Natural Cures for Hair Loss in Men

Jan 19, 2017

Even though hair loss is fairly common among men, it doesn’t make it any easier to deal with. Whether your hair is thinning due to male pattern baldness or another common cause, you likely want to find a way to treat it effectively, and we have a just the answer for you. Apple cider vinegar, nutritional supplements, and coconut oil are three of the most effective treatment options for men.

What Are the Main Causes of Hair Loss in Men?

Androgenic alopecia or male pattern baldness is the most common cause of hair loss for males. This process can begin at any age and progress at any speed. In this instance, male hormones actually block the growth of hair, resulting in thinning typically along the crown and sides.

Additional factors may also cause thinning, though. Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disorder in which the immune system attacks the hair follicles causing hair loss. Additionally, pernicious anemia, lupus, and thyroid disease are other medical conditions that may cause thinning of the hair.

Genetics and medical concerns are not the only factors involved, though. Nutritional concerns and certain medical treatments may also cause abnormal patterns in hair growth. Hormonal imbalances may also cause such issues as cystic acne and seborrheic dermatitis that lead to loss of hair as well.

Should I Use Prescription Treatment?

As common as male hair loss is, a number of medical treatments have been identified. Finasteride, Minoxidil, and Corticosteroid injections are common treatments for hair loss; however, these options aren’t necessarily the best. Medical options may treat the condition for a time but actually do very little to support the restoration of hair growth and usually only prevent further hair loss. These treatments may also lead to other complications in the body if used continuously.

Are There Any Natural Remedies I Can Try?

Whatever the cause of your hair loss, we suggest trying natural treatment options first. While the natural options are just as diverse as the prescriptive methods, three of the most effective treatments include apple cider vinegar, nutritional supplements, and coconut oil.

1. Apple Cider Vinegar

ACV is one of the most widely used natural remedies for hair loss. This treatment helps eradicate underlying issues like infection as it is naturally acidic. It also helps restore the pH balance in the body, which works to treat overall health as well. Likewise, it delivers an assortment of nutrients to the body including B vitamins, magnesium, and phosphorus – all of which are important for hair growth.

2. Nutritional Supplements

As nutritional deficiency is one of the major causes of hair loss, supplements play a large role in restoring hair growth. Some of the most effective supplements are zinc, iron, omega-3 fats, and biotin.

3. Coconut Oil

Coconut oil can be used as a natural moisturizer as well as an antifungal treatment. Applied to the skin or taken internally the oil helps eliminate infection and reduce inflammation in the body, which translates into restored hair health.

Try one of these options or keep reading below to find a variety of other remedies for hair loss from our male readers.

Additional Pages of Interest:
Hair Loss in Women
Hair Loss in Children



Alopecia and Candida Link  

Posted by Sydsider66 (Sydney, Australia) on 01/26/2016

Hi to all,

I've been reading the posts and replies on Alopecia. I've come down with it in the last few months and I've lost my moustache and now have several areas on my head of which one is a total bald spot of around 3cm square. There seem to be a lot of hit and miss going on and so many different types of supposed cures.

I'm not sure if anyone has posted anything regarding "Candida and Hair loss". I will shortly visit a trusted Naturopath to confirm my suspicions. I'm not sure if you can get a test done at your local Doctor to show Candida.It is directly related to a fungus condition from yeast the affects the bowel and the immune system hence "Autoimmune" issues.

I have all the symptoms of a Candida infestation. The health of the bowel is seriously underestimated.

I will report back shortly after confirming if this is the case or not.

Till then I recommend others Google "Candida and hair loss".

Thanks.


Apple Cider Vinegar  

Posted by Brendon (Petaling Jaya, Malaysia) on 12/14/2013

I'm 15 and I have signs of male pattern baldness, I would like to know how do I use the Apple Cider Vinegar method? Would appreciate if I would get a response as soon as possible, thanks :)

Replied by Mama To Many
Tennessee, Usa
12/14/2013

Dear Brendon,

I am not aware of how to use ACV for regrowing hair. I know of some things that may be helpful, though. Nettles and horsetail are both good for hair growth. You could take capsules of either or both, or make a tea of them to drink regularly. (2 cups per day.) Castor oil, topically, has helped some with hair growth. You would massage it onto the scalp and let it sit for a while before washing it off. (Maybe an hour or two while you watch TV or whatever.) It may take a couple of washings to get it out.

Be careful what shampoo you use. SLS in shampoo is bad for your hair. (I recently got some "everyone Shampoo" that is free of SLS and really like it. Not too expensive and smells good.)

Finally, if I were you, I would take some time to study here at Earth Clinic. Read all the pages about alopecia. Also, read the Colloidal Silver pages. Dave has written extensively about using CS to combat viruses, including those that may be causing auto-immune disease. Some thing that Alopecia is auto-immune.

Some people do use Apple Cider Vinegar as a hair rinse. It wouldn't hurt to try that, too. You can also take 1 Tablespoon in a glass of water each day. It helps so many things. Maybe it would be helpful to you.

Let us know how it goes!

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Om
Hope Bc Canada
12/15/2013

Brendon from Petaling, Malaysia

I would suggest colloidal silver water in a mister/spray bottle. I saw once a DVD on this by a scientist who took it upon himself to help ordinary people with health problems. He had been bald but used to mist his head with CS and he had grown his hair back and even in dark colour.

In addition you could use onion poultices as seen on you tube. Onion has lots of sulphur which is good for hair growth. Good luck, Om


Biotin  

Posted by Elias (Ga., US) on 03/12/2015

Can anyone give positive results on taking biotin for hair loss?

Replied by Ji
Ontario, Canada
03/13/2015

Elias, I for one regrew my hair with a high dosage combination of biotin, vegetal silica and zinc about six years ago. The hair loss cause was stress and I felt that getting rid of the stress was also essential to the program. Hair loss stopped the day I started the nutrition regime and since hair grows on average about a half inch per month I saw evidence of new hair growth in about 4 weeks. I had gone almost all silver grey/white(stress?) before the hair loss started but all new growth came in with my natural brown color(no more stress?). Six years later I still have a full head of hair with some little flecks of white/grey at the crown(various degrees of stress or poor circulation?). I continued my nutrient program for about six months but tapered the dosage down a bit after the first 2 months and further at the 4 month point. Hope this helps.

Replied by Elias
Georgia
03/13/2015

Thank you so much for your response, I have purchased 5000 mg of biotin and will start taking this today, hopefully is will recover some of my loss, again thank you so much.

Replied by Jm
Hiram, Ga
04/15/2015

Any updates? Any side effects of taking so much biotin?

Replied by Jeff
Dallas, Ga
01/19/2017

Any updates? Any side effects of taking so much biotin?


Jojoba, Tea Tree Oil  

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Posted by Connor (Buck County, Pa) on 05/13/2016
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Hair loss

Jojoba oil, tea tree oil, everyday, as well as a 10 min scalp massage using your head muscles. The jojoba clears any sebum dht build up on the scalp and leaving your pores flushed out. The tea tree oil will wipe out any skin or fungus disorders in the scalp, the main one being dandruff.

The head massage ( without using hands ) by just using your head muscles will bring more blood to your scalp, and flush out any dht clogging your hair folicles. Do this everyday for at least 5-10 minutes.

Drink plenty of water, cut out processed sugars and foods, fried foods, alcohol, smoking, red meats. You will see a complete shut down of balding if you are currently losing your hair. It will stop dead in its tracks, and you will keep what you have and grow some back, if you stick to that plan.


Kefir  

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Posted by Ed2010 (Oakville, Canada) on 01/16/2012
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Good news good news, for your alopecia aerata cure.

If you have alopecia aerata. Don't worry. Use Milk Kefir, Take a cup of milk kefir (drink it) and also apply milk kefir in the affected areas. You will see nice and full hair growth in 3 months. There will not be a single trace that you had alopecia.

It is auto immune disease. Definitely Milk Kefir cures auto immune disease. Milk Kefir is God Sent, It cures many diseases like IBS, Crohns, dyspepsia, autism some claim even schizophrenia.

Important point- You should use real home made milk kefir. Don't use store bought industrially produced milk kefir. You can buy milk kefir grains from ebay and see how to make kefir videos in youtube.

Milk kefir is the one food that can't be industrially produced however the company claims it. It is due to the synergestic combination of Billions of yeast and good bacterias in it.

People in north america and europe can easily get it. it is hard to find to milk kefir in asia.

Hope this will help many, who are in despair.

Thanks

Replied by Dave
Pittsburgh, Pa
02/28/2012

I have alopecianuniversalis... Total hair loss... This happened just recently, due to appendectomy... Do you think milk kefir will help me? I am desperate... And where did you get this info from? Do you know people who have used this method? Thanks, Dave

Replied by Jackie T.
Modesto, California United States
09/13/2012
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Back in May 2012, I noticed what turned out to be Alopecia Areata and was immediatley frightened due to the rather large bald spot on the top of my head. I immediatly reached out to the internet and found this website and the reply regarding milk kefir. I had nothing else to lose (besides more hair) so I tried the milk kefir. Needless to say, after drinking a cup a day for the first 10-15 days, I immediatley started to see new hair growth. This stuff is amazing! For anyone dealing with Alopecia Areata, this is by far, the cheapest, as well as the most effective cure, in my opinion. I am so pleased with the results as I continuously have a cup of milk kefir each day and watch my hair, slowly but surely fill back in. Thanks to whoever made the comment about milk kefir, I am well on my way to a healthly, full head of hair in the near future, and for that I am eternaly grateful. Thanks for sharing! All I can say is WOW!!

Replied by Ed2010
Oakville, Canada
09/13/2012

I am very happy to see that you are cured of alopecia. It is the best medicine or food for Auto Immune Disease.

It can also be used for any type of skin diseases.

1. Baby Diaper Rash,
2. Eczema
3. Allergic Reaction
4. Vaginal Yeast Infection (Should be applied in vagina and taken internally)

It is truly GOD SENT food and it cures many diseases. Thanks for sharing

Replied by Lisa
Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa
09/13/2012

Hi Jackie, Just curious, do you make your own kefir? For a year I made my own kefir and really enjoyed the process and sharing it. Everyone I gave it to loved it and felt various changes from it. I know it helped me restore my health. It is an amazing food! I keep meaning to go back to making it since I've returned to making fermented veggies. Your post was a good reminder! Congratulations on restoring your hair! Best of health to you, Lisa

Replied by Jackie T.
Modesto, Ca. Usa
09/14/2012

To Lisa: Yes, I do make my own kefir at home. I read all about it on the internet and have found that it is really very easy to make, not to mention, very inexpensive. For anyone who has tried other products that can be a little pricey, I would recommend you try the milk kefir. Can't say enough about it.... Thanks again for sharing.

Replied by Rabia
Islamabad, Pakistan
09/15/2012

Kindly share that what is kefir and how to prepare milk kefir at home??

Replied by Ed2010
Oakville, Canada
09/15/2012

Rabia, Milk Kefir is a fermented milk drink similar to yoghurt or curd. It requires milk kefir grains to ferment. milk grains is the starter culture, how you add existing yoghurt to milk to make it yoghurt. google or youtube milk kefir you will see plenty of information. FYI, there is a small amount of alcohol in milk kefir. thanks

Replied by Lisa
Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa
09/15/2012

Hi Rabia, Well, Ed2010 gave it to you in a nutshell. I'm going to give you a link to a site which gives you extensive information on kefir.

http://users.sa.chariot.net.au/~dna/kefirpage.html

I discovered it a few years ago when I first started making kefir and learned so much from it, I thought it might interest you and perhaps others. I would not recommend ordering any grains from Dom though, as I remember he was rather unreliable in this manner. Nonetheless, the history and information is absolutely fascinating! Enjoy and best to you, Lisa

Replied by Diyac
Maple, Ontario, Canada
11/17/2012

Hi Ed2010, I wanted to know if you can tell me which ebay seller you purchased your kefir grains from. My brother suffers from alopecia and I just want to make sure that I get real grains and not something fake.

Since you have already bought great grains from someone can you please share the sellers info?

you can e-mail me privately at diyac87(at)gmail.com. I would also love to hear any other tips you may have. My brother has taken this condition very seriously and I need to do anything possible to make him better. Thanks!

Replied by Ed2010
Oakville, Canada
11/18/2012

hi diya, I bought my kefir grains from a seller in Kijiji. Ebay is good for people who can't kefir grains locally. I sent the info about the seller to your email.

Good Health, thanks

Replied by Lisa
Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa
11/18/2012

Hi Diyac, I originally bought my kefir grains from a commercial site since I was brand new to that world. After I started to learn more and join groups, I learned there were lots of people out there that are more than willing to share their grains. I know I have given my personal grains to friends and family. When you begin to make your own, you will have a surplus too and can then share as well.

Anyway, here is a great resource to finding kefir:

http://www.webaware.com.au/ferment/finding_kefir.php

I hope this helps. Lisa

Replied by Tammy
Eugene, Oregon
11/19/2012

I would like to have more info on water kifir from anyone on this site who has used it. I have scoured the web but not seeing too much in the way what it has really done for people. I am concerned about the sugar used to ferment it since you can't use honey. I can't use dairy. What I have found is that only 20 % of the sugar is left since it is "eaten" in the fermentation but it is still sugar. I am trying to heal my stomach from gluten issues and need to keep the cost to bare minimum. A friend gave me grains and have been fermenting but still not sure it has helped.

Replied by Lisa
Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa
11/19/2012

Hi Tammy, You really don't have to be concerned with sugar when making fermented foods or drinks as all the sugar is "eaten". I have used molasses and also coconut sugar in lieu of regular sugar if that helps. I believe fermented foods and drinks are very important to our gut health and can heal them. I am going to give you a link to one of the most comprehensive sites I have ever found on kefir. You will find a lot of information here on water kefir as well.

http://users.sa.chariot.net.au/~dna/kefirpage.html

You can also coconut water kefir. I make this often and it is highly recommended by Donna Gates who is an authority on fermented foods and coconut water kefir to heal the gut. If you google her you will learn a lot on healing the gut and also ridding candida.

Hope this helps. Lisa

Replied by Ed2010
Oakville, Canada
11/19/2012

Hi Tammy, I have used many of the fermented products. Milk Kefir, Water Kefir, Saurkraut, Miso, Natto, Kombucha, Kimchi, yoghurt.

I used water kefir as well. For me, I like the Milk Kefir very much because of the improved well being I noticed in the 2nd day. I did not feel the same in water kefir.

In both water kefir and milk kefir the sugar is completely broken and/or converted (too much of chemical reaction to explain) So, you don't have to worry about sugar. In yoghurt both commercially made and home made lactose is not completely converted, so still there is lactose present in it.

Even, in the days when I was lactose intelorant I can take milk kefir without any issues. So if you take milk kefir the chances are there to cure gluten intolerance. Once the intestines are healed it can digest wheat.

But I recommend to view the gluten intolerance page in EC. There is a particular type of wheat (traditional variety - non GMO) can cure and make your body to tolerate gluten.

Good Health

Replied by Tammy
Eugene, Oregon
11/21/2012

Thank you for the info. I read about the water kefir. I will keep trying. Last batch I added ginger root and pear(peeled) after grains were removed. Very tasty. If nothing else, it has been fun to make and watch the grains multiply like crazy.

Replied by Lisa
Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa
11/21/2012

Hi Tammy, Just curious if you looked at Dom's kefir site when you say you read about the water kefir. Also, I know you said you were trying to heal your stomach. Would you consider milk kefir instead of water kefir? Sounds like your grains are really proliferating so you could use some of them to try milk kefir. Milk kefir has loads of good bacterias that can really heal the gut. And often it can turn around dairy intolerance because it replenishes the bacterias which help with digesting it. Try reading about the milk kefir and its benefits on Dom's site as well. I learned so much from him!

At any rate, your water kefir drink sounds delicious! And I'm glad you're having fun making it. Lisa

Replied by Tim
New York, US
10/25/2014

I'm Lactose Intolerent; would water kefir have the same effect as milk kefir?

Replied by Mama to Many
Tennessee
10/27/2014

Dear Tim in NY,

My understanding is that water kefir does not have as many probiotics as milk kefir. But it would surely be worth a try!

Also, it is possible that your body would tolerate the milk kefir as the kefir grains live on the sugar in the milk. So there is less milk sugar in the kefir. My system doesn't tolerate dairy the best but it does tolerate kefir quite well.

Let us know what you try!

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Allan
Trinidad
11/23/2016

Hi ED2010, Can you indicate what brand of Kefir you bought? I may be able to get it on Amazon. Thanks


Multiple Remedies  

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Posted by Dj (Bangalore, India) on 08/15/2015

Background:

I've been facing progressive hair thinning near my crown and top part of the scalp since 2005 or so. It used to itch due to dandruff/fungus infection. As a kid I used to apply gel for an year or so. I also had asthma and was on sulbutamol, fluticasone inhalers.

Fast forward from 2007-2011, I was in college. Hair loss was worse due to bad nutrition staying in hostel. It thinned more. Used to wash my head with a ZPT shampoo as advised by my doctor.

I discovered this site and came to know about SLS and stopped shampoo immediately. From what I could figure out:

1) using aloe vera gel+tea tree+lavender oil helps to cure dandruff

2) taking biotin, silica, vitamin c, zinc, iodine, selenium supplements should help too

3) Diet wise: eliminated sugar/wheat and dairy

Am I missing anything? Please suggest me ways to cure my hair loss and get rid of fungal infection. If I stop tea tree for a while it starts itching again. I can go to any extent.

Replied by Anon
Us
08/15/2015

Ted wrote a lot on hair remedies -it is so detailed I printed it out and highlighted it with a marker:

www.earthclinic.com/cures/treatment-for-hair-loss9.html#ted_126664

Replied by C
Pdx
08/17/2015

I have read about people using athletes foot cream mixed with equal parts water and applying to scalp. It won't leave your hair greasy, has no smell and is super cheap. Worth a try, especially if you suspect your issue is fungal.


Posted by Evan (Dallas, Tx) on 07/06/2015
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I have been using rogaine, finasteride, and biotin based products religiously. From what I have experienced is stronger and thicker hair. Not so much new hair growth (minimal), but what hair I do have is much stronger. Dosage of biotin really doesn't seem to have an effect. Its all about consistency. Keep the dosage the same, and over time you will see results. Trust me, its a slow road. Find a hair style you are comfortable with and keep it. Do your best to forget that you have hair loss, because you will not get results over night. Takes years.


Posted by Adrian (Los Angeles, Ca) on 10/16/2014
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These are the best remedies I have found that have helped (almost immediately! ) my hair to have a smooth texture and look thicker:

1.) Wheatgrass (I take the powdered form)

2.) Glutathione capsules

3.) Coenzymated vitamin B's


Pulse Therapy  

Posted by Lightfeather (New York, New York) on 11/06/2008

Alopecia Areata/Totalis/Universalis: I recently saw something in a search on cures for alopecia. It's called 'pulse therapy' which includes several high doses of steroids, for a short period of time; pulsed out over time. The reseach has suggested that many people with this disorder are cured within a 3-6month time frame. Although they say it causes no side-effects or risk, I would do my own personal due diligence. Seems to be available in most other countries except here in the USA

Replied by Gerardo
Pasadena, Tx
08/08/2010

I had the steroid treatment for my alopecia and all my hair grew back, but the steroids were administered by a doc and in the form of shots to the bald spots. I've not seen or felt any side affects though I did see some scarring due to the shots.

Replied by Fenny
Toronto, Canada
01/17/2012

My son had the steroid shot on the scalp, it helped for period of time, nothing seems to last. I would not recommend for the risk of side effect.

Then I gave him the gel of aloe vera plant , rubbed it on his scalp, it worked and helped for hair grow. But after 2 years the baldspot came back.

Now he does not know what to do, I am helping him to find the solution with natural remedies. Hopefully by using Milk Kefir will helped to solve the problem, bythe way, where can I get the Milk Kefir ?

Thanks, Fenny

With Aloevera plant helped for periode time, but it did not last forever. Now I am helping him to search the cure with natural remedies.


Saw Palmetto  

Posted by Hpylori (India) on 07/28/2014

I wish to learn from the experts or users of saw palmetto and the benefits, the dosage and duration of its use for hair regrowth


Ted's Remedies  

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Posted by Jimbo (Philippines) on 09/26/2014
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i started rubbing aloe vera into my scalp about 4 months ago, I do it 2 to 3 times a week, I just take and scrape the inside of the leaf and get goop from it and really get my scalp soaking wet with it, I do it at night so it can soak in good, and shower in the morning, I have male pattern baldness and noticed my hair is coming back like grass spreading from the hair thats left and starting to cover the bald areas, it has expanded about an inch and a half over the past 4 months, have no idea if it will work for everyone, but so far I am amazed. Good luck in whatever you do.

Replied by Jake
Australia
02/13/2015

Hi Jimbo,

How is your hair now? Has it all grown back? Are you still using aloe vera?

Tanguay
Phoenix
03/22/2016

I have a hard time believing that aloe would cause hair to grow back.


Ted's Remedies  

Posted by Jon (Niagara Falls) on 02/16/2014

Hi Ted,

I have Male Pattern Baldness and am convinced it is reversible. I found your post from last year that recommended making a topical solution of the following:

B3, Biotin, methionine, cysteine, and borax. I thought I'd give it a shot. However you didn't specify how much of each to mix for this solution. Can you tell me how to make this formula once all of the ingredients arrive? Do I mix with just distilled water?

Also, what are thoughts about adding Baking Soda and or magnesium oil to the mixture?

Thanks for your advice. If you have updated your suggestions since the post I have dated 2/10/12, can you please inform me.
Thanks, Jon

Replied by Brenda
Usa
03/08/2014

I can't find Ted's remedy for male pattern baldness from the website. People talk about how it works but I can't find the recipe. Thank you!! Brenda

Replied by Purplebutterfly
Usa
09/22/2015

Any updates anyone?

Replied by Graham Booth
Brisbane
12/02/2015

I've used urine therapy. Involves collecting a cup of your own urine before you turn on the shower, poring it over your head massage it in, shower & clean the rest of your body , then just before you get out rinse your hair thoroughly. Your hair will get thicker with a nice luster. In about 2 months new hair will start to grow. Look & understand urine therapy, very very interesting. cheers Graham