Natural Cures for Hair Loss in Women

French Shampoo

3 User Reviews
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Posted by Alicia (Las Vegas, NV) on 05/11/2007
5 out of 5 stars

After trying countless products on my poor daughter, my friend recommended the Rene Furterer Astera Soothing Milk Shampoo. In one week she started sprouting little hairs. In two months her hair is now thicker and her bald spot is almost completely covered. It didn't stop the reinfections in other spots of her head though. For now we are using the shampoo. I got it from

Replied by Shea
(Mineola, Texas)

yes, i have alopecia and i was wondering if you know anywhere to get that shampoo, other than online....? if so email me....and how often to use it?

Replied by Jackie
(Danville, VA)

Hi. I have seen that Milk Shampoo on Amazon. It is pretty expensive, but worth the money if it works, right!

Replied by Anita
5 out of 5 stars

I read this post about 1 month ago and got excited as I have extremely thin hair at the temples. I found the product on many online sites but decided to check out the Rene Ruterer website. I could find a distribitor in the city. Just type in your area and state and you will find many options. The product is expenisve but I did a walk-in consultation at a salon which sold the product. They were very patient and advised me on a treatment plan. The product is expensive but I am happy to report that it has now been 3 weeks and I already have new growth - amazing. As a result I have alrady changes my hair style. I have to continue this treatment (pre-shampoo, shampoo, conditioner, serum daily use moisurizer and vitamins) for 3 months. I will report on whether the growth has continued - so far so good. My hair is also very soft and not greasy. Thank you very much Alicia from Las Vegas - if you did not write this post I would never have heard about this product. I do not know whether you did a consultation at a salon but I found that very helpful in guiding me to using the right product for my particular condition.

Thanks again.

Replied by Melissa
(Albany, Ny)

I picked up the R-80 serum for my son who is 5yrs old...has anyone tried this for alopecia areata? or just the Rene Fruterere soothing milk? I could really use some feedback on what to use, I found the serum in Sephora store.

Replied by Jaazaniah
(New York, NY)


I have a bald spot the size of a nickel near the top of my ear. I really think it happened when I was hit very hard during a sporting event. This is the second time it has happened in the same spot during a 3 year period. I suffered a severe hit the first time as well. The bald spot varies in size during a 1 year period from the size of a dime to the size of a quarter. The bald spot does not irritate me in any way. I have medium to thick wavy hair. Please recommend a product or products that could help me because I do not want to have to wait more than a year for it to start growing again and I do not want to have any kind of injection - Per doctor's recommendation.

I noticed that Rene Furterer Shampoo was recommended. I want to purchase it but before I do I just wanted to know if this shampoo was the only product or was it combined with any other products?



Replied by Carla
(Holbrook, Arizona)
1 out of 5 stars

I have been using the Rene Furterer shampoo for more than two months and am disappointed that I have experienced no new hair growth in that time and no relief for my alopecia. It is an expensive shampoo that I ordered online, and I wish it had worked as the original poster described. I am wondering if the original post was actually a plug for the beauty website she mentioned in her post. I hope not, and I hope it works as described for someone else. Just my 2 cents.

Replied by Fooch
(Tucson, Az)

Well, the poster put that she used the pre shampoo, shampoo, conditioner and vitamins. You stated you just used the shampoo. So how can you call it ineffective when you used a different regimen?

Replied by Shishir
(Abudhabi, Uae)

Hi Alicia, I am quite impressed with your story and I am planning to buy the same product but as you have said "Rene Furterer Astera Soothing Milk Shampoo" I could not find the same thing as you have mentioned. There are other with similar names. But not this one. Can you please help me to choose the same as you have described.

thanks in advance....!!!

Replied by Joanna
(Delhi, India)

From where can I get french shampoo in india?


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Posted by Lj (Fort Edward, Ny) on 12/01/2018
5 out of 5 stars

For women, sometimes, the hair loss has pattern most noticeable at the temple area at the beginning and moving towards the top of the head. Often this is resolved by iodine and addressing the thyroid. Determining if this is an underlying issue is important

Rubbing a small amount of iodine ( I used nascent as it's less drying) into the scalp at night. I would wait about 20 min and then add a very small amount of shark liver oils- squaleen. It's an oil easily absorbed into the skin. I tried coconut oil but it was messy.

As I also had fibroid breasts. Painting iodine reversed this. However I also took a 3mg Supplement oral, iodoral. Split into quarters.

Within a month peach fuzz new growth appeared.

Posted by Edyta (Toronto, Ontario) on 12/30/2012

Hi there, I been reading an article about the iodine/alopecia connection?... is this the root cause of alopecia.? I been suffering with hair loss since I was 9 years old. I am 27 now, can you please advise on the best cure? Thanks, Edyta

Replied by Venusissunev
(Mexico City, Mexico)

Sounds like all the answers point to an iodine deficiency. Kelp seems to be the solution. Good luck!

Replied by Alya

Be VERY wary of Kelp! It is usually very heavily contaminated with heavy metals, even some organic brands! I would go for Lugol's iodine, or something similar.

Posted by Carol (Chicago, IL) on 07/12/2008
5 out of 5 stars

I purchased the clear iodine, known as liquid kelp from Whole Foods. I applied a drop or two a day on my scalp every other day for about 2 months. many strands of hair did grow on my scalp but the hair is in the form of white fuzz. The article you about wrote about clear iodine causing fuzz to grow on scalp, worked as you said it would. A bald spot on my scalp still remains along with many stunted growth of white fuzzy hair.

Posted by Rob (Hawthorn Woods, IL) on 01/01/2008
5 out of 5 stars

Since I posted my comments several months ago regarding the use of Iodine for my wife's allopecia, I've had several inquiries about the particulars of my wife's treatment. I believe the majority of allopecia problems are internal, not external, so I would highly recommend an Iodine deficiency test if you indeed suffer from this. Many doctors are familiar with this test, but if you go to Dr. Mercola's website at and type "iodine deficiency" in the search box, he will give directions on how to easily and inexpensively do the test yourself. Please post your feedback here at Earth Clinic so that we can help everyone....Thanks

Replied by Miriam
(Farmington Hills, Mi)

Warning: Be very careful how much iodine you take and that you do not have thyroid issues!!! I was put on 100 mg. of Iodorol and I had a toxic reaction and all of my hair fell out in a five month period! It has taken almost 2 years to get it back with the help of a very dedicated Dermatologist. Beware.

5 out of 5 stars

I know this is an old post but I'm responding in case someone else comes here for information. I use 12.5 mg Iodoral and have had no problem whatsoever. I'm about 113 lbs.

Replied by Teri In T Town
(Tacoma, Wa, Usa)

Mariam, it may not be the iodine that caused problems, but the form of the iodine supplement. High dosage in Iodorol is likely to throw other electolytes out of balance. Try correcting iodine deficiencies slowly with natural food supplements such as Kelp and Seaweed, which has many minerals as well as significant iodine. It is interesting that Iodorol caused hair loss (and is indeed a listed side effect) since their marketing describes it as correcting hair loss!

Replied by Grizz
(Jackson, Tn)

The problem was NOT the iodine. It was detox symptoms from taking too much iodine too soon. Iodine detoxes the body of bromides, fluorides & chlorine, as well as heavy metals. You must start iodine small3 months. You MUST also take companion supplements selenium, magnesium, vitamin C to avoid detox symptoms.


Replied by Billy

I searched for iodine deficiency on but there were no results with a test. Do u perhaps have the actual url?

Posted by Rob (Hawthorn Woods, IL) on 08/16/2007
5 out of 5 stars

My wife unexpectedly had all the hairs in her eyebrows fall out over a period of several weeks. There was no apparent cause but we suspected stress had something to do with it. They did eventually grow back, but were very thin and the follicles were still weak. It wasn't until almost a year later that a wonderful holistic doctor tested her and found her iodine deficient. She was put on an iodine pill, her energy levels came way up, the her eyebrows are as thick as ever. Kelp tablets would probably do the trick too, as they are high in iodine.

EC: Please read the .pdf, Fluoride Poisoning Q&A by Jason Uttley.

Replied by Jason Uttley

"Fluoride displaces iodine. So you need the more iodine to perform the same function. Hence Carton's comment in the Fluoride Journal. This is an example of why I included "noticeable hair loss" as a symptom in the relatively early stages of chronic fluoride poisoning.

Replied by Tom
(Regina, Sk)


For anyone in Canada who really wants to pursue getting a bottle or two of decolourized iodine (size and cost unknown), here is an excerpt not followed up by myself, of an April e-mail reply to a company in B. C. , Canada. It sounds like you should have a few pharmacy names, addresses, phone numbers, etc. picked out and handy to give to tell them where you will pick it up! :

We do not distribute a Decolourised Iodine, which you correctly refer to as being water white. For us to
bring in a bottle or two of the colourless iodine would make the cost to you prohibitive. If you want to pursue the matter I suggest you call 1-800-668-9453 and ask the customer service to refer you to a pharmacy in XXXXX who would either stock the product or who could bring it in for you.

Posted by Barb (Auckland, New Zealand) on 09/12/2006
5 out of 5 stars

Alopecia Areata is bald spots that occur all of a sudden on your scalp. I dab it on once a day on bald spots for a week to a fortnight - and then forget about it (if I can) and hope:) So far it seems to start the growth of hair again. It changes the scalp texture from red and irritable back to normal scalp. Within 6 weeks to 8 weeks usually spot is covering with little hairs. The iodine may even help the fatigue that comes when your hair falls out too - when a bald spot is occurring I tend to get deathly pale and feel exhausted.

Replied by K
(Montreal, QC Canada)

Hello, i have tried to find decolorized iodine but to no avail. I was informed that decolorized iodine is not available in Canada ( not sure why) I would like to know if red iodine would be just as effective. I found out that red iodine can be decolorized with hydrogen peroxide but since I would be using it in an 'inconspicuous' area on my scalp, the color would not bother me. Please let me know as I would really like to try the remedy and post my results!! Thanks for your time.

Replied by Ted
(Bangkok, Thailand)
383 posts

Dear K: You are asking for trouble by using hydrogen peroxide and iodide solution. If a 35% H2O2 is added to iodide a somewhat explosive reaction, but if a 3% H2O2 is added to iodine solution, the solution will still remain brown and being colorless takes place very slowly.

The solution if you are not careful will cause some burning to the skin where a regular iodine won't.

The problem about all this is it will also inhibit the body's ability to absorb iodine too.

Therefore, use the regular iodine foot painting. Here is an abstract on iodine and hydrogen peroxide uptake issue. In so many words, a hydrogen peroxide will inhibit the uptake of the iodine or limits your body's absorption of iodine, which of course won't help you.

1: Thyroid. 1991 Summer;1(3):267-71.

Hydrogen peroxide inhibits iodide uptake and iodine organification in cultured porcine thyroid follicles.

Fukayama H, Murakami S, Nasu M, Sugawara M.
Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Wadsworth VA Hospital, Los Angeles, California.

We investigated the effect of hydrogen peroxide on the process of thyroid hormone formation in a physiologic culture system of porcine thyroid follicles that we recently established. Porcine thyroid follicles cultured in medium containing 1 mU/mL TSH were exposed to 0 to 500 microM hydrogen peroxide in the presence of 0.1 microCi carrier-free Na125 and sodium iodide for 2 h. Iodide uptake and iodine organification were measured in this incubation system. The kinetics of iodide uptake were used to explain the action of hydrogen peroxide. In addition, cAMP content and Na ,K( )-ATPase activity (an enzyme necessary for iodide uptake) were measured to investigate the mechanism of hydrogen peroxide action. Hydrogen peroxide at concentrations of 100, 200, and 500 microM inhibited iodide uptake in a dose-dependent manner. Iodide organification was inhibited only when the concentration of hydrogen peroxide was greater than 200 microM. The kinetics of iodide uptake indicated that hydrogen peroxide was a noncompetitive inhibitor with iodide. Inhibition of iodide uptake and iodine organification by hydrogen peroxide were not mediated by alteration of cAMP content of Na ,K( )-ATPase activity, since exposure to even 500 microM hydrogen peroxide did not change these parameters in the follicle when compared with those of control samples. Our results suggest that the iodide transport system in the thyroid follicle is inhibited at 200 microM hydrogen peroxide or greater. -----

Therefore a preferred iodine is iodine trichloride (a light yellow color) or a sodium iodide, both of which are more or less colorless.

Your best bet is to use Povidone Iodide (Betadine is its commerical name), if you cannot find colorless iodine.

Replied by Tania
(Santa Fe, New Mexico)

Decolorized iodine can be challenging to find. I have seen it on Just type iodine into the search bar, and it will pop up.

Replied by Laurie
(Great Neck, Ny, Usa)

Hi I am new to this site. My son is 25 years old and has Graves Disease since he was 16 years old. He had his thyroid radiated about 10 years ago and is on synthroid ever since. His hairline is receding very bladly. Would iodine treatment regrow his hair? Internally or externally? Clear or orange iodine? Any other remedy that would work? Could you give me specific directions on how to try to regrow his hair? Thank you in advance.

(New Zealand)

Google MSM and hair.

Replied by J0hnn
(Toronto, Ontario, Canada)

To stop hair loss and start regrowth follow the following protocol:

3 times a day with meals for the first 2 weeks:
Biotin 10,000 mcg(this is a "megadose" level -comes in 5,000 mcg caps)
vegital silica(this is the organic variety(not inorganic silica) 9.4 mg(comes in 4.7 mg caps)
chelated zinc(must be chelated form)100 mg(comes in 50 mg tabs).

After first 2 weeks, continue same dosage twice a day until satisfied with hair growth and optimal health/nutrition is being met.(Biotin is a B vitamin and as such, continuing high stress can increase your regular B vitamin requirements substantially)

Any hair loss will stop immediately and growth with start. Top of head hair grows an average of 1/2 inch per month so you will not see any "fuzz" until about 3 weeks from start.

This is what worked for me as a 64 yr old male that had sudden hair loss last fall where hair was coming out by the handfull for a couple of weeks.
By adding the zinc to the other 2 items, my hair came back in with my natural hair colour rather than the grey/white mix that had been falling out.

You can do further research and will see both the biotin and vegital silica as very well regarded for their benificial properties for hair.

Replied by Lori
(Ny, Ny)

Hi John from Toronto,

Does this protocol for hair regrowth interfer with thyroid replacement synthroid.

Thank you,

Replied by J0hnn
(Toronto, Ontario Canada)

Reply to Lori -- I'm sorry I cannot answer your question as I am not on ANY prescribed medication.

Replied by Tessaa
(Toronto, Ontario, Canada)

Have any ladies tried the hair loss protocol from JOhnn from Toronto? If so, what were the results?

Replied by Jbear

To Laurie from Great Neck, Ny, Usa; Has your son's hair issues been resolved? The vitamins John from Toronto mentions does not interfer as I take these and am also on Thyroid replacement. The only thing I have found so far that stops the hair loss from reoccuring is to replace the Synthroid with Armour Thyroid (it's all natural) I was started on the Synthroid and had terrible issues with hair loss. The change helped a lot. Something to discuss with his doctor :)

Replied by Kathy
(Naperville, Il)

Johnn from Toronto have you been diagnosed with alopecia areata? Is this vitamin combination work for alopecia or is your hair issue something else? How long were you on this vitamin combination?

Replied by Jay
(Toronto, Ont, Canada)

To Kathy from Naperville, Il. . No, I have not been diagnosed with any disease. I experienced a huge amount of stress during the first half of 2009 and most of my hair turned white or grey during that summer. I started losing hair at the top of my head(in typical male pattern baldness) in October 2009 and would have a comb full of hair every few days. I was 64 years old at this time. I was aware of these nutrients for hair health from various reading over the last 20 or so years and so I decided that it was worth a try. I knew it has worked for some people so I thought it might work for me. I started this specific set of nutrients in late October 2009 and my hair loss stopped almost instantly. I knew therefore I was on the right track and continued this daily for about 3 weeks. I then dropped the dosage slightly and continued. By mid December I could see that all of the remaining grey or white hair was showing my natural brown color about a half inch at the root end and the previous bald area was covered with brown fuzz. I have continued taking these nutrients but have reduced the dosage further. My hair continues to grow in my natural brown color at about a half inch per month. I am experimenting with finding the dosage for maintence even now as a few weeks ago I started seeing( for the first time since I started this) that there are now a few hairs in my comb each day. Between November and May I never saw hairs left in my comb. The journey continues.

Replied by Tish
(North York, Ontario, Canada)

Hey Jay, would you please give me the list of supplements you are taking for hairloss. I know you must have posted it but, I can't find it. Would be really great if you could write it one more time :). Thanx a lot.

EC: You can find his list in this thread.

Replied by Kathy
(Naperville, Il)

Jay, the vitamin combination sound like it is worth a try. Do you know if these dosages of the vitamins interfere with any food or medication?

Replied by Ann
(La Mirada, California, Orange County)

Jay from toronto where do I find your thread so I can find out what the vitamins are?

Replied by Reshmi
(Yuba City, Ca, Usa)

I wanted to ask John who requested the vitamins for hairloss whether he is diagnosed with alopecia areata or is it male pattern baldness. My son is diagnosed with alopecia areata, and he has lost approximately 25% if his hair from ear to ear. Can you please reply and let me know if it would benefit this disorder.


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Posted by Sms27 (Princeton, NJ, USA) on 06/01/2013
5 out of 5 stars

To women who are suffering from sudden onset of diffuse hair loss -- there seems to be a lot of information about the connection between low iron (especially low iron stores, I. E. Ferritin serum) and hair loss. Explore that connection before you try alernatives, because it may be a simple explanation.

Replied by Yukta
(Mumbai, India)

I've observed that I'm having diffused hair loss that has caused hair thinning on my frontal areas. How do I know what is the reason? Blood tests? Or any other? and also suggest if re-growth of the lost hair is possible?

Replied by Mmsg
(Somewhere, Europe)

Yes, Yukta, a blood test is a way to find out if you are missing iron. They should also test ferritin, which is stored iron.

Hair loss which comes from low iron will stop (and regrow) with regular intake of Blackstrap Molasses.

Replied by Sam
(Miami, FL)

attached is the link to TCM approach to iron deficiency

Replied by Nan

How much blackstrap molasses should I take every day? Thanks.


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Posted by Lauren (Paris, France) on 04/15/2011
5 out of 5 stars

To prevent hair loss. I strongly suggest you try Kombucha tea. My hair has regrown a lot since I started using about 3 months ago. I was not bald by my hair was getting really thin on the top of my head. It is still thinner now than the hair on the back of my head but looks quite normal.


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Posted by Nature-angel (George, Western Cape, South Africa) on 09/28/2012
5 out of 5 stars

I'm a 25 year old female who started to experience heavy hair loss. I started drinking the juice of half a lemon in half a cup of warm water in the morning and in the evenings for a month. Sometimes I would forget but I just started drinking it again the next day. My hair loss stopped completely. Even when I pull all my hair at once it is difficuilt to pull out one hair.

MSM, Vitamin C

Posted by Carlton (London, Uk) on 08/22/2018

I have been losing hair for nearly 6 years since I started menopause, I am 57 years old. I have recently started taking MSM in the hope of reducing the hair loss and have heard that taking Vitamin C with it is really helpful. Can someone tell me the best type of Vitamin C to , ake please? Thankyou.

Replied by Charity
(Faithville, Us)

not sure which vitamin c is the best but I use msm and c and horsetail and D with K-2 and many other vitamins and minerals. Also using your own urine can reset hair follicles to get new hair to grow .

Love to watch Eric Berg teach how to recover health on youtube

Multiple Remedies

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Posted by Debc (California, US) on 07/17/2014

I recently had an experience with hair loss and wanted to share my story with Earth Clinic users. I had a very serious illness and took heavy doses of steroids, and other drugs. About two months later I began experiencing very serious hair thinning. I was brushing out huge amounts of hair every day and was completely terrified. I immediately mounted a "save my hair" regimen. I took 10 of biotic every day along with a hair specific supplement. I drank "black" water or water that has been enriched with volcanic ash. I began using a 100% natural shampoo and conditioner that was specifically for hair loss. Every two days I put a pack of amla and water on my head, left it for an hour and rinsed off. Amla is an ayurvedic herb known to stop hair fall. I bought it online and also at a local India store. It is powdered Indian gooseberry. Every few days I put coconut oil on my hair and left it for a few days or overnight. Every second wash I did a rinse with ACV. Once a week I used a serum that I sometimes left on for several days. But the thing that I think helped the most was getting acupuncture twice a week. I went to a local acu school, its $25 a session. I had a great supervisor overseeing the students and every week he would stick a bunch of needles into my head (and elsewhere), twice a week. I'd say it took about 6 weeks of this regimen and then one day the hair fall just stopped. THANK YOU UNIVERSE!!!!! I pray that my hair grows back to what it was. To others going through this painful condition, have faith.

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Lara (Dubai) on 01/24/2014
1 out of 5 stars

I am 15 years old. A few years back I found out that I had lice. So I used a lice treatment and my hair started falling out ALOT. Now I have very thin hair. I have lost all hope. My scalp is very dry and hair is rough. I used to have thick smooth silky hair before. Now I even have a bald spot. I am freaking out. I tried alot of remedies, aloe vera gel, onion juice, mayo, eggs, oils....nothing seems to work. PLEASE HELP.

Replied by Om

Dear Lara, try to stick with Virgin Coconut Oil for some time. Work it in well and keep it in overnight or a few hours each time. Wash your hair with kastile type shampoo and you may want to add rosemary essential oil, a few drops. If you can find Dr. Bronner's kastile soap shampoo, that would be great. That shampoo comes with natural essential oil of choice.

Gently massage your scalp. You can also make a mush from onions and keep that on. Onions have high amount of sulphur which makes hair grow. Stay away from baby shampoo; it is not so mild. Whn you dry your hair, dry it in the sun though not in the middle of the day. Let us know how you do. Love, Om

Replied by KT

Hi Lara, sounds like you could be having a reaction to the chemicals. On one of the news channels here, tonight, there was a story about washing hair with baking soda and vinegar. It was very interesting and I'm going to try it myself. It was on NBC. You also might want to try ingesting 1 TSP Blackstrap Molasses in warm water. You should also massage or brush your scalp daily with a very soft brush to stimulate the hair follicles. Maybe someone else here can provide more help for you. Hope this helps.

Replied by Mama To Many
(Tennessee, Usa)

Dear Lara,

I am sorry about the hair loss! That would be very distressing! You are doing great to be trying things out and continuing to press on for a solution!

I think Om's suggestions sounded super! Kt's also! Coconut Oil (externally) and Blackstrap Molasses (internally) are great for hair.

I would add one more idea if you want to try something internally. The herb Nettles is great for the hair. It is very gentle and is also cleansing to the blood, which may be helpful if the chemical from the lice treatment is the problem (which sure seems likely.)

You can try nettle leaf powder in capsules and take 3 twice a day. Or you can make nettle tea and drink 2-3 cups a day. I would put 1 Tablespoon of nettle leaf in a glass jar, pour boiling water over it (3 cups) and let it steep (no longer on the heat) for 15 minutes. Strain out the leaves and sweeten with honey if you like. Nettles can help some conditions right away, others it takes a long time. Restoring hair can take some time, so plan on doing trying whatever you try for several months.

Please let us know how it goes - we really care. God bless you!

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Dave
(Fountain Inn, Sc)

To Laura from Dubai:

You complain of lice being the basis of your hair loss and ask what might help.

I would suggest you study about the benefits of Echinacea. I'd try this on a patch of scalp to see the effect. Echinacea can also be drunk in a glass of water, 5 drops, three times daily for a month. But I'd try the Echinacea ... maybe twenty drops directly onto my scalp and let dry and then re apply twenty minutes later. I'd see if my condition improved and if so, widen the area of application.

My favorite for getting rid of "critters" is Cedarcide an you can read about it on the internet. I note the FDA is attacking the manufacturers for claims that Cedarcide can kill lice. My experience with Cedarcide is that it was able to kill flea infestations when nothing else would work.

Finally, you might experiment with over the counter Lamisil and Tanactin which kill Microsporum Canis .... ringworm... a fungus. Could the active ingredients in those OTCs help with Lice? Maybe worth trying.

Don't give up in despair. You'll find a solution if you keep looking.

Replied by Jamilla
(New York, US)

Re: Multiple Remedies Not Helping Teenage Hair Loss. Hello you can try mustard oil.

Replied by Amber

Sounds like you had a serious allergic reaction to the poisons in the lice treatment. I would suggest doing a cleanse.

Multiple Remedies
Posted by T (Ottawa, Canada) on 10/01/2007
4 out of 5 stars

re: Alopecia -- Hello, On and off seemingly during high stress times (exam time when I was in university, during heavy work load times at my job) my scalp becomes irritated, red and inflamed. Bald patches start forming and the scalp is very soft in those areas. I have tried many different types of herbal solutions. I have tried apple cider vinegar, tea tree oil with lavender oil, hydrogen peroxide, taking a spoon of baking soda twice a day etc. All seemed to help slightly. The tea tree oil was probably the most effective. However, because I've suffered from this many times in the past I feel I should let people know that the only thing that really 100% worked for me was not herbal. It required a trip to my doctor and a prescription for minocin (an antibiotic). It's very cheap and worth it. Within a week the irritation, redness, inflammation disappeared. Within a month the bald patches had also filled in. I would recommend anyone with this problem visit their doctor and ask about an antibiotic. It will save you a lot of pain and stress. Good luck.

Replied by Kathy
(Naperville, Il)

I seem to have the same problem with the red and inflamed scalp. How long are you on the minocin for it to work?

Nettle Leaf

Posted by Julie R (Phoenix, AZ) on 09/08/2014

I am 61 years old and have rheumatoid arthritis. I have experienced a severe drying of my skin, and drying and thinning (thinner strands as well as massive hair fall). It is said that alopecia is an autoimmune disease, so it should be no surprise.

I have tried many things over the past 3+ years with no luck and have lost more than half my hair (75% on top and temples).

FINALLY I had success with stopping the hair fall. It took almost a week to notice. 1) I have been taking 2 caps (870mg) of nettle leaf 2-3 times/day. 2) I am using a hair rinse I made -- about half ACV and half green tea (6-8 oz each) plus the contents of 2 capsules of nettle leaf. 3) I drink a large glass of water w/1T ACV first thing in the morning, and 4) I have added about 2-3 tsps of MSM powder to my bottle of theraneem scalp shampoo.

I have been doing these things for about 2 weeks. No signs of regrowth yet, but VERY happy not to have hair falling EVERYWHERE any more, worrying about hats and other cover-ups for the rest of my life.

I tried red onion juice treatment just yesterday, but what a smelly mess. Not so sure I will try again - may give the nettle some more time.

The other thing I've tried recently is painting my scalp with Betadine, leaving it on for 24-36 hours, but have only done this twice. Relieves itching, but so does the rinse. May do that some more before desperation drives me to the onion juice.

Hope this helps.

Replied by Laurel

Hi Julie,

Did the nettle leaf work for hair regrowth? I read about it on another site and came to EarthClinic to verify whether it works. I was surprised to see that you are the only one who's written about it.