In this article, I’m going to take an in-depth look at one of the most popular anti-hair loss products on the market – Pura D’or shampoo.
This guide will help you to get a feel for the product – including its positives and negatives – and whether it’s a good choice for you.
Before moving forward, I should mention that I don’t personally use Pura D’or shampoo, or any other over-the-counter product for that matter.
That’s because even the most “natural” over-the-counter hair care products contain preservatives and chemicals, both of which I like to avoid at all costs.
Instead, I make my own natural hair care products, including shampoos, with amazing results. We’ll get into that later, but first, here’s a look at Pura D’or.
BONUS: Once you’ve read through the guide, I recommend you take the six-part quiz at the end.
The score you obtain will provide you with a better understanding of your hair loss – including its cause – as well as a look at the natural ways you can go about reversing the loss.
Pura D’or is a line of organic shampoos and conditioners. Sold first online – and still a popular product on Amazon – this product is now available in thousands of stores throughout the United States.
With claims of fighting hair loss to treating dandruff and other such scalp conditions, this shampoo is touted as a cure-all by many.
With different shampoo and conditioner product lines, it’s a bit difficult to list all of the ingredients found in Pura D’or products.
Let’s take a closer look at one of the more popular products, the Anti-Hair Loss Shampoo.
At first glance, the ingredient list seems daunting. However, upon closer inspection, the majority of the ingredients are all-natural – many of them even used by myself.
Of course, as an over-the-counter cosmetic product, there are a number of preservatives topping the list. These include Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Disodium Lauryl Sulfosuccinate, and Polyquaternium-80.
I personally prefer to avoid any preservatives, as there’s no way to tell their long-term effects on the overall health of your scalp and hair.
As with many store-bought shampoos and over-the-counter hair products, Pura D’or claims to provide some pretty miraculous results. These include less hair loss, improved quality and shine, and noticeable thickness.
While there are no studies done on the effectiveness of Pura D’or, there are studies which have been done on its various active ingredients. Let’s take a look.
It’s also used in the Pura D’or shampoo line, and is claimed to be a scalp stimulant, helping to grow thicker, stronger hair.
One of the bigger claims of tea tree oil is its anti-androgen properties. This is a big deal to sufferers of male-pattern baldness, as DHT is the main cause of hair loss in those with Androgenetic Alopecia (AGA).
(Do you suffer from male-pattern baldness? Learn the early warning signs!)
This is true for Pura D’or shampoo as well, with saw palmetto featuring in a number of its hair loss treatment formulas.
Used as a moisturizing and hydrating agent, coconut oil is a popular addition to natural cosmetic products, including face masks and shampoos.
But can coconut oil help to produce shinier, healthier hair?
Surprisingly (or perhaps not, if you’re a regular user), coconut oil was proven to reduce damage in hair strands by up to 39%! This is through its penetrative abilities, preventing too much absorption of water which can lead to breakdown of proteins and hair breakage.
A common symptom of biotin deficiency is thinning of hair. And, while no studies have been done on biotin’s direct effect on hair growth, it makes sense that proper supplementation of this vital nutrient would do wonders for your hair.
Oxidative stress – a process induced by the presence of free radicals – can be a contributor to hair loss and other age-related maladies, including wrinkles, fine lines, and greying hair.
A lightly-scented oil, commonly used in aromatherapy, lavender oil has a number of properties that make it effective at battling hair loss and improving the health and quality of your scalp and hair.
First and foremost, lavender promotes blood circulation to the scalp. This is important for the delivery of oxygen and vital nutrients to the hair follicles.
Additionally, it’s a powerful antiseptic, cleaning your scalp and removing harmful buildup, including DHT.
There’s absolutely no doubt that Pura D’or shampoos contain some pretty powerful active ingredients.
Whether these ingredients work for you in the prevention of hair loss will depend on the kind of hair loss you suffer from.
Let’s take a further look at how this shampoo’s particular formula works.
Pura D’or shampoos contain a combination of DHT-fighting ingredients, as well as other natural ingredients which have been shown to repair damaged hair follicles and increase nutrient absorption.
As mentioned above, DHT is the cause of male-pattern baldness. The use of ingredients which interrupt DHT, then, is an effective way to end the cycle and prevent further hair loss.
Additionally, some of the ingredients found in Pura D’or have been shown to reduce dandruff and other such hair maladies, improving the health of your scalp and removing buildup.
(Not sure if you have a hairline indicative of male-pattern baldness? Learn the difference between a mature hairline and a receding hairline here.)
If DHT isn’t the underlying cause of your hair loss, will Pura D’or work?
That entirely depends on the cause of your hair loss. Loss can be a result of stress, illness, medications, fungal infections, and hormonal imbalances (such as pregnancy and hypothyroidism/hyperthyroidism).
It certainly doesn’t hurt to add essential oils and other such supplements to your hair care routine, though it’s best to tailor the supplements to your exact needs.
According to the website, Pura D’or should be used for three months in order to see full results.
There doesn’t seem to be any recommendation for frequency of use, though as is mentioned below, one side effect of frequent (i.e. daily) use is flaking and dandruff buildup.
As with any hair care product – natural or not – there’s always a chance of side effects. These side effects can be caused by chemical reactions, unknown sensitivities, or underlying health conditions.
Some of the more common side effects, based off my knowledge of essential oils and consumer reviews of the product, include:
Also, keep in mind that this product can exacerbate already-present scalp conditions. These include:
Whether you experience such side effects, and to what degree, will depend upon your skin type, frequency of use, and other such factors.
There are a plethora of reviews for the Pura D’or products line, with the majority of them being positive.
Many consumers agree that Pura D’or has been effective in slowing their hair loss. It’s necessary to make the distinction, however, between prevention of hair loss and active hair regrowth.
While many reviewers claimed to experience less hair loss, the majority did not see new hair growth.
Others have claimed that the shampoo has reduced – or completely cured – their dandruff.
Of course, as with any product, there are a few less-than-favorable reviews.
One of the more frequent comments is in regards to amounts necessary. Many consumers claim that they need to use more shampoo per washing with Pura D’or than with other shampoos they’ve used in the past.
This can quickly add up, considering the products have steep price tags.
Additionally, some have claimed that the shampoo left their scalps feeling tight and some even saw an increase in flaking. This is likely due to skin sensitivities and an excess of drying ingredients, so it’s something to keep in mind prior to use.
Still, others had neither positive or negative things to say about the product.
There’s quite a few who purchase the shampoo mainly for its selection of all-natural ingredients, but who claim to see no slowing down of hair loss or any other such positive results.
As with any product, while reviews can be helpful, it comes to you to make the final decision.
There are a variety of shampoo formulas in the Pura D’or hair care line, varying in cost. However, even the “lower end” products are pretty costly.
For example, 16 ounces of the Hair Loss Prevention Therapy Shampoo Lavender Vanilla Scent is $24.99. And, considering it doesn’t use a foaming agent like SLS (which isn’t good for your hair, anyway), you will have to use more pumps for a thicker lather.
At the higher end, Pura D’or also offers a “Pro line” of products. The shampoo in this line – Professional Hair Loss Therapy Thickening Shampoo – only sells in combination with the Ultra Moisturizing Conditioner at a cost of $84.99.
If you’re wondering if there’s a cheaper version, the answer is no. However, there is a way to receive the same results provided by the Pura D’or brand without the price tag.
Overall, Pura D’or shampoos seem like a good choice for a number of consumers who are facing hair loss. However, the steep price tag and use of preservatives may make you wary. In that case, I recommend you make your own hair loss shampoo.
The process is simple, and the price tag is much more manageable.
To get started, I recommend you give the below recipe a try. After a few uses, and with a better idea of results, you can then tweak the ingredients to your liking.
Bring one cup of filtered or distilled water to a boil, adding in the nettle bunches and removing from heat. Allow to steep until the water is room temperature, then strain the nettle water until the container of your choice and discard the nettles.
Combine the other ingredients with the nettle water, and mix. Lather onto wet hair, allowing to absorb for 2-5 minutes. Rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water.
This shampoo contains a wide variety of nutrients – such as vitamins A, B, C, D, and K – and can stimulate your scalp while also cleansing and promoting new hair growth.
Many of the ingredients, including turmeric and rosemary essential oil, can also soothe your scalp and rejuvenate your hair follicles, while simultaneously reducing inflammation.
Of course, the coconut oil also adds a nice boost of hydration and acts as a scalp and hair protectant.
Is Pura D’or shampoo a product I recommend? No.
While it does include many natural, hair growth-boosting products that I personally use myself – including saw palmetto and argan oil – it also contains preservatives which I avoid at all costs (and urge you to do the same).
Additionally, the cost is prohibitive, and I can’t in good conscience recommend such a product when I know you can make your own hair loss shampoo at home – with better results and at a fraction of the cost.
As with any hair loss product on the market, they only aim to cover up the issue. Once use of the product is stopped, so are the positives results.
If you’re looking to treat the issue once and for all, then, you’ll need to treat the underlying cause. There’s more about this in my popular course, Hair Equlibrium, where you learn all about the dietary changes needed to make a real difference in healthy hair growth.
You’ll learn how to rejuvenate your scalp, as well as how to boost your body’s nutrient and mineral levels in order to see positive, long-term results.
Before you get started, I recommend you first take the two-minute quiz below. You’ll learn more about the cause of your hair loss, as well as the steps you can take to turn back the clock.
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If you suffer from the itching, inflammation, and overall irritation associated with seborrheic dermatitis, you’re likely desperate to put an end to the condition.
This desperation can be compounded in those with alopecia, as some with seborrheic dermatitis can also experience hair loss.
So, what can you do if you’re battling this condition with no effective treatments in sight?
In this post, I’ll answer this question and more.
First, you’ll learn what seborrheic dermatitis is, including its causes and most common symptoms.
Second, you’ll learn how dermatologists typically treat the condition, and why such treatment methods may not be the best choice.
Finally, I’ll show you the natural way to treat seborrheic dermatitis and prevent hair loss associated with the condition. You’ll learn how to remove the pesky flakes and scales, as well as how to prevent them from returning with a flake-fighting homemade shampoo.
Note: At the end of this article, there’s a six-part hair loss quiz. To learn the most likely cause of your hair loss, as well as how to treat it and whether your hair loss is reversible, I recommend you take it when you’re done reading.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), seborrheic dermatitis is a common skin condition that leads to a scaly, inflamed rash on the affected skin.
These rashes may appear reddish in color, and can be found in various places throughout the body.
People of all backgrounds and ages can suffer from this skin condition, though there are groups of individuals who are more susceptible.
For example, infants 3 months of age and younger, as well as adults between the ages of 30 and 60.
Additionally, people with certain health conditions are at an increased risk of getting seborrheic dermatitis, including:
This condition is not to be confused with dandruff, which is a milder form of seborrheic dermatitis but that only involves the scalp.
While researchers believe that fungal overgrowth is the main cause of seborrheic dermatitis, there are a number of other factors that come into play. These include:
And, while researchers are still trying to better understand the causes and why some individuals are affected while others aren’t, they do know what seborrheic dermatitis isn’t:
While the rash itself can appear to be greasy, this condition is not linked to poor hygiene. In fact, sometimes the rash can be irritated by overwashing.
Redness and inflammation are typically the signs of contact dermatitis, an allergic reaction caused by skin contact with the allergen.
Seborrheic dermatitis, however, is not an allergic reaction.
The three most common symptoms associated with this condition are:
As with many other skin conditions, symptoms will vary in severity from individual to individual.
As mentioned above, dandruff is a milder form of seborrheic dermatitis, but is easily distinguished from it due to location (dandruff appears only on the scalp) and appearance.
However, there are two conditions which are similar in appearance to seborrheic dermatitis but that have their own causes and require different treatments.
The condition most often confused with seborrheic dermatitis, scalp psoriasis is a condition characterized by horny scaling, itching, and general skin irritation.
There are two major distinctions between these two conditions, though.
First, skin that is affected by scalp psoriasis is typically drier than skin affected by seborrheic dermatitis.
Whereas individuals with seborrheic dermatitis may experience greasy, moist skin, those with psoriasis will not.
Second, and most important, scalp psoriasis is caused by an entirely different mechanism.
Essentially this condition is autoimmune in nature, and it involves an overgrowth of skin cells. This leads to the plaque commonly associated with the condition.
Yet another skin condition characterized by itchy, red patches of skin, eczema is more accurately characterized as a skin reaction.
The main difference between eczema and seborrheic dermatitis is the presentation of the rash. Eczema tends to be dry and appears on the limbs and trunk of the body.
Seborrheic dermatitis, however, is oily and appears on parts of the body with excess oil production, such as the scalp, face, and groin.
When you visit a dermatologist for diagnosis, it’s likely that a number of treatment methods will be presented.
For some, the treatments are effective at keeping the condition at bay. For others, though, the side effects can be many and the results lackluster. Let’s take a look.
There are a variety of shampoos – both over-the-counter and prescription-only – that can combat seborrheic dermatitis. These are the very same shampoos used to treat dandruff.
Before use, however, I recommend you try an all-natural homemade shampoo. Its use can be just as effective as chemical-laden shampoos, and side effects are much less likely (and typically less of an issue if they do occur).
Corticosteroid lotions are synthetic steroid hormones. They’re used in the short term to treat inflammation, and may prove to be helpful in controlling a particularly painful seborrheic dermatitis flare up.
Of course, such a treatment method doesn’t come without its risks.
Consistent use can cause thinning of the skin, damage to the hair follicles, stretch marks, and allergic reaction.
As mentioned above, one of the contributing causes of seborrheic dermatitis is an overgrowth of a common skin fungus, known as Malassezia.
If you’re having trouble keeping this fungus at bay, then your dermatologist may suggest an antifungal cream. Some side effects include skin irritation, redness, numbness and tingling, as well as rash.
Similar to dandruff, seborrheic dermatitis is not a direct cause of hair loss. However, the inflammation and irritation associated with the condition can certainly lead to hair thinning and loss.
This is mostly due to the excessive itching and scale picking that many sufferers do.
Does this mean that all sufferers of seborrheic dermatitis will experience hair loss?
But they are at an increased risk of such issues, especially when the condition is left untreated.
While your dermatologist may recommend a medicated treatment route, there are natural methods to try first. Of course, it’s always best to perform such treatments under the direction of a doctor.
As flaky buildup is the main contributor to itchiness, irritation, and hair loss associated with seborrheic dermatitis, the softening and removal of said flakes can help to lessen the conditions effects.
All you need is the oil of your choice (I recommend olive for its moisturizing and hypoallergenic properties).
Apply a palmful of oil to your scalp, massaging in gently for 2-3 minutes. Leave on scalp for at least an hour (though overnight is best).
Before rinsing, take a fine-toothed comb and gently lift the flakes and scales from your scalp. Once all flakes are removed, rinse the oil from your scalp thoroughly and then shampoo as usual.
Once the flakes and scales have been removed, it’s important that you treat your scalp in order to prevent future flare ups.
This five-ingredient shampoo can get you started, but feel free to tweak the recipe as you see fit.
What You’ll Need:
Boil 1 cup of water. Add the rosemary, remove from heat, and allow to steep until cool. Mix the remaining ingredients in the container of your choice.
Once the rosemary water has cooled, remove and discard the rosemary and combine the water with the other ingredients.
Lather on to wet hair, massaging deeply into your scalp. Allow to sit for 1-2 minutes, and then rinse thoroughly.
Apple cider vinegar is the cleansing agent in this shampoo. It gently removes the buildup of dead skin and oil, keeping the scalp free of the irritating, inflaming scales associated with the condition.
Rosemary is anti-inflammatory, treating the effects of the condition in order to prevent further irritation and itching.
Last, tea tree oil is antifungal. This helps to control the fungal overgrowth associated with seborrheic dermatitis, and can prevent new flare ups from occurring.
Given the right building blocks the body can heal itself. Having seborrheic dermatitis should be a sign to you that your diet needs improving.
This is my favourite resource for skin problems.
The first thing is to get rid of all processed foods and replace them with plant based foods.
You may also want to consider getting rid of gluten in your diet.
Also, remove yeasty products from your diet, these include beer and bread. Again, replace these with plant foods.
I used to have eczema, but I cured it with good diet. If I did have seborrheic dermatitis I would take immediate action by removing all processed foods from my diet – this would naturally get rid of gluten and yeast foods.
I’d then do a 5 day vegetable juice fast detox.
After the detox I’d switch to a diet of plant based foods with some animal proteins, and bone broth.
Most skin problems can be cleared up within a month this way.
If you suffer from seborrheic dermatitis, you may be concerned that the condition can lead to hair damage and loss. While the condition itself isn’t a cause of hair loss, the itching and inflammation associated with it certainly can be.
Fortunately, there are treatment methods available for this condition that can target the route cause – fungal overgrowth – and prevent future flare ups from taking place.
Do you have any questions about seborrheic dermatitis or the natural treatments you can use to treat it? Leave it in the comments below!
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You look in the mirror, only to find that your hair looks different. It’s less full, less thick, and – worst of all – slowly making its way back on your forehead.
This is known as a receding hairline, and it’s a reality (and horror!) for ⅔ of the male population.
In this article, I’m going to introduce you to hairline recession. What it means, the two types of recession you may notice, and its implications.
You’ll then learn how to tell whether your hairline is receding and, most importantly, what you can do to stop hair loss and regrow your hair.
Side Note: Not all forms of hair loss are reversible. To learn whether the tips in this article will help you, take the 6-part quiz at the end.
You’ll get a score out of 100, and you’ll receive information on the type of hair loss you suffer from and what you can do to stop it.
A receding hairline is something which many men suffer from. It starts as young as mid-teens, and it can wreak havoc on your self-confidence and self-esteem.
While we’ll be touching on the more permanent form of hairline recession throughout this article, it’s important to understand the difference between the two types of hairline recession.
When it comes to a receding hairline, there are two main types: maturing and receding.
A maturing hairline is a common – and very normal – experience. It typically occurs from mid-teens to late-20s, and is a direct result of changing facial shape.
A receding hairline, on the other hand, is unnatural and a sign of the beginning stages of male-pattern baldness.
It occurs in 25% of men before the age of 21, though it can occur at any point in mid- to late-adulthood, too.
Not sure how to tell the difference between maturing and receding? Take a look at this post.
For the majority of men, a receding hairline is a sign of future hair loss to come. This is because a receding hairline typically indicates male-pattern baldness.
The hairline is a line of hair follicles at the temporofrontal region of your head. This includes your forehead and temples.
For men with Androgenetic Alopecia (AGA), hair loss typically begins at this region first. This is because AGA is caused by sensitivity to DHT, and the hair follicles by the temples and forehead have an abundance of androgen receptors.
DHT attaches to said receptors, triggering the miniaturization and hair follicle damage which occurs as a result.
(DHT triggering your hair loss? Learn how to reduce DHT levels naturally here.)
So, if you notice hairline recession at the temples, it’s very likely that AGA is the cause and DHT is the culprit.
With a better understanding of hairline recession, as well as what it can mean for you, here’s a few signs to look for when determining whether your hairline is receding.
One of the easiest ways to distinguish between a maturing hairline and a receding one is the manner in which the hairline recedes.
If your hairline has moved back uniformly, then, it’s likely that the hairline has matured in order to match your more mature facial shape.
Now, perhaps you’ve yet to see any noticeable hair loss. In the beginning stages, it can be difficult to tell whether your hairline really is receding, or if your eyes are playing tricks.
This is when it’s time to focus in on your temples.
To begin, run your fingers through the hair on your temples. Note the texture, thickness, and overall quality. Do the same to the hair near your forehead. Notice a difference?
Additionally, as the temple hair loss continues, you’ll notice a distinct widow’s peak.
The classic “M-shape” will begin to appear, as can be seen in the image to the right. This is known as frontal baldness, and it’s a common trait in men with AGA.
You can refer to the Norwood scale to compare your hairline with the standardised pattern of “male pattern baldness.”
It’s normal for people – both men and women – to shed anywhere from 50 – 100 strands of hair per day. This is due to constant cycling that the hair follicles undergo, and is nothing which should cause alarm.
However, you may begin to notice more hair is falling out over time. This is commonly seen on your pillow when you awake, or in the shower.
You can also take a look at your comb each day, cleaning it out and taking a visual note of the fallout which occurred.
There are a number of options – some natural and some not – which can stop your hairline from receding any further and perhaps even regrow the hair you’ve lost.
Keep in mind, though, that the sooner you start treatment, the better.
So, what options do you have?
Propecia is a popular hair growth treatment that stops the enzyme 5-alpha-reductase from converting testosterone into DHT.
I personally used Propecia in the beginning of my hair loss and for myself, as well as lots of other men who have tried the treatment, the risks and side effects were too much to continue use.
Fortunately, there are more natural ways you can stop hair loss.
From hidden sensitivities to highly-acidic foods, your diet can cause a number of unpleasant reactions within the body. One such reaction is inflammation and, as a result, scalp irritation and hair loss.
The four main culprits in diet-related hair loss include: dairy, carbonated drinks, sugary cereals, gluten and greasy foods.
When you remove these foods from your diet, you’ll likely notice a few changes, both in how you feel and how you look.
When suffering from male-pattern baldness, the only true way to stop hair loss is to treat the problem at its source. This means stopping the production of DHT, and removing excess DHT from your scalp.
While Propecia above is shown to stop the production of DHT, there are natural ways to achieve the same result.
With the plaque removed, your hair follicles can begin to heal. And, with the use of the above-mentioned stimulation, your hair follicles can receive the nutrients they require.
One of the best ways to protect your hairline from further recession is to create what I call a “hairline serum.” This is a homemade mixture that you can apply to your scalp every night before bed.
The first step is to take 200ml of magnesium oil and add 10ml of peppermint essential oil and 10ml of rosemary essential oil.
Mix thoroughly and use the magnesium spray bottle to apply to your scalp along the hairline. Gently massage the mixture into your scalp and leave in overnight. Rinse out with cool water in the morning.
Both peppermint and rosemary have been shown to be more effective than minoxidil at preventing hair loss. Magnesium oil reduces scalp calcification which can lead to hair follicle miniaturisation.
To increase the effectiveness of this mixture even more consider using a dermaroller once a week along the hairline.
This stimulates collagen production, increases blood flow and reduces fibrosis. All of which will help the follicles stay thick and healthy.
A receding hairline isn’t the end of the world, but it can certainly feel like it if you’re just noticing it for the first time.
Fortunately, there are ways to combat hairline recession no matter the cause. Though, I recommend you begin treatment immediately to ensure the most amount of hair regrowth possible.
To get started, I recommend you first take the six-question quiz below. You will receive a score out of 100, and from there can determine the cause of your hair loss, as well as the odds of reversing it and regrowing your hair.
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An uneven hairline can be both terrifying and devastating to men and women alike. But does it really mean that you’re predestined to suffer from pattern baldness, or is there a possibility that the occurrence is just natural, normal change to your hair?
In this post, we’re going to discuss different hairlines, and you’ll learn three major things on this topic:
So, if you’re ready to learn more about your unnatural hairline and what it means for you, keep reading.
And, be sure to stick around until the end to learn more about the odds of regrowing your hair and restoring your hairline by taking the 6-question quiz at the end of this article.
You’ll learn the most likely cause of your hair loss, as well as how to go about regrowing it (if possible).
An uneven hairline is a hairline that is asymmetrical, typically with one side having less hair than the other side.
This is a common phenomenon, experienced by both men and women.
There’s a few things which can contribute to this kind of hairline. From traction alopecia to male-pattern baldness to genetics. But let’s take a closer look at each one.
This is really just a fancy term for hair loss caused by over styling, but it’s a common problem for many men and women.
Even in individuals with healthy hair follicles and no family history of male-pattern baldness, hair loss can occur as a result of too much stimulation (through combing/brushing or constant wearing of hats/caps) or too much pressure. This can be seen in both males and females.
It’s commonly believed that male-pattern baldness is caused by a sensitivity to DHT, a by-product of the sex hormone testosterone.
Men with this form of balding experience hair loss in the tell-tale M-shaped pattern. This is because androgen receptors are located in abundance near the temples, and this is what DHT attaches to when it makes its way to the scalp.
Just as the majority of faces aren’t symmetrical, the same could be said for hairlines. So, if receding hairlines are a common occurrence in your family – and they aren’t accompanied by hair loss – then it’s likely that the unusual recession is simply your natural hairline.
If you’ve just begun to notice an recession pattern to your hairline, you may be wondering whether this is a sign of imminent hair loss. That answer is, maybe.
As mentioned above, male-pattern baldness can certainly contribute to thinning and hair loss on the hairline. And, in some individuals, this balding can be asymmetrical. So, how can you know whether your hairline is natural or a symptom of something more?
First, ask yourself when the hair loss appeared.
If you’ve had it all your life and hair loss is never been a problem, then it’s likely that this is just your natural line.
It’s also possible for the hairline to start receding in different places at a later point – during your late teens and early 20s – without it being a sign of imminent hair loss.
This is because as you mature, your hairline does as well. This is a natural process and, as long as the receding stops, it’s nothing to worry about.
If the unevenness of your hairline has seemed to occur almost overnight, however, then it’s good to better acquaint yourself with other symptoms commonly seen in individuals in the early stages of balding.
As male-pattern baldness progresses, it becomes much easier for the loss to be diagnosed as such. In the beginning, however, the symptoms may be a bit more subtle. So, let’s take a look at some of the common symptoms associated with hair loss.
Due to the agitation involved in shampooing and massaging your scalp and hair, the shower is a great place to keep an eye on hair fall.
Of course, while you can’t exactly measure the amount of hair loss seen, it’s quite easy to tell when it’s becoming more than usual.
If your hair loss is caused by androgenetic alopecia (male-pattern baldness), then it’s likely that you have a buildup of DHT on your scalp.
This buildup can contribute to the itching and flaking that is commonly seen in individuals with hair loss.
Fortunately, there are natural ways to remove the buildup of DHT on the scalp.
Pattern hair loss occurs as a result of hair follicle miniaturization. In simplest terms, the sensitivity to DHT triggers the resting phase in the follicles.
This leads to shorter and shorter hairs being produced until, eventually, the hair shaft is too short to penetrate the scalp.
As the hair loss progresses, you may notice thinning in the form of wispy areas of hair. This is most likely to be seen in the temples or near the forehead because, as mentioned previously, this is where the most sensitive androgen receptors reside.
While having relatives with male-pattern baldness doesn’t mean you’re 100% predestined to inheriting it, it does mean you’re genetically predisposed to the condition.
There are a few popular methods – both natural and not – which can be used to fix your line of hair.
While I don’t recommend hair transplants (especially with so many natural methods for treating hair loss available), there’s no doubt that this is a common treatment for men and women who suffer from uneven hairlines.
The procedure involves the grafting of hair from other parts of the body (typically the back and side of the scalp) onto the bald areas. There are a few different harvesting methods, though Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT), involving the extraction of a linear strip of hair, is the most common.
However, before you give this method a try, there’s two major things to consider.
First, Minoxidil only works as long as you use it. This means that, while the results may be encouraging, you’ll have to continue use for your whole life if you want to continue to see them.
Second, frontal baldness (and uneven hairlines) are typically related to male-pattern baldness, as mentioned above.
The only way to truly treat the problem, then, is to treat the underlying cause.
What You’ll Need:
The ‘parts’ mean you can make as much (or as little) of this mixture as you’d like. You can store the combined mixture in your fridge for up to a month, so feel free to experiment with amounts until you find the right amounts for you.
For best results, use the dermaroller prior to the serum.
To use, gently roll across the parts of your scalp where you’ll be applying the DHT blocker. Do this slowly, and repeat the process at least four times. This will ensure maximum absorption of the blocker.
Next, apply the serum with either a cotton ball or clean finger. Massage into the affected areas of the scalp, evenly distributing the serum throughout.
Allow the serum to sit on your scalp for at least 30 minutes, and then rinse with lukewarm water.
I personally don’t use minoxidil, but what I do use has actually been proven more effective and is more natural. Firstly I’ll use magnesium oil. I’ll add to this around peppermint oil and rosemary oil.
Each night before I go to bed I’ll spray this on my hairline, where it’s most thing. This helps to stimulate hair growth and block DHT. Then I’ll wash it out in the morning. This is one of the easiest and most effective ways to keep your hairline as natural and healthy as possible.
As you can see from the chart below, peppermint oil (PEO) has showed better results than Minoxidil (MXD) and Jojoba oil (JO) and saline solution (SA).
And as you can see from the chart below, peppermint oil receives the highest hair growth score out of all the liquids. This is why I recommend the mixture above and to use it on your hairline every night before bed.
As discussed, an wonky hairline can be an indicator of a deeper issue – namely, male-pattern baldness – but it can also simply be a natural occurrence due to genetics.
However, there are ways to treat the issue no matter its cause. This article is just the begining. If your patchy hairline does worry you, and you think it may be the first sign of pattern baldness I recommend tackling the problem now.
Although it is possible to regrow hair naturally, (I know because I’ve done it) it’s harder than keeping your existing hair. This is why I recommend taking the quiz and learning more.
For example, there are diet changes and scalp massages which can help to thicken your hairline within a few months when done correctly.
Now, if you’re ready to learn more about the cause of your hair loss and whether it’s reversible, take the one-minute quiz below.
Is Your Hair Loss Reversible?
However, too much of a good thing can have ill effects on the body and, in this case, hair growth.
By inhibiting PGD2 production, the process of hair loss can be stopped – and even reversed. With this in mind, I’ve put together a list of three, natural methods for inhibiting PGD2 so you can begin to regrow your hair.
Side note: At the bottom of this page, there’s a 6-question quiz that I advise you to take. It will provide you with a score out of 100, and let you know whether PGD2 inhibition will help you to stop your hair loss and regrow a head of healthy hair.
Before we dig into the all-natural inhibitors of PGD2, let’s take a closer look at the process of hair loss and the role that PGD2 plays.
It all begins with a complicated process known as the arachidonic acid cascade. This is a process necessary for the development of the male reproductive system and, when done right, has no negative impacts whatsoever on hair growth.
In fact, it actually has positive effects, as two other forms of prostaglandins that are produced (PGE2 and PGF2) are actually linked to increased hair growth.
However, for males who are predisposed to androgenetic alopecia, there bodies may overproduce PGD2 while simultaneously underproducing PGE2.
This can lead to disastrous effects, namely the slowing of hair growth.
Find out how to stimulate hair growth here.
There are a number of methods being discussed which may lead to the inhibition of PGD2. However, I want to show you three natural, medicine-free methods which may provide you with the positive results you seek.
Practiced for centuries, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is an ancient medicinal system which focuses on balance. As discussed above, for individuals with androgenetic alopecia, PGD2 is overproduced and leads to the imbalance of the various prostaglandins produced by the arachidonic acid cascade.
Fortunately, there are a few TCM components that can be utilized to bring these back into balance.
One of the herbs tested in the study was ricinus communis, more commonly referred to as castor.
The main component which contributes to PGD2 inhibition? Ricinoleic acid.
There’s a few reasons for its powerful inhibitory effects. First and foremost, ricinoleic acid has a strong docking score. Essentially, the better a molecule can interact and bind with another, the better the odds of inhibition.
Next, ricinoleic acid has great skin permeability. This is vital for the delivery of the positive effects, including PGD2 inhibition.
Chinese foxglove, also known as Rehmannia elata, is an herbaceous plant with hairy leaves and pink, tubular flowers.
One of its major components, acteoside, has been indicated as an inhibitor of PGE2 release and production follow the ariachidonic acid cascade.
Now, while PGE2 has actually been indicated as a hair growth promotor, why inhibit it? PGE2 is produced right alongside PGD2 in the cascade.
The inhibition of one (PGE2, in this case) is strongly believed to indicate the inhibition of the other (PGD2).
An evergreen coniferous tree, thuja orientalis is one of TCM’s most used herbs.
For the purposes of this post, let’s take a look at the three components within Thuja orientalis that have been shown to inhibit the production of PGD2: quercetin-3-O-rutinoside, amentoflavone, and hinokiflavone.
Of the three components, quercetin-3-O-rutinoside and hinokiflavone were shown to have high docking scores. This means they interact and bind well with PTGDS, a gene which encourages the production of PGH2 to PGD2.
With the inhibition of PTGDS, then, the overproduction of PGD2 can be stopped in its tracks.
Onto amentoflavone, this flavonoid inhibits PGE2 biosynthesis. PGE2 is structurally similar to PGD2, so therefore, it’s believed that amentoflavone can similarly inhibit PGD2.
Perhaps the simplest way to incorporate the above three PGD2 inhibitors into your hair care routine is to add them to your shampoo.
Now, while you can add these to any store-bought shampoo, I highly recommend making your own shampoo for best results.
To get you started, here’s a simple recipe:
What You’ll Need:
Bring 2 cups of distilled water to a boil, adding in the thuja and allowing to boil for 40 minutes.
While your herbs are boiling, add the 3 oz of castile soap to the empty 8 oz bottle. Then, add in ⅛ tsp of castor oil, and swirl around until combined.
Once the herbs are all set, strain the herb and water mixture. Discard the herbs, and add the water to the castile soap and oil. Cap the bottle and let it cool.
Before use, swirl or stir but do not shake.
Apply to scalp as usual, massaging in for 2-3 minutes and then allowing to sit for another 2-3 minutes. Rinse thoroughly.
A direct application can be the most effective manner of use, increasing the positive benefits you see.
Out of the three inhibitors, I recommend castor oil. Not only is it the easiest to apply, but it’s also the TCM herb least likely to cause skin reaction or irritation.
All you need to do is start with a palmful of castor oil, working it into your scalp and hair from the roots to the tips. You don’t want to saturate your hair, but you do want to ensure proper distribution.
Once applied, leave in for at least 20 minutes, though overnight is best. Rinse thoroughly when done, and shampoo as usual.
While overproduction of PGD2 can mean bad things for your hair, there are natural methods of fighting PGD2-induced hair loss and retaking control.
I recommend beginning with the shampoo treatment, as you’re better able to incorporate all three of the herbs into it.
Now, to see if PGD2 inhibition will help to reverse your hair loss, take the one-minute quiz below.
Is Your Hair Loss Reversible?
So, you’re worried about your hairline and think that you’re at Norwood stage 2, or maybe a doctor has diagnosed you with male pattern baldness NW stage 2.
In this article you’re going to learn everything you need to know about the Norwood stages of hair loss and exactly what you’ll be able to do at stage 2 to avoid any further recession.
Towards the end of this article I’m also going to show you 2 natural ways and 1 unnatural way to fix your hairline and get it back to normal.
What does this classification mean for your future, and how can you go about reversing the recession which has occurred?
But firstly you’ll learn:
FINALLY: Stick around until the end of the article so you can take the one-minute hair loss quiz.
The results of this quiz will tell you the most likely cause of your hair loss, as well as whether it’s possible for you to reverse it using the methods outlined in this post.
The stage of hair loss which you’re currently classified has a large impact on the treatment methods you should choose.
This is why it’s important to have a clear understanding of each hair loss stage, as well as what you can do to slow the loss or even completely reverse it.
First things first, what is the Norwood scale for hair loss?
Developed in the 1950s and later revised in the 1970s, the Norwood hair loss scale is a classification method which determines patterns of hair loss.
Within the scale, there are seven major classifications, and four minor variants.
When utilized by a professional, you can obtain a classification which determines at what stage in the hair loss process you currently are.
Type I – Little to no hairline recession.
Type II – Triangular, typically symmetrical, areas of frontotemporal hairline recession.
Type III – Deep, symmetrical recession at the temples that are bare or very minimally covered by hair.
Type IV – Worsening frontotemporal recession, with little to no hair on the vertex.
Type V – The hair loss seen in the frontotemporal and vertex regions are still separate, but are becoming less distinct from each other.
Type VI – The frontotemporal and vertex hair loss regions are not combined, with only sparse patches of hair remaining between the two.
Type VII – Only a horseshoe pattern of hair remains, wrapping around the back and sides of the head. The rest of the head is bald.
There’s a bit of debate surrounding hair loss classifications. This is true even when discussing a descriptive scale – one which provides very clear guidelines – such as the Norwood scale.
So, is a hairline which can be classified as NW2 a natural recession, or is it always indicative of future balding?
Well, it really depends on who you ask. But before digging any deeper, let’s define natural recession.
As you age, the hairline naturally recedes. This is known as a mature hairline, but it in no way indicates future hair loss.
Instead, a mature hairline simply gets rid of the more rounded hairline features seen in the young and provides a more distinct shape.
But when does a hairline go from mature to receding, and how can you tell?
A mature hairline can move back altogether, or you may notice a few spots which recede more than others.
When you begin to notice rapid recession in the temples, though, is when you may need to consider that baldness could be a possibility for your future.
So, back to NW2 – is it natural, or a sign of progressive loss?
In my opinion, the Norwood scale is quite clear in defining Norwood 2 as a stage in the hair loss process.
The main thing which separates a mature hairline from a NW2 hairline is the triangular recession seen in the temporofrontal region.
Yes, this can happen as your hairline matures, but if the recession continues, then it’s likely a sign of more hair loss to come.
Medically referred to as Androgenetic Alopecia (AGA), male-pattern baldness is a chronic form of hair loss. Most commonly seen in men, pattern hair loss can also occur in women, though the pattern differs quite a bit.
To best treat the hair loss, it’s best to understand exactly what leads to it in the first place.
In simplest terms, male-pattern baldness can be attributed to sensitivity to DHT, a byproduct of testosterone.
In all individuals, DHT travels to the scalp and interacts with the androgen receptors. These are found at the base of the hair follicles, and they’re seen in greater abundance at the temple and forehead region.
In individuals with DHT sensitivity, however, this interaction wreaks havoc. It can lead to inflammation of the hair follicle, which eventually leads to hair follicle miniaturization.
In the end, the follicle is too damaged to do its job, and hair is no longer able to grow.
As mentioned, androgen receptors are most abundance in the temporofrontal region of the scalp.
This is why hair loss is most commonly seen in these regions, as shown in the Norwood scale, and why the Norwood scale is so effective at diagnosing male-pattern loss.
The good news is if you’re classified at the number 2 stage, then your hair loss hasn’t progressed to a point where reversing its effects is impossible. Instead, you’re in a good position for stopping the hair loss in its tracks and growing healthy hair.
There’s two key elements of doing so, and they involve stimulating the hair follicles and removing DHT from your scalp.
Depending on how long you’ve been in stage 2, you may be able to lower your hairline back to its original position. This will depend upon the quality of the hair follicles, however.
As you can imagine, blood flow is crucial to the health of the hair follicle. Without proper flow, the follicles don’t get enough of the vital nutrients they need.
Both mesotherapy and scalp massage work to increase blood flow to the hair follicles. However, they both go about it in different ways.
Mesotherapy works by stimulating the scalp with tiny needles. These needles create tiny perforations, which induce healing and promote the growth of healthy new skin and hair.
Scalp massage, on the other hand, is an entirely external process, and involves the massaging of scalp tissue.
If DHT is the main cause of male-pattern hair loss, then removing DHT from your scalp is certainly a step in the right direction.
Over time, a plaque builds up on your scalp. This contains oil, dirt, dead skin, hair products, and even DHT. When this plaque remains on your scalp, it continues to cause harm to the follicles.
Fortunately, removing this epidermal plaque is quite simple. All you need is a few ingredients, and you’ll be ready to go!
What You’ll Need:
After juicing the ginger and cucumber, combine 100 mL of the mixture with salt, charcoal, and lemon juice. Mix in the container of your choice.
Apply the mixture to the area of your scalp you’d like to target most (in this case, the temples and forehead). Massage gently, and then allow to sit for 5-10 minutes.
Rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water, and gently finish peeling the rest of the mixture from your scalp.
You may repeat this process as many times as you feel is necessary, though I wouldn’t recommend doing it more than two times per week.
Blood flow is one of the most important factors of whether your hair falls out or not. For this reason, scalp massages and exercises can be one of the most effective ways to increase blood flow and stop any further recession of the hairline.
To keep things simple, I recommend 5 minutes per day of scalp massages all over the head to loosen the scalp and reduce fibrosis and calcification (the two factors that reduce blood flow over time.)
In fact, massages can be so effective that they can restore your hairline to normal within 6 months when done consistently and in the right way without any other treatments.
While this is certainly not a treatment method I would recommend – after all, there are so many natural alternatives available – it is one which many facing hair loss choose to pursue.
If you’re considering a hair transplant in order to treat your NW2 hairline, here’s a few things to consider:
It’s true that hair transplants can be an effective method of lowering the hairline and boosting your self confidence.
Just keep in mind that you may need to utilize other hair loss treatment methods, even after the transplant has been performed, in order to prevent hair loss from recurring.
While it’s possible for a NW2 hairline to be a result of hairline maturation, it can also mean that more hair thinning and loss is in your future.
As outlined above, though, there are many steps you can take to not only stop the hair loss, but also reverse it and lower your hairline back to its natural position.
To determine which treatment methods are best for you, take the six-question quiz below.
The results will tell you your most likely cause for hair loss, as well as the treatment methods which can most effectively treat the underlying cause.
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When you have hair it’s easy to choose a hair style and try different things. What do you do if you’re someone who’s beginning to bald or is bald? First of all, don’t fall into the trap of thinking you’re going to look bad bald.
That’s the biggest misconception and we’re going to show you how to handle going bald. You’ll enjoy the many options you have that pairs with balding.
Going bald boils down to having one less thing to work with in your overall style. You need to find something else to replace what’s missing. Accessories are the easiest and quickest option to make up for a lack of hair.
Glasses – this option can change your style a lot. Even if you don’t need a prescription glass you can use sunglasses and normal glasses just for their looks. It’s easy to get multiple pairs to match your appearance, make you look smart, or sporty glasses.
Hats – another easy option that you can match with many different styles. Pick yourself up a couple different types of hats for different occasions. Just stay away from the fedora, though, please no fedora.
Jewelry – this option isn’t as helpful as the others but does play a helping role. Usually, some light jewelry combined with a hat or glasses. The key is to make it a small additional touch and to not wear a lot of jewelry or something that stands out to much.
One of the biggest things you can do for the greatest impact to pair with going bald is a beard. A beard will help you look great while going bald.
If you’re unsure what kind of beard will look good on you the best go to is your standard full beard. Give it 2 months of full growth and then trim it with a #3 hair clipper guard will usually give you a nice beard. There are many reasons to be bald with a beard and you must admit the facial hair looks great on other bald men you’ve seen.
Look at the celebrity examples out there. Plenty of examples of men with no hair and facial hair in the celebrity world.
Time and Money – Once shaving your head becomes routine you’ll no longer need to see a barber. Think of the amount of time and money you’ll save overall. Comparing the cost to shaving your head compared to trying to regrow hair through products or surgery it starts to not look so bad.
Women Like It – While going bald isn’t the best way to attract females you must admit they do love it. Women like men who are confident and being confident enough to embrace your baldness is attractive.
Masculine – When you’re bald you immediately gain this illusion of dominance. It just comes with the territory and you look more masculine. What guy wouldn’t want to appear even slightly more masculine without putting in much effort?
Hair transplants are an increasingly common choice for those suffering from hair loss, but there can be side effects that come from this intrusive procedure.
According to census results produced by the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS), the number of annual hair transplants conducted in the United States increased from 100,455 to 112,409 between 2006 and 2014.
In the same time period, the number of hair transplants conducted throughout the world rose 225,799 to 397,048, with the Asian market, in particular, experiencing a twofold increase in adoption of the practice.
Even though hair transplants have become common procedures, they are not fail safe and there are potential side effects. Here are the most common 10 side effects from a hair transplant.
BONUS: Once you’ve finished reading this article, try the quiz at the bottom of the page to discover if your type of hair loss is reversible naturally. Just answer the 6 questions and then get your result.
The side-effects of hair transplants vary from patient to patient. Some may experience relatively trouble-free transplant procedures, whereas others experience one or a combination of the following side-effects.
A common side-effect of many types of surgery, post-surgical edema is essentially the build-up of fluid that causes swelling following surgery.
Little is currently known about the causes of post-surgical edema in hair transplant patients. However, according to a 2014 study published in the International Journal of Trichology, it occurs in 42.47 percent of hair transplant patients.
The study examined the complications of hair transplants in 73 patients.
Generally, the post-surgical edema fades given a small amount of time ad draining of the fluid and is not a side-effect that will cause issues for the patient going forward, assuming the correct steps are taken to remedy the issue.
The same 2014 study discovered that 1.37 percent of respondents reported heavy bleeding during the procedure. This hemorrhaging is extremely uncommon as a hair transplant side-effect and is often caused due to inexperience or a mistake on the part of the surgeon.
Returning to the previously mentioned 2014 study, sterile folliculitis is also a common side-effect of the hair transplant procedure.
Typically characterized as a sort of rash or scarring in the transplanted area, it can make the transplant feel very uncomfortable, causing itchiness in addition to altering cosmetic appearance.
According to the International Journal of Trichology study, sterile folliculitis affected 23.29 percent of patients.
In many cases, the area used to retrieve hairs for the transplant will also be affected by the procedure. Hair thinning in such areas is common, which may cause concern for patients who are wary of losing hair in one area of the body just to remedy hair loss in another.
However, in the majority of cases, this thinning in the hair removal area lasts for a brief period of time before the natural thickness of hair growth resumes.
Essentially a more extreme version of Sterile Folliculitis, Lichen Planopilaris (LLP) is an inflammatory hair disorder that results in excessive scar tissue forming in the transplanted area.
According to a 2012 study into the condition published in the British Journal of Dermatology, LLP can also lead to alopecia, thus causing more hair loss.
However, the study concluded that LLP is a very uncommon side-effect of the transplant procedure. It notes that the study only uncovered seven patients who experienced LLP following a hair transplant, with all patients having no history of LLP prior to undergoing surgery.
As the hair transplant procedure involves creating tiny wounds in the scalp in order to implant hair, scabbing will occur across hundreds, or potentially thousands, of hair follicles.
This results in itchiness in the transplanted area. Patients should avoid scratching, as doing so can remove the scabs and delay the healing process. Daily washing of the hair using non-perfumed shampoos can help alleviate the itching.
Returning to the 2014 study published in the International Journal of Trichology, approximately 10 percent of patients will experience numbness in the aftermath of hair transplant surgery.
This can last for a number of weeks following the surgery but it is usually a temporary side-effect that fades over time as the body adjusts to the transplant.
Hiccups are a less common side-effect found in approximately 4 percent of hair transplant patients. According to US Hair Restoration, the cause of hiccups may be due to local irritation of nerve endings caused by the surgery.
In particular, irritations to the posterior auricular and branches of the cervical plexus can result in hiccups. Further, some medications provided to patients post-surgery, such as steroids, are associated with hiccupping.
Typically appearing in the recipient area following extensive transplant activity, cysts can vary in size and will often be purple in color. Happily, these cysts are usually benign and will disappear after two or three weeks.
The donor area used in the transplant process will sometimes leave a wide or raised scar. While raised scars are fairly uncommon, wide scars are reported in approximately 15 percent of patients.
Typically, surrounding hair can be used to cover the appearance of the scar, however, it can still cause cosmetic damage and, in some cases, may prevent hair growth in the donor area. Further, the appearance of the scar may prevent hair transplant patients from wearing short hairstyles, such as crew cuts.
While generally a safe procedure, with most side-effects being temporary, Healthline notes that there are some people who should avoid hair transplants altogether. These include:
While the potential side-effects of hair transplants are numerous, it is still considered a relatively safe procedure. In most cases, the side-effects are temporary, though many can alter the patient’s cosmetic appearance and cause discomfort for a short amount of time.
In terms of long-term side-effects, scarring of various forms is the most common and those who form keloid scars should avoid the procedure altogether.
Beyond the side-effects, those considering a hair transplant should consult with a physician beforehand and ensure they located hair transplant specialists so they are not placed at risk of hemorrhage or another injury during the procedure.
Ideally, the professional performing the procedure should be a member of the ISHRS, which is a non-profit organization that has over 1,100 members spanning 70 countries.
Is Your Hair Loss Reversible?
New research shows that hair follicles can regenerate following complete amputation of the follicle and even loss of the dermal papilla.
What more, this discovery is being used to create a new form of hair loss treatment – hair follicle neogenesis.
Firstly, I’ll introduce you to follicular neogenesis. This phenomenon has been studied for over 70 years, but has only recently been brought to the forefront of hair growth research.
Secondly, I’ll discuss the past and present research which has been done on the topic.
Finally, I’ll cover the future ramifications for such research, and what this means for hair loss sufferers.
Note: At the end of this article, be sure to stick around and take the two-minute hair loss quiz. You’ll learn what type of hair loss you suffer from, and whether your hair loss is reversible.
In simplest terms, hair follicle neogenesis refers to regeneration of follicular tissue.
Dermal papilla cells (DPC) are cultured and preserved – ensuring that their hair-inductive potential are protected – in order to be later transplanted onto the scalp of those suffering from hair loss.
Wound-induced hair follicle neogenesis has been studied since the 1940s.
This is a form of follicle regeneration which occurs as a result of an injury.
This is similar to the triggering of hair growth after a hair is plucked from the root, though there are three different forms of wound-induced hair follicle neogenesis:
However, now a newer, less invasive form of follicular regeneration is being studied.
As one can imagine, the creation of a successful regeneration process would be fantastic news for the millions of men and women suffering from hair thinning and loss.
As mentioned previously, studies have been performed on follicular neogenesis since the 1940s.
This research focused largely on wound-induced neogenesis, a phenomenon first observed in 1941 when hair growth was observed in the untreated wounds of rats.
After that first discovery, results were then repeated in a 1954 study, performed by Breedis. This study utilized rabbits, where wounds on the back were left to heal (but not allowed to dry or contract).
As healing took place, functioning hair follicles and sebaceous glands developed in the the scars, according to Breedis’ research.
As interest in these studies resurfaced, current researchers hoped to achieve similar results as seen above, but without unnecessary wounding. So, how did new researchers approach such a task?
Through extraction of the cells responsible for hair follicle development and hair growth (dermal papilla).
In 2009, researchers collected Dermal Papilla Cells (DPC) from healthy, human donors. One of the major obstacles to DPC transplant is the ability to maintain the DPC’s hair-inductive properties.
Without said properties, hair growth would not occur and the transplant would be for naught.
Researchers, though, added the cells to a culture specifically made to preserve DPC’s hair-inductive properties.
To determine the effectiveness of the extraction and culture, the DPC were monitored for signs of expansion. After expansion was observed, the cells were transferred to an in vivo flap-graft model.
On average, the cultured DPCs resulted in five DP population doublings per passage. Once transplanted, these DPCs also resulted in hair formation. This was seen in the fact that the grafted DPs were visible in the newly-grown hairs.
Additionally, growth was seen again 11 months after the initial transplant when the hairs were plucked.
No matter the underlying cause of your hair loss, it typically occurs when the hair stem cells fail to activate during hair cycling.
This can occur as a direct result of hair follicle miniaturization (as seen in individuals with male-pattern baldness), due to fungal overgrowth (as seen in those with dandruff), or even just as a part of aging (both premature and otherwise).
Whatever the cause, however, the end result is the same: thinning and loss of once healthy, strong hair.
For hair loss sufferers, though, the new research surrounding hair follicle regeneration offers new hope. Currently, not all forms of hair loss are reversible.
What these new studies show, however, is that regeneration of even completely damaged hair follicles may be possible in the future, if the right techniques are followed.
While there’s plenty more about the process which still needs to be researched and studied, the current studies on the topic do offer promising results.
It seems as if research is still a long way away from live, human studies.
However, as research has already shown that human dermal papilla cells are responsive to the culture and grafting process, it isn’t a far jump to say that such future studies will only offer more positive results.
As the science behind hair loss and hair follicle regeneration are better understand, it may be possible in the future to treat all types of hair loss, even those currently believed to be irreversible.
As it stands currently, however, it’s important to stop hair loss in its tracks before it becomes too late. This can be done through a variety of natural hair loss treatment methods, from acupuncture to ylang ylang oil.
To get started, I recommend that you first take the six-question quiz below. The results of said quiz will provide you with the preliminary information you need.
Is Your Hair Loss Reversible?