In this article I’m going to reveal 7 powerful (and natural) ways to quickly stimulate new hair growth. What I want for you is in 60 days to be seeing tiny new hairs pushing forward from previously bald patches of your scalp.
After using these 7 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 powerful methods.
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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Use A Dermaroller
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.
Body builders know that to grow your muscles your must first tear them down in oder to trigger 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 facilitates the production of collagen and elastin, increasing circulation and improving the elasticity which can help to grow more hairs.
At the same time as the mechanical stimulation, a mixture of hair growing ingredients is applied to the scalp.
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:
As you can see, using a dermaroller + minoxidil vs minoxidil alone dramatically increased the mean hair count of patients after 12 weeks.
Minoxidil hair count went up by 17. Whereas dermaroller + minoxidil went up by a whopping 91 points. Making it essentially 4-5 X more effective.
The same study shows the results in a different way below.
(FYI: Microneedling = dermaroller = mesotherapy)
We can also see from the before and after photos below just how effectively the microneedling process is at stimulating hair growth:
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.
See photo below:
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 (along with the right topical solution) 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 2x 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 favourite (and downright effective) ways to further increase hair growth.
Ready? Okay let’s jump in…
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.
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 might aggravate hair problems in the first place.
Studies have shown just how effective the massages are to regrow hair lost. A study in from the University of Hong Kong, researchers massaged participants scalps everyday for 20 minutes.
After 300 days the results were absolutely incredible. Just look at the % loss before and after the treatment (highlighted in yellow) below:
As you can see, in every single group, the % of hair lost (ie bald patches) was drastically reduced.
The amount by which new hair growth was stimulated was absolutely incredible.
I know we don’t all have dedicated researchers willing to massage our scalps for 20 minutes per day, but we can still get the similar results by doing the massages ourselves.
However, the right techniques need to be applied for the massages to be effective.
Inside my program, Hair Equilibrium, I show you in HD videos exactly how to perform the massages (an exercises) for maximum effectiveness.
This is something you don’t want to miss (or do wrong) so if you’re serious about regrowing your hair then I highly recommend checking out Hair Equilibrium.
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:
- Raise your eyebrows as high up as they will go
- 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.
Studies have shown the in high oxygen conditions, the levels of the hormone DHT are reduced. Hair follicles thrive on nutrients and oxygen supplied by the blood capillaries.
All of these mean that daily practice of the scalp exercises is one effective, simple (and completely free) way to initiate new follicle growth.
Create A Hair Growth Tonic
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 tonic, or serum and applied to the scalp.
There are different variations and combinations of effective remedies that you can make at home, but I will highlight the most effective ingredients and a recipe which you can start with.
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 baldness, it’s a sensitivity to DHT that causes hair to wither and die.
However, blocking DHT in the scalp can help new hair growth, and this is how you do it.
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 6 parts of the hyaluronic/emu oil mixture.
Finally add 1 part apple polyphenol to 6 parts of the hyaluronic/emu oil/saw palmetto mixture.
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.
Use Proven Essential Oils
There are a few essential oils that have been proven to trigger hair regrowth, and in this section I’m going to reveal which are the best ones.
I’ll also show you the best way to use them. I’ll also quickly highlight the clinical studies so that you can be confident that what you’re doing really will help create new hairs.
Let’s take a look at the first one:
Peppermint Essential Oil
Peppermint is found in a lot of household products, from foods to cosmetics to pesticides. But you may be surprised to find that peppermint oil would make an excellent addition to your hair care routine.
Minoxidil is a popular hair loss treatment, used by both men and women worldwide. It works by making it possible for hair to grow, even in the presence of DHT. And while the exact mechanism is unknown, it’s believed that it increases circulation and opens potassium channels.
However, it does come with some side effects. So, what’s the alternative option?
Korean researchers thought that peppermint oil might make a good stand in, and in 2014 they tested this theory by comparing the efficacy of Minoxidil with two separate oils: jojoba and peppermint.
The study was performed on mice, and they were split into four groups. These groups received either:
- Saline (SA);
- Jojoba (JO);
- 3% Minoxidil (MXD); or
- 3% Peppermint Essential Oil (PEO).
The treatments were massaged into the skin of the mice six days per week over a four-week period. And these were the results:
As was to be expected, saline had minimal regrowth results. Jojoba also had minimal results. However, both Minoxidil and PEO showed positive growth starting at two weeks. This growth continued throughout the study.
But what’s even better than seeing PEO’s results? As you can see for yourself, PEO performed even better than Minoxidil:
Is this good news for those losing their hair?
While this study was performed on mice, and human studies need to be performed, PEO does appear to be a promising treatment option for AGA. After all, it increases blood circulation to the scalp just like Minoxidil is believed to do.
But there’s even more good news.
Because it turns out that peppermints ‘cousin’ rosemary also has some very beneficial properties when it comes growing hair.
Let’s take a look.
Rosemary Essential Oil
You’re probably aware of the hormone known as DHT.
This is the hormone that is primarily responsible for the miniaturization of hair follicles.
(There’s a bit more to the story than this, but let’s go with the simple version for now.)
It works like this:
Testosterone in the body is converted into dihydrotestosterone by an enzyme called 5-alpha-reductase (5AR).
Then DHT goes on to attack the hair follicles and cause the hair follicles to miniaturize.
By reducing the presence of the enzyme (5AR) we can ‘block’ DHT and reduce the likelihood of hair miniaturization.
This will also allow us to trigger new hairs to grow too, since they aren’t constantly being attacked by DHT.
The most popular hair loss treatment in the world is a drug called finasteride (Propecia). It works by inhibiting 5AR and reducing DHT.
Unfortunately it also comes with a large number of nasty (mostly sexual) side effects (such as loss of libido, lower ejaculation volume etc)
This is because we’re blocking DHT throughout the body (not just on the scalp where it matters most.)
So, back to rosemary oil.
In a study, researchers found that rosemary oil extract inhibited 5AR just as effectively as finasteride. Let’s take a look at the results from the study:
RO-ext, at even lower concentrations than finasteride was more effective at inhibiting 5AR.
Because of this, we know we can use rosemary oil directly on the scalp to block DHT where it matters most.
By mixing peppermint with rosemary we can create a powerful topical solution that triggers hairs to regrow.
In fact, this forms the basis of our own Scalp Elixir, which uses peppermint, rosemary, and a few other ingredients.
Pumpkin Seed Oil
Speaking of DHT, there are a few essential oils which improve hair growth by blocking the androgen directly (as opposed to inhibiting 5AR). These can be of great use on your hair regrowth journey, and one such option is pumpkin seed oil.
Pumpkin seed oil is extracted from the hulls of the pumpkin seed. The oil is actually a rich source of antioxidants and fatty acids, both of which likely contribute to its numerous other health benefits.
In terms of hair growth, though, it’s greatest component is its DHT-blocking properties.
In 2014, researchers from South Korea set out to better understand the role that pumpkin seed oil can play in hair regrowth.
They started by recruiting 76 male subjects (all diagnosed with AGA), and splitting them into two groups.
The first group received a supplement (which contained 400mg of PSO, among other ingredients), and the second group received a placebo supplement. All participants were instructed to take their supplement daily.
In order to track progress, researchers used a technology called phototrichography. The participants were examined at the start (to establish basline), at 12 weeks, and at 24 weeks (the end of the study).
These were the visible results:
The participants in Group 1 (active treatment) saw significant hair growth results over the placebo group. This was true not only for hair count, but also for thickness:
Now, I did previously mention that the supplement used contained PSO but also other ingredients. How does this effect results?
Unfortunately, there’s no clear-cut answer.
Further research studies still need to be carried out to understand the direct effect of PSO on hair growth. However, the oil’s other benefits – including antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory – still make it a great addition to your medicine cabinet.
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 how what’s the best way to do it.
You can also use this 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 find on Amazon.
A few minutes per day will have a positive effect on your scalp.
Don’t worry too much if you see a few hairs coming out (as long as it’s not too many!)
Now I want to show you an interesting and effective way to use natural plant extracts (that are proven to help hair grow) and make the most of their hair growing ability by using them in the shower.
Boost Hair Growth From The Inside
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
Your hair follicles are made of keratin, a protein that is made up of smaller nutrients and trace minerals. 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)
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.
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. One of these proteins? Keratin!
Biotin is produced in healthy gut flora, but you can also find it many foods. For example:
Zinc and Selenium
As antioxidants, zinc and selenium play a key role in the fight against free radicals. This helps to protect the skin (and other organs, including the hair) from premature aging and damage.
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:
- Red meats
- Pumpkin seeds
- Wheat germ
- Egg yolks
- Soy products
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.
These have been proven beneficial in hair growth, and an eight-month study even showed a hair count increase of 34.5%!
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 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 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 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 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 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 encourages healthy 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 thin or receding hair 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 your hair, 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:
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.
Btw, I would recommend that you don’t eat raw cruciferous vegetables!c
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.
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.
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.
It clear that there are powerful and effective ways to stimulate new hair growth.
In addition, these ways are natural, which means they will work in the long term without damaging your body.
Yes, there are the ‘conventional’ ways such as minoxidil (Rogaine) and finasteride (Propecia) but these come with the risk of horrible side effects.
And as I’ve shown you, there are natural alternatives that work just as well (if not better.)
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 60 days before being able to assess whether it is actually working or not.