5 Powerful Ways To Stimulate Hair Growth Fast – 2019 Update

In this article I’m going to reveal five powerful (and natural) ways to quickly stimulate new hair growth.

After using these techniques your hair should also feel thicker, longer, and look healthier.

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 methods.

I recommend choosing your favorite two or three 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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What’s Wrong with Conventional Methods?

Hair loss is a problem that affects men and women of all ages and ethnicity. This means that over the years, an array of hair loss treatments have been tested (and some approved) to address the wide-scale issue (1).

The most common methods are topical solutions (such as Rogaine), oral drugs (including Propecia and dutasteride), and surgery.

So, why not use these methods then?

You can, but just keep a few things in mind…

Foremost, the above techniques are often short-term solutions to a long-term problem.

There’s no doubt that users of Rogaine and Propecia see positive results, and this is often true for as long as they continue the medication (2, 3). But these treatments will often only cover up the issue instead of treating it as its source.

The same can be said for hair transplantation surgery. After all, if you don’t solve the underlying cause of your hair loss then the hairline recession will just return.

So, whether you intend to use the above treatments or not, I still recommend you give the below techniques your consideration. They can be a helpful addition to your current hair growth regimen, or a great place to start.

1. Use A Dermaroller

Using mesotherapy dermaroller on bald scalp

I’ve written an entire article about mesotherapy for hair loss here, so I’m just going to summarize the findings quickly in this article.

Body builders know that to grow your muscles you must first tear them down in order to trigger more growth. Within the tiny tears new cells are formed which increase the muscle’s size.

In mesotherapy, mechanical stimulation is used to slightly wound the skin causing it to create new cells. In the scalp this facilitates the production of collagen and elastin, increasing circulation and improving the elasticity which can help to grow more hairs (4, 5).

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

In fact, in a clinical study, using a dermaroller was proven to cause hair growth (6):

As you can see, using a dermaroller plus minoxidil versus minoxidil alone dramatically increased the mean hair count of patients after 12 weeks.

Minoxidil hair count went up by 17, whereas the dermaroller plus minoxidil group’s hair count went up by a whopping 91 points.

The same study shows the results in a different way below.

(FYI: Microneedling = dermaroller = mesotherapy)

Microneedling therapy vs Minoxidil-only treatment.
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We can also see from the before and after photos below just how effectively the microneedling process is at stimulating hair growth:

Before and after photos of minoxidil group + dermaroller
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In fact, there is actually a better method than the one they used in the study.

They used a dermaroller. This is an easier method, and quicker, but it isn’t actually the most effective way.

The problem is, the dermaroller can get caught up in the hair, making it harder to do over thinning patches (as opposed to just doing it on the hairline.)

In addition, the dermaroller actually causes a bigger wound, which takes longer to heal. For this reason, I recommend you use what’s called a ‘dermastamp’ instead.

The stamp is better than the roller in my experience because it causes less unnecessary damage and can be applied all over the scalp (not just along the hairline).

To conclude this section of the article, start using a dermastamp to directly and very effectively encourage blood flow, reverse fibrosis and calcification, and initiate new hair growth.

Take note, it’s also very important to correctly clean the roller or stamp before use. It must be clean otherwise you increase the risk of infection.

I recommend cleaning with boiling hot water, then spraying with an antiseptic like Dettol, then rinsing again with boiling hot water. You must do this each time before you use it.

I also recommend the 1mm sized needles.

You can do this treatment up to twice per week, over the entire scalp. I don’t recommend anymore than this, since the skin needs to properly heal in between.

1 x per week is also fine, and is probably a better frequency for a maintenance regime.

Now let’s look at one of my favorite (and downright effective) ways to further increase hair growth.

Ready? Okay let’s jump in…

2. Massage & Scalp Exercises

Scalp massages improve blood flow and thereby increase the amount of nutritive substances reaching the hair follicle

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

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 it reduces stress and tension which might aggravate hair problems in the first place (7).

And best of all, studies have shown just how effective the massages are to regrow hair lost. In a study from the University of Hong Kong, researchers massaged participants scalps everyday for 20 minutes for a total of 300 days (8).

Just look at the percentage loss before and after the treatment (highlighted in yellow) below:

Massage scalp stimulation results before and after
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As you can see, in every single group, the percentage of hair lost (i.e. bald patches) was drastically reduced.

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 recession is most likely to occur.

After all, it’s no coincidence that areas of mechanical tension correlate to pattern baldness (9).

So, are there more ways to stimulate the scalp so as to reduce tension? You bet!

3. Use A Rubber Scalp Massager

A rubber scalp massager is a simple, cheap, and effective way to increase the blood flow to the scalp – something you know by now will result in more hair growth.

There are a few different massagers, along with some different techniques, so I’ll let the video below give you a better idea of the best way to do it:

You can also use a metal head massager which also stimulates the scalp, but in a slightly different way. However the result is the same: increased blood flow.

These massagers are very cheap to buy, and easy to locally (at a beauty supply store) or online (at retailers such as Amazon).

A few minutes per day will have a positive effect on your scalp.

4. Boost Hair Growth From The Inside

Drinking healthy detox drink

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 prioritize 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 repair and grow 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 (and other nonessential functions).

Nutrients and Minerals

Your hair follicles are made of keratin, a protein that is made up of smaller nutrients and trace minerals (10). As such, it makes sense that nutrient and mineral support are important for healthy hair growth.

But what vitamins and nutrients should you be incorporating into your diet?

Niacin (Vitamin B3)

Niacin is perhaps one of the most well-known ‘hair vitamins’, and its main role is in increasing blood flow to the scalp (11).

When blood flow to the hair follicles is restricted, it can lead to weak, brittle hair. This is because the hair isn’t able to receive sufficient oxygen and nutrient supplies.

Other benefits of niacin are its anti-inflammatory properties, and its ability to increase keratin synthesis (12, 13).

Biotin (Vitamin B7)

Found in many multivitamins, as well as those aimed at hair, skin, and nail health, biotin is one of the most important vitamins to add to your diet. Its main function is as a protein synthesizer, which means it turns fatty acids into proteins that the body can use (14). One of these proteins? Keratin.

Biotin is produced in healthy gut flora, but you can also find it many foods. For example:

  • Beef liver;
  • Egg, whole;
  • Salmon, pink;
  • Pork chop;
  • Sunflower seeds;
  • Sweet potato; and
  • Almonds

Of course, you can also add a biotin supplement (or multivitamin) to your daily routine. Though, the absorption rate and true benefit of supplemental nutrients is hotly debated (15).

Zinc and Selenium

As antioxidants, zinc and selenium play a key role in the fight against free radicals (16). This helps to protect the skin (and other organs, including the hair) from premature aging and damage.

Both zinc and selenium also assist in the keratinization process (17, 18). They work similarly to biotin, in that they synthesize proteins and make it possible for keratin to form.

Be careful, though, because an overabundance of zinc can lead to stunted hair growth. Instead, you’re better off getting your zinc and selenium from food sources, such as (19):

  • Oysters
  • Red meats
  • Almonds
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Wheat germ
  • Egg yolks
  • Soy products

Vitamin E

Antioxidants are mentioned often when discussing hair health, and there’s a good reason. They protect against the breakdown of important organs, including hair follicles.

One of the best antioxidants found in nature is Vitamin E and, more specifically, tocotrienols (20).

These have been proven beneficial in hair growth, and an eight-month study even showed a hair count increase of 34.5 percent (21)!

You can take Vitamin E supplements, but it’s better absorbed through food consumption.

(You can learn more about vitamins, and the role they play in hair growth, here.)

Enzymes

Enzymes comes from raw (or fermented) foods and help digestion. They help make the nutrients and minerals more easy to absorb by your body. This is known as bioavailability and means your body can easily make use of the mineral (22).

Bacteria

Bacteria also play a part in hair growth. There are billions of bacteria inside the body, some of which are ‘good’ and others ‘bad’ (23). Some foods help promote healthy bacteria, and some foods kill the good bacteria and feed the bad ones.

Too much 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 encourage new hair follicles, 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 maximize hair growth with nutrition.

Blenders & Bullets

Smoothies provide a quick source of many hair regrowing nutrients, minerals and proteins

Fruit and vegetable smoothies are one of the best ways to pack your diet with 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 easier 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 fruits (like apple, pear, melon), vegetables (such as kale, broccoli, and cucumber), and plant-based proteins (like powdered hemp protein, powdered pea protein etc).

Juicing

A vegetable juicing machine

Juicing extracts just the 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.

After the foods we eat have been metabolized by the body, they leave what’s known as ‘metabolic ash.’

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, it’s possible for hormone fluctuations and nutrient/mineral imbalances to occur (24).

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.

Alkaline balance is particularly important for pattern hair loss since one study showed that the enzyme type 2 5-alpha reductase is inhibited in the scalp when the conditions are more alkaline (25).

This enzyme converts testosterone to DHT which is the hormone that is believed to be responsible for male pattern baldness (26).

So, eating foods that make your body more alkalized encourages healthy hair growth in a number of different ways.

But what other ways are alkaline foods good for you? According to the above study:

  1. Increased fruits and vegetables in an alkaline diet would improve the K/Na ratio and may benefit bone health, reduce muscle wasting, as well as mitigate other chronic diseases such as hypertension and strokes.
  2. The resultant increase in growth hormone with an alkaline diet may improve many outcomes from cardiovascular health to memory and cognition.
  3. An increase in intracellular magnesium, which is required for the function of many enzyme systems, is another added benefit of the alkaline diet. Available magnesium, which is required to activate vitamin D, would result in numerous added benefits in the vitamin D apocrine/exocrine systems.
  4. Alkalinity may result in added benefit for some chemotherapeutic agents that require a higher pH.

Juicing is by far the fastest way to make your body more alkaline.

Vegetable juices are highly alkalizing for the body because, essentially, only the alkaline nutrients and minerals are extracted, and the fiber is left behind.

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

  • Carrots
  • Cucumbers
  • Celery
  • Beetroot
  • Lettuce
  • Ginger

And of course, you can also add these to your usual meals and recipes.

5. Use 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.

Inversion therapy is a fancy term for hanging upside down for a few minutes in order to increase blood flow to the scalp.

A woman upside down on couch

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 favor?

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 day 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.

Conclusion

There are many ways – medicinal, surgical, and natural – to stimulate new hair growth. But if you want to produce long-lasting results, then natural just may be the way to go.

The thing with any regime to trigger new hairs to grow is that it takes time. Your hair doesn’t fall out all at once, so don’t expect it to regrow overnight.

Realistically, you need to stick with any regime for at least 8 weeks before you can accurately assess whether it is actually working or not. This is why I suggest you choose just two or three of the methods above, and stick with them consistently.

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44 thoughts on “5 Powerful Ways To Stimulate Hair Growth Fast – 2019 Update”

  1. 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

    • 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.

  2. Hi there!
    I’m new to this site and I already appreciate the deep research and hard work. I can see why inversion works,but I cannot perform a headstand or handstand. Would the downward dog pose work as well? Regarding the massage I press firmly on point and rotate without moving the fingers. Is this the right way? Thanks a lot! !!

    • Hi Eva, thank you.
      Any position where the head it level or below the torso will help. The main goal is to loosen the scalp so that blood flow is increased. If you are looking for a detailed and step by step guide for this then I would recommend Hair Equilibrium.

  3. 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.

  4. Hi Will,

    Once you the results you are looking for. What do you recommend for your maintenance method to keep your hair? Is it just scalp massages on a daily basis? Or are you suppose still derma roll, and do scalp peels?

    thanks

    Adam

    • Diet, lifestyle and scalp massages/exercises are enough to maintain healthy hair and prevent any loss. We have found there is not really a need for the peels once you already have the hair you want 🙂
      Will

  5. Hi Will..over the past 3 weeks ago I’ve been applying a mixture of sesame oil n saw palmetto extract daily in the evening n the shockingly, I see some result…small hair is reappearing on my receding hairline and my hair got thicker.

    My question is; is it okay to mix 2 DHT blocker together – the sesame oil and saw palmetto?

    And is it okay to apply the sesame oil daily non stop?

    Am I going to get my original hairline by only blocking the DHT internally n externally?

    • Good to hear you’re getting positive results. It is okay to mix these 2 DHT blockers together. I would personally apply them overnight and wash out in the morning.

      Well to get a full recovery you will probably need to do more than just apply a topical treatment. Anything that is just topical will have limited effectiveness because the underlying cause of the hair loss has still not been solved.

    • Essential oils should not be used undiluted on the scalp because they are very potent. You should always use some kind of carrier oil, which is less potent to contain the essential oils.

  6. if i do scalp exicise , scalp massege regularly ever night those process it maintain only the hair i have or it can regrowth back where ever fail preveous and how many moths it takes to see results

    • Hi Mohed,

      There’s really no way to answer this as it will depend on the person, how long their hair loss has been present, the cause, etc.

      In general, increasing blood flow will help to maintain the follicles. This is crucial for keeping the hair you have, but it may also help with regrowth. However, it’s very unlikely to work if that’s the only thing you’re doing.

      -Steph

  7. I really like the content in your website. I’m currently using minoxidil (5 weeks already) and I’m about to start using the derma stamp, any recommendation on how to use it while using minoxidil as well (before or after minoxidil). I plan to use minoxidil for a few more months while adding your natural recipes and eventually transition out from minoxidil tonan all natural regime.

    • Hi Ele,

      The dermastamp can certainly be used with minoxidil. However, you should avoid applying the minoxidil before or after the treatment.

      It’s best to keep at least 8 – 12 hours between applying the minoxidil and using the dermastamp. This often looks like applying minoxidil in the morning, using the dermastamp one day per week at night, and then resuming your usual minoxidil application in the morning.

      – Steph

  8. I have a question about the idea of scalp exercises. I’ve seen a lot of theories about having a tight galea being a possible factor in hair loss. Scalp exercises such as raising your eyebrows would lead to the further tightening of the galea from my understanding. What’s your take on this?

    • Hi Anthony, it’s an interesting question. The idea of the exercises is to detach the scalp from the cranium and therefore increase blood flow. Exercises done alone may increase the tightness, that’s why I always recommend doing them in combination with massages which loosen the muscles and help them to relax.

    • Hi Susan, all the ingredients for the Scalp Elixir are listed on the details page. Yes it does include magnesium oil.

  9. Please help. My hair has always been my pride and joy. I figured since it is pretty damn healthy, it could deal with some bleach damage. And I figured the master stylist who did all the color-corrections would know how much would be too much. I was wrong, and now I want to burst into tears every time I look at my hair or touch it. I just don’t know what to do. My hair has also NEVER been shorter than this and it breaks and falls out. What should I do to regrow hair?

    • Hi Nathalie, that’s a shame. I think you’ll be able to restore your hair to its former glory, it just takes time. In the mean time there are a few things you could do to help it get there. I would recommend a few quick things such as:
      – no further use of chemical products such as shampoos or conditioners (use acv only)
      – scalp massages everyday
      – diet optimised for hair growth (lots of collagen, alkalising foods, nutrient dense foods, avoid gluten)
      – silk pillow
      – homemade hair masks
      I think that will help.
      Will

  10. Just ordered the tonic. Just curious if you had considered adding Niacin (niacinamide), and/or Cayenne Pepper Extract to your tonic for capillary dilation?

    • Hi Cameron, thanks. Yea those would both be some potentially good options to test. We are slowly considering more ingredients, but are trying to be careful about what we add and make sure they’ve earned their place in the formula. So they have to go through a testing phase first, which of course, takes some time.

  11. Thank you for your valuable information. Now I am 35. I had been fighting for hairloss since I was 19. I kept using rogaine for over 1x years and occasionally some expensive so-call hair regrowth treatments. Unfortunately, all of these doesn’t help much. Maybe if I continue to pay for those expensive treatements consistently, it may work.

    Since Aug 2017 aftering reading your website, I started microneedling weekly and using GRO2 (Grogenix Scalp Spray) daily. At the end of Oct, I noticed many new small hairs are reappeared. The result is quite obvious and I am so happy with that.

    However, I started scalp massage from Nov2017. Up to now (Jan2018), it seems that all my newly grew hairs were gone and my hairs look even less than before. I am so curious to know if this is normal and whether I should keep on doing scalp massage.

    • Hi Kane, I’m glad our spray is working well for you. The massages are important for regrowth, which is why I find this recent loss unusual. I presume you’re in the Northern Hempisphere in which case November could be called the beginning of winter = lack of sun = vit D deficiency. Could it be vitamin D deficiency? Have you tried supplementing with Vit D + Vit K2?

    • It’s normal for hairloss before regrowth. The follicle basically rejects the mini hair .. in order to grow a full growth. Keep massaging.

  12. Hi I’m 19 and just shaved all my hair I suffer hair loss bc low metabolism (hormones and shit) I use vatika oil and organ oil straight from Morocco I mix them sometimes and I massage at least two times a day and it’s been 10 days so far so I hope my hair gets little thicker bc before it was so bad. Any tips or advice ? I don’t get any sleep and we’ll do it affects my hair and shit:/

  13. Great article! I enjoyed reading it and learned quiet a lot. I have a question about Biotin vitamin supplements. Do they really work and is it worth taking them on daily basis? What other supplements improve hair growth? Thank you.

  14. I’m Tony from Ghana and am losing my hairline from the front.
    Please how can I get the products to buy.

  15. Thank you for the very informative post!

    I just had hair-transplant and I want to ask you if it is OK to use these methods to strengthen the newly transplanted follicles and maintain the ones that are threatened by pattern baldness? or do you recommend other methods for this matter?

    Thanks

    • I’ve never had a transplant, so can’t comment from experience, but from what I know you would certainly want to be much more gentle with the newly transplanted hairs. They are in a critical phase of life and doing anything too harsh could cause them to not take root properly. Double check with your surgeon. Without a doubt wait a few months at least after the surgery before trying anything that directly stimulates the new hairs.

  16. I am using minoxidil. Can I use Rosemary oil by substituting one application of minoxidil in night?
    But I want to continue morning application of minoxidil

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