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Regrowing your hair is not easy, but it is possible.
How do I know?
Because I’ve done it myself, and I’ve also shown hundreds of other men and women how they can naturally regrow their hair too.
In this article I’m going to share with you only what has actually been proven, either in scientific studies, or even better, through my own experiments, to work.
And it has worked for other people too, like Laura:
And like Andrew:
But after reading this article you should have a good understanding of what you will need to do to stimulate regrowth.
Hair loss is not natural, and therefore it can be reversed.
Never listen to anyone who says that ‘pattern baldness’ is inevitable and only gets worse. It’s only true if you decide to do nothing about it.
There are only two things to focus on when regrowing your hair:
I’m going to talk about both in this article.
You should also keep in mind that growing lost hair is a slow process.
Just think about a new born baby and how long it takes for its hair to grow. It’s typically around 6 months.
So, for you to start seeing really clear, visible results, you should expect to stick with these methods for at least 6 months.
With that said, you can often see and feel good results in the quality of your hair and scalp within a few weeks.
Okay, let’s get started.
Your hair needs nutrients and minerals to grow. These are the fundamental building blocks of the hair follicle and without them, growth is stunted.
Further, your body knows that having hair is not the most important thing for survival. So if there is a lack of nutrients or minerals in your body, your hair won’t be a priority.
This is why, the first thing you should do to grow your lost hair is to make sure you have an absolute abundance of the specific building blocks of the hair.
You can do this in two ways:
Both of these have very specific nutrient and minerals profiles which closely match those needed for hair follicle growth.
Let’s take a closer look at each one.
One of the quickest and most efficient ways to provide the raw material for new hair follicles is with my tailored berry smoothie.
The more varieties of berries the better, since the variety means we have more chance of getting a complete nutritional profile of micronutrients.
Due to depleted top soils, chemical fertilisers and selective breeding, it’s more likely than ever that we’re getting less nutrition from each berry, fruit or vegetable. So it’s important to vary the source as much as possible.
For an additional special ingredient, add 1 tablespoon of chia seeds soaked overnight in coconut water with a probiotic capsule. You’ll find out later why the probiotic capsule is important.
I’ve designed this smoothie over a year or so, improving it as I go to increase the hair growth potential of the ingredients. Let’s quickly look at each one.
Berries provide abundant antioxidants, minerals, nutrients and enzymes. Berries were designed by nature to be eaten and we’ve evolved eating them, so they are incredibly easy for our body to digest and assimilate into the the raw building blocks for healthy growth.
The colourful nature of the berry is a good indicator of it’s high antioxidant capacity. The banana is more for flavour and texture than anything else, but also provides long lasting energy throughout the day.
Hemp and pea protein are one of the best sources of protein available to us, and since hair is made from keratin, which is a form of protein, it’s important to get a form of protein that’s easily digestible and useable by the body.
Coconut oil provides a high quality form of fat, that also helps with the digestion of the other ingredients. It will also help with any itchy scalp or dandruff issues by reducing dryness in the scalp.
Almond butter isn’t always necessary but provides high quality protein and fat that also tastes great.
In a later section you’ll read why the probiotic capsule, which aids in a healthy bacterial balance is so important here.
Mixed essential oils provide high quality fats with a good omega 3 and 6 quantity. The mixed oils I use include:
Mixed greens powders provide alkalising micronutrients from various different plants. You’ll find out in a later section why it’s important that they are alkalising. Mixed greens powders are easily available online or in health foods shops and can contain:
Next add almond milk or coconut water to your desired consistency. Most shop-bought almond milks don’t contain much almond, and instead contain fillers and preservatives. In this case choose coconut water. This provides healthy fats and minerals.
I recommend drinking the smoothie every morning on an empty stomach (which aids quick and efficient digestion.)
Now let’s look at bone broth.
Bone broth is made by simmering bones from chicken, lamb, beef or fish in water for a long period of time.
The water extracts many useful materials from the bones which can then be used directly by the body for hair regrowth.
The amino acids in bone broth and in hair are remarkably similar and bone broth also contains high amounts of collagen, which as you’ll find out in a later chapter is very important for new hair growth hair.
I recommend making a large batch of homemade bone broth and then freezing small batches that you can have every day.
When you change the oil in your car, do you leave the engine running?
Nope, didn’t think so!
To clean the body, you must first stop the digestive process.
Digestion takes a lot of energy and a lot of digestive fluids. So while digestion is taking place, it’s harder for the body to clean itself.
All animals naturally fast (stop digestion) when ill, and most religions have fasting as some sort of practice. But for our purposes we can use fasting to help clean the body as press the ‘reset button’.
Detox has a many benefits for healthy hair growth:
All of these, in their own way help to trigger new hair, and I discuss each one in detail in Hair Equilibrium, but I want to focus on just one right now: alkalising to inhibit 5AR.
5-alpha-reductase (5AR) is the enzyme that converts testosterone into DHT, and DHT is the hormone that widely known the cause hair loss.
(Although it’s not quite that simple, the connection was made because men with low levels of DHT never suffered from male pattern baldness, but there is more to it than simply lowering your DHT levels.)
In a study in 1997 scientists discovered that the enzyme 5AR (specifically Type 2) needed acidic conditions to work properly. In alkaline conditions, the enzyme was inhibited, so less testosterone was converted into DHT, and less DHT went on to attack the hair follicles.
5 alpha-reductase activity was determined at pH 5 (optimal for the type 2 isozyme) and pH 7 (optimal for the type 1 isozyme) in isolated infrainfundibular segments from sebaceous and vellus follicles…
Each food that we eat has a net acidic and alkaline affect on our body, because when the food is metabolised there is a kind of ‘metabolic ash’ that’s left over.
Some foods are acidic (after metabolism) some are alkaline and some are neutral. Our body has evolved eating certain kinds of foods. Eating these foods leaves the body with a certain ‘optimum pH.’ And when our body is at this pH we are healthy and cells and enzymes work like they are supposed to.
However, our modern diets, with more grains, dairy and meats than we’ve evolved to eat is heavily weighted on the acidic side of the spectrum.
And alkalising fruits, vegetables and spices make up a smaller and smaller part of our diet. Overall this means most people are too acidic than alkaline.
This over-acidity causes the overactivity of the type-2-5-alpha-reducatse enzyme in the scalp meaning an excess of DHT right in the part of the scalp where hair loss first occurs, the crown and temples.
I definitely recommend that you cut down on grains and dairy and increase your intake of fruits and vegetables, but I want to show you a way to right your acid/alkaline balance as quickly as possible.
This is by using vegetable juicing to extract the alkalising part of the vegetable, the juice (and remove the fibre) so you alkalise your body as quickly as possible.
The three best vegetables to use are carrots, celery and cucumber. In fact you can just use these three alone if you like.
What I recommend, to alkalise your body as quickly as possible it to do a 5 day vegetable juice fast, where you drink only vegetable juice for a period of 5 days. No food whatsoever for 5 days.
This is known as a detox and rapidly alkalises your body back to its natural pH, whilst helping to remove toxins and wastes that can also harm healthy hair.
There are simple things we all do that damage the health of our hair.
Typically they’re ‘modern comforts’ that make our day to day lives easier, but end up damaging your hair in the long term.
Hot showers are one example. Hot water strips away the natural oils from the hair follicle and scalp leaving the hair brittle and the scalp dry.
This makes it vulnerable to breakage, and the dry, inflamed and irritated scalp is more prone to reduced blood flow and therefore hair follicle miniaturization.
This is why I recommend you use only cool/cold water in the shower. The cold water protects the follicles and opens up the capillaries in the scalp increasing blood flow (blood flow is the most important factor in regaining lost hair.)
Any ‘unnatural’ heat will damage the hair. That’s why it’s a good idea to stay away from heating appliances like dryers and straighteners.
I also have a rule which I recommend you follow – If you wouldn’t put it in your mouth, don’t put it on your skin (or hair) – this goes for things like shampoos, moisturisers, deodorants, dyes etc.
I created this rule because people think it’s okay to use chemical ridden shampoos, and yet they wouldn’t understand half the ingredients because they are all chemicals.
The skin is not an impermeable barrier, the chemicals get through the skin and damage the body.
One demonstration of this is the garlic experiment: Take a handful of peeled garlic and hold it against a large area of skin (such as your stomach.) Now cover the garlic with a hot, wet towel and leave for 10 minutes.
What you’ll notice is that the garlic gets into your body and can be smelt on your breath later throughout the day. This demonstrates clearly how permeable the skin is.
Putting any kind of chemicals on your hair or scalp will damage its long term health and aggravate hair loss. Why would you even bother when there are so many natural, nourishing ingredients you could use instead.
So, let me summarise this section: Avoid unnatural heat and avoid chemicals and you’ll be giving your hair the best possible chance to grow back healthier than ever.
In the section above I mentioned that I recommend you immediately stop using shop-bought shampoos.
So what should you do instead?
Well, you could just cut out using shampoos altogether. This is called “the no-poo method” and is becoming increasingly popular. This is a good option, but for many people it’s a step too far.
The alternative is to make your own shampoos from all-natural ingredients.
Then, make them even better by tweaking the ingredients to suit your hair type and hair goals.
For example, you may have dry, brittle hair, and also suffer from hair loss. In which case you’ll want to add to the shampoo, for example, carrot seed oil to hydrate the hair and scalp and peppermint oil to stimulate hair growth.
Let’s take a closer look at a recipe you can start using instead of commercial shampoos.
Combine all ingredients in the container of your choice. Mix well. Pour over wet hair, and massage into hair and scalp for 2-3 minutes. Rinse thoroughly.
Maple syrup is delicious over pancakes or drizzled on sausage. And, while that’s common knowledge, you may not know that maple syrup is actually a powerful antibacterial with soothing and nourishing properties.
The benefits of this four-ingredient shampoo don’t stop there, though.
Castor oil is just a great addition to any shampoo, hair mask, or hair growth serum. It works as the carrier in this recipe, hydrating and nourishing the scalp, while the liquid castile soap works to gently cleanse and remove scalp buildup.
As mentioned above, homemade shampoos enable you to tweak the ingredients used. This makes it possible to use only the ingredients that suit your hair type and goals.
When making substitutions, however, there’s a few things I recommend you keep in mind:
Now, you can begin to experiment to your heart’s content. This means utilizing different cleansing agents, essential oils, and carrier oils, dependent on what you’d like to achieve.
For example, I recommend coconut oil to those who need a strong moisturizing and hydrating component to their shampoos. This is because coconut oil has been proven to penetrate deep into the hair shaft, protecting the hair from damage and water absorption.
Another method you can use to increase the hair growing ability of your shampoos is to use herbal extracts to wash your hair with.
See the graph below:
In the next section I’m going to show you how you can start using more essential oils to trigger your hair growth at a faster rate. In fact there are 17 plant oils that have been proven to help hair grow back.
Did you know that there are 17 essential oils I rate as having ‘hair regrowing potential’?
These oils are a cheap, easy, and efficient way to kick-start growth naturally, and right now I want to introduce you to two of my favourites.
This versatile oil is composed of a variety of hair-growth boosting nutrients – including essential fatty acids, antioxidants, and minerals such as magnesium and iron – making it a great choice for anyone looking to strengthen and grow back their hair.
What really seals the deal for me, however, is that Pumpkin Seed Oil (PSO) has actually been proven to be an effective treatment method in men with Androgenetic Alopecia (AGA), also known as male-pattern baldness.
In fact, PSO was shown to improve the percentage of mean hairs by 40%! That’s astounding, especially when you consider that the placebo group only saw an increase by 10%.
Another bonus? Not only did hair counts increase, but so did thickness! This is clearly seen when you take a look at the images below.
So, how can you go about adding PSO to your hair care routine? While this oil is certainly beneficial when applied topically, I strongly recommend you add it to your diet.
As seen in the study, oral supplementation has some serious benefits.
A few ways to incorporate pumpkin seeds and pumpkin seed oil into your diet:
The great thing is that the supplementation possibilities are endless, making it a consistent and easy addition to your regular diet and health regimen.
An effervescent essential oil that brings with it thoughts of candy canes and chewing gum, peppermint oil is actually an incredibly effective treatment method in the battle against hair loss.
This soothing oil – adding a cool, mentholated feel when applied to the skin and scalp – is also moisturizing and cleansing. When used regularly, it can actually help to keep your hair follicles free and unclogged, while simultaneously keeping your skin moisturized.
Mice were split into four groups, each one supplemented with only one of the above-mentioned solutions.
At the end of the four-week study, it was clear that peppermint oil was the winner.
Not only did peppermint oil show the most significant increase in dermal thickness, but it was also proven to have the highest follicle growth score among the four solutions.
One thing to note is that peppermint oil didn’t just squeak by, barely making the cut as the top choice. Instead, it clearly outperformed the other three solutions by a significant amount.
Peppermint oil is best used topically. In fact, ingestion can be dangerous, even if diluted. The two best ways to use peppermint oil are:
Both of the above methods will give the peppermint oil the ability to penetrate into the scalp. This is essential in order to boost blood circulation to the hair follicles, as well as cleanse and nourish.
Even everyday oils such as olive oil can be useful to stimulate more hair.
Oleuropein found in olive oil proved to be more effective than minoxidil at growing hair in shaved mice after 28 days.
See the chart below:
I’ve lived in Asia for 3 years and one of the reasons I believe that pattern hair loss is much less common over here than in Europe, U.S., Canada, etc. is that people here have a much healthier microbiome.
The microbiome is the name given to the collection of bacterial cell inside the human body. Scientists beleive that bacterial cells outnumber human cells in the body, making us more bacteria than human.
At any rate, it’s clear that the health of our microbiome is innately important in our own health.
In the West however, we’re practically on a mission to kill all bacteria.
There’s fluroide in the tap water – a chemical that’s there to kill bacteria.
We eat processed and packaged foods full of preservatives – designed to kill bacteria
We’re often prescribed antibiotics for small infections or colds – designed to kill bacteria
We use antibacteial hand washes, deodorants, body washes and shampoos – all designed to kill bacteria in the name of hygiene.
We eat fruits and vegetables that have been sprayed and irradiated to kill bacteria and extend shelf-life.
The problem is, we’re not only killing the bad bacteria we’re also killing the healthy and important bacteria that must thrive inside our body for us to thrive too.
I believe that all of these factors coming together can considerably harm our microbiome. Just look at this comment from another article I wrote about the microbiome and hair loss:
You can read that article here.
What happens is, without a healthy microbiome you become much more vulnerable to autoimmune problems.
Autoimmune problems are when the body starts attacking itself, and you may know already that hair loss happens when our own hormone DHT, attacks our hair follicles, causing them to miniaturize.
To grow back lost hair, therefore, it’s crucially important to start healing your microbiome. Let’s look quickly at a few of the best ways to do this.
You can start by getting rid of things that kill bacteria. This means:
What are some of the things you can do to proactively heal your microbiome?
With these suggestions in mind I recommend starting right away to heal your microbiome. If you don’t, you’ll always be fighting a losing battle. No matter what essential oils or supplements you try, no of them will ever work because your body will always be fighting against you.
The good news is, your overall health will also thrive by healing your microbiome, so the only side-effect of this method is glowing skin, boundless energy and a stronger immune system.
In the section above I talked about how autoimmune responses can aggravate hair loss by increasing hair follicle sensitivity to DHT.
In this section I’ll show you how some of the foods you might be eating could be triggering an equally harmful response making it almost impossible for you to regrow your hair.
Most people know about having fast allergic reactions to certain foods, the main ones being peanuts and shellfish. But most people aren’t aware that slow allergic reactions can also occur.
There are certain foods and food groups which can cause these allergic reactions, and these allergies then go on to trigger autoimmune problems and inflammation – both of which lead to hair loss.
The main foods are:
The most common of these is gluten, so lets take a closer look at that. The other foods are much less common allergies but it’s still worth considering them as a possible cause for allergies. Most people have no problems with them in their diet.
The best way to tell if you have a food allergy is to do a 2 weeks allergy test. There are blood tests you can take, but I prefer this method because it teaches you to listen to the feedback your body is giving you about foods you are eating.
For two weeks completely eliminate gluten from your diet. I recommend doing this for at least two weeks since it will take a few days for the side effects of your previous gluten diet to wear off. Notice how you feel in the second week of the test.
Perhaps you have more energy, perhaps like me you notice less brain fog and clearer thinking.
Then, after 2 weeks add gluten back into your diet with a couple of bagels , or a pizza and see how you feel.
If you feel worse after eating the gluten product then it probably means you are having some kind of allergic reaction to it, and this could be contributing to hair loss problems by increasing your sensitivity to DHT and causing inflammation in the scalp.
It’s only by removing the food groups that are causing allergic reactions that you’ll be able to fix the underlying causes of hair loss. Once this is done you can move on to the exciting part of directly stimulating your hair.
But before doing that you should make sure you’re eating the right foods for your metabolic type.
This is the last section before I show you how to reverse your hair loss directly. These first modules are here to fix the underlying causes of hair loss, without getting these bits right you’ll be fighting a losing battle.
This is an important step, but it’s also needs more explanation, so I’m going to make this more of an introduction and if you’re interested to learn more you check out Hair Equilibrium.
Every body is different. We all have different genes and we all respond to foods differently. This is why there is no universal ‘perfect diet’ and it’s also why there’s so much debate surrounding what is healthy.
When is comes to regrowing hair, having a diet that is tailored to fit you will allow your body and your hair health to flourish. For example, the best diet for an equatorial rice farmer, is not also the best diet for an eskimo.
The main difference here is what’s called ‘metabolic type.’ This means the rate at which foods are metabolised by the body.
If foods are metabolised too fast (which is what would happen if an eskimo ate rice and fruits) this would cause blood sugar spikes and other problems.
If foods are metabolised too slowly (like the rice farmer eating whale blubber) foods don’t digest properly and can cause other health problems.
My point here is that to give your hair every chance to be thick and healthy again you need to eat the right foods for your metabolic type.
Inside Hair Equilibrium is a 39 point questionnaire that will reveal your metabolic type so you can immediately optimise your diet to your metabolic type and stop fighting against what your body wants.
For now, let’s take a closer look at the two best ways to trigger healthy hair as quickly as possible now the underlying causes of hair loss have been fixed.
There have been quite a few scientific studies that show just how effective a dermaroller can be to trigger new hairs to appear.
In this section I’m going to give you a quick overview of these studies (so you can believe just how well this works) and then I’ll show you a simple method you can use to get started with the hair regrowth process.
Firstly, what is a dermaroller? A dermaroller is a small hand held device with lots of tiny metals pins attached to it. As you roll it over your skin, the tiny metals pins prick the dermal layer. This stimulates blood flow (the body rushes blood to heal the tiny wound) as well as stimulating collagen proudction.
The result is that the instead of the skin becoming hard and stiff (an environement that is impossible for hairs to grow in) the skin becomes flushed with blood, soft and supple.
If you touch different parts of your scalp now you’ll notice that at the back of the head where the hair is thick, the skin is soft and elastic. At the front along the crown and temples, the skin is less pliable, less elastic, thinner and tougher.
Look at the image of Patrick Stewart below and notice how his bald scalp looks thin, dry and tough. This is due to fibrosis and calcification, these are both a cause and effect of lack of blood flow.
Imagine taking two fingers and trying to pinch a lump of skin between your two fingers. It would be very difficult. However, on the side of his head, where the hair still grows it would be much easier.
My point here is that elastic, supple and blood engorged skin is the ultimate prerequisite for hair growth.
The dermaroller helps return the skin to it’s natural state of suppleness.
Below you can see how far the different sized pins of the dermaroller penetrate into the skin.
I recommend using a 0.5mm dermaroller to get started. Any smaller and there is little affect on the skin because the pin doesn’t penetrate deep enough.
How can also try a larger size, for example in the study below a size of 1mm was used.
The technique for using the dermaroller is to hold it lightly against the skin and move it across the skin in multiple directions like the diagram below.
In the study below minoxidil was used, however, as you will have seen in the earlier section there are essential oils that are more effective than minoxidil, and are completely natural so they have fewer if any side-effects.
It’s clear that the microneedling (the technical term for using a dermaroller) achieved remarkably better results than the group that just received minoxidil.
We can see a considerable amount of hair has appeared during the 12 week period that the experiment took place.
The mean hair count with the dermaroller group went from 226 up to 317 – that’s an increase of 91.
The minoxidil group went from 201 up to 218 – that’s an increase of 17.
91/17 = 5.35
This shows that using a dermaroller is more than 5 times as effective as using minoxidil alone.
Can you imagine how quickly your hair will be stimulated when you use the essential oil mixture which is proven to work more effectively than minoxidil?
Not to mention that the study participants didn’t change any other factors in their lifestyle, and didn’t even correct the underlying causes of their hair loss, like I show you how to do in this article.
Now that you learnt the basic approach to using a dermaroller to stimulate regrowth, it’s time for one of the most powerful methods to you can use to naturally reverse hair loss.
This method involves using very specific scalp exercises and massages to increase blood flow directly to the hair follicles. Blood flow is the most important factor in hair loss/growth.
When the hair is starved of blood, the lack of oxygen and nutrients/minerals (essential for healthy hair) cause the hair follicle to wither and die.
Just look at this guy who has held his hand up in the air for 25 years. Due to the lack for blood flow, the growth of his arm and hand has been severely stunted.
The bottom line is that hair needs blood – and this is the fastest and most direct route to increasing blood to the hair.
With everything else in place (the first parts of this article) you’ll really start to notice a difference as new hairs start to grow.
The goal of the massages/exercises is to reduce fibrosis and calcification of the scalp, whilst increasing blood flow and elasticity.
In 2012 a study in Hong Kong used massage (scientifically called detumescence) to stimulate hair regrowth in the participants.
Participants where given scalp massages for twenty minutes per day for 300 days and the results were absolutely remarkable.
As you can see from the chart below, taken from the study, the % hair loss before and after the treatment has got significantly better.
As you can see from the chart, these massages work very well to create new hair for men and women of all ages.
I recommend doing ten minutes per day of the massages,as this should be enough to increase blood flow significantly. An even better option is to have someone else do them for you.
One of the reasons that hair loss is more common for people with sedentary lifestyles is that sitting down rounds the shoulders and tightens the muscles at the back of the neck.
This position pulls the scalp down on to the cranium, restricting blood flow and increasing the likelihood of hair loss.
This is why I recommend working at a standing desk – or even a walking desk, and taking regular walking if you spend a lot of the day sitting.
Regrowing lost hair is a slow process – it’s much easier to make a few simple changes and keep your existing hair, but if you follow these steps, and do them consistently, then I’m very confident that you’ll start to see excellent results within a few months.
If you have any questions for me please write them in the comment box below.
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