6 Powerful Ways To Stimulate Hair Growth

Using a head massager to stimulate blood flow to the scalp

In this article you’ll learn 6 amazingly powerful ways to massively stimulate hair growth. Most of these methods aren’t particularly well known in the mainstream, but they do work well when repeated consistently.

The key here is to be consistent. Hair loss takes place slowly over time, and hair growth also takes time. Your body won’t react immediately, even to these powerful methods.

However, sometimes a week or so is enough to start seeing a difference. Everybody is different.

I recommend choosing your favourite 2 or 3 ways to stimulate hair growth from the list below and focusing on them. If you try to do all of these, you probably won’t be as consistent as you need to be.

Pick two or three methods and stick to them until they become a habit.

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Mesotherapy

I’ve written an entire article about mesotherapy for hair loss here, so I’m just going to summarise the findings quickly in this article. Mesotherapy works in two ways, a mechanical action and a chemical action, let’s look at both of these below and how they form the basis of mesotherapy for hair growth.

Mechanical Stimulation

Body builders know that to grow your muscles your must first tear them down in oder to stimulate more growth. Within the tiny tears new cells are formed which increase the muscles size.

In mesotherapy, mechanical stimulation is used to slightly wound the skin causing it to create new cells. In the scalp this stimulates the production of collagen and elastin, increasing circulation and improving the elasticity which can help to grow more hairs.

Chemical Stimulation

At the same time as the mechanical stimulation, a mixture of hair growing ingredients is applied to the scalp. This contains a mixture of specific minerals, vitamins, herbs, amino acids and co-enzymes which can block DHT directly, clean the clogged hair follicles, heal the wounds and increase circulation.

This is mesotherapy in a nutshell, and it has been used successfully to stimulate new hairs to grow quite successfully.

Let’s look at another way that can also improve circulation to the scalp and help new hair growth.

Massage & Scalp Exercises

Circulation in the scalp is vitally important for hair growth. Without blood reaching the hair follicles, they quickly wither and die. Conversely, when blood circulation is good, the hair follicles receive all of the oxygen, nutrients and minerals that they need to grow – and they do just that.

So, the question is; how do we increase circulation, and hence blood flow, to the scalp?

The answer is scalp exercises and massages. Let’s look at both of these individually.

Scalp Massages Use a head massager to relieve scalp tension and stimulate hair

You can either give yourself a scalp/head massage, or get someone else to do it for you. The latter is obviously better, but doing it yourself works very well anyway.

Use your hands and rub in circular motions, first at the side (above the ears), then at the front, then at the back. Feel the scalp loosening and relaxing as you massage. You will actually get better at giving yourself head massages over time.

Not only does this boost circulation, but if reduces stress and tension which causes hair loss in the first place.

You can use a handy head massager as well if you want to. Just 5 minutes a day of massage is enough to stimulate new hair growth when done consistently.

Scalp Exercises

You can also improve circulation to the hair follicles with scalp exercises. This basically involves tensing and relaxing the muscles in your head, namely your forehead, to stretch and relax the skin. If you stare at a computer all day long then you may have unnatural tension around your eyes and forehead.

It’s important to remove this tension each day with these simple exercises so that the scalp doesn’t become tight and restrict blood flow. The two most basic and effective exercises are:

  1. Raise your eyebrows as high up as they will go
  2. Lower your eyebrows (furrow) as far as they will go

These two exercises will relax the forehead and remove tension at the front of the head where hair loss is most likely to occur.

Create A Hair Growth Tonic/Serum

In the right conditions, your hair will flourish, but it needs the trace nutrients and minerals that are useful for hair growth. Fortunately nature provided us with exactly what we need in the form of specialist plants which can be made into a hair growth tonic, or serum and applied to the scalp.

There are different variations and combinations of tonics that you can make at home, but I will highlight the most effective ingredients and a recipe which you can start with.

Remove DHT From Your Scalp

DHT is known as the hormone which causes pattern baldness. Actually, contrary to what almost everybody thinks, high DHT levels aren’t really what causes hair loss, it’s a sensitivity to DHT that causes hair to wither and die. However, blocking DHT in the scalp can stimulate new hair, and this is how you do it.

You will need to create a home made mixture that topically blocks DHT in the scalp. I’ve written a much longer article about that here but I’ll summarise the procedure quickly now.

You will want to create a mixture that you can rub on your scalp. This is particularly good around the hair line if the hair is receding. Find out how to tell the difference between a mature vs receding hairline.

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First take hyaluronic acid, this will form the base of the mixture. Add to this equal amounts of emu oil (which is a known DHT inhibitor.)

Next add 1 part liquid saw palmetto to 7 parts hyaluronic/emu oil mixture.

Next add 1 part apple polyphenol to 6 parts hyaluronic/ emu oil/ saw palmetto.

Shake the mixture thoroughly and apply to your scalp by rubbing on and leaving for ten minutes before washing off gently with mild warm water. Don’t use hot water, which can damage and irritate the scalp.

You can use this method twice a week for a few weeks before you start to see new hair growth where the mixture has been applied. In my experience this works better than minoxidil in many cases.

Boost Hair Growing Nutrients, Minerals, Enzymes & Bacteria

When it comes to human health, our hair isn’t essential for survival. It is not a priority like, say, the heart or the brain. For this reason, our body will prioritise vital organs before the hair. This is why it is so important to eat adequate amounts of healthy foods, because if you don’t your body will use the limited resources to repairing and growing cells of your organs, not your hair.

The trick is to boost your hair growing nutrients, minerals, enzymes and bacteria so that there is an excess of these that your body can use for hair growth.

Nutrients and minerals

Nutrients and minerals are obvious. Your hair follicles are made of keratin, which is a protein made up of smaller nutrients and trace minerals.

Enzymes

Enzymes comes from raw (or fermented) foods and help digestion. They help make the nutrients and minerals more easily absorbable by your body. This is known as bioavailability and means your body can easily make use of the mineral.

Bacteria

Bacteria also play a part in hair growth. There are billions of bacteria inside the body, some are ‘good bacteria’ and some are ‘bad bacteria.’ Some foods help promote healthy bacteria, and some foods kill the good bacteria and feed the bad ones.

Too many bad bacteria can mean your body finds it hard to absorb the nutrients and minerals from the food. Instead of breaking down the food so that the nutrition can be easily absorbed into your blood, the bad bacteria actually feed on the food itself and release toxic wastes. The result is that although you may eat a relatively healthy diet, you maybe under nourished resulting in hair loss.

This is a highly simplified version of things, but it’s important to know that having the correct gut bacteria will help to stimulate hair growth, whilst having too many bad bacteria could cause weak hair growth. If you’ve ever taken a course of antibiotics or if you eat processed foods or foods with preservatives then there is a strong chance you could increase your hair growth by improving your bacterial balance.

Let’s take a look at the best way to maximise hair growth with nutrition.

Blenders & Bullets

Fruit and vegetable smoothies are one of the best ways to pack your diet with hair growing nutrition. You can adjust your smoothies to contain all the healthy ingredients you need whilst also making them taste amazing and being easy to consume quickly and easily.

Instead of spending hours chewing through a load of fruit and veg you can put them all in a blender with water and drink down the precise amount of nutrition that your body needs. It’s also more easy to disguise the less tasty vegetables with the sweetness of the fruit.

Bullets are the same as blenders except they can cope with a few more ingredients because of the power and they are smaller. A good base recipe contains frozen berries, a banana and spinach. From there you can add any number of ingredients like apple, pear, melon or vegetables like kale, broccoli, cucumber and vegetable proteins like powdered hemp protein, powdered pea protein etc.

It’s always amazing to me how much amazingly healthy plants you can pack into your bullet or blender. I always add a tablespoon of pumpkin seed oil which has proven to increase hair count.

Bullets and blenders also keep the important fibre which helps to sweep the colon clean and encourage the growth of healthy bacteria.

Juicing

Juicing extracts just the alkalising juices from fruits and vegetables and can be used initially when you want to stimulate hair growth on a rapid level.

There is an important concept to understand here if you want to regrow your hair as quickly as possible. This is the concept of acid and alkaline balance in the body. Understanding this is crucial for healthy, strong hair, so read the following paragraph carefully.

After the foods we eat have been metabolised by our body, they leave what’s known as ‘metabolic ash.’ Just like after a fire has burnt the wood there is ash left over, there is a leftover mineral substance after our body has metabolised the foods.

In some foods, this ash is net acidic. In some foods it is net alkaline. ‘Net’ means the overall affect inside the body shifts is slightly acid, or slightly alkaline. It would be easy to see that eating too many ‘net acidic’ or ‘net alkaline’ would end up making your body unbalanced. Either too acidic or too alkaline.

In fact,  our modern diet, high in grains, dairy and meat is highly acidic. Therefore most people are ‘net acidic.’ Unfortunately when the body is too acidic, very strange things start happening as the body desperately tries to keep itself balanced.

Foods like vegetables, fruits and raw nuts and seeds are more net alkaline, which is why these foods are considered so healthy; because they reduce overall acidity.

When your body is too acidic it will do whatever it can to try and keep the blood alkaline. Sometimes this may mean using keratin from the hair follicles to reduce the acidity. When the keratin is used, your hair obviously doesn’t grow since keratin is the building block of the strand of hair.

Hair isn’t a priority for the body, so it cleverly says “I will sacrifice my hair to save my other vital parts, like the brain and heart.”

Alkaline balance is particularly important for pattern hair loss since one study showed that the enzyme type2 5-alpha reductase is inhibited in the scalp when the conditions are more alkaline. This enzyme converts testosterone to DHT which is the hormone that is believed to be responsible for male pattern baldness.

So, eating foods that make your body more alkalised helps to massively stimulate hair growth in a number of different ways.

Okay, back to juicing…

Juicing is by far the fastest way to make your body more alkaline. In fact nothing even comes close.

Juicing is so effective at alkalising your body, and being alkaline is so important for the hair that I usually recommend to anyone suffering from hair loss to try a detox period where they only consume vegetable juices. This is by far the quickest way to reduce the acidity.

Vegetable juices are highly alkalising for the body because, essentially, only the alkaline nutrients and minerals are extracted, and the fibre is left behind. (Now fibre is important, but to start with it’s more important to get the alkalinity of the juices.)

This means you can get the alkalinity of say 10 carrots, 3 cucumbers and 2 whole celery plants easily into your body by drinking just a couple of litres of juice. It would be hard (and take a long time to eat that many vegetables without the juicer.)

Juicing is as close to a ‘cheat code’ for your health as it comes. If you’re worried about hair loss, or you just want to stimulate as much hair growth as possible, then start out by cutting the acidic foods (meat, grains and dairy) and focusing on the alkaline foods (fruits and veggies).

Some of the most alkaline foods that you can throw in your juicer are:

  • Carrots
  • Cucumbers
  • Celery
  • Spinach
  • Beetroot
  • Kale
  • Lettuce
  • Brocolli

Keep in mind that it does take a long time (and a lot of juice to make a shift back to an alkaline state.) Think about it, if you’ve been eating acidic foods all your life (and almost everything that isn’t a fresh vegetable or fruit, nut, seed or spice is acidic) then your body is probably very acidic.

It will take more than a few litres of juice to make your alkaline again. Our natural pH (the measure of acid and alkaline) is around 7.4 (slightly alkaline.) We’re usually born in this healthy state and over time become more acidic.

It’s your responsibility to make your body alkaline again and will also massively help improve hair growth.

Inversion Therapy

Inversion therapy is an interesting way to create new hair growth, and yes, people may think you’re a bit crazy for doing it, but if it works, it works.

A man using the inversion method to home to improve scalp circulation

Inversion therapy helps to increase blood flow to the hair follicles via the scalp.

Inversion therapy is a fancy term for hanging upside down for a few minutes in order to increase blood flow to the scalp. Just like you learnt in on of the earlier sections, blood circulation to the hair follicles is important for hair growth because the blood delivers the vital oxygen, minerals and nutrients to the hair.

The more blood the better. Since your scalp is the highest point on your body, it can be hard for the blood to reach that high, but what if we could use gravity in our favour.

With inversion therapy you get your head below your body as far as possible so that the blood can make its way to the scalp. You don’t want to do this for too long since the blood can pool in your head causing you to feel dizzy, but a few minutes a go can be beneficial to scalp blood flow.

To increase the amount of blood flow even more, and turbo charge hair growth, try some of the scalp massages and exercises whilst being inverted.

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4 comments
Bobert says April 18, 2017

Blood circulation to the scalp is pretty important. Read this intersting article thats worth a read https://www.mapleholistics.com/blog/what-blood-circulation-does-for-your-scalp/

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rob says April 4, 2017

Avoid inversion therapy. I started using my Hitachi Magic Wand massage tool on my scalp, 2x’s per day, 10min each. Not only does it stimulate blood flow it relaxes the muscles that ultimately tighten the scalp causing restrictions in circulation.

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akif kurtulus says October 22, 2016

Hi Will so lucky to have found your articles on the web. Your methods just make sense. regarding your homemade mixture, is it ok to use the powder version of saw palmetto from the capsule? and have you heard of the supplement called Nutrafol? what do you think about it?

Thanks,
Akif

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    Will Hartfield says October 26, 2016

    Hi Akif,
    Yes I think powdered version is fine (just a bit more messy) but I know liquid version is harder to find. I haven’t tried Nutrafol personally, but I know a supplement is only a small fraction of reversing hair loss – it is not usually the problem. It’s better to focus on the more important things.

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