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MSM for Hair Growth: Does It Really Work?

  • March 22, 2017 /
visual scoring of the mice

With a variety of chemical-laden hair growth products on the market today (such as Rogaine and Propecia), natural treatment methods seem almost outdated.

What if I told you, however, that an all-natural supplement, one which is found naturally in our bodies and abundantly throughout the world, could help to lessen hair loss and even promote hair growth?

Today, I’m going to introduce you to MSM, a sulfur-rich compound which has been slowly gaining some buzz over the years.

You’ll first learn what MSM is, as well as how MSM is believed to work to promote hair growth.

Second, I’ll highlight the scientific research showing MSM’s effectiveness at promoting hair growth in mice (Hint: The results were comparable to, or even better than, Minoxidil!)

Third, you’ll learn how to use MSM supplements most effectively and where you can purchase the supplement.

Note: To learn whether natural methods will help in the reversal of your hair loss, take the six-question quiz at the bottom of the article.

What is MSM?

MSM stands for methylsulfonylmethane. This sulfur-rich, organic compound is used in a variety of industries, including health and beauty, pharmaceutical, and food.

Sulfur is a chemical element which may promote hair growth.Known by a few other names, including DMSO2, methyl sulfone, and dimethyl sulfone, MSM is found abundantly in nature, as sulfur is one of the building blocks of life.

How Does MSM Work?

To understand how MSM works to promote hair growth, let’s first take a look at the structure of hair.

The shaft of the hair is made up of a three-layered structure. On the inside is the medulla. Surrounding the medulla is the cortex, the most fibrous part of the hair strand which contains mostly keratin and structural lipids. On the outside of the hair is the cuticle, consisting of dead skin cells which form a protective layer around the hair.

The hair consists of three layers: the medulla, the cortex, and the cuticle.

Focusing in on the cortex and it’s keratin-based structure, we find a sulfur-rich environment.

Now, as mentioned above, sulfur is a building block of life. It’s the 7th or 8th most abundant element within the human body, and there’s no doubt that it contributes significantly to health and wellness.

But how does sulfur (and thereby, MSM) contribute to hair growth?

The hair growth cycle consists of three stages. They are anagen (growing), telogen (intermediate), and catagen (resting or shedding).

For those looking to promote hair growth and reverse hair loss, anagen is the sought-after stage. MSM is thought to either promote the conversion of telogen to anagen or lengthen anagen, mainly due to the deliverance of sulfur to the middle layer of the hair. This both strengthens the strand and encourages further growth.

Additionally, MSM also produces significant amounts of both collagen and keratin. These are essential in the development of healthy hair strands.

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What Does the Research Say About MSM for Hair Growth?

If you’re considering MSM as a hair growth treatment, you’re in luck! MSM has been shown to have positive effects on hair growth.

A 2009 study aimed to learn whether MSM, when combined with Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (MAP), could be used to effectively treat alopecia in mice.

MAP is known to convert hair from telogen phase to anagen phase. Researchers, however, wanted to know whether the addition of MSM could bolster these hair-growing effects.

First, researchers prepared the mice by shaving their backs and then applying thioglycolic acid 80% cream to complete hair removal.

Next, researchers prepared a variety of solutions for use in the study.

Some of the solutions contained MAP only, others contained a combination of MAP and MSM, and still others were controls of either saline (negative) or Minoxidil (positive).

MAP and MSM solutionsMAP and MSM solutions

Visual scoring of the mice was done as shown below:

visual scoring of the mice

Now, let’s take a look at the results of the study.

Shown below are visual hair growth scores of six solutions over a number of days.

MAP and MSM hair growth chart results

As is seen above, the solution of MAP-MSM 10% has the best scores overall, showing increasingly more hair growth as the period of time increased.

And here’s a visual look at the mice.

MAP and MSM visual results

Is MSM Effective at Treating Hair Loss?

While the study above doesn’t focus solely on MSM, it does provide us with some valuable results.

The study shows that, while MAP alone is effective at promoting hair growth, the solutions containing both MAP and MSM are more effective overall.

The more MSM which was present in the dermal solution, the better the results shown.

Unfortunately, researchers weren’t able to pinpoint the mechanism which makes MSM so effective. However, the results do speak for themselves showing that MSM can be effectively use to treat alopecia in mice.

So, can you use MSM to promote hair growth?

While no human studies have been done, there’s no reason that similar results cannot be seen on humans as they are shown above in the mice.

How to Supplement with MSM

There are a variety of MSM supplements available on the market, though the most common forms include powder, capsule, and tablet.MSM capsules are a common way to add the supplement to your diet.

I recommend that you choose the supplementation format you’re most likely to use on a regular basis, as this plays a key role in how well MSM will work for you.

To take MSM, you can add the powder to smoothies or just plain water. As for the capsules and tablets, it’s recommended you take with food if you are sensitive to gastrointestinal side effects which may occur.

To lessen the impact of said side effects, begin taking the supplement in doses which are less than recommended.

Gradually work your way up to the recommended dose, pulling back and starting again at a lower dose if side effects are noticed.

Brands, Availability, and Cost

MSM is available both online and in stores, typically found in the joint support section of the pharmacy. This is due to its sulfurous makeup, which contributes to inflammation and pain relief.

Doctor's Best brand Best MSM SupplementThere are no brands that I prefer or promote, but I do recommend finding an additive-free choice, such as Doctors’ Best Best MSM.

Price will vary by brand and location, though Amazon has a few options ranging from 120 capsules at $7.59 to 240 capsules at $16.09.

When choosing a brand, be sure to consider dosage amount.


Further studies are necessary to better understand MSM’s effect on hair growth. However, the current research does give a glimmer of hope to those suffering from hair loss.

While results cannot be guaranteed, I urge you to give MSM supplementation a try. You may find supplementation to be beneficial for hair growth and scalp health. And, with the addition of other all-natural treatment methods and the use of chemical-free shampoos, you may see added positive results.

Are you unsure whether your hair loss is reversible? Take the six-question quiz below to find out!

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Scalp Calcification – Why It Causes Hair Loss and How To Reverse It

  • March 22, 2017 /
Scalp Calcification and What to Do About It

In this article you’re going to learn about scalp calcification and the negative effects which calcium build up can have on the scalp. I’ll explain the causes of scalp calcification, as well as introduce you to a variety of ways to combat this hair-loss causing phenomena.

BONUS: Take the quiz at the bottom of this page to see if your hair loss is caused by scalp calcification, as well as to determine whether natural remedies are likely to reverse the hair loss and regrow healthy hair.

What is Scalp Calcification?

As you may already know, there are various substances which build up on the scalp. These include dead skin, oil, hair product, and even DHT. In addition to the previously mentioned, however, calcium can also build up on the scalp. This is known as scalp calcification.

Close up of hair follicles under microscope

The build up of any substance on your scalp isn’t good, no matter how beneficial it may be in small doses. This is because the follicles can become blocked, and this can negatively impact healthy hair growth.

What Causes Scalp Calcification?

The two main culprits of scalp calcification are hard water and calcium deposits.

Hard Water

In general terms, hard water is any water which is obtained from an underground source. And, while the majority of home’s receive their water in such a way, this doesn’t necessary mean you are being exposed to hard water in your own home.

A tap with limestone deposits on it

The truth is, there are various processes of water collection and distribution that different regions use. This may mean that your area has particularly hard water, or you may have soft (or at least softer) water.

Hard water areas in the US.

And in the UK…

A map of the hard water areas in the UK

Now, onto calcification.

When you shower using hard water, a reaction occurs between the water and your shampoo. This reaction creates a substance known as soap scum, and it clings to your skin, hair, and scalp. This will build up over time, leading to an increase in calcium levels found on your scalp.

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Calcium Deposits

Perhaps you’re asking yourself, “isn’t calcium supposed to be in our bodies?” And yes, you’re absolutely right.

Calcium is a hardening mineral. It is found primarily in our bones and teeth, and is necessary for the health of both structures. Calcium can also be found in the bloodstream and in muscles, but too much of it (known as hypercalcemia) can lead to calcium deposits and buildup in places (like the scalp) where it can cause harm.

This was seen in a study performed on hypercalcemic rats. The rats were subjected to mild injuries of the skin. After only three hours, increased levels of calcium were found within follicles of injured skin.

Excess calcium in the bloodstream is worsened when inflammation is involved.

Inflammation is a natural body response to injury or irritation. However, chronic inflammation can lead to the collection of calcium deposits in said inflamed tissues.

This leads to the hardening of the inflamed tissues, which leads to further inflammation. This cycle continues until healthy blood flow to the scalp is completely constricted, resulting in hair loss and eventual death of the hair follicles.

What You Can Do About Scalp Calcification

After you’ve determined the cause of your scalp calcification, you can better address the issue.

Scalp Calcification Caused by Hard Water

There are three ways of combating calcification due to hard water.

First, you can target hard water at the source and soften your home’s water with a water softening filtration system. This can be costly, and installation is not always easy. There are, however, shower-only filters which can be fitted to the fixture and will filter water as you shower.

lemon fights calcium buildup

The acidity of lemon can break down the leftover minerals left behind by hard water.

Second, you can counter soap scum buildup and calcification by utilizing calcium-fighting remedies. This includes the use of a white vinegar and water mixture in order to soften hair and rinse away calcium build up following shampooing. Additionally, you can rinse your hair with lemon-infused water.

Third, you can create your own shampoo using apple cider vinegar as a base ingredient.

Scalp Calcification Caused by Calcium Deposits

While the last two methods mentioned above can help you to combat calcium deposits on the scalp, there’s a better way to target the issue at its source.

Apply magnesium oil to the scalp to reverse calcification.

Magnesium is a natural combatant of calcium. It helps to slow calcium production and build up, and has even been shown to completely stop the production of calcium build up on blood vessel walls. Additionally, magnesium supplementation can lead to the reversal of vessel wall calcification.

Oil and dermaroller on a table

For best results, I suggest applying magnesium oil directly to the scalp. For adults, one fluid ounce massaged into the scalp for 10 minutes, 3-5 fives times per week seems to be most beneficial.

However, it is possible to accelerate results by applying the oil to your scalp on a daily basis. You can also use a dermaroller to stimulate hair growth even more.

You may also want to try a magnesium supplement to help counteract calcium deposits from the inside out. I recommend magnesium orotate.

A bottle of magnesium rotate capsules

In addition, try to eat more foods that are high in magnesium such as hazelnuts and almonds


The build up of calcium on your scalp – whether caused by external (hard water) factors or internal (hypercalcemia) factors – can lead to hair weakness, thinning, and loss. In the long run, it can even cause death of the hair follicles.

Fortunately, there are a number of methods you can use to combat the issue, and you can even reverse the effects of scalp calcification when you catch it early enough.

If you’re unsure if calcification is the cause of your hair loss, and if you’re interested in learning about the type of hair loss you suffer from, take the six-question quiz below.

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Mature Hairline VS. Receding Hairline: How to Tell the Difference

  • March 21, 2017 /
George Clooney's mature hairline

In this post, however, we’re going to discuss both mature and receding hairlines, and you’re going to learn three major things on the topic:

  1. The difference between a mature hairline and a receding hairline.
  2. How to tell whether you suffer from male-pattern baldness (receding hairline).
  3. How to stop hair loss and lower your hairline.

So, if you’re ready to get started, read on.

And, if you’re interested in knowing more about how easy it will be to re-grow your normal hairline then take my 6 question quiz (takes 1 minute) which is located at the bottom of this article.

What’s the Difference Between Mature and Receding?

First things first, let’s get a few definitions out of the way.

The hairline is a line of hair follicles which outline the outermost edges of your hair. Where the hairline naturally lies will depend on genetics and other such factors.

As you age, the hairline will naturally recede. It can do so evenly, moving the entirety of the hairline back a centimeter or so, or it can do so unevenly, moving certain parts of the hairline farther back than others.

With the above two hairline recession types in mind, it’s easy to see that there is a difference between the two.

The first instance of a receding hairline, the one in which the line moves back evenly, is known as a mature hairline. This creates a more distinct hairline, doing away with the more rounded edges commonly seen in the young.

Johnny Depp mature hairline, not receding

Johhny Depp could be described as having a mature hairline, but it probably wouldn’t be called ‘receding’ yet.

A receding hairline, however, is one which moves higher on the head, but do so more in certain areas. For example, you may notice your entire hairline is moving upwards, but the movement in your temples is more rapid and noticeable.

In the majority of individuals, a mature hairline will develop as they age. In others, though, that mature hairline will continue to recede. This is known as male-pattern baldness.

How To Tell Whether You Suffer from Male-Pattern Baldness

As mentioned above, a receding hairline typically begins to recede after the mature hairline has taken shape. But what if you want to stop hair loss in its tracks and not get to a point where the difference is obvious?

Jude Law receding hairline.

Jude Law’s hairline follows the classic M-shaped pattern, also called a Widow’s peak, seen in men with male-pattern baldness.

Consider that one of the tell-tale signs of a receding hairline is the distinctive horseshoe pattern. This is caused when the hairline recedes more quickly in the temple areas, either causing balding or thinning of the hair.

If your “mature” hairline has taken to this pattern, then it’s time to consider that male-pattern baldness may be the culprit.

Other early signs of balding include increased hair shedding, irritated scalp, thin, wispy hairs, and slower hair growth.

If male-pattern baldness if your concern, though, another major indicator of whether you may be susceptible to this condition is whether your older male relatives have it.

While relatives with male-pattern baldness does not guarantee that you will develop it, you’re at higher risk than others. This is known as genetic predisposition.

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How to Lower Your Hairline

If male-pattern baldness is the source of your stress, there are a few approaches you can take to stop the hair loss in its tracks and lower your hairline.

In the photo below a man has lowered his hairline using a procedure known as ‘neograft.’ However, I suggest you try the natural method that I’ve outlined below before considering a very expensive and invasive procedure such as Neograft.

Showing male hairline before and after neograft hair transplant

Results before and after the Neograft hair transplant.

Step 1. Discover the cause of the hair loss.

There are a variety of factors which contribute to hair loss. For those suffering from androgenetic alopecia (also known as male-pattern baldness), though, sensitivity to DHT is the culprit.

To learn whether your hair loss is indicative of male-pattern baldness, and to learn about other causes, take the six-question quiz at the bottom of this article. This will help you to determine the true cause of your hair loss, as well as provide you information on how to best combat it.

Step 2. Stop the hair loss.

This is easier said than done, of course, but to prevent further recession and keep your hair follicles healthy, you first need to stop the hair loss.

But how can you do this?

I recommend a natural approach which involves cleansing the scalp and then stimulating the follicles to produce healthy hair.

First, you’ll want to begin with a salicylic acid peel. This will remove all manner of buildup from your scalp — including dead skin, sweat, oil, hair product, and even DHT. To learn the full method, check out this post.

dermaroller for hair growth


Second, you’ll want to use a dermaroller. This device works with the assistance of small needles.

Without causing pain or damage, the dermaroller penetrates the dermal layer of skin, increasing blood flow to the hair follicles and stimulating new cell production. For thorough instructions on effective use, go here.

Last, you’re going to create your own homemade hair growth serum. This will awaken the hair follicles and make your scalp the ideal environment for hair growth.

This serum will require jojoba oil, nettle leaf extract, pumpkin seed oil, and saw palmetto and apple polyphenol. Full directions for preparation can be found here.

Step 3. Treat the hair loss at its source.

Now that the cause of hair loss has been discovered, as well as your scalp being cleansed and prepped for hair growth, it’s time to treat your hair loss at the source.

The ‘source’ can be different things for different people, depending on condition or hair loss type. As mentioned above, those with androgenetic alopecia are sensitive to DHT. However, other types of hair loss are caused by fungal infections, prescription medications, and even diet.

The majority of hair loss types have solutions, however. For example, fungal infections can be treated with anti-fungal oils (like tea tree) and diet imbalances can be treated by following Genetic Food Matching.

With your results from the six-question quiz, you now have no excuse not to treat your hair loss at the source.

Take a look through the full archive of articles on this site to find a natural treatment method that’s right for you.


While a maturing hairline is normal, especially for those in early adulthood, sometimes it can be a sign of things to come; in this case, male-pattern baldness.

There are steps you can take, though, to stop your hair loss in its tracks and even stimulate new hair growth.

Of course, hair transplants are an option. But they aren’t one which I recommend, as there are natural methods out there which are less costly and similarly (if not more) effective at lowering your hairline and treating hair loss.

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3 Reasons To Use Reishi Mushroom for Hair Growth

  • March 20, 2017 /
A handful of reishi mushrooms

In this article, you’re going to learn about reishi mushroom and how it can grow your hair. You’ll learn of the latest scientific research surrounding this ancient herb, and how you can get started reaping its benefits today.

First, I’ll introduce you to this 2000-year-old herb and its uses in Ancient China.

Second, I’ll dissect recent scientific studies surrounding reishi mushroom and its various properties to determine whether it’s an effective hair loss treatment.

Third, I’ll share with you three ways of supplementing with reishi, two of which are my very own hair growth recipes which I’ve personally used with great results.

Note: At the end of this guide, take the six-question quiz to determine whether your hair loss is reversible. This will tell you whether natural treatments, like reishi, can provide you with the hair growth results you seek.

What is Reishi Mushroom?

reishi mushroom for hair loss

Regarded in Asia as the “herb of spiritual potency,” reishi mushroom has been in use for thousands of years alongside other herbs, like Fo Ti. It goes by many names, including lingzhi and G. Lucidum, and grows at the base of deciduous trees.

While wild varieties of this mushroom are rare, lingzhi is cultivated today on hardwood logs and woodchips.

The mushroom itself has a corky texture and is flat-topped. It typically has a red varnish and a kidney-shaped cap, and while other colors do occur, red reishi is the most well-known and studied.

With a variety of therapeutic uses, including immunomodulation and as an antioxidant, it’s no wonder that researchers have focused in on this versatile mushroom and studied it extensively.

But, the question we aim to answer today is, “can reishi be used to treat hair loss?”

1. Reishi As An Inhibitor of DHT

Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is a sex hormone converted from testosterone by the enzyme known as 5α-reductase.

This is a natural process, one which is not harmful to the majority of individuals. Men with a genetic predisposition to male-pattern baldness, however, are sensitive to DHT in the scalp. This is the leading cause of Androgenetic Alopecia (AGA).

As the follicles become inflamed and irritated as a result of DHT sensitivity, the hair cycle shortens leading to baldness.

Fortunately for sufferers of AGA, DHT inhibition is possible. With proper inhibition, hair loss may be reversible, and hair growth can occur in a natural, undisturbed manner.

One such manner is with reishi mushroom supplementation.

A 2005 Japanese study tested 19 species of mushroom to determine their 5α-reductase inhibitory effects.

First, researchers prepared ethanol extracts of each of the 19 mushroom species included in the experiment.

In the first part of this study, scientists added the ethanol extracts to a suspension containing rat liver and prostate microsomes. The purpose of this experiment was to determine percentage of inhibitory activity of each of the mushroom samples.

Reishi Mushroom inhibits 5-alpha-reductase, thereby reducing DHT levels in the scalp.

Reishi showed the most percentage of 5α-reductase inhibition, falling between 70 and 80%. For reference, the next most-effective mushroom species, pleurotus osteratus, showed an inhibitory percentage around 60%.

Next, researchers looked at the growth rate of prostates in castrated rats. As the prostate’s size is directly proportional to testosterone levels, this experiment aimed to determine whether G. lucidum (reishi mushroom) could inhibit testosterone’s effects.

Reishi works to reduce testosterone effects on Prostate growth.

The rats were split into three groups.

The first group was the control group, receiving only testosterone. The second group received both testosterone and G. lucidum (1.5 mg/kg), and the third group received both testosterone and a 15 mg/kg concentration of G. lucidum.

While the results did show that both concentrations of reishi reduced prostate weight below that shown in the testosterone control group, the lower concentration interestingly was more effective at doing so.

For hair loss sufferers, what should be the main takeaway from this study?

Chiefly, reishi mushroom is an effective inhibitor of 5α-reductase, thereby reducing the amount of DHT produced within the body.

For those with AGA, this is a critical find! It means that reishi mushroom supplementation can significantly reduce DHT levels, protecting the DHT-sensitive hair follicles from miniaturization and hair loss.

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2. Reishi As An Antimicrobial

With antibiotic resistance rapidly increasing, natural methods of fighting various microbes has quickly come to the forefront of scientific research.

Not surprisingly, reishi and other Chinese herb medicines have underwent extensive study. This is due to their thousands of years of use as part of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Reishi mushroom growing on wood

In a study by Quereshi et al., reishi mushroom was collected, dried, crushed, and then extracted through one of three methods (methanol, ethanol, and acetone). In addition, a negative control (distilled water) and a positive control (the antibiotic Gentamycin sulphate) were also used.

Each of the five solutions was added to the plates of six different bacterial pathogens, and each plate was the incubated for 24 hours. Each of the tests was repeated three times, and the results were thus:

The antimicrobial effects of reishi mushroom extracts on bacterial strains.

Now, while known of the reishi extracts exceeded the positive control results of the antibiotic, some of them did come quite close. Namely, the acetone extract against both B. subtilis and K. Pneumoniae. Additionally, all extracts did show a zone of microbial inhibition over the negative control.

You may be wondering, “what good is an antimicrobial against hair loss?”

Consider that not all forms of hair loss are due to DHT sensitivity.

Other forms of hair loss exist, caused by such things as fungal infections and bacterial overgrowth.

A woman holding up her hair with a scalp fungal infection

With the addition of an antimicrobial agent like reishi mushroom to your hair care routine, not only can you ensure that your scalp stays healthy, but you can also keep your hair follicles from becoming blocked or clogged. This will ensure that your hair strands have the best environment in which to develop and grow.

3. Reishi As An Immunomodulator

One particular form of alopecia – alopecia areata – is an autoimmune form of hair loss.

The immune system works to keep the body safe against foreign attacks. These attacks include viruses and bacteria.

The patchy scalp of an Alopecia Areata sufferer.

For those with alopecia areata, the immune system attacks the hair follicles, causing hair loss and follicle damage. This leads to patchy hair loss though, if left untreated, will lead to full hair loss over time.

There are a number of treatments which individuals with this type of hair loss undergo. And, while some may treat the hair loss at the time, it’s important for the root cause of the hair loss to be treated in order for a permanent solution to be found.

Is reishi such a permanent solution?

Well, reishi mushroom has proven to work as an immunomodulator. Essentially, this means that reishi can activate the immune system through chemical manipulation (in this case, cytokine production).

While no studies on reishi’s effect on alopecia areata currently exist, it isn’t a far jump to say that reishi may be beneficial in such treatment. After all, a proper immune response would lessen the attack on hair follicles and encourage the growth of healthy hair.

How to Use Reishi Mushroom Treatment

If you’re ready to experiment with reishi mushroom, you’ll be happy to know that there are a variety of methods you can try.

Make Your Own Reishi Shampoo

Store-bought shampoos are full of chemicals and hard on your scalp. Combat this by making your own homemade shampoos.


  • Liquid castile soap (½ cup)
  • Aloe vera gel (⅓ cup)
  • Green tea (½ cup)
  • Vanilla essential oil (10 drops)
  • Reishi extract (1 cup)


Bring a pot of water to boil, removing from heat and adding in the reishi mushroom to steep. Allow to cool to room temperature, and then discard of reishi solids.

Combine the reishi tea with the rest of the ingredients, being sure to stir thoroughly.

Apply the shampoo to wet hair, taking 2-3 minutes to massage into the scalp. The shampoo can sit for up to 5 minutes, and then rinse completely in lukewarm water.

Hair Benefits:

This potent combination has a variety of nourishing elements, while also stimulating hair growth and promoting a clean scalp.

The aloe vera gel is the main soother in this recipe, protecting the scalp from irritation and itchiness.

The reishi (which inhibits 5α-reductase) and the vanilla oil extract (which stimulates hair growth) work together to contribute to a healthy environment in which hair can grow.

Last, the various compounds found within green tea promote further hair growth and provide a powerful punch of antioxidants.

Add It To a Hair Growth Mask

While homemade shampoos are a fantastic start, you can always go the extra mile and create your own scalp scrubs, moisturizers, and even hair growth masks.

Applying a hairmask to protect the hair follicles and scalp

What You’ll Need:

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


Bring a pot (or kettle) of water to boil. Remove from heat, and add in the nettle, chamomile, and reishi. Allow to steep until water reaches room temperature, then remove herbs.

Combine the herb and mushroom tea, with the avocado, cherries, and vanilla essential oil. Add to a blender and blend the mixture at high speed until smooth.

Apply the mask to wet hair and scalp. Massage the mask into your scalp for 2-3 minutes, and then allow to sit on scalp for 15-20 minutes. Rinse the mask with lukewarm water, and then towel dry.

Hair Benefits:

This nourishing and moisturizing hair mask will benefit your scalp in a number of ways.

Of course, the reishi acts as an inhibitor of 5α-reductase. The avocado provides a variety of nutrients, while simultaneously protecting the scalp from dryness. The cherries add in a boost of antioxidants, while the vanilla essential oil works to stimulate hair growth.

Add It To Your Diet

If you’d rather not play chemist, then you can forego the creation of your own shampoos and hair masks and instead opt for the easy method of supplementation – adding it to your diet.

Of course, reishi makes an excellent tea while providing all of the many benefits mentioned above.

You can also add it to soups, salads, and even grill it for an appetizing and nourishing side dish.

Note: Prior to consuming, soak mushrooms overnight. This will soften the husk which surrounds the mushroom, without removing any of its nutrients.

Or you can take it as a supplement.

Powdered reishi mushroom supplement

What’s the Bottom Line?

While there have yet to be any human studies done to determine reishi mushroom’s direct effects on hair growth, the current research does show promising results for those looking to treat their hair loss naturally.

Of course, combining reishi with other natural hair loss treatment methods, such as supplementation with pumpkin seed oil and primrose essential oil, can enhance results and improve your hair growth efforts over time.

If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments below.

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Widow’s Peak — An Early Indicator of Male-Pattern Baldness?

Man with widow's peak

For some people, especially women, a widow’s peak can be a thing of beauty and a source of pride. This hairline style, after all, is quite unique. For other people, however, especially men, the widow’s peak can be a source of frustration – the indication of a hairline beginning to recede.

And for many, whether a natural occurrence or caused by hair loss, the question is, “how can I get rid of my widow’s peak?”

In this post, you’re going to learn all about the widow’s peak and the role it plays in male-pattern baldness.

First, you’ll learn what the widow’s peak is and where it got its unique name.

Second, I’ll explain what causes the widow’s peak to appear, especially in men with receding hairlines.

Third, I’ll tell you exactly how you can get rid of the widow’s peak and regrow your hair with an all-natural hair growth serum.

Then, after reading this guide take the 6 part quiz at the bottom of this page to find out how easy it will be for you to regrow your hair back from  the ‘widow’s peak’ hairline.

What Is a Widow’s Peak?

widow's hood

The widow’s hood, as worn by Mary, Queen of Scots.

A widow’s peak (or, widower’s peak in the case of men) is a V-shaped hairline that can appear in both men and women. In some, the peak can be particularly deep. In others, the peak may be barely noticeable.

But where does the widow’s peak get its unique name?

The name originates from an old wives’ tale – an omen – that women with this distinctive hairline would suffer the fate of a dead husband. This was because the naturally-forming peak appears very similar to the peak created by the widow’s hood, a cap worn by widows while mourning the loss of their husbands.

Of course, we now know that this is nothing but a myth. But, for many, the widow’s peak is still a curse, just not a supernatural one.

What Causes Widow’s Peak?

In many individuals, the widow’s peak is naturally occurring and is simply the way in which their hairline is shaped. This is due to a strong, inherited trait. For a few men, however, a widower’s peak can be an indication of a receding hairline and, therefore, male-pattern baldness.

So, what causes the hairline to recede in such a way?

Typically, hair loss begins at the temples and near the forehead line. This is known as temporofrontal hair loss, and is very common in men with androgenetic alopecia (the medical term for male-pattern baldness).

Hamilton chart male pattern baldness

The loss occurs in such a way due to the location of DHT receptors.

As I’ve previously discussed on Hair Loss Revolution, DHT is a hormone produced from testosterone. While every male has DHT present within their bodies, men with a genetic predisposition to androgenetic alopecia tend to be more sensitive to the DHT. Over time, this sensitivity leads to miniaturization of the hair follicles, eventually leading to hair loss.

As the follicles become inflamed and irritated as a result of DHT sensitivity, the hair cycle shortens leading to baldness.

Even worse? Hair which is lost in such a manner will not grow back naturally. Unless, of course, you do something about it.

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How to Get Rid of Widow’s Peak

If your widow’s peak is due to a receding hairline, then you’re in luck! The methods which are normally used to treat hair loss and regrow hair will work to rid you of your widow’s peak just as they’ll help you to regrow strong, luscious locks.

Of course, keep in mind that treating hair loss in its beginning stages is easier and more effective in the long run. However, it is possible to grow back the hair which you’ve already lost. Ready to get started?

Use a Hair Growth Serum

What You’ll Need:

  • Hyaluronic acid
  • Emu oil
  • Saw palmetto
  • Apple polyphenol
  • Dermaroller


Pierce the gel capsule of a saw palmetto supplement.

Add the resulting gel into a mixture of hyaluronic acid and emu oil. Measurements need not be exact, though 1 part saw palmetto gel to 6 parts hyaluronic acid/emu oil mixture is a good start.

Similarly, take an apple polyphenol supplement capsule, and break it into the above mixture of 1 part saw palmetto : 6 parts hyaluronic acid. Mix the combination well by stirring and shaking vigorously.

dermaroller for hair growth


Begin the process with the dermaroller. Gently roll it across the part of your scalp where you’d like to apply the hair growth serum. Do this slowly, and repeat the process at least four times. This will ensure that the scalp is ready to receive the hair growing mixture and absorb it.

Once this has been done, apply the serum with either a cotton ball or clean finger. Massage directly into the affected areas of the scalp, being sure to evenly distribute the serum throughout. For best results, allow the serum to sit on your scalp for at least 30 minutes.

Hair Benefits:

The four ingredients used in this hair serum pack a powerful punch when it comes to stimulating hair growth and regrowing hair you’ve lost.

First, hyaluronic acid acts as the carrier oil, ensuring that the other ingredients are properly distributed. Hyaluronic acid is naturally found in the human body, and it transports nutrients to cells while simultaneously removing toxins.

Emu oil is next, acting as the main DHT-inhibitor. This amazing oil has hair-growing properties, and is also known to be used as an anti-inflammatory and moisturizing agent.

Saw palmetto is another inhibitor of DHT, working effectively when applied directly to the scalp.

Last, apple polyphenols stimulate circulation and eliminate free radicals from the surrounding areas.

Treat the Root Cause of Your Hair Loss

While DHT is a common culprit of hair loss, there are a few other things, such as illness and infection, which can lead to premature thinning and loss. Even diabetes, a common disease seen throughout the world, has been linked to balding.

For best results, it’s a good idea to know exactly what’s causing your hair loss. After all, how can you treat an issue when you don’t even know it’s cause?

To help you get started, take the six-question quiz at the end of this article. Here you’ll learn more about the type of hair loss you’re suffering from and how you can naturally treat it and stimulate growth of new hair.


The widow’s peak is a point of pride for some, and a curse for others. If you’re one such individual who is gaining a widow’s peak due to a receding hairline, then I’m here to tell you that there are many things which you can do to reverse it.

From the application of the hair growth serum above to the replacement of store-bought shampoos with homemade, feel free to browse this site for more natural ways you can go about treating hair loss and ridding yourself of your widow’s peak.

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White Buildup On Your Scalp? Here’s 2 Ways to Get Rid of It Fast

  • March 17, 2017 /
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From chemical-laden hair products to pollution, sweat, DHT and oil, our scalp and hair come into contact with a lot of hair-damaging elements throughout our day-to-day lives. Over time, these elements can build up, leaving us with an unhealthy scalp and a less-than-ideal environment for optimum hair growth.

With the help of this guide, however, you don’t need to live with such an issue and can learn to easily treat it yourself.

After reading this article you will be able to:

  1. Tell the difference between dandruff and epidermis plaque (also known as sebum)
  2. Get rid of the scalp sebum permanently
  3. Improve the overall quality of your scalp, hair follicles, and hair.

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White Buildup: Dandruff or Sebum?

It’s common for individuals with an itchy scalp, which can be a side effect of minoxidil, and irritation to automatically assume the issue to be dandruff. The truth, however, is there are a number of conditions which can lead to flaking, itching, and inflammation. One such condition is plaque epidermis, also known as scalp buildup or sebum buildup.

Fortunately, there are a few key differences between dandruff and sebum which will allow you to determine which of these is your issue.

Dandruff is fungal in nature. The primary culprit is believed to be the yeast Malassezia.

Sebum buildup, on the other hand, is caused by a variety of factors. This includes the use of store-bought shampoos and hair products, as well as contact with pollutants and ineffective scalp cleansing.

A flake of dandruff

Dandruff is light and flaky in appearance.

So, how can you tell the difference?

Dandruff, for the majority, is clumpy and flaky. It can be white, and sometimes even yellow, and is generally concentrated in particularly oily areas of the scalp.

Sebum, though, has a waxy substance. There will be less flaking, and more of an overall buildup. You may experience some itching as a side effect, but it’s not an inflammatory issue as is dandruff.

How to Remove the Buildup and Prevent It From Returning

There are two steps you’ll need to take in order to remove the white plaque buildup from your scalp, as well as prevent it from returning in the future. The combination of these steps will leave you with a clean, healthy scalp with ideal conditions for hair growth.

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Salicylic Acid Peel

First things first, you want to remove the scalp buildup and give your scalp a fresh start.

Here’s how to do just that:

What You’ll Need:

  • Salicylic acid (15% solution or less)
  • Coconut oil

Directions:coconut oil prevent epidermis plaque

Wash your hair and scalp, preferably with a homemade shampoo.

Apply coconut oil to your scalp, enough to cover it in its entirety.

Leave the coconut oil to sit on your scalp for 30 minutes.

Now, apply the salicylic acid to your scalp using a small pipette or other instrument. Do so until you’ve covered all patches of scalp which you’d like to target for hair regrowth. Leave the salicylic acid on for 10 minutes, and then gently wash away with warm water.

At this point, there will be patches of salicylic acid peeling off any sebum, dandruff, and dirt from your scalp. If you notice a particularly thick area of sebum, repeat the process outlined above in no less than 2 days.

Hair Benefits:

This simple, yet effective, combination is a great way to get your scalp back on track.

As salicylic acid contains a small amount of alcohol, the solution when directly applied can be drying. This is why coconut is first applied and given time to absorb, as it protects your scalp and follicles from drying out and causing further issues.

Cleansing Shampoo

Now that the troublesome layer of plaque has been removed, you’ll want to be sure to keep it away for good. For this, it’s best to avoid chemical-laden shampoos and stick with a homemade shampoo with simple, all-natural ingredients.



Combine the above ingredients, as well as warm water. The apple cider vinegar and baking soda will react, so allow the mixture to settle prior to using.

Pour the mixture onto your wet hair while in the shower, and massage into scalp for 3 minutes.

Rinse with warm water.

Hair Benefits:

As sebum buildup is caused by ineffective cleansing, the above shampoo will help you to fully cleanse your scalp and keep your scalp free from plaque buildup and its ill effects.


White buildup on the scalp is a common issue, and one which contributes to hair thinning and loss.

If you’re dealing with this issue, then the above two recipes will help you to get your scalp back to its natural, healthy state.

Of course, there are other steps you can take to further prevent the build up of sebum. These steps include changing your diet and using moisturizing oils, like coconut oil, on a regular basis to prevent scalp dryness and the overproduction of sebum as a result.

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Microneedling For Rapid Hair Growth

  • March 11, 2017 /
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In this article you’ll learn how to use microneedling, a common cosmetic therapy used for the treatment of skin imperfections, to stimulate hair growth.

I’ll cover the research studies which show that this chemical-free method is an effective way to combat hair loss. You’ll also learn why it’s important to perform the method correctly to prevent damage to the scalp and further hair loss and how to do so.

Let’s dive right in.

What is Microneedling?

Microneedling is another name for Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT) and is commonly associated with the dermaroller.

This is a popular cosmetic procedure, used mainly for the treatment of wrinkles and other signs of aging on the face. It’s also increasingly be used to treat scarring, acne, and other such skin imperfections.

How Can Microneedling Help with Hair Loss?

Microneedling works by causing small, pin-prick sized wounds in the skin. These aren’t wounds in the classic sense of the word, however, and microneedling should not cause bleeding when done correctly (both at the right depth and with the right amount of pressure).

These “wounds,” however, initiate the three healing phases which skin typically undergoes after trauma. This stimulates collagen production, as well as the production of new skin cells.

After the treatment, there are three healing phases which the skin undergoes. They are:

  1. Inflammation
  2. Proliferation
  3. Maturation (Remodeling)

Why doesn’t scarring appear?

As was shown in a 2007 UK study, scarring only occurs after skin injury has reached a certain depth. With microneedling therapy, the needles do not exceed this depth. They do, however, still cause enough trauma to instigate the inflammation-proliferation-maturation cycle.

The positive effects of this cycle was obvious when microneedling was used, in combination with Triamcinolone Acetonide, to treat alopecia areata.

Two patients, one male and one female, presented with alopecia areata. This is an immune-related cause of hair loss, and typically results in patchy, uneven hair loss.

The presentation of alopecia areata in male patient.

Clinical picture of male patient showing multiple alopecic patches all over the scalp.

With the use of microneedling therapy, however, both patients saw positive hair growth results:

Male patient showing excellent hair growth after three sessions

Male patient showing excellent hair growth after three sessions.


(a) Female patient after 1 session; (b) Female patient after 2nd session

(a) Female patient after 1 session; (b) Female patient after 2nd session.

So, microneedling is effective at treating alopecia areata? But what about androgenetic alopecia, also known as male-pattern baldness?

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Microneedling: An Effective Treatment Method for Male-Pattern Baldness

In 2013, 100 men with Androgenetic Alopecia (AGA) were recruited to take part in a study which tested the effects of microneedling on hair growth. 94 men completed the study.

The men were randomly split into two groups. The first group, which consisted of 50 volunteers, was treated with both microneedling and Minoxidil (5%) lotion. The second group, which consisted of 44 volunteers, was treated with Minoxidil (5%) lotion.

Both groups would apply the Minoxidil twice daily, but the microneedling group would also receive a once-per-week microneedling treatment. The participants in the microneedling group were instructed to not apply Minoxidil on the day of microneedling treatment, but resume application 24 hours after the procedure.

All participants’ scalps were shaved at the beginning of the study.

Throughout the study, researchers used a 7-point scale to measure hair growth.

These were the results of the 12-week study:

The results of Microneedling therapy on hair growth.

A grade 3 response on 7-point evaluation scale in the microneedling treated group.


The results of Minoxidil application on hair growth.

A grade 0 response on 7-point evaluation scale in patient no. 1 and grade + 1 response in patient no. 2 in the Minoxidil treated group.

Now, keep in mind that both groups did apply Minoxidil on a regular basis. However, the group which combined microneedling with Minoxidil application saw significantly more hair growth in the same period of time as the Minxoidil-only group.

How much more hair growth?

Microneedling vs. Minoxidil mean hair counts

Mean hair counts at baseline and at end of 12 weeks in the microneedling and Minoxidil treated group.

While the mean hair count in the microneedling group did start a bit higher than the mean hair count in the Minoxidil group, the difference was not significant. As can be seen, the microneedling group still saw a significant increase in mean hair count (+91) over the Minoxidil-only group (+17) at the end of the 12 weeks.

Microneedling therapy vs Minoxidil-only treatment.

Change from baseline hair count at 12 weeks.

Microneedling vs. Minoxidil mean hair countsIt’s quite obvious that microneedling in addition to Minoxidil application is much more effective at inducing hair growth than just Minoxidil alone. So, how can you get started using microneedling to fight hair loss and induce the growth of new hair?

How to Use Microneedling for Hair Growth

These are three steps I recommend in this process:

Step #1: Clean scalp.

This step goes beyond the basic shampoo-and-rinse cleaning advice. Here, we want to be sure to thoroughly prep the scalp for effective dermaroller use. This will require both the use of chemical-free, homemade shampoo and a salicylic acid scalp peel.

Step #2: Use a dermaroller.

Once the scalp has been properly cleansed, it’s time to begin microneedling therapy.

First and foremost, always sanitize the dermaroller before use. Failure to do so can lead to infection and other such issues, and it’s just not worth the risk.

To use the dermaroller effectively, you’ll want to focus on direction of application, as well as pressure applied.

The dermaroller should not cause any pain (though you may feel tingling/stinging in more sensitive areas) and it should never draw blood. This means you should only apply enough pressure for the needles to penetrate the scalp to the depth of the pin.

As for direction, maintain a consistent pattern of up and down, side to side, and even diagonal. This will ensure even distribution of hair growth, and is important if you want to see results commonly associated with microneedling.

Microneedling: How to use the dermaroller.Microneedling: How to use the dermaroller.

Perform each motion about 2-3 times.

Step #3: Apply Hair Growth Elixir.

While microneedling is effective, it never hurts to provide your scalp and hair follicles with a bit of a boost. This is where the Hair Growth Elixir comes in, and I recommend application after microneedling treatment.

I recommend this particular formula, which is further expanded upon in the Hair Equlibrium Program.

You’ll Need:

I also suggest adding magnesium oil into the mix for an extra boost.


Combine the above ingredients into the container of your choice. I recommend combining the hyaluronic acid with the emu oil first, and then adding the saw palmetto in a 6:1 ratio (hyaluronic acid/emu oil:saw palmetto).

Add the apple polyphenol last, at a ratio of 1 apple polyphenol: 6 parts mixture.

How to Apply:

After dermaroller use, use your fingertips to apply the above mixture to the treated areas of your scalp. Ensure an even and generous covering, and then leave the mixture on overnight to dry.

In the morning, rinse off the mixture with lukewarm (or even cold) water.


As a natural and easily-accessible hair loss treatment method, microneedling stimulates new cell production and encourages the growth of new hair.

I believe this is an excellent method to treat hair loss, especially when combined with other natural methods of hair loss treatment.

To learn more about the methods which are most effective for your hair loss, take the six-question quiz below. And, of course, feel free to ask any questions in the comments section below.

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Polysorbate 80 for Hair Loss – Does It Actually Work?

  • March 8, 2017 /
Polysorbate 80 -- An Effective Hair Loss Treatment?

First off, in this article you’ll learn what Polysorbate 80 is, how it’s commonly used and where it came from.

Next, I’ll discuss the research surrounding Polysorbate 80 use for hair growth, and what this means for those suffering from male-pattern baldness.

Last, you’ll learn about Polysorbate 80 availability and cost, and how to go about obtaining Polysorbate 80 for your own use.

If you’re interested in learning more about how reversible your type of hair loss is (using natural methods) then I’ve prepared a 6 part quiz which you can take in 2 minutes which is located at the end of this article.

What is Polysorbate 80?

Polysorbate 80 hair loss formulaPolysorbate 80 is a synthetic compound, commonly found in foods and cosmetics. As both a surfactant and emulsifier, Polysorbate 80 has earned much recognition over the years. It is found in a variety of cosmetics, including soaps and eye drops, and is regularly used in ice cream to provide its smooth quality.

Since the 80s, however, Polysorbate 80 has been considered to be a possible treatment for hair thinning and loss. It was first popularized by the Helinski Formula, and has been part of the hair loss treatment industry ever since.

Can Polysorbate 80 Treat Hair Loss?

There’s plenty of anecdotal evidence supporting the use of Polysorbate 80 for the treatment of hair loss. But is there also scientific research to back up these claims?

While no studies have been performed on Polysorbate 80 in particular, there have been studies which incorporate the substance into their research.

One such study was performed in 2014. The study’s main goal was to examine the effectiveness of Cuscuta reflexa Roxb in the treatment of alopecia. More specifically, alopecia caused by Cyclophosphamide (CYP), an often used anticancer drug which induces alopecia in patients.

24 male rats were split into four groups.

Group I was the control group, receiving vehicle (distilled water) only.

Group II was the negative control group, receiving only an injection of CYP on the 9th day post hair removal.

Groups III and IV also received injections of CYP on the 9th day, however Group III received an oral supplementation of petroleum ether extract solution of C. reflexa (containing Polysorbate 80) from day 10 through day 19. Group IV, however, received oral supplementation of ethanolic extract solution of C. reflexa.

Prior to the start of the experiment, each of the mice had a patch of hair on their backs removed in order to start anagen phase. Additionally, Groups II, III, and IV received injections of CYP for alopecia induction.

After completion of the study, these were the results obtained:

Mice experiment using polysorbate

Comparison of baldness pattern in each group. (A) Animal treated with Vehicle only showing No hair loss (B) Animal treated with CYP showing diffused alopecia. (C) Animal treated with CYP and Pet ether extract showing less hair loss. (D) Animal treated with CYP and ethanolic extract showing less hair loss. a: After Depilation, b: After 9th Day of study (CYP Administered) c: After 19th Day of study.

Now, we’re most interested in groups III and IV (labeled as C and D, respectively, in the above diagram). Group III’s solution contained Polysorbate 80 while Group IV’s did not. Of course, we also have to consider that results may vary due to the solution preparation of C. reflexa.

An can be seen in the photographs, hair growth was better observed in Group III, the group which received a petroleum ether extract solution of C. reflexa, which also contained Polysorbate 80.

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What This Study Means for Hair Loss Sufferers

As previously mentioned, while Polysorbate 80 wasn’t the main focus of the study, it did seem to play a key role in hair regrowth.

This is promising for those who suffer from alopecia, especially since many theorize that Polysorbate’s main mechanism for hair growth is the removal of DHT from the scalp and hair follicles.

How Polysorbate 80 Is Used

As a standalone treatment method, Polysorbate 80 is applied directly to the scalp.Polysorbate 80 beaker

Simply add a few drops to your palm (or apply to scalp directly) and massage into scalp until thoroughly covered. You may rinse off with lukewarm water about 10-15 minutes after application.Polysorbate 80 beaker

You may apply the compound daily, but keep an eye on how your scalp responds to the emulsifier. You may experience dryness, as the polysorbate may be drawing too much oil from your scalp. In this case, apply less frequently (3-5x/week) or for shorter periods of time (5-10 minutes).

Availability and Cost

Polysorbate 80 is available as a standalone ingredient, and this is the cheapest and most effective way to introduce Polysorbate into your hair care routine.

Price varies by retailer. Amazon, for example, has 16 fl. oz. available for $16.59 (not including shipping). It can also be bought from specialty cosmetics stores, both online and in-person.


If you’re looking to treat hair loss and regrow hair, then Polysorbate 80 isn’t a bad choice. After all, there is preliminary scientific research to back its effectiveness, and side effects are few.

However, I would say that there are more effective methods of re-growth available that are 100% natural – this is a very good example of one of those and will work more effectively than polysorbate 80.

For most effective results, it’s best to treat the underlying cause of hair loss. You can learn more about the cause of your hair loss, as well as natural treatment methods for said loss, with the six-question quiz below.

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Does Selenium Sulfide Cause Hair Loss?

itchy scalp dandruff

There’s no doubt that conditions such as fungal infections and dandruff can cause hair loss. After all, such conditions alter the pH levels of the scalp which make it difficult for the hair follicle to produce strong, healthy hair.

Of course, treatment of such conditions should be top priority. But did you know that some of the more popular treatment methods on the market, like selenium sulfide, have also been linked to hair fall and may cause more harm than good?

Today, I’d like to discuss the side effects of selenium sulfide use – most notably, hair loss.

First, I’ll provide an overview of what selenium sulfide is and what over-the-counter products contain this harmful ingredient.

Second, I’ll show you the scientific data which proves that even one application of selenium sulfide can lead to hair root damage, even seen for up to 68 days after said application, and hair loss.

Third, you’ll learn of all-natural treatment methods for fungus and dandruff so you can avoid selenium sulfide altogether.

BONUS: Try the quiz at the bottom of this page to find out if your hair loss is reversible.

What is Selenium Sulfide?

Selenium sulfide is a chemical compound found within many popular dandruff-fighting shampoos, including Selsun Blue, Head & Shoulders, and Dandrex.

Selsun blue contains selenium sulfide

Selsun Blue contains selenium sulfide, a compound linked to hair loss.

Sometimes referred to as selenium disulfide, this compound is used in a variety of over-the-counter and prescription-strength fungal treatments.

If prescribed by doctors and used by millions of people each year, then it must have some great results, right?

Well, it’s true that selenium sulfide is an effective treatment for fungal infections and hair loss. This doesn’t mean, however, that it’s the right treatment method for you.

Has Selenium Sulfide Been Shown to Cause Hair Loss?

While selenium sulfide has been shown to produce some not-so-serious side effects, including hair discoloration, there is one side effect which just cannot be ignored – hair loss.

Note: Hair discoloration due to selenium sulfide can be treated with the application of rubbing alcohol. Keep in mind, though, that alcohol is drying to the hair and scalp.

One particular study, performed by Archer and Luell in 1960, found that even just one application of selenium sulfide had a negative effect on the hair roots. This lead to increased dysplasia (damage) and hair loss.

Hair root dysplasia caused by selenium sulfide shampoo

Out of the four subjects undergoing the testing, increased levels of dysplasia from baseline were seen in days 6, 9, and 12 after the application of selenium sulfide shampoo.

For test subjects one, two, and three, this increase in dysplasia was still being seen 68 days after application!

Individuals with thick heads of hair may not be worried by the sudden increase in hair shedding.

Those with male-pattern baldness and already-thinning manes, though, may find the side effect to be a most alarming one. Especially since not only does selenium sulfide appear to lead to hair loss, but also to damage of the roots.

Of course, selenium sulfide isn’t the only cause of hair loss.

Dandruff, too, can lead to the inflammation and irritation of the scalp, leading to hair follicle miniaturization and hair thinning and loss.

So what is there to do if dandruff is the enemy, but so is selenium sulfide?

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How Can Selenium Sulfide Use Be Avoided?

While over-the-counter and prescription treatments certainly have their place, there are natural ways to deal with dandruff and fungal infections of the scalp.

The scalp is its very own habitat, with its own ideal pH levels and nutrient requirements.

With this in mind, it’s easy to see how the balance can be so quickly thrown off, leading to skin irritation, flaking, fungal infections, and scalp buildup.

But what are the alternatives to selenium sulfide treatments when dealing with dandruff or other yeast-related maladies?

For those battling fungal infections, there are a few homemade treatment options – such as castor oil and tea tree oil – to test out.

Tea Tree Oil, Grape, and Black Walnut Fungal Treatment

tea tree oil treats dandruff and fungal infectionsTea tree oil is known for its variety of curative abilities, including its uses as an antimicrobial and antifungal.

With this three-ingredient fungal treatment, you can nourish your scalp and treat the fungal infection at the source – all without the use of harmful chemicals.


Combining equal parts of grapeseed oil with black walnut oil, and adding in 10 drops of tea tree oil, you can stir up your fungal treatment in a matter of minutes.

Simply apply the mixture to your scalp, ensuring that it’s applied directly to the most troublesome areas. You may leave in this mixture for up to 6 hours.

When ready to rinse, be sure to do so thoroughly with lukewarm (not hot!) water.

Hair Benefits:

As mentioned, tea tree oil is a powerful antifungal. Grapeseed oil and walnut oil have their own curative properties as well. In addition to antifungal, grapeseed is also an antibacterial.

This means that scalp damage caused by bacterial infections, like folliculitis, can be treated with regular applications of grapeseed.

Walnut, interestingly, contains sterols. These are natural inhibitors of 5-alpha-reductase and can reduce inflammation of the scalp.


While selenium sulfide is an ingredient commonly found in dandruff shampoos and prescribed by doctors for the treatment of fungal infections and seborrheic dermatitis, there are studies which show its link to hair loss.

For individuals with thick hair, this side effect may not be an issue. For those with male-pattern baldness, however, use of this ingredient can lead to increased hair thinning and hair fall.

A bottle of head and shoulders shampoo

Beware! Avoid Head & Shoulders.

So, should you avoid selenium sulfide?

Well, if you’re reading this site, you likely suffer from one degree of hair loss or another. If you’d like to avoid further hair loss and prevent irreversible damage, then it’s best to avoid selenium sulfide altogether.

Don’t worry, however – there are a variety of all-natural treatments which can be used to treat both dandruff and fungal infections.

If you have dandruff, it just means the skin on your scalp is too dry. Try adding foods that are high in natural (healthy) oils to your diet.

For example, add pumpkin seed oil, olive oil, coconut oil, cold water fish, avocados, nuts, seeds and chia seeds.

This will help to get rid of the dandruff from the inside out, then you can use a simple and natural homemade shampoo instead of using harsh, aggressive chemicals that strip away the natural oils of your hair.

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Minoxidil Itchy Scalp — How to Stop the Itch & My Natural Alternative

  • February 23, 2017 /
Minoxidil Itchy Scalp Causes, Treatment

Minoxidil is a drug for the treatment of hair loss, however you may know it by its most popular brand name of Rogaine. This drug has received lots of praise since its creation, though there are a few unpleasant side effects which plague a number of users.

One such side effect is itchy scalp, and it can drive Minoxidil drivers insane, leaving them feeling as if they have no option but to continue treatment or stop treatment and continue hair loss.

There are, however, two alternatives that those with itchy scalp can turn to.

In this article, you’ll learn:

  1. The main cause of Minoxidil itchy scalp;
  2. Whether itchy scalp and other side effects from Minoxidil use can be stopped, and;
  3. How you can stop Minoxidil itchy scalp by switching to an all-natural Minoxidil alternative.

Bonus: Take the quick six-question quiz at the bottom of this article to find out how reversible your type of hair loss is. You’ll learn ways to most effectively treat it, as well as how to regrow your hair.

Minoxidil Itchy Scalp – What Causes It?

While severe allergic reactions to Minoxidil are rare, itching is a common side effect experienced by many users. The main reason for this is an ingredient found within minoxidil, propylene glycol.

Liquid Rogaine itchy scalp

Rogaine contains propylene glycol, a chemical known to cause skin irritation.

This ingredient serves an important purpose, enabling the solution to penetrate the surface of the skin and reach the hair follicles.

Propylene glycol, however, has been associated with skin reactions, including itching and irritation. For many, this side effect can be difficult to ignore and may put them off using hair loss treatments altogether.

Can Minoxidil Itchy Scalp Be Stopped?

Some users who experience itching and irritation without other allergic symptoms continue using Minoxidil due to the positive results it produces.

If you’re currently dealing with Minoxidil-related itching and cannot stand it, however, you have two options.

First, you can switch over to Minoxidil foam. Foam, as opposed to the liquid solution, does not contain propylene glycol. This is the chemical which is believed to trigger the itching and flakiness which many experience, and if this is the case for you as well, switching to the foam should stop the itching.

Second, you can stop using Minoxidil altogether. Whether the itching continues even after switching to the foam solution, or you’d simply rather try a more natural alternative to treating hair loss, this option may be for you.

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Natural Minoxidil Alternative

If you’ve been reading Hair Loss Revolution for a while, you know I’m a huge fan of natural treatments. This is why I’ve created my own natural alternative to Minoxidil. With no propylene glycol and only three ingredients, you have far less chances of a skin reaction with similar results as provided by Minodixil.

What You’ll Need:

  • Emu Oil
  • Hyaluronic acid
  • Pumpkin seed oil

Preparing Your Scalp

To get your scalp ready for maximum absorption, you’ll first want to get rid of a layer known as epidermis plaque. This is made up of chemical products, pollution, sweat, dirt, dead skin, oil, and even DHT, and should be removed regularly to ensure the ideal environment for hair growth.

To remove this layer, you’ll want to perform a salicylic acid peel.

Now, while this next step isn’t necessary, it can stimulate circulation to the scalp which is always beneficial, as well as enable ultimate absorption of the mixture.

dermaroller for hair growth


Using a dermaroller, gently go over the areas of the scalp which you’ll be treating with the mixture. Do so at least four times.

Preparing the Solution

While I reveal more about this solution in the Hair Equilibrium Program, including how I personally prepare the mixture, you can easily make your own solution with your own ratios.

Combine said ratios in the container of your choosing, and mix thoroughly by stirring. Shake before use.

After use, you may store the mixture for a few weeks. Keep the mixture in a dark glass container, preferably, and place in the refrigerator to keep freshness.

Applying the Solution

Now that you’ve made the mixture and prepared your scalp, it’s time to apply the solution.

For best results, you may want to use a pipette or other instrument which will allow you to control application. This will enable the majority of the mixture to make it to the scalp, which will improve results.

Apply the mixture as you would minoxidil.

Allow the mixture to sit on your scalp for 10-30 minutes, and then rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water.

Hair Benefits:

As the base of this solution, hyaluronic acid promotes nutrient and mineral delivery to the scalp, as well as removes and prevents toxin buildup.

Possible benefits of using pumpkin seed oil for hair growth

Pumpkin seed oil is anti-inflammatory, anti-microbrial, and also provides antioxidant properties.

Both emu oil and pumpkin seed oil act as carrier oils in this mixture. Emu oil in particular has been shown to reduce the levels of DHT in the scalp, and pumpkin seed oil is a powerful promoter of hair growth.


If the use of Minoxidil has plagued you with an itchy scalp, there are alternative hair loss treatment methods which will rid you of this annoying side effect.

Of course, I recommend the natural solution of which I’ve provided a recipe above.

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