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Natural Solutions for Hair Loss: Effective Remedies for Regrowth

Hair Loss From Hypothyroidism

Posted by Raja (Brampton, Ontario/canada) on 09/01/2009

Hi, I am 37 years old. I started losing hair at age 20. Lost most of it due to hypothyroidism. Now I eat a well balanced diet and take thyroid medication. I have started seeing little thin hair, but they don't grow more than that. Is there any thing I can use to increase the blood circulation and thicken these thin hair. And will I ever have full head of hair again? Plz. help.

Replied by Jackie
(Charlotte, Nc)

Serrapeptase is a natural blood thinner.. This would help increase your circulation.. It helps with so many of my ailments not sure if would help or hurt you hair loss situation..

I would be curious as to what Ted thinks about this one..

Replied by Roberta
(Charlotte,nc Who, Usa)

To Jackie ffrom Charlotte NC, Wondering how high TSH could be to have hair loss. Also, did you find a practitioner in Charlotte area that treats with natural replacement?

Hair Puddy Thickener and Growth Formula

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Posted by Rob (Kentucky) on 06/16/2021

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.

Replied by Nina
(Mumbai Maharashtra India)

Hi Rob, thanks for your formula I need some clarity please do I have to make a fresh solution every day or can I preserve it in the fridge and how many days can last
Badly in need of a remedy.

Thanks in advance. Greetings from overseas.


Hi Nina in India -

You are making about 7 oz at one time. I keep it in the shower with the top on the container. No need to refrigerate. I have short hair so 7 oz last me about 3-4 weeks. I am going to try and add both the puddy and shampoo to one large 16 oz container. The last time I tried it, it was so thick it would not flow out of the bottle.

I merged 2 treatment plans together. The hair puddy with the iodine spray on scalp.

Here is a link I should have included of one person's cure for their hair loss. This is the reason why I spray decolorized iodine tincture on the skin of my receding hairline after I shower.

Topical Iodine Cured His Patchy Hair Loss ONLY AFTER 2 MONTHS!

If you can't access the website, here is the basis of his success.

His success formula for alopecia areata

This is what he shares in order to cure his bald patchy hair loss.

First, what you need is the decolorized iodine tincture (also known as white iodine), coconut oil & vitamin e oil to soothe any itchiness (he mentions iodine made his scalp very itchy, so his solution for this was to mix these 2 oils and apply it on those areas in order to prevent any scalp inflammation).

He also took Supradyn supplements, which is a multi-vitamin available in India. (If you are looking for high-quality multi-vitamins, we recommend you to check this out by Garden of Life. ALL ingredients in this multivitamin formula are made from nutritious and raw whole foods, NOT synthetic chemicals).


  • Decolorized iodine tincture
  • Coconut oil +Vitamin E oil (Optional for nourishing scalp and prevent itchy scalp)
  • Good quality multivitamins


  1. Apply the decolorized iodine tincture every night to the bald or thinning areas using a Q-tip for precise application.

  2. (Optional) Apply the coconut oil and vitamin E mixture every other day if you are experiencing scalp itchiness from the use of iodine. (You definitely don't want to cause any inflammation by scratching those areas)

  3. Take your choice of multivitamin everyday.

He states after using 2 months, he started seeing new patches growing on the bald spots. He adds that after the continuous use of this formula for 4-5 months, his bald spots were completely filled in.

I hope you find this helpful.

Replied by Nina

Hi Rob,

for how long do I continue the treatment? Thank you.


Continue the treatment for 2 months.

He Shou Wu Tea

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Posted by Cat (Tauranga, New Zealand) on 07/08/2013

Re: Faster hair growth... This has been my bugbear for about 6 years now and recently I had the good fortune to be given some of the fabulous He Shou Wu tea from a friend who had been to China and visited an old Chinese herbalist (who recommended he have some for a cleanse/tonic). Upon his return, he went on to mention this particular tea and I asked him if it was He Shou Wu by any chance to which he said "yes"!!! I was eager to get my hands on some so he put some in a bag and I started drinking it up to 3x a day. Within maybe a week, I had noticed my hair growth seemed to be happening very quickly as it only ever grew perhaps 1/4" every 3 months. Since I already knew the benefits for hair growth, I was aware that the tea was indeed doing it's job and cost me nothing - not like all the expensive vitamins etc I had tried over the years. I really felt confident that as I near the age of 50, my hair will no longer be thin and perhaps will avoid hair loss during menopause. Anyway, also read recently that someone had experienced very slow hair growth as soon as the Mirena was inserted for contraception. I've also got this and now think back to both the slowing of the hair and the Mirena happening at the same time!! I'm due to get it taken out shortly and will keep up the He Shou Wu indefinitely (I've run out grrrr) when I find some more. It's an incredible root for health. Also known as the invasive Knotweed (in England it's a costly, invasive pest), in Asia, it's touted for it's health benefits and is an important source of nectar for bees, has resveratrol and so on. It grows prolifically if allowed and would make a fabulous food for starving nations!! Google it! (Knotweed, Fleeceflower, He Shou Wu)

Replied by Karen

You can buy the powder and capsules on ebay in australia and probably other ebay countries.

Heavy Metals and Hair Loss

Posted by D (San Diego, Ca) on 03/30/2013

I just submitted a post yesterday which was titled "Questions about detoxing from heavy metals". My main question was about the bolts in my knee from a surgery in 1988, if it were possible that the metals could be leeching into my system. And whether doing detox methods might be worsening the problem because the bolts cannot be removed.

One of the symptoms is hair loss (I'm a woman, 43, of lower-than-average weight). I had also written this yesterday:

So I wonder if my hair-loss and other stuff has to do with my body attacking itself? Like if my hair is "toxic" because of constantly detoxing, that my body may be attacking it? The roots seem to be declining, fading away, and new hair comes in so baby-fine that it doesn't seem to stay in for long. I know the hair-loss isn't the main problem but a symptom, i'm just using it as an indicator. My thyroid hormone level is back within normal range (back down to 4.5 from 7.5), so I'm ruling that out as a possible cause. Another symptom is fibromyalgia-like, but with a hyperactive mind. So physically exhausted but amped-up at the same time. And Magnesium Chloride did not help with sleep. And there's other "this and that" inconsistant symptoms, not too drastic, but which could be attributed to so many other things too (like candida, deficiencies, ph balance, parasites, allergies, neurological restrictions, glandular, other toxins, altered immune system, IBS, etc etc).

I know that nuclear fallout from Japan could be a factor, being downwind from the jetstream here, but I would think there would be a mass epidemic of hair loss here if that were the only factor. (maybe there is but nobody is speaking about it?)

I stated in the other post a few of the methods (like oil pulling) and supplements i'd been doing. I've also tried the (expensive! ) hair product brand advertised all over the radio as being a sure thing for hair growth, guaranteed. It didn't help at all. Now I mostly use diluted baking soda, ACV, and aloe juice, instead of shampoo, and had done a bit of the Borax rinse. I'd tried oils like olive oil and VCO, but that only causes more hair to fall out from the extra rubbing and rinsing. What's left of the roots is so miniscule and weak.

I just started taking Lugol's too. But now it seems I'm losing hairs more constantly. Not in chunks (I don't have enough hair to call "chunks" anyways) but single strands. Often, a strand falling out catches on my arm and it feels like a spider web, it's so fine!

Could my immune system really be attacking my hair because of the metals and such collecting in it, from cleansing it out of my body?? So detoxing may also shed off my "toxic" hair? If that's the case, I guess I have to just let it all fall out until it's done??? That would suck, but if there's no other way...

Any suggestions, info, or comments are much appreciated! Thanks

Replied by Jj

Just so you know...a TSH of 1 is what drs are supposed to shoot for in treating hypothyroidism...4.5 is extremely hypo still and can could be your hair loss.

Herbal Tea, Glutathione, MSM

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Posted by Alyssa (San Diego, Ca) on 04/28/2014

Hair Loss: The remedies that have helped my hair grow faster, thicker, and shinier are herbal teas (all different types! Most of them work! ), Glutathione capsules and nebulized, but the capsules alone also work to help my hair despite the fact that Glutahione generally has a low oral absorption rate. MSM is great, too for hair growth. There is a ton of info on the internet about these remedies. You just have to research and try for yourself.

Homeopathic Remedies for Hair Loss

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Posted by Nutan (Mumbai, India) on 12/05/2006

Natrum Mur 3x and Silicea 3x. Hair Fall. Induced new growth of hair.

Replied by Bulbultuk
(Bangalore, Karnataka)

Please let me know if these can be bought from any homeopathic clinic or from any specific one and whether one with high BP can use these.

Human Growth Hormone

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Posted by Diana Castillo (Crofton, Maryland) on 06/23/2007

I use a natural human growth hormone stimulator and my hair stopped getting grey and stopped falling out.

Replied by Sarah
(Los Angeles, Ca)

What are the ingredients of the supplement you use? (I know we are not supposed to list brand names)? I have tested low HGH and cannot afford the $$$ injections, though my Dr.says not much in the way of supplements can help increase.... but am looking to try anyways. Thnx

Hyaluronic Acid

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Posted by Alfred (San Diego, California 92115, U.s.a.) on 04/15/2010

Mom your taking the kitchen sink to grow hair. Please try Hyaluronic Acid at least 100 mg per day.. i am taking HA to reverse my ageing.. The first thing i notice my hair started to grow..On my bald spot as well as on my arms and legs. Please read up on HA.. When you buy HA please make sure.. for example if you take 3 pills per day.. make sure the 3 pill equal 100mg. I am old 83.. your young so your hair should grow faster.

Be will have beautiful hair again soon.
Much caring

Hydrogen Peroxide, Vicks Vapor Rub

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Posted by Rod (USA) on 02/28/2009

Ted: Something going on with a mixture of h2o2 and vicks (on skin). heals skin super fast and also speeds up hair growth. i'm trying 10 drops of h2o2 three times a day but getting some constipation. i guess i need more fiber. trying vicks for wrinkles also.

Replied by Ted
(Bangkok, Thailand)
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The vicks on skin or scalp helps with getting a skin rehydrated -as vicks major component is vaseline, while eucalyptus oil have some limited antifungal as it also degrades to hydrogen peroxide also, so it kill both bacteria and fungus. Borax used a shampoo has the same property in killing off the fungus, but not retnetion of moistue. Also a borax with 0.5% hydrogen peroxide as a shampoo, can also helped, but I used a vaseline, instead of eucalyptus oil (the vicks) as some people are too sensitive to use this kind of remeay over a week. In excess that may also kill off the hair roots. We just use enough to kill without harming the hair. My own application of tea tree with lavender or alone on scalp is only once or twice application only so much less then a week's time to do its job. Vitamin C is important in basic hairloss as it helps collagen formation and makes the hair roots more stronger.

As to the h2o2 drops taken internally helps rid of fungus and pathogens in the blood, as well as oxygenate teh blood, so this helps with hair loss.

However, I also believe tin deficiency is one of the causes, a tin supplement isn't easy to acquire either and the dose is quite low, such as 1 mg. The only way I see to get an amino acid chelated tin is to get a real tin can, or a tin metal and soak them in a soy sauce. A soy sauce is actually amino acids which will chelate them in very low amount and use them as a food flavoring added for soups. Tin deficiency is relatively low in Asian perhaps because of the use of tin in cups and cans, while tin is a deficiency since the switchover to the use of aluminum cans and plastic lined canned, which by they way are the source of estrogen, in the form of bisphenol A, which I believe is unhealthy for hair growth and weight loss also. Also Western culture use a lot of carpets, which is a mjaor source of fungus, that also leads to hair loss too.

I have found woman who take progesterone help with hair loss, but it becomes an addiction. If discontinued, hair loss gets worse. So in men, one other common cause is hormonal imbalance, which in some instances magnesium and boron (from borax) supplementation often helps normalizes this condition and helps with hair growth. Peroxide cleans the blood increase oxygen in the blood also. This can be proven through medical examination where blood's oxygen capacity does increase after taking peroxide drops. Hydrogen peroxide is amazingly stable and don't degrade easily in low dilution where water is also free from free heavy metals. If it is high, they tend to degrade quickly into numerous air bubbles which came from an old rusty faucet, or a old rusty water filter. Luckily today Iand unlucky at the same time), most water filter are now from plastics, but certain water filter again may generate bisphenol A if the wrong kinds of plastic were used. There's no way we can find out without proper analysis on that one and water filter companies don't even have to disclose whether some of the water filter are bisphenol free, or other contaminants from it's production. In any case, I think its still better then the metal filter ones.


Replied by Kathy
(Sandy, Ut, USA)

Is the hydrogen peroxide you use a food grade or pharmaceutical grade or just the stuff in drug store aisles?

Increase Hot Water Heater Temp, Borax

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Posted by Bluebutter (Florida, Usa) on 05/20/2016

I've read about the connection between fungal infections and hair loss. I tried Ted's recommendation of washing my hair with borax. It was great. I had so many little sprouts on my scalp. But the sprouts would never really take off. They would have such gusto, then stop. I wash my hair about once ever 5 days. I did some research. And found out that if your hot water heater is not set to super scalding hot, a certain bacteria will start to grow in your hot water heater. If your water is only about 100-120 Fah bacteria will grow in your tank. Therefore when you wash you hair with that water, it's BAD for your hair. Adding borax to this water probably helps it, but still not good enough.

Set your hot water heater to hottest, and you will eliminate the fungal/baceteria from the source of your water. Then wash with borax and hopefully wait for great results. Thanks Ted for all your knowledge that I was able to glean from. I hope this helps people to regain their beautiful hair. :)


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Posted by Superslide (Las Vegas, Nv, Usa ) on 05/07/2010

My father has had multiple ailments all his life. Nothing life threatening, but wearing nonetheless. I suggested he take iodine supplements.
After 1 month, he hasn't noticed his improvement, which my mother did, but called to tell me new hair is growing and the roots feel stronger. His shedding has decreased and the new hairs are really black. I also have noticed my own hair growing. I am shedding a lot but I have tons of new hair growing like crazy. Lol.

Posted by Sandra (Gwent, South Wales) on 02/23/2009

30 years ago my son lost his hair through nerves he was only 8 year old at the time, a old lady told me to rub in white iodine every night which i did, within 6 week his hair was so thick, i also had very weak nails the iodine strenghened them, now i am in my 60s my hair is thining out and i need to get some white iodine, please tell me where i can buy white iodine. i cannot buy it in the uk. any one know where i can buy it?

EC: Google product search under "decolorized iodine" might help:

Iodine, Onion Juice

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Posted by Marina (Dubai, Uae) on 03/21/2011

I read on the site that Ted recommends iodine solution to be applied to the scalp. I have hypothyroid which was not diagnosed by any doctor for almost 15 years and suspect that that's how I lost 75% hair (female pattern baldness with thinning all over). Now I am on Armour (natural desiccated thyroid hormone) but I guess it will take time for my hair loss to be reversed (if at all that can happen).

I read about Ted's iodine solution and tried it. I applied iodine solution all over my scalp and I must admit, it did wonders to my hair. I can almost immediately tell when my hair is benefiting from something and the next morning, my hair looked darker (i have brown-black hair), thicker and healthier. Plus, I was more energetic the next morning (definitely because iodine works for thyroid).

I also have been reading on this one remedy which a lot of people swear by (i don't know if it's been mentioned anywhere on this site)... Onion juice applied topically. I know that under Ayurveda, onion juice for the scalp has been recommended. I started this today and did notice my hair looking healthier and thicker. Apparently it takes up to 4-6 months when applied 2-3 times a week but the upside is that it's an affordable home remedy and needs to be applied for only 20 minutes before being washed off.

Someone said that in Romania onion juice and garlic juice are very popular for reversing baldness. I do see something in it, as onion and garlic have sulpher. The smell might make you think twice, but some people recommend using lemon juice after washing hair (to take the smell off). Hope I am regular with it for the next 4-6 months and hope it helps others too.

Replied by Minu

I am 59 years of female. Lost almost 70%. I am on medication for hypothyroidism for about 10 years. I want to know more about iodine solution and how it is applied. Also where I can buy it from in Delhi (India). I also heard about Zinc supplements and magneseum. I am very worried. Someone pl. help

Iodine, Selenium

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Posted by Bodulica (Barrie, Ontario, Canada) on 10/31/2011

For all of you losing hair: maybe is your thyroid. In that case you need iodine and selenium supplements. Be careful with selenium dosage. Some sources are saying that over 200 mcg is already poisonous, some say 400 mcg is still allowed...

It's in the Water

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Posted by skip (Washington, DC) on 07/02/2007

YES I can vouch that since I came to AMERICA my hair are falling. The water here has either chlorine or too much remnants of estrogen wich causes hair loss and feminizing men!

Replied by Sayno2gmo
(Vancouver, Bc, Canada)

I agree that chlorine and other chemicals in the water are contributing to hair loss and other health issues.

I've been researching this lately, and find many people notice softer, healthier skin, hair and scalp after purchasing a shower filter.

These standard filters will eliminate chlorine, but not chloramine which some cities use now, for chloramine treated water supply you need a vitamin C filtration system, but can be expensive as filters only last about 1 month.

The best would be to get a whole house water filtration system, but not everyone has $2-5000 to spend on this.

Replied by Margaret
(San Diwgo)

Fluoride in the water in United States cause hair loss to which is illegal in most countries in the world since it's not natural it's chemical waste.

Replied by Surfer

During the first 3 months of the year I was in an area where well water was used and I did not really pay attention but did notice I grew to have little use for conditioner, not even really considering the water. As a male I will use a tiny amount as a leave-in to style my hair. Well when I got back and within two days of using chlorinated water, my hair felt like straw again when not using the conditioner. Chlorine will defintiely damage your hair........ after all it is bleach.

Replied by Timh
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Chlorine is damaging at excessive levels so it is important to filter your tap water and install a shower-head filter to remove Chlorine as well as other toxic halogens like fluorine, bromine, and fluoride. All these minerals and heavy metals are absorbed by the thyroid gland if there isn't enough Iodine in the diet, so in addition to filtering water, one must also supplement with Iodine/Iodide.