to Scalp
- Castor Oil
- Cayenne and Vodka Scalp Treatment
- Cayenne Pepper and Aloe Vera
- Cayenne Pepper, Olive Oil
- Chinese Dates and Honey
- Coconut Oil
- Cold Water
- Colloidal Degreasers
- Dawn Dish Soap and Rubbing Alcohol
- Edgar Cayce's Hair Loss Remedies
- Edgar Cayce's Remedies for Hair Loss
- Emu Oil
- Evening Primrose Oil
- General Feedback
- Grass Oil
- Hair Loss and Hormone Issues
- Hair Loss and Wilson's Syndrome
- Hair Loss From Citric Acid in Aloe Vera Juice
- Hair Loss From Fungus
- Hair Loss From Hypothyroidism
- Hair Loss From Ringworm
- Hair Transplantation
- Heavy Metals and Hair Loss
- Homeopathic Remedies for Hair Loss
- Human Growth Hormone
- Hydrogen Peroxide, Vicks Vapor Rub
- Iodine With Kelp
- Iodine, Onion Juice
- It's in the Water
- Jamaican Black Castor Oil
- Joyce's Remedies
- L-Glutathione, MSM
- L-Lysine, Biotin, and Blackstrap Molasses
- Maple Syrup and Herb Tea
- Medications Causing Hair Loss
- Medications for Hair Loss
- Mold Caused
- Multiple Remedies
- Mustard Oil, Fenugreek and Scalptone
- Nancy's Hair Growth Formula
- Nj's Remedies
- Oiling the Hair
- Olive Oil
- Onion Juice
- Over the Counter
- Pine Tar Soap
- Red Raspberry Tea, Kelp
- Remedies Needed
- Saw Palmetto
- Seborrheic Dermatitis
- Selenium, Coconut Oil
- Sesame Oil
- Shu Wu Pian
- Stimulate Blood Circulation
- Ted's Remedies
- Telogen Effluvium
- Traditional Chinese Medicine
- Vitamin C, Apple Cider Vinegar
03/30/2013: Roberta from Charlotte Nc, Usa: "Thank You to Noelle from Minneapolis for the advice on Red Raspberry Tea and Kelp. Just started them last week and wanted to know how long to use them. Also menopausal, and adrenals. So far the Red Raspberry seems to calm them down, more so..."
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[NAY] 01/25/2013: Good Light from Granola Munching Tree Hugger Ville, Oregon: "Hi everyone. Thanks for sharing your great information. My hair started falling extremely fast when I started a new physical training program 10 years ago. I thought the hair loss was due to the new exercise stress on my body, but it turned out to be the supplements I was taking. It contained Creatine which was supposed to help with muscle recovery. Once I stopped taking creatine, my hair stopped falling out. I read that Creatine increases testosterone in women which can cause hair loss. Since I haven't taken the supplement in 10 years, I think there has to be a different issue now. Now, my hair goes through severe cycles of loss and growth. I was on progesterone replacement for a while which increased my hair growth, once I was "level" and stopped the supplement, growth stopped. I do think taking creatine was the initial cause and perhaps whatever change in my body for the hairloss to continue. I am taking the ACV and baking soda for Barretts esophagus and GERD. I am hoping the hair growth will be a pleasant side effect. My best wishes for you all to find your cure. :)"
Red Raspberry Tea, Kelp
[YEA] 08/22/2009: Noelle from Minneapolis, Minnesota, Usa: "To Melinda re: Saw Palmetto for hair loss... forget Saw Palmetto. Saw Palmetto regnerates tissue. There's some conflicting information out there, but it does not appear to be safe for women to take, especially if you have fibroids or endometriosis, and most especially if you don't know it!
I went through nine years of hell with hair loss, which started at perimenopause. I would be out to dinner with a friend and hunks of hair would fall into my plate. I'd wash my hair and would fill up the toilet bowl with the hair that would come out. (And yes, I originally had a ton of hair, below the shoulder in length and very thick.) This wasn't just a general thinning, but patchy fallout and breakage. Every winter the hair would change texture, get hard as a rock and break off at the roots at the left side of the crown and at the nape of the neck. When I couldn't hide the damage, I wore wigs. I wore wigs for five out of those nine years. Doctors and herbalists couldn't find the cause. My thyroid checked out normal on blood tests; I did not have a fungal infection of the scalp. I tried everything I could think of: MSM worked for a little while, so did Black Walnut Hull tincture. I had some luck with Black Cohosh for a year, then it rebounded on me and I had to stop.
Finally, in 2006, a friend of mine sent me to a lecture on adrenal fatigue. I later had myself "spit" tested for levels of estrogen, testosterone, progesterone, thyroid hormones, cortisol and DHEA. Well, it turns out that at 5PM each day, I had no cortisol. Zip, nada. My adrenals were in trouble and there was no way they could take over and compensate for the lowered hormone output of menopause. The protocol for raising levels of cortisol is to take DHEA and Pregnenalone (sp?). Unfortunately, between slop bucket hot flashes, extreme fatigue and flipping out, I was too sensitive to take those "precursor" hormones.
Four months after this, I got very sick with Bronchitis and could not get rid of it for three months. A herbalist I was seeing for the Bronchitis decided that my problems were nutritional and prescribed a herbal mix that I was to take as nutrients and not as medicine. Well, my body didn't react too well to that, either, so I decided to buy the herbs in bulk and try them one by one to see which one was disagreeing with me. One of the herbs was RED RASPBERRY LEAF, WHICH ALONG WITH KELP, GAVE ME MY HAIR BACK!!!! It was noticeable within days. I started the tea in March; by early May my hair had filled in enough that I was able to cut my hair in a short style and ditch the wig. Red Raspberry is known as a female tonic and mild alterative that tones the uterus, stops hemorrhages and diarrhea, reduces fevers, cures mouth ulcers and stimulates hair growth. It's delicious, inexpensive and you don't need much of it.
Purchase Red Raspberry Leaf in bulk at any reputable herb store or coop. When buying Kelp in bulk, get the granulated kind that looks like pepper. The fine powder Kelp is too clumpy and doesn't mix or sprinkle well.
Put 1/2 teaspoon of Raspberry Leaf in infuser or strainer.
Pour boiling water in cup to cover. Steep for 10 minutes, or if you like, to lukewarm.
Drink a cup of this twice a day. When your hair is recovered, reduce to once a day.
Kelp: 1/4 teaspoon twice a day; once in AM, once in late afternoon. Just put it on the spoon and follow with a big glass of water, or sprinkle it on your food. Can cause sleeplessness if taken in evening. Can also take 1/2 teaspoon once a day. Adjust dosage depending on how it effects you.
Another thing that's helpful -- switch to an organic shampoo and conditioner. Especially conditioner! You'll notice a difference right away. My hair texture really changed; it became much more elastic! Some "organics" are really organic and some are not. If you email me, I'd be glad to tell you what I used. If you go to Organic Consumer website you should be able to find a link to a list of products that are NOT AUTHENTIC or are contaminated with toxins, so you can screen any hair products you are interested in against the list.
I realize this is long, but I thought the story needed to be told. It wasn't until last year on an annual physical that it was discovered that I had hundreds of tiny cysts on my thyroid, yet all my numbers were still normal. Red Raspberry might work for you. Good luck, Melinda."Replies
08/22/2009: Loraine from Orlando, Fl replies: "Noelle: thanks for all the wonderful information you shared with your story. Coincidentally, i was just reading about red raspberry tea but was unsure if i could use it since i have both thyroid and adrenal issues. Can you let me know what you used to fix your adrenals? I really need help in this area. Thank you and God bless.
08/23/2009: Noelle from Minneapolis, Mn, Usa replies: "Lorraine: There should not be any reason why you can't use Red Raspberry Leaf tea. I don't think it affects the thyroid per se. It just fixes some of the problems caused by hormone imbalance, and adds minerals and B vitamins that might be depleted due to glands not functioning properly. It's the kelp that affects the thyroid and stops hair fallout cold. Raspberry Leaf grows the hair and makes it shiny.
As for my adrenal problem, it's not entirely fixed. Underlying infections can pull adrenal function down. I had a huge double abscess tooth removed last year, but I was disappointed that my energy did not increase. I seem to be carrying a virus that we cannot identify and have allergies that occasionally fog my head so much I walk into walls. (Claritin-D cuts that one right quick!) I was tested by a hematologist for everything they could think of. Allopathically, my bloodwork was normal. I ran the results by a naturopath: two indicators pointed to either parasites or low iron or both. Nobody seems to want to believe I have parasites! I'm currently using Bill Munro's H2O2 inhalation method. Its been two weeks; my energy is a little better, but I'm not seeing spectacular results yet. So . . . I'm still working on it!"
[YEA] 12/23/2012: Kate Saggu from Maidenhead, Berkshire, UK replies: "Noelle from Minneopolis - Thank you very much for the advisement. You have saved my life. My hair loss has practically gone after taking the remedies for a week. My hair is glossy and no longer continues to fall out. I owe you a huge 'THANK YOU'."
12/24/2012: Citygirl27 from Richardson, Tx, Usa replies: "K. from Maidenhead, did you notice any androgenic side effects from taking Saw Palmetto? like increased facial hair, sweating, or anything of the sort? or any other side effects? Saw palmetto is normally recommended for men, that is why I was curious."
03/30/2013: Roberta from Charlotte Nc, Usa replies: "Thank You to Noelle from Minneapolis for the advice on Red Raspberry Tea and Kelp. Just started them last week and wanted to know how long to use them. Also menopausal, and adrenals. So far the Red Raspberry seems to calm them down, more so than anything that I have tried. How is your hair growth coming along?"
03/31/2013: Noelle from Minneapolis, Mn replies: "Hi Roberta -- sorry I haven't been on the site in a while. Use the Raspberry Leaf Tea as long as you feel you need it. It's pretty safe. Really tones the female organs. Be more careful with the Kelp. If you find yourself feeling a little wired or having trouble getting to sleep, try reducing the dose or taking it only in the morning. 1/4 - 1/2 tsp of Kelp in the morning and evening will usually stop hair fallout cold.
There are a couple of types of hair vitamins that really contribute to softness and texture, although I can't name brands on Earth Clinic. (I can tell you to check out the reviews on Swanson Vitamins and iHerb. ) Also, if you're looking to thicken the hair Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5) really works and fast, but you have to take at least 500mg per day. B5 is also indicated for energy production in the adrenals.
As for me, hair growth is fine, but I've been experiencing a different set of hair problems since starting constitutional homeopathic treatment in late 2010. I've been on Naja (cobra venom) for 1-1/2 years now and there were problems with dosages in 2011 & 1st half of 2012. Homeopathy tends to push things out through the skin and hair, and I had an extreme reaction with both. (Hair formed huge knots, totally uncombable; I had to cut it off! I won't tell you what was going on with my skin and where. Wanted to murder my homeopath; got a second and third opinion instead. ) Things are much better now. When I comb my hair, I have no shedding whatsoever. All that's left of the damage are a couple of alopecia spots and a receding hairline in the front, which I am working on. I had to stop relaxing and coloring my hair -- it grew back in in big patches of black and white and looks really cool! People are always asking me, "how did you get your hair like that?"
Anyway, for growth I recommend:
1) Nettles, both drinking the tea and rubbing on the scalp. Make a strong infusion of Nettle Leaf; it'll keep in the fridge for about 48 hours. Longer than that, it's ineffective.
2) Get a big aloe leaf, rub some of the gel on the scalp. It seems to stimulate the hair follicles.
3) And, of course, Red Raspberry Leaf.
12/26/2012: Chergreene from Houston, Tx Usa: "About one month ago I noticed my hair was thinner and was falling out. I have always had very thick hair, so the change was noticable. Last week I noticed a bald spot on top of my head which is even much larger today. My first thought was due to medications.. Some I take are listed to cause this.. But apparently this usually only happens shortly after starting certain meds. I have been taking the same ones for a number of years with no hair loss. Until now. I am under emotional stress(lost my job, no income).. But a large baldspot???I don't seem to have any physical symptoms related to Lupus or thyroid issues. Common sense tells me this is not old age baldness because the onset was so sudden. I would like to try the apple cider vinegar remedy. How long should I wait to notice regrowth after starting applications? I am also thinking about pre-natal vitamins.. I remember a nurse telling me they were good for hair growth even if not pregnant. Any advise or feedback? I am a 59 year old female. Thanks!"Replies
12/26/2012: Ed2010 from Oakville, Canada replies: "Sounds like alopecia. Take Milk Kefir and apply on the bald spot. Hair will regrow soon. Good Health"
12/27/2012: Mmsg from Somewhere, Europe replies: "Chergreene, a family member got a sudden bald spot after a fire in their home. The dermo said: look at my baldness, my hair has died, but YOUR hair has gone on strike and will grow back. And many months later, it did."
11/16/2012: Jojosmom from Raleigh, North Carolina: "Hi Ted. First of all. Let me say that I love your site. There is so much info to read. The world is a better place because of people like you! I have been having itchy, tingling dry flaky scalp for years, with massive hair falling out. It was coming out by the handful, every time I washed it. The ends are split and there are tiny knots in the strands. It used to be super thick, so much that people would ask me if I had on a wig. Now I can see my scalp in the front, the sides and the top. I tried the borax, Apple Cider Vinegar and peroxide wash, but my scalp is still itching. I also have thrush on my tongue and I was finally diagnoses with Tinea Versicolor. I have noticed, lately that I itch terribly after eating processed sugar, but now when I eat regular fruits. I was given a selenium sulfide shampoo, that has done nothing. I am pretty sure, at this point, that I have candida. My fingernails are splitting down the seam on one finger and the rest of my nails are separating from the nail bed. What do I need to do to address my problems? Thanks so much."Replies
11/16/2012: Lisa from Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa replies: "Hi Jojosmom, I'm not Ted but I thought I could give you some thoughts on your condition. First of all, did you see this response from Ted regarding Tinea Versicolor? It may help you.
As for the thrush and itching after eating sugar and fruit- these are candida indications. Remember, fruit breaks down immediately into fructose which is sugar. Here is where you can find the candida tests:
The first thing you are going to want to do is evaluate your diet. You must cut out all sugar and white flour products. If you still crave sugar, you can use stevia as a substitute which is perfectly safe. Donna Gates who is one of the leading authorities on this subject uses it in her protocol to address candida. It is actually an herb and not a sugar so does not feed the candida. You can also google Body Ecology Diet and find a very informative site which also offers lots of free, healthy recipes to support gut health. You can also start adding in fermented foods after you do some clean up work on your diet which will help to replace the good bacteria the body needs to maintain health.
Also, this is where you will learn an extensive amount of information on eradicating this nasty condition:
I hope this info can help you get started. Lisa"
11/19/2012: Jojosmom from Raleigh, Nc replies: "Thank you, Lisa. I don't itch when eating fruit, at all. It is when I am eating processed sugar or food. At any rate, I will let fruit go for a while, along with other processed carbs and see how it goes."
11/11/2012: Erta from Portland, Or: "Hi, I'm a 35 years old Caucasian woman. I moved to the USA in 2005 and felt under extreme stress financially. Exactly a year after my move, I started losing hair in chunks with huge white bulbs on each hair strand. It was so scary, I had never seen anything like it. This continued at least 8 months. I lost more than 2/3 of my beautiful thick hair. The hair loss was diffuse therefore I don't have bold patches as seen in alopecia. I have extereme overall loss on my entire scalp. My hair looks so bad that I cannot cover thinning areas anymore. When I visited Italy in 2007, my family was shocked to see the difference.
I follow a healthy mediterranean diet as I'm from Italy. I'm not vegeterian but don't eat too much meat. I exercise and never eat junk food. I'm very healthy and active. I don't dye or dry blow my hair. So my hair is not chemically treated. I have always taken care of my hair in a gentle manner. I'm 5. 9 feet and 129 pounds. I've always been slim. My blood results were normal, no thyroid problems. The only thing was I have borderline iron and low ferritin levels, which have always been that way since I was a teenager. Ferritin 28 ug/L.
Both my mother's and father's side have full head of hair. Even my grandmothers, who are in their 80's, have much more hair than I have.
I read that once TE is over, hair would grow back. Mine didn't. No matter what I do, the thinning areas are not recovering. Is there a way to regrow my hair? I tried applying therapeutic oils, I use high quality shampoos, I've spent so much time and effort on this, I'm totally desperate and ready to give up hope.
11/11/2012: Lisa from Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa replies: "Hi Erta, I just wrote to another woman who experienced hair loss on here as well. We both had hair loss as a result of hair dying. I understand yours is not for the same reason but I saw how you felt rather hopeless in your situation. I just want to tell you that it took me over 5 years to recover but it did happen. I no longer use dye at all so am salt and pepper and in my mid 50's. To me that also says we can recover even as we mature.
Some of my suggestions that helped me were hair oiling which I learned of here on EC and then did my own research. The East Indian women practice this and they say it is why they have such healthy full hair as opposed to most western women who continually strip the natural oils from their hair and scalp with harsh dyes and shampoos.
I do fresh green juices every morning and eat a very wholesome varied diet which you say you have a very good diet as well. Try looking into Weston Price protocol in terms of diet. I believe this also helped me recover.
I also only wash my hair with water which I also learned about here on EC. At first I thought that seemed strange but after understanding how shampoo strips our natural oils and causes an imbalance in our scalp/ hair, it made sense. Now I use very mild, natural, herbal shampoo without chemicals once a week. I'm not sure what you mean by "high quality shampoos" but many expensive shampoos include chemicals so check the ingredients. Also, look into Weston Price protocol in terms of diet. I believe this also helped me recover.
Anyway, don't give up hope. I know what you mean because there were times I felt the same way but, after several years my hair is quite full once more. I hope this helps. Lisa"
11/11/2012: Rob from Manhattan, Ny replies: "Hi Erta, Here's a few things that may help... (read the reviews) I believe many of these reviews are legit since I have also posted to this site.. I have only used the 1 bottle of the shampoo.. (being 50, I can't confirm it's hair growth ability, but really like it as a shampoo)
and Evening Primrose
11/11/2012: Pat from West Chicago, Il replies: "FLUORICUM ACIDUM 12C is a homeopathic remedy for patchy baldness... you can buy the remedy at most natural or organic stores...
3 pellets 3 times a day for 3 days then
2 pellest 2 times a day for 2 days then
1 pellet for 5 days
Nothing by mouth for 10 minutes before and after.
Do not touch the pellets. Dissolve the pellets under the tongue.
It is suggested that you wash your hair once a week.
No mint, coffee, tobacco or camphor products like Vicks or tiger blam for a month... Good luck"
10/31/2012: Bushcraft from France: "Hi, all! I am a female suffering from severe hairloss that it's a question of time before I go totally bald. As recommended on this website, I've been rinsing my hair with a capful of ACV for about 3 months now but it has only made matters worse. My scalp's itching badly and hair is falling just as much as before so that I stopped using it altogether.
Could you suggest a natural (chemical-free) alternative to ACV that would help counter my severe hairloss before I go bald? Thanks in advance."Replies
10/31/2012: Medina from Birmingham, W. Mids, Uk replies: "One reason for excessive hair loss can be due to anaemia - iron deficiency. I found that taking a natural iron supplement, Spatone, with orange juice (vitamin C helps absorption of iron) helped to stop my hair falling out. If you also have symptoms of light-headedness, lack of energy/tiredness or headaches, then iron supplements may be helpful."
10/31/2012: Olivia from Brooklyn, New York, Usa replies: "If your hair loss is a result of a medical problem, then the source of it has to be traced and corrected. However my hair loss has responded unbelievably well to the following regime: I deep condition my hair twice per week with a mixture of one raw egg, one tablespoon mayonnaise, one tablespoon extra virgin olive oil and one teaspoon coconut oil. I massage and leave for several hours or overnight; covering with a plastic bag under a night cap. I use a conditioner to wash instead of shampoo and I air dry instead of using heat. I use a wide tooth comb to avoid tugging. If you go to you tube, and type "hair loss" you will find many similar stories and recommendations. Good Luck."
10/31/2012: Lisa from Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa replies: "Hi Bushcraft, Sorry to hear about your hair loss. I had a problem with losing clumps of hair a few years ago now. It was due to hair dye which I would always react to but it wasn't until I began losing large amounts of hair that I finally ceased using it anymore. I figured being gray was a better alternative to no hair. It has taken a long time to recover from this and several years later my hair is now full (and very salt and pepper! )
I did many things. Diet was a big one eating good sources of protein and following Weston Price recommendations for a sound diet and good health. I also would wash my hair with the best hair shampoo from the health food store with the least ingredients and borax. One thing I noticed when using the borax was all scalp itching stopped which was always a problem.
Then, here on EC, someone wrote in about hair oiling. It is a part of East Indian culture so I read up on it and have practiced this for about a year now. That yielded really good results too. I use different oils such as coconut oil, argan oil, castor oil. I usually do it on Sunday since it can take some time getting the oil back out.
I also use very high grade Chinese herbs, one being ho shou wu, known to help the hair. Anyway, I hope this info helps. Wishing you the best, Lisa"
11/02/2012: Tahiti from Silver Spring, Maryland replies: "Hi Lisa! Great advice about the 'hair-oiling. ' I have experienced the same problem with hair dyeing. I had mine dyed black to cover the gray, and it nearly destroyed my hair. I am slowly recovering from it. I mixed castor oil, olive oil, coconut oil and argan oil together and put it on my scalp and hair. It is working wonders for me! My hair is slowly growing in healthy and strong. I rarely comb my hair, but use my fingers to rake through it for styling, parting or whatever. I find that I lose very little of it that way. I have a long way to go still, but I am relieved and content to keep my gray and maintain a healthy head of hair!"
11/02/2012: Julie from Baltimore, Md replies: "I had the same issue.. I went and got my hormone levels checked and it turned out I was very low in estrogen. I have been using an estrogen gel for 4 months and literally do not loose any hair anymore!! Literally went from an alarming rate of loss to 5/10 hairs max!!! Pls pls get your hormones checked!!"
11/02/2012: Lisa from Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa replies: "Hi Tahiti, Good to hear from you. I too, was dying my hair black since that's my real color. Perhaps, black is a harsh dye. I haven't met anyone else over the years who has had the same experience. How long ago did this happen to you? And yes, recovery was very slow. So slow that I actually worked to just accept how thin my hair had become. And because of what had happened, it had come out in clumps. Disturbing. How often do you oil your hair? I don't do it as often as before since my hair has recovered. I will do it when I take a far infrared sauna so it gets a deep oiling.
I also have learned here on EC about not washing with shampoo. So I only use shampoo about once a week. Otherwise, I just really massage my hair in the shower as I let the water clean it. It's amazing how that has changed my scalp health. And like you I will often just run my fingers through my hair rather than brushing it.
I also follow Weston Price's principles of eating and I believe that also helped restore my hair. You might want to check into them. Just recently I posted a link to the site with that information here on EC. I think diet keeps us healthy from the inside out.
Best to you! Lisa"
11/08/2012: Tahiti from Silver Spring, Maryland replies: "Hi Lisa, thanks for your post. I am an African-American female, 60 years of age with naturally thin hair. I got my hair dyed black about five months ago. It took a terrible toll on my hair and scalp. I wash my hair about once a week with a very mild shampoo. I might try not shampooing, just using water instead. I oil my scalp after I wash my hair. It is thin enough that it naturally goes from my scalp into and through out my hair. I sometimes put a little extra on the ends. It is growing in, slowly like I said before, but it is at least growing. I don't think I will ever dye it again! Like yourself, I have come to accept the color and texture of my hair, no matter! Diet definitely does matter! I will check out the site you recommended and thanks again Lisa, for all of the helpful information you have given. Tahiti"
11/09/2012: Lisa from Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa replies: "Hi Tahiti, It's interesting how the hair dye affected us so dramatically. It seems like everyone is able to dye their hair without any problem. My husband said it was a blessing in disguise because when you dye your hair, the chemicals penetrate your scalp so who knows what it's doing on the inside!
Yes, do try washing your hair with just water. It really does work. I only use a very natural herbal shampoo maybe once a week. I find that your scalp actually adjusts and doesn't produce more oil. When we shampoo a lot we start a cycle, our scalp gets dry and our body responds by producing more oil. Then we feel we have to shampoo to control that. When this was first explained to me, it made perfect sense. And now I have found this to be true.
And just so you know, it actually took me 5 years to recover from the hair loss! So, don't lose hope and continue with the water wash, hair oiling and healthy diet to see good results. I'm about your age too so it shows our body can recover even as we mature. Best to you, Lisa"
11/14/2012: Tahiti from Silver Spring, Maryland replies: "Thanks again, Lisa! I'm going to try the no shampoo for two weeks at least and see how I fare!"
11/16/2012: Lisa from Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa replies: "Hi Tahiti, I keep meaning to write to you because I forgot to ask if you've ever tried Black Castor Oil? I actually learned of it from the African American community. I had good results with it and it is known to re- grow hair. I ordered mine from Amazon. I'm going to give you a link to someone talking about it.
Also, have you started trying the water only hair wash yet? And what are your thoughts on it? I know when I first started doing it, it felt very strange. I think we have an addiction to shampoo! Now I see such a difference in my hair after using only water. Remember it takes a bit of time for the scalp to adjust to this. Anyway, let me know. Best to you, Lisa"
11/28/2012: Antionette from Milwaukee, Wisconsin replies: "I am 36 year old african american. I have learned to wash my hair with conditioner I only shampoo once every 2 to 3 weeks."
10/20/2012: Irene from Sandvika, Norway: "Hello, I am a girl of 23 years. I have been having acne issues many years but its more or less resolved now. There is hypothyroid issue in my family and I got it as well. I am on medication.
I have been depressed and I think also weakned adrenals, but I think I fixed them now after following a strict schedule.
Nowadays I am only depressed because of the hair loss, it really depresses me and worries me. I am so scared I am going to lose all my hair. I had really really thick hair.
Before I was on medication, I had really a lot of gas problems. I had to go to toilet after eating because of the excessive gas, and it only progressed but has stopped since being on medication so I think I have enough HCL and stuff.
I took a hair analysis which showed I had low levels of manganese, copper, iron, magnesium, boron, molydebum, and probably iodine. I have been really healthy over the last years, 5 years or so. Eating mostly organic, a lot of veggies, no sugar, no addtivitives, no gluten and stayed away from milk products.
I did go on manganese before and it did stop my hair loss, but it did also deplete my ferritin stores. Whenever I take magnesium, I find my go low in manganese. Whenever I take iron, I get the same problem, or zinc. I dont know how to regulate all these. My stool are really weird and comes all forms, shapes and colors. I think there is something with my absorption?
Anyways, please please help me.. Iam so anxious and I have tried by best so far and.. I dont know what to do. Thanks ahead."
10/20/2012: Heather from Leicester replies: "Hi, Blackstrap molasses( organic unsulphured) contains iron and manganese and copper this would be good for you I think as it's natually balanced."
10/20/2012: Abc from Toronto, Canada replies: "Castor oil applied externally for hair loss, google it for a wide description of healing properties."
10/23/2012: Irene from Sanvika, Norway replies: "Thank you. Is there anything I can do to absorb nutrients better, since have multiple deficiencies. I read somewhere that Ted used humic acid, is that something for me? Is it possible to book a consultation with Ted? I dont mind traveling to Bangkok. I am soon finished with my exams."
10/24/2012: Wayclose from Motown, Ca/ Usa replies: "Hi Irene! There is a wonderful product, made right there in your home of Norway, called Immutol, a patented form of baker's yeast. This product has actually saved your fishing industry, and restored health to many people in Norway and abroad, with diverse problems and needs. Look it up and see what you think about it. Also gives you truly gorgeous skin! I am presently using it for my liver, and noticed lots of good changes with longstanding health issues, within weeks. --T."
10/24/2012: Louwrence from Rustenburg, North West, South Africa replies: "Hi Irene, To get better absorbtion of nutrient try betaine hcl & digestive enzymes, this will help with digestion. Look it up on the net."
10/25/2012: Irene from Sandvika replies: "Hello. Thank you very much for all your answers. I have tried digestive enzymes and HCL and it didnt do anything for me. I have suffcient amount of those. I think I have little bile production at times, because my stool can be ligher at times but I know its related copper or manganese deficiency as my stool is normal when I take them. I cannot take baking soda either, as I am trying to limit my sodium intake. I was wondering if humic acid can remove excess sodium from my system? I am not sure, but I think my hair loss a bit less today. I dont know which supplements to take, but I am sticking to b-vitamins, manganese and magnesium and borax a couple of times in a week, because its so hard to get sufficient amounts from diet. I dont like to take much of anything, it will interfere with other minerals/vitamins, making it more or less. I will have to trust my body to do the work. I am healthy and shouldnt be that hard. I have been on supplements for two years or so, and I havent tried to be without anything, maybe I should try that?"
10/25/2012: Sandvika from Irene replies: "Hello. Thank you for the recommendation, but I have tried so many things over the years, and Iam just finished with trying all kind of supplements. It cant be that hard to make my hair grow again?"
10/26/2012: Waytry from Motown, Ca/ Usa replies: "Hi Sandvika! Sweetie-- it's not that it's so hard to find the simple answer, it's that it takes turning over a lot of stones to find an answer. Had I given up, I would not be nearly so healthy as I am now. I learned a great deal while looking. Seek and ye shall find!
I loved the suggestion you got to put pee on your head, from someone in India, where "urine therapy" is very big. The premise is that this body fluid is special and individually designed to heal you. And yes, I have done it! I don't do it when I am taking lots of supplements and such, however. But, it sure as heck wouldn't hurt you to pour it on your head in the shower, and massage it in! Some people massage their whole body with it, to great good effect. It is an ancient practice.
That said, there is one thing I'm equally sure you haven't tried. Blue green algae is really coming into its own, and there is a special variety coming out of Lake Zell, Austria that is extremely old, and was used by the native people as food, who had great strength and immunity even during the dark ages. I have seen an old wood block print of them collecting this lake algae. It is only offered by one company and the product is called AFARejuvi, with their blue green algae 100% naturally sourced only from ancient Lake Zell's plantgrowth. Apparently, it is cell rejuvinating. It locates the parts of the body in need of repair, and repairs it. Thing is, the algae itself seems to recognize where to go.
I have given it to my son, who took it rather off and on, but it seemed to help alot with his acne. So, there is always something new/old under the sun! --T."
10/26/2012: Timh from Louisville, Ky replies: "Irene: have you done the "gallbladder flush"?? This will open the north - south passage. Drinking lemon water itself will stimulate bile flow, digestion, elimination. Try a strong dose of lemon juice room temp filtered water and if you get bad heartburn it proly means you have gallstones. If you get a bowel movement it means you need to add lemon to your drink/diet.
Take Oregeno Oil to kill any possible pathogens in the gut.
If you have a weakened or "thin" intestinal lining try taking DGL plus Allantoin to "rebuild" the intestines. Glucosamine, Glycine, and Glutamine are also indicated for rebuilding. Speaking of Glycine, definitely try some, as it both heals tissues AND helps the body manufacture Bile. The amino acid Taurine also helps manufacture Bile. Lecithin emulsifies fat which prevents gallstones.
Also consider the uneventful possibility of Liver disease (go thru a symptoms check list). Milk Thistle Seed as well as many other herbs (i listed a few of them two days ago) are good for Liver and bile flow."
10/29/2012: Irene from Sandvika, Norway replies: "Hello! Thank you for your wonderful responses. I really appreciate it :)
About the pee, I have heard about it before. Some people have cured their acne by using it on their face. I tried it also once or twice, but gosh.. It was hard and it didnt smell good, and it didnt help my acne those two times :)
I drink lemon with baking soda, and I dont have any problems with that, and no.. I dont have liver disease. I have recently tried copper, 4mg a day which is a change and with stool turned brown and it also reduced my hair loss, so Iam a bit optimistic!
I havent received all the supplements yet, I have bought some after some reading here on earthclinic..
I have gathered information however, that I think is suitable for my treatment (hair loss and fungus (after a trip to India, I slept in a room with mold everywhere for one month):
Iron, even though its low, I should stay away from it because it feeds fungus (actually I get small rash on my hands everytime I ingest iron)
Low copper--> I will take sodium copper chlorophyllin 200-300 mg a day! (everyday for 2-3 weeks) and 2mg normal copper 4 days a week
Zinc: I have sufficient zinc in my hair analysis, but I will take 10mg a day nontheness (3 days a week)
Manganese- I have taken manganese for some time now, off and on, but I will take 15 mg 4 days a day
The B3(bedtime), MSM, BORAX, baking soda with lemon taken internally and b3, msm, borax applied topically also. 1/2 teaspoon of each with 1 tablespoon of water applied throughout the scalp. Overnight. (borax 1/8 in 1 liter of drinking water, and adding a large pinch of borax to the mix of topical application overnight. MSM taken internally around 1000 mg x 4 or x 5 to help kill the fungus)
Vitamin C sodium ascorbate 1000 mg everyday for 2-3 weeks, then reduce it to 500 mg
Molybdenum- Cannot find sodium molydate, and I have very low levels of that, but I found ammonium molybdate which I will take 1, 2 mg every day for 2-3 weeks, one day of per week)
Magnesium citrate 500-600 mg 5 days a week, I have very low levels of that as well!
I will try to find cooked liver found in chickens and pork, to get some iron.
Meanwhile, stay away from everything unhealthy! After these weeks, 2-3 weeks, I will only take some molybdenum (400mcg), some manganese (7, 5 mg), magnesium (300 mg), and borax 1 or 2 times a week.
Additionaly I will take some fulvic acid, biotin, PABA and amino acids to help the hair growth. Ibam waiting for some of supplements so we will see! I will post the results here after 3 weeks!
What do you think? My hair loss has reduced by 40/50 %. I am feeling better, happier because I have hope now!"
10/04/2012: Robertn from Ann Arbor, Mi, USA: "Dear Ted, I realize you are a very busy person however I am writing you this letter out of desperation and frustration. A few years ago, I noticed that my hair coming out in large amounts on my genitals, which at the time were not as alarming as the itching the accompanied, it. The itch was ignorable, The hair loss has continued to spread to my under arms, and about a year ago I have seen it cause major hairloss on my head, in particular my scalp (the sides mostly) my eyebrows and my eyelashes have been falling out in tremendous amounts. I have also noticed that I have "tiny bumps "on my forearms looks identical to "goose bumps or goose skin". Along with that, all the hairs fall out easily clumps at a time, they all a white bulb at the end.
Some back ground information I have lived in a moldy house for a few years and have not been able to move due economic constraints. We also adopted a dog a few years back as well, who is outside a lot. (I am not sure if either that has anything to do with my condition) I have since started college and am now living in the dorms on campus, What is of great concern to me is that my roommate who I have only lived with for a couple of month is starting to suffer from the same hairloss on the sides of his head and eyelash loss and my question is what could this be? A fungus? A bacteria? A virus? And what do you recommend that I do concerning this matter?
Thank you for your time sir. -Bob"
10/04/2012: Ed2010 from Oakville, Canada replies: "Sounds Like Alopecia Aerata to me. Think of some supplements that you had taken may have contained steroids. Eventually, which is causing autoimmune response. This can cause hairfall in patches. Take Home Made Milk Kefir 1 cup per day and apply milk kefir in the parts where you have hair loss.
Also you should eat foods rich in Vitamin C and Iron, not Iron capsules.
Hope this helps. thanks"
09/03/2012: Bjornbjorn from Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada: "I will start out by telling you my problems and how they were caused and a little about myself. About 3 years ago I wanted to do a metal cleanse so I tried Zeolite, well that went bad in the worst way. I broke out in full body eczema and I mean everywhere, all over my face, arms, legs, back, chest and groin, at the time my hair started to fall out as well. I have since seen a naturopathic doctor and this has helped quite a bit, I now have a small amount of eczema on the back of my triceps and occasionally on my forearm, but nothing to complain about since the full body eczema. I havent had eczema since I was a little boy so I was surprised to have full body eczema from zeolite which was supposed to cleanse me of my metals. I have since found out that I need my amalgam fillings out before I detox from metals and my body's internal system wasnt in the proper condition to detox. I have cured my leaky gut and have stayed away from my food allergies.
Well over the last 2 1/2 months my scalp has been very itchy, so bad that I sometimes sit on the couch and itch like crazy for long periods, also my scalp is very dry as well as very dry hair. At times it feels so itchy its almost like there is something moving on my scalp but there isnt or at least nothing visible to the human eye (I Have had numerous people check) and my hair is falling out but only on the frontal region and it is falling out FAST. I have never had problems with hair and hair loss until my experiment with Zeolite.
I am a 30 year old male, I exercise 6 days a week (mixture of cardio and weight lifting), I eat all non processed foods, no wheat, I take chlorella powder daily (4-6 tsp), I dont know if this matters but I live in the Vancouver lower mainland of British Columbia Canada (very humid environment), I just started taking b complex (2 days ago) and Magnesium (2 days ago).
Please help me with my hair it is very stressful. Any help would be much appreciated, thanks in advance
09/03/2012: S.p. from Wb, New Jersey, Usa replies: "Hi Bjornbjorn, I'm not any kind of a health professional but let me share with you what helps me. For an itchy scalp I use Dr. Br-----'s Eucalyptus Liquid Soap. I add a big squirt of that to a squirt of my regular shampoo in the palm of my hand. Make sure to do your entire scalp well. Warm (not hot) wash, cool rinse. Always finish with a cool to cold rinse. I get some immediate relief and then full relief after a few days. If you don't have that brand of soap up there (the peppermint kind is the most famous variety) try to find another soap with a lot of eucalyptus. For hair loss I swear by any shampoo with jojoba in it. It slowly clears away the built up sebum and unclogs the hair follicles, stopping hair loss and promoting new hair growth. It will be that fine baby hair, but hey, it's hair. It takes about three or four weeks to see results. Of course it depends on the causes of your itching and hair loss, but these protocols certainly won't cause any harm. And don't use any conditioner until your scalp is back to normal and even then, not every day.
May I ask you what has helped you with the eczema? I am going through a horrible experience with it. I started having a problem with it on my hands a few years ago. Used a steroid cream from a dermatologist that was destroying my skin and not curing me. Out of desperation I went gluten free a year and three months ago and shortly after that started taking a low dose iodine supplement. Not long after that, about ten months ago, I had a full body eczema attack unlike anything I had ever experienced before. Very painful and disgusting. I stopped the iodine supplements right away but this massive detox my body was going through just wouldn't stop. I couldn't find a way to stop the detox. And I was not about to go back on gluten, as being gluten free was curing the arthritis and full body pain I'd been experiencing for years, among other things. I wasn't finding much help on the web. Mostly just that you have to grin and bear it when it comes to trying to rid yourself of eczema and that it can take some indeterminate amount of time. I only found this site about two months ago. I currently have no health coverage or job so finding a naturopathic doctor is out of the question right now.
The things that have been helping me the most are: lots of enzymes, especially between meals with a glass of water; probiotics; 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda and 1/2 lemon in a glass of water first thing in the morning 1/2 hour before breakfast; lemon wedges in water throughout the day sometimes; stopped taking MSM which I had been taking for maybe 13 years for joint pain - it works great for joint pain, but I just found out it also promotes detoxing; after my shower I was splashing a mixture of sea salt in water all over my body, now I use a bar of salt shaped like a bar of soap - the stinging used to be so bad that all I could do was hiss, not even say ouch; washing my hands and rash areas with borax and water and leaving it on to dry; and at my worst I used mineral oil to soothe my skin and when it wasn't as bad I'd use coconut oil, but that didn't provide relief for as many hours (I was working at the time). I figure that aside from the eczema, since I have had so many health benefits from going gluten free, over the course of my life the gluten must have caused leaky gut syndrome and liver damage among other things. Of course there have been other toxins over the course of my life, food, drugs (esp. Antibiotics and naproxen), environment, dental fillings, but I have mostly eaten healthy. So I figure I've been detoxing all sorts of things - fungus, bacteria, die-off, assorted heavy metals. And I think the areas it shows up has to do with the body's meridians. I still have some blistering and itching, and sometimes it gets a little worse, but it is slowly getting better and better, and any extra tips and information (from anyone) would be greatly appreciated. I want to be free of it."
09/03/2012: Timh from Louisville, Ky, Usa replies: "Bjornbjorn, to aid in detoxification take the most comprehensive multivitamin/mineral/whole foods formula you can find, plus 1grm NAC 2x day. Steam-room and Sauna sweat treatments would also help greatly; and I beg to differ w/ many people who have concerns on using a whirlpool or Jacuzzi w/ the "chlorine" or "bromine" as it can ramp up the elimination process especially if your sweating also. Extra Biotin will help in the hair department.
Hope this helps and good luck."
09/04/2012: Roec from Los Angeles, Ca replies: "You may want to investigate the possibility of a mite infestation. If so, refer to the mite infestation portion of Earth Clinic. That could be the reason why you feel something and not see it as they are too small to see.
If eczema, I had a friend in high school who had eczema and was prescribed ultra violate light treatments. Other people reported that salt water healed their eczema. They swam in the ocean for an hour a day for 2 weeks. Some even bought sea salt and soaked in it in a bath."
09/04/2012: Roec from Los Angeles, Ca replies: "Try soaking in a bath of Sea Salt, Epsom salt or Dead Sea Salt. I have read of countless people stating they were cured or nearly so by bathing in salt or swiming in the ocean. There are some theories that eczema in some cases could be the bodies reaction to mites."
07/16/2012: Lainyw from Phoenix, Az, Usa: "Three years ago I had a sore in the middle of my scalp. Don't know if it was a bite, ingrown hair or allergic reaction. As the area became larger I decided to see a dermatologist. They took a biopsy and came back with alopecia areata. Had cortisone injections but they did not work. Scalp was itchy and sore, doctor recommended a duo- derm patch, three days on, replace with new one. Scalp went from bad to worse. Had an allegeric reaction to the adhesive, then infection. Now I have a very large bald spot on the crown. Hair does grow but under the scalp causing head to be very sore. Saw another dermatologist and became frustrated when he did not believe the adhesive from the patch prevented hair grow. Hope readers can offer some help/advice!"Replies
07/17/2012: Mmsg from Somewhere, Europe replies: "Lainyw, read up on castor oil for alopecia."
06/21/2012: Ekwood3 from Centerville, Ut, Usa: "Hello, I recently went off of birth control (about five and a half months ago) and I am experiencing major hair loss. Are there any natural ways or treatments that I can use to help the hair stop falling out, or to help the scalp grow new hair back?
I am currently taking Biotin (10,000 mg a day) Hormonal Changease, primrose oil, hair, nails and skin vitamins, and echinacea.
06/11/2012: Wesley from Durban, South Africa: "Dear Ted, I have read alot of your advice with regards to skin problems and must say I am thankful to have found this site.
Firstly I am a 28 year old male of Indian descent which lives in South africa Durban. I have been suffering with flakey scalp ever since I was a young boy, I have been on many medicated shampoos of which I only recieved sum joy. I have ditched all of them, the centre of my scalp where the sebderm patch started started off is now very oily also smaller patches extended towards my crown as well as forehead ( no visible flakes in these patches). I notice the hair grows partially in those areas, I think this may have started about 6 years ago as there was a point where I couldnt get rid of my centre scalp flakes. I used to wash with niz shampoo, I got so tired of this that I left the shampoo overnight on this spot, the flakes disappeared but I then suffered with weepy, painfull scalp, hot & hair loss problem.
Although flakes at times do appear they arent as bad, the problem lies with the excess oily or weep that lies where the hair is missing. I dont if this is cause I even changed my diet, cut out milk, reduced sugars, take a ton of apple cider vinegar a day, milk of magnesia, I use a natural antifungal soap with scent. Please ted could you advise me what methods to take to get hair back
note # I can post pics if you would like, no father, grandfather or uncles are not bald, also the portions where my grows doesnt seem to be as oily.
06/12/2012: Louwrence from Rustenburg, North West, South Africa replies: "Hi Wesley, If all else fails try urine therapy to clear the problem. It may not be what you want to hear but it works. Look it up on the net."
06/15/2012: Had from White River Junction, Vermont replies: "Have you tried extra virgin coconut oil??? Sounds fungal."
06/06/2012: Dirtbox from London: "Hi, wondering if anyone can help me here. I'm 35 yr old male and my eyebrows have severely shed, about 50% (6 years ago, took a while to notice what was making me look strange in photos) then 4 years ago my beard hair started decreasing too. I get eczema every now and then and dandruff quite often, but head & shoulders usually clears this up. Any suggestions?"
05/31/2012: Ervi from Larisa, Greece: "I'm 26 years old and I have 2 months suffer from hair loss. I have sting and oily scalp. My scalp burns for all over the day. I don't know what to do please help.."
05/28/2012: Cat from Bop, New Zealand: "Help us please!! I'm so sad for my almost 11yr old son, I noticed one day last week that it looked like he'd cut his hair right up through the middle to the top of his head so didn't take too much notice as it was being covered by some of the other long thick hair from around the sides. However, today when I looked closely, it's most definitely not cut, it's been falling out and is bald on the scalp in small areas and the rest is very thin. He's become sensitive to this and says kids are laughing as it's so odd to look at. He's got thick hair everywhere else and as it's only a 3" wide strip up the middle, and not all over, I'm wondering what could be causing it. Trying to think back, I've changed our toothpaste and gone back to fluoride since I've had my teeth trouble, he swam in chlorinated water and the public pools just over a week ago but nothing else out of the ordinary.
What could be causing this and besides rubbing coconut oil/castor oil into his scalp to get the hair to grow, what else can I do for him? He's reluctant to go to school, poor little man. We did have that oil spill out here off our beach last October and the corexit symptoms include hair loss etc (and blisters which me and my partner have both had!! ).. Could that be affecting him?"Replies
05/29/2012: Kk from Seatle, Wa replies: "Could be fungus. Do you have cats around? I would show him to dermatologist and started something with strong untifungal effect. Make sure he does not have parasites, they low down immune system so it gets susceptible to fungus. I would deworm him.
Supplement him with iodine (lugol's solution). It boosts immune system, increases iron absorbtion, strengthens hair. Also try Apple Cider Vinegar 2 spoons in 1/2 glass water twice a day (also good for hair).
If you do not have antifungal ointments, coconut oil is good, also do Hydrogen Peroxide application on the affected area, the longer the better."