When your hair starts to fall out, you’d be forgiven for feeling a little helpless at first. After all, how do you stop it? Well, even though they haven’t been endorsed by medical professionals, there are some home-made treatments that could aid your fight. So keeping that in mind, we’ve taken a closer look at 20 of these remedies…
20. Eat more iron
Iron plays a vital role in our bodies, as the mineral aids blood production. But that’s not all. According to the WebMD website, it shares a connection with hair as well. You see, our follicles can fall out thanks to iron deficiencies, so by consuming more meat, broccoli or fish, the problem could be alleviated.
And iron tablets can be helpful too, with a user sharing their experience on Reddit. Posting under the name shaeedee, they wrote, “Two to three weeks after [taking] the supplements, I noticed my hair fell out a lot less. Now at three months later, I’m no longer iron-deficient and my hair is A LOT fuller and growing faster.”
19. Massage your head
After a long day at work, a nice head massage can be pretty relaxing. Say goodbye to any lingering stress! But did you know that this simple act could also help you in your hair-loss battle? To go into more detail, the VCare YouTube channel produced a video on the subject in May 2019.
As per the video, a tentative rub might make all the difference for your scalp. The minimal force that you apply will apparently boost the amount of blood that reaches your locks. As a result of that, the hair should begin to grow back. VCare claims that two massages each day could heighten the chances of it working, so give it a try!
18. Use melatonin
When you start to feel tired at night-time, melatonin is the likely cause. After all, it’s called the “sleep hormone” for a reason. You can get it in tablet form as well if you’re struggling to enjoy some decent shut-eye. At the same time, though, this natural chemical has the potential to treat people’s hair too.
Yes, WebMD reported that ointments containing melatonin could strengthen your follicles. To back that up, the website highlighted a fascinating test. In that experiment, a group of individuals applied one of the aforementioned products to their heads. And within a month, their hair loss had slowed right down. That’s pretty promising!
17. Apply aloe vera gel
While aloe vera plants might not be to everyone’s taste aesthetically speaking, their thick green leaves contain a very helpful gel. This substance can soothe skin redness and eliminate dandruff, but its uses don’t end there. In fact, VCare claimed that it might boost the blood flow to your locks if you’re struggling with hair loss.
As per the YouTube video, you need to trim a leaf from the flower, before pulling away its skin. At that point, scoop up a little gel and then rub it into your head. After letting the substance sit for a couple of hours, you should wash your hair normally. VCare suggested that you’d only notice a difference if you stuck with this regime for at least half a year.
16. Use garlic paste
Ah, garlic. This seasoning is as divisive as they come in the kitchen, with its strong taste and scent proving too much for some. And we’re not just talking about vampires! But would you brave the smell if it meant that your hair loss could be reversed? On that note, VCare shared some intriguing findings.
Should you suffer from Alopecia areata, garlic might be just what you need. The video’s narrator said, “A 2007 research study found that applying garlic paste, along with betamethasone valerate cream, on bald spots produced more hair regrowth than using a placebo treatment with the steroid cream betamethasone.” So keep hold of your cloves.
15. Green tea extract
Green tea is a tasty beverage to enjoy when you crave a warm drink. Yet there’s a chance that it won’t just quench your thirst. You see, WebMD reported that the tea contains a substance known as EGCG, which could aid your hair. Apparently, rat subjects experienced an improvement after taking it in for half-a-year.
What about humans, though? Well, food expert Adda Bjanadottir raised an exciting point on the matter. In an article on the website of British newspaper the Daily Express, she said, “In one small study, researchers added topical green tea-derived EGCG extract to the scalps of three participants with alopecia. After four days, the participants experienced significant increases in hair-growth activity.”
14. Take in amino acids
While you’ve probably heard of amino acids, you might not know what they actually are. So let’s clear things up! Simply put, they’re compounds that are often referred to as a protein’s “building blocks.” We need them to function throughout the day. But at the same time, WebMD noted that a couple in particular are very beneficial for our hair.
Specifically, L-lysine and cysteine should strengthen our follicles. So if you’re struggling with hair loss, it might be an idea to focus on certain food items that contain the helpful compounds. For instance, the health website suggested consuming foods containing eggs, nuts, cottage cheese, meat and whole grains.
13. Apply rosemary oil
Rosemary oil has a lovely scent, right? It can’t be beaten! Mind you, the smell isn’t the only thing that’s going for it. During the last century or so, this liquid has been utilized as a form of treatment to those who are losing their hair. Lavender and sandalwood extracts are much the same as well.
So how does it work? Well, there’s said to be an element hidden within rosemary oil that prompts your locks to grow. It’s suggested that you massage the product across your head for a couple of minutes at the end of each day. After that, you can cover it with a hot cloth to ensure the oil seeps into your skin.
12. Do headstands
Let’s be honest: if you’ve never done yoga before, it can seem quite daunting at first. After all, some of the moves are simply jaw-dropping. The headstand is certainly up there, but this practice doesn’t just look cool. In fact, should you master it, you might be able to stop your hair from falling out.
According to the Healthline website, this is referred to as the “inversion method.” Now when you’re in an inverted position, your blood naturally rushes to your brain. And naturally, the law of gravity ensures that it also reaches the follicles in your scalp. Your locks could be strengthened as a result of this unusual boost.
11. Take ginseng
Ginseng roots are unlikely to win any beauty contests at your local flower shows. But don’t be put off by their strange appearance. As it turns out, ginseng is very good for our bodies, containing both anti-inflammatories and antioxidants. And the Asian root could aid your hair-loss battle too!
To explain more, VCare’s YouTube video reveals how the brown root might make things better. The narrator says, “Taking ginseng supplements can promote hair growth by stimulating hair follicles, and blocking the hormone DHT: dihydrotestosterone.” That molecule sparks hair loss for both guys and ladies, so that’s promising to hear.
10. Take saw palmetto extract
If you live in America’s south east, you’ll probably be familiar with saw palmetto already. For the rest of you, though, here’s all you need to know. Quite simply, it’s a palm tree that grows healthy berries. Extracts from the fruit are placed into tablets that can help normalize your hormone readings and keep your prostate healthy.
Plus, saw palmetto supplements can also stop people from losing their hair. Yes, WebMD reported that the tree’s contents are capable of holding “male hormone testosterone” together. That should mean your follicles stand a better chance of staying in place going forward. It’s got to be worth a try, right?
9. Eat more protein
We all get protein through the food we eat every day. But if you don’t consume adequate quantities, there’s a chance that you could become deficient. When that happens, you might notice that your stomach or feet have started to puff up. Meanwhile, it can cause you to lose your hair as well. Startling all around, wouldn’t you say?
So how can you fix it? Well, according to the Medical News Today website, it’s pretty simple – just eat more! Food such as beans, seeds, nuts, eggs and fish should tide you over. Hopefully, that’ll put a halt to the unfortunate shedding and any other side effects that come from the deficiency.
8. Apply licorice roots
Everyone loves a bit of candy right? These delicious snacks are perfect for munching on during the day, yet one stands out for its unique flavor. Of course, we’re referring to licorice. Mind you, the roots could help people in a very unexpected way if they’re struggling with their hair.
Yes, you guessed it: licorice roots can apparently stop your locks from falling out. In VCare’s YouTube video, the narrator explains, “Licorice is thought to open skin pores and strengthen weakened hair follicles. [This is thanks to] its antiandrogenic, anti-inflammatory, antioxidative, angiogenic and hair-stimulating features.” You’ll never look at the dark stick the same way again!
7. Take biotin
While you might not recognize the name biotin at first, you’ll probably be familiar with its alternative moniker – it’s vitamin B7. As per WebMD, this supplement can aid your skin and improve hair health. Before you grab a bottle of tablets, though, you should take a quick look around your kitchen.
As it turns out, certain food items are packed full of biotin. According to the medical website, mushrooms and eggs are on that list – so a hearty breakfast could actually strengthen your locks. Biotin is also found in some shampoos, but the best results come from ingesting the vitamin.
6. Use pumpkin seed oil
When the fall months roll around, pumpkins become a mainstay in households across America. They’re just so tasty! But did you know that pumpkin seed oil has the potential to regrow hair in balding men? The finding was made in a paper from the Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine journal in April 2014.
Over the course of an experiment, a group of guys were asked to consume pumpkin seed oil in doses of 400 milligrams. That continued for roughly half a year. By the end, the researchers noted that their subjects’ “average hair count” went up by 40 percent. That’s an impressive jump! It might be worth adding a bottle to your shopping list.
5. Eat hot sauce
Not everyone welcomes the spicy taste of hot sauce when they sit down for a meal. Then again, would you brave it if a quick drizzle could stop your hair loss? Back in 2003 the Korean Journal of Dermatology revealed that balding mice saw an improvement after they were given capsaicin. That’s the stuff that gives chilis their “oomph.”
Some four years on, the Growth Hormone & IGF Research journal reached the same outcome, after a study involving mice being given the capsaicin via injection. A total of 31 people suffering from alopecia took part too, although they ate the chili content. According to the publication, over 60 percent of those individuals boasted a “promotion of hair growth” after several months.
4. Use peppermint oil
Peppermint oil is a useful tool for those who suffer with issues like irritable bowel syndrome and annoying headaches. On top of that, it could also bring your hair back from the brink if you’re losing it. As per Healthline, you can massage the liquid across your dome. Don’t just take the website’s word for it, though.
On Reddit, a user named dougiesloan shared his results after applying the peppermint oil. He wrote, “Now, about two months later, not only have the sides of my hairline returned up to meet the middle tuft positionally, but the thinning areas on the left and right are thickening back to the point where I can’t see [my] scalp gleaming under direct light anymore.”
3. Apply Monistat
If you feel like you’ve exhausted all of your options when it comes to fighting hair loss, take it from us – there’s always another way! For instance, Monistat gel has been championed as an alternative treatment online. We know it’s a yeast-infection ointment, but one Reddit user offered a promising update after trying it.
The user, who goes by the handle zombiemouse, wrote, “I diluted [the Monistat] with water and applied it about three times in the space of a week-and-a-half. Since the first application two weeks ago, I’ve noticed probably about a quarter of an inch of growth. I was totally skeptical at first, and was seriously amazed when I actually noticed some results!”
2. Use lemon juice
There are few drinks more refreshing than water infused with a few drops of lemon juice on a hot summer’s day. Mind you, the beverage could serve another purpose for people losing their hair. Yes, Healthline reported that the fruity liquid can strengthen your follicles, as well as prompt regrowth. So what do you need to do?
In truth, not that much. The website suggests that you can rub a helping of lemon juice into your head prior to washing your hair. After letting it sit for roughly 15 minutes, slap some shampoo on top of it and rinse away. It’s quite similar to when you allow conditioner to soak into your locks, so the process isn’t that strange.
1. Apply onion juice
If you don’t like onion, you’re not alone – it’s an acquired taste and one that tends to polarize opinion. But at the same time, this pungent vegetable might be worth considering as a different treatment for hair loss. WebMD revealed that its juice triggered a positive finding when it was used on volunteers.
During that research project, the individuals were split into separate groups. The first applied onion juice to their heads two times each day, while the second stuck with water. Some 14 days later, close to 75 percent of the “OJ” crowd boasted more follicles than before. The other group was nowhere near that. Apparently, the sulfur contents might be responsible.