I have been having hair loss for two years. It started when I moved to this coastal area. I also have a burning sensation on left posterior side of head that corresponds to a burning and gasy stomach. I have been to doctors and given antibiotics-yuck-which I took with regret but just hoping it would help. Right now I have itching in the scalp and occassional large dime size breakouts or sores in scalp. But I have the burning in scalp still. Do not smoke and little alcohol and I did give up coffee for 6 months with no improvement. Take vitamins and have tried just about all the suggestions- did for 6 or more months ACV, washed hair with distilled water and use borax for shampoo, take vitamins, had iron and thyroid and test for immune problems-all good. Any help out there? Thanks and God bless-yes and I pray!
Hope, Canada, Bc
Corpus Christi, Tx
Hi, I just thought I'd share my success with growing out my hair (even if not intentional). It used to be thin and stay shoulder length, it would break off, very fine and dry. This was when I was in my twenties and part thirties. Now, five years later, my hair is shiny, wavy and fairly thick, I cut it about a foot (12inches) every 9 months or so, it reaches my waist right now.
This is what worked:
1. stopped using commercial shampoo.
2. only wash with a natural shampoo with low alcohol content once a week (I started doing this after a trip to Italy, when I got some advise from a lady with enviable curly hair to her hips. She says shampoo is the worst enemy of hair; it strips it of nutrients, opens the fibers and makes it vulnerable to break off).
3. wash everyday (if needed) with a natural, low alcohol content conditioner, or even better; an olive oil based cleaner like available in Italy (not available were I live, so I realized I could use a lightweight conditioner). The reason the conditioner cleanses is that if you think about it; oils cut (mix with) oils. What we want to cleanse is the amount of oils in our hair, right? We don't want to strip out all the good oils from the hair, that makes it break... (commersial or harsh shampoos)
4.Rinse with COLD water when finished, to close the fibers in the hair.
5. Supplements; I started taking selenium, blue-green algae and alpha-lipoic-acid together (to control blood-sugar spikes). It seems the side effect of perhaps Selenium is to support hair-growth. I also took multi mineral or coral calcium and Sublingual Vit-B multi-vitamin in the evening from time to time.
6. Stopped blow-drying. Let air-dry, massage scalp with towel while drying (for blood-sirculation) and only brush hair AFTER its dry. With a natural brush, llike boar, or wood-comb (not plastic or metal - again these will tear and break the hair if it is fine like mine).
This is what I was doing, and it's so nice to have my hair back almost like from my childhood, too bad I didn't know to do this in my twenties! ;-) Good Luck!
I suffered sudden hair loss about two years ago; hair was falling out of my head, it didn't seem to be held in there tightly. It would come out in the shower and also during the day. I didn't know the reason, but I figured it was stress, since I'd experienced a very stressful emotional crisis (involving harm to a loved one and worries about her) about 6 months previously, and I had heard that it can take 6 months for hair loss to occur following stress, OR the reverse; that it could take 6 months following "healing" to see results and hair restoration.
Unfortunately in my case, one crisis led to another, and I went through a period of about 15 months of a rollercoaster of stress. I had had stresses before in my life, but never had I lost hair over them.
I also want to add that I am currently 50 years old, female, caucasion, have not yet gone through menopause, have always had a very thick head of healthy, coarse/wavy hair. During this episode, I lost about 1/3 of my former volume. I have been alarmed to see a lot more of my scalp along my "part. " I think it is unattractive. It has made me sad.
But my dad is bald, and I'd always "heard" that as women age, we might inherit some of the hair loss from our father's side (who knows). I hoped not! But I thought my hair loss, so sudden, might be from stress, rather than genetics. It occurred mainly on the top/front of my head (which is where my dad's is).
I am writing to let all of you know that I have tried many things and made many changes in order to hope to help my hair loss. I do think that some of them have worked, but I don't know which ones. The hair "falling" slowed down and then stopped. I am not sure, though, if I am experiencing significant regrowth or restoration, though I think so.
Here are the things I have done: I went "no-poo" -- in other words, I stopped using ALL commercial shampoos, even organic ones. I went through an adjustment period, but now my hair is much healthier. I clean it with rinsing with water most days, and baking soda or borax and ACV about once a week. My hair is long. I do not brush my hair except in the evening before bed. I don't use a hair dryer on it. I let it dry in the air. I detangle it and separate the waves with my fingers. I do not use any commercial products, conditioners, gels, etc. on my hair. For gel, I use aloe. For conditioner, I use coconut oil (a little goes a long way). For scent, I use a few drops of essential oil in a water rinse. My hair is soft and looks healthy.
I also worked hard to clean up my diet. I eat more vegetables and fruits and stay away from processed foods. I cook most of my meals from scratch (at home). I use organic foods as much as possible.
I started sunbathing (I am fair, so I do this only for about 10-20 minutes at a time).
I also supplement with biotin, vitamin D, B-complex, vitamin E. About 4 days a week.
I have worked on de-stressing using Bach Flower remedies and other energy therapies including massage and self reflexology.
I have worked very hard to help stop hair loss and hopefully restore my hair... So far, I think something is working. I am happy with my hair, though it is not (yet?) as thick as it used to be. It no longer falls out, and it feels "tight" in my scalp. It doesn't break off, either. I hope some of this can give some of you who are suffering with this problem, some helpful ideas to try.
Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa
Mom your taking the kitchen sink to grow hair. Please try Hyaluronic Acid at least 100 mg per day.. i am taking HA to reverse my ageing.. The first thing i notice my hair started to grow..On my bald spot as well as on my arms and legs. Please read up on HA.. When you buy HA please make sure.. for example if you take 3 pills per day.. make sure the 3 pill equal 100mg. I am old 83.. your young so your hair should grow faster.
Be positive..you will have beautiful hair again soon.
I am 58 year old black female at age 35 i found out i was pregnant 5 years later i started menopause.i stopped hormonal treatments can not afford the medicine.Could this be the reason my hair is balding in the crown of my head.I went to a dermatologist and she asked if my mother suffered from this and the answer is yes,but i started losing my hair when my daughter was about 6 months old.
Can i regrow my hair? I have been using every kind of oil you can think of. I also use once every 2 weeks a mix i put together i did not measure cayenne pepper ,ginger, 10 alfalfa supplements, 10 spirulina supplements, 10 fenugreek supplement , aloe vera jell, extra virgin olive oil, avocado oil, almond oil, put on a plastic cap, let sit for 30 minutes rinse out shampoo and condition also started using clarify shampoo once a month never did this before also went to whole food and bought pure-castile soap.
Also take B-100 complex, C 500mg chewable, horsetail 500mg, B-12 500 mg, biotin 5000 mcg, E 200 I.U., Dong Quai 400 mg each capsule,i have used GNC hair,skin and nails formula, I've tried prenatal vitamins and i want to try cod liver oil i remember my grandmother use to give us castor oil and cod liver oil not together at different times. the crown is the only place i have balding,i have not perm my hair over a year,it's like i have a balding spot in the middle of my head and a natural in the back i can't wear a pony tail with a bald spot in the middle of my head i don't like wigs and i thought about having a stylist do a french twist with weave hair for church on the weekend but that is too costly because i have to do the treatments to my hair with the oils at night
what to do what to do help please
New Delhi, India
I just wanted to thank Ted for his brilliant work and I will help add some feedback if I can. I am 30 years of age and have had some hair thinning for about 5 years, but I truly believe with Ted's remedies and my nutrition formula i am on the way to growing a thicker, fuller main of hair. I have also delayed the loss with some of my nutrion techniques but needed to clear my pores to kick up the growth to a new level.
here is my formula: firstly i tried all of Ted's hair bath's, cider vinegar, tea tree oil etc. I found the one that truly removed the dissolved minerals(feels sticky and block's pore's on hair follicles) on my scalp was 1 teaspoon of borax in a 1% hydrogen peroxide solution. So add 1 big teaspoon of borax to a big salad bowl. then add 1 cup of 3% hydrogen peroxide(this is the only concentration i can get here in canada) and then add 2 cups of normal water to dilute the solution down to 1%-like Ted says. mix the contents and soak your scalp in it while pouring a cup of it over you head and making sure in flows back into the salad bowl. do this for three minutes. and make sure to not get this mixture in your eyes, as it will sting.
Now put a teaspoon of baking soda in a cup of water and mix and pour over hair to rinse the borax/peroxide solution. Then i like to wash hair with Dr. Bronner magic soap with tea tree oil or any other good quality health food store shampoo with tea tree oil.
O.K now we have cleared the pores, time to build the bodies supply of protein and minerals.
Firstly hair is mostly protein(then minerals) by dry weight, so eat adequate protein. Free range eggs, free range lean meats and poultry, only wild seafood(i.e. not farmed such as tilipai, basa, atlantic salmon etc.) it is full of pesticides which i am sure erode health. Actually do not eat to much sea life in general, it has good nutrition but lots of toxins. many people are allergic to dairy so organic is better for most and consider goat and sheep milk products too. also a pure whey protein isolate can build hair too.
Now onto minerals. The first source of minerals is sea salt, any good sea salt contains most trace minerals that build hair-put it on food and in soups. also my favorite product in the world is Bioforce(A. Vogel) Herbamare. it is a blend of sea salt and herbs and kelp and contains all minerals needed by the human body. Season all foods with it and especially soups and rice dishes and stocks and liquids so it dissolves and releases the nutrition.
Now also maple syrup in teas. Maple trees roots dig deep into the ground and pull up minerals in the sap of the trees and are reduced to make the syrup. They are powerful mineral concentrates. use in teas such as stinging nettle combined with rosemary and mint. etc. put in all teas and even coffee. Now here is a big one. Most alternative physicians will talk of an algae product called spirulina (and others like chlorella) and will recommend high doses of it. THEY ARE WRONG. Because it is a superfood and one of the most concentrated sources of nutrition on the planet it will mess up your hormones at medium to high doses. TAKE ONE OR TWO PILLS EVERY ONE OR TWO DAYS - NOT MORE. You are using it as a homeopathic mineralizer, not a food.
lots of stews, stocks, teas, and water based liquids with herbs, veggies, sea salt, herbamare, to build up minerals.
Drink tap water filtered with brita and changed every two weeks to a month, unless you are in a farming area and your tap is full of nitrates, then find another source.
Do not drink distilled water as it has no minerals.
i also like Ted's vitamin C water with 1/8teaspoon of baking soda to balance PH.
also waking in nature, such as a side street or park or forest to oxygenate the body and scalp. One of the causes of hair loss is a lack of oxygen i.e. when people were baseball caps. i had the thickest hair on the planet and i thinned it by wearing a ball cap when i was in my teens -stupid me.
Also stretching and yoga will oxygenate the body.
So i believe the causes of hair loss are:
fungus/minerals in hair follicles/hats or low oxygen
lack of quality protein
lack of minerals
low scalp oxygen
low fatty acids (eat cold water fish oils, flax oil, olive oil, cold filtered raw oils , not cheap processed oils.)
Now this is just a start and there much more i could write but the most important point to consider is all body types are unique so take this info with a grain of salt and experiment with what works for you.
good luck and god bless
Bethnal Green, UK
Apache Junction, Arizona, Usa
Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France
ok the best solution for hair loss is use MUSTARD OIL and put some " methi danna" (indian feenugreek) you can buy it from indian grocery store boil it for 10 mins and leave it all night next days put that oil in a bottle and apply every night. after doing that use scalptone pills which is really good for hair loss and you can buy it from www.herbalhealthcure.com these is best solution for hair loss.
I would like to post another remedy. Can't believe how many people are interested in this remedy! I felt some of your readers might want to have this. Nancy
To grow hair:
Aloe Vera Gel and Cayenne Pepper.
1/4 to 1/2 c. of Aloe Vera and 2 capsules of cayenne pepper.( Any cayenne will do, You can use Kitchen Spice)
May need to adjust measurement of the aloe and cayenne a little more or less..For the right consistancy.
Pour mixture into a hair color bottle and shake well.
Apply to scalp, massaging in with fingertips.
This mixture will stimulate and clean the hair follicles.
The hair cycle may take a few weeks possibly months, but you will see results.
Leave on scalp at least 10 to 15 minutes or more if you wish. Can be applied weekly.
If you want to use this remedy more often I suggest you try it once and wait a few days, particularly if you have sensitive skin issues.
Caution.....This will burn somewhat, Be careful around eyes. Do not make mixture too runny as it could run into eyes.
Do not make mixture too thick as it will not squirt out of bottle.
You will continue to feel a slight burn even after this remedy is rinsed off.
Aloe Vera gel normally needs to be refridgerated, When mixing remedy allow it to sit a few hours at room tempature before applying to scalp.
Do not apply to scalp cold, as this will close your pores.
If you make more than you need, it will keep a few days in a cool place.
I have used this mixture as a facial scrub, It is a firey facial! Cayenne Pepper is great for circulation. Cayenne Pepper packs a punch, mixed with Aloe Vera and all the great things in Aloe Vera are increased.
Cayenne is called a "catalyst" herb that increases the efficacy of the ingredients you are using.
London, United Kingdom
Woodbury, Nj, Usa
Hi! Thank you for this informative and wonderful site. I have tried Ted's recommendations, used the vitamins as directed as well as the oils. my Hair seems stronger, however when I put ACV on hair seems to fall more rapidly. What I have been told really works, is a Stinging Nettle hair wash. Boil some fresh or dried Nettle leaves for a short time, and use as a hair rinse. You will like the results. Does anyone know about the Samson's secret treatment?
Montréal, Québec, Canada
Praha, Czech Republic
I tried numerous suggestions from Earthclinic and other sites to stop hair loss and none helped, but happily found something simple that works.
While searching for hair loss treatment shampoos I found many pleased with Argan oil, but that seems to be a fad now and the $30.00+ price tag, to me, supports that. I kept searching and discovered Niacin and caffeine shampoo by OGX (sold online and at Ulta Beauty stores) for $7.00. They also carry a conditioner with same active ingredients plus I found a $3.50 off coupon if I spent $10.00.
I thought, why don't I just take some niacin (not niacinamide)? There was a partial bottle of 250 mg niacin with 125 mg calcium I had for lowering cholesterol, I believe. After taking one per day for just 2 days my hair loss stopped. This is what I am taking same brand/dosage but mine is not the prolonged release just plain old niacin and calcium: http://www.swansonvitamins.com/21st-century-niacin-250-mg-110-tabs (and NOT the advanced formula either. they sure like to mess with stuff). I didn't buy online, but from the corner pharmacy.
Previously, after running my hand through my hair I would find 5 or more hairs in my hand every time and all day finding hair fallout on the clothes I was wearing, in the sink etc. and a massive amount after washing my hair.
I have a disclaimer. I was taking Armour Thyroid and thought that was the hair loss culprit so I switched to Nutri-Pak Thyroid (get online) which has the same exact active ingredients and dosage per 130 mg pill as the armour 120 mg pill. I switched only 2 days before taking the niacin. (I phoned my doctor's office and told them I'm doing it so they would have on record.)
I could not determine if that made a difference and I have often read that the thyroid med stays in one's system for days or longer.
I believe the niacin is what helped and am interested in knowing if taking niacin to reverse hair loss will help others. My Google searches support the benefits of niacin for hair, skin and circulation.
Remedies for Hair Growth:
1. Mix as per your hair length, castor oil, olive oil and coconut oil in equal measures. Warm and massage on to your scalp. This will arrest hair fall and promote hair growth.
2. Soak methi (fenugreek) seeds and curry leaves in coconut oil, overnight. Next morning warm it a little and massage it on to your scalp. The massage should be gentle, yet it should leave your scalp tingling. Rinse off with a herbal shampoo. Alternatively you could rinse it with the juice of crushed red hibiscus leaves.
Follow this regularly for best results. It will keep your scalp healthy and prevent hair fall.
3. If you can tolerate the smell of mustard oil here's a remedy. Boil mustard oil and while it is boiling, keep adding fresh henna, basil and curry leaves to it. After the leaves are burnt black, switch off the gas. Cool, strain and use twice to thrice a week for best results.
Peace & Love. I have been losing my hair since I was 9 years old, I am now 21. I was using Rogaine when it first hit the market, I was only 12. I used all sorts of crappy pills and "chemical" stuff. I was a young growing female, so I had obvious vitamin deficiencies. I was never seriously ill my entire life, nor have I ever had a bacterial infection on my skin/hair. Female baldness, however, DOES run in my family, BUT none of the women started losing their hair until they were in their mid thirties or higher.
I do believe that baldness/hair loss (for most people who arent ill) is half your genetics and half of what you put in and on your body. I have completely stopped using chemical based products on my skin or hair and will hopefully cut them out of my diet one day as well (and I mean ANY sort of chemical, don't use anything thats not EARTH GROWN on your hair and skin) I don't use those fake 'organic" ones you find at health food markets. I'm telling you ladies and men that have a history of hair loss without physical illness, to take up AYURVEDIC remedies. A nice Indian lady once told me "These Americans don't put oils on their hair that's why when they're old they are all balding!" And I swear to you it's the truth.... I dont care if you "think" you're not losing hair and you "think" your hair is lush... But compared to Eastern folk, Latin folk, and Island folk, all of us Americans look "bald". Our hair lacks lustre body and youth. YOU HAVE TO OIL UP YOUR HAIR!
Put the below list of ingredients into your hair 2-3 times a week, depending on how oily or dry your hair is (mine can get oily quick so I put it in twice a week for now)
Get Amla oil, Brahmi oil, Henna leaves or dried Henna, Coconut oil, Aloe Vera, Honey, Milk, Eggs, Some fresh cut red chillies, Castor Oil, Almond Oil, Mustard Oil. Mix it allllll up, rub it on your scalp and all through you hair *The trick is to massage it well into your scalp for 3 minutes. Wash it out in the morning with Shikakai powder (natural cleaner like baking soda) and some baking soda in water.
And try more ayurvedic recipes, many of which can be found online that are pure and organic. Take what you think would be best for you. Stop taking all the pills and chemicals, and use ONLY what you can eat. That's the trick. If you can't eat it dont put it on your body!
Once you start oiling your hair, try other remedies, like eggs and milk for a hair mask, and mix some good ayurvedic oils in the mask as well. Trust me a combination of oiling your hair and hair masks once or twice a month will do the trick and NOOOOO shampoo. Only shikakai and occasional baking soda or borax. After a while oiling you hair 2-3 times a week, your hair will being to balance between oily and dry and you can either oil your hair every night or once a week. :-) I'm telling u it works.
I have been doing this for over a year and my hair loss has been cut in half and my hair looks beautiful! My hair was always dull in color, easily tangled, and FLAT as hell.. But now its bouncy and pretty and I can even grow it long again (almost past my waist yayy! ) without having to worry about it being "too heavy" and falling out more cuz it's long (that's a buncha doodoo) :-). I'm telling you ladies, find the ayurvedic recipes that's the only way to go. I mean look at Indian ladies hair! They must be doing something right then!
Half is your genes and the other half is WHAT YOU DO! You'll never completely cure you hair loss, but it will be cut in half I promise that, and your hair will look more youthful which is also a plus. Hope this helps guys :-)
Hi, This is with regards to my hair loss problem. I am facing alopecia this problem since 10 years without any success treating the same. I have used all kinda oils, medicines.
The only product that has given me immediate relief is Olive Oil. Mind you , it should be Extra Virgin Olive Oil (First cold press). The other ones dont work so good.
I apply a tablespoon of olive oil all over the scalp and hair and leave it at night and shampoo the next morning with mild shampoo. (The shampoo should not be harsh or which causes hair falls).
Right after the first application, my hair loss the next day reduced and after a few days application it has reduced significantly.
Now I hope i get back all my hair...And hope this information helps those who are desperately in need of the same.
Have had hair loss (including eye lashes and eyebrows) for 2 years. This hair loss started after I started doing cleanses and eating healthier. CRAZINESS! Anyway, I have tried numerous things to stop the hairloss to no avail. Hair was still growing, but falling out.
Flash forward to two weeks ago - I found a site where someone was talking about Omega-3 causing hair loss. I started the Omega-3 about two years ago. So, I stopped the Omega-3 that day. Now, my hair/eyelash/eyebrow hair all seems to be shedding a lot less. Anyone else experience something similar?
In 2002 The Journal of Dermatology had a study on the use of Onion Juice for hair growth in Alopecia Subjects. 80% of subjects grew hair within a week of using onion juice as a treatment. The allicin in the onion actually stimulates the hair follicle and pulls the blood supply up to the follicle roots encouraging growth. You just take basic dutch onions and put them in a blender, puree to a juice, can take out the pulp if you wish. Massage mixture into the scalp before bed, put a shower cap over it at night while you sleep. In the morning rinse off. This remedy also works for male pattern baldness. You can google this study. Also use till you have the desired length of hair and then use once a week for maintenance. I think it's odd that I've posted this remedy several times but it never seems to get published on Earth Clinic ??? Strange.
EC: Jane, thank you for your remedy. I did find that we have previously published your comments.