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Home Remedies for Hair Loss

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Selenium, Coconut Oil   2  0   

Posted by Dan (Bullhead City, Arizona) on 12/18/2008

[YEA]  I have found that taking Selenium nearly completely stopped my hair loss. With Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, I saw a little hair re-growth - not to mention a fantastic improvement in my overall skin and scalp health.

Mine is typical male pattern baldness, but it started when I was only 16 after a tough bout with Walking Pneumonia. I'm now 39 years old. Hair loss began early with me, most likely by way of an internal systemic fungal infestation that was allowed to flourish in the wake of the heavy antibiotics I was given for Pneumonia.

Read Ted From Thailand's comments on hair loss and causes. You need to detox and get heavy metals out of your body first, then treat with natural anti-fungal remedies and supplements.

When taking 400mcg of Selenium and two to four tablespoons of Organic Virgin Coconut (internally) each day, I saw some very modest hair regrowth. Just some; not a lot. I also was taking as many tablets of Acidophilus as I could to fight fungus in the body, since I don't think there's a way to overdose on Acidophilus.

Consistency is the key. I am not as consistent as I need to be, unfortunately. To see real results, I have to take the Selenium and Coconut Oil each and every day.

Scalp itching is part of my hair loss, and treating itching topically with coconut oil helps a lot.

It is my hunch that if you have dandruff, acne, hair loss, brittle hair, flakes in your eyebrows and crust around your nose or in your ears, you probably have a fungal infection. Again, read Ted From Thailand's recommendations.

Posted by Chance
Charlotte, North Carolina
Hello I was wondering if you could tell me what form of selenium did you use. Was it selenium yeast, selenomethionine, selenite,etc. Cngratulations on your wonderful results.
Posted by Jasmine
Lawrenceville, Nj
[YEA]   "Selenium has reversed my hair loss. My hair started thinning in college. I'm now 41 years old. I used to have very thick, luxurious hair. But over the years, my part just got wider and wider and my ponytail smaller and smaller. Then in Jan 2009, I started taking selenium (1000 mcg) to reduce skin spots. Over the course of only a few months, I noticed my part filling in. At first I thought it was my imagination because I didn't dare get my hopes up, but I kept taking the selenium. Now after a little over a year, I have a significant amount of hair so that my scalp doesn't show anymore. I also take B-complex 50 mg x4 and folic acid 800 mcg x 3. I've recently reduced the amount of selenium to 600 mcg since I noticed my nails flaking which is a sign that there may be too much selenium in the system. I also use coconut oil to moisturize my hair. I leave the coconut oil in my hair overnight and wash my hair in the morning. I do this a few times per week on alternating days. The other days, I use ACV as a rinse. I mix half cup of ACV with half cup of water to make the rinse. I pour this in my hair at the start of my shower and then rinse it out when I'm done showering. My hair is now healthy and shiny. Thanks to God for helping me find a cure for my hair loss.
Posted by Anna
London, Uk
3 Posts
To Jasmine... How long did it take to grow back? My hairloss also started at college, when I was 14, had some seborreic dermatitis, bad acne and lots of hairloss which will come in handfulls with white heads at the end of the follicule. Only time stopped was when I was pregnant, but its coming back again and I am getting thinner and thinner hair, though slightly thick. not sure if this is hormonal, or because I have fungus... Did you find out the symptoms for yours?

Sesame Oil   1  0   

Posted by Robert (Belvidere, illinois) on 01/29/2009

[YEA]  I've Learned a way that may help in regrowing Hair. Rub Sesame Oil on your head each night before bed then cover with a cap or wrap your head with a towel when you wake in the morning shower using a Herbal shampoo follow up with a final rinse using 1 Tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar.

Shu Wu Pian   1  1   

Posted by Mohamed (Denver, Colorado) on 10/31/2008

[YEA]  I started losing my hair when i was about 18 .i t became a natural thing after a while , i was introduced to Shu Wu Pian which is a chinese herbal supplement .after taking regularly for a few weeks i noticed that the hair lose completly stopped and all the gray hair went away, told my dad about it and he had the same result . Shu Wu Pian can be found at any asian market .Oh did i mention it makes you feel very young as well :)) good luck !!!!

EC: Read about potential side effects (rare liver reactions) here:

"The four published reports cited in the alert all mention Shou Wu Pian; this is a product manufactured in Shanghai; there are also several manufacturers who have more recently copied the product. It is reputed to contain 100% Ho Shou Wu, but the actual content in the Shanghai preparations is not known. The report also mentions the recent cases involving Shen Min—a product made of several ingredients (including vitamins), with extract of Ho Shou Wu as a central herbal component—and Shou Wu Wan, which is a formula that is said to contain Ho Shou Wu plus a dozen other herbs."

Posted by Al
Broward, Fl
[NAY]   "HI, I tried Fo-Ti (Ho-Shou-Wu) which i guess is the same as SHU WU PAIN, and I did not notice any hair growth or niether did it help with my hair loss. I did notice that more hair fell off and even thinned more. while taking this supplement i noticed that my feet started to dry up. I would not recommend this.

Stimulate Blood Circulation   2  0   

Posted by Marko (Christchurch, Canterbury, Newzealand) on 01/11/2012

[YEA]  A lot of hair loss is due to lack of circulation at the top of the head which is supplied with blood in a different way to the hair at the back and sides -I started losing my hair at 33 years slowly but surely. I tried a few things like E C vaseline & crude oil which improved the hair loss a bit but took a long time also topical herbs (chinese) which helped but didn't fix it so I searched the internet for natural alternatives and found a site that suggested doing head taps with fists, not hard just to get circulation going -no blood, no hair -you can lower your head to your waist tap over scalp for 30 secs or sit upright tap 2 mins also scalp squeeze and pinch about 6 times daily this and a few other things (holistic approach) turned the problem around for me at 56 -I got this from a site called -how to naturally regrow your hair in 15 minutes a day. This really works and will override most underlying causes for hair loss.
Look it up, you won't regret it -good luck you won't need it. Marko

Posted by Marcus
Shreveport, La
[YEA]   "I cant believe there are no more replies to this!! Hair loss can be cured in as little as 3 minutes per day by stimulating the scalp!!!!!!!!!! First off I am speaking specifically about male pattern baldness. As we get older, our scalp gets tighter which chokes off the blood supply. As we get older, our general circulation gets worse, compounding the problem.

My story:

I am 31 years old and starting losing my hair around 18 years of age. I had a bald spot about 4 inches in diameter atop my head and my hairline has receeded a great deal.

A couple months ago I decided to just shave my head because it was a real mess up there. Upon shaving it I realized that I didnt want to be bald and decided to find a cure and document my results.

I did countless hours of google searches and one thing that I ran across consistently was lack of circulation and tight scalp. Upon pinching the skin on my head I realized something very interesting. My skin was extremelytight where hair loss was occuring, and loose RIGHT next to it where the hair was full.

That right there made me confident that my scalp wasnt getting enough blood due to the galea (fibrous "sheet" below the skins surface whose shap matches exactly the worst case of MPB) being pulled tight by stress.

What did I do? I started drinking a circulation boosting tea (organic ginkgo leaf, 1tbsp to 2.5 cups of water) as well as massaging my scalp and rubbing my fingertips lightly through my hair stubbles for 1-2 hrs a day. I also do tom hagerdy scalp exercises for about 5 minutes per day.

All of these methods have ONE thing in common. They promote blood flow to the top of your head, which is the hardest place for the heart to pump blood due to being the highest point of the head.

Now to the exiting part. Over the past 5 weeks I have completely stopped my hairloss and regrew over a hundred new black hairs. I know it sounds too good to be true but its not. Hair loss is primarily a function of poor circulation to the hair papillae. Bottom line.

I have a topic in an open forum called immortal hair. My username is slowmoe and you can track my progress pictures there.

I hope you have the faith to believe what I am saying is true.

-Marcus B.

Supplements   0  0   

Posted by Tygiag (St Louis, Missouri) on 01/25/2013

[SIDE EFFECTS]  Can't figure out what supplements are causing my hairloss. In the past I took an SSRI and it induced a significant amount of hairloss. I stopped the drug and regrew almost everything that I had lost. Since then, I have been on a routine to try and regrow my hair. I have been trying to replace the SSRI with some natural medicine to help my anxiety and all of a sudden my hairloss returned.

My supplements were:

3g Glycine, 3g Lysine, 1100mg of St Johns Wort and 200mg Curcumin

I have stopped everything because of the extreme hairloss. The Glycine seemed to help me the most, but I have heard that glycine can deplete taurine. Is this true and can that cuase my sudden onset of hairloss?

If not, do you see anything out of the ordinary that can be causing these issues for me?

Posted by Anon
Hi, I think it could be the lysine. Try taking b50 or b100 and eat eggs.
Posted by Deb
Sahuarita, Az
I just recently went through this. The loss was all over my scalp, not just in one area. It stopped once I started drinking Chai tea using coconut milk. I was also taking coconut oil internally as well (1-3 Tbs. A day). I now have little two inch growths all over my head, so it wasn't just breakage. When I discussed this with my hairdresser, she told me that stress will do this, and that it takes three months for it to happen after a stressful event. I did have something very stressful happen three months before I started losing my hair. It could also be the result of hormone imbalance, or a shedding cycle.

Ted's Remedies   5  0   

Posted by Kelie (Costa Rica) on 10/06/2013

I keep trying to find Ted's remedy, but I only get comments on the remedy. I know I saw it about 6 months ago.

EC: So sorry, the recipe wasn't appearing but we fixed it!

It's now showing up under the treatment tab here:

Posted by Chris (Vern, Ut) on 06/08/2011

Under teds remedies for hair loss he writes about using borax as shampoo. After reading the directions I was a bit confused. Does he mean to dissolve 1/2 Tablespoon of borax in 1 liter of water for 30 minutes until completley dissolved, then wash the hair and scalp with the mixture but do not rinse until the next morning.


Posted by Tm (Brisbane, Queensland) on 04/05/2011

[BETTER BUT WITH SIDE EFFECTS]  My hair comes out in handfuls and it has for years. It gets especially bad during times of stress, but for the last couple of months it has been really bad. I decided to try Ted's peroxide/ACV remedy using the 1:10 ration (20ml ACV, 20ml HP, 200ml water). I massaged this into my scalp and then washed with a organic shampoo made from coconut & essential oils (parabens & sulfate free). I made a mix of tee tree and lavender oil which I massaged in and left overnight. The hair was still coming out excessively. The next morning I shampoo'd my hair again but still had a fist full come out in the shower. More came out after the hair had dried and I was gutted. I really hoped this would have worked. My hair is so thin now, I can put all of it up with the smallest hair clip. As the day wore on though, less hair started to come out. I woke up this morning and no hair came out at all. Usually I'm pulling 5 fist fulls our every morning, but not even 1 strand came out. I would definitely recommend this.

Posted by subh (London, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom) on 07/30/2010

Severe hair loss augmented after delivery and breastfeeding:

Dear Ted, I have had hair loss for almost 20 yrs now, took several treatments with no results. In past 3 yrs, I delivered two boys and am breastfeeding still. General health is poor, sweet n oily food addiction, although I do eat healthy food as well. Have always had poor energy levels. In March was diagnosed with Betchets syndrome, an autoimmune disorder and am now on steroids. My scalp is very oily and itchy and very scaly, it almost looks very unhygenic. I do have some new hair growth but even they seem to fall out now. Can you suggest what I should use as I am breastfeeding? meds I'm taking :prednisolon 5mg , calcium supp 1000mg/day, iron supp. Thanks a lot

Posted by Christy
Yuma, Az
2 Posts
I can't seem to find Ted or Bill's remedies, when I click on a ailment at the top it says Teds remedies but when I click on that it takes me to a list of peoples post. How do I get to the actual remedy?

EC: Hi Christy, sorry about that. We are in the process of transferring Ted's recipes to the new Treatment tab (next to Ratings & Reviews) on each page and hadn't reached the Hair Loss page yet. However, we just did that particular page so please check out the top of this section and click on "Treatment" to open Ted's recipe.

Please let us know other pages you are interested in for Bill and Ted's recipes and we'll update those too so the recipes are easier to find!

Posted by Nkz (Ny, Ny Usa) on 02/03/2010

Hello Ted, I was reading your remedies for hair loss and use of Maganese Sulfate. I couldn't find it @ Vitaminshoppe, they had all other kind of Maganese but not sulfate. Also, on the internet I read that Maganese Sulfate is harmful if swallowed.

["Inhalation: Inhalation can cause a flu-like illness (metal fume fever). This 24- to 48-hour illness is characterized by chills, fever, aching muscles, dryness in the mouth and throat and headache. May irritate the respiratory tract. May increase the incidence of upper respiratory infections (pneumonia). Absorption of inorganic manganese salts through the lungs is poor but may occur in chronic poisoning.

May cause abdominal pain and nausea. Although they are poorly absorbed through the intestines, inorganic manganese salts may produce hypoglycemia and decreased calcium blood levels should absorption occur.

Skin Contact:
May cause irritation with redness and pain.
Eye Contact:
May cause irritation, redness and pain.]

Are you talking about something else? Please reply as I have thining hair (female) and like to try your remedies.Thank you.

Posted by Luca1979 (Birmingham, Warwickshire, England) on 08/10/2009

Hi there, I have just read Ted's threads as well as all the other people that have contributed to this site. I am a 29 yr old male living in England and for the past several years been suffeeing with hair loss. I put on a brave face and have a bit of a laugh about my hair loss but deep down, it is very frustrating, hurts and a lot of my confidence has gone. i have tried saw palmetto tablets and fenugreek (2 tablets aday each) but I don't think it has made any difference. My hair is thinning from the front and on the top of my head (top is getting worse!). It seems to have got worse in the past year.

I don't want to take any drugs for it or undertake surgery. I'd like a natural remedy. There are many remedies on this site and I would like suggestions and advice from 'Ted' (who seems very educated about this area) or any other people who can tell me which supplements to take or what remedies to carryout and how much and when to take it. I just need clear instructions on what to do. There are a lot of remedies here but is making me confused as which one to carryout. Ideally, I'd like to stop hair loss but would be amazing for my hair to grow!

This is the first site that has been really useful and replies from sincere people. I am not expecting a magical cure but I am willing to try anything to help my situation.

If you can help me in any way or advise me, I would be very grateful indeed.


Posted by Sarah
Baltimore, Md
Hey Luca, did you ever write to Ted or find any other remedy that you might have tried? I'd be interested to hear! Thanks!
Posted by Lbb
Houston, Texas
I have been looking for a means to address my hair loss and irritated scalp. I have been to many doctors and they have given me everything from cortisone shot, to rogaine and olux foam. All of these things were not covered by insurance because they were listed as cosmetic. After 5 years of various treatments nothing improved. I decided to pray that I would find other ways. Fast forward to today. My scalp was on fire at work and I went to the pharmacy to get the items for Ted's ACV/Hydrogen Peroxide mix and Tea Tree/Lavender Oil mix.

I came home and applied the ACV mixture with a spray bottle. I was surprised at the film that was lifted from my scalp. I knew my scalp itched but didn;t see any build up until I used this mixture and an oily mixture came off my sclap as I massaged the ACV mix. I then left the mixture to sit for a bit and then rinsed with filtered water. My scalp felt many times better instantly. There is no itching. I then loosely flat twisted my hair in 10 flat twists from front hairlinw to the nape of my neck.

After this I applied the Tea Tree/Lavender oil mix from an applicator bottled in between the flat twists. I feel tingling and it is refreshing. This was my first time using these remedies. I have immediate relief and am so thankful for that. I will continue on with these mixtures and hope this not only keeps my scalp clean but provides an environment for regrowth. Thank you to Ted, Earth Clinic members and Earth Clinic.

Posted by Anonymous (Orange County, CA ) on 05/15/2009

hey ted, i just recently started using borax to wash my hair. I have very oily hair and have to wash it daily so i was just wondering if it was ok to wash it with borax everyday or should i alternate shampoos. I have an extremely sensitive scalp that is scaly and most shampoos irritate and cause more hair loss. my hair is thinning on the top and i'm hoping the borax and the supplements i take will hault my hair loss and thinning. Any suggestions you may have will be much appreciated. thanks

Posted by ADDIE (LA, USA) on 04/06/2007

[YEA]  Ted' remedey works great borax, tea tree oil and lavender oil helped me allot. I take apple cider vinegar internelly and some vitamin c but i am still lookin for managanese sulfate. i looked every where but i cant find that product, so please ted can you recommend me where to buy that supplements and thanks a lot for helping us out god bless you

Posted by David (Orange County, CA) on 02/21/2007

[YEA]  I discovered this sit because i had a scalp infection and wanted to find out how i could cure it. i started to take the acv and baking soda internally that ted suggests. i felt really good and it seemed to help a lot. i put some acv on my head as well and i don't know if i worked. i also tried the peroxide on my head but i hasn't really done much either. i had read that eucalyptus oil is really good, so i realized that vic's vapor rub has eucalyptus oil in it so i put some on my head and it had the greatest effect than anything i tried. i can say that i went to the nutritional store to buy the tea tree oil that ted suggested, but unfortunately for me i listened to the homeopathic doctor there and didn't buy it. instead i bought the pills he suggested and the ointment that contained alison, i guess it's an extract from garlic, which is also suppose to clean your blood. that didn't seem to help at all so i started rubbing on the vic's again. i am going to buy the tea tea tree oil and maybe eucalyptus oil.

i also have to mention, that i had blood work done there at the health food store and my blood was really clean. he said that he never gets to see such healthy blood and was very impressed! i had been taking the acv and baking soda for at least a month though, so i guess it really worked. i use to have a little bite of lower back pain and that even went away. i want to give a special thanks to tedd, your a gentle man and a scholar. well thanks to everyone as well, who have taken the time to try to help others by contributing to this site. god bless all of you and your families!

p.s. i forgot to note that the infection seemed to be fungus and discovered it because my hair was falling out. i decided to just go ahead and shave my head and discovered i had the read fungus/ringworm on different parts of my head .the acv and vic's vapor rub really helped and i started to regrow my hair and it's not falling out anymore. it even seems to be growing thicker on the area's that were growing thin. thanks!

Posted by Dan (Yorba Linda, CA) on 01/23/2007

[YEA]  Hair loss is one of the hardest things to cure, but Ted's remedy successfully cured my hair loss. Using lavender and tea tree oil once a week helps a lot. Taking vitamin C is one of the best thing to stop your hair loss and drinking soy milk which is high in manganese also helps to stop hair loss. i would also suggest to wash your with apple cider vinegar and take biotin at least 1000amu. well if all this can help me, it can help you too. Thanks a lot Ted

Posted by Ted
Bangkok, Thailand
Dear Dan: Thanks for the feedback. Biotin helps quite a bit. My own mother who is 76 years old had a hair loss and a simple remedy of vitamin C and baking soda. Borax used as a shampoo instead works better than the medicated shampoos in general, however, I prefer to leave the borax overnight after shampooing with borax then rinse the next morning.
Posted by Kamy
New Delhi, India
Hi Ted, need your help.. I am 58 years old female. I have been losing my hair for the past 10 years or more. I used to have very thick hair now I have lost almost 60% of my hair.. I am on medication for hypothyroidism and BP.. Also I am a very stressed person.. I cannot make out the cause of my hair loss. But this is giving me more and more depression. Somewhere on this site I read about BSM and ACV, both very helpful in stopping the hairfall.. Can I take both the things simultaneously? I mean one in the morning and the other in the evening. Also biotin and minoxidil.. Can I take both? Or will there be any side effect? Do we get biotin in tablet form or syrup? I have never heard it.. Please Help. My hairs are very dry and coloring them has made it more rough.. I am ready to do anything. I have bought a bottle of BSM but before starting to take it I wanted to be sure that it may not have any reverse effect on my health.. Please guide...
Posted by Debbie
Melbourne, Australia
Kamy, I am reading a good book on Magnesium at the moment. It talks about stress and depression being symptoms of a Magnesium Deficiency. magnesium from the body. The book I am reading is "The Magnesium Miracle" by Carolyn Dean.

Also I have read that a magnesium imbalance to calcium can cause hair loss.

There is a lot of info on earthclinic under "Magnesium". Another good website is and youtube is an excellent resource for videos.

Most problems we have are related to mineral deficiencies. You are better off taking whole foods (superfoods) which give you the minerals in their correct ratio. Magnesium chloride is good to take to bring up magensium levels quickly (put the flakes in the bath or make up a magnesium oil and spray it on your legs or body every day - leave on or wash off after say 20 mins).

Here are the first few pages from the book I am reading: miracle&ie=UTF8&qid=1319420767

Posted by Debby
Monroe, Ct, Fairfield
17 Posts
Hi Kamy, I read your post and wanted to reply. I always had underactive thyroid. And now I had my thyroid removed. As you know your thyroid is a very important organ and if you are not on medication or on the right dosage you will experience hair loss and of course many other systems. See your doctor and have him check your thyroid, have him do a blood test to check your thyroid levels and also do an ultra sound of your thyroid. Hope this helps. Debby

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