Home Remedies for Hair Loss

Last Modified on Jul 31, 2014

#1 Home Remedies for Hair Loss, Baldness, Male Pattern Baldness & Thinning Hair

Losing your hair can be a surprise, expected, or occur early, but it's rarely desired and can be a blow to your self-image, especially for women. People normally lose 50 to 100 hairs a day without causing noticeably thinning hair, but causes of excessive hair loss can be genetics, medications, stress, aging, or medical conditions such as scalp infections or thyroid issues, the latter of which are common origins of hair loss in women.

Depending on the cause, hair loss can be sudden or gradual, effecting either just the scalp or the entire body; fortunately, sometimes the effects can be temporary rather than a pattern of permanent hair loss. Emotional shock and stress can actually cause hair to loosen and get tugged out through combing.

Find a Natural Treatment for Hair Loss

On this page you can find user-submitted home and natural remedies to combat hair loss. Some of our more popular cures are apple cider vinegar, coconut oil, and manganese sulfate from our super-poster Ted. Let us know what you try from Earth Clinic to cure your hair loss. Know of a remedy not yet listed here? Please don't hesitate to share your story with us.

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Most Popular Remedies:

Apple Cider Vinegar9 YEAS
Coconut Oil5 YEAS
Ted\'s Remedies5 YEAS

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Warning -- Please Read Recipes Carefully!   1  0   

Posted by Mary (Newark, New Jersey) on 01/04/2008

[WARNING!]  Dear Earth Clinic, I just wanted to let you know that I think on Ted's Posts it should say in bold at the beginning, or where it can't be missed to read the recipes carefully. I had a small bald spot on my head, found this website, and read some things Ted wrote. I read something about hydrogen peroxide and acv for scalp problems and hair loss. It did not say how much to use in the blurb I read. I thought I would try it. Well I just made a solution up and put it on my head. Left it on overnight. Well, Now I am loosing all my hair!!! So this was not a remedy in the little problem I had, instead, it is causing all my hair to fall out. I would like to spare future readers from this, so please put a warning, and make sure people read Ted's postings very carefully, and if they do not see a recipe, have them contact Ted before just making one up themselves. I know most people would be more careful, but there are us haphazard people out here you know. Thank you.

Posted by Shemika
Hightstown, Nj
06/19/2010
2 Posts
[WARNING!]   "I am grateful for Mary's story about topically applying acv to her head by mistake when she had a fungal infection and thus losing all her hair. I unthinkingly slapped some acv on my head before bed last night as I do from time to time, but this time I woke up disturbed and vaguely recalling her post so I got up and reread it as well as Teds instructions about the subject since I hadn't read them in a couple years. I realized I was making the same mistake Mary had because I likely also have a fungal infection due to my parasite infection. In Jan just when my hair was starting to see some real progress I absentmindedly put a little acv on it and continued to do so on occasion. Soon afterwards I was combing my hair and it started falling out in clumps. Not making the connection I continued over the past five months to put acv on my hair from time to time, wondering why it kept getting shorter and wouldn't grow any more. Sure enough, topical acv is likely part of the reason why my hair fell out and hasn't grown. I had credited it all to the meds I took about the same time which are known to cause hair loss, which is also likely part of the reason as well. Now I hope to get it right by using tea tree oil and the proper remedies instead. I will let that be a lesson I have to be more careful. Thanks for your site.
Posted by Pat
Athens, Al, Usa
06/20/2010
30 Posts
What about possibly taking too much ACV orally causing hair to keep falling? Is it possible to take TOO MUCH orally??? And if so, would this cause an already case of hair coming out to continue or worsen??? I am not applying it topically, but am taking it orally 3 times a day. Is this possibly too much for me personally, as everyone might be different? I'm a big girl so don't know.
Posted by Coregon
Medford, Or
08/30/2010
27 Posts
Note to Everyone about Hair Loss - The Apple Cider vinegar is NOT the culprit in Mary from NJ's hairloss. I've used ACV for years on my scalp in the shower (and left in) with no problems. (I have a sensitive scalp.. It only soothes it). If you read Mary from NJ's post again you will see she MIXED full strength ACV AND PEROXIDE and left it on her hair and scalp overnight. Clearly it was the PEROXIDE that burned her hair and irritated her scalp causing hair loss. No hairdresser would leave Peroxide in hair and on scalp for 24 hours, and neither should we!! Also, those 2 ingredients never should have been used full strength together and left on scalp. I didn't want there to be a ACV panic.. It's still good stuff and harmless to the scalp, at least it has always been harmless for me for years. (I only use 2 T ACV to one pint of water mixture.. Why waste it when this is sufficient to create an acid environment on scalp?) ACV is a known remedy to STIMULATE HAIR GROWTH, so why would it cause hair loss... In fact it DOESN'T! Certainly taking ACV internally would not cause hair loss either. Millions of people would be bald if that were the case :)

Hope this reassures people and they put ACV back on their list of great things to take!
Posted by Barbara
Union City, Tn
05/16/2011
[YEA]   "I totally agree. I have been rinsing my hair with ACV for years and years and I have never noted any bad side effects. The ACV helps control my dandruff and it brings out the red highlights in my hair.
Posted by Doddie
Lawrenceville, Georgia, Usa
09/16/2011
23 Posts
1) I used baking soda 1:5 ; 1 part baking soda to 5 parts water to wash my hair, left it on 10 minutes and rinsed.

2) I used borax 1/2 Tablespoon to a liter of water pour it in my hair and left it on overnite, I rinsed the following day, then sprayed my hair with 1 part ACV and 5 parts water. I have a sink top water filter and so it probably did have some chlorine and definitely fluoride it in and I am hoping the borax helped some.

The only side effect I had is when I left the baking soda sit on my scalp for 10 minutes. It did burn (sting) in the areas where my hair had thinned out (on top, at temples) and I take that as a good thing (like there was a little fungus or something there that I did not know about, that needed to be removed )

3) I am very pleased with the results and my hair is not falling out.

I think that when a person chemically treat their hair maybe with perms or permanent hair color and use peroxide or vinegar incorrectly you will have a negative reaction. Read everything carefully!

Posted by Bodulica
Barrie, Ontario, Canada
10/31/2011
7 Posts
For all of you losing hair: maybe is your thyroid. In that case you need iodine and selenium supplements. Be careful with selenium dosage. Some sources are saying that over 200 mcg is already poisonous, some say 400 mcg is still allowed...
Posted by Jj678
Central Usa
09/28/2013
This is the most reckless use of vinegar I ever saw.

Ever rinse your mouth with vinegar? Works great. Ever try to keep vinegar in your mouth for 5 hours? It would burn the hell out of you for sure. The same for your hair. DO NOT LEAVE VINEGAR IN YOUR HAIR OVERNIGHT.

ACV certainly is a wonder cure for alot of things. Great for your hair. But it must be used in a normal way. Drink it in small doses every day. Wash your hair with it. That's all. The rest happens in time.

Posted by Lloyd
Charlotte, Nc
09/29/2013
Hello Jj678; on the use of Apple Cider Vinegar as a hair rinse and left to dry overnight... Well I've done that when hair was just lifeless and dry. Even when using conditioners. Just now did it again. Let it soak on hair to the point it was nearly dripping... Very wet but not dripping. In the past when I did it, next day hair had a sheen was very managable.

Can't recall if I read it from Dr Jarvis' book on ACV "New England Folk Medicine" which I read about 20 years ago. That book is what got me started on the amazing world of ACV.

Posted by Andrea C
Wales
09/30/2013
Hydrogen Peroxide?? I certainly would NOT put that on my hair, or anyone elses!! It will bleach your hair WHITE, even in small amounts (Peroxide Blonde?) make it super dry and brittle, snap off and turn you bald in large doses as saturating your scalp in the stuff is a BIG dose, it will also kill off healthy tissues as well, so do not use it on wounds either, Lugol's Iodine is much better for that. Love Andrea C xxxxxx
Posted by Mellberg
Co
11/04/2013
I'm sorry for your experience, however I would like to make a few notes. I am a licensed hair professional and it was not the apple cider that made your hair fall out, it was the peroxide. I wouldn't necessarily recommend ACV for a hair rinse regularly. I do use it on myself and have never had a problem with it. However, leaving peroxide on the scalp will cause breakage. It's a shame that you are having to deal with this issue because hair loss is such a delicate issue. Please look into a deep conditioning treatment which will help to preserve your hair and prevent further damage due to the peroxide.

Best wishes.

Posted by James As Commonly Called ;-)
Rugby, Uk
11/05/2013
3 Posts
Do also look into the benefits of Organic Sulfur ( msm crystals ) for hair problems. Good luck.

Accutane Related   0  0   

Posted by Nickodactyl (Pullman, Wa Washington, United States) on 12/10/2011

I'd like to start by saying how amazing this website is and all of the great information that Ted and all of the members provide. A little background; I started Acctuane July of 2010 and got off it in December of 2011. I took anywhere from 40-80 mg a day. I saw a previous post on Acctuane and hair loss on this forum and I have been following it to a T for the last 4 months will little success. I am 18 years old and had the thickest head of hair before Accutane and I have no family history of baldness on either side of my family. I am 100% sure that I am losing hair due to Accutane. It isn't in the MPB pattern, it is mostly diffusing all over. I have taken so many supplements in attempt to counteract my hair loss, here are some:

Biotin (5mg)

N-acetyl Cysteine (1500mg)

Riboflavin 5- Phosphate (36.5mg)

B Complex (Activated/co-enzymated 3x daily)

Molybdenum Picolinate (1, 000mg)

Phytisone Adrenal Complex (3x daily)

AC Grace Vitamin E (1200 IU)

Glutathione (2x daily)

EPO (1000mg)

Thorne Mediclear (2x daily)

Prescript Assist soil based probiotic (2x daily)

Niacinamide (1, 000 mg)

L-Glutamine (10g)

Copper (2mg)

Zinc (30mg)

Manganese Sulfate (400mg)

Fish oil (2x a day)

L-Lysine (1000mg)

Vitamin C (5000mg)

MSM (3000mg)

Vitamin D (6000 IU)

As you can see, I have experimented with a lot of different supplements and it's quite overwhelming. The hair loss did not start until 2 months after my course was over. I feel like none of these are getting to the source of my problem which I believe to be cell divison. Accutane is a chemotherapy agent and acts by suppressing cell division and proliferation. I have done copious amounts of research over the last 8 months and feel like I am getting so close to the answer.

"Retinoic acid (active form of Accutane) induces differentiation and reduces proliferation of stem and progenitor cells. It works on acne by inducing similar events in basal sebocytes. These same actions also lead to 13-cis-retinoic's (Accutane's) side effects, and these are directed towards proliferating cells in the adult such as in the skin, gut and bone. "

"A wide ranging effect of retinoic acid is to inhibit proliferation in dividing cells, and this accounts for its frequent consideration as an anti-cancer agent."

"Deleting telomere elongation capacity throughout the body would also be life-threatening, because it would mean that our regular, proliferating cells (like those in the skin or the lining of the gut) would suddenly have iron limits on their ability to reproduce themselves and thus replenish tissue. From the moment that we denuded our cells of telomerase, a clock would be ticking. With each division the telomere would shorten by a notch from whatever it had been when we took telomerase out. We would be under the specter of a rather horrible death, as our stem cells went offline one by one under replicative senescence with each failure of a stem cell responsible for supplying key functions, the tissue would fail to be renewed and would slowly degenerate. "(De Grey, 297)

To sum all of this up, the evidence we currently have is that long term treatment with ATRA (all-trans retinoic acid), which is almost chemically identical to Accutane, causes "telomere shortening, growth arrest, and cell death."

Accutane induces cell apoptosis. It down-regulates the telomerase enzyme and shortens the telomere length so the cells can't divide as much anymore.

Numerous factors affect the number and activity of androgen receptors in dermal papilla cells. Retinoic acid (vitamin A derivative), if used for a long time, may reduce the number of androgen receptors by 30 - 40 percent. [29] Vitamin B6 reduces by 35-40% the extent of protein synthesis observed after androgen receptor activation. [30] A polypeptide with molecular weight of 60 kDa, analogous to an intracellular calcium-binding protein called calreticulin, prevents binding of the androgen-receptor complex to DNA and also results in the production of calreticulin.[31]

Drugs producing hair loss:
Drugs may affect hair follicles in anagen in two ways: by stopping mitosis in matrix cells (anagen effluvium) or by inducing transition of hair follicles from anagen to premature telogen (telogen effluvium). Anagen effluvium ensues a few days or weeks after drug administration, [46] and telogen effluvium only after two to four months. In both cases hair loss is reversible. Anagen effluvium can be produced by cytotoxic drugs (alkylating agents, alkaloids) and telogen by: heparin, vitamin A and its derivatives, interferons, angiotensin converting enzyme blockers, beta-blockers (propranolol, metoprolol), the antiepileptic trimethadione, levodopa, nicotinic acid, salts of gold, lithium, cimetidine, amphetamine, isoniazid and antiinflammatory drugs (ibuprofen, acetylsalicylic acid).

http://dermatology.cdlib.org/DOJvol4num1/original/jankovi.html

I feel as if there was a way to increase cell division that the hair loss could be reversed. It states in the last paragraph that "in both cases hair loss is reversible". I hope that this is the case and that I just have telegon effluvium and not permenant alopecia.

Without having a scientific background it is hard to connect the pieces and come up with a solution. Ted- if you can decipher all of this and make some connection between it, it would mean the world to me and many other Accutane sufferers.

Sorry for the long post, take care EC.

Posted by Dj
Chicago, Illinois
02/12/2012
Thank you for this post! My son is also suffering hair loss from taking Accutane! I hope that Ted answers soon. We are looking for a solution! He has been taking Accutane for about 2 months now and his hair is falling out. I'm going to try Fulvic Acid. Hopefully this will help!
Posted by Njman
Paramus, Nj
03/01/2012
Accutane will definitely cause hair loss. I took it back in 2007 when I was 23years old, and my hair thinned all over.

However, it should be reversible. Like you mentioned, you experienced hair loss 2 months after stopping Accutane, which seems perfectly normal.

Accutane is a very powerful drug and will shock your body from the inside out, and hair loss is just a side effect of it.

I remember a short time after I took Accutane, I looked in a mirror at a retail store and my hair was so thin that I could see my entire scalp. But, before that moment, I didn't even realize I was losing hair. I was 23 and hairloss wasn't even on my mind. I did absolutely nothing to treat the hair loss, but it all grow back over time after I stopped the Accutane.

So in short, I'd be more concerned about the overall side effects of continuing that insane drug Accutane, than I would be about the hair loss it causes.

Posted by Natalie
Seattle, Washington
06/27/2012
Try taking Coconut Oil!! When I take 1-2 tablespoons of coconut oil, my thin hair instantly becomes smoother & seems thincker - it's incredible! Ihe color even looks darker, too! Just remember to star slow - even 1/4 teaspoon for a week, then slowly increase the dosage. You can get severe Herxheimer reactions (die off) from coconut oil, so please start slow!! Get Virgen coconut oil - if that is too strong for you, try Expeller Presed.
Posted by Sunshine31527
Jekyll Island, Ga
10/07/2013
Drugs of any knd will destroy your liver and cause many side effects. If you want beautiful hair and skin just simplify your life and diet. Eat fruit, veggies, nuts, seeds and beans. Lots of water. Your body needs nutrients and you can't get those from pills or creams. Coconut oil is very good for your hair and skin and so is carrot juice. Flood your body with live juice and carrot is the best. Try to find organic if you can. Peace and love to all.....
Posted by Alyssa
San Diego, Ca
04/28/2014
Same exact thing happened to me. Accutane definitely causes hair loss, among hundreds of more serious and even deadly consequences. Do NOT even consider taking Accutane! It is not worth it! There are tons of natural supplements and dietary changes you can make (like eliminating high fructose sugars like in fruit jucies, and dairy products from cows). Sorry to get this topic off track.

Activated Charcoal   1  0   

Posted by Sean (Miles, IA) on 12/19/2006

[YEA]  I have a bald spot birth mark on side of my head the size of a nickel that I darken with activated charcoal to hide. It works great with brown or black hair. Often the barber would cut my hair to short there and further expose it. So this helped greatly. Also later started to cutting my own hair with a flowBee that helped the situation with the clumsy barber go away!

Aloe, Essential Oils, ACV, Cod Liver Oil, Grape Seed Oil   1  0   

Posted by Vinny (Atlanta, GA) on 03/27/2008

[YEA]  Hair/Scalp/Hair Loss Prevention:

*Lots of Aloe Vera (Gel preferred) [1]
*Tea Tree Oil, Lavender Oil, & Peppermint Oil [essential oils] (little) [5]
*Apple Cider Vinegar [2]
*Cod Liver Oil [3]
*Grape Seed Oil [3]

I really didn't measure, just estimated. On a scale of 1-5, 1 being the most & 5 being the least. Put the following in your hair after shampoo & do not rinse off; Then put water in your hair so you can makes sure it mixes well with your hair and spread it around. Leave on all day. Hair will smell a little like peppermint. You want to put as much as ACV in as you can but not to a point where your hair smells like vinegar. Peppermint should be the strongest smell out of all of them.

I put it in a big Aloe Vera bottle (the one you get at GNC)and mix it up. It's really good for the scalp as well as your hair!

Posted by Vinny
Atlanta, GA
04/15/2008
[WARNING!]   "Please let your readers know that this combo should be used only if they know that hair loss is due to fungus & probably use a little once/week. I used this 2-3 times a week and my hair loss was not due to fungus and thus caused some of my hair to fall out.

Amla, Ashwaganda   0  0   

Posted by Zahidur (Dhaka, Dhaka, Bangladesh) on 01/21/2012

Thank you for maintaining a website like this. I am suffering hair loss that is genetic. I do not know which disease is this specifically. I doubt it to be Alopecia.

I found Alopecia solution in this website that suggested me to use Amla and Ashwaganda. I have understood the use of Amla. But I did not understood the matter of Ashwaganda. Will I drink the powder of Ashwaganda with water or use the powder over my head?

Awaiting for your reply...asap.

Thanking you,

Zahidur

Cell: 8801674923493

Email: zahidfriend(at)gmail.com

Country: Bangladesh.

Apple Cider Vinegar   9  0   

Posted by Bugsy1 (Los Angeles, Ca) on 04/26/2013

[WORKED TEMPORARILY]  I've been suffering from hair loss since I was 16 and I am now I'm my 40's I've tried many shampoo, medication and vitamin scalp injections and nothing worked. A doctor told me once that I have hormonal imbalance and nothing can be done to solve the problem. Lately, the itching and red bumps have been terrible. I've tried apple cider vinegar which works but the itchiness comes back. My hair is very thin now and the hair fall hasn't stopped. Baby hair would grow but would fall off. I've also noticed that when my hair falls from the root but the root is almost invisible.

Could you please help me make my own shampoo and let me know what food or vitamins I should take and which ones to avoid?

Thank you so much!

Posted by Joy
Battleground, Wash
04/26/2013
So recently you developed bumps and rash ? Maybe it is something new and not just the old problem!

Bugsy if you are a man you can use natural progesterone cream 1/8 tsp. 2x a week.

I use E..... A brand. Somewhere it said to mix it with Hyaluronic acid and rub in for hair growth. There are two kinds of the HA so not sure which one. Too much testosterone makes hair problems in men and women

Posted by Bess
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
04/26/2013
Hi Bugsy1 - Have you checked out the cures here on Earth Clinic yet? They mention what supplements worked for them as well as more natural shampoos (such as baking soda, etc.).

I had thinning hair because of a thyroid problem. If your doctor says there is nothing they can do if you have hormone imbalance, then he/she is wrong! Time to find a new doctor or - better yet - a naturopath.

My husband uses 8 ounces of aloe vera gel, 1 teaspoon of lavender essential oil and 1 teaspoon of tea tree oil (mixed in a glass bottle and kept in the fridge). Every day he massages about 2 teaspoons into his scalp. His hair loss has slowed down quite a bit. Everyone loses hair on a daily basis but his was clogging the shower drain. Now, it may be that it is the actual massage that slowed down his hair loss and not necessarily the ingredients but he's just happy that "something" is working.

Once you've read the hair loss cures, I think you can find a solution that works for you. Best of luck! Bess

on 05/13/2012

I am wondering that if ACV works well to help with hair loss, why isnt it common knowledge and why wouldnt the media be all over it? I'm struggling with losing my hair and all the sadness that goes with it and I'm going to try ACV, but still I wonder?

Posted by Kp
Hereford
12/31/2012
So how you been getting on with it.... Seen any noticable difference yet?

Posted by Karla (Pembroke Pines, Fl - Usa) on 04/20/2012

Hello, My name is Karla. I'm 42 years old. I have been suffereing from hairloss since I was 14. It is of course gotten worse with time. I would like to know how I should be using the organic ACV for hairloss. I also have an underactive thyroid and take medication for it. I have gone to numerous doctors over the years and have spent a lot of money without any resuts. Any advise would be greatly appreciated.

Posted by Nilesh Pandey (Mumbai, Maharashtra And India) on 12/18/2011

I am 22 male... India. From last 8 to 9 months I have a severe hairfall.. And am fed up of this... Peoples say that there is no cure for hairfall... And once a hair is gone it never grows again.. I love my hair a lot... I have heard about APPLE CIDER VINEGAR TABLETS on some webpages... So I'm interested in it- plz tell me if it reduces hairfall and gains it back... Plz do reply... Waiting for a good reply... Nileshpandey84(at)gmail.com.

Posted by Francisca
Zug, Zug, Switzerland
12/19/2011
900 Posts
Hi, after a bad perm which had to be repeated my hair, which is normally greasy got awfully dry and started falling big time. As I had my oldest daughters' wedding it was awful. After that we went on honeymoon with them and I felt like a moron with that bunch of horribly dry curls. My hair kept falling from May this year till a little while ago. By now it was looking in a bad condition and clearly less than I had before (I never had thick hair, so you can imagine what I looked like! ).

I tried a lot of stuff from VCO to anything else I could think of but nothing seemed to help. During a visit to a health food shop in France I found this herbal mix, which is called Herbamix. They say that it nourishes and regenerates the hair while stopping it from falling, delaying it getting grey and stopping dandruff. At first my scalp started itching so after a few days I stopped. As it was still falling weeks later I decided to start again. Funny enough it started falling almost immediately and it looks quite full although of course it hasn't grown much yet, it is just that it is in a better condition.

The mixture smells like urine but although I rub it on my scalp and hair in the evening (just a tiny little bit) the smell disappears in no time. As I swim twice a week now I wash my hair twice a week as well.

I can give you the name of the lab which is actually in India and you can maybe find out where to buy it: Vedic-Bio Labs Pvt, Ltd - Bangalore India - 560 076. There is a long list of herbs but all with scientific names so I don't really know what is in it! But.... It seems to work...... I hope it helps you too and maybe other people! I have the address of the importer in France in case anybody is interested!

Posted by Tina
Princeton, New Jersey, Usa
12/19/2011
Hi Francisca, Is Herbamix the only name of this product? I found Vedic bio labs on the web and it doesn't mention this product, at least not by this name. They do have herbal hair products but with different names. I was interested because I would like to get this product! You did say that it helped curb your hair from falling? Is it an oil? Or herbal powder? Thanks for clearing up my confusion!
Posted by Francisca
Zug, Zug, Switzerland
12/20/2011
900 Posts
Hi Tina, sorry but the only name that appears on the bottle is Herbamix. Under it, it is written Ayurvedic Hair Oil, above Natural Cosmetic. It is clearly an oil. Here is the e-mail address for the French importer which might be of help: keralanature@yahoo.fr. To be honest I never had a look at their site as I haven't had it for a long time. I find my hair is looking better and falling less. I will keep on using it as I only started it maybe a week ago. I massage a little bit on my scalp in the evening and then a little bit on the hair itself, especially the tips.

Here is a site I just found that might also be of interest: http://www.hairloss-research.org/UpdateTopicalCoconutOil5-08.html . I don't have the time to read it all now but it seems to contain useful information! Sad when one starts losing one's hair.... usually nothing dangerous but still very annoying! Good luck.....

Maybe you can contact the lab, give them the name they use in France or else contact the French e-mail address, they might be able to tell you what the international name is. If that doesn't work contact me again and I write to them in French, no problem! Good luck....

Posted by Tina
Princeton, New Jersey, Usa
12/23/2011
Hi Francisca! Thanks for getting back to me! I will contact the seller. Vedic-bio labs has two hair oils on their site, so I can also get it from there. Glad to know your hair is becoming healthier by using the oil.

I started a regime of diatomaceous earth recently and within 10 days began to see it's effect: my hair, which tends to get dry and therefore frizzy easily, now feels silky. The frizziness has almost disappeared. We are having a warm spell here and my hair would have usually been an untidy mess. Instead, it is calm, smooth, and shiny, even after spin class! I am also losing less hair when I shampoo, which is amazing. I also have more energy, no more of that late afternoon slump, and best of all, I am losing weight. That could also be because of me spending longer time exercising due to increased energy, lol. I have a heaping tablespoon in the morning and evening, blended in water. It's easy to swallow with no strong flavor or smell. Thanks again and Merry Christmas to you and everyone at Earth Clinic!

Posted by Losinghair (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia) on 03/05/2010

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  I started reading this post about a month ago. I read about apple cider vinegar for hair loss.

I have been suffering hair loss for the last year and a half. I am in my mid thirties and always had long, thick hair.

I noticed over a year or so ago, in certain light, my scalp was obvious around the top of my head (by the way I'm female).

I believe, all hair loss is bad, but I think for women it's much worse, mentally. It's not quite as acceptable to shave your head!

I am already a major stresshead and this made me stress even more. I even stopped going out with friends.

I tried many natural hair loss products with no luck and eventually starting using minoxidil (which I ordered online because I was too embarrased to purchase from the chemist).

Minoxidil did grow back some hairs but after 5 months, I began suffering major irritation.
My head wouldn't stop itching and was flaky and developing sores.(I had never had any problems with itchy, dandruff head etc before.)

Anyway, getting to my point.
After reading here about ACV, I decided to give it a try. I have been, and would try anything to grow my hair back. (I haven't used minoxidol in over a month).

It has only been 2 and a half weeks and after drinking ACV every day, 3 times a day, I now have new hairs sprouting in my balding patches.

I am not paid to recommend this, but I am taking B____s ACV as I believe it's the purest (available from most health stores).

I recommend drinking ACV to anyone suffering hair loss! I also have been putting the rinse through my hair twice a week. It does smell a bit, but the difference is amazing, so much smoother.

I took some before photos tonight. I have a crappy camera, and they are slightly blurry, but I hope to be sending before/after pictures soon, with all my new hair!!!

DRINK ACV!

Posted by Cb
Blaricum, Netherlands
03/07/2010
Hi Victoria, If you use a lot of ACV it is possible that you need to supplement with Iodine as the ACV breaks down the iodine (I got funny sensations in my chest that freaked me out!). If you are a stressed person (like me) you also need to take lots of food with vitamin B or take a B-complex supplement. For the restless legs magnesium is very helpfull. Kelp can be a good supplement for you as it contains iodine and magnesium a.o. Another very good supplement for hairloss is MSM (you can read about it on this site) it worked wonders for me as I had the same problem with my hair. Regards, CB
Posted by Truda
Port Louis, Mauritius
06/11/2010
3 Posts
hi, I'm 33yrs old and female, i have suffered from hair loss since i was 17 yrs old. Before i had long and thick hair. In those days all i had to do was pull at a my hair and it would fall, it was so loose at the roots. With time it just kept falling despite all treatments. I tried many shampoo's, pills and last resort was minoxidil solution. At first my hair stopped falling but the texture of my hair was very dry and terrible to manage.

It's an exaggeration if i say that i don't have hair at all but the crown is getting more and more visible and it's embarrassing when i go out to fancy places. I am trying the 2 tablespoons ACV with ΒΌ tablespoons baking soda 2 times a day the final hair rinse with diluted ACV twice a week it looks more manageable and hair falls but i am not expecting a miracle right now. I just wanted to add to this person's testimonial as i feel I'm in the same position only thing that worries me is i don't know if i have fungus and whether i need iodine supplements.

thank you to all for your honesty and it really warms the heart to know that people care.
Posted by Francisca
Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France
06/12/2010
900 Posts
I washed my hair with bicarbonate of soda yesterday and rinsed with ACV. My hair seems ok, fuller, not really shinier but something I would like to ask the ladies here: please mention whether your hair is dyed when you advise some hair treatment because natural hair often reacts in a completely different way. I will do it a few more times and see the results.
Posted by Francisca
Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France
06/17/2010
900 Posts
I would say more.... make sure you always eat enough. Work shouldn't come before your wellbeing!

I have tried to take ACV at least once a day in a glass of water but I have problems, my tongue goes all white even if I only take 1 teaspoon, no matter the time of the day. After getting better tried a few drops of lemon juice in a glass of water in the morning, as I read that this gives you a lot of energy but the same thing happens. Does anyone have an explanation? It also seems to slow my digestion even more. I have no trouble whatsoever with either if mixed with food or with lemon juice in juices.

I hate having my coated tongue again as I got rid of it when I changed to non fluoride toothpaste. But I know that it will disappear in a few days!
Posted by Lisa
Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa
06/17/2010
704 Posts
Hi Francisca,

The coating on the tongue builds quickly when the toxins are being released from your body. If I have an especially powerful green smoothie (such as dandelion greens, ginger, garlic) within a half hour my tongue is thick with a coat. It's actually a good sign that it happens after the ACV and the lemon juice as it shows the power of those for detoxing the body. What I do is use a tongue scraper which you can purchase at a health food store. Some Asian stores also carry them because they understand these types of principles. It is annoying when I'm not going home so I now carry one in my purse. This also occurs when people are detoxing through their diet. As far as slowing your digestion, not clear on what it is doing that. Both the ACV and the lemon?

Hope this helps. Take care, Lisa

Posted by Truda
Port Louis, Mauritius
06/17/2010
3 Posts
I wish to add that it's been over 2 weeks since i started the ACV orally and last rinse as advised by one of the friends above. My hair is more manageable as i said before and looks nicer but the hair still falls(the amount of hair loss varies as when i just wash my hair i lose more hair than normal days) i don't know whether it's due to dying my hair as i have graying hair so i must dye constantly. I would like some advise on what type of dye to use safe for fragile hair if anyone can help me.

By the way, i made the mistake of drinking ACV on an empty stomach and not eating all day as i had so much work two days ago. Conclusion: i ended up so sick i started throwing up and having loose stools all through that night. Make sure all of you eat after consuming ACV.
Posted by Francisca
Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France
06/18/2010
900 Posts
Thanks again Lisa. I will try to clean the tongue. I used to do it when I had a coated tongue all the time because of using toothpaste with flouride. When I changed the toothpaste it went away almost immediately. For the time being I am still drinking my water with a few drops of lemon juice and I will see how it goes. Somehow I have the idea that it is better already..... thanks for the advice otherwise I would have stopped!
Posted by Lisa
Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa
06/18/2010
704 Posts
Hi Francisca, I'm glad to hear that info helped you. I understand what you mean about the tongue coat making eating very distasteful. It happens to me as well which is why I said I carry a tongue scraper in my purse because it makes me lose my appetite too. If I'm coming home to eat I just immediately go into the bathroom and take care of it because it feels so gross. Then I'm fine and am ready to eat. You may find the same for yourself.

As for it disappearing after a time from the body detoxing, well, that's another story. I would love to say that our body is finally and completely detoxed but today, that will never be the case as we live in a toxic world now. Hence, why it is important to continually work at helping our body to detox, aiding it with a cleaner diet, using ACV, baking soda, juicing, finding alkaline water to drink, etc. That is why Bill says he has his "arsenal" to continually help his body. I have my personal favorites as well!

As for the ACV causing you to lose weight but not in salad, then perhaps stick with that protocol. I too lost a lot of weight when I changed my diet to mostly raw and juicing and now I am finding my balance because I don't want to lose anymore weight either. Wishing you the best, Lisa
Posted by Francisca
Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France
06/18/2010
900 Posts
Thanks Lisa, I hadn't thought of that.... I just thought that my stomach couldn't take it and stopped. As far as digestion goes maybe I just don't feel like eating because of the coated tongue..... it is as if I never have any hunger when this happens. And yes, it happens with both, ACV and lemon juice.

I will go on trying and see if in a little while it disappears. If it is my body which is detoxifying it should, shouldn't it? The ACV makes me lose quite a bit of weight even if I only take 1 tspoon a day in a glass of water and I can't afford to lose anymore weight. If I use it in salads nothing seems to happen, only on its own. Thanks!
Posted by Norman Leslie
Consolacion, Metro Cebu, Philippines
06/22/2010
4 Posts
I have used ACV for my plugged ear together with hydrogen peroxide and seems to help.

Also a lady mentioned going grey, well try taking tablespoon black strap molasses 3 or 4 times daily with hot water & milk is what I do it cured my nose bleed years ago and now it is curing my edema in my feet ankles & leg and my hair. I noticed more blond as it used to be and I read people with gray hair getting black hair again. I also use Alovera gel in my hair.

Posted by Reina
New York, NY
07/23/2010
2 Posts
Hi Truda:

In a 2006 post, Ted wrote: "The second issue is the clogged follicles, you can clear those calcium deposits in the hair follicles somewhat with apple cider vinegar or just vinegar. It smells bad, so you need to do it on your weekends or just make a small diluted ones before sleeping. Use this as a rinse. The suppleness of the scalp will return. If you have an itching fungus issue, this will cause a hair loss. So use a mixture of lavender/tea tree/aloe vera oil mix. An ideal mixture is 10% lavender, 10% tea tree and 80% aloe vera. This applying only once a week on scalp should deal with hair loss from fungus. Leave this overnight."

Maybe that is causing the hair loss. Good Luck!

Posted by Francisca
Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France
07/30/2010
900 Posts
[QUESTION]   "Has anyone ever heard of the connection between Molasses and cancer? Now you got me worried.... I take a tspoon every day...
Posted by Truda
P.louis, Mauritius
07/30/2010
[YEA]   "To Reina and anyone else on this website, Thanks for trying to help me, I don't feel as desperate as I was a month or two ago. I have been documentating myself a lot on remedies found on this site. In fact, acv is an astringent(cleanser)it cleans the scalp, lemon is also a good astringent which helps cleaning the scalp and helps with greasy hair. My hair is in fact greasy, I had a habit of touching my head this also helps in making hair greasy as it releases sebum. I have stopped taking acv orally and wash my hair once in a while with acv now. I tried the cayenne pepper and vodka as well and I didn't feel any different. But something has finally stopped my hair from falling completely and that's aloe vera, I went to a aryuvedic shop and bought aloe vera pills. It in fact, helps all skin problems and stops hair from falling. I did not find borax to wash my hair but I found a neem and lemon soap as well as its shampoo. The blackstrap molasses mentioned by some kind friends is not recommended as it helps in producing cancer, anyone using this often should stop. I write off here for now.
Posted by Tina
Utrecht, Netherlands
07/30/2010
9 Posts
To CB from Blaricum, Is it true that Apple Cider Vinegar lowers your iodine level? I have been using it for 5 weeks now during a detox and have been getting a mega heart rate with my heart skipping beats. I went to the doctor this morning and he said my heart is perfect, he wants me checked for thyroid problems ( too quick working). But if I read your story, it could just be that I am taking too much Apple Cider Vinegar or am now lacking iodine. Groet, Tina
Posted by Truda
Port Louis, Mauritius
08/02/2010
3 Posts
If anyone wants to know more about the BSM, on the earthclinic itself you will find many testimonials of people who have used this. It has its benefits and has helped lots of people. Sorry for alarming anyone. This part comes from one of the reviews that I read:

"Iron acts as a cancer-promoting agent by two separate yet synergistic mechanisms: 1) by producing "free radicals, " and 2) by feeding cancer cells. Iron increases the production of free radicals, and-in fact-the production of free radicals is largely proportionate to the level of iron. 4 This means that the more iron there is in the body, the more free radicals will be produced and thus the greater the risk of disease)

Posted by Msg
Somewhere, Europe
08/03/2010
Hm, I wonder about that. I actually take Blackstrap Molasses to up my low iron levels and it has worked very well (iron pills never worked for me).
Posted by Duane2621
Johnston, Ri
04/08/2013
Lots of people seem to be freaking out about the effects of ACV... And the supplements taken to counter the effects seem to be a little silly.

I regularly take a swig of ACV... I try to remember once a day. Sometimes I forget. It works great controlling my frequent heartburn... I never need to take medicine unless I forget to drink the ACV for a couple weeks. And, I know this is weird, but I actually LIKE the taste of it.

I just recently read that ACV is good for hair loss. I looked at the actual medications out there and the possible side effects are definitely not worth a full head of hair. Why would I care if I had hair like I did in high school if I had erectile dysfunction for the rest of my life? Lol, I couldn't believe so many people have tried it after knowing that was an effect

I am not a doctor... Nor have I ever talked to one about this. I have never experienced a negative effect. I hope this hasn't been causing harm. But, if it isn't, I'd like to try it for the hair loss.

Anything published out there on this? Something from a medical journal, or some kind of credentials associated with the publisher?

Posted by Ruddy (London, Canada) on 06/11/2009

Apple cider drink for genetic hair loss:

Hi, I have read lots on this website and wondered if you could help me. I have started to use apple cider vinegar as a rinse on my hair and bicarbonate of soda as a shampoo on my hair - should i only use this once a week? I want something i can drink to help cool my system down as my hair loss is apparently due to having too much heat in the body - well they need something to tell me so will acv help to decrease this or what do you recommend me to do? All help welcomed i also have psorasis of the scalp but ACV and BS got rid of this.

Posted by Sara
Islamabad, Pakistan
12/06/2009
i have a question. if taking 2 tbsp of apple cider vinegar with water cause the hair on our head to regrow, would they stimulate the growth of body hair too as a side effect? women wouldn't have increased body or facial hair, would they?

EC: No one has yet to report such a side effect on Earth Clinic! Here is the section of reported side effects from Apple Cider Vinegar: http://www.earthclinic.com/remedies/side_effects.html#ACV

Posted by Anna (Elk Grove, California) on 04/09/2008

[YEA]  I'm 48. Twenty years ago I had hysterectomy and my hair thinned very badly. I was embarrassed but doctors said there was nothing they could do. I tried everything. I finally gave up and 20 years later started taking ACV for other things and it worked great. The woman who cuts my hair asked if I was taking vitamins or what I was doing different. She said there was new hair growth and my hair was thicker. Now, 6 months later, and for the first time in 20 years my hair is back to normal. You dont understand how happy that made me. I couldnt believe it and wanted to share with Ted and readers. Thank you for your website!

Posted by Amy
Boca Raton, FL
05/09/2008
I wanted to send an email to Anna from CA regarding her help from ACV for her thinning hair. I would like to ask her how much she takes and how often. Also, does she drink it and apply to hair or just drink it. I have had hair loss since i had my second child and can't seem to find anything to help. I have had blood work done, seen numerous doctors, etc and now I'm resorting to some possible natural cures. Thank You, Amy.
Posted by IRMA
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS
05/12/2008
2 Posts
I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW HOW ANNA FROM CA. USES THE ACV FOR HAIR LOSS. I STARTED TAKING HRT SINCE MY HYSTERECTOMY AND HAVE BEEN NOTICING MY HAIR IS THINNING AT THE CROWN OF MY HEAD. I DO NOT WANT TO LOSE MORE, PLEASE HELP. I AM DESPERATE! THANKS.
Posted by Anna
Elk Grove, CALIFORNIA
05/12/2008
HAIR LOSS: In response to questions about my post... For the first month 1 took 2tbl vinegar and 1/4 tsp baking soda in some juice and water (about 1 1/2 cups) two times a day. Then after the month, once a day,4 to 5 days a week. After the first month i had a burning sensation on the back of my head by neck like I was suburn. I read in a post that Ted said its because of the acid buildup being broken down and released through your blood. Maybe I had acid buildup in my hair folicles. I dont know. But I wasn't even taking it for my hair. I took it for insomnia and blood sugar which worked great. I hope it works for others as well as it did for me. Good luck.
Posted by Kristie
Talladega, Alabama
07/20/2008
In response to Anna from Ca postings...

Anna, I have had thinning hair since my late 20s, but have not had a hysterectomy but did have a procedure to remove precancerous cells from my cervix. I think this might have thrown me into menopause early. I have also had a lot of stress about the time it started for other reasons. I was wondering if you could email me some before and after pictures of you. I was wanting to compare you thinning problem to mine, since I am not sure what caused mine (krisseabolt@yahoo.com). My brother and cousin went prematurely bald, so mine could possibly be hereditary. I starting using the vinegar today and felt the burning within an hour after taking it. Is the juice/water necessary for the ACV alone? I haven't gotten the baking soda because I read on another site that ACV, red dates and honey are good. I will get baking soda this week and start using it as well. My problem has been ongoing for over 5 years. I really hope this helps.

P.S. I will be happy to send a picture of me, but it will be a little old, as I didn't take the time to find another cure for the thinning because it got so bad so quick that I resorted to wearing a hair system. If this works I will have to figure out what to do while the hair on the top of my head grows. I pray it does! Literally....

Any suggestions from anyone is great. There are so many scams out there that I am even skeptical of this, but it is cheap, so won't hurt to try it....
Posted by May
Milwaukee, WI
04/19/2009
Recently I've noticed that my hair just gotten thinner then how it used to be. I'm not sure what the cause of this could be, but I am desperate to find a cure. I have not tried anything for my hairloss, yet, a friend of my boyfriend's did mention about using tomatoes as a shampoo to put in your hair. That won't make your hair thicker or grow more, but it will only make your hair grow long. Please do tell me more. Thanx.

Posted by JABEEN TAJ (BANGALORE, KARNATAKA) on 04/07/2008

[YEA]  I use Apple cider vinegar daily in the morning before meals, the quantity is of about 2 table spoon. I had a problem of hairloss and joint pain.I am of only 35 years old.

Posted by chopra sunil
visakhapatnam, andhra pradesh . India
07/21/2008
sir /madam. my question is .. that we should consume apple cider vineger before meales or after having food? can we take empty stomach?pl. reply. thanking you, chopra sunil
Posted by Kristie
Talladega, Alabama
07/21/2008
Jabeen Taj: In response to your April 2008 post. Did the ACV help with your hairloss and rethicken your hair too?
Posted by Joyce
Joelton, Tn
07/21/2008
120 Posts
To Chopra Sunil from India: Hello Chopra, I don't think you will find apple cider vinegar harmful before, during or after meals. Many people I know are drinking a glass of water with their meals, and put l tsp to l tablspoon of ACV in that glass of water.
Posted by Chopra Sunil
Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India
07/26/2008
dear sir/madam, i thank u for reply. still i have one qstn. to be asked... i m lost much of my hairs last year,can i know how does apple cider vinegar helps me out to regrow my hairs. thanking u. Sunil Chopra
Posted by Joyce
Lansdowne, Pa
01/20/2011
[YEA]   "I have been taking ACV with water at least once a day for acid reflux. It has helped with this problem. I have been losing my hair for some time now. My hair is brittle and breaks quite easily. I have gone from shoulder length hair to about 1/2-inch of hair on my head with bald patches. Thankfully, there are some nice wigs available. I have been taking all the supplements necessary to stop my hair from breaking and falling out. My Dermatologist could not tell me what was causing my hair to break. He took scalp samples, consulted with another dr but neither of them could help. The topical steriods they gave me made it worse.

I used the ACV rinse but did not see any improvement. Two mornings ago I decided to add some lavender oil and rosemary oil to the ACV and kept in on my head for a little more than an hour. I then shampooed my hair. I towell dried my hair and put my regular moisturizer along with a little castor oil. When I got home in the evening instead of feeling dry brittle hair, my hair was moist and soft. I could not believe it!!!!!! I comb my hair and there was no hair in the comb!!!!!! I am going to continue with the regimen and will update.

Posted by Ratgirldjh
Austin, Tx
01/21/2011
I've found drinking more water also helps this. And as someone else posted - not washing your hair so often and using something gentle (non SLS) such as just conditioner or a soap bar with a diluted ACV rinse afterwards. What helped me most was waiting until my hair was actually dirty before washing - usually a week at least - but my hair is long. I also found that using VCO on dry hair and leaving overnight and then washing it with an egg first to remove most of the oil and then using my soap bar and a vinegar rinse helped the most.

djh

Posted by Jagson (Edison, New Jersey) on 05/05/2007

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  I am 32 years old and from India and had a very thick hair before i came to US 3 years back. Eversince i have come here i started having terrible hair loss. I never had any ailment, stress etc. I have seen many of my male friends going nearly bald here. Is it in the water that we drink or shower. The right side of my scalp got more affected. Cutting the story short, i have started taking ACV for about a month now, 2 tablespoons in a glass of water taken twice a day. I also use diluted ACV as a final rinse when i wash my hair every weekend. I can say this - my hair has started looking much healthier. I cannot say if it has reduced my hair loss, i hope it does. I also started taking cold shower wash instead of hot water.

Posted by Wah
Newark, NJ
09/19/2008
Try using a shower filter, the water here is full of toxins. This may also be a part of the problem.
Posted by Lisa
Ny, Ny
02/10/2010
6 Posts
Sulfate Shampoos are the cause.
Posted by Shweta
India
02/28/2014
2 Posts
I had a major hair loss problem when I changed my city after marriage. I don't know what contributed to it - water, diet, weather or fungal infection. But what helped me was an ayurvedic product which my brother in law was using. I don't know if I can name it here but it's a hair vitalizer (Reg**) by an Indian company. My brother in law used to have an itchy scalp and dandruff it helped him. For me it stopped my drastic hairfall. It didn't work too good my father in law who is almost 70 yrs old. I guess it works for those who have hair problems because of some disease or deficiencies or external factors.

Posted by Priya (Curepipe, Mauritius) on 04/23/2007

[YEA]  I had a rebonding done in Dec 2005. Eversince, my hair started falling, at first it wasn't that remarkable, but gradually, more and more hair was falling off everytime I showered or combed my hair. It was becoming alarming and then decided to try ACV which worked wonders in 1day only. I had some diluted ACV applied to my hair and scalp for about 6 hours and washed my hair. That day only less hair fell when I washed and combed afterwards. Since then, I use ACV as my last rinse. It's truly working wonders. Hats off to these wonders of nature.

Posted by Angie
South Pasadena, CA
03/14/2009
Dear Priya or anyone else who uses acv as final rinse. Do you leave the diluted rinse in your hair or rinse it out like conditioner. Thanks, Angie
Posted by Danamarie
Escondido, Ca
09/05/2009
I use one Tablespoon of ACV in a glass of cool water as the final rinse after washing my hair. I rinse one more time with cool water. The smell of the ACV will go away as hair dries.

I also supplement with biotin and MSM. My hair quit falling out almost immediately. By the way, you don't need to scrub your scalp with fingernails to get your hair and scalp clean. Massage gently with your fingertips and don't pile your hair up on top of your scalp to scrub. That causes more tangle that will break your hair off when you try to comb it out. Be gentle and comb, don't brush wet hair.


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