It could be so easy: quickly mix and apply a few healthy ingredients in the kitchen and hair loss is already a thing of the past. Sounds good. But are there actually any household remedies that can help against hair loss? And what to do if a receding hairline is becoming more and more visible?
Aloe vera, argan oil, biotin, iron, coffee, silica, coconut oil and even beer: The list of household remedies that allegedly help against hair loss is long. But what about the real potency of these natural remedies? And why are Finasteride, Minoxidil or a hair transplant the only permanent solutions for acute hair loss?
Fighting hair loss naturally – is it that easy?
There are numerous natural substances that men and women suffering of hair loss are trying out in order to stop the involuntary hair loss. In this article we will provide an overview of the most common means, and you will find out which can be helpful in car of the hair but may be less effective if you have hereditary or pathological hair loss.
Argan oil for hair loss
Argan oil can be a helpful remedy if you want more gloss and volume for your hair. Its ingredients provide the hair with moisture and nutrients. Also, the hairs compatibility should be facilitated by the application of the oil.
Massaging the argan oil into the scalp is supposed to improve the blood circulation of the hair roots and thereby accelerate hair growth. However, the question arises whether a disturbed blood circulation of the scalp can actually be remedied by the oil or whether the hair image improves purely optically by the additional care with the oil. Ultimately, argan oil is not a permanent remedy for acute hair loss but it can definitely be helpful in hair care.
Beer for hair loss
The fact that beer provides more power and shine in the hair has long been a widespread assumption. But does it also help with genetic alopecia or other forms of hair loss?
Basically, beer has a positive effect on the hair thanks to the contained pantothenic acid and its vitamin B content. Hops and malt have a strengthening effect and provide more volume. But although beer help with split ends and hair breakage, unfortunately, it doesn’t prevent acute hair loss.
Biotin for hair loss
Biotin – or vitamin B7 – can actually help against hair loss if it is a diet-related type. A biotin deficiency is a known cause for acute hair loss.
The body needs vitamin B7 for cell formation and renewal of skin, nails and hair. Therefore, an imbalanced diet can lead to biotin deficiency. However, before you start using biotin capsules or completely change your diet it is advisable to seek the diagnosis of a doctor. Only after determining a malnutrition you can finally look for solutions expediently.
Fenugreek for hair loss
Supposedly, fenugreek can stop hair loss and promote new hair growth. This effect is attributed to proteins, vitamin B and C and the iron which it contains.
The potency of Fenugreek has allegedly been proven in a study. However, the significance of a single study for proving a general point is highly debatable. And whether fenugreek capsules alone actually have such a strong effect on hair is also up for debate as they are often recommended in combination with a healthy diet. It is not clear whether the effect is purely due to the capsules or the actual diet change.
Nettles against hair loss
For battling dandruff and a dry scalp, nettle based hair tonic is said to work wonders. Therefore, it is quite suitable as an additional care product because a healthy and well-perfused scalp is of vital importance for sufficient hair growth.
All of the contained minerals and vitamins are important to the body. However, this is not enough to be able to attribute nettles an actual effect against acute hair loss. Whether it is genetically determined or due to a lack of nutrients, a dietary change or a hair transplantation are more secure means against hair loss.
Coffee for hair loss
It is indeed true that the caffeine contained in coffee promotes blood circulation, and this is an important prerequisite for healthy hair growth. However, the effect of caffeine on already advanced hair loss has never been proven.
In case of stress-induced hair loss, for example, the cause is a tension of the muscles and a concomitant lower blood circulation. In this case, however, it is more advisable to treat the cause – the actual stress trigger – than using caffeine to treat the symptoms.
Caffeine shampoos are said to stop hair loss and promote new hair growth. However, a certain amount of healthy scepticism about the marketing strategies of some manufacturers is appropriate as hair loss shampoos do not necessarily deliver on what they promise.
Chamomile tea for hair loss
Chamomile has a calming effect in general, it relieves inflammation and helps with skin irritation. Therefore, dabbing chamomile tea on irritated scalp areas or rinsing your hair with it actually works against feelings of tension and itching.
However, it doesn’t help against hair loss as it – similar to an itching or an inflamed scalp – usually has a deeper cause. If its reason is found (through medical diagnosis!) you can certainly be helped with more purposefully. However, there is nothing wrong with chamomile tea as a supplement in order to soothe the scalp and relieve itching.
Silica – or Siliceous earth – for hair loss
The silicon contained in silica is said to strengthen the hair and promote hair growth. This effect can be attributed to the fact that the body naturally requires silicon for the cell formation of hair and nail, which is why a deficiency of silicon would definitely serve as a cause for hair loss.
However, before you resort to silica it is probably advisable to have a doctor diagnose a possible lack of nutrients (or exclude them). Perhaps a complete diet change can stimulate your hair growth, which would include remedying the silicon deficiency.
Whether the silica alone is effective against hair loss or only for support in conjunction with other measures depends solely on the actual cause of the hair loss.
Coconut oil for hair loss
Coconut oil is considered the new miracle cure for dry skin, brittle hair and hair loss. However, this trend should be treated with caution.
In fact, coconut oil contains no vitamins but instead a large proportion of fat. No question, this grease smoothes the skin and makes the hair shine when applied externally but to which extent it yields long-term benefits for hair growth is rather up for debate. Only the lauric acid contained in coconut oil, which is important for the production of vascular protective HDL cholesterol brings additional value.
Rosemary for hair loss
For the care of hair and scalp rosemary oil is a very useful natural remedy. It soothes a dry and itchy scalp and is supposed to work preventive against acute hair loss.
However, the question also arises as to how the external application of rosemary oil should be able to tackle, for example, hormonal hair loss. After all, rosemary has no effect on the hormone balance and thus cannot really combat the cause of hair loss. As a support or addition to the actual hair care, however, rosemary is quite useful as it improves the supply of oxygen to the scalp.
Onions for hair loss
Onions are also said to have a positive influence on hair growth due to their basic properties: they have an antibacterial effect, contain catalase – an enzyme that protects cells against premature aging – and are generally said to promote blood circulation. These characteristics, according to popular belief, can also help with hair loss and promote stronger hair growth.
Basically, with all these household remedies it becomes apparent that they have one thing in common: they contain nutrients that the body needs naturally and usually the blood circulation strongly.
Therefore, you should first seek a medical diagnosis before deciding to use a remedy from your kitchen cabinet against hair loss. There may be specific causes for a circulatory disorder or a hormonal imbalance.
Hair loss due to improper diet, smoking and alcohol
Also vitamins and trace elements such as zinc and iron are said to have a positive effect on hair growth. This is due to the necessity of these minerals for cell formation and cell renewal. An imbalanced diet can therefore lead to hair loss as in this case the body is often missing these important nutrients.
Basically, this is good news because if the hair loss is proven to occur due to one-sided nutrition, it can usually be stopped by a conscious and healthy diet change.
Stimulants such as nicotine and alcohol can also lead to hair loss as they (in excess) constrict the vessels and thus promote poor circulation. As already mentioned this also influences the blood supply of the hair roots and thus the healthy hair growth.
However, there are also forms of hair loss that can’t be treated by a diet change. On the contrary, a hair thickening helps against genetically triggered hair loss, which manifests itself mainly by receding hairline and a threateningly bald head. Both in men and women with hair loss, this treatment can be a permanent solution and sustainably promote denser hair growth.
But… don’t Minoxidil and Finasteride help against hair loss?
If you prefer to use medical agents in the acute stage, finasteride and minoxidil are the only effective solution. They are also often used in conjunction with a hair transplant as they can accelerate hair growth after the procedure and support the transplanted hair roots in the regeneration.
Minoxidil has proven itself as a means for women, finasteride on the other hand is increasingly used in men. However, both remedies have in common that they need to be taken on a permanent basis in order to be effective. This translates to: if you decide to stop taking the remedy, the hair loss can occur again.
On the other hand, hair transplantation, as offered by My Perfect Hair Clinic, is a much more sustainable solution which, thanks to modern procedures, doesn’t leave any visible traces.
When transplanting strong donor hair to bald spots the genetic information of the hair roots is not lost. The hair will start to grow after implantation over the course of one year on the previously clear spots. The result is permanently denser hair growth, fuller hair and a through this a younger look – without the daily use of household remedies about a year.
Conclusion on household remedies for hair loss
Argan oil, beer, coconut oil or onions – many supposedly effective hair loss remedies can actually be found in your kitchen or bathroom cabinet. For the care or as a supplement to a therapy for hair loss, surely one or the other household remedies may be helpful.
Yet, it is always advisable to find the cause of acutely occurring hair loss as only after diagnosis of a doctor adequate measures can be initiated. You should not necessarily rely on old household remedies as their reputation usually runs ahead of them and the desired effect eventually will fail.
Medical hair restorers like finasteride or minoxidil actually work. However, they are intended for permanent use and lose their effect as soon as you stop taking them. If you do not want to use hair restorers on a regular basis, hair transplantation by a specialist like My Perfect Hair Clinic is the only permanent solution.