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Natural Remedies for Faster Hair Growth

Last Modified on Sep 01, 2015

Natural Remedies, Supplements, Minerals and Home Remedies from our Readers to make your hair grow faster!

For many people, men and women alike, our hair grows more slowly as we age, which leaves the hair that we do have growing older, more brittle, and overall less healthy as we have less new hair to replace it. Even a baby's hair might not grow as quickly as in other infants. This isn't inevitable. You can make changes to your diet and your hair care routine to make your hair grow faster!

Hair needs various proteins, fats/oils, and minerals to grow properly. Likewise, we need to keep the skin of our scalp healthy and the hair follicles in which hair growth occurs healthy as well.

Natural hair care remedies, nourishing shampoos, revitalizing herbal conditioners, and the right hair care habits can quickly improve your overall hair health and improve hair growth rates.

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Castor Oil
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Posted by Deedee (Fayetteville, Georgia) on 12/02/2012

[YEA]  Castor oil (cold pressed and cold processed) and almond oil does wonder for hair growth. I use the brand of castor oil from my local organic health store... Been using it for 4 months now and my hair is no longer falling out. It's thicker and my bald hairline (from bad perms, braids and weaves for years)now has fuzzy hair there. Search the internet and read what people are saying. I apply daily on my scalp.

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Posted by Samantha (Bc, Canada) on 04/12/2015

[YEA]  For longer/faster hair growth I took d-Biotin, about 1000 mg per day. It has to be specifically d-Biotin, not just "biotin." Within two weeks I was cutting my nails so much I stopped taking it!

Replied by Elias

Can you advise me where to purchase the b-biotin, I have purchased the 5000 mg of just the biotin, been taking for about 2 weeks for my thinning hair, been told that this works?
Replied by Cassandra22
Abbotsford, Bc Canada

[YEA]   Where to purchase depends on what country you're in. I'm from Canada and use the website. They have a good brand called Jarrows Formula that has the d-Biotin.

Dishwashing Liquid
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Posted by Laurie (Sudbury, Ontario) on 01/03/2009

HI about the diswashing liquid, I was wondering if anyone had experience with their own hair (adults). IF so how did it work on grown ups? Would it make an adults hair grow also? Thanks.

Replied by Carmen
Culver City, Ca

I would like to know how do you use the liquid detergent on the hair? Please advise....thank you!
Replied by Hisjewel
America, New York

I lost a lot of hair last year, I lost a lot of hair last year after pneumonia, antibotics and then a uti. cutting out the sugar did not make my hair grow back. so I tried washing my hair in dish washing liquid twice this summer. I also tried the borax three times. Both leave the hair and scalp squeeky clean. I had read that the dish washing liquid would remove build up and it seems to have done that. But my hair has had very little growth even though I have used some oils and vitamins such as biotin. I will say I like the borax over the dishwashing liquid because it leaves the hair soft even before it is conditioned.
Replied by Kelly
Cambridge, Ma

You might want to give Olive Leaf Complex a try. (Orally, not topically.)

I used it for a few months back when I was trying different supplements and combinations of supplements to lower my HBP and noticed that my hair became noticeably thicker while I was taking it.

At the time, it was the only thing I'd taken that was different than what I normally took, so I knew it had to be the Olive Leaf Complex that had that effect.

It has plenty of other great benefits (immune support, joint health, cardio health, etc.), so it's worth a shot.

Good luck!

Replied by Hisjewel
America, New York

Thanks for the tip. If I remember this section I will get back to you.

Posted by Candy (Riverdale, New York) on 12/13/2007

[YEA]  I am a big fan of Earth Clinic and I not only use it to my benefit, but I also recommend remedies to friends and loved ones. My cousins lamented that her 2 yr. old daughter's hair was not growing as fast as it ought to. So, low and behold, I looked for a remedy which would suit a 2yr old. My cousin started using Original Dawn dishwashing liquid and saw immediate results. It's been over 2 months and there hasn't been any negative side effects. My sister cut her hair early this year and she expect that it would grow back quickly, but to her surprise, no. I spoke about the results my cousin noticed with her daughter and my sister decided to try Dawn. Well, it has been almost 2 weeks since she started and guess what, her hair is growing at an unexpectedly speedy rate.

Replied by Freespirit2219
Thousand Oaks, California

Do you know exactly what is in this Dish Washing Liquid to grow the hair this way? Thank you. ps. Does anyone here know?
Replied by Diana
Hb, Ca

Sounds like she used original Dawn Dishwashing liquid. So the chemicals in the dishwashing liquid don't bother you?
Replied by Debby
Monrore, Ct

You may not want to use Dawn Dishwashing soap. According to EWG, it is toxic.
Replied by Jean
Ontario, CA

[NAY]   We are always grateful for new ideas, but I think earth clinic should ensure that when ever new ideas such as "dawn dishwashing liquid" is introduced as a hair shampoo, we should encourage people to post on actual results. This could be just companies paying people to advertise their products. I don't know If I believe this one.

Horsetail Silica
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Posted by Citygirl27 (Richardson, Tx, USA) on 06/17/2012

[YEA]  I would like to add Silica (horsetail) to the recommended supplements for hair growth. This is in addition to not just Biotin - I take 5000mcg of Biotin daily - but the complete range of B supplements. I take separate B3, B6, Niacinamide, and B12 supps, and a B complex to get the others like B5, folic acid etc. I take them all together to get their synergistic effect. This is called taking them in concert.

It is also worth mentioning that I also notice my hair and my nails grow much more noticeably when I increase my protein intake.

I do these and my hair grows at least an inch a month. It takes a while at first to notice (3-4 months you will see a real difference, probably at your next hair appointment). The conventional half-inch-a-month "widsom" is to dumb down expectations and is only if you are nutritionally deficient! Everyone's hair grew at an inch a month, which was the accepted quoted "widsom" until about 20-30 years ago when chemical additives increased in our food. Our ability to grow hair as a species hasnt changed, just our eating habits have.

Replied by Violet
Barrie, Canada

Hi, Thank you, I find this Helpful, I am wondering if you can please tell me more details where I would find horsetail silica, and what it is? Also you take all of the mentioned B vitamins, as well as a B complex pill? and the Biotin at the same time? And what time of day you take them? Any details would be greatly appreciated. Thank You kindly
Replied by Michelle
Cleveland, Oh

I recently started taking Bamboo Silica for hair and nail health. From what I've read, it contains 10x the amount of silica found in horsetail. I'm waiting to see the results, as I've only been taking it for a month. I bought the Bamboo Silica supplements and also recently purchased the Bamboo Leaf tea. My nails are growing at a faster rate and my hair feels softer already, but unsure about hair growth. Has anyone else had any experience with Bamboo Silica? Any side effects noted with long term use?
Replied by Anonymosaurus Rex
Somewhere, Alone, Listening To Radiohead

In reply to Michelle from Cleveland, Oh:

From my understanding, bamboo stalk contains the high content of silica. I'm not certain about the leaves however. If you want to supplement your silica intake, you can also get Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth and use that in a water or mildly acidic hair treatment (for example, adding some to shampoo), or by adding to to your drinking water. I have posted in depth about it in the Remedies -> Diatomaceous Earth page.

I will be trying out supplementing my silica intake as soon as I get my food grade DE in the mail, and I will post my experience with hair growth if anyone reminds me by asking ;) I have just started taking MSM as a supplement, which is also reputed to increase hair growth so I might not be able to tell which was the cause if my hair growth increases.

Oh, and next time you make Thai food or Chinese, try adding in some bamboo shoots for that extra silica-boost (plus, it's delicious!)

Replied by Jes
Cary, Nc

in reply to anonymousauraus rex: how has/is supplementing with MSM and DE worked for you? thank you!

Laser Therapy Pen
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Posted by Steve (Las Vegas, Nv) on 01/25/2012

I've had excellent results regrowing my hair using a laser therapy pen. The 660nm wavelength stimulates ATP withing the hair cells and scalp. NASA and Russian scientists have done a lot of research on hair growth and wound repair with lasers.

Replied by Lala
Hurst, Tx, US

would you mind explaining more about the pen? is it still working for you?

Peppermint Oil
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Posted by Art (California ) on 02/14/2015 | 54 Posts

This recent study suggests that peppermint oil may be useful for promoting hair growth. Possibly better than 3% minoxidil: Art

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Posted by Cat (Tauranga, , New Zealand) on 02/15/2012

Could we please have a heading for faster hair growth??? So many women experience a slowing down of hair growth as they age and this is something that has plagued me for about 5 years now. I recently happened upon this reflexology method - simply place knuckles of both hands together to sort of form a heart shape with your hands and rub your fingernails together vigorously for at least 5 minutes a day. This will stimulate the nails and hair follicles as they're interconnected. I've been doing it a few times now and I swear my hair is longer almost overnight!! But it's been so slow, any difference is noticeable. Will keep you posted!

Replied by Carly
Seattle, Wa - Usa

Hi - I noticed that when I was taking 2 - 3 tablespoons a day of Organic Virgin Coconut Oil my eyelashes were very thick and long. I backed off of it for a while because I was taking so many things, and just didn't have the time for it all.

The other day I noticed my eyelashes looked like crud again. I am starting back up with the VCO as of today.

Oh, one word of caution - When beginning with the VCO - start with a teaspoon, and work your way up to tablespoons, or you WILL have frequent bathroom issues.

I took a rounded teaspoon in my coffee today, and will be gradually increasing until I am back to where I was prior.

I fugure if it makes lashes grow, it has to be good for head hair on your head as well. Also - Make sure it is organic and virgin, or it is not good. Much on EC about it! :)

Carly :)

Replied by Francisca
Zug, Switzerland

Cat, interesting that you talk about this.... I read in one of my books the same suggestion quite a while ago but then, as I read a lot I forgot about it! I will surely be giving it a go although I don't really worry about my hair not growing fast enough, I would be more interesting in get stronger hair and that may be the case too! As my hair is now at a good length having it grow faster will only mean more money spent at the hairdresser's! So many tips in my books that I can't remember them all! I wish I had a computer in my head.... The tips from this site I save in a file but well, after a while the file is so full that it is also difficult to remember what is in there and no time to look in there on a regular basis! So thanks for your tip....

Vitamin B Supplements
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Posted by Lina (Fairfield, Iowa, Usa) on 01/25/2012

I too tried taking biotin for faster hair growth. Perhaps I saw some results, but not much. Now I am taking a vitamin B complex, coenzyme vitamin B's, to be exact, and this seems to be getting results. Plus, I like getting the full range of B's, not just biotin.

Replied by Cat
Tauranga, New Zealand

After many trials and way more $$$, I finally stumbled upon the ultimate B Vitamin. BREWERS YEAST contains B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9 and B7. It does not contain B12 however but is very high in chromium (provided you get the correct yeast - NOT bakers yeast).

I combine 1 c natural yoghurt, 1-2tbsp brewers yeast, 1tsp lecithin granules, 1 tbsp honey and 1tbsp wheat germ and have this for breakfast. This particular concoction is supposed to be particularly good for the hair growth but also healthy so I am taking it each morning.

Caution - check that this can be taken with your medication as I know Demerol and diabetes medications are not recommended when having brewers yeast. Brewers yeast is so much more affordable and as it's a food, it goes directly to benefitting your body.

Replied by 2oldn2ys
Frontenac, Kansas

I was having trouble with my hair growing so slow and found a vitamin online at Walgreens and tried it out. I have taken it for nearly 2 years daily and my hair grows so fast that the roots are visible in 9 days but I wait 14 to re-color and by then it has driven me crazy because it is so noticeable. I buy them online when they have the buy 1 get 1 sale and with $25 purchase they ship for free. The vitamin is by Natures Bounty, Extra Strength Hair, Skin and Nails (150 count-3 per day)with 5000mcg of Biotin, Collagen, Alpha Lipoic Acid and Calcium. This supplement has everything in it so no need for a multivitamin! I buy 6 boxes at a time so I don't run out before the next sale. The bottle says take 3 per day and I read some people take them all at once but I space them out Morning, Afternoon and Bedtime to have a constant level in my system.
Replied by Cat
Papamoa, New Zealand

2oldn2ys - how long before you really started to notice the growth take off? I'll google that anyway and see if I can get it down here. Thanks!
Replied by Had
White River Jct, Vermont

2oldn2ys--it sounds like you are using hair dye?? if so you may want to switch to chamomile tea infusion (blonde) in shampoo, or work into hair after shampoo, wait a few minutes and rinse out. There are other 'tea' colors as well, that was just an example, so you don't poison yourself w/ dyes. Also, coconut is supposed to help with natural hair color, internally. research, it is very cool to find this stuff out.
Replied by Moosebreath
Riverside, California

Take Biotin 5000 mg each day and black current oil 500mg each day. It will take 2-3 months to notice that your hair and nails are stronger and grow much faster but that you will have much less hair fall out each day.
Replied by Hermiticwonderer
Los Angeles, Ca

[WARNING!]   Hey 2oldn2ys -

You are consuming a product daily that most likely has GMO ingredients!!

Nature's Bounty D-3 has the following ingredients which could very well be GMO - Soybean oil, Gelatin, Vegetable Glycerin, Corn Oil. Cholecalciferol is Vitamin D and comes from sheep's wool. & none of them are organic.

Please, contact the company and ask them specifically if they use GMO ingredients in the supplements you take so you can get a "confirmed" answer...most likely they will tell you they "source GMO free ingredients whenever possible but high GMO products like soybean oil and corn oil are GMO..blah blah BLAH"!

Protect yourself!


Replied by Kailey
Huntington Beach, Ca

Onion juice is very effective. I apply it twice in a week. You can also user aloe vera. If these will not working then hair growth laser treatment is the option for hair growth.