How to Regrow Hair Naturally?

Effective Natural Remedies for Thinning Hair and Hair Regrowth

how to regrow hair naturally

Can the Lost Hair Regrow Naturally?

Most people, both men and women, will start experiencing thinning hair and hair loss when reaching 50s. For men, it is probably not as serious as women are because a man with a bald head looks cool too. However, women do not have the privilege of being bald, thus I spent nearly a year in trying to use natural remedies for thinning hair or hair regrowth to reverse my hair loss. Recently, I have gained positive results. I still experience hair loss daily, but the loss is much less than before and does not bother me anymore because there are new hairs regrow back too. This blog lists all the natural remedies I use to combat my hair loss.

 

DHT (Dihydrotestosterone) Plays a Major Role in Hair Loss

In most scenarios, excessive DHT causes thinning hair and hair loss. The more the DHT is produced, the greater the hair loss is. DHT comes from testosterone. Testosterone converts to DHT through the enzyme 5-alpha-reductase. DHT can trigger the Dickkopf-1 to produce DKK-1, which is known to cause the shrinkage of hair follicles and the death of papilla cells. As we age, the hormonal imbalance causes the increase of the DHT, which promotes thinning hair and hair loss. Inhibition of DHT becomes a popular way to overcome hair thinning and hair loss. 

 

Natural Remedies for Thinning Hair and Hair Regrowth

Nutritional Supplements 

  • Multivitamin

Unbalanced diet, thyroid disorder, anemia … etc. can cause hair loss too. Multivitamin can help to fill nutrient gaps. Prenatal multivitamin has better quality than regular ones, especially when it contains molybdenum. Molybdenum contributes to the use of iron and prevents anemia. Iron carries oxygen to our scalp and promotes hair growth. I take Isotonix Prenatal Activated Multivitamin for this reason. 

  • Biotin

Biotin is said to help the growth of healthier and stronger hair. Low level of Biotin is rare but may result in hair loss. I take Biotin 1000 mcg by Nature’s Bounty every other day. 

  • B-Complex 

A deficiency in vitamin B-Complex can cause follicles poorly nourished; therefore, hair becomes brittle and thinning. Because Biotin is part of B-Complex, therefore, I take B-Complex on the day without Biotin. I choose Shaklee High Potency B Vitamins with Folic Acid not only because of its good quality but also because of its tablet size, and I only take one tablet each time.

  • Hepatic Supplement

Liver function is closely relative to many aspects of our body. Liver disease can cause vitamin B deficiency. In Chinese medicine, the health of the liver and kidney dominates the health of our hair. Once or twice per week, I take Marlyn’s Hep-Forte to detoxify my liver. In addition to that, I make and drink organic Goji berry and Goji leaf tea. Fresh Goji leaves are difficult to get but sometimes available in Chinese supermarkets. 

  • Inositol 

Inositol, also known as vitamin B-8, is not an essential nutrient because our body can make it. Inositol prevents the collection of fat and help in detoxifying the liver.

Some researches indicate Inositol has the capability of reducing the level of androgens, Dickkopf-1 and DKK-1, therefore, may promote the hair growth. I take Jarrow’s Inositol 600 mg 2-3 times per week for this reason.

 

DHT Blockers

  • GLA (Gamma Linolenic Acid) 

 Many researches showed GLA inhibits 5-alpha-reductase. This implies GLA may reduce the conversion of Testosterone to DHT. Borage oil is rich in GLA, but I do not recommend it unless it is free of pyrrolizidine alkaloids (PAs – a substance that can cause liver damage). Evening primrose oil also contains GLA and is a safe choice as a DHT blocker.  I take 1-2 softgels of Barlean’s Evening Primrose Oil 5-6 times per week together with Omega-3 and Omega-9.

  • Astaxanthin

Astaxanthin is a powerful antioxidant. One of the side effects from Astaxanthin is that it may hinder the enzyme 5-alpha-reductase and thus keeps testosterone from converting into DHT. Astaxanthin has probably been the one that does the trick in my case, because I started to see greater improvement after I added it to my list. However, Astaxanthin is not for everyone due to other possible side effects, but I highly recommend it for those who also have type II diabetes. I take one softgel of Prime’s Astaxanthin every other day. 

  • Other Possible DHT Blockers

There are other DHT blockers such as Lysine and Saw Palmetto. I tried Saw Palmetto, but I did not see it helped. I did see some improvement from taking Lysine but I stopped after knowing a potential negative impact on kidney function. After all, kidney is much more important than hair. 

 

Others

Our hair needs a healthy environment to grow. Besides combing hair multiple times daily to improve circulation, I avoid hair conditioner and replace it with a herbal shampoo that contains essential oils such as rosemary. Some shampoos and conditioners may worsen hair loss. 

 

Final Words

Theoretically, a healthy and balanced diet is all one needs to do to regrow hair. If I could, I would not take any supplements to reverse my hair loss. I have to take those supplements because I hardly have any time to cook a decent meal for myself. My older sister is 60 years old, but her white hair is countable because she has a much healthier life than I do. Eating and living in a healthy way are far more effective than depending on natural remedies to reverse hair loss. I use a conservative dosage for every supplement I take and have at least one ‘supplement free’ day each week. Before using any supplement, one should always evaluate one’s overall health because supplements are not without side effects even they are natural. 

 

 

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