The 12 BEST Natural DHT Blockers To Help Regrow Your Hair in 16 Weeks!

Reverse hair follicle miniaturization

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.

Quick Notice: Once you’ve read this article I want you to take the 6 part quiz at the bottom of the page. This will allow you to find out if blocking DHT naturally will actually work to regrow your hair (or not). Take the quiz then collect your ‘hair score’ out of 100 at the end.

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.

testosterone to DHT

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 DHT 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

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.

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

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

After 6 months, the prostate size in the nettle group was significantly smaller than that of the placebo group, and long-term effects of stinging nettle treatment were seen even after discontinuation.

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.

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

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%)!

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

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.

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 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.

This Is NOT A Shampoo

  • Natural extracts blocks DHT on the scalp
  • Cleans & unblocks the scalp pores
  • Provides essential nutrients and minerals
  • Easy to rinse in & out in the shower
  • Stimulates blood flow to the hair follicles

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?EGCG in green tea

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.

matcha green tea smoothie

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

rabbit hair width results flax supplementation

rabbit hair weight flaxseed supplementation

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.

sesame seed phenol levels

Sesame seeds have higher phenol levels than flaxseed, safflower seeds, and soybean.

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).

pygeum bark DHT blockerBPH 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 pumpkin seed oil

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 PSO supplement (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 PSO 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

And here’s the visual evidence that PSO DHT blockers can help to effectively regrow hair:

Before and after photos using PSO to block DHT

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.

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.

Acid foods can reduce the rate or keratization leading to slower hair growth

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.”

A peacock

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 block DHT naturally, so make sure you blood pH is balanced

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.

almonds-contain-nutirients-that-help-hairStart 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.

Fatty acids found in canola oil may help to inhibit 5 alpha reductase

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’

microbiome

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.

nightshades-delayed-allergic-reactionsFor 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.

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neeraj says June 18, 2017

how to make body inernally and externally and my hairs resistant against fungal infection

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Ralph Pontillo says June 14, 2017

Very good article I enjoyed reading it

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Rick says June 11, 2017

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

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    Will Hartfield says June 14, 2017

    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

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Steve says June 4, 2017

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.

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Greg K says May 31, 2017

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.

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    Will Hartfield says May 31, 2017

    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!

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KD says May 29, 2017

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!!!

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    Will Hartfield says May 30, 2017

    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.

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Ahmed says May 26, 2017

Thanks a lot, great article.

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Ricky Rosay says March 15, 2017

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.

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    Will Hartfield says May 5, 2017

    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.

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Ricky Rosay says March 14, 2017

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.

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    Will Hartfield says March 15, 2017

    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.

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kushal shrestha says March 2, 2017

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

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Arshed says January 30, 2017

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.

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Alexandria Nizam says January 24, 2017

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

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    Will Hartfield says February 3, 2017

    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.

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Justin Saha says January 17, 2017

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

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    Will Hartfield says February 3, 2017

    I think its fine – I personally use ACV a few times a week to wash my hair instead of commercial shampoos and I much prefer it.

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      Mac says May 1, 2017

      do you use just straight ACV to wash your hair or do you add anything else?

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        Will Hartfield says May 3, 2017

        If I don’t have any other ingredients available, ACV is fine (or if I’m feeling lazy to make it.) But adding other ingredients can help. See my article here on natural shampoos.

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Tom says January 15, 2017

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.

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    Will Hartfield says February 3, 2017

    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.

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Oge says January 7, 2017

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

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    Will Hartfield says February 3, 2017

    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.

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Daniel says December 30, 2016

Good day Will, if you recommend an alkaline diet than why is cleaning hair and scalp.with vinegar also recommended?

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    Will Hartfield says January 6, 2017

    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.

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Lorenzo Pizzi says December 30, 2016

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 ?

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    Will Hartfield says January 6, 2017

    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.

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Mark Panbecker says December 26, 2016

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.

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    Will Hartfield says January 6, 2017

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

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Alex Britton says December 16, 2016

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?

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    Will Hartfield says December 16, 2016

    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.’

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anthony buddle says December 14, 2016

I am touched for all your info
Thank you so much !!!

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    Will Hartfield says December 16, 2016

    Thanks Anthony

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Zubair says November 17, 2016

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.

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    Will Hartfield says November 27, 2016

    I would recommend alkalising vegetable juices rather than a branded alkaline water.

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Dave says October 8, 2016

Very helpful article. Learned so much. Thanks

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Dana says September 13, 2016

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-
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    Will Hartfield says September 23, 2016

    Thank you Dana. Good luck and work hard on alkalising your body.

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kaustubh naik says September 4, 2016

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

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    Will Hartfield says September 5, 2016

    The sooner you start revering hair loss the better.

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PaidaLajin says July 26, 2016

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.

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    Will Hartfield says July 26, 2016

    Great tip Paida, thanks for sharing.

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R R Lukas says July 9, 2016

Incredible article, I haven’t heard this anywhere else. What is the fastest way to get your pH correct?

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    Will Hartfield says July 9, 2016

    Vegetable juicing a couple of liters per day for a few months is a good place to start 🙂

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James says July 9, 2016

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

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    Will Hartfield says July 9, 2016

    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.

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John Ong says May 26, 2016

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

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    Will Hartfield MEng says May 27, 2016

    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 🙂

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Michael Eliyah says April 23, 2016

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.

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N.K.Sharma says March 27, 2016

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.

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Akash says January 9, 2016

Very thorough and helpful articles…. Thanx

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    Will Hartfield MEng says February 2, 2016

    Thanks for your comment and glad I could help. Will

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