Natural Remedies for Thinning Hair and Hair Loss

Can Exercise & Herbal Extracts Really Help?

There are several natural remedies for thinning hair and hair loss problems you can try.

These include the various physical exercises (listed below) which should help relieve stress levels (stress is often associated with hair loss) and might reduce your body's production of DHT* to some extent as well.

* DHT is, of course, the hormone known to have a strong connection with androgenetic alopecia (which causes male pattern baldness in men, and hair loss and hair thinning in women).

Some herbal remedies for hair loss might also help, usually by increasing scalp circulation and therein, encourage hair growth. So these have also been included further down the page.

Exercises for Hair Health

By performing certain exercises, you should be able to produce a small improvement in the health and growth of your hair.

But, like any other holistic approach to health, the exercises for hair loss that follow will take time.

So, it's important to remember that, if you do decide to try some or all of these ideas, you'll probably need to commit yourself to doing them regularly for several months...

1. Gravity exercises

Gravity-based exercises like shoulder stands should help increase blood flow to the scalp.
Gravity-based exercises like shoulder stands should help increase blood flow to the scalp.

A very well known remedy for hair loss involves the use of gravity. The idea is, of course, to invert (or partially invert) so that gravity will assist the flow of blood to your scalp.

Several exercises exist (and you can probably think up a few of your own too). But, shoulder stands (either with or without a wall to prop yourself up) are probably the fastest way to increase blood flow to the scalp.

Other, less extreme versions that don't require the same degree of strength, flexibility and balance include simply lying on your back and lifting your legs up against a wall.

You can even buy special chairs or tables that are pivoted so you can spend time inverted.

2. Slow deep breathing

This might sound unlikely, but deep breathing can increase your energy levels by delivering more oxygen to the blood, which could then improve the efficiency of your circulation too. Together, both these things can help nourish your scalp follicles, and so, improve hair growth.

3. Head and neck massage

Simple massage techniques might increase blood flow to your scalp for a short period of time. At the very least they'll feel good, which means they should reduce stress levels. And lower stress levels could improve scalp circulation slightly too.

Of course, you could always buy some fancy new massage-based product instead, in the hope that it will somehow be vastly superior to simply using your hands. But, be warned, products like this are almost certainly a mistake.

Read this Scalp Massager Review to learn more.

4. Neck stretches

Tilts - Keeping your head facing forwards, tilt left and then right.
Turns - Slowly turn your head as far left, then as far right as you can without straining.
Nods - Nod your chin down to your chest. Then lift your head back and up.

Combined with slow deep breathing, these exercises help relieve tension in the neck and improve circulation to some extent. You'll need to repeat each exercise several times though.

5. Aerobic exercise

Cycling, swimming, jogging, walking, etc. all tend to lower testosterone levels which, in turn, lowers DHT levels. And less DHT should mean less hair loss.

Aerobic exercise like running can help hair growth. But body building can contribute to hair loss.

Note though, that h
eavy weight bearing (anaerobic) exercise will increase testosterone and DHT levels. And that's why bodybuilding has been linked to hair loss - basically, DHT encourages both muscle and bone growth (see box below for further details).

The bone growth that DHT promotes can also include certain bones of the skull in those men and women with the genetic link to hair loss.

To learn about this process of skull bone growth, read: Skull Expansion.

My own natural hair loss remedy also involves hands-on techniques, but are entirely different from anything you've read on this page.

They were developed after studying the skull expansion process.

Learn About My Own Natural Hair Loss Remedy?

Herbs and Plant Extracts

Herbal products - Inside and out

Herbal hair loss products can be either topically (externally) applied creams, lotions and ointments, or tablets and capsules. So you can address your hair loss problem from both inside and out.

These products are usually promoted as being natural remedies for thinning hair and hair loss. Which, of course, then attracts the many people who prefer not to use hair loss drugs (Rogaine and Propecia) which can cause unwanted side effects.

However, many herbal products still contain many man-made chemicals. So, strictly speaking, they're not entirely natural either.

And these plant-based products can be quite expensive too (even comparable to the drug products) especially when you consider that you'll need to keeping using them long-term (permanently?) to maintain any beneficial effect you get.

But there might be a way to get herbs into your body and onto your head without breaking the bank...

Herbs on a budget

Given that some of these plants might be growing in your backyard, you might like to think about harvesting them yourself when the season is right. For example, you can collect nettles in the spring and then make your own nettle tea or topical application.

Of course, many herbs are also used to compliment and enhance the taste of food. But, realistically, it's likely that only very small quantities will be consumed this way (even if you cook with them every single day).

So, as a herbal addition to your food, it's very doubtful that such small quantities can significantly address something as relentless as hair loss, even if the herbs you use are quite powerful.

But, many herbs can be taken in a much more concentrated form. And products containing these "standardized herbal extracts" are considered by some people to be true natural remedies for thinning hair and hair loss...

Herb and plant extracts that can help with hair loss:

  • Basil
  • Burdock
  • Chinese herbs (e.g., He Shou Wu, Ginseng and Dong Quai)
  • Ginkgo biloba
  • Gotu kola
  • Green tea
  • Lavender
  • Nettle
  • Parsley
  • Pygeum africanum
  • Rosemary
  • Saw palmetto
  • Seaweed and sea vegetables

Some of these herbs and plants act by stimulating circulation (especially ginkgo biloba, basil, rosemary and lavender). But, whether the regular use of such herbs is effective against hair loss disorders is highly debatable.

Essential oils are another, more concentrated form of many of the plant extracts listed above...

Essential oils (Aromatherapy)

Essential oils are associated with many beneficial effects for both the mind and body. And, over the years, many have been used as natural remedies for thinning hair, hair loss and other skin and hair disorders.

Essential oils are extremely concentrated and should normally be applied using a base or carrier oil such as olive oil (which is also said to be good for healthy hair growth and removing residues from the scalp as well). The usual methods of application include hair oil, scalp massage and rinsing (i.e., add a few drops of neat essential oil to water).

Essential oils are powerful - they need to be mixed with a carrier oil.

Here are some essential oils often said to be beneficial for your hair:

  • Baldness and hair loss - Basil, Clary Sage, Lavender and Rosemary.
  • Poor circulation - Basil, Lemon, Orange and Rosemary.
  • Dandruff - Cedarwood, Lavender and Rosemary.
  • Greasy hair - Clary Sage and Lemon.
  • Dry hair - Lavender, Rosemary and Sandalwood.
  • Grey hair - Rosemary, Lavender, Cedarwood, Sandalwood and Thyme.

You can appreciate just how powerful essential oils are from their smell - it's extremely pungent. So, applying at night and washing it out in the morning is probably your best bet. But, bear in mind, some oils are good for relaxation (e.g., Lavender) so, might also help you sleep; others are stimulants (e.g., Basil) so, might keep you awake.

Clearly, many natural remedies for thinning hair and hair loss disorders include vitamins and minerals, obtained from the foods you eat, dietary supplements you take, or both.

Find out which vitamins and minerals for hair growth you need?

So, Will All These Natural Remedies for Thinning Hair Work?

Unfortunately, no. Probably not!

I do very much believe that a natural approach to hair loss can produce results as good as any drug, and in some cases, far exceed what you might achieve from these potentially harmful pills and lotions.

But, even so, most natural remedies for thinning hair and hair loss will still only produce modest results at best because they only focus on the symptom (hair loss) and not the underlying mechanism that causes it - Skull Expansion.

And the same applies to drug products – both Rogaine (which dilates blood vessels) and Propecia (which blocks DHT production) don’t address skull expansion.

However, the methods I used to successfully stop my own hair loss and then restore normal healthy hair growth again, do address skull expansion. And that’s why they work.

You can learn how I developed these techniques by reading: My Natural Hair Growth Remedy.

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Note: All natural remedies for thinning hair described on this page are for information and educational purposes only and should not be seen as recommendations made. If you have any existing condition that might be affected by any of these herbal-based ideas or exercises for hair health (e.g. hypertension, heart condition, glaucoma, detached retina, etc) you should consult with a doctor before trying them.