12 Best Natural DHT Blockers | Visible Regrowth in 16 Weeks?

In this ‘Ultimate Guide‘ I’m going to show you the most effective DHT blockers I’ve ever discovered after 4 years of research into the causes and natural treatments for hair loss.

Some blockers you can apply topically, some can be taken internally, and finally I’ll show you my favourite and number 1 way to block DHT naturally (that’s at the end of this article!)

My final method won’t involve any drugs, or any expensive supplements that you need to take everyday. It involves a systematic biochemical change in your body – that powerfully balances your DHT levels over time – helping you stop any further hair loss.

Now, before I dig into the main point of this article, I’d first like to discuss DHT blockers and the role they play in the prevention of hair loss.

There are two ways to supplement with DHT inhibitors: topically and internally. Of course, each method of supplementation will have its own mechanisms behind their efficacy.

However, it’s first important to understand why blocking DHT works to prevent hair loss and promote hair growth in the first place.

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DHT: The Cause Of Male-Pattern Baldness?

Male-pattern baldness is a common condition, accounting for 95% of hair loss seen in men. But what causes male-pattern baldness, and can it be reversed?

It’s commonly believed that the main culprit behind male-pattern balding is DHT. This stands for Dihydrotestosterone, and it’s an androgen sex hormone that is produced from testosterone.

Essentially, testostosterone, the sex hormone responsible for your “maleness”, combines with 5-alpha-reductase, an enzyme involved in steroid metabolism.

This results in the production of DHT, a compound which can wreak havoc throughout your body, especially your scalp.

Once there, DHT connects to the androgen receptors at the base of the hair follicles. For those who are sensitive to DHT, this leads to miniaturization of the hair follicles and, eventually, hair thinning and loss.

So, perhaps you’re thinking, why not just block testosterone?

Of course, that’s a possibility. However, it will result in some less-than-pleasant side effects, including gynecomastia, decrease in strength, sexual dysfunction, and infertility.

Essentially, blocking testosterone will lead to a decrease in the characteristics that make you male.

What’s the next best step?

Fortunately, there are two other components of the process, both of which can be inhibited with little to no ill effects: 5-alpha-reductase and DHT.

Below, you’ll find a list of dihydrotestosterone blockers. This is a bit of a misnomer, as some of the ingredients block DHT, while others inhibit the activities of 5-alpha-reductase, thereby preventing the production of DHT to begin with.

However, all of the listed ingredients are a beneficial addition to your hair loss treatment routine, and I recommend you experiment with them to find the one that works best for you.

5 Topical DHT Blockers

Why Use Topical Blockers Topically?

When you have a condition – whether severe or not – it’s common to treat the underlying cause in order to reduce symptoms and treat the condition effectively.

For individuals with Androgenetic Alopecia (AGA), doesn’t it make sense then to treat the condition at the source (scalp) and block DHT present within the scalp before it’s able to do damage?

That’s the logic behind topical DHT blockers, and why I recommend their use in combination with internal blockers.

Topical All-Natural Blockers

1: Saw Palmetto

This is a berry-producing plant native to the Americas, and one which is believed to inhibit the enzyme 5-alpha-reductase. This is the enzyme responsible for the conversion of testosterone to DHT, and therefore acts as a preemptive DHT blocker.

Unlike the majority of the other substances that inhibit DHT on this list, saw palmetto works most effectively at reducing DHT present in the body and scalp.

This was shown in a 2016 study performed by Opoku-Acheampong et. al., when saw palmetto was combined with either testosterone or DHT in syrian hamster flank organs.

Saw Palmetto topical use on hamsters
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As shown by the above photo comparison, saw palmetto combined with testosterone was better at reducing pigmentation of the flank organ (a sign of androgen activities) than the saw palmetto-DHT combination.

This is because saw palmetto works best by inhibiting 5-alpha-reductase as opposed to stopping the activities of DHT.

NOTE: Do keep in mind that this study was performed on hamsters. However, this treatment may still prove beneficial for humans, too.

Fortunately for sufferers of AGA, incorporating saw palmetto into your hair care routine isn’t difficult. Check out this gentle, yet effective, cleansing combination below for a bit of inspiration.

What You’ll Need:

  • Warm Water (1 cup)
  • Baking Soda (1 tablespoon)
  • Apple cider vinegar (1 tablespoon)
  • Saw Palmetto Extract (1 capsule)
  • Grapefruit Juice (1/3 cup)
  • Grapeseed Oil (2-3 teaspoons)

Directions:

Mix the ingredients in the container of your choice, but pay special attention to the baking soda and apple cider vinegar combination. Learn more about apple cider vinegar here.

They will react when combined, and an airtight container cannot contain it. Instead, keep the cap loosely screwed on so air can continually escape.

Hair Benefits:

The baking soda and apple cider vinegar act as a gentle cleansing agent. The saw palmetto extract inhibits 5-alpha-reductase, therefore preventing DHT buildup on the scalp.

In addition, the grapefruit juice and grapeseed oil cleanse and revitalize the scalp and hair follicles.

2: Stinging Nettle

Stinging nettle is a plant indigenous to parts of North America, Europe, and Asia, and it’s well-known for its ‘stinging’ effects when touched. What you may not have known, however, is that stinging nettle extract is an excellent topical DHT blocker.

A 2011 research study which considered the effects of stinging nettle on BPH found that it decreased prostate size, a strong indicator of its 5-alpha-reductase inhibitory effects.

prostatic weight decrease with stinging nettle supplementation
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While this first study was done on rats, a previous study performed by Safarinejad studied stinging nettle’s effects on BPH in human patients.

In fact, this was a large-scale study with 620 patients in total.

The study was performed over a period of 6 months, and the results were collected using various models and techniques. These included:

  • International Prostate Symptom Score (IPSS);
  • Maximum urinary flow rate (Qmax);
  • Postvoid Residual Urine Volume (PVR);
  • Serum Pros-tatic-Specific Antigen (PSA);
  • Testosterone levels; and
  • Prostate size

After 6 months, both the IPSS and Qmax decreased significantly in the stinging nettle group. For example, the IPSS decreased from 19.8 down to 11.8. In the placebo group, it only decreased from 19.2 to 17.7.

What does this mean for hair loss sufferers?

Stinging nettle has been shown to inhibit 5AR’s activities, which is great for men and women with AGA.

Do you want to give stinging nettle a try? Check out this super simple DHT blocker shampoo recipe:

What You’ll Need:

  • Nettle (2-3 bunches)
  • Coconut Oil (1 teaspoon)
  • Rosemary Essential Oil (10 drops)
  • Powdered Tumeric (1 teaspoon)
  • Apple cider vinegar (1 cup)
  • Baking soda (1 teaspoon)

Directions:

Bring a pot of water to a boil, adding in the nettles and removing from heat. Set aside, allowing to cool to room temperature, and then remove the nettles from the nettle tea and discard.

Pour the nettle tea into the container of your choice, and then combine all other ingredients. Lather onto wet hair, allowing to sit for 3-5 minutes. Rinse thoroughly.

Hair Benefits:

This homemade recipe combines nettle’s anti-androgen properties with apple cider vinegar + baking soda’s cleansing abilities and coconut oil‘s moisturizing effects.

Additionally, rosemary essential oil is a DHT blocker in its own right, inhibiting 5-alpha-reductase and preventing testosterone’s conversion.

3: Reishi Mushroom

As a newly-discovered DHT blocker, reishi mushroom is still gaining traction in the world of hair loss treatment and hair growth.

That doesn’t mean it’s any less effective at treating the underlying cause of AGA, though, and is an excellent addition to your topical hair care routine.

In a 2005 study, the DHT-blocking abilities of 19 different mushrooms was tested. While the majority of the tested mushrooms did inhibit the activity of 5-alpha-reductase, Ganoderma lucidum (reishi) was the clear winner:

Reishi Mushroom inhibits 5-alpha-reductase, thereby reducing DHT levels in the scalp.
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It actually had an inhibitory percentage of over 70%, which was significantly better than the other mushrooms in the study.

By inhibiting 5AR’s activities, reishi is comparable to finasteride in that both inhibit 5AR and, as a result, reduce the amount of DHT that attaches to the hair follicles.

While homemade shampoos are a great daily option, sometimes your hair and scalp need a bit of a boost. That’s where a DIY DHT blocker hair mask comes in. Used once per week, this mask can revitalize your scalp by balancing the pH levels and gently exfoliating.

Ingredients:

  • Avocado (1 half)
  • Vanilla Essential Oil (10 drops)
  • Cherries (6, peeled and pitted)
  • Water (1/2 cup)
  • Herbs (nettle, chamomile, reishi)

Directions:

Bring one pot of water to a boil, adding in the nettle, chamomile, and reishi and removing from heat. Cool the herb mixture to room temperature, and then strain the herbal tea from the solids. Discard the solids.

Pour the herbal tea into a blender, adding in the cherries, vanilla essential oil, and avocado. Blend until smooth (no visible chunks).

After shampooing, apply the mask to wet hair. Massage into your scalp for 2-3 minutes. Allow to sit on your scalp for an additional 15-20 minutes, and then rinse thoroughly and towel dry.

Hair Benefits:

This moisturizing hair mask nourishes your scalp, infusing it with a variety of essential nutrients and fatty acids.

The combination of avocado and cherries provides a boost of moisturization and antioxidants, while the herbs and vanilla essential oil stimulate hair growth.

Of course, the reishi used in the mask is also a 5-alpha-reductase inhibitor, removing DHT from the equation altogether.

4: Rosemary Oil and Extract

As an analgesic oil with antifungal, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties (just to name a few), rosemary oil is a helpful addition to any hair loss sufferers hair care routine.

On the topic of DHT blocking, specifically, topical application of rosemary extract has been proven to inhibit 5-alpha-reductase. As a result, this blocks DHT from connecting to the scalp’s androgen receptors and prevents hair loss and hair follicle miniaturization.

But just how much of an effect does rosemary extract have on the inhibition of 5-alpha-reductase?

DHT inhibitory effects of rosemary oil extract
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According to a 2013 study, topical applications of 200 mg/mL and 500 mg/mL inhibited the conversion of 5-alpha-reductase by 82.4% and 94.6%, respectively.

That’s better than Finasteride’s inhibition percentage (81.9%) in the same study!

Not sure how to begin use? While rosemary oil can be easily added to the above shampoos and hair mask recipes, another great way to use topical DHT blockers is with scalp massage.

While scalp massage itself won’t inhibit DHT, it does have other beneficial properties. These include increased blood flow to the scalp and, according to a 2016 Japanese study, an increase in hair thickness due to stretching of the Dermal Papilla Cells (DPCs).

What You’ll Need:

  • Rosemary Oil (1-2 teaspoons)

Directions:

Pour 1-2 teaspoons of rosemary oil into your palms. Rub your hands together, and then begin working the oil into your scalp. Begin at the root, slowly working your way down to the tips.

Use a circular motion, beginning with small circles and increasing in size.

Be gentle, using only the pads of your fingers to massage. Use of nails can damage the scalp and hair follicles, leading to further scalp damage and hair loss.

5: Ecklonia Cava

An alga that’s found off the coasts of Japan and Korea, E. Cava is a promising new lead when it comes to the cessation of hair loss and growth of new hair.

Composed of polyphenols, this anti-inflammatory and antioxidant-packed alga is used commonly throughout Asia and consumed on a regular basis.

While E. Cava may make a delicious addition to your soups, its topical use has been proven to inhibit 5-alpha-reductase and, therefore, DHT. When applied as a whole, E. Cava was shown to inhibit 5-alpha-reductase up to 61.5%. Even better, though, was the inhibition results of the polyphenol extract dieckol:

ecklonia cava inhibits DHT
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Dieckol is found in abundance within the alga. The highest concentration tested (100 mg/mL) actually proved to be just as effective as finasteride:

Dieckol, a polyphenol found within ecklonia cava, is an effective inhibitor of DHT.
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This means that E. Cava and its extracts are a good option to consider if you’re looking to block DHT and even contribute to the proliferation of new dermal papilla cells.

How to Use Topical DHT Inhibitors Effectively

The most effective method of use will be the one you use consistently. This is why topical supplementation methods will vary from person to person.

Remember, it doesn’t hurt to experiment, but consistency really is key. That’s why I recommend you stick with one treatment method for a minimum of 6 weeks before deciding it’s not working for you.

Of course, you also want to properly prepare your scalp for the above topical treatments. To do this, I recommend you perform a scalp peel. This will help to remove any buildup (dandruff, sebum, dead skin, DHT, etc.) and leave you with a clean and healthy scalp that’s ready for treatment.

Exfoliating Epidermis Plaque Peel

What You’ll Need:

  • Himalyan or Celtic sea salt (1/2 tablespoon)
  • Powdered activated charcoal (1 teaspoon)
  • Ginger and Cucumber Juice (100 mL)
  • Lemon juice (1 whole)
  • A juicing machine (or a blender and muslin cloth)

Method:

Juice the ginger and cucumber, using either a juicing machine or a blender and muslin cloth.

Celtic sea salt is a gentle, yet effective, scalp exfoliate.
Celtic sea salt is a gentle, yet effective, scalp exfoliate.

Once that’s all set, combine with salt, charcoal, and lemon juice. Mix well in the container of your choice.

Apply the mixture to your trouble areas. This can be the areas where you see noted hair loss, or those with abundant buildup or irritation. Allow the mixture to sit for 5-10 minutes.

Rinse with lukewarm water, and gently peel the remaining mixture from your scalp.

The great thing about this combination is you can use it as often as necessary. You do want to avoid over drying, so two times per week seems to be a good recommendation. However, it’s up to you.

6 Internal DHT Blockers

Why Use Internal Blockers?

While topically reducing DHT certainly have their place in the treatment of hair loss and promotion of hair growth, internal DHT inhibition can be more beneficial than topical blockers in the long term.

1: Green Tea

Green tea is commonly touted as a cure-all, but did you know that green tea extract can actually be used to block DHT and treat the source of male-pattern baldness?

Green tea is a source of epigallocatechins (EGCG). These are catechins, a type of plant phenol with a variety of beneficial properties.

One such property of epigallocatechins is its proven ability to inhibit the activity of 5-alpha-reducatase.

To reap the benefits of green tea supplementation, you could of course increase your tea intake or add in a green tea supplement.

However, there are other ways to add this internal DHT blocker to your diet. Let’s take a look.

Matcha Madness Morning Smoothie

I love smoothies – they’re an easy way to add a boost of high-nutrient foods to your diet, and they take just a few minutes to make. Even better, you can bring them anywhere and consume them on the go!

So, if you’re looking to add a DHT-blocking boost to your day, take a look at this matcha recipe below.

Fun fact: Matcha is a powdered form of green tea, delivering a powerful dose of antioxidants while simultaneously blocking DHT throughout the body.

What You’ll Need:

  • Matcha (1-2 teaspoons)
  • Yogurt (½ cup)
  • Banana (1 whole)
  • Mixed berries (handful)
  • Water (½ cup)

Directions:

Add the above ingredients to your blender. Blend until smooth, and enjoy!

Brewed Green Tea Leaf Saute

Another easy way to incorporate green tea into your diet is to use it in vegetable sautes.

What You’ll Need:

  • Whole green tea leaves

Method:

Brew your green tea leaves as usual.

Remove after steeping, and add to a hot wok or saute pan. Combine with garlic and chili flakes, and saute your choice of vegetables and meats.

This will infuse the smooth depth of green tea into your meal, while also providing you with the DHT-blocking benefits you seek.

2: Flaxseed

Composed mostly of omega fatty acids and lignans, flaxseeds are a proven DHT blocker and can be used internally for positive hair growth results.

Two studies were performed on animals, both showing the benefits associated with flaxseed supplementation.

The first study, performed in 2013, measured the effects of various plant-based lignans on DHT. These plants included flaxseed, sesame, safflower, and soy, and were administered orally either in powdered form or in a petroleum extract.

The study was performed on castrated male rats, with a focus on prostate weight (as lowered weight indicates less androgenic activity).

Flax (both the powdered and ethanol extract) proved to decrease prostate weight, as well as lower testosterone levels. These are both strong indicators of 5-alpha-reductase inhibition.

The second study, performed in 2014, looked specifically to flaxseed’s hair growth benefits.

To quickly summarize, 16 rabbits were split into groups of two. The first group received regular rabbit feed (control), while the second group received a feed infused with crushed flax (test).

Over a period of three months, a section on the rabbits’ backs were shaved once per month. Measurements were taken each time, and these were the results:

rabbit hair length results flaxseed supplementation
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rabbit hair width results flax supplementation
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rabbit hair weight flaxseed supplementation
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As shown above, the group that received flaxseed supplementation (LSI) saw improved length, width, and weight of hair.

Scientists couldn’t exactly pinpoint the reason for such results. However, I think it’s safe to say that DHT blocking (as shown above in the first study) is one of the main contributors.

If you’re impressed by the results (I certainly am!) you’ll be happy to know that flaxseed can be a versatile addition to any diet!

One of the easiest ways to work it into your routine is by adding it (milled or powdered) to your smoothies. This adds a nice boost of fiber, as well as adds a slightly nutty depth.

You can also sprinkle it on your salads, add to stir frys, and even make your own flaxseed dressing with a bit of honey and lemon!

3: Sesame Seeds

Another source of lignans and proven inhibitor of 5-alpha-reductase, sesame seeds are another great choice to block DHT.

In the 2013 study on flaxseed mentioned above, sesame seeds were another plant-based lignan studied. In fact, the ethanol extract of sesame seeds were shown to be incredibly effective at reducing prostate weight and testosterone levels in the tested rats.

This is really not a surprise, though, as sesame seeds are packed full of polyphenols, sterols, and essential fatty acids, all of which contribute to health and well being.

And, similar to flax, sesame seeds are very easy to incorporate into your diet.

Mix a few drops of sesame oil into your smoothies, soups, and salads. Or, use it in place of canola or olive oil while cooking. Add a few sesame seeds to your favorite dishes, including chicken, fish, and pork for a slightly nutty flavor.

There’s plenty of ways to add this healthy supplement to your daily diet. Take a look at some of my favourite hair loss supplements here.

4: Pygeum

Pygeum is a bark from the Pygeum Africanum tree, believed to significantly relieve the symptoms of men who suffer from Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH).

BPH is an enlargement of the prostate, and can lead to obstructive and irritative lower urinary tract symptoms.

DHT is a well-known aggravator of BPH, meaning that it’s inhibition contributes to a shrinking of the enlarged prostate and a reduction in the painful and irritating symptoms associated with the condition.

This was shown in a 1998 review study, which considered the role that pygeum bark played in the reduction of BPH symptoms.

As proven, men treated with pygeum bark were twice as likely than the placebo group to report symptom and improvement.

In addition, nocturnal urination was reduced by 19%, residual urine volume (urine remaining in the bladder) was reduced by 24%, and peak urine flow was increased by 23%.

To supplement with pygeum, I recommend adding high-quality supplement to your day. A dosage of 100mg/day is a typical recommendation.

5: Pumpkin Seed Oil

Pumpkin Seed Oil (PSO) is an extract of the hulled pumpkin seed, and as a rich source of antioxidants, fatty acids, and minerals, it’s a great addition to any hair care routine.

Of course, pumpkin seed oil can be applied topically. This provides gentle cleansing and is an excellent way to maintain a healthy scalp.

Pumpkin seeds are a rich source of antioxidants, and they also provide anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial health benefits.

However, for those looking to treat male-pattern baldness, pumpkin seed oil is most effective when ingested. Why? Pumpkin seed oil is believed to inhibit the activity of 5-alpha-reductase. When done internally, this is the most effective method for inhibition.

How effective is this method?

In 2014, scientists in Korea asked this very question. To answer their question, they recruited 76 male subjects with mild to moderate AGA. Half received a supplement containing PSO (400 mg per day) while the other half received a placebo capsule.

At the end of the 24-week study, 44.1% of the men in the supplement group saw a mild-moderate improvement in hair growth. This same improvement was seen in only 7.7% of the placebo group.

Diagram of hair count, and hair thickness after 24 weeks using pumpkin seed oil compared to a placebo
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And here’s the visual evidence that supplements containing PSO can be effective DHT blockers:

Before and after photos using PSO to block DHT
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One thing to point out is that PSO was not the only ingredient within the supplement. However, it very likely did contribute to the hair growth effects as shown above. How can I know this? Well, consider all of the benefits of PSO. These include anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic.

So, how can you add PSO to your daily routine?

First, pumpkin seeds are a great snack by themselves. You can eat them by the handful, or toss them onto salads, into soups, and even blended into smoothies and juices.

Of course, you can also add pumpkin seed oil to your recipes. Here’s a dressing recipe that’s easy to whip up, and delicious!

Ingredients:

  • Pumpkin Seed Oil (4-5 tablespoons)
  • Apple Cider Vinegar (2-3 tablespoons)
  • Salt and ground pepper (to taste)
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed

Directions:

Combine the ingredients, stirring well and shaking each time prior to use.

Add to your salads and pasta dishes, and even use as a meat or vegetable stir fry topping.

6: Stinging Nettle

While mentioned above as an effective topical DHT blocker, stinging nettle is also an effective internal DHT blocker.

To supplement internally, I recommend a stinging nettle capsule supplement.

How to Use Internal DHT Blockers Effectively

As with topical blockers, internal blockers also require consistency of use. To achieve this, I recommend you stick with the DHT-blocking supplement of your choice for a minimum of six weeks.

Remember, you didn’t lose your hair in a day. The same is true for reversal of your hair loss, so be patient.

Now, with all of the above said, it’s time to discuss the number one DHT blocker method. Without further ado…

The Ultimate DHT Blocker – Introducing The Acid/Alkaline Balance

In this section of the article I’m going to explain a concept that will change everything that I’ve just written above.

It is a must read,

Because this is the key to really regrowing your hair.

See the problem with simply “blocking” DHT is that you’re not fixing the underlying causes.

You’re simply reducing the amount of DHT in your body and expecting that this will help your hair.

Although there may be less side-effects when blocking DHT naturally (like I’ve shown you how to do above) when compared to finasteride, it’s still not the best way to reverse hair loss.

I wrote an article about using finasteride topically and whether or not this is a better solution.

Now what I want to show you is a better, more effective, more holistic and even more natural way to do it…

Using the concept of acid/alkaline balance.

Pay close attention because this is important!

The foods we eat, after they have been metabolised leave in our body what is known as metabolic waste.

Depending on the type of food that we eat the metabolic ‘ash’ will either have a net acidic or net alkaline effect on our bodies.

That means every food we eat will make our bodies more acidic or more alkaline. (In every cell and tissue throughout the entire body)

Having the correct pH (pH is a measure of acidity and alkalinity like Celsius and Fahrenheit are a measure of temperature) in our bodies is crucial to strong health because our cells, hormones, mitochondria and just about everything in our bodies work much more efficiently in the right conditions

Our natural and healthy pH is slightly alkaline 7.36.

(Which is incidentally the exact pH of seawater).

Useful enzymes and hormones must have precise alkaline conditions to be effective, whilst destructive enzymes, hormones and diseases thrive under acidic conditions.

Take a look at your own diet using the acid/base values for 100 gram portions for some typical foods that are shown in the table at the end of this section.

Some foods cause hair loss, other help regrowth

It quickly becomes apparent that the typical Western diet consists largely of foods that have a net acidic value.

That’s not to say that alkaline foods aren’t included in this diet, it’s just the bulk of the foods are acidic.

The so called ‘balanced’ diet that is known to be the pinnacle of health to the majority of the population is heavily weighted on the acidic side.

How does this affect hair loss, you might be asking? In terms of pH balance this affects our hairlines both directly and indirectly.

First let’s discuss the indirect effects of acidosis (too much acidity in the blood, cells and tissues). As our bodies become more acidic due to our food choices, diseases such as microbes and bacteria thrive.

This means resources are taken away from hair building and set towards defence from germs.

Some people have argued that human head hair serves the purpose of conspicuous consumption much like the peacocks tail.

The peacock’s tail doesn’t serve any survival purposes; in fact it does the opposite. It burdens the peacock because of the expenditure of resources needed to create the tail in the first place and physical burden of carrying round a large colourful tail that makes it easy to spot and difficult to hide from predators.

It’s basically a sign of robust health, that less healthy peacocks can’t create and therefore attract females with.

The peacock is saying “I’m so healthy I can afford to build this huge tail and have a handicap with predators, I’m just that good that surviving is easy.”

The peacock’s tail perfectly demonstrates the ‘handicap principle.’

When our bodies are coping with illnesses caused by the acidosis, our bodies don’t have the energy and resources to grow hair for the purpose of conspicuous consumption so new hair growth slowly ceases.

We can turn this around and use it to our favour, by alkalizing our bodies so much that diseases and bacteria simply can’t survive in these conditions.

The resources are now freed up for maximum potential hair growth.

Now let’s look at how acidosis directly affects the strength, thickness, coverage and colour of our hair. As the body tries to maintain its ideal pH balance (pH 7.36) under the onslaught of net acidic foods it must take back (leach) parts of our body to buffer (cancel out) the acidity.

Remember from chemistry class that acid and alkaline cancel each other out (neutralise each other)

Crucially for us the body buffers the acidity (i.e. it neutralises it with net alkaline parts) by leaching (stealing) nutrients from less important parts of our body.

The best way to buffer the acidity in an attempt to preserve our health is to leach nitrogen and calcium.

One of the best sources of nitrogen is protein, such as the specific protein found in head hair called keratin. This amino acid forms about 90% of the hair molecule.

The result in most people is a gradual slowing down of the rate that their hair grows, a reduction in colour and saturation, strength and thickness, and then recession of our hair line.

Our bodies don’t want to devote precious alkaline resources to our hair, when there are other places they’re needed more importantly, like keeping disease away.

People are genetically predisposed to buffer acidity in different ways.

Some people store fat, some try to excrete acidic toxins through their skin causing acne, whilst others buffer acidity using proteins from our hair follicles, bones and teeth (leading to critical calcium deficiency) etc.

Your body is literally eating your own hair to stay healthy and fend off disease.

However the acidosis manifests itself, these short term symptoms should be warning signs that more severe diseases are on the way. Luckily the answer is simple.

Restore the natural growth of your hair by returning your body to its natural pH.

I’ve seen myself and been told by other people I’ve worked with, how there was noticeably less hair in the shower plug after a few weeks on an alkalizing diet.

After a few weeks, as the body approaches its optimum pH, hair loss can often stop completely, and in the coming months begins to rebuild for as long as the natural pH is maintained.

Detox is the best way to alkalise the body because I literally flushes acidic waste as fast as possible from the body.

Unfortunately, or maybe it is fortunate because it’s a warning sign, whenever we revert back to an acidic diet their hair soon starts to suffer as the pH drops to acidic and the body must once again buffer the acidity using keratin from hair follicles in an attempt to prevent disease overgrowth.

So you will need to create a habit around your new alkaline diet so that it’s easy to maintain.

How To Alkalize Your Body Quickly

Eat foods that make the body more alkaline, that way your body won’t need to ‘eat’ its own hair to stay healthy.

The most effective and easy way to start immediately alkalizing the body is to consume vegetable juice. Buy a juicer and make carrot, celery, broccoli, cucumber, spinach…..etc., juice daily.

Juicing is an unbelievably good way to get amazing quantities of enzymes nutrients and minerals into the body without expending large amounts of time and energy digesting the fibre.

It will help to quickly restore your natural pH, as long as you don’t have too many acidic foods in your diet.

With the right pH the body can retain hair, so make sure you blood pH is balanced.

An interesting point to remember is that as your body becomes more and more alkaline, vegetables and particularly vegetable juices become more pleasing to the palate. Literally the more alkaline you become the more you enjoy alkaline foods.

The takeaway point here is that you must maximise your intake of net alkaline producing food and minimise acid producing food.

The Ulitmate Alkalizer for Hair Growth

This is a mixture you can use to quickly alkalize your body, whilst providing the exact essential nutrients, minerals and enzymes needed to super charge hair growth and minimise the bodies need to leach keratin from our hair.

Start by soaking organic almonds in water 10 hours before you juice.

Remove the almonds from the water and put them through your juicer being sure to collect all the pulp that comes out.

From the pulp you can make almond milk by adding filtered water and vanilla essence and straining through a cheese cloth.

You won’t get much almond ‘juice’ out of the front, but what you get will be a potent sort of cream.

Don’t wash the juicer yet, but continue to juice organic carrots, celery, spring greens, broccoli and spinach that has been mixed in with the almond cream.

Add some supplements such as wheatgrass powder and turmeric for extra kick.

Not only will the drink alkalize your body and provide the nutrients and minerals for hair growth, but you’ll get an amazing glow to your skin, and not to mention feel amazing.

If this mixture makes your stomach rumble and makes you need the toilet then it means you’re probably quite acidic and the juice is working its magic.

As you become more alkaline this stops happening. As with all healthy food, consume it on an empty stomach, or half an hour after drinking water.

Another great way to alkalize is to drink alkaline water, which is discussed further in the water section, or add wheatgrass powder to the water you drink.

How Does The Acid/Alkaline Balance Directly Block DHT?

You may already know about the enzyme called 5-alpha-reductase (5αR). In case you didn’t already know 5αR is an enzyme that changes testosterone into dihydrotestosterone.

Some interesting research has been carried out recently which found that the enzyme type 2 5αR localized in the vertex and frontal scalp (the bits of the head most affected by hair loss.)

However it wasn’t present in the occipital region (the lower back of the head where most bald men still have some hair).

This basically shows that type 2 5αR is primarily responsible for the pattern in male pattern baldness. Where type 2 5αR is found, so DHT will be produced here and loss of hair will be the result.

What a different study discovered was that specifically type 2 5αR works best in a very specific optimum pH range.

Outside of this pH range this particular enzyme simply can’t function and do its job of binding to testosterone to make DHT. The optimum pH range for type 2 5-alpha-reductase is pH 5-5.5.

5 alpha-reductase activity was determined at pH 5 (optimal for the type 2 isozyme) and pH 7 (optimal for the type 1 isozyme) in isolated infrainfundibular segments from sebaceous and vellus follicles

It means that if our bodies are more acidic, pH 7 or below, then the enzyme type 2, 5-alpha-reductase functions much more efficiently, creates more DHT, and consequently we lose more hair.

On the other hand, when we alkalize our bodies, the pH in our scalp becomes greater than 7. The enzyme can’t do its work of converting T to DHT, DHT isn’t produced and we don’t lose our hair as a result.

Our bodies evolved so that the foods we ate most often (fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts legumes, fish, meat….) created the best conditions for our bodies and specifically our enzymes to function in.

When we eat foods that we didn’t evolve eating (processed and pasteurized foods like grains and dairy, which you’ll notice are all highly acidic) then our bodies are pushed of balance and the enzymes start doing weird things like attacking our own bodies resulting in hair loss.

Let me quickly emphasise this point because it is very important for actually getting results and re-growing your hair:

The precise enzyme which scientific studies have found to be responsible for hair loss cannot function in an alkaline cellular environment.

To create the alkaline environment and therefore stop hair loss foods with alkaline values must be consumed more than foods with acidic values.

The very best way to do this is through vegetable juicing and avoiding processed, acidic foods.

Alkalising can have a similar effect to taking propecia, but instead of having the negative side-effects of the drug, you get the positive natural side effects of being ultra-healthy.

Important! Why You Must Know About DHT Sensitivity

You’ve now learnt about the most powerful (and safe) natural DHT blocker in the world, but this is only a small part of the story, because high DHT levels are not the sole cause of hair loss.

In fact, there is something that is much more important than blocking DHT, and that’s DHT sensitivity. Or to be more precise, hair follicle DHT sensitivity.

Because when you reduce the sensitivity of your hair follicles to DHT you protect yourself against hair lose permanently. Men with pattern baldness don’t have particularly high levels of DHT, however they are more sensitive to it.

There are a few natural and powerful ways to reduce your DHT sensitivity. And to get the full instructions on these methods you’ll need to download Hair Equilibrium, however, I will do a quick overview of them now.

The Balance Of Good And Bad Bacteria

In every body there is a balance between good and bad bacteria. In fact, there are more bacterial cells making up the human body than human cells, which is why it is so important that these bacteria are beneficial to your health.

These billions of bacteria cells that make up part of us are called the ‘microbiome’

The balance between good and bad bacteria affects hair health

However, modern life has waged a war on bacteria in the form of antibiotics, preservatives (designed to kill bacteria) chlorides and fluorides in water, processed foods lacking fibre, antibacterial hygiene products and packaged food and drinks that have been processed, microwaved, pasteurised or in one form or another killed all the bacteria.

You may be able to see with all these how our microbiome has been damaged and can easily get out of balance.

One of the side-effects of this damaged microbiome is that autoimmune problems start arising, with the body beginning to attack itself in strange and unusual ways. Think about it, have you ever wondered why your own hormone (DHT) would start attacking your own hair follicles?

This is an autoimmune problem that leads to DHT sensitivity.

Luckily, there is a lot you can do to optimise your microbiome to reduce DHT sensitivity, including adding specific strains of probiotic bacteria to your diet, as well as specially made drinks that reduce bad bacteria. This is something I cover in step-by-step detail inside The Hair Equilibrium System and the difference it will make to your hair health can be astonishing.

Delayed Allergic Reactions To Food

Most of us are aware that some people are allergic to some specific foods, such as seafood or peanuts for example, but fewer people know that allergic reactions can also be delayed and therefore less obvious.

Because they are less obvious its harder to catch delayed allergic reactions and therefore we may be in a constant state inflammation and with autoimmune problems from these reactions.

For example some people are sensitive to gluten, others are sensitive to the nightshade family including tomatoes, potatoes and eggplant.

It’s hard to tell what your body might not be responding well to if you aren’t aware of this. You may just feel bloated, fatigued and under slept and not understand why.

One of the problems with delayed allergic reactions is that they can cause autoimmune problems, which, in a same way as autoimmune problems from the microbiome, can also cause DHT sensitivity, leading to hair follicle miniaturisation when the DHT attacks the hair follicle.

Inside The Hair Equilibrium System you’ll learn about a foolproof way to test which foods you may be having allergic reactions to so that you can remove them from your diet and reduce your DHT sensitivity.

If you have any questions or comments then please feel free to leave them in the comment box below which I’ll answer as soon as possible.

170 thoughts on “12 Best Natural DHT Blockers | Visible Regrowth in 16 Weeks?

  1. Lot of thanks for providing such a useful knowledge.Please also explore effect on hair growth if pH increases beyond 7.36 consuming more vegetables
    etc.

  2. Hey Will, the information that you sent me is, in my opinion, my be the best way to stop hair loss, and restore health to the whole body besides the hair follicles. Thanks will; looking forward for the free booklet.

  3. I liked this article, but I am skeptical. If this was true, then why do some plant-based diet Vegans still go bald ?

    • Hi John, thank you and good point. Getting alkalised isn’t everything, it’s just a small part of the picture when it comes to stopping hair loss. There are other causes that contribute too. Also, even vegans can eat unhealthy and acidifying foods, or perhaps they aren’t getting enough protein in their diet. You have to defeat hair loss from many different angles 🙂

    • Blood PH never goes very far from the optimal point. There is no way it will get down to 5.5 or even below 7. I don’t see any evidence presented here that shows eating these foods actually creates a change in enzyme activity. If it works at ph 5-5.5 the reaction is likely happening inside endosomes inside of the cell where the ph is supposed to be in that range.

  4. Great article, thanks for all the research. Now I know that the acid / alkaline balance is so important for stopping DHT I’m really going to try and focus on getting my body alkalised. I want to learn more about this subject

    • Thank you James, yes most people underestimate how important the correct pH is for the proper functioning of the body. When we become too acidic all sorts of weird and unnatural things start happening to our body. Good luck getting your body alkalised, it does take time though. Most of us have eaten highly acidic foods for most of our life, so don’t think that adding a couple of extra vegetables will make too much of a difference. You really need to put a lot of time and thought into becoming alkaline again. But it’s amazing how much more healthy you will feel in the process. You can learn more about this method in my course Hair Equilibrium where this is one of the chapters.

  5. Another way to remove DHT from your system is to take reishi (aka mushroom of immortality). You can take it as a tea by boiling the dried whole mushroom or slices, that’s what I do. It’s been proven to completely eliminate DHT from your system. You can also rince your hair with some of the leftover cooled reishi tea.

  6. I have already gone bald losing 40 % of total hair from my vertex & top area only backs & sides is remaining so following this article would help to re-grow my lost dead cells? or I should give up hope and go for a wig

  7. Hi William, I happen to stumble upon your website and honestly, out of all the websites out there, this is the best one by far. I’m so grateful to you for putting such detailed info on your website for people like me. I’ve been suffering with hairloss (androgenetic alopecia)for quite a few years and shed quite a few tears..You can only imagine how devastating it is for a woman.. I just purchased the emu oil and selenium supp.so far -(praying something will finally work ?thank you so much again, all the blessings-
    D

  8. Very helpful article. This has given me new insight on male pattern baldness. I’m going to start with vegetable juicing as soon as possible. I got one question though: Are there any accessible brands that sell alkaline water, or do you have to buy a water ionizer? Thanks.

  9. Does this really work, im 23 and my hair has been falling out like i have never experienced before. I can see my scalp through my hair and im really worried about losing my hair?

    • Hello Alex, this isn’t a ‘magic cure’ but over time alkalising your body will help you to retain your hair. It’s one small step in the right direction. When you put those small steps together you tip the balance towards natural hair growth – I call this ‘Hair Equilibrium.’

  10. There is some truth to what you say.But realize it isn’t the diet causing the baldness.

    Stump-tailed macaque and mottled starlings even develop male pattern baldness.

    I would imagine the animals are eating a fairly health diet and avoiding Big-Macs and candy bars.

    • The statistics show that incidences of MPB are increasing over time. Diet is just one of those contributing factors.

  11. Hye Will,

    Love this article, but can you give some more information about which vegetables i can use ? and how much of each in the juice ? I also buy almond milk and drink this regularly every day , is this good enough ?

    • There is more information inside the Hair Equilibrium program. The proportions of each vegetable in the juice come down to personal preference mainly. The main point is that you drink a large quantity, enough to get your body back into a natural alkaline state. Almond milk from a bottle is okay, but it is better to make your own if possible, since shop bought almond milk probably has low levels of real almond and lots of sugar and preservatives.

    • Its a different kind of acid. On your skin or hair, ACV is fine, since its 100% natural. Drinking lemon juice (acidic) actually alkalises the body because once metabolised the waste mineral deposits are alkaline in nature.

  12. I like this article, may I ask please, the main causes of acidic/inflammation of the body and best ways to alkalize the body?

    • Acidifying foods like dairy, processed foods and meat. Inflammation can come from delayed allergic reactions from certain food groups – there is more information about this inside my newsletter.

  13. I’m on top of many of your ideas and recommendations already; for years in some cases. Are raw vegetables eaten in sensible amounts a comparable disadvantage over juiced vegetables? Maybe you are concerned that most of your audience is not getting enough raw vegetable influence, however, in my case, all vegetables and roots, including ginger and turmeric, are consumed uncooked. Am I lowing my chance of hair regrowth by only eating, not juicing, raw vegetables?

    Am ordering your main product in a few days, but thought now is a good time to ask, in advance.

    • Hi Tom, raw vegetables (not juiced) are perfect, they are ideal because they also contain the fibre. However, to get the body alkalised quickly it can be beneficial to extract the juices, that way we can consume much more of the alkalising nutrients and minerals than by eating them whole and raw. Doing both is a great combination.

  14. Great article Will.I was wondering if ACV will result to more hair loss since its acidic.I understand drinking lemon juice alkalises the body since it requires an alkaline environment for digestion but then the scalp doesn’t have this mechanism as the gut so don’t you think apple cider vinegar on scalp is dangerous?
    Thank you

  15. Hey, Will, I’m a 73-year-old woman and I have multiple health problems. I’ve been trying to get my pH to alkaline. I love veggies, fruit, and nuts but I don’t seem to get enough protein. What can I eat or juice so I get enough protein. By the way, I think a lot of my problems are from having too much DHT.

    Thank you so much. This was so useful for me.
    Alex Nizam

    • I would recommend hemp and pea protein powders added to smoothies as an excellent source of high quality, plant based protein. You can find them very easily on Amazon or a local health food shop.

  16. Hi Will, I found that my hair start falling from past two years..i am 24 year old…in present i started medication in India…my doctor giving me some supplements and minoxidil 5%…but the results are still not good.

  17. Hello,
    i am from Nepal.from more than 3 years i am facing hair loss.i have checked once in skin hospital they told me because of the DHT my hair is falling down and they gave me some medicine which is for temporary but i didn’t take cause i was looking for permanent solution . now i am having amla juice i am waiting your perfect advice.
    thank you

  18. Hey Will,

    I recently purchased Hair Equilibrium and strongly recommend it to anyone interested in a better understanding of what’s causing hairloss from the inside out…

    From your research; when starting this program, would it be better to start eating for your metabolic type right away, or should we concentrate strictly on alkalising the body for a few weeks before introducing the more acidic foods, that are in line with our metabolic types?

    Thanks.

    • Hi Ricky, I would recommend first focusing on alkalising right away, and then you can introduce those foods that match your metabolic type once you feel happy with that phase.

  19. Thanks for the quick reply, I’ve got one more question regarding alkalinity…

    I’ve been successful at keeping my body alkaline during the day when I’m consuming the right foods, supplements and alkaline water. My PH hovers around 7.5 as I monitor it consistently throughout the day… But when I wake up and test my PH first thing in the morning, it sits around 5.8, and this worries me because 6 to 8 hours at this PH does my hairline no good.

    Are there any suggestions you could make on keeping the body alkaline while sleeping or as alkaline as possible…

    Thanks very much.

    • Hi Ricky, how are you testing it? I don’t believe 100% in any of those tests, realistically your bodily pH won’t change that much in such a short time. It takes month to change tissue and blood pH. Just focus on the big diet changes.

  20. Is it dangerous for pregnant women to block DHT — with stinging nettle, and rosemary oil, say — as this hormone (so far as I know) is used in the development of the male foetus? Any information on this would be greatly appreciated. Plus, thanks for all the great advice on your website.

  21. Thank you so much for your hard work as a researcher for this information. I will purchase your program as soon as possible! God bless!!!

    • Thanks KD, I really appreciate it. Purchasing the program helps us to keep the website running and keep our research unbiased and as in-depth as possible.

  22. I read this guide about a month ago and immediately started vegetable juicing and removing acidic foods from my diet (as much as I reasonably could.)

    I’ve noticed that my hair doesn’t shed so easily now, and generally less hair loss overall.

    I can’t be 100% certain it’s connected but for the other people reading this I would recommend giving it a try.

    • Thanks for your comment Greg. Yes less shedding is one of the ways you can see how well any treatment is working (although this isn’t always the case, since shedding can sometimes be unhealthy hair being replaced!) but I’m sure it’s a good sign in your case. Keep it up because the body takes longer than you think to come back to its natural alkaline state!

      • I can agree with Will’s discovery. I made this discovery myself quite by accident and went more vegetarian approximately two years ago BUT a major find was the H2GO Water Filter which gives me around 9 pH from the tap. Purchased less than six months ago. As soon as I used it the effect was similar to taking Astaxanthin 12mg for the first few days. The Kapow effect! Hair was still thin but with less shedding. Early days maybe? I was also Ozonizing my water to kill most all bacteria before using my H2GO.

        Then around five weeks ago I got very lazy with my diet. Saving money. Going to Poundland buying pre-cooked hot dogs, low cost everything, Fray Bentos ready made pies, HP Baked Beans. Really cheap! Hardly any vegan , forgetting the H2GO and using my Brita Filter all of the time because it was quicker. Gave a pH of around 6.5 from the tap. The tap water here being around 7.2pH.

        Next. Shedding hair like never before! Just last week. Quickly got some Magnesium Oil as I read about this article. I was told of the benefits but ignored the information a year ago and back to the better routine as before. Already fair results after a couple of lukewarm shampoo’s with some of Will’s recommended Oil’s and Avocado. Very I recently added Catalase for greying hair and possible re-growth as well as Astaxanthin 12mg which I also dropped using round 10 weeks ago. Must be of Hawaiian extract for best result.

        Overall I would concur that the H2GO water purifier raising the pH was a good deal at £60.00 a unit.
        Don’t drop it if you get one. They might easily break. Seems a little fragile! I feel I could drop most all other supplements’ and oils in favour of a High Alkaline Water if I had to make a financial choice. I just know it works.

  23. 99% of this article is correct, however, the pH of the body is/will be considerably more alkaline than the scalp in HEALTHY individuals, and should be. Eating an alkaline diet will NOT produce a pH of 7 in the scalp and you actually would not want it to.

    Scientific studies on skin has shown those who have a pH below 5 (on average- the pH differs by body area) have skin in far better condition than the 5.5 – 6.5 that we keep hearing as “ideal”. The ideal pH for the scalp is 4 to 4.5.

    Eating lactobacillus species bacteria probiotics are great for your skin for many reasons, one of which because they actually create a more acidic environment by way of lactic acid (which is produced, unsurprisingly by the lactobacillus bacteria) finding it’s way into your sweat. Lactic acid has a pH of 2.4 and along with a number of amino acids; pantothenic acid and ascorbic acid create (or attempt to at least) an environment which is conducive to healthy skin and therefore hair.

    This helps to decrease the pH of the scalp to the ideal 4 – 4.5 range, below the optimal range of Alpha 5 Reductase and also below the pH that skin yeasts which can cause issues can proliferate in.

    I would be shocked to see somebody with hair loss that had a healthy scalp pH so adding (quality) lactobacillus probiotics to your diet along with healing a leaky gut (many resources on the internet tell you how to do that) will not only alter skin pH to a healthy level but stop the chronic inflammation which, as is so rightly mentioned in this article, the catalyst for every disease/condition which we develop.

    Adding good quality protein to your diet (plant based as well as organic lean poultry, oily fish- absolutely NO red meat) and ensuring you have the right ratio of Omega 6 to 3 (circa 2 – 2.5 : 1 with minimal Arachidonic Acid coming from the diet- your body produces it when needed but excess AA prevents elongating and conversion of other O3/6 acids to their anti-inflammatory forms) will go a long way to creating an environment in which hair growth can happen.

    A cleanse of the liver will also help your general health. Among many other things, the liver helps get rid of excess estrogen from males. It is actually the imbalance of hormones rather than the presence of DHT in itself which partly causes issues like hair loss. You need 5% of testosterone to be converted to DHT but a higher conversion along with too much estrogen = bad news for men and our hair.

    I’m not going to list any companies who sell Liver detoxes, because I am not here to sell, but there are quality ones out there.

    It’s impossible to know whether there are some men who are simply destined to go bald but we should all give the body it’s best chance to prevent that form happening.

    • Hi Steve, your comment is very shocking for me, and I think maybe I should follow the tips you mentioned. Do you have any websites about these great tips? I’d like to know more about curing the hair loss problem. Thank you.

  24. Thank you for all this great information. Question, I use Just For Men hair color about every 6 weeks to take out the gray. Is this going to make me lose more hair and if so, is there a better/safer method to get rid of gray hair? Thank you

    • Hi Rick, this is an interesting question; yes I think that Just For Men would contribute to hair loss, just through the sheer amount of chemicals. It may only be a small effect, but when it comes to the hair, over time this can make a big difference.

      I’m not sure about how to prevent gray hair. That would be something interesting to look into. I have heard that a diet with plenty of colourful micronutrients from plants (think colourful foods, rather than the typical beige diet) can help.
      Will

  25. Additionally to everything u wrote (especially the alkaline diet) are cold showers beneficial for your hair

    Secondly could the process of Nofap be considered as another natural way of blocking or inhibiting Dht production?

    It’s tough that so much food we consume is acidic…. That’s a big change to go through to become alkaline again.

    • Changing to an alkaline diet is a big change, but it’s so worth it for the benefits. Vegetable juices are the most efficient way to quickly alkalise your body.

        • The overall conclusion is that I suggest not using blockers such as saw palmetto internally. They are most effective topically (i.e. stopping DHT directly on the scalp.) This is one of the reasons we use rosemary oil in our GRO2 product – it inhibits 5AR very effectively.

  26. Really good article,I’ve tried the saw palmetto method and the result are quite shocking.Its been 4 week since I started applying the saw palmetto mixture n my hair got thicker but at the same time there are some hair fall going on maybe around 15 to 25 hair strands per day compared to pre treatment which is 50+.Is it normal?

    • Thanks Stanley, well the number of hairs falling each day is reducing, which is a good thing. Don’t become obsessive about counting them though because this will only stress yourself out. Keep with it, because hair growth can take a long time.

  27. Hi Will,

    Amazing article with tons of information at a single place. Just wanted to know if you also have a natural ways for promoting facial hairs..

    • Thanks Vik, mmmh, I never looked into promoting facial hair, so I wouldn’t really have a good idea about what works.

  28. Great article! You did an excellent job of explaining why an alkanine diet is important as well as how to achieve it. You made it clear that hair loss is a sign of larger issues. Thank you .
    I will pass these articles on to my family and friends.

  29. This article’s fascinating.

    A few months ago, I tried commercial carrot juice for the first time, which was as grim as I’d expected, but more recently, I sipped the same brand’s ‘organic’ version, which was so delicious I drank nearly the whole bottle in one go.

    I was put off further veg juice drinking, after reading how dangerous *fruit juice* is to one’s liver.
    Maybe it’s worth trying again …

    • And making your own veggie juice is also rewarding. You can mix in different veggies (as well as ginger and lemon) until you find a taste you like.

        • Hi Andrew,

          If using the nutribuller/blender in place of a juicer, Will recommends straining the blend through a sieve/cheesecloth. This will remove the pulp, which the juicer automatically does.

          – Steph

  30. Hi Will! but it’s equ

    What an exciting site technically, and it’s equally well communicated complete with fun, original illustrations! I’ve done hair for 37 years … thriving all along, but more and more clients are experiencing hair loss which makes my job way hard in to so fun ways. It’s starting much in people much younger than in previous years, too.
    I’m in the process of restructuring my biz to do more hair loss treatment. I’ve been working at treatment of my own severe case of Lyme Disease for the past 30 years …. an electromagnetic machine I purchased and continue to benefit greatly from for the past 11 years has been more effective than many stringent, toxic medical treatments I’ve had. My thinning hair came in in an unnaturally rapid way, all over my body but not any more than was natural for me. I wasn’t even targeting hair growth, however there are frequencies which do.
    Would there be a chance I could reach you by phone at some point, at your convenience? Just would love to hear some of your thoughts on my thoughts after studying your site for a week if you’re at all inclined. hahaha
    Thanks so much for your wonderfully organized and engaging work.
    Kris

    Thank you so much

    • Hi Kris, thanks for your comment and your sharing your experience. You can contact me by emailing will (at) hairlossrevolution.com. Regards.

  31. Hi Will,

    Thank you very much for the information indeed! Since I can`t find your email on this site, I use this to ask a few questions about the 4 secrets. What is the exact order to use the peppermint oil, rosemary oil and magnesium? Can I throw them all together and massage them into my scalp before taking a shower? Or some oils better suited after you wash your hair?

    Any help would be great!
    Kind regards, Tom

    • Hi Tom, if you want to use PEO, REO and mag oil I would recommend using our new Gro2 product. The best way is to massage the mixture into your scalp before bedtime and then rinse out in the morning. It’s important for the ingredients to be in contact with the scalp for as long as possible. This increases the efficacy of the oils.

    • Thank you Riham, I appreciate your support. We are always trying to make our guides better and more effective, I’m glad this has helped you 🙂

  32. Excellent article. I was wondering there must be some connection with ph level of body and DHT. You article not only cleared that concept but also gave additional information and knowledge.

    Now I can relate that why my hair lose started after my dengue treatment 7 years back. They are so much thin hairs which appears baldness in today’s date.

    I have to regrow all them back.

    Thanks.

  33. Hi,

    I have a busy life, with daily high stresslevel. My hairline is slowly pulling back since about 10 years or so.. I use a special tonic and shampoo that contains saw palmetto, zinc, coffein and other ingredients. I don’t feel that it really helps. On daily bases i follow the paleo diet. A lot of vegables and different kind of nuts. Are there any supplements that detox your body and restore the natural ph balance?

  34. Very good information mr.will ,I have male pattern baldness ,no article ever suggested these info about DHT as yours,I would have overcome my baldness if it was 8 years earlier, but better late than never, I will try to improve by pH balance improve my health,
    Thank you bro.

    • Thanks Kiran. It should help you, but remember that minimising DHT isn’t everything, it’s only one part of the equation to regrow your hair.

  35. I’ve noticed a great divide within this discussion. A lot of people will tell you to apply a typical solution and leave it at that. Others will tell you to only test the system (the body). I think it’s silly not to do both. Unless you have a rare condition that is causing your hair to fall out, and even then. I mean when I discovered the detumesence research paper I also stumbled upon a guy who used that info. He said that by changing his diet to a highly anti-inflammatory one and massaging his scalp help regrew his hair line -with photographic evidence to prove it.

  36. I just eliminated the fat burner i was taking and also put a hold on creatine, both known to cause hair thinning because this is what i have. I am using magnesium, jojoba, peppermint, melatonine on the scalp and matcha, pumpkin seed oil and saw palmetto internal. I also changed my diet to a more ketogenic approach. Lets see how things go, i guess i did not get results before because of the fat burner that stresses the body and scalp. I took dutastiride for fina for a year they both work also with minoxidil but honest low libidio, weight gain and water gain puffy face not for me, full head of hair is not worth all those side effects i rather try the natural way.

    • Hi Yannick, thanks for your comment. That sounds like a good combination. The melatonin addition is an interesting move. Let me know how it goes with that. Remember though, blood flow to the scalp is crucially important, so, as well as these steps you’ll need to incorporate scalp massages and exercises into your regime too. Without these massages and exercises, I predict you will be able to stop further loss, but regrowth will be unlikely.

  37. In March 2015, I adopted a whole foods plant based lifestyle. About December of last year, I really noticed my hair falling a lot. Now, the thinning in the front is even more noticeable. I am 46 years old and I thought maybe this could be pre- menopause symptoms. I feel I am low on progesterone because I do have trouble sleeping for a few days before my cycle starts and they are not regular. Going plant based cause my hormones to balance out actually. I lost 70 pounds and PMS estrogen related symptoms disappeared. I have no other hormonal signs of pre-menopause. I also don’t believe I have any thyroid issues. My temperatures are fine and I have no other symptoms that would justify a thyroid issue. So I’m thinking this hair loss could be caused by stress (I homeschool 4 kids!!) or detox??? My diet changed a lot since I began…in the beginning lots of legumes, grains and veggies. Now more greens, fruits and juices. So I think I’m detoxing?? My question would be… do you think these shampoos, treatments, massages would help me. Also my hair texture has changed a lot… in a year it went from thick and dry to fine and curly/ wavy, still dry. I use oils to keep it tamed and moisturized. I’m also using a natural shampoo with Shea butter in it. I wash my hair a couple of times a week only and my scalp does feel greasy on the second day. But I hang in there and only wash after 4 days. I’m at a loss at what to do. I don’t think I’m protein deficient because I lift weights and have gained muscle mass in the past year. My nails are strong. My only 2 complaints would be the hair loss and drier skin. Please help shed some light on my hair drama! 🙂 thank you.

    • Hi Tereza, thanks for your detailed comment. I’m slightly hesitant to offer too much advice because I have focused on male hair loss in my research. Im not 100% up to speed on female hormones etc. Stress could be playing a role, but it does sound like it could be connected to diet change. I would make sure you don’t have any deficiencies such a vitamin K2 which is found in things like grass fed butter and free range eggs. Something like hydrolysed marine collagen might also be a useful supplement for you. I think that scalp massages and exercises would be useful to some degree, but you would need to fix the underlying issues first. If you are lifting weights you really need to make sure you’re getting enough protein. From a plant based diet this will be hard work chomping through a lot of fibre to get what you need. Would you be okay with taking bone broth?
      Will

    • Based on what you described Tereza – I would definitely increase your consumption of raw animal fats, including (if available) raw butter, raw cheese, raw egg yolks, raw fish… as natural and organic as possible, and increase other raw plant based fats as well. You can consume these fats with a little raw (unheated/unfiltered) honey if desired. I thinks it’s safe also for me to suggest 12-24oz of fresh green juice daily, and reduce (or eliminate) all grains and refined sugars. Personally I follow a modified-primal type approach to eating and have coached hundreds of people to better health modifying this method. Best of health and vitality to you!!

    • Hi Tereza 🙂 A plant-based diet can be high in copper, so I’d suggest you look at supplementing zinc picolinate for a while and see if that improves the situation. You should aim for a ratio of zinc to copper between 8:1 to 10:1. Also, try omega 3, and Vitamin D3. Vitamin D3 can be another reason for hair loss.

      Hope that helps! 🙂

    • I really think you should get a blood test for your hormones. Low progesterone may be the answer. Continue on your plant based diet.

    • Hello Teresa Im guessing its menoupause, try to balance the hormones, vitex and black cohosh will do it, and there is alot of supplements for that too. Well my sister and brother in law started vegan last year, I have notice they lost weight and have no cholesterol but my sister is looking older than me and wrinkly she doesn’t drink much water she believes she gets all she needs from veggies and fruit which I disagree, also when you go on a whole food plant based diet are you getting your protein in every meal by adding chick peas, lentil, black beans or kidney beans, hair does use a lot of protein and its need to repair damage from any disease, specially after age 30,
      or else the body will start by eating the toxins then the fat and finally the muscles and fat from breast. Hope this info helps.

  38. This vinegar is fantastic. Scalp feels so revived and somehow warm not even massages make such sensation But after the apple cider vinegar leaves a smell of rotten apples. I just use some soap to take off odour but its said here that shampoo is bad. Well any other choice?

    • Hi Kian, yes ACV is great for the scalp. Some people find the smell off-putting though. I wouldn’t use soap to get rid of it. Just rinse thoroughly and the smell should disappear quickly. Make sure you use a high quality brand. Organic and raw. Here’s more about apple cider vinegar.

    • Its probably better than nothing (or other commercial alternatives) but nothing beats freshly made juice. I presume it’s pasteurised? Again, better than nothing, but if you can make your own, do that.

  39. Thank you so much for this article and all others on your website. They are all truly incredible! It’s so comprehensive and well explained. I can’t thank you enough for charing your knowledge!!!

  40. Hi Will, can i use white vingar instead of apple cider vinegar.Will it give me the similar effect.If yes then how to use white vinegar for dandruff and to balance the scalp’s desired ph?

    • Hi Ember, I haven’t tried white vinegar. I would definitely try and stick to ACV if possible. Why wouldn’t you, it’s cheap and readily available in most supermarkets.

  41. Hi Will,
    Would increasing stomach acid if you’re low on it make your body more alkaline? And will that in turn also help reduce DHT activity? I’d read that poor stomach acid hinders protein digestion, thus allowing undigested protein to enter into the bloodstream making it acidic. Is this true and if it is, shouldn’t addressing this also help partially?

    • Hi Kate, I certainly think that good digestion is very important for overall health. Too often we eat incompatible food combinations that make the digestive process very slow and inefficient. I’m not sure how you can directly stimulate more stomach acid, but I would suggest if you’re eating animal proteins then keep the meal as simple as possible (ideally just lots of veggies.) You could also try taking a little bit of apple cider vinegar before your meal and see if it helps digestion.
      Will

  42. Hey,
    I was reading your blog and noticed you present so many methods to fight MPB that its easy to get lost. I dont really want to put like 10 different oils every day + fancy shampoons and so on. I want to use 1 simple method involving shampoo and maybe some topical mixture. Which one is the best? I have oily and irritated/itchy scalp. What do you think is currently the best setup to use?

    • Hi Patryk, I understand, we write articles that cater to people’s questions, it doesn’t necessarily mean these are the best methods. You say you have an oily and irritated scalp, so the first thing I would recommend is getting your diet optimised. After you’ve done this, start a regime of scalp massages every day to reduce scalp tension. Since pretty much everyone uses a shampoo, you might as well use one that helps – in this case I would recommend our Caffeine Shampoo.
      regards
      Will

      • Hi Will,
        My diet is actually pretty good. I am eating very healthy: all organic, lots of veggies and smoothies, no sugar no pizza etc.
        So, just scalp massages and that shampoo to fix my problem? I think I was using some organic coffeine shampoo at some point and it didnt do anything.

  43. Hi, I have been using various DHT blockers for many years but have noticed all have given negative side effects. I do not believe it when some people say they have not experienced any side effects. DHT must be present in our bodies for many reasons; it is not healthy to block DHT at all. Most people who have baldness have genetic issues where hair falls out due to DHT sensitivity in certain parts of the scalp, not because they have more DHT than others. My question is what is the most effective topical lotion which does not block or interfere in DHT? Is there such a product? And how much of the topical DHT blockers enter the bloodstream and thus enter the rest of the body.
    Kind Regards,

    • Hi, I understand where you are coming from. You should focus on increasing blood flow then, since this will have a knock-on affect of reducing DHT in the scalp anyway, in a completely natural way. So topical vasodilators and magnesium oil which reduces calcification (in turn increasing blood flow!).

  44. I wonder if drinking bone broth is the same as taking a collagen supplement.

    What’s the difference between gelatin and collagen?; Are they the same?

    What foods are rich in gellatin?

    Thank you very much
    Regards

  45. Hi, I’m 25 and suffering from hairloss from last 7-8 years. I’m almost bald from top n front. It’s not genetic as none in paternal or maternal relatives is having hairfall issue, but still the hairfall and thinning isn’t stopping in years. A white mud kind of greasy material forms over the time on my scalp and no shampoo or lotion could help me but getting shaved remains the only solution. But within 1-2 weeks it again starts forming.I don’t know what’s the problem. This mud has eaten all my hairs. Even doctors don’t understand my issue. Please help.

  46. Would onion juice mixed with peppermint oil applied onto the scalp work? If so how often should I do it and should I leave it in all night?

    • Hi G,

      When using essential oils (such as peppermint), you should always use a carrier oil to dilute it.

      Instead of onion juice and peppermint, I would recommend a mixture of mineral oil (90%), peppermint oil (6%), and rosemary oil (4%).

      – Steph

  47. Great information will take everything on board and test out I’m actively applying onion juice to my hair and taking biotin and saw palmetto whole berry tablets as well as massaging my scalp for the last month have seen a increase in growth of hair but will put this alkaline balance to the test I have been on watermelon juice for the past week too so will be keeping that up

  48. decrease your sugar consumption and don’t be heavy on carbs they turn into sugar raising your insulin inflammation and dht 5 alpha reductase

  49. Why is Saw Palmetto not included as part of internal DHT blocker? Also, what are your thoughts on He Shou Wu or Fo-ti for hair loss?

  50. Hey. I am suffering from Male pattern baldness for 4-5 years. I read your article with the pro-DHT blocking food arguments. However, I also read about how this is all a myth generated in the market by the hair supplement industry and no such DHT blockers can work. I have tried every possible solution there was in the market. How do I trust the effectiveness of your suggestions, given that no such credible evidence is there and only internet generated blogs?
    Really hope to get a reply from your sir.

    • Hi Abhinav,

      I would argue that there’s TONS of evidence which goes to show the use of DHT-blocking ingredients can be beneficial in lowering DHT levels (and, as a result, fighting hair loss). However, it helps to look at the research on individual ingredients. For example, you can find articles on many different ingredients used to block DHT over on the archives page: http://www.hairlossrevolution.com/blogstream. The articles will then have links to scientific studies that have been carried out.

      – Steph

    • Hi Andrew,

      The only nuts that completely fall onto the alkaline side are almonds and chestnuts. Some researchers argue that cashews and macadamia nuts should be included, but there’s no solid belief on that.

      Yes, raisins are alkaline-forming. However, they’re also high in sugar so should be consumed in moderation.

      – Steph

  51. Hello Will,
    I have for the first time in the past 4 years been able to reduce my hair fall down to 20-100 strands a day by following a regimen you have described above. I notice small hairs sprouting on the top of my head, that are close to 2 inches now. Although, I have lost a lot of hair in the back of my head that are not as responsive as the top of my head. I am still not sure if i have chronic telogen effluvium or androgenic alopecia because both my parents are close to 60 and have head full of hair. Anyhow, I increased the intake of vegetables/fruits (both raw & juice), flax seeds and coconut oil in the diet and have been having ginger/lemon juice before every meal to increase stomach acid as well. I have also included a probiotic supplement with my second meal and have been mindful about processed sugar, wheat and dairy mostly. If i actively maintain this regimen, do I have a good chance of regaining the thickness? And what is the timeline I can expect to reactivate the dormant hair follicles, 6 months, 1 year or 2 years? By stopping the abnormal hair loss and combining with scalp exercises and rosemary oil massage, can we switch the body to recover the dormant hair follicles or the best i can hope is to maintain what i have left?
    I really appreciate all your help.

    • Hi Kittu, I would say that you have a good chance of increasing thickness and density with your current regime that seems to be working. I would emphasise scalp massagea/exercises especially at this point, since this will really help you to reduce calcification and fibrosis and increase blood flow to the new hair.

  52. Hello!
    Thanks for sharing this info.

    Sounds like Rosemary is the way to go! 1 ingredient, 1 step!

    Please let me know if that is a fair assumption.

    • Hi Carlos,

      You’re right that rosemary is an excellent addition to your hair care routine.

      However, keep in mind that other techniques (especially scalp massage and dermastamping) are just as critical to the health of your scalp.

      – Steph

  53. I purchased Grogenix elixir, Anti Hair loss essentials and the Caffeine shampoo….can’t wait for it to arrive so I can get started.

  54. Hi Will. Firstly, thanks for sharing your knowledge with us. Instead of shampoos I just use ACV to cleanse my hair and scalp. But won’t the acidic content of ACV be harmful for the scalp. Or is it just important to keep a slightly alkaline pH only inside our body (outside skin doesn’t matter)?

  55. Hi will where us the link to your hair equilibrium program?
    Also is it necessary to juice the vegetables or could you use a smoothie machine or something like a nutribullet.
    The reason I ask is because I did have a juicer but it wasn’t easy to clean and using it everyday just became a chore with cleaning it so I stopped using it and if I have learned anything over the years we all like things to be just that little easier I’m not lazy lol but smoothie machines are just easier to clean.
    Lastly does it need to be all veggies or can you add some healthy fruits just to to make it a little tastier but still be able to alkalize your body thanks.

    • Hi Stephen,

      You can use a smoothie machine or nutribullet. However, you’ll need to strain the juice through a cheesecloth or strainer to remove any excess pulp/skin/etc. from the blend.

      – Steph

  56. I m 28 year old. I have been suffering from genetic male baldness from quiet a long time but it has started become more evident to me four years back. Though I have not turned complete bald yet, my scalp is visible under sunlight and because of thinning it’s become more apparent that situation is turning worse day by day.
    I also gave try to finasteride but I felt to gone through some side effects which are gone when I stopped taking those.

    Though, you have given several solutions to deal with dht problems could you please recommend me the starting point for the treatment.?As per my understanding I decided to give try for apple cider vinegar as shampoo, saw palmetto/ stinging nettle as topical solution and alkaline juices. Please suggest whether it is the right way to start or would love to hear and follow any new way you would suggest.

  57. Are the shampoo and elixir you sell on your site as a good alternative to the homemade solutions you recommend here and in the program?

    • Hi Liz,

      Yes!

      In fact, the products were created with the purpose of replacing the homemade recipes on the blog and in the Program. It makes it a lot easier for many people if they can just purchase the healthier alternative shampoo instead of making it at home.

      – Steph

  58. Is your program compatible with a person with insulin resistance?
    My doctor says my hair loss is Androgenetic Alopecia (female pattern hair loss)
    I have had it for 5 years. I am scared if I use anything other than my natural
    brand shampoo and conditioner my hair will get worse. I also have Seborrehic
    Dermatitis. I have cleared up the Seborrehic Dermatitis with my shampoo
    100 % Pure Shampoo Burdock and Neem and a good diet. I am also on Hair vitamins and Ovasitol for Insulin Resistance.

    My hair is still the same. (patchy on top and crown.) Maybe a bit worse, but hard to tell??

    Do you think any of your products or program could help me?? If so, which part?
    Thanks, Judy

    • Hi Judy,

      There’s no reason our Program cannot be altered to fit your dietary needs. Of course, you should consult with your doctor before making any dietary changes.

      If you’ve gotten your SD under control, then it seems you now need to work on tackling the AGA. I recommend you check out this guide for more information: https://www.hairlossrevolution.com/scalp-secrets/

      – Steph

    • Honestly if the only change you make is adding a simple topical solution to your regime you can’t expect big results. Saw palmetto helps inhibit DHT, but this is only one of the 7 pillars of hair loss. You need to tackle the other 7 as well as optimising your nutrition and lifestyle to see the best results.

  59. Hey Will great information can drinking baking soda make you alkaline as well? From what i researched it can but obviously the best is to get alkalizing minerals etc But can it be a temporary fix until your body naturally becomes more alkaline from the diet change? Thanks so much

    • I don’t really recommend it, since it is devoid of nutrients, minerals and enzymes. Fresh vegetable juices are the best way to go as far as quickly alkalising your body.

  60. Hi Will,
    What makes you think your SCALP ELIXIR is better than Minoxidil since millions of users have acknowledged the efficiency of Minoxidil ?

    • Hello Jim, I’m not saying it’s better or worse, but for most of the readers of this website, we prefer not to use a chemical everyday on our body. The side-effects of minoxidil are well documented and severe, and they get worse over time.

  61. Hi this article is very useful for me.
    Need to clear one doubt I use finasteride topical solution for past 3 months. At present I stop the drug due to shedding of more hair but there is a small hair regrowth occur after shedding. May I use DHT Blocker internally that u prescribed as more pH value alkaline base.
    Weather hair regrowth possible or not I am 26

    • Hi Jafar,

      Whether hair regrowth is possible will depend on how long hair fall has occurred, and whether your follicles are still alive.

      You can absolutely use on the DHT blockers mentioned in this article. However, Will also strongly recommends scalp massages and microneedling. This increases blood flow to the scalp which is crucial for regrowth.

      – Steph

    • Hi Timothy!

      While ACV is good for your scalp, it shouldn’t be used more than 2 – 3 times (preferably 2) per week. Any more often can dry out your scalp.

      – Steph

  62. Waaah what an enlightment never heard of this before thanks thanks a lot will try and start all least with alkaline diet and juicing

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