To Melinda re: Saw Palmetto for hair loss... forget Saw Palmetto. Saw Palmetto regnerates tissue. There's some conflicting information out there, but it does not appear to be safe for women to take, especially if you have fibroids or endometriosis, and most especially if you don't know it!
I went through nine years of hell with hair loss, which started at perimenopause. I would be out to dinner with a friend and hunks of hair would fall into my plate. I'd wash my hair and would fill up the toilet bowl with the hair that would come out. (And yes, I originally had a ton of hair, below the shoulder in length and very thick.) This wasn't just a general thinning, but patchy fallout and breakage. Every winter the hair would change texture, get hard as a rock and break off at the roots at the left side of the crown and at the nape of the neck. When I couldn't hide the damage, I wore wigs. I wore wigs for five out of those nine years. Doctors and herbalists couldn't find the cause. My thyroid checked out normal on blood tests; I did not have a fungal infection of the scalp. I tried everything I could think of: MSM worked for a little while, so did Black Walnut Hull tincture. I had some luck with Black Cohosh for a year, then it rebounded on me and I had to stop.
Finally, in 2006, a friend of mine sent me to a lecture on adrenal fatigue. I later had myself "spit" tested for levels of estrogen, testosterone, progesterone, thyroid hormones, cortisol and DHEA. Well, it turns out that at 5PM each day, I had no cortisol. Zip, nada. My adrenals were in trouble and there was no way they could take over and compensate for the lowered hormone output of menopause. The protocol for raising levels of cortisol is to take DHEA and Pregnenalone (sp?). Unfortunately, between slop bucket hot flashes, extreme fatigue and flipping out, I was too sensitive to take those "precursor" hormones.
Four months after this, I got very sick with Bronchitis and could not get rid of it for three months. A herbalist I was seeing for the Bronchitis decided that my problems were nutritional and prescribed a herbal mix that I was to take as nutrients and not as medicine. Well, my body didn't react too well to that, either, so I decided to buy the herbs in bulk and try them one by one to see which one was disagreeing with me. One of the herbs was RED RASPBERRY LEAF, WHICH ALONG WITH KELP, GAVE ME MY HAIR BACK!!!! It was noticeable within days. I started the tea in March; by early May my hair had filled in enough that I was able to cut my hair in a short style and ditch the wig. Red Raspberry is known as a female tonic and mild alterative that tones the uterus, stops hemorrhages and diarrhea, reduces fevers, cures mouth ulcers and stimulates hair growth. It's delicious, inexpensive and you don't need much of it.
Purchase Red Raspberry Leaf in bulk at any reputable herb store or coop. When buying Kelp in bulk, get the granulated kind that looks like pepper. The fine powder Kelp is too clumpy and doesn't mix or sprinkle well.
Put 1/2 teaspoon of Raspberry Leaf in infuser or strainer.
Pour boiling water in cup to cover. Steep for 10 minutes, or if you like, to lukewarm.
Drink a cup of this twice a day. When your hair is recovered, reduce to once a day.
Kelp: 1/4 teaspoon twice a day; once in AM, once in late afternoon. Just put it on the spoon and follow with a big glass of water, or sprinkle it on your food. Can cause sleeplessness if taken in evening. Can also take 1/2 teaspoon once a day. Adjust dosage depending on how it effects you.
Another thing that's helpful -- switch to an organic shampoo and conditioner. Especially conditioner! You'll notice a difference right away. My hair texture really changed; it became much more elastic! Some "organics" are really organic and some are not. If you email me, I'd be glad to tell you what I used. If you go to Organic Consumer website you should be able to find a link to a list of products that are NOT AUTHENTIC or are contaminated with toxins, so you can screen any hair products you are interested in against the list.
I realize this is long, but I thought the story needed to be told. It wasn't until last year on an annual physical that it was discovered that I had hundreds of tiny cysts on my thyroid, yet all my numbers were still normal. Red Raspberry might work for you. Good luck, Melinda.
Rob's Hair Puddy Thickener and Growth Formula
I am 55 years old male and suffering from receding hairline, thin and brittle hair, tips of my hair are thin. I found a recipe online but required ingredients like honey, coconut milk, etc. I didn't know what to call this stuff. It sets-up like banana pudding so I call it Hair Puddy.
Here is my simplified recipe.
* 8 oz Plastic wide-mouth cosmetic container (re-use, re-purposed from dollar tree) so you can keep in the shower.
* Dr Bronner's Castile Soap - Peppermint (Ingredients: Water, Coconut Oil, Potassium Hydroxide, Olive Oil, Mentha Arvensis, Fair Deal Hemp Oil, Jojoba Oil, Peppermint Oil, Citric Acid, Tocopherol)
* Gerneir Fructis Pure Clean Aloe Shampoo (bought at Dollar General) The enzymes in Aloe cause your hair to appear much healthier and glossier. It is a quick and effective element for damaged hair. It strengthens the hair and causes the locks to appear much bouncier and shiny. If you're wondering how to stop hair from falling out, aloe vera is a great home remedy for treating hair loss. Aloe vera works to soothe and calm a damaged scalp, creating a healthy environment for hair cells to replenish and flourish. Aloe also helps clean up sebum, an oil that clogs follicles and prevents hair from growing back. To effectively use this natural hair loss treatment, simply massage pure aloe vera gel directly along your scalp, or find an aloe vera-based shampoo.
* 2 oz bottle Decolorized iodine 2% w/ spray bottle (bought at wal-mart) If you experience hair loss because of an iodine deficiency, getting enough of this mineral may help correct your thyroid hormone levels and stop hair loss. An iodine deficiency may prevent hair follicles from regenerating.
* 30 drops fenugreek essential oil (online) An age-old remedy for when your hair is losing volume. While it stimulates blood flow to the scalp, it also nourishes the hair follicles to promote faster and healthier new growth. Not only that, but it also acts as a great alternative to store-bought conditioner. The mucilage content replenishes the hair and provides smoothness allowing us to detangle our hair easily post every wash. This also helps restore luster. Fenugreek has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that help with dandruff, scalp irritation and acne. And, if you are losing hair due to menopause/hormonal issues, I highly recommend fenugreek since it is high in estrogen and thus will help prevent hair from thinning.
* 1 tablespoon Olive oil (Olive oil is one of the top emollients because not only is it packed with vitamins, antioxidants, and healthy fats, it makes for the perfect relief to a dry, itchy scalp." Olive can also help fight bacterial infections while strengthening the hair, which makes it an ideal addition to a hair mask, deep conditioner, or as a hot oil treatment to boost hydration and soften your coils. Research on the effect of olive oil shows that it can have a major moisturizing effect. Olive oil could add softness and strengthen hair by penetrating the hair shaft and preserving moisture. The shine said to come from olive oil may be due to the oil smoothing the outer cuticle of the hair.)
* 1 tablespoon Castor oil (Castor oil is very effective at preventing hair loss and improving hair growth, stops premature greying for several reason. Due to its incredible antibacterial and antifungal properties, it's very beneficial against dandruff, follliculitus, and scalp infections. Castor oil contains ricinoleic acid that promotes circulation to the scalp and helps with hair growth. Additionally, castor oil is also loaded with antioxidants that help the hair to become smoother and stronger. )
* Place 1 TSP each of olive oil and castor oil, 30 drops fenugreek essential oil into clean cosmetic container. Add 6 oz Dr Bronner's Castile Soap.
* Blend well by stirring with a butter knife ti uniformed. Keep container in shower for use.
* Apply about ½ teaspoon full in your hand (longer hair will take more) and a squirt of “Gerneir Fructis Pure Clean Aloe Shampoo” and massage into wet scalp and hair, once a day.
* Leave in hair for at least 10 minutes (longer if you can); rinse and dry hair as normal.
Results: I started noticing my dry brittle hair becoming stronger and thicker and growing like crazy within a week. We measured my hair for 30 days growth. And in 30 days my hair grew 4 ½ inches. The receding hairline is starting to fill back in with a daily spray of Decolorized iodine on the skin in my hairline.
2 month update: Hair is looking like it did in my early 30's. But much thicker and softer.
What is the first thing men and women do when they notice their hair is starting to thin? They start treating it like fragile glass. This is the worst thing to do, as it escalates the problem. See, thinning or receding hair means that the roots are not getting enough circulation for blood nutrients to keep them fed, healthy and producing nice, strong follicles.
Try this: Press your fingertips into your scalp and see how much you can move your scalp. You should be able to move it about a half inch back and forth, IF your scalp is sufficiently hydrated and relaxed. If not, you have just isolated the cause of your thinning and receding hair problem...tight scalp.
The solution? Two parts:
1. Start drinking enough good clean water every day and less dehydrating drinks, like coffee and alcohol. (The pounding hangover headache comes from scalp dehydration, since the scalp is thin and dehydrates quickly.)
2. Start giving yourself a daily deep scalp massage for a minute or two. Start with where there is healthy hair, at the back of the neck or above the ears so that you are pushing good circulation up into the thin spots.
Press your fingertips into the scalp and move the scalp in small circles or back and forth a few times. Move your fingers up a bit and repeat until you've massaged the entire scalp. You really have to stimulate the circulation and a light touch just won't do it. Also make sure you're moving the scalp itself and not just your hair, which can break, especially if wet.
It's even better if you do this while inverted to get more circulation to the scalp -- that is, standing with your head at or below your waist.
It also helps hair growth if your thyroid is working well, so seafood or kelp two or three times a week may help. Also, grasp your lower neck with your whole hand and wiggle it vigorously a few times to “wake up” the thyroid with circulation. Do this every morning as part of your washing up routine.
Results will always vary by individual. With some individuals, there are no viable hair roots remaining to restore, whether this is genetic or -- more commonly found today -- because of excessive product use (gels and sprays) and daily shampooing. These chemicals leach into the scalp and kill the hair roots.
You should notice results within a few months or so. If that sounds like it takes too long, that's what they say to expect with those expensive hair treatments, so try this for free. Your new hair at first may be fuzzy-looking, like baby hair, but it will strengthen as you continue to supply it with the blood nutrients it needs to be healthy.
I dated a man who was balding - no hair on top - but he loved getting scalp massages every once in a while. After several months, we noticed some new hairs growing out of the top of his head. I hope he kept up the massages after we broke up. ;-)
- lengthens growth cycle.
- hair stops falling out, due to need for sulfur...very common
- no side effects, no limit on the dose
mix powder w/water, take as much as you can afford..
1-10 grams a day
Swish in mouth while taking it.
Prevents plaque on teeth, heals gums.
MSM did all of the above for me.
Also can add to pets' water... It rejuvenated my 15 year old cat.
Any brand of coconut oil would work. As long as "coconut oil "is written on the label, you can still confidently apply it on your hair. Anyway, making your hair longer/prevent hair loss is one sole issue while making it look shinier is another issue.
I am just a 18 years old girl. My hair used to be thick last time and I've never bothered it, even when others told me that I have thick hair. Worries monopoly myself when I started to realise when my hair is getting thinner and thinner than year after year.
Every morning, when I woke up, about more than 15 strands of hair would end up between my finger and thus, finally fall off.
Then, I started applying coconut oil on my hair on my scalp(to reduce the number of hair fall and promote faster hair growth/regrowth) and also apply them between my hair from the scalp to the tip of my hair to make it look shinier and repairs all those split ends. AND YAY! I did realise some changes in a week time. And I'm so amazed with much power coconut oil can do.
Potato Oil or Juice
I am a natural blonde, in my middle age, who has always experienced alot of hair fall. My husband used to say how it was mostly my hair found in the vacuum cleaner bag (which was true). I read somewhere that natural blondes have more hair per sq inch than other colours. Have no idea if this is true or not, but it did make me feel better about all that hair I constantly shed. Note: I am experiencing no balding; I have been happily clogging up vacuum cleaners for decades!
While in Mexico, I accidentally bought a product called "Aceite de Papas" or "Potato Oil". I looked it up and found it was helpful for hair growth. So I tried it by rubbing about 1 tbsp of potato oil and massaging it into my scalp, left it on for 30 mins. Stepped into the shower, added the shampoo (no water yet! ). Then I soaped up and finished as usual. Omigoodness folks, I could not believe the difference, and aftee only 1 use! No more was I constantly pulled hair out of my combs & brushes! A few hairs were there but only about 5% of the usual.
If I can't find this product in Canada, I will be peeling and boiling potato skins and use the Potato Juice method. I am amazed that I never heard of this before and wanted to share!
A few years ago, my hair used to fall out very heavily - often in large clumps. There would be fistfulls of hair in the shower drain. I was left with very thin and and bald patches, which then drove me to cut it all off! It's not something I ever want to go through again. It was only Edgar Cayce's remedy that had cured me - more specifically CARROTS! I would eat a raw carrot a day.
It did take a long time (almost a year and a half), but regrowth happened and my hair is so much healthier and stronger now. I do notice a difference if I miss consuming carrots for a few days in a row - the fall-out begins to happen again. I have never tried this with cooked carrots though. I do juice them and try a variety of different ways to consume them raw. I have no idea what unknown compounds there are in carrots, but thank God Edgar Cayce was able to recognize them because I now have hair!
Edgar Cayce did recommend other remedies for hair loss, but this is what worked for me. I am not saying his other remedies didn't work - I had not tried the others. A carrot a day was the most affordable treatment for me at that time.
I am post menopausal and was suffering from severe hair loss. I was told by one doctor to wash my hair daily with a well known over the counter hair restorer (at $40 or so a bottle). Not only could I not afford it, I refused to put all those chemicals on my head daily, especially since it could be deadly to my cats. Other doctors have told me there was nothing I could do and to enjoy my hair while I had it. I even tried a prescription shampoo, as well as many other shampoos on the market. A couple of weeks ago I decided to give up shampoo as so many other people are doing. I never used many products on my hair so it didn't have any kind of build up, and it is almost out of the greasy phase, and I have not lost one strand since I stopped shampooing. While my hair is a little on the oily side (which will stop soon) I wash it only with very warm water and let it dry naturally. My hair looks AMAZING. The shine and bounce it had when I was a teenager is back. I'm hoping that it will grow back in areas I have bald spots, but even if it doesn't I am so happy that I am not losing any more. I don't use vinegar or baking soda on it, just plain water. And if it smells a little funky, I just go outside, turn my head upside down and run my fingers through it and the smell is gone. I am so happy, I wanted to share with everyone!
I would like to share this with earth clinic and Ted. I found this on the Internet but sorry I don't remember where or I would give them the credit for this simple stop hair fall out remedy.
This person said to use a soft bristle brush such as a boar bristle brush and bend forward at the waist and brush your hair toward the floor. Do not push brush into the scalp but just start at the scalp and brush to the tips. (I use the other hand to hold the hair against the brush) No certain amount of times to brush. When you have all the hair brushed this direction, stand up and now you push the brush against the scalp and brush your hair towards the back or sides with constant pressure on the brush. Again this doesn't have to be done for any certain amount of times, just until you get the hair all brushed.
You can then style your hair. They said to do this 3 times a day.
I only do it twice, first thing in the morning and before I go to bed.
Their statement was this: Your hair WILL stop falling out. Not maybe or should stop.
So that's what convinced me to try it.
I am 65 years old and I have been losing hair constantly over the past few years. I tried a lot of diets, meds, shampoos and even one of Ted's remedies, with no success.
So when I read this article, I thought that's easy and cheap to try. I can do that.
I expected it to take a long time to show up if it was doing anything. To my surprise the hair fallout was stopped the first time I did this technique.
In the past, after each shower, I would have to clean the hair out of the drain or it would clog up.
The very first time I did this brushing there was nothing to clean out of the drain. I was so shocked because nothing had ever worked that fast to solve any problem I've had in the past.
I have been doing this for about 2 months now. The balding spot on the back of my head is completely gone. The thinning part on each side of my head is full again.
I didn't want to tell anyone until I knew for sure I wasn't imagining how well it works.
This person said as we get older we loose something on the scalp but that it's still on our hair, it just won't stay on the scalp. (I'm sorry I can't remember the word he used for that, but I'm sure Ted would know.)
The first brushing we are collecting this and the second brushing we are depositing it back onto the scalp where it is needed.
While getting my hair cut the last time, my beautician told me that my hair was very healthy and so was my scalp. I never had anyone tell me that before. I hadn't mentioned doing this to her. So it's noticeable to others.
The following newer article (March 2023) reviews multiple studies regarding using Melatonin to improve alopecia.
Here is a relevant quote from the article :
' Eleven studies which detailed evidence of melatonin use in patients with alopecia were included. Overall, data for 2,267 patients — including 1,140 men — made the final analysis.
Results showed that eight studies demonstrated positive outcomes for patients with androgenetic alopecia who were treated with topical melatonin.In addition, eight studies also showed an improvement in scalp hair growth with melatonin treatment, whereas four studies demonstrated that melatonin improved scalp hair density compared with controls. An additional two studies showed that melatonin bested controls in terms of hair shaft thickness.
The range for an optimal melatonin dose may be 0.0033% or 0.1% applied as a once-daily regimen for a duration of 90 to 180 days. Additionally, optimizing the vehicle for topical melatonin — for example, with nanostructured lipid carriers — may further improve the hormone's impact on hair growth. '
A word about salt. Years ago while living in Christchurch, New Zealand I stopped using salt altogether. After a while, I noticed that my eighteen month old baby's hair was on the pillow and then found my hair and my husband's was falling as well. I phoned the local hospital and asked to speak to the dietician. I " I'd like to find out if there is anything missing in our diet" I said, referring to our household. "There's nothing missing in our diet! " the lady shouted defensively.
Guess what. I reinstated the salt and everything went back to normal.
If you were insufficient or deficient in zinc, supplementing with zinc is likely to affect hair and nail growth. It should be most noticeable in the nail growth before the hair growth.
I started losing hair in my mid-thirties due to peri-menopause. I didn't know that's what it was at the time. I became post-menopausal at 45 with very thin hair. I've tried lots of things, but what has been working very well for me for the last few months is a Biotin supplement and rinsing my hair with organic acv. You can drink it too, it's good for you and it cured my IBS. But for my hair, I'm just using it as a rinse. I use a spray bottle and massage my head gently for about 2 minutes. I do this almost every evening. Has slowed my hair loss a LOT and my balding spots are getting much better. However, it does take time to notice. It's a safe, natural way to combat hair loss. It might not work for everyone, but it seems to be working for me. And I do not dilute it. I'm 50 now and have more hair than I did at 45.
Coconut Oil for Hypothyroid patients: I heard that virgin coconut oil was a good supplement for people suffering with hypothyroidism. I went to a natural food market and bought a jar of it. That was 2 months ago and I have gone back to buy more several times. I am taking 3 tablespoons in the morning. It has not helped with my weight although I know a few people who used it and lost weight immediately. It has stopped my hair loss (it use to fall out by the handful) and in fact not only is my hair thicker but my eyebrows are growing back. I no longer have cold hands and feet either. It doesn't cure thyroid problems but it certainly is a great supplement to help with the effects of the disease.
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
I started a regime of diatomaceous earth recently and within 10 days began to see it's effect: my hair, which tends to get dry and therefore frizzy easily, now feels silky. The frizziness has almost disappeared. We are having a warm spell here and my hair would have usually been an untidy mess. Instead, it is calm, smooth, and shiny, even after spin class! I am also losing less hair when I shampoo, which is amazing. I also have more energy, no more of that late afternoon slump, and best of all, I am losing weight. That could also be because of me spending longer time exercising due to increased energy, lol. I have a heaping tablespoon in the morning and evening, blended in water. It's easy to swallow with no strong flavor or smell. Thanks again and Merry Christmas to you and everyone at Earth Clinic!
I tried this brushing technique for hair loss and noticed a difference within a couple weeks. I really had my doubts, but truthfully I feel that nowadays I have less hairs falling than I ever have.
I always had really thick hair which I took for granted but over the past few years it had been shedding at a more and more rapid pace. It began to look thin, and I had a handful of maybe fifteen hairs nearly every time I ran my hand through it. Naturally I was panicked and self conscious at the age of 23, but was reluctant to use certain topical drugs and other unnatural "remedies." Since starting this technique once a day or every other day, along with decreasing my shampooing to two times a week (three max), my hair has looked great! Shiny, full, and I've had several unrelated unsolicited comments from people I know about the difference they noticed.
All I do is flip my head over and use a boar's bristle brush over all my hair until it's brushed (sometimes this requires pre-combing if it's knotted), making sure not to put pressure on the scalp, and I can feel the follicles being stimulated. Flip back over, brush it all down, and viola, treatment over.
No more clogged drains, no more hairy brush. I also quit eating beef; I wonder if this had anything to do with it? Either way, now I'm grateful for the hairs in my head, even though they're turning gray. Thank you earth clinic.