How To Use Magnesium Oil For Hair Loss

Oil and dermaroller on a table

In this article I’ll show you exactly how to use magnesium oil for hair loss, in a way you’ve probably never heard about before – but could have a powerful effect on hair growth.

I’ll discuss the benefits of using it, why and how it works, and how to use it in a homemade shampoo recipe that is designed specifically for people with hair loss.

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The Benefits of Magnesium and Magnesium Oil

Magnesium is a mineral that is heavily presented on Earth and in our bodies. It is one of the seven macromineral that is responsible for us to function normally, including regulation of over hundreds of enzymatic reactions and biochemical activities.

At any point, the normal human adult contains over 25 grams of magnesium. Most of it is found in the bones of our skeletal system, though it is used throughout the entire body.

Magnesium contributes to building strong bones, maintaining normal cardiac rhythm, supporting nerve and muscle function and aiding healthy immune system.

However, magnesium has one more amazing function – it may be a viable solution to stopping hair from falling out and stimulating regrowth in individuals afflicted with male-pattern baldness!

It’s also one of the active ingredients in Wild Growth Hair Oil.

Background of Magnesium Oil

Despite magnesium as an essential mineral, an analysis performed using the data from a 2005-2006 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) found that at least half of the U.S. population across all groups had inadequate intakes of magnesium.

But even though it’s present in a wide array of dark leafy greens, nuts, grains and fruits, magnesium is surprisingly poorly absorbed if consumed orally.

Because of this, magnesium oil is becoming an increasingly popular and effective method of adding more magnesium into the body.

The oil is a natural substance that is applied and absorbed through the pores of your skin and straight into your bloodstream. A pilot study by Watkins and Josling showed that this method of intake resulted in an average increase of over 60% in magnesium absorption at the cellular level.

So why does healthy intake of magnesium matter to the hair? Many of us are aware of the potential effects of DHT and free radicals on impeding hair growth, but what about calcification? This specific mineral has shown to be a large contributor to the lack of hair growth – and it can be the reason for yours.

Here is a detailed explanation of the harmful effects of calcification, its link to hair loss, and how magnesium oil can counteract these factors contribute to its regrowth.

What is Calcification?

Various researches have shown calcification as a potential culprit to hair loss.

Calcification is the accumulation of calcium in an area of the body tissue where excessive calcium would not normally be present.

According to the Institute of Medicine, about 99% of the calcium in your body resides in the bones and teeth, while the other 1% is present in the blood and muscle.

While calcification is normal for bone formation, it is not normal elsewhere. If calcification occurs in the scalp region, it will thicken the tissues. Eventually, those tissues will harden.

Calcification of the scalp tissues leads to reduced blood supply to the hair follicles

The shiny scalp of bald men (like Patrick Stewart here) is the result of calcification and fibrosis. The hardened tissues no longer have enough blood supply to grow healthy hair.

This will not only obstruct the hair follicles from producing hair, but also affects the quality and strength of your current hair strands. There are many and all-too-common ways calcium can enter your scalp region and lead to calcification.

Calcium Build Up from Water Sources

One potential source of hair loss may come from the calcium ions in your shower water, referred to as ‘hard water’.

Hard water can cause calcium deposits

Depending on where you live, there are two main sources of the water used in our house that determine its mineral content – groundwater and surface water.

Theoretically, underground water would have more calcium concentration, as this water interacts with many natural minerals found in different layers of the earth.

On the other hand, surface water taken from rivers and lakes would not have as high of a mineral concentration as groundwater source.

However, when surface water goes through treatment plants, chemicals such as chlorine are added to kill foreign microorganisms like bacteria. Lime, which is an inorganic material that contains calcium compound, is then added to counteract the effects of chlorine.

When you shower, the calcium ion in the hard water chemically reacts with your soap and shampoo and causes a curd. This is called soap scum.

Ever noticed the white clumps and streaks that cling onto the wall of the bathroom appliances? That same film is also clinging onto your skin and scalp.

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This causes problem for your hair in several ways.

First, the calcium salt deposits dry out the scalp, which is further intensified from the chemicals in commercial shampoo. This causes the dry and itchy scalp to become scaly and start flaking off, thus the formation of dandruff.

A study performed by Pierard-Franchimont et al. looked at 8 men with scalp conditions and examined each subject at regular intervals for five consecutive years.

The hairs associated with the dandruff-affected area were taken and tested. The researchers found that the presence of dandruff is positively correlated with the shedding of the hair and further exacerbated alopecia.

Second, the calcium particles can enter into the pores of our hair follicles and cause existing hair to break off from its shaft.

As it continues to occupy the follicle space, it will constrict the blood flow and block the hair from growing.

This is especially aggravated by the fact that we normally shower with hot water, which will enlarge the pores of the scalp and introduce more calcium deposits.

Third, it decreases the strength and integrity of the hair. A recent study used two water samples – one with the most degree of hardness and another that is stripped of all mineral ion contents.

Hair samples taken from 75 male individuals, with each sample divided into two halves, are then separately tested with hard water and distilled water.

Analysis of the result showed that the tensile strength of the hair that is treated with hard water was significantly weaker than the hair treated with the de-ionized water.

The possible scientific explanation for this conclusion is that these metal ions, including calcium, are generally ‘positivity charged’, which means that they have lost one or more electrons.

Hair, on the other hand, is normally negatively charged, or one or more extra electrons. These positively charged minerals attach itself to the negatively charged hair, slowly resulting in dry and heavier hair strands.

Eventually, it may break off. This is terrible news if there are barely enough hair on the head as it is!

Inflammation and plaque from calcium deposits

Inflammation has been identified as a large culprit for many individuals with hair loss.

When there is local tissue damage, the cells trigger signals that start a series of cellular actions to attempt to heal the injury and defend the site from infections.

Inflammation is a natural defense mechanism, but inflammation that lasts for a long time (aka chronic inflammation) is not normal.

Many studies, including this one conducted by Magro et al, have shown that chronic inflammation eventually leads to the death of your cells in the scalp, resulting in hair falling out and poor regrowth thereafter.

This problem can be further aggravated when there is too much calcium in blood circulation.

Let say you have chronic inflammation at the vessels located in your scalp. Over time, as your body continues to fend off foreign particles from the site of the inflammation, it will accumulate fat, platelets, cholesterol and calcium that are present in the blood.

Eventually, calcification will lead to the formation of a plaque. This will ultimately constrict normal blood flow to the scalp.

Excess calcium in the bloodstream can be caused when calcium from the bones move into the bloodstream. The more calcium that is present in the blood, the more accumulation of calcium at the inflammation site.

Bigger plaques will leave your hair follicles to suffer, amongst other health issues.

Even if the extra calcium never makes it to the inflammation site, too much calcium in the bloodstream can be dropped off in the hair follicles of the body’s tissue and causing calcification.

Consider, for example, this study. The researchers took rats that were in hypercalcemic conditions (excessive calcium level in the blood) and subjected them to mild injuries on the skin. They found that after 3 hours from the injury, there was a rise in the calcium content of the follicles in the tissues.

Overall, the combination of chronic inflammation and calcium build up in the scalp will result in reduced blood flow to the hair follicles, effectively limiting the removal of free radicals, DHT and other build up of waste products.

This also affects the amount of nutrition that can reach and nourish the hair follicles, which we’ll need in order for healthy hair to grow.

How magnesium oil can help

Luckily, magnesium oil can address all these problems associated with alopecia.

Magnesium oil applied on the scalp has the benefit of nourishing the tissues, which reduces problems related to dandruff. It also can enter the pores and dissolve the calcium ions that are blocking the hair follicles.

Magnesium plays a huge role in regulating the calcium imbalance. Magnesium is essential for the production and use of energy in the body. Cells with extra energy can accomplish many things, which include pumping excess calcium out from the cells of the scalp.

Magnesium can aid in removing excess calcium from the bloodstream. It does this by stimulating a hormone called calcitonin, which helps regulate the level of calcium by encouraging it to stay in the bones and away from the scalp. Magnesium also converts Vitamin D into an active form that helps absorb calcium.

A study by Kircelli et al found magnesium’s amazing effect on calcification in the blood vessels. The researchers did a series of tests that involved adding magnesium in cell cultures that have been calcified.

Results showed that increasing magnesium concentration caused a decrease, and even stopped the progression, of calcium deposits on the vessel walls. After a while, additional magnesium even led to the reversal of calcification.

This means that magnesium oil can promote blood flow going in and out of the scalp, bringing essential nutrients and removing harmful waste from the hair follicles!

The same study by Kircelli et al also revealed magnesium’s ability to prevent cell death due to stimulation of these calcium-sensing receptors (CaSR) on the cells.

These receptors led to the restoring number of healthy cells and decreasing number of damaged cells, which translates growth to the hair cells.

Magnesium is also a powerful anti-inflammatory mineral.

A study from the Women’s National Health Initiative Observational Study (WHI-OS) that involved data collected from 3,713 postmenopausal women across all multiethnic groups showed that subjects who had a regular intake of magnesium had decreased indicators of inflammation.

How to apply magnesium oil to your hair regimen:

You can directly apply the oil onto the scalp after your shower. Be sure to have your scalp completely free of any other oils or lotions, as this will interfere with the magnesium oil.

Massage the oil into the scalp thoroughly for at least 10 minutes, as this will promote blood flow and create better absorption. Leave the magnesium oil on for at least 30 minutes before washing or wiping it off.

One fluid ounce (30 ml) should be enough for an adult, which will deliver approximately 2400 mg of the magnesium directly. I highly recommend massaging in the oil at least a few times a week, though it might accelerate the results if you apply it every day.

It is common to experience a tingling and itching sensation initially from the oil, which should eventually disappear. If you have sensitive skin, dab a diluted form of the oil to test before applying a thicker coating.

Depending on various conditions, including the body’s initial composition in calcium/magnesium ratio, it may take as little as a few weeks to as much as a couple of years to start seeing results.

However, many people have reported amazing outcomes from regular use, with noticeably less hair falling out and more luscious growth in stubborn areas.

There are several forms in which magnesium oil can exist as. If in doubt, magnesium chloride, which are the ones found on the seabed, is a good choice.

If possible, look for the ones in spray bottles, which will help evenly distribute the liquid over a larger surface area.

You can also follow this simple recipe to make your own. It only requires these two ingredients:

  • ½ cup of Magnesium chloride flakes
  • ½ cup of distilled water
  1. Boil the distilled water
  2. Place the magnesium flakes in a bowl and pour the boiling water
  3. Stir until the flakes completely dissolves
  4. Cool down completely before transferring it to a spray bottle.
  5. Store it at room temperature for up to 6 months



Using Magnesium Oil Hair Tonic & Dermaroller

The best way to use magnesium oil to regrow your hair is with a homemade hair tonic that you rub on your scalp. However, to make this even more effective, first you’ll want to stimulate your scalp using a dermaroller.

The dermaroller is a small metal roller with metal pins attached. As you roll it over the skin the tiny metal pins penetrate the skin causing mild damage to the skin cells.

The cells react by boosting circulation and increasing cell production to the affected area. This stimulation of cell growth and blood circulation has the effect of stimulating hair growth as well, when used along the hairline where hair follicles have been miniaturised by DHT.

Metal derma roller being used for hair growth

The metal pins of the dermaroller stimulate the scalp.

Once the scalp has been stimulated by the tiny pricks then you’ll want to rub the mixture containing magnesium oil onto your scalp.

This special mixture (scalp elixir) that you rub on your scalp contains essential ingredients that stimulate hair growth directly.

  1. Emu oil (forms the base of the mixture and blocks DHT)
  2. Saw palmetto (blocks DHT topically around the hair follicle)
  3. Borage Oil (blocks DHT, provides nourishment to the hair follicles)
  4. Nettle leaf extract (blocks DHT, provides nutrition, cleans the pores)
  5. Magnesium oil (reduces calcification)

These ingredients when mixed together form a powerful hair growth mixture which is posted by the effects of the magnesium oil. You can learn more about this powerful hair growth technique inside Hair Equilibrium.

3 weeks into using the dermaroller and scalp elixir I’m noticing the fine wispy hairs on my hairline are getting longer, darker and thicker – Miraculous. – Jay, Omaha

Magnesium Supplementation

A bottle of magnesium rotate capsulesIn addition to using magnesium oil in the elixir you should also add a good magnesium supplement to your diet. This will help with the decalcification process even more.

Most people are deficient in magnesium anyway so it will be good for your overall health and hair health to take a supplement.

If you take a magnesium supplement just before bed then it will help with restful sleep, which can reduce stress and tiredness (which contributes to hair loss).

There are a few different types of magnesium supplement available, but magnesium-orotate and magnesium chloride are the best forms to take.

Take around 300mg per day before bedtime during the months when you are using the peel, dermaroller and elixir method.

How To Use Magnesium Oil In A Homemade Hair Loss Shampoo

Here’s a great shampoo recipes that you can make at home which is extremely beneficial for hair loss. It will gently clean the scalp and hair without striping away essential oils or using harsh chemicals.


2-3 drops of magnesium oil are added to the mixture.

  • Apple Cider Vinegar (1/2 cup)
  • Baking Soda (1 tablespoon)
  • Water (1 cup)
  • Rosemary (1 bunch)
  • Grapeseed Oil (2-3 teaspoons)
  • Tea Tree Essential Oil (6-8 drops)
  • Magnesium Oil (2-3 drops)


Boil the water and steep the rosemary bunch until the water is cooled, then strain and throw away the rosemary. Add the other ingredients to the rosemary tea in a container and shake well. Apply to wet hair and rinse out thoroughly.


The vinegar in combination with the tea tree oil works wonders for any itchy scalps, minoxidil can be a cause of this, or any dandruff as they heal and cleanse the scalp.

Remember though, diet comes first when it comes to the health of your scalp, whether that’s dryness or too much oil, your diet is the root cause.

Grapeseed oil (used effectively to treat alopecia areata) and the rosemary tea add moisture and sooth flakiness. Tea tree oil contains eucalyptol, which is a powerful antiseptic and antiviral, it is also a great choice to stimulate hair growth by increasing the amount of blood flowing to the hair follicles.

You can learn how apple cider vinegar can be used for hair loss here.


Magnesium oil can be a powerful (and underused) product to combat hair loss if it’s used in the right way. I highly recommend adding it to your homemade shampoo (please stop using commercial shampoos) and using it in the hair tonic.

If you liked learning about the dermaroller technique then I suggest you check out the more detailed and comprehensive version inside Hair Equilibrium.

The step by step detailed instructions will guide you through the method – some people have experienced exciting new hair growth in a few months with this alone.

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  • Carey Willaims says:

    I been using magnesium oil from Asutra that I got on Amazon and it has just been life changing. I have tried all types of brands and Asutra Magnesium Oil is probably the best I have use. It has really helped me with a lot of my issues (pain, cramps, etc) I suggest everyone try magnesium oil!

  • Sally says:

    I’ve been using homemade magnesium oil (as described in this article) on my scalp, eyebrows, and hair. My eyebrows and temple hair are darker in color after using about a month, and my eyebrows have grown quickly and filled out. Also, the oil massaged into my scalp and all the hair hair makes my hair much shinier and more vibrant, even after I wash out the oil.

    I rub in the oil before I shower, not after, as described here, as I don’t want to shower twice. This is a great hair product and its benefits are little known!

    • Will Hartfield says:

      Hi Sally, thanks for sharing your experience. Yes I’m also a big fan of magnesium oil. Have you tried mixing in a little essential oils such as peppermint and rosemary? It makes it smell amazing, and also boosts it’s hair growing power. See here and here.

  • Mark Sandbach says:

    Hi Will, thank you for writing this great article. I was reading this site 1 month ago and noticed that you mentioned trying magnesium oil, peppermint oil and rosemary oil mixed together and applied to the hairline every night.

    Well I started doing that (I also used the dermaroller once a week) and although the results haven’t been dramatic the hairs do look more healthy than usual, and they also look a bit stronger. The scalp also feels better.

    I would recommend it to anybody reading this who is worried about their hairline receding because you can really apply the mixture directly to the scalp along the hairline.

    The only thing is you must wash it out in the morning (with cool water) otherwise your hair looks oily.

    I look forward to continueing with the mixture for the next 6 months and seeing how it goes.



    • Will Hartfield says:

      Hi Mark, thanks for your thoughtful comment.
      Yes that’s a great way to use the oil. The peppermint and rosemary mixture add their own unique benefits.
      Keep it up and let us know your results in 6 months time.

  • Jacob says:

    In Hair Equilibrium you mention using magnesium oil in a slightly different way to how you use it here. Which one do you actually recommend?

    I’ve been using your system for 9 weeks now and already see some of the thin hairs on my hairline getting bigger and stronger 🙂


    • Will Hartfield says:

      Hi Jacob, please use the instructions in Hair Equilibrium as your primary resource.
      And I’m glad to hear you’re having good results, keep it up!

  • Pradeep says:

    Can i use magnesium oil and minoxidil together? I apply minoxidil after i take shower. I do not want to stop it.

    • Will Hartfield says:

      I think it would be okay to use them together, at separate times of the day though, since I’m not sure if they are stable when mixed together.

  • Matt C says:

    I apologize if you have an article on this, but when using the dermaroller, do I roll only on the hairline? That is where im receding/thinning the most and I have heard from others not to use the roller on the rest of your scalp as it can pull hairs out. Can you please advise?

    • Will Hartfield says:

      Hi Matt, this is a good point. I now recommend using a dermastamp, rather than a roller. This stops the problem of pulling out hairs, so you can apply it to the entire scalp. Even if you were just trying to regrow the hairline I would recommend using the dermastamp over most of the scalp (and you can spend longer on the hairline) because stimulating blood flow to the entire scalp will help the hairline. I recommend 1mm dermastamp.

      • Matt C says:

        Thank Will! you’re doing great work with this site.

      • Eddy says:

        Hi, which derma stamp do you suggest ? Normal or electric. If you put the link of the derma stamp you use would be great! About the elixir what is the percentage of magnesium oil , peppermint oil and rosemary oil?

        • Will Hartfield says:

          Hi Eddy, I recommend the 1mm, normal dermastamp. We will soon have our own stamps available in the shop. For the mixture of the oils I would recommend checking out our Gro2 product, since everything is done for you.

          • Eddy says:

            Great !! If your dermastamp is going to be released soon , I’m going to wait your product otherwise I’m gonna buy it on Amazon

          • Will Hartfield says:

            We will have an adjustable stamp available soon, so you can change the needle size to suit your needs. This is perfect because on parts of the scalp where the skin is thin it can be painful to use a too long length, but on other parts of the scalp more than 1mm is necessary. So being able to easily and quickly adjust the length is very useful. Coming soon!

  • Lilivili says:

    Hey Will!
    I recently discovered this theoretical approach in hair loss and I started to massage my scalp, 20 minutes daily. I read it under name “detumesence massage”, originally by dr. Choy, and according to him, massage should be harsh in order to have impact on dormant follicules. Problem is that it is not possible to find description of the message nowhere on web. It has been a week since I am doing it and I have feel pain afterwards and I am affraid to trigger the inflammation. I remember I had pain in scalp when my problems with hair just occured so I an affraid that I will do more harm right now. What do you think about this? Is it good to feel sorred afterwards or not? I am using Mg oil and oil with rosemary as well, but without dermaroller. Also, somewhere I read that calcitication its not connected with the Ca levels in blood, while somewhere, they advice supplements to get rid If calcification. I am confused. Shouldnt we take vitamin K or D, to help to resolve it? Thank you very much for your time and answer in advance!
    All the best!

    • Will Hartfield says:

      Hi Lili, great question. I am familiar with the Choy study. Yes the description of the techniques used cannot be found. I recommend scalp exercises and massages as part of the Hair Equilibrium, and the techniques we use can be found there, demonstrated on video. It will feel sore, perhaps hot and itchy too after the massages (that’s normal!)

      Calcification may not be caused so much by Ca levels but levels of other vital minerals such as magnesium. A deficiency in magnesium may cause the calcium to start forming deposits. This is why we use magnesium oil, because it helps correct this via the transdermal pathway. I also take a magnesium supplement. This is also the reason I do recommend supplementing with Vitamin K2 and D3, because it helps reduce the calcification.

      You might also want to consider using a dermaroller (although I prefer to use a stamp instead of a roller) to help with the process of reestablishing blood flow to the scalp again. It works well along with the massages.


      • Lilivili says:

        Dear Will! Thank you very much for such a fast reply and information provided, I really appreciate. It is good to know that I am on a right path. I will take into cinsideration supplementin with K vitamin (already taking D and A) and getting dermaroller, last night I read your articles here and realized that rate of success was much higher when using roller/stamp, rather than solely hands.

        Reason why am I using Ca supplements is that they keep the prolactine leveles in control. In my case, they have tendency to be a bit over the referent values and there is an connection among prolactine levels and sebum production, which is my second problem, so I wanted to address this by supplements. This can maybe help someone else too. I am happy to hear that levels in blood are not that much connected with build ups.

        Also, based on your article about kreatinin, I believe I should ditch my protein powder? I was vegetarian for some time and my protein intake was low, but I dont think this would be a good idea anymore.

        Sorry for my clumsy English and greetings from Europe! Best regards!

        • Will Hartfield says:

          What protein powder are you using? I would recommend a natural source of protein such as hemp protein powder, rather than whey.

          • Lilivili says:

            I was using whey proteins (ISO muscle 94). Thank you for the hemp recommendations! I also bought dernaroller – 1.5mm, hope it will be a good one. I plan to use it once per week.

    • Preeti says:

      Hey Lili,
      I my self am suffering from severe hair loss,but to answer your questions as a medical student-basically in calcium deficiency the hormone parathyroid causes calcium to release from bones and thus increases the calcium blood levels and it is during this altered hormonal balance that increased blood calcium gets deposited in extraskeletal areas like heart valves and your hair follicles. With calcium and magnesium supplementation this deficiency is reversed and there is increased deposition of calcium in the bones where it belongs mostly. Magnesium does this by decreasing pth and increasing calcitonin.
      Hope it helps.

  • Joops says:

    So you recommend a topical magnesium AND taking a magnesium supplement? Why not just topically? Should I be applying this before bed?

  • Mike says:

    Some of the oils I would like to use are rosemary oil, peppermint oil, pumpkin oil, and now that I’ve read about magnesium oil, I would like to use that too. Can I mix all those oils together to make 1 serum instead of applying each one individually throughout the day? That would seem very time-consuming. And if I can mix all these oils together, would they have the same effect, whereas, someone using them individually?

  • Emilia Perfeito says:

    In your Scalp Secrets book you recommend only using ACV for washing the hair. I use Bicab soda and then ACV. Do you think they should be mixed? I

  • Lesley says:

    I don’t doubt the many benefits of magnesium and in fact reading this has prompted me to buy some; and I understand that magnesium oil derived from chloride isn’t like an ordinary salt /water solution, but nevertheless isn’t it drying to scalp and hair?

    Also, i recall when I last used magnesium oil ( long time ago!) on my skin it did feel rough when it dried ? Isn’t there a danger of damaging fragile, baby fine new hairs by massaging it into scalp for ten minutes?

    • Will Hartfield says:

      Hi Lesley, it’s a good idea to do a skin test (to see if you have any allergies) on a small piece of skin before applying a lot to your scalp. For me it doesn’t feel drying on my scalp, it can feel a little sticky as it dries though. I would recommend the natural form of magnesium oil, my favourite is called Zichstein, or you can try our Scalp Elixir which contains this mag oil.
      If you’re gentle and use fingertips if necessary then it should be fine, in regards to the new hairs.

  • Brian says:

    Hi Will,

    Is there anything that can be substituted for Emu oil? Something that is not an animal product.

    Thanks so much.

    • Will Hartfield says:

      Castor oil, jojoba oil, Oleuropein – these might work well.

    • Cam says:

      Brian I had the same issue and found Greemu oil online, which has the same make up but is made with plant products. It’s only in the states, but if you email them they will ship elsewhere.

  • Vijay says:

    How can I buy your scalp elixir from India??

    • Will Hartfield says:

      I’m sorry but we currently do not ship to India because we have had some problems with the postal service and customs. Basically the packages do not reliably arrive.

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