There are several natural remedies for thinning hair, hair loss and alopecia that you can try.
This page gives various exercises that will help relieve stress and reduce your body's levels of certain hormones that are known to have a strong connection with androgenetic alopecia.
Androgenetic alopecia is more commonly known as male pattern baldness in men and diffuse thinning in women.
And the hormones that are connected to this type of hair loss are testosterone and dihydrotestosterone (DHT).
Herbal remedies for hair loss are also included, as some of them might
also help restore stronger scalp hair growth.
Exercises for hair health
So it's important that, if you do decide to try some or all of these ideas, you commit yourself to doing them regularly for several months.
1. Slow deep breathing
This might sound unlikely, but deep breathing can increase your energy
levels by delivering more oxygen to your blood. Your circulation system
will run a bit more efficiently too. Both these things can help nourish
your scalp follicles.
2. Neck stretches
Tilts - keep your head facing forwards and tilt left then right.
Turns - 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 will help relieve tension in the neck and improve circulation to some extent. You will need to repeat each exercise several times.
3. Head and neck massage
These feel good and can probably encourage an increase in circulation to the scalp for a short period of time. Importantly, they'll also reduce stress too, which again should help scalp circulation slightly.
4. Gravity exercises
Another home remedy for thinning hair involves the use of gravity. Various ideas exist, but shoulder stands (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 also buy special chairs or tables that are pivoted so you can spend time inverted.
5. Aerobic exercise
Cycling, swimming, jogging, walking, etc tend to lower testosterone
levels which, in turn, will lower DHT levels (and less DHT should mean
less hair loss).
Basically, DHT causes both muscle and bone growth. And this growth includes certain bones of the skull.
This process, called skull expansion, is the true cause of androgenetic alopecia.
My own natural remedy for thinning hair and hair loss also involves
hands-on techniques but are entirely different from anything you read
on this page. They were developed from the skull expansion process.
You can learn about my own natural remedy for thinning hair here.
Herbal hair loss products usually take the form of topically (externally) applied creams, lotions and ointments.
are usually promoted as natural remedies for
thinning hair and hair loss
since many people prefer to avoid drug products that can cause side
Many herbs and plant extracts can be taken internally too, so you can address your hair loss problem from both the outside and inside.
But these products can be quite expensive when you consider that you'll
need to keeping using them long-term or even permanently to produce and
keep any benefits you see in your hair.
Given that some of these plants might be growing in your back yard, you might like to try harvesting them yourself when the season is right - for example, you can collect nettles in the spring and make your own nettle tea or topical application.
Clearly, many natural remedies for thinning hair, hair loss and alopecia will also involve the foods you eat and supplements you take. To find out what vitamins for hair loss you need, click here.
Examples of symptomatic factors include an increase in DHT and 5-alpha reductase levels within the hair loss region of the scalp. and so herbs and plants that are 5-alpha reductase inhibitors and DHT blockers will typically be used in both topical and oral products.
Chinese herbs (e.g., He Shou Wu, Ginseng and Dong Quai)
Seaweeds and sea vegetables
Some of these herbs for hair lossact by stimulating circulation (especially basil, rosemary and lavender). But, whether the regular consumption of such herbs can act as effective natural remedies for thinning hair is debatable: herbs, of course, are mainly used to accompany and enhance the taste of the foods you eat. And as such, it is most likely that only small quantities will be consumed (even if eaten every day).
And, whilst herbs can be quite potent, it's probably highly unlikely that such small quantities can significantly address something as relentless as hair loss.
However, many herbs can be taken in a much more concentrated form. Products containing "standardised herbal extracts" (especially saw palmetto) are often promoted as natural remedies for thinning hair and hair loss. Essential oils too are another concentrated form of many of the plant extracts listed above.
Essential oils are associated with many beneficial effects for
both the mind and body. Over the years, many have been used as natural
remedies for thinning hair, hair loss as well as other skin and hair
conditions.They are extremely concentrated and should normally be
applied using a base or carrier oil (olive oil is especially good for
healthy hair growth and removing residues from your scalp). Methods of
application include: hair oil, rinse and massage.
These are the essential oils which, amongst others, are 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.
Essential oils have an extremely pungent smell, so application at night and washing out in the morning is probably the best option. (Note: some oils such as Lavender are also good for relaxation, so they might also help you sleep, whereas others such as Basil are stimulants and so might keep you awake).
Note: If you have any existing condition that might be affected by any of the exercises or herbs mentioned (e.g. hypertension, heart condition, glaucoma, detached retina, etc) you should consult with a doctor before trying them.
So, will any of these ideas provide you with a real cure for thinning hair?
It's most likely that none of the natural remedies for thinning hair described on this page (including the exercises and herbal products) will, on their own, solve your hair loss problem. But, by trying several approaches for several months, you might notice a beneficial effect on the health of your hair.
The reason why most home-made natural remedies for thinning hair and baldness will only produce modest results at best for the majority of people who try them is simply because these products place focus on factors linked to, but not the real reason behind androgenetic alopecia (skull expansion).
I very much believe a natural approach can produce results as good as any hair loss drug, and in some cases, far exceed what you might achieve from these potentially harmful pills and topical lotions...
Following seven years of androgenetic alopecia, I developed my own exercises that produced the results you can see in this photo.
These exercises were based upon my research into skull expansion.
Find out how I recovered my hair using the skull expansion exercises I developed.
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