In this article you’re going to learn about the latest scientific discoveries on using evening primrose oil for hair loss, so you know exactly how to use this amazing oil to regrow your hair, starting today.
Firstly I’ll explain what evening primrose oil is, and where it comes from.
Secondly I’ll dive into all of the studies that have investigated how effective it really is for hair growth.
Thirdly, towards the end of this guide I’ll show you some of the hair care recipes you can start using right away to make the most of this oil to protect your own hair, stimulate hair growth and stop any further loss.
I recommend you read the entire article so that you have a good idea of how to use evening primrose for your individual situation so you can start using it right away if you want.
Evening primrose, or Oenothera biennis, is a yellow flower that is found primarily in the North America, Central America, and Europe region.
Each individual flower has a short blooming period, and only open up for one evening (hence the name) before withering and dying the following day. It is said to light up in the dark.
The oil, which is extracted from the seed, is considered to have therapeutic properties. In addition to the evening primrose’s leaves and roots, the Native Americans have used the oil for a wide array of ailments, from minor wounds and bruises to gastrointestinal disorders and hemorrhoids.
Evening primrose oil has a primary composition of omega-6 oleic acids, most notably linoleic acid, gamma-linoleic, and glutamine. Linoleic acid is considered an essential omega-6 fatty acid, as our body cannot produce this fatty acid itself.
Omega-6 is necessary for human health. It plays a crucial role in cerebral and nerve functioning, as well as growth and development of cells. In addition, omega-6 maintains bone health, support the reproductive system, regulate metabolism, and stimulate hair growth.
While there is currently limited evidence, evening primrose oil may show promise in counteracting different subtypes of alopecia such as alopecia areata and effluvium telogen. It can also be effective in treating hair loss as a result of hyperthyroidism, or overactive thyroids.
Evening primrose oil, in addition to stimulating healthy skin and hair growth, have strong anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative properties that will nourish the scalp and deliver essential nutrients to promote growth.
Hair growth has three main cycles – anagen, catagen, and telogen phase.
Recent studies have indicated that evening primrose oil can indeed have a direct effect on hair follicles!
In a study by Munkhbayar et al, the researchers took hair strands from healthy human volunteers between the ages of 20 to 50 years old and measured the effect of arachidonic acid on the elongation of the hair shaft, expression of growth and survival in-vitro, or using isolated human cells.
Meanwhile, the researchers applied a mixture of either a placebo, arachidonic acid, or minoxidil every day for four weeks on the shaved backs of female mice.
These mice had just ended the telogen phase and undergoing the anagen phase of hair growth. The anagen hairs were then examined 28 days later.
Multiple results showed to be very positive. The cells in the dermal papilla were more viable for up to 2 µM of arachidonic acid before decreasing significantly with increased dosage.
There was an increase in fibroblast growth factors and other molecules that stimulate hair production and survival. In addition, the hair shaft resulted in significant elongation at a moderate dose of arachidonic acid.
Meanwhile, the mice that had the arachidonic acid application on their back grew more hair at a faster rate than the mice in placebo or minoxidil groups.
The dermal papilla, which is located in the hair follicle’s bulb, is composed of cells that help regulate keratin. Keratin is a protein commonly known for building healthy hair and skin.
The researchers postulated that the arachidonic acid activated special growth factors that encouraged the multiplication and maintenance of these keratin cells during the anagen phase of hair growth.
Arachidonic acid also appears to trigger multiple signals that affect a variety of cell functions.
Specifically, important molecular factors for preventing cell death (aka apoptosis or necrosis) are triggered and activated to help promote the survival of growing and existing hair cells.
In addition, arachidonic acid appears to also induce the anagen phase of hair growth. It also extends the duration of the stage, resulting in more cell division before it settles into catagan phase!
All this not only contributes to ample hair growth, but also stronger and thicker hair strands!
Linoleic acid in evening primrose oil is a precursor to arachidonic acid. Your body can take linoleic acid and synthesize it in the liver to eventually become arachidonic acid.
However, it is important to note that based on the results of this study, mild to moderate amount of arachidonic acid will reap the most benefit. Too much will be counterproductive and may induce adverse inflammatory responses.
Evening primrose oil can be helpful in reducing chronic inflammation on the skin and scalp. Inflammation is a natural defense response of our body to harmful stimuli such as injury to the tissues or allergies.
However, uncontrolled inflammatory response is the source of a vast continuum of crippling disorders related to metabolic syndromes, autoimmune, and cancer.
In individuals with chronic hair loss, unnatural accumulation of substances such as free radical, DHT, and bacteria in the scalp region ignites an inflammatory response from the body.
Early studies have postulated that the polyunsaturated fatty acids in the evening primrose oil could be the main derivatives for inflammatory relief.
In this one study, Senapati and his team of dermatologists enlisted young patients with atopic dermatitis and separated them into two groups – one taking 500mg of evening primrose oil and the other taking 300mg of sunflower oil.
After 5 months of continual usage, the researchers compared the results and found that 96 percent of the evening primrose oil users showed substantial improvements, in contrast to only 32 percent of the sunflower oil users.
Like earlier studies, the researchers supports the theory that lack of omega-6 fatty acids plays a role in inducing inflammation.
However, they further refine this theory by suggesting that it is not necessarily the lack of linoleic acid (aka omega-6 essential fatty acid) that is the source of inflammatory aggravation, but more likely the reduced conversion to gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) that is the more likely culprit.
While the science community has conflicting views, the reduce production of gamma-linolenic acid may be contributing to an increased likelihood of inflammation.
This is primarily because gamma-linolenic acid can convert to dihomo-gamma-linolenic acid (DGLA), which has been shown to fight against specific proinflammatory mediators.
Another suggestion for the evening primrose’s anti-inflammatory effects could be related to its sterol qualities. Sterol is a subtype of lipid – cholesterol and sex hormone (estrogen and testosterone) falls into this category.
Evening primrose oil has a high composition of phytosterol, or plant sterol. This sterol is a naturally found in many plant-based foods such as grain, vegetable, fruits, and nuts.
Plant sterol is well known for its cholesterol lowering effects, which is correlated with reduced inflammation.
A common belief for this phenomenon is due to the similar chemical composition of plant sterol and cholesterol. When there is too much LDL, or bad cholesterol, it will seep into the walls of the artery and damage the lining by forming plaque.
This will instigate an inflammatory response, which only worsens as an accumulation of cholesterol further aggravates the site.
Because plant sterol has a similar structure to LDL, it will act to directly block LDL’s absorption. In fact, a study where people drank sterol-fortified juice found that in two weeks alone, their LDL cholesterol level dropped an average of 12.4 percent.
Paz et al suggested an additional theory for plant sterols’ effect on inflammation by focusing on the mediators. In their study, the largest composition of plant sterol from the evening primrose oil, beta-sitosterol, and campesterol, were extracted and cultured with mice cells.
The researchers took several inflammatory markers, such as macrophages, nitric oxide, and prostaglandins, and tested each of them with 25, 50, and 100 g/ml of sterol in the cell culture.
The results found that a number of inflammatory markers were notably reduced, with many of them to a significant degree.
For example, the reduction of nitric oxide (NO), which plays a key role in inflammatory and immune reaction activities, was at its greatest in the 100 g/ml plant sterol culture.
In addition, the researchers postulate that the plant sterol helped prevent linoleic acid from converting into the polyunsaturated omega-6 chemical arachidonic acid.
Though we mentioned above that it could directly help with hair growth, an excessive amount of this particular omega-6 fatty acid has been thought to initiate and amplify inflammatory reactions.
This will only counteract the potential benefits that arachidonic acid can have on hair growth.
Free radicals attack important molecules leading to cell damage and disruption. Targets of free radicals include all kinds of molecules in the body such as lipids and proteins.
Once a cascade of cell damages have erupted within a site, such as at the scalp, the body will initiate an inflammatory response to stop the damage and start repairing the cells.
However, chronic inflammation will ensue if the free radicals are not dealt with properly.
Antioxidants prevent free radicals from causing damages by donating one of their own electrons. There are likely thousands of different antioxidants to manage different subsets of free radicals.
Among the many antioxidants in the evening primrose oil, one of the more abundant is Vitamin E.
Vitamin E is a fat-soluble antioxidant known for its ability to build and repair tissues. Vitamin E is also a potent radical-scavenging antioxidant that is most well known for acting as an inhibitor for lipid peroxidation, or degradation to the lipid, caused by free radicals.
To demonstrate Vitamin E’s correlation with preventing hair loss, researchers Beoy et al took 38 healthy male and female with varying levels of alopecia were split into either taking a placebo supplement or tocotrienol (a member of the Vitamin E family) supplement for eight months for a total of 100 mg a day.
Hair count and weight of hair were collected and measured.
The results showed that the hair numbers at the 8-month interval were significantly greater than those at baseline and at the 4-month interval for the Vitamin E group.
In contrast, the placebo group displayed very little growth at the 8-month mark. (So, supplementation with vitamin E wins by 35%)
Unfortunately, this study did not find any statistical difference in weight of hair strands.
The researchers also mentioned that in addition to acting as a vital antioxidant, Vitamin E may be able to increase blood vessel growth, therefore increasing the number of nutrients that reaches the cells of the hair follicles.
It also efficiently increases the removal of waste that would otherwise cause damage to scalp tissues. This will encourage rapid hair growth and the healing of damaged hair shafts.
Evening primrose oil can be taken as an oral supplement. It is sold in capsule or soft gel form. Each capsule generally contains 1000mg. Talk to your doctor about the best dosage based on your circumstances.
One of the more effective methods of utilizing evening primrose oil is directly applying it to the scalp. It can better penetrate the pores and deeply nourishes the hair follicles.
You can have it deep conditioned by leaving it overnight on the scalp and washing it off in the morning.
Should you adopt evening primrose oil as a hair routine, it is recommended that the balance of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids is taken into consideration.
One of the best ways to reap the benefits of this amazing oil is to use it in your own homemade shampoos and hair masks. Rather than damaging your hair with harsh chemicals from commercial products, its so much better to make your own.
My personal rule is, if you can’t eat it, don’t put it on your hair or your skin.
Here is one recipe you can use right away to stimulate hair growth, reduce scalp inflammation, soothe the scalp skin and clear away blocked and clogged follicles.
Stinging nettle is extremely rich in hair growth boosting vitamins A, B, C, D and K, which also help to stimulate the scalp and helps with BPH. The rosemary essential oil has antiseptic properties and can aid new hair growth.
Turmeric is a well known and powerful spice that has long medical history. The turmeric in this recipe will rejuvenate and soothe your scalp whilst providing rare nutrients and minerals that are essential for hair growth.
It is also a powerful anti-inflammatory and helps with itching and irritation.
Rosemary helps to increase scalp circulation and clean the follicles.
Apple cider vinegar and baking soda are the cleansing agents and the base components for most of my homemade shampoos.
Though the oil does not contain many side effects, it may interact negatively with certain medications. According to WebMD, use with caution if you are taking the following:
Bleeding: there is an anticoagulant (blood-thinning) effect with evening primrose oil so there is a higher risk of bleeding for people taking any blood thinner such as warfarin (Coumadin). Therefore, these patients should not use the oil.
Seizures: people with epilepsy or other seizure disorder should avoid taking evening primrose oil as it may increase the chances of having a seizure.
Also, people with schizophrenia treated with certain drugs may be at risk of seizure, so medical advice should be sought.
There are 3 main reasons to start using stinging nettle for hair loss immediately, they are;
In this article I’m going to discuss these points in more details. I’m going to break down all of the most recent medical research on how stinging nettle can be used to regrow your hair.
This will include a 6 month study with 620 patients that showed nettle could effectively block DHT (without adverse side effects.)
Then, at the end of this article I’m going to reveal 3 different ways you can start using nettle in your hair care regime tonight so that you can start benefiting from this amazing plant and start to see hair growth results as soon as possible.
Please make sure you read the entire article so that you have a good background understanding of the properties of stinging nettle and all the medical research before skipping to the practical applications.
Stinging Nettle, or Urtica dioica, is a flowering perennial plant that is native to many areas of the world, including North America, Europe, and Asia. It can often reach a height of up to seven feet. You can recognize it by the heart shape leaves and the rough, bristly hair lining all over.
These fine little hairs are quite painful to the touch. Whenever you brush up on these leaves, the fragile tip of the hair will break off and cause various irritation to the skin, including pain, swelling, itching, and numbness.
Despite all this, it is ironically recognized for its medicinal properties for many centuries. In medieval Europe, it was used to treat joint pain and to rid the body of excess water.
Ancient Egypt found that it was very effective against arthritis and back pain. Many examples of nettle urtification, or the practice of flogging oneself with the nettle leaves, have been reported across a few societies in order to treat illnesses such as chronic rheumatism, lethargy, coma, paralysis, and cholera.
It is still continually recognized and used today for its holistic properties.
It contains a wide range of constituents. Certain essential vitamins and minerals such as magnesium (which in itself has amazing properties against hair loss), vitamin C, vitamin B, vitamin K, potassium, silica, and calcium are heavily present in the nettle leaves, roots, and stems. It also possesses a rich source of iron and omega-3 acid.
The benefits also extend into its ability to counter alopecia or hair loss. Many researches have given weight to nettle’s potential to stimulate hair growth and promote healthier, thicker hair strands.
Inflammation of the scalp has been identified as an instigator for chronic hair loss. When there is tissue damage from foreign or harmful particles, such as free radical, DHT, and bacteria, the body reacts and attempts to fight it off.
Studies such as this one conducted by Magro et al, have shown that chronic inflammation leads to the cells in your scalp to activate a self-destructive mechanism that causes damage to the hair strands and its respective follicles.
There are a few agents that regulate the process of inflammation. One such agent called NF-κB has been linked as a strong inducer of inflammation. Once NF-kB is activated, it causes many other pro-inflammatory agents to activate as well.
Therefore, inflammation is very dependent on these NF-kB activities.
A study by Riehemann et al. explores the inflammatory properties of stinging nettle, which is often used holistically for subjects with rheumatoid arthritis.
The researchers took the leaf extracts by taking several cell cultures and incubated each of them with various concentrations of stinging nettle preparations, whilst adding TNF to stimulate inflammation.
Results found that it was almost completely dose-dependent, meaning that the more stinging nettle extract there is in a cell culture, the less degree of inflammation it undergoes. Other research, such as the one conducted by Hajhashemi et al, has reported similar findings.
There are several mechanisms as to why stinging nettle has such a strong effect on inflammation. Firstly, the ingredients in Urtica extracts compose of flavonoids and phenols that work as powerful antioxidants, which are essential for dealing with free radicals.
Molecules are made up of atoms, and atoms are made of protons, electrons, and neutrons. Electron comes in pairs, which helps the atom remain stable.
Free radicals are unstable molecules that will seek and attack other stable molecules to take their electrons, which causes insecurity to living cells. This produces widespread damage that will eventually induce an inflammatory response, which we know plays a large role in chronic hair loss.
The extent of hair loss from free radical damages has not been well studied, but a few have linked high oxidative stress in the scalp to alopecia. Other studies have ascertained that free radical damages may be one of the larger contributors to the lack of hair growth in many subjects.
Antioxidants prevent free radicals from causing damages by donating one of their own electrons. There are likely thousands of different antioxidants (vitamin C, vitamin E, and beta-carotene to name a few) to counteract different subsets of free radicals.
Recent reports from Guder et al. have shown that stinging nettles are abundant in antioxidants. The most notable ones are flavonoid and polyphenols, both of which have proven anti-inflammatory properties as well.
Stinging nettle also contains a healthy source of vitamin C, which in addition to the antioxidative properties, also contributes directly to healthy skin and hair.
Secondly, stinging nettle may have some application to apoptosis, or programmed cell death. Apoptosis is a natural process that occurs when our body overproduces a certain type of cell, which then takes up extra, unnecessary energy.
Apoptosis also transpires when the respective cell is deemed more harmful than good for the body.
While apoptosis would not usually provoke an inflammatory response, special conditions can prove otherwise. For example, free radicals have shown to contribute to the activation of apoptosis.
If a large number of cell deaths occur at a given moment, then the body would deem it necessary to undergo inflammation, which may not bode well on the scalp.
A study performed by Toldy et al. conducted a study on rats to observe the effects of exercise and nettle supplement on free radical damages in rat brain.
While the researchers didn’t find any significant correlation between swimming and oxidative stress, they did find that the group on nettle treatment had a decrease in a protein called c-jun, an important component that directly affects apoptosis.
Thirdly, stinging nettle has shown antibacterial potentials, including those directly affecting the hair. Specifically, folliculitis is a common skin condition that is characterized by focal inflammation of hair follicles. It is usually accompanied with itching or soreness.
According to the American Hair Loss Association, during early stages of folliculitis, an excess amount of hair will fall out, struggling to grow back until the infection is cleared up.
However, if the folliculitis becomes more severe, the inflammation can permanently destroy the hair follicles.
The most common cause of folliculitis is due to bacterial infections, specifically one called Staphylococcus aureus. While it is normal to have these bacteria present on the skin, it may become active in the scalp and cause hair follicle damages.
Motamedi et al conducted a study on the antibacterial properties of stinging nettle extract on 8 different bacterial strains, including Staphylococcus aureus.
The researchers found that stinging nettle was highly effective for inhibiting the Staphylococcus strand, mainly due to nettle’s ability to target the bacterial cell wall.
Results from Gulcin et al also supports stinging nettle’s potential as an antimicrobial agent.
DHT is largely thought to be a strong factor related to hair loss and male pattern baldness.
Dihydrotestosterone, or DHT, is a sex steroid and androgen hormone that is created as a testosterone byproduct. While we recognize that testosterone is essential for sexual functions and certain male development, it is also the precursor for DHT.
In fact, about 5 – 10% of circulating free testosterone, with the help of the enzyme Type II 5-alpha reductase, converts to DHT.
While DHT plays a vital role in secondary male characteristics such as facial hair, chest hair, deepening voice and muscle mass, it serves to also take hair away from the scalp. Numerous studies have linked the correlation between the two.
Interestingly enough, DHT has also been linked to the growth of prostate cells. While this is normal in adolescence years, in many older men, it contributes to benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).
A study conducted by Nahata et al examined the effects of stinging nettles on BPH that is induced by testosterone. Meanwhile, they compared and contrast the group on nettle to the group on 1 mg of finasteride, a drug used to shrink enlarged prostate and increase hair growth.
The results found that the stinging nettle petroleum ether contains a property that can markedly inhibit 5a-reductase enzyme activity.
The researchers also showed that the stinging nettle may match the benefits of finasteride while avoiding all the undesirable side effects. Moradi et al established similar findings with nettles root.
Safarinejad also attempted to find a correlation between stinging nettle and BPH by conducting a randomized, double-blinded crossover study on 620 patients with BPH.
After 6 months, he found that there was a moderate decrease in prostate size in the experimental nettle group over the placebo group. Many patients who continued the nettle treatment therapy saw continuously favorable results.
There are several methods of applying stinging nettle into your hair routine.
Nettle supplements are readily available online and in stores that sell supplements. The capsules are the most common medium, but it is also available in tablet and powder form.
Taking one 500mg stinging nettle capsule once or twice daily should be more than enough to extract the nettle’s full benefit.
You can simply infuse it in hot water and drink it as a tea.
Chances are, there may be some nettles growing in your yard. If you decide to go hunting for nettles, wear gloves, long-sleeved shirt, and long pants. If you touch any part of the plant, it will be mildly painful and can persist for many hours.
Should you manage to locate the plant, instead of taking the entire stalk, use a scissors or clippers to cut the top two bracts of the leaves. This will allow the rest of the plant to regenerate again for future use. You can also purchase dry leaves from the markets if fresh leaves are not an option.
Here’s a simple recipe for a nice brew.
It can be added into any existing homemade shampoo and hair products. It can also be used separately as a deep conditioner to be left overnight on the scalp and washed off in the morning.
Here is a useful recipe for the oil. You will only need a clean mason jar, extra virgin olive oil, and a large batch of fresh or dry nettle parts.
There aren’t many reports of harmful side effects (besides the obvious stinging). As always, avoid stinging nettle if you are allergic or sensitive to the herb.
Stinging nettle has many wonderful benefits – but it can interact with some medications. According to WebMD, use with caution if you are taking the following:
We recommend consulting a doctor who is familiar with herbal remedies before implementing the stinging nettle to your routine.
Stinging nettle, in all its various different forms can be a powerful way to fight hair loss and enable hair growth. However, using this powerful plant is just a very small step in the right direction. To truly be able to regrow your hair and keep it for the rest of your life, you will need to fix the underlying causes.
Nettle can be a powerful and natural way to block DHT, both internally and topically without the side effects associated with Propecia – this is a huge advantage.
The first way that i recommend you start using stinging nettle is in a homemade shampoo mixture, since nettle tonic is a particularly powerful to clean the scalp and block DHT.
After 16 days, the Ayurvedic oil E.Alba had regrown hair on mice more effectively than the well-known topical hair loss application Minoxidil – A pretty amazing result considering this is an oil that has been around for centuries and costs a fraction of the price.
In this article you’re going to learn how to use Ayurvedic oil to reduce your hair loss, and even re-grow hair in the most effective way possible. make sure you read the whole article because at the end I’m going to show you a special homemade Ayuvedic shampoo recipe that you can start using tonight.
Ayurveda is a traditional approach to medicine which has been practiced in India for thousands of years.
This system of medicine focuses not only on the physical, but the emotional and mental well being of followers as well. This means that, while the use of ayurvedic oils may provide you with a number of benefits, the best results for treating hair loss are usually achieved when all aspects of your health have been taken into account and properly addressed.
Whether you’re interested in taking a wholesome approach, or you just want to see how Ayurvedic oils can help you with hair loss and regrowth, consider the information provided below.
Over the years, a number of different oils have been discovered and used for their healing, moisturizing, and cleansing properties. A few such oils have also been traditionally used on the scalp and hair to treat dandruff, hair thinning, hair loss, and even to stimulate hair growth.
While the list below isn’t complete, it offers an excellent beginning for individuals looking for hair loss treatment options in the Ayurvedic tradition.
Almond is a moisturizing and inflammation-fighting oil that can provide your scalp with the healthy balance it requires.
Almond oil has been used for the treatment of a range of conditions, including in the prevention of cardiometabolic diseases, and is an easily accessible choice for individuals looking to get started using Ayurvedic treatment methods for hair loss.
Amalaki is a known inhibitor of 5-alpha reductase. 5-alpha reductase is the enzyme responsible for the conversion of testosterone to DHT, and for individuals with male-pattern baldness, DHT sensitivity can cause excessive hair thinning and loss.
Aside from its use in the treatments of Parkinson’s and epilepsy, brahmi oil has been historically used as a scalp moisturizer and antioxidant. Both of these uses are beneficial for hair loss sufferers and can be helpful in regrowing hair.
Perhaps one of the better known oils used in Ayurvedic medicine, bhringraj is commonly used for the treatment of hair thinning, hair loss, and dry scalp.
This herb, literally translated from the Sanskrit भ्रिंगराज as “King of hair,” has been proven to induce hair growth and increase hair density when applied topically.
Sesame oil, regularly used throughout the world, contains the DHT-inhibiting compound, phytosterols. For sufferers of male-pattern baldness (medically referred to as Androgenetic Alopecia), a reduction in DHT is vital to the hair growing process and is essential in combatting hair loss.
Thuja orientalis has been scientifically proven to increase hair follicle count after 14 days, and even worked more effectively than minoxidil.
As mentioned above, there are a variety of oils used in the Ayurvedic tradition. One particular oil, bhringraj (also known as eclipta alba), has been proven to be an effective treatment for hair loss in mice.
This study was performed in 2014, and it was published in BioMed Research International.
In this study, five nude, male mice were randomly assigned to one of five groups. The mouse in Group A was the control.
The mouse in Group B had a topical solution of 2% Minoxidil applied daily.
The mice in Groups C, D, and E received a daily topical solution of Asiasari radix, Eclipta alba, or Panax ginseng, respectively.
The experiment was complete after all five mice went through two complete hair cycles.
Unsurprisingly, the control group had very little hair growth by the end of the first and second hair cycles.
The mouse which received Minoxidil, on the other hand, saw an increase in hair length and hair density by the end of both cycles.
And what about the mouse who received a daily application of bhringraj oil (seen as E. Alba below)? Well, the results truly do speak for themselves.
The hair growth results shown in the photograph above are certainly astounding! But, what makes bhringraj (E. alba) oil such an effective treatment for hair loss, and how exactly does it induce hair growth and increase hair density as shown in the above research study?
First, let’s take a moment to talk about the hair cycle (similar in both humans and mice).
Hair growth occurs in three phases. Anagen (the active growth phase) is the longest of the three phases and can last anywhere from two to six years. Next is catagen.
This phase bridges the active growth phase (anagen) with the resting phase (telogen) and is the shortest in the hair growth cycle, lasting between two to three weeks. The last phase is telogen, and it lasts, on average, 100 days.
For individuals with male-pattern baldness, the active growth phase (anagen) drastically shortens after a few cycles. This happens because DHT sensitivity leads to the miniaturization of the hair follicles, and this results in the production of shorter hairs until, eventually, the hairs are so short that they no longer poke through the scalp.
So, where does bhringraj oil come in?
As is evidenced by the research presented above, bhringraj oil makes it possible for new hair follicles to form. Further, the topical application of bhringraj oil causes the anagen phase to occur earlier. These two occurrences coincide to make a healthy environment in which full, healthy hair can grow.
As with the use of any supplement, side effects and reactions are possible and it’s important to consult with your physician prior to use.
For individuals with pre-existing conditions such as slow heart rate or ulcers, supplementation with certain ayurvedic oils, like bhrami, should be avoided.
Women who are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or nursing should consult with their obstetrician prior to Ayurvedic oil supplementation. Some oils commonly used in Ayurvedic medicine, like thuja, have been known to induce labor or cause miscarriage and should be avoided at all costs.
If you’re interested in a time-tested and natural approach to hair loss treatment, then the addition of Ayurvedic oils to your regular hair care routine is a must. Fortunately, with the recipes provided below, you won’t even have to alter your regular care routine too much in order to include these wholesome, healing oils.
If you’re looking to use Ayurvedic oils on a weekly basis, then an all-natural shampoo is the way to go.
Bring one cup of water to a boil. Place the rosemary into the boiling water, remove from heat, and allow to steep until the water has cooled. Remove the rosemary and discard.
Using a container of your choosing, combine the rosemary tea water with apple cider vinegar, bhringraj oil, and peppermint essential oil. Shake or stir to mix well.
Pour the mixture into your hand and work into a lather. Apply to wet scalp and massage in gentle, circular motions until your scalp is fully covered. Allow the mixture to sit for up to three minutes, and then rinse thoroughly.
Within the Ayurvedic tradition, massage is an oft-used treatment for a wide variety of conditions and discomforts.
And, aside from the benefits provided to you by the oils, massage can also stimulate blood circulation in the scalp and has even been shown to increase hair thickness in a 2016 Japanese research study.
Are you ready to reap the benefits associated with scalp massage? Getting started is simple!
For a basic massage oil, choose your Ayurvedic oil of choice. From almond to thuja, you have a wide array of options available to you.
Do you want to give your massage oil a bit of a boost? Consider adding in a few drops of your favorite essential oil. Rosemary oil is a nice touch, but there’s so many essential oils, such as lavender and cedar, that have been shown to be beneficial in the treatment of hair loss that you really can’t go wrong.
For best results, perform the scalp massage immediately after showering. Warm water opens up the pores and makes absorption of oil more likely to occur.
After you’ve chosen the oil you’d like to use, pour a quarter-sized amount into your palm and warm between your hands. Apply directly to your scalp and massage, using your fingertips, to work the oil into your scalp and hair. Be sure that the entirety of the scalp is covered, which may require the use of more oil.
Following the massage, allow the oil to sit and absorb for a minimum of 15 minutes. You may also apply the massage oil prior to bed.
Rinse your scalp thoroughly with warm water.
A common barrier for individuals who are seeking natural treatment for hair loss is availability. As the Ayurvedic tradition is not as common in the West as it is in the East, is it still possible to obtain the oils commonly used for treatment? If so, where?
If you’re considering the use of one of the more common Ayurvedic oils, such as almond or sesame, then it’s very likely that you could walk into the majority of grocery stores and pick it up there. But what about brahmi and bhringraj and thuja oils? A few options to consider include:
Of course, always be certain to know where the retailers have sourced their oils from, and never be afraid to ask them for more information.
While the majority of retailers aren’t out to get you, there are a few who are only out there to make a quick buck. That’s why it’s always best to purchase from a retailer who knows their stuff, and one who can ensure that their product is organic and all-natural.
By incorporating some of these Ayuvedic oils into a hair care regime you may benefit from some of the special properties and ability to inhibit 5-alpha-reductase and block DHT – especially with Thuja orientalis and Bhringraj Oil.
However, this is just a small step in the right direction. To stop hair loss permanently you will need to fix the underlying problem. In my course – The Hair Equilibrium Program I teach you step by step about the secret method I discovered to fix hair loss forever and cause massive hair re-growth. I would recommend taking a look at that.
If this article I’m going to show you in detail whether black currant oil works to reduce hair loss. You’re going to learn about a study conducted in 2005 that suggests blackcurrant could be effective for hair re-growth (when tested on mice.)
The recommend you read the entire article because at the end I’m going to share with you how to make your own blackcurrant shampoo that you can start using tonight to reap the benefits of this amazing oil.
Keep in mind though that using blackcurrant, or any other oil is only one small part of reversing hair loss. I’ve reversed my own hair loss and helped hundreds of other men and women do the same with a step by step formula called the Hair Equilibrium Program. So I recommend you check that out after reading this guide.
Black currant (also referred to as blackcurrant and Ribes nigrum) is a shrub which is grown for its pungent, deep-colored berries. This plant, native to northern Europe and Asia, is relatively new to the cultivation scene.
The oil of this berry, used for a variety of reasons from culinary to medicinal, has been used in a number of traditional and modern civilizations.
Fun fact: Black currant, when compared volume-to-volume with blueberries, has 18 times the amount of Vitamin C and four times the amount of Vitamin A.
While this powerhouse of a fruit has been utilized for a number of medicinal reasons, from the treatment of arthritis to the boosting of the immune system, black currant oil has also been shown to be a promising treatment for hair loss. Below are just a few of the ways in which the supplementation of black currant oil can benefit hair loss sufferers.
Vitamin C is a necessary nutrient for individuals of all ages. Aside from the various health benefits associated with vitamin C consumption, such as cancer prevention and lowered risk of cardiovascular disease, vitamin C is also a nutrient which is beneficial in the treatment of hair loss and hair regrowth.
Insufficient supplementation of essential fatty acids has been linked to alopecia in a number of individuals. This is unsurprising, as essential fatty acids (especially gamma linolenic-acid) can contribute to healthy hair, skin, and overall health.
With the addition of black currant seed oil to your diet and hair care routine, you can boost your intake of fatty acids and keep your locks strong and healthy.
Antioxidants play a crucial role in the treatment of hair loss and the prevention of thinning and follicle damage. In fact, antioxidants are your best line of defense against free radicals, molecules which contribute to premature aging and even hair loss associated with male-pattern baldness.
With the supplementation of black currant oil on a regular basis, you can ensure that your body is receiving the antioxidants it needs to keep your scalp healthy and your hair strong.
A major benefit for those who use black currant oil is the abundance of antioxidants that are found in the berry fruit. These antioxidants are present in the form of polyphenol.
While research surrounding black currant oil use in the treatment of hair loss is minimal, there have been a number of studies done on the benefits that polyphenols provide.
One such study, published in the Journal of the National Medical Association in 2005, studied the effects of polyphenolic compounds on hair loss in mice. And, while the polyphenols present in this study were extracted from green tea, there’s certainly something to be said about the link between polyphenols (found in black currant oil) and the treatment of hair loss.
This study comprised of 60 female lab mice, all of which had experienced spontaneous hair loss on their heads, necks, and dorsals. The 60 mice were split into two groups: Group A (experiment) and Group B (control).
Group A received, on a daily basis, a 50% fraction of polyphenol extract from green tea. This was mixed into their drinking water. Group B received no such supplement.
At the end of the 6-month study, the results were obvious.
Hair regrowth (seen in the image above) was found in 33% of the mice in the experimental group (Group A). The control group, however, had absolutely no signs of hair regrowth at the end of the study.
Further, 8% of the mice in the control group (Group B) experienced progressive hair loss throughout the duration of the study. Mice in the experimental group, however, experienced no further hair loss.
As previously mentioned, the above study was performed with the help of polyphenol extract from dehydrated green tea. These same extracts, however, can also be found in black currant oil.
So, does this mean that black currant oil supplementation can help with androgenetic alopecia and other forms of hair loss?
To answer this question, it’s first important to consider why polyphenolic compounds work in the treatment of hair loss.
Hair loss can be caused by a number of factors. From DHT sensitivity (which is the main cause for those suffering from male-pattern baldness) to stress and inflammation, hair loss can be triggered by a variety of things.
Polyphenols have been determined to have a number of health properties. Only in recent years has extensive research taken place, but in that span of time, polyphenols have been shown to be anti-inflammatory and antioxidant in nature.
This is fantastic news for hair loss sufferers, no matter the cause, because it shows that polyphenols can provide a multi-faceted approach to hair loss treatment.
So, whether you’re looking to fight DHT buildup on your scalp, or you’re hoping to repair damaged hair follicles with the help of an anti-inflammatory, black currant oil can certainly help you on your journey of hair loss treatment and contribute to healthy hair regrowth.
For the majority of healthy individuals, supplementation with black currant oil should pose no risks.
Individuals with preexisting medical conditions, however, should be sure to consult with their doctor prior to the start of supplementation. Such conditions include diabetes, low blood pressure, and bleeding disorders.
As there has been no reliable research done on the matter, for women who are pregnant, may become pregnant, or who are nursing, supplementation with black currant oil should be avoided.
Of course, an allergic reaction is possible with supplementation of any kind. If you experience symptoms such as hives, difficulty breathing, or swelling of the lips or tongue, it’s vital that you seek medical attention right away.
Consider the below three ways to add black currant oil to your regular hair care routine.
Black currant seed oil, whether purchased from the health foods store or prepared at home, is an excellent supplement for hair loss sufferers. If you’re looking for a simple way to apply this beneficial oil, then consider the direct application to your scalp.
To apply, pour a quarter-sized amount of the black currant oil into your palm. Rub between your fingers, and then gently massage into your scalp. Be sure to cover the entirety of the scalp (which may require the use of more oil), and then leave it in for at least 15 minutes. Rinse thoroughly.
While the addition of black currant oil to store-bought shampoo would likely have positive effects, there’s no doubt that the use of homemade, chemical-free shampoos are a better mode of application.
Are you worried that the process of making your own shampoo is too complicated and time consuming? Worry not!
Homemade shampoo can be made easily and without much preparation beforehand. There’s one thing to keep in mind, however, and that’s the simple formula offered here:
Cleansing agent + carrier oil + essential oil.
This three-step shampoo formula will provide you with all of the nutrients you need, and it also makes it insanely easy to prepare your own shampoo recipes, like the one outlined below, at home.
Below is a basic hair shampoo base for normal hair types. It utilizes the same base as the maple syrup and carrot seed shampoo here, but the carrier oil is easily replaced by black currant oil.
Combine all ingredients in the container of your choice. Mix well.
Pour the mixture over wet hair, and be sure to massage into every inch of the scalp. Let sit for 2 – 3 minutes, and then rinse thoroughly.
If you’re looking for a long-term solution to hair loss and follicle damage, keep in mind that dietary changes can sometimes yield the best results. How can you add black currant and black currant seed oil into your diet? Simple!
For a delicious addition to breakfast, try the black currant jelly recipe from epicurious as outlined below.
Rinse and drain the currants. Add to a sauce pan, crush the fruits, add 1 quart of water, and bring to a boil.
Pour the mixture through a sieve to remove the seeds. Pour the remaining juices into a jelly bag (or into a colander with cheesecloth) and let drip overnight.
Measure the juices in the bowl, and then add equal amount of sugar. Combine the juices and sugar in a pot, and bring the mixture to a boil (stirring constantly). Continue cooking the mixture over high heat for 2 – 3 minutes (or until a thermometer registers 220*F).
Pour the mixture into hot, sterilized jelly glasses, and then cover with a thin layer of melted paraffin. Wait until the paraffin has hardened, and then cover and store.
So, although the results may not be conclusive there would be reason enough to include blackcurrant oil in your list of daily supplements, or occasionally add it to your shampoo to help stimulate hair growth.
It’s clear however, that more comprehensive research is needed in this area.
If you’re interested in learning more about how you can reverse any hair loss you may be experiencing then I would recommend finding out more about my Hair Equilibrium Program.
In this article you’ll learn exactly how to use grapeseed oil for hair loss in the most effective way possible. Back in 1998 Japanese researchers showed that grapeseed did have a positive affect on hair loss when tested on mice.
However, I want to show you how you can start using it today in your diet, and in a homemade shampoo recipe to immediately start seeing the benefits.
But before I get to that it’s important to understand the background benefits of grapeseed extract. And remember, this is just one very small part of regrowing your hair.
If you’re interested in knowing about the step by step method that thousands of men and women are using to reverse hair loss then I recommend you check out the Hair Equilibrium Program.
Grapes have been used for 6,000 years, both as a delicious edible treat and for the treatment of a number of medical conditions. But what is it about these sweet, round berry fruits that lends itself to medicinal use, and what provides them with their curative powers?
The answer, of course, is their abundance of vitamins, nutrients, and complexes which can be found within the skins and seeds.
Grapeseed extract is the product of crushed grape seeds, and it’s been a staple in the diets and medicine cabinets of cultures all around the world.
Grapeseed extract has a number of general health benefits. From its use in the treatment of edema to its ability to control sugar levels, there’s no doubt that grapeseed extract has a number of extraordinary benefits. But what about its use in the treatment of hair loss?
Well, there’s a number of ways in which supplementation with grapeseed extract can help individuals with male-pattern baldness, and the below ways are just a few.
As has been previously discussed on Hair Loss Revolution, hair loss leads to the miniaturization of the hair follicles. This means the follicles are no longer able to support strong and healthy hair growth. One way to reverse these effects, however, is to increase the blood flow to these follicles. This will allow them to receive the nutrients they require.
You know that the miniaturization of hair follicles can make it difficult for hair to regrow, but what exactly leads to the miniaturization of hair follicles?
For individuals suffering from Androgenetic Alopecia (also known as male-pattern baldness), the sex hormone DHT leads to the miniaturization. As the follicles become smaller, the hair cycle shortens.
Grapeseed extract, however, has actually been proven to jumpstart the hair cycle and push the follicle from the telogen phase (the phase in which the most hair is lost) to the anagen phase (the phase in which active hair growth occurs).
Antioxidants play an important role in the fight against hair thinning and hair loss. And, fortunately, grapeseed oil is one natural and easy-to-obtain source of these free radical fighting molecules.
MRSA is a difficult-to-treat infection which is seen in humans. Scientists have been researching treatment options for years, and in 2010, researchers found that grapeseed extract is actually an effective treatment for this debilitating, and sometimes fatal, bacterium.
If grapeseed extract is effective at treating MRSA, then surely it’s an effective treatment for a number of less deadly bacterium found throughout the human body and on the scalp. For those with hair loss, one of the most important things you can do is to keep your scalp and hair follicles healthy and free of infection.
This will make treatment for hair loss more effective, and it will keep your hair follicles from irreparable damage.
While no research has been done to directly link the use of grapeseed extract to hair loss treatment in humans, a few studies have shown the numerous benefits that grapeseed extract contains and how it can help to minimize hair loss and encourage hair growth.
One such study, performed in 1998 by Japanese researchers, has proven that grapeseed extract is successful at promoting hair cycle conversions.
The study consisted of three groups of mice. All mice in the study were of the same age (8 weeks at the start), and the three groups each received topical applications of either A) control, B) 1% Minoxidil, or C) 3% proanthocyanidins purified from grape seeds.
The age of the mice is actually vital to the results of this study, as scientists know exactly when each phase of the hair cycle occurs at different ages.
For example, from ages 5 weeks to 14 weeks, the dorsal hair of C3H mice is in the telogen phase. This is known as the resting phase and is actually the hair cycle phase where hair loss is most common.
This study lasted for 19 days, and the results can be clearly seen to the left.
Group A, the control group, showed the smallest amount of hair growth (about 30 – 40%). Group B, the Minoxidil group, saw a hair coverage of about 90 – 100%. And, astonishingly, Group C, the group which received a topical application of 3% proanthocyanidins from grape seeds, saw hair coverage of about 80 – 90% of the shaven area.
What does this have to do with the hair cycle? Considering that the mice were receiving applications from 8 weeks old to 10 weeks old, the researchers knew that, naturally, the mice’s dorsal hairs would be in the telogen (resting) phase.
The applications of 1% Minoxidil and 3% proanthocyanidins actually caused hair to grow much quicker than in the mice who received applications of the control. This means that the follicles in groups B and C actively went from the telogen phase (resting) to the anagen phase (active).
While no human studies have been done, the above research study does highlight the abilities of grapeseed extract to promote hair growth. This means that grapeseed extract has a very promising future as a treatment for men with male-pattern baldness.
Grapeseed oil extract is a safe supplement for the majority of individuals.
Keep in mind, however, that an allergic reaction is possible with any form of supplementation, and it’s best to be aware of the warning signs. Symptoms of an allergic reaction to grapeseed oil extract include hives, difficulty breathing, swelling of the mouth, tongue, lips, or throat, and increased temperature.
Should you experience any of these symptoms, it’s vital that you seek emergency medical help right away.
Prior to supplementation, it’s best to speak with your doctor about your preexisting medical conditions and current medications. Certain individuals, such as those with a blood clotting disorder, should speak with their doctor about possible side effects and whether the benefits outweigh the risks.
And, as always, women who are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or who are currently nursing should consult with their obstetrician before use.
If the above research and benefits have convinced you to give grapeseed extract a try, you may be wondering how to get started. Two ways to do so include application to the scalp.
Grapeseed extract can be applied directly to the scalp and hair, and this is an easy, no fuss way to add grapeseed extract to your regular hair routine.
While you can purchase the extract in stores and online, you can also extract the oils from the grapes yourself. How?
Well, you’ll need a few things.
Wash the grape seeds thoroughly, and then set aside to dry for at least 24 hours. To speed up the process (though, this isn’t necessary), bake the seeds on low at a very low temperature.
Add the dried grape seeds to your cold press, and press until the oil is visibly separated from the seeds. Set aside to allow the seeds and oil to separate further.
Once your oil has separated, put the oil in a container and store in a cool, dry place.
Grapeseed oil is best applied to the scalp after a shower. This allows the extract to sink into the scalp fully.
Apply a quarter-sized amount of grapeseed extract directly to the scalp, massaging in a circular motion. Rinse off after 15 – 20 minutes, or allow to stay on overnight.
If you’d like to make grapeseed oil extract a more regular part of your hair care routine, then adding it to your shampoo is a simple way to do so.
An even healthier way to add grapeseed oil extract to your hair care routine is to add it to your own shampoo mixture. Are you not feeling inspired? Check out the homemade shampoo recipe below.
Bring one cup of water to a boil, and then add one bunch of rosemary to the water. Remove the water from heat and steep the rosemary until the water has cooled. Strain the rosemary water and throw away the rosemary.
Add the rosemary water, in combination with the other ingredients, to a bottle of your choosing. Mix or shake well.
Pour a palm-sized amount of the shampoo into your hand, and then apply to wet hair.
You may leave the shampoo in your hair for one to two minutes, and then rinse thoroughly.
The grapeseed oil and rosemary tea have a moisturizing and soothing effect on the scalp, whether you’re suffering from dandruff or general irritation. The grapeseed oil also promotes blood flow, which is essential for healing of the hair follicles.
In addition, the vinegar and tea tree oil extract act as cleaners, and will remove any buildup (from shampoos, hair masks, pollution, etc.) from your scalp.
If you’re ready to get started using grapeseed extract to treat hair loss and promote hair growth, there’s a few things you can do to increase the effectiveness of this highly beneficial supplement.
One, it’s best to use only the highest quality oils on your hair and scalp. While grapeseed oil extract may be available for purchase at your local grocery store, your best bet is to purchase the extract from a reputable health foods store or online shop. Of course, you can also make the extract at home (as outlined above).
Two, grapeseed extract should only be combined with other natural and organic ingredients. While the direct application of grapeseed extract to the scalp will deliver the most bang for your buck, there’s nothing wrong with adding it to your shampoo or conditioner.
When doing so, however, you may want to only mix with your own homemade recipes to ensure that the extract combines correctly and isn’t impacted by other chemicals found in store-bought shampoos.
And, three, while hair loss can be frustrating, it’s important to remember that patience and persistence is key. There are no known side effects associated with prolonged use of grapeseed extract, and supplementation may be required for a few weeks or months for visible results to appear.
So there you have it. Grapeseed extracts and oils can be successfully used to reduce hair loss but it is not a magic bullet and there is still no 100% conclusive evidence that it works powerfully for pattern baldness.
I would recommend starting with a homemade grapeseed oil shampoo since this will allow you to quickly and easily make the most of the benefits. After you’ve done that I recommend looking at the other methods that I teach to reverse hair loss and reviewing the Hair Equilibrium Program to see how well it will work for you.
In an 8 week study with 38 people onion juice was successfully used for hair loss, with observable hair re-growth in almost all the participants.
In this article you’ll learn about how onion juice can be used to regrow your hair, why it works and what is the best method and application of the juice.
At the end of the article I’ll show you a onion juice shampoo and hair mask which you can start using right away.
Onion has been used for over 5000 years, both as a diet staple and for its use in the treatment of a wide range of maladies.
While the exact location of the onion’s original cultivation is still unclear, these healthy and flavorful vegetables have been cultivated in one form or another around the globe.
And, as if the many benefits offered by onions wasn’t already enough, scientists have now learned of its effectiveness at treating hair loss and regrowing hair in those with thinning and baldness.
While onion juice may seem like an odd treatment for hair loss, there are a number of reasons why onion juice is effective at treating hair loss and helping to regrow hair.
Methylsulfonylmethane is an organic compound found within the body. This compound is broken down by the body for use of its sulfur, which contributes to bone, hair, and nail growth.
While a sulfur deficiency may not be the main reason for your hair loss, supplementation with sulfur can certainly contribute to hair growth.
This is great news for onion lovers, as onions are sulfur-rich vegetables. If you’re not an onion lover, however, the application of onion juice to the scalp can still provide benefits and contribute to hair growth and strengthening.
Onion has been proven to contain anti-microbial properties, and this can be helpful in battling the natural buildup of oils, chemicals, and DHT on your scalp. Further, onion juice can fight infections and leave you with healthy and strong hair follicles from which healthy hair can grow.
Onions are a particularly large source of flavonoids and are perhaps one of the main contributors of flavonoid intake in humans But, what are flavonoids, and how can they help to prevent further hair loss and even contribute to hair growth?
Flavonoids are versatile compounds, and as such, they provide a number of functions in the plants they’re found within. One such plant is the onion, in which they serve as an antioxidant.
For men suffering from male-pattern baldness, antioxidants can provide a number of benefits. One such benefit is the neutralization of free radicals, the molecules which are responsible for aging.
In men with male-pattern baldness, free radicals are, in large part, responsible for hair thinning and loss. This is because these molecules destroy hair follicles and make it difficult for hair regrowth to occur.
As you can imagine, the damage done by free radicals to the hair follicles can be particularly irritating and inflammatory.
That’s one more reason that onion juice is an effective treatment for hair loss; its anti-inflammatory properties make it useful at decreasing hair follicle inflammation and irritation and creating a healthy environment for hair growth to occur.
There’s no doubt that onion juice has a number of properties which make it effective at treating hair loss no matter the cause. But have there been any scientific studies done to prove its effectiveness?
While current research is lacking, one study which was performed in 2002 and published in the Journal of Dermatology has shown the effectiveness of onion juice for the treatment of hair loss.
This particular study focused on patients with alopecia areata (a form of hair loss that’s different from male-pattern baldness and which will be discussed later). The study consisted of 38 patients, and these patients were split into two groups.
Group one, which consisted of 23 participants (16 males and 7 females), were instructed to apply onion juice to their scalp twice per day for two months.
Group two, which consisted of 15 participants (8 males and 7 females), were instructed to apply tap water to their scalp twice per day for two months.
At the end of the 8-week study, only two patients from the tap water group showed signs of observable hair re-growth. The group which applied onion juice to their scalps, however, had a stunning 20 participants with observable hair re-growth by week 6. That’s 86.9% of the group!
The above study was performed on individuals with alopecia areata.
Alopecia areata is a form of hair loss which is caused by the immune system attacking healthy hair follicles. These attacks will eventually alter the hair growth cycle, miniaturize the hair follicle, and lead to halted hair growth.
But what about those who suffer from androgenetic alopecia, also known as male-pattern baldness?
While the reason for the miniaturization of the hair follicle is different than in those with alopecia areata (DHT vs immune system attack), the fact still remains that miniaturized hair follicles will halt hair growth completely.
While onion juice may not reduce the production of DHT found in the body, it can help to reduce the amount of DHT found on the scalp, reduce inflammation of the hair follicles, and reverse the effects of miniaturization of the hair follicles.
This means that onion juice can be effective at treating hair loss in those with male-pattern baldness and other forms of hair loss.
As with any supplement, it’s important to speak with your doctor if you have any pre-existing medical conditions or concerns.
Onion juice, when applied directly to the skin, may cause temporary irritation and burning. Apply onion juice to a small patch of skin on your wrist prior to use on your scalp. This will give you an idea of how your body reacts to its use and whether you’ll have any issues with use.
If you’re pregnant or nursing, consult with your obstetrician prior to use of the supplement.
And, of course, if you’re allergic to onion, avoid use, even if it’s non-oral.
If you want to reap the most benefits associated with onion juice, then direct application the scalp is the best method to use.
There are two main ways of extracting onion juice from onions. One involves the use of a juicer, and the other uses a garlic press.
When using a juicer, cut the onion into quarter-sized pieces and peel. Feed the onion pieces, one by one, into the juicer.
With a garlic press, cut the onion into eighths (or smaller), and peel. Place on piece of onion into the garlic press, and squeeze over a cup or bowl until all of the juice has been extracted.
Repeat until all onion pieces have been thoroughly juiced. Learn more about how to use vegetables juices for hair loss here.
Now that the juice has been extracted, pour into your palm and massage between hands. Rub the juice into your scalp in a slow, circular motion. Be aware that juice may flow down your scalp, so avoid direct application to the front of the hairline to avoid onion juice getting into your eyes. Instead, apply to the top of the scalp and spread the juice outward.
The onion juice should absorb, though there will be left over residue. Rinse after at least 15 minutes, or leave the onion juice on your scalp overnight and then rinse and shampoo in the morning.
While the direct application of onion juice to the scalp is the simplest form of treatment for hair loss, it’s understandable that some individuals may not be enthused with the idea.
If you’re one such individual, then adding onion juice to your shampoo may be an easy way to incorporate onion juice into your hair care routine.
While onion juice can be added to store-bought shampoo, some individuals may be more interested in a natural and chemical-free shampoo alternative.
If you’d like to give chemical-free shampoo a try, consider testing out one of the base shampoos mentioned below and adding onion juice for an extra boost.
Bring water to a boil. Add 2 – 3 bunches of nettle and allow to steep. Strain.
Add the rest of the ingredients to the nettle tea, and mix. Also add one teaspoon of onion juice to the base.
Lather onto wet hair, and allow to sit for at least 2 minutes and up to 5. Rinse thoroughly.
If the onion scent is too strong, shampoo your hair a second time with the above shampoo base, this time without the onion juice included. Stinging nettle helps to clean the scalp pores, block DHT and reduce inflammation.
Hair masks are a simple way to add onion juice to your regular hair care routine, and it can be applied in as little as 5 minutes.
Cut a medium – large onion into quarter-sized pieces. Peel one of the quarter-sized pieces.
Next, with the help of a garlic press or juicer, juice the onion.
You may need to use more than one-quarter sized piece of onion.
Once you’ve collected two tablespoons of onion juice, combine with one tablespoon of honey and mix.
Apply the onion juice and honey mixture all over your scalp in a thin layer. Leave on for at least 15 minutes, though you can also cover with a towel or shower cap and leave it on overnight.
Rinse, and then shampoo your scalp as usual.
This method can be done at least once per month, though it’s best to do it no more than once per week.
Although there is no absolutely firm evidence that onion juice can be used to treat male pattern baldness, there is good reason to believe that is would be a beneficial addition to your hair care routine doe to its ability to reduce inflammation and reduce DHT levels in the scalp.
However, for now I believe there are more powerful ways to regrow your hair naturally without using onion juice and this is something I show you how to do in step by step detail inside the Hair Equilibrium Program.
If you have a question or comment, please leave a comment below.
In my quest to regrow my own hair I tried a lot of different methods, and tested many different theories about hair loss. Most didn’t work, but some proved to be beneficial. In this article you’ll learn everything you need to know about how to use Chinese Medicine for hair loss, and if you should even consider it in the first place.
Chinese medicine, also referred to as traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), is an umbrella term for the different medicinal practices found within the Chinese culture.
From herbal supplementation to physical manipulation (acupuncture and massage) to dietary therapy, traditional Chinese medicine is an alternative approach to contemporary treatment options.
There are a number of basic principles which underlie the practice of TCM, and the most common are outlined here:
According to Chinese traditionalists, just as the body has physical pathways (blood vessels, nerves, etc.) so too does it have philosophical and spiritual pathways. These spiritual pathways are known as meridians, and they allow the body’s life energy (qi) to flow throughout.
In Chinese thought, the qi can sometimes become blocked or otherwise prevented from flowing naturally throughout the body. This can cause issues with an individual’s physical and spiritual health, and the main idea behind TCM is to ensure that qi is flowing properly.
These opposing, yet necessary, forces work together within the body to provide each individual with harmony, both spiritual and physical.
When these forces are unbalanced, however, it is believed that dis-ease will occur.
Along with qi, the role of traditional Chinese medicine is to balance these two equally important forces and bring the body back into harmony.
As traditional Chinese medicine has been practiced for thousands of years, you can imagine that there’s a variety of health benefits associated with its use. While extensive research still needs to be done to corroborate millennia of use, a few of the more researched health benefits are below.
Gynostemma pentaphyllum Makino is an herb that has been used in Chinese medicine extensively, and new research shows that this herb may also have a number of cancer-fighting abilities.
Results from multiple scientific studies show that the use of TCM can improve angina and electrocardiogram levels in individuals with cardiac disease.
A 2015 literature review showed that the use of herbal medications commonly associated with TCM is effective in reducing respiratory inflammation (common in individuals with asthma) and suppresses allergic hyperactivity (which can induce asthma attacks in asthmatics).
To answer this question, we first must understand what causes hair loss according to traditional Chinese medicinal thought.
As mentioned above, yin and yang are the twin forces within the body that are responsible for harmony (when they’re balanced) and disorder (when they’re unbalanced). Hair loss, then, is a disorder which is caused by the imbalance between yin and yang.
This disorder, otherwise referred to as a deficiency, may occur for a host of reasons. Within Chinese thought, hair can only be as healthy as the blood circulating throughout the individual. So, whether poor diet, stress, or aging is the cause, a blood deficiency is widely considered to be the culprit of hair loss and balding.
If a deficiency is the cause, it would make sense that the treatment of said deficiency is the answer.
Fortunately, traditional Chinese medicine has a number of treatment options, though the use of herbs seems to be the most commonly used and studied when it comes to treating hair loss.
We previously covered the scientific proof behind acupuncture, a common treatment found in TCM. Today, let’s focus on another treatment method in Chinese culture: herb supplementation.
One particular study chose to look at an herb called Polygonum multiflorum.
Polygonum multiflorum (also known as Fo-Ti or He Shou Wu) is an herb which is used in the fight against premature greying and hair loss.
This study, published in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine in 2015, tested the effects of PMR and PMRP (two clinical preparations of Fo-Ti) on hair growth in lab mice.
All in all, the study consisted of 88 mice which were then split into 11 groups (A – K).
As shown in the table to the left, the groups were split according to drug delivery route and dosage. The two main delivery routes were oral and topical, and there were also two groups which tested a combination of the two.
From weeks two through six, various measurements were taken to determine hair growth and treatment effectiveness. For example, hair length determination was done with the use of 10 randomly selected hairs from each mouse and measured with calipers. Other measurements included number of follicles and hair melanin.
At the end of the six-week study, the results were quite obvious.
Group A, the control group which received oral saline, saw a hair growth percentage of 92.69%.
Weeks 1 – 6 for Saline (control) group
Groups B, C, and, D, however, which were all treated with varying doses of the PMR preparation of Fo-Ti, all saw a hair growth percentage of 100% by the end of the six-week study.
Weeks 1 – 6 for Oral PMR
Interestingly, the three groups which received PMRP orally (Groups E, F, and G), only had 48.29% to 88.82% in hair growth, depending on the dosage.
Weeks 1 – 6 for Oral PMRP
While photographs for the topical and oral + topical groups were not included in the study, the table below does clearly show that, while PMRP performed poorly in the oral groups, it did quite well when topically applied.
First, they clearly show that the PMR preparation of Fo-Ti is an effective treatment for hair growth. This was seen in all groups which received PMR, either orally (Group C), topically (Group H), or both (Group J).
Second, PMR achieved better results when given orally, while PMRP achieved better results topically. This is believed to be caused by the changes in chemical composition due to the two different preparation methods.
Unfortunately, while the ingestion of Fo-Ti isn’t recommended for humans (as is discussed below), there still is hope in that topical application of Fo-Ti can also have favorable results when it comes to the regrowth of lost hair.
If you suffer from androgenetic alopecia (male-pattern baldness), you may be wondering whether Fo-Ti can help.
Interestingly, the researchers of this particular study did recommend that further studies should be done to determine whether PMR and PMRP has a specific effect on AGA.
As you know, AGA is caused by sensitivity to androgen hormones. Until further research is done, it’s unclear whether PMR and PMRP are effective at preventing androgen production.
However, this study did show that a number of proteins were affected by the two separate Fo-Ti preparations and were effective at bringing telogen and catagen hair follicles into the anagen (growing) phase.
This means that Fo-Ti can be beneficial in promoting hair growth, even for those with hair loss caused by AGA.
Chinese medicine, when used as prescribed, is generally safe and effective.
When speaking of herbal medications, it’s important to remember that allergic reactions can occur in different individuals. Further, depending on the herb, interactions with other medications may be possible as well.
Other forms of treatment, such as acupuncture and massage, may also have their own side effects associated with them. Individuals receiving acupuncture, for example, may experience temporary side effects such as bruising, soreness, and fatigue. These side effects will usually subside over time, and side effects can be even further minimized by working with an acupuncturist who is properly trained and certified.
If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have any chronic medical conditions, it’s best to consult with your physician prior to supplementation or treatment.
As there are a variety of treatment methods present within traditional Chinese medicine, you’ll find that incorporating TCM into your routine isn’t difficult at all.
Herbal supplementation is one of the simplest ways to incorporate Chinese medicine into your hair care routine. So, what options are available to you?
There are a few herbs used commonly in TCM which have been shown to cause adverse effects when ingested. One of those herbs is Fo-Ti, and it more commonly applied directly to the scalp, either as a rub or in shampoo.
Here is an excellent recipe for herbal shampoo preparation for hair loss, and it can be used with a variety of herbs.
Fill a pot with 2 cups of distilled or spring water and bring to a boil. Add your herb of choice and allow to boil for 40 minutes.
While your herbs are boiling, add the 3 oz of castile soap to the empty 8 oz bottle. Add ⅛ tsp of oil, if using, and swirl to combine.
Once the herbs have steeped for 40 minutes, strain the herb and water mixture and add the water only to the castile soap and oil. Cap the bottle and let it cool.
If you must mix, be sure to swirl or stir instead of shake.
For certain herbs, direct application to the scalp may make the most sense.
Direct application does have its own side effects, however, including rash and skin irritation. Prior to applying any herbs (crushed or otherwise) to your scalp, it’s best to test on a small area of skin on your arm.
If you’re unsure if a particular herb can be applied directly, consult with a physician prior to use.
While certain herbs, such as Fo-Ti, may cause side effects when ingested, other herbs, like ginseng, can generally be tolerated when taken orally.
The simplest way to incorporate ginseng into your diet is to make it into tea.
SF Gate offers this simple recipe, which includes two to three grams of chopped ginseng.
Of course, ginseng can also be added to your favorite soups, stir frys, and other meals, though it’s not known how well ginseng can be absorbed by the body when combined with other foods.
Making the most of the ancient art and knowledge of Chinese medicine may offer you a slight advantage in regrowing your hair. Their powerful use of herbs in particular can be an effective remedy for hair loss when used correctly.
However, you should remember that Chinese medicine is not a ‘magic bullet’ or a cure. It may simply help a little bit. There are many other factors that you need to optimise to be able to regrow your hair. If you have a question then please leave a comment below.
If regrowing your hair naturally isn’t an option for you, for whatever reason, and you don’t want to go down the hair transplant route, then scalp pigmentation could be a viable alternative.
In this article you’ll learn everything you need to know to make an informed decision about whether scalp pigmentation is right for you.
Scalp Micropigmentation is the process by which tiny, colored pigments are introduced into the dermal layer of the scalp in a uniform pattern that effectively replicates the appearance of natural hair.
The pigments are normally short in length and quite indistinguishable from natural shaven hair. The pigments come in a wide range of colors that bed in well with an individual’s skin color and type.
Scalp Micropigmentation is a highly delicate and intricate procedure that can only be performed by doctors with specialized knowledge and high technology equipment.
Scalp Micropigmentation is meant for individuals who have lost hair to scalp conditions like male pattern baldness, alopecia, or people who have experienced gradual thinning of hair due to age.
Individuals with a receding hair line are also eligible for the procedure. In recent times, people who have suffered head burns and other scalp scars are increasingly embracing the practice.
The use of pigments to replicate natural hair dates back to 1970s. Back then, the procedure was mainly used as a way of camouflaging scars left behind after botched hair transplant operations.
The modern technique employed in the procedure was invented in 2002, by Ian Watson and Ranbir Rai-Watson, the cofounders of His Hair Clinic. The clinic was originally located in U.K but has since gone international, opening a network of branches in the United States, Canada, Spain, France, and other countries.
The treatment process is preceded by detailed consultations with a qualified scalp Micropigmentation practitioner. At this stage, the client and the provider iron out issues to do with pigment color, costs, general legalities, and come up with a tentative plan that maps out what to do so as to achieve the client’s desired result.
The actual treatment process is usually subdivided into two or three sessions and each session may take approximately 3-5 hours depending on individual specifications.
During the first session, most technicians tend to be conservative and do not introduce a very high number of pigments into the scalp, with the intention of giving the client ample time to adjust to their new look, as well as assessing the tendency of the pigments to fade.
It’s during the second treatment session when most of the pigmentation work is done, building on the initial treatment in order to attain the optimal end result. If unsatisfied with the results of the first two procedures, the patient may request for a third and final session, during which the pigmentation is perfected.
In most cases, there is at least a 1-week break in between the sessions to give the body enough time to recover.
Scalp micropigmentation has the following benefits:
The process relies on the use of very fine, sharp needles that are used to pierce the scalp and introduce the pigments into the dermis, which is the second layer of the skin. The procedure does not necessitate surgery and the patient is usually awake and sober during the entire process.
The human skin is comprised of 3 layers; on top we have the epidermis, followed by the dermis in the middle and the innermost layer called the sub-dermis. In normal, healthy circumstances, the dermis peels off after about 45 days giving way to new skin cells.
As such, placing the pigments on the epidermis would be futile because they would be lost together with the old skin cells within days, if not weeks, after placement. The dermal layer is structured such that there are open spaces between collagen strands. The procedure exploits these empty spaces.
The procedure is generally not painful, partly because there is very little puncturing of the scalp. On a scale of 1 to 10 where 1-3 represents “mild pain” 3-6 represents “moderate pain” and 7-10 for “severe pain”, most past patients would pick the 1-3 mark rating.
Some technicians advise patients to take painkillers about an hour before the procedure or engage in a light form of exercise, just as a way of preparing them both physically and emotionally.
Yes. Scalp micropigmentation can be an effective way to cover areas of the scalp that have been left almost bare due to gradual thinning of the hair. In fact, most women do not lose hair in patches; they experience general thinning of hair round the scalp.
Scalp micropigmentation in women introduces color to their scalp to cover the natural separations which usually develop when one has long hair. The procedure results in fuller, thicker hair. Women who have had facelift surgeries may be left with conspicuous scars on the sides of their heads. Pigmentation can camouflage the scarring.
The following are the defining features of each procedure:
|Scalp Micropigmentation||Hair Transplant|
|It’s a non-surgical procedure that is noninvasive.||It’s a surgical procedure that can take up to 8 hours in the operating room|
|It does not involve implantation of natural hair but relies on foreign pigments that resemble natural hair both in terms color and texture||It involves harvesting of natural hair from a donor site (usually the back of the head)and implanting it into the recipient site of the same patient|
|Results are immediately visible, even after just one 2-hour session. However, the pigments may fade after several years hence the need for a touch-up procedure||Implanted hairs may take months to grow but the hair usually remains for the lifetime of the patient, on condition that the surgery is performed accurately and professionally.|
|There is no scarring at all because it does not involve puncturing of the scalp||The surgical procedure may lead to scarring on the scalp|
|It’s ideal for individuals who are completely bald||It’s ideal for those with partial hair loss|
Yes. Some people may go for a hair transplant because it gives real, natural hair and then utilize scalp micropigmentation to attain a higher hair volume as well as camouflage the scarring caused by surgical piercing.
Indeed, technicians agree that the two procedures can actually complement each other this way. However, perhaps it’s best to consult with specialists in both procedures before making the final decision.
When performed properly, scalp micropigmentation can last for up to 6 years before fading away. The most critical aspect of scalp micropigmentation that determines the durability is the type of ink used.
For instance, if the ink used is the type used for tattoos, the color may not last for more than a few weeks. It’s the responsibility of the patient to seek information regarding pigmentation and color before commencement of treatment.
Dyes, pigments, and ink are all held together by covalent bonds. If these bonds are exposed to continuous ultraviolet radiation, they can be broken down.
Thus, exposing the scalp to direct sunlight for long hours can shorten the life of scalp micro pigmentation pigments placed on the scalp. The breakdown of the covalent bonds holding the pigments and the ink together manifests itself in form of fading.
In fact, daily exposure to direct ultraviolet light for a few months can reduce the lifespan of micropigmentation from 8 years to just 2-3 years. To void this, a sunscreen can be very helpful whenever one is working outdoors or enjoying time out on the beach.
The human immune response attempts to push out and eliminate any ‘foreign’ material detected in the system. At the micro-level, it does this through special cells called macrophages and phagocytes.
These cells automatically perceive pigments as foreign debris that should be removed. In fact, that is why technicians tend to be conservative during the first treatment session; they normally wish to establish exactly how the body reacts to the pigments.
Indeed, some people experience massive fading of the already introduced pigments even before they have gone back for the second treatment session. In such individuals, the immune system is very strong. In others, the system is much more accommodative to the pigments.
Just like we saw earlier, scalp microppigments are introduced into the dermal layer of the scalp and occupy the empty spaces between strands of collagen.
The sizes of these spaces vary from person to person. As such, if the spaces are too big, the pigments are loosely held, making it easy for the body’s immune system to remove them.
If the spaces are narrower, the pigments are held a bit more tightly and can, therefore, stay in place for much longer.
Again, the extent to which a person bleeds during a scalp micropigmentation procedure varies from person to person, depending on their blood pressure. If a patient bleeds heavily, the oozing blood can easily pull out and displace the pigment, thereby rendering the procedure ineffective.
On the other hand, minimal bleeding increases the chances of pigment retention. However, it is important to note that the bleeding expected is always very minimal provided the technician performing the procedure is experienced and well drilled.
While most clinics offer free consultations to prospective clients, the amount charged for the actual procedure varies from person to person, depending on individual needs as well as the level of skill of the technician involved. The cost ranges from $500 to $5000.
Over the last 10 years or so, the number of providers has increased from less than 100 to over 1200 worldwide. Although the competition is definitely healthy and somewhat beneficial to patients, it also comes with some caveats; some providers may charge less but compromise quality.
Others may employ cunning, misleading tactics so as to attract clients, including claiming to be in business for longer than they actually have. For this reason, it is very important to exercise due diligence and do some personal research before choosing a provider. Referrals can be very useful as well.
To date, there is very little research that has been done to establish how scalp micropigmentation interacts with over the counter products, partly because such a process would require funds. However, most products are not known to have adverse interactions with the pigments introduced into the scalp.
Despite the absence of known adverse reactions, some providers advise patients to avoid using harsher shampoos, body soaps, and hair lotions, especially soon after the procedure has been performed.
There are numerous providers located around the world. However, it is important to bear in mind that not all of them can guarantee quality. The ‘ultimate’ technician is not easy to find because preferences vary from one person to another. The following questions can help you to find the provider who meets your needs:
With that said, here are a few suggested providers you could turn to:
Scalp pigmentation may represent a viable route for your if you have extensive hair loss and are looking for a mid-priced alternative. However, I would urge you to consider the natural alternatives, that will allow you to keep all of your remaining hair and even re-grow lost hair to some extent.
Inside the Hair Equilibrium program I teach you the step by step method to do exactly this, using specific dietary and lifestyle changes that allow you to reverse hair loss naturally. I would suggest trying this route before looking for more expensive alternatives.
In this “Ultimate Guide to Acupuncture For Hair Loss” you’re going to learn if acupuncture really can help with thin, receding and generally unhealthy hair.
You’ll learn how acupuncture works and if there is any scientific evidence to that shows it can improve hair health. (One study in 2011 with 78 people showed very positive results.)
You’ll also learn about the different treatments available to you and what to expect, as well as any possible side effects that may come along with an acupuncture treatment.
Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese practice, and it has been used for centuries to treat a wide variety of maladies, from insomnia to nausea to lower back pain.
Historically, acupuncture has been used in China as a well-respected treatment alongside other natural remedies, including herbs and massage. Only in recent times has acupuncture become a standalone treatment option for individuals suffering from any number of illnesses and diseases.
To understand acupuncture, it’s first important to understand the Chinese principle of qi (also seen as ch’i or chi).
According to traditional Chinese culture, qi is the life energy that flows through every living being. It’s similar to the Western idea of the humours and the yogic concept of the life force, and civilizations around the world have their own version of the same idea.
So, what does acupuncture have to do with qi?
In Chinese medicine, there’s the belief that qi flows through the body along particular pathways. These pathways are known as meridians, and a simple way to think of them is as a philosophical circulatory system.
Just as it’s possible for the body’s circulatory system to get clogged and blocked with plaque and blood clots, so too can meridians become blocked.
When these meridians become blocked, however, qi is unable to flow as it should. This leads to discomfort and disease.
Acupuncture is a natural, time-tested form of treatment for a number of medical conditions and disorders. Unsurprisingly, acupuncture has a wide range of benefits associated with it.
While more recent research is warranted, acupuncture has been shown to treat a host of gastrointestinal issues and to promote gastrointestinal motility.
Research supports the use of acupuncture to treat Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) in pregnant woman. Further, evidence surrounding acupuncture for the treatment of depression and anxiety seems promising, though more research is required.
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis and affects joints throughout the body. A literature review performed in 2006 showed that numerous studies have indicated the effective use of acupuncture in the management of osteoarthritis pain in the knee joint.
As you can see, acupuncture is an effective treatment for a number of common health problems. But, what about the treatment of hair loss?
Good news for hair loss sufferers—acupuncture can be effectively used to treat hair loss!
There are two main benefits that those with hair loss will see when undergoing acupuncture treatments.
First, acupuncture can reduce follicle inflammation and help to create a healthy environment in which hair can grow.
Second, acupuncture can increase blood circulation to the scalp which will stimulate the hair follicles, deliver essential nutrients, and stimulate hair growth.
You may know already that the production of DHT (which is believed to be the main cause of male-pattern baldness) leads to the miniaturization of the effected hair follicles. Now, while acupuncture may not put a stop to the production of DHT, it can help to revitalize the damaged hair follicles, both due to the reduction in inflammation and the increase of blood flow and nutrient delivery.
While you may consider the above information to be anecdotal, there is scientific evidence that supports the use of acupuncture as an effective treatment for hair loss.
One such study, performed in 2011 and published in the Journal of Acupuncture and Tuina Science, consisted of 78 patients with Alopecia Areata. According to the study, 43 patients were treated with acupuncture while the remaining 35 patients were treated with a combination of Cystine, Vitamin B1, and Minoxidil Solution. Treatment was continued for four months.
At the end of the treatment cycle, the results were astounding. Patients who received acupuncture as a form of treatment had a 97.7% effective rate while the patients treated with the combination mentioned above had only a 77.1% effective rate. This means that acupuncture proved to be more effective at treating hair loss than other common treatment options, such as Monoxidil.
A similar case study can be found in the Journal of Chinese Medicine. According to Jiang and Liu, a 36-year-old male presenting with occipital alopecia received acupuncture in three separate courses. Following the first course, thin and fluffy hair had begun to grow.
After the second course, fluffy hair had spread throughout the entire bald area. And finally, after the third course, healthy hair growth was observed.
It may appear that research is limited, but the research that is currently available on acupuncture and hair loss is valuable. While further research would illustrate the exact mechanism behind acupuncture’s effectiveness at treating hair loss, the current research does show a pattern of effectiveness.
So, whether you believe that acupuncture is effective because it unblocks the meridians and enhances the body’s flow of qi, or you think the results have more to do with increased circulation and nutrient delivery, the results are still the same.
This is great for hair loss sufferers who are looking for a natural treatment with no long-term side effects.
When practiced by an experienced and properly trained professional, acupuncture can be a safe and effective alternative to modern medical treatments and medications.
Be aware, however, that everyone responds differently to acupuncture, and you may experience a few side effects following your session, including fatigue, soreness, bruising, and muscle twitching. Fortunately, such side effects are temporary and generally mild, though you should speak with your doctor if symptoms persist or seem to worsen with each session.
For women who are pregnant, it’s important to work with a professional who specializes in maternal acupuncture, as some acupressure points are known to trigger labor and cause preterm birth.
If you’d like to give acupuncture a try, you may have a bit of hesitation.
After all, you may have never considered acupuncture until now. So, what can you expect from your first visit and subsequent treatment course?
Well, you may be shocked to find that your initial visit with a professional acupuncturist is much like a regular visit with your general practitioner.
For example, you’ll likely be given a short physical exam, and you will be required to provide in-depth medical history.
This information is vital for your acupuncturist to know, as it will help them to provide you with the best treatment course possible.
And remember: Keep an open mind. The results will not be immediate, and you may feel like giving up after your first or second session. However, it’s important to stick with it before making a judgement. If you’d like a schedule for when results can be expected, speak with your acupuncturist for an accurate assessment.
In this article I’ll show you exactly how to use magnesium oil for hair loss, in a way you’ve probably never heard about before – but could have a powerful effect on hair growth.
I’ll discuss the benefits of using it, why and how it works, and how to use it in a homemade shampoo recipe that is designed specifically for people with hair loss.
Magnesium is a mineral that is heavily presented on Earth and in our bodies. It is one of the seven macromineral that is responsible for us to function normally, including regulation of over hundreds of enzymatic reactions and biochemical activities.
At any point, the normal human adult contains over 25 grams of magnesium. Most of it is found in the bones of our skeletal system, though it is used throughout the entire body.
Magnesium contributes to building strong bones, maintaining normal cardiac rhythm, supporting nerve and muscle function and aiding healthy immune system.
However, magnesium has one more amazing function – it may be a viable solution to stopping hair from falling out and stimulating regrowth in individuals afflicted with male-pattern baldness!
Despite magnesium as an essential mineral, an analysis performed using the data from a 2005-2006 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) found that at least half of the U.S. population across all groups had inadequate intakes of magnesium.
But even though it’s present in a wide array of dark leafy greens, nuts, grains and fruits, magnesium is surprisingly poorly absorbed if consumed orally.
Because of this, magnesium oil is becoming an increasingly popular and effective method of adding more magnesium into the body.
The oil is a natural substance that is applied and absorbed through the pores of your skin and straight into your bloodstream. A pilot study by Watkins and Josling showed that this method of intake resulted in an average increase of over 60% in magnesium absorption at the cellular level.
So why does healthy intake of magnesium matter to the hair? Many of us are aware of the potential effects of DHT and free radicals on impeding hair growth, but what about calcification? This specific mineral has shown to be a large contributor to the lack of hair growth – and it can be the reason for yours.
Here is a detailed explanation of the harmful effects of calcification, its link to hair loss, and how magnesium oil can counteract these factors contribute to its regrowth.
Various researches have shown calcification as a potential culprit to hair loss.
Calcification is the accumulation of calcium in an area of the body tissue where excessive calcium would not normally be present. According to the Institute of Medicine, about 99% of the calcium in your body resides in the bones and teeth, while the other 1% is present in the blood and muscle.
While calcification is normal for bone formation, it is not normal elsewhere. If calcification occurs in the scalp region, it will thicken the tissues. Eventually, those tissues will harden.
This will not only obstruct the hair follicles from producing hair, but also affects the quality and strength of your current hair strands. There are many and all-too-common ways calcium can enter your scalp region and lead to calcification.
One potential source of hair loss may come from the calcium ions in your shower water, referred to as ‘hard water’.
Depending on where you live, there are two main sources of the water used in our house that determine its mineral content – groundwater and surface water.
Theoretically, underground water would have more calcium concentration, as this water interacts with many natural minerals found in different layers of the earth.
On the other hand, surface water taken from rivers and lakes would not have as high of a mineral concentration as groundwater source.
However, when surface water goes through treatment plants, chemicals such as chlorine are added to kill foreign microorganisms like bacteria. Lime, which is an inorganic material that contains calcium compound, is then added to counteract the effects of chlorine.
When you shower, the calcium ion in the hard water chemically reacts with your soap and shampoo and causes a curd. This is called soap scum.
Ever noticed the white clumps and streaks that cling onto the wall of the bathroom appliances? That same film is also clinging onto your skin and scalp.
This causes problem for your hair in several ways.
First, the calcium salt deposits dry out the scalp, which is further intensified from the chemicals in commercial shampoo. This causes the dry and itchy scalp to become scaly and start flaking off, thus the formation of dandruff.
A study performed by Pierard-Franchimont et al. looked at 8 men with scalp conditions and examined each subject at regular intervals for five consecutive years. The hairs associated with the dandruff-affected area were taken and tested. The researchers found that the presence of dandruff is positively correlated with the shedding of the hair and further exacerbated alopecia.
Second, the calcium particles can enter into the pores of our hair follicles and cause existing hair to break off from its shaft. As it continues to occupy the follicle space, it will constrict the blood flow and block the hair from growing. This is especially aggravated by the fact that we normally shower with hot water, which will enlarge the pores of the scalp and introduce more calcium deposits.
Third, it decreases the strength and integrity of the hair. A recent study used two water samples – one with the most degree of hardness and another that is stripped of all mineral ion contents. Hair samples taken from 75 male individuals, with each sample divided into two halves, are then separately tested with hard water and distilled water. Analysis of the result showed that the tensile strength of the hair that is treated with hard water was significantly weaker than the hair treated with the de-ionized water.
The possible scientific explanation for this conclusion is that these metal ions, including calcium, are generally ‘positivity charged’, which means that they have lost one or more electrons. Hair, on the other hand, is normally negatively charged, or one or more extra electrons. These positively charged minerals attach itself to the negatively charged hair, slowly resulting in dry and heavier hair strands. Eventually, it may break off. This is terrible news if there are barely enough hair on the head as it is!
Inflammation has been identified as a large culprit for many individuals with hair loss. When there is local tissue damage, the cells trigger signals that start a series of cellular actions to attempt to heal the injury and defend the site from infections.
Inflammation is a natural defense mechanism, but inflammation that lasts for a long time (aka chronic inflammation) is not normal. Many studies, including this one conducted by Magro et al, have shown that chronic inflammation eventually leads to the death of your cells in the scalp, resulting in hair falling out and poor regrowth thereafter.
This problem can be further aggravated when there is too much calcium in blood circulation. Let say you have chronic inflammation at the vessels located in your scalp. Over time, as your body continues to fend off foreign particles from the site of the inflammation, it will accumulate fat, platelets, cholesterol and calcium that are present in the blood. Eventually, calcification will lead to the formation of a plaque. This will ultimately constrict normal blood flow to the scalp.
Excess calcium in the bloodstream can be caused when calcium from the bones move into the bloodstream. The more calcium that is present in the blood, the more accumulation of calcium at the inflammation site. Bigger plaques will leave your hair follicles to suffer, amongst other health issues.
Even if the extra calcium never makes it to the inflammation site, too much calcium in the bloodstream can be dropped off in the hair follicles of the body’s tissue and causing calcification.
Consider, for example, this study. The researchers took rats that were in hypercalcemic conditions (excessive calcium level in the blood) and subjected them to mild injuries on the skin. They found that after 3 hours from the injury, there was a rise in the calcium content of the follicles in the tissues.
Overall, the combination of chronic inflammation and calcium build up in the scalp will result in reduced blood flow to the hair follicles, effectively limiting the removal of free radicals, DHT and other build up of waste products. This also affects the amount of nutrition that can reach and nourish the hair follicles, which we’ll need in order for healthy hair to grow.
Luckily, magnesium oil can address all these problems associated with alopecia.
Magnesium oil applied on the scalp has the benefit of nourishing the tissues, which reduces problems related to dandruff. It also can enter the pores and dissolve the calcium ions that are blocking the hair follicles.
Magnesium plays a huge role in regulating the calcium imbalance. Magnesium is essential for the production and use of energy in the body. Cells with extra energy can accomplish many things, which include pumping excess calcium out from the cells of the scalp.
Magnesium can aid in removing excess calcium from the bloodstream. It does this by stimulating a hormone called calcitonin, which helps regulate the level of calcium by encouraging it to stay in the bones and away from the scalp. Magnesium also converts Vitamin D into an active form that helps absorb calcium.
A study by Kircelli et al found magnesium’s amazing effect on calcification in the blood vessels. The researchers did a series of tests that involved adding magnesium in cell cultures that have been calcified. Results showed that increasing magnesium concentration caused a decrease, and even stopped the progression, of calcium deposits on the vessel walls. After a while, additional magnesium even led to the reversal of calcification.
This means that magnesium oil can promote blood flow going in and out of the scalp, bringing essential nutrients and removing harmful waste from the hair follicles!
The same study by Kircelli et al also revealed magnesium’s ability to prevent cell death due to stimulation of these calcium-sensing receptors (CaSR) on the cells. These receptors led to the restoring number of healthy cells and decreasing number of damaged cells, which translates growth to the hair cells.
Magnesium is also a powerful anti-inflammatory mineral. A study from the Women’s National Health Initiative Observational Study (WHI-OS) that involved data collected from 3,713 postmenopausal women across all multiethnic groups showed that subjects who had a regular intake of magnesium had decreased indicators of inflammation.
You can directly apply the oil onto the scalp after your shower. Be sure to have your scalp completely free of any other oils or lotions, as this will interfere with the magnesium oil.
Massage the oil into the scalp thoroughly for at least 10 minutes, as this will promote blood flow and create better absorption. Leave the magnesium oil on for at least 30 minutes before washing or wiping it off.
One fluid ounce (30 ml) should be enough for an adult, which will deliver approximately 2400 mg of the magnesium directly. I highly recommend massaging in the oil at least a few times a week, though it might accelerate the results if you apply it every day.
It is common to experience a tingling and itching sensation initially from the oil, which should eventually disappear. If you have sensitive skin, dab a diluted form of the oil to test before applying a thicker coating.
Depending on various conditions, including the body’s initial composition in calcium/magnesium ratio, it may take as little as a few weeks to as much as a couple of years to start seeing results. However, many people have reported amazing outcomes from regular use, with noticeably less hair falling out and more luscious growth in stubborn areas.
There are several forms in which magnesium oil can exist as. If in doubt, magnesium chloride, which are the ones found on the seabed, is a good choice. If possible, look for the ones in spray bottles, which will help evenly distribute the liquid over a larger surface area.
You can also follow this simple recipe to make your own. It only requires these two ingredients:
The best way to use magnesium oil to regrow your hair is with a homemade hair tonic that you rub on your scalp. However, to make this even more effective, first you’ll want to stimulate your scalp using a dermaroller.
The dermaroller is a small metal roller with metal pins attached. As you roll it over the skin the tiny metal pins penetrate the skin causing mild damage to the skin cells.
The cells react by boosting circulation and increasing cell production to the affected area. This stimulation of cell growth and blood circulation has the effect of stimulating hair growth as well, when used along the hairline where hair follicles have been miniaturised by DHT.
Once the scalp has been stimulated by the tiny pricks then you’ll want to rub the mixture containing magnesium oil onto your scalp.
This special mixture (scalp elixir) that you rub on your scalp contains essential ingredients that stimulate hair growth directly.
These ingredients when mixed together form a powerful hair growth mixture which is posted by the effects of the magnesium oil. You can learn more about this powerful hair growth technique inside the Hair Equilibrium Program.
3 weeks into using the dermaroller and scalp elixir I’m noticing the fine wispy hairs on my hairline are getting longer, darker and thicker – Miraculous. – Jay, Omaha
In addition to using magnesium oil in the elixir you should also add a good magnesium supplement to your diet. This will help with the decalcification process even more.
Most people are deficient in magnesium anyway so it will be good for your overall health and hair health to take a supplement.
If you take a magnesium supplement just before bed then it will help with restful sleep, which can reduce stress and tiredness (which contributes to hair loss).
There are a few different types of magnesium supplement available, but magnesium-orotate and magnesium chloride are the best forms to take.
Take around 300mg per day before bedtime during the months when you are using the peel, dermaroller and elixir method.
Here’s a great shampoo recipes that you can make at home which is extremely beneficial for hair loss. It will gently clean the scalp and hair without striping away essential oils or using harsh chemicals.
2-3 drops of magnesium oil are added to the mixture.
Boil the water and steep the rosemary bunch until the water is cooled, then strain and throw away the rosemary. Add the other ingredients to the rosemary tea in a container and shake well. Apply to wet hair and rinse out thoroughly.
The vinegar in combination with the tea tree oil works wonders for any itchy scalps or any dandruff as they heal and cleanse the scalp.
Remember though, diet comes first when it comes to the health of your scalp, whether that’s dryness or too much oil, your diet is the root cause.
Grapeseed oil (used effectively to treat alopecia areata) and the rosemary tea add moisture and sooth flakiness. Tea tree oil contains eucalyptol, which is a powerful antiseptic and antiviral, it is also a great choice to stimulate hair growth by increasing the amount of blood flowing to the hair follicles.
Magnesium oil can be a powerful (and underused) product to combat hair loss if it’s used in the right way. I highly recommend adding it to your homemade shampoo (please stop using commercial shampoos) and using it in the hair tonic.
If you liked learning about the dermaroller technique then I suggest you check out the more detailed and comprehensive version inside the Hair Equilibrium Program.
The step by step detailed instructions will guide you through the method – some people have experienced exciting new hair growth in a few months with this alone.