Ways to Grow Back Thinning and Balding Hair

(List of ways to grow back lost hair with easy, affordable methods that really work.)

Do you notice more hair clinging to your brush and in the shower drain lately? Or have you found a spot on your head that is no longer quite covered by hair? The following methods, either one alone or using several in conjunction, have worked for many to re-grow healthy, thick, lustrous hair. While some of these methods may sound a bit unusual, they may be beneficial to you as well.

Increase your daily intake of the following vitamins and minerals:
Iodine (Potassium Iodide or Sea Kelp), Sodium ascorbate (an alkaline form of vitamin C; about 1000 mg.), Calcium (1,200 mg), Biotin (5,000 mcg), Horsetail, and MSM (a natural source of sulfur).

Herbs and foods:
All protein and calcium rich foods, sage, rosemary, gelatin, and pectin (an acidic extract taken from the rinds of citrus fruits and apples).

EVCO (Extra Virgin Coconut Oil) applied sparingly to hair (also great as a pre-wash hair and scalp soak, applied liberally.) Taken internally EVCO is also an efficient promoter of hair growth.

Scalp massage (massage scalp in a circular motion to increase circulation, using the fingertips and never the fingernails). Inversion Therapy is also helpful for hair loss due to poor circulation.

Use French Shampoo: Rene Furterer Astera Soothing Milk Shampoo. Users reported sprouting new hairs in as little as a week. In two months most reported thicker hair with bald spots almost completely covered.

Original Dawn dishwashing liquid (used as shampoo).

Borax (to wash hair, typically about one tablespoon mixed with water), (also helps cure scalp problems).

Stinging Nettle hair wash (boil some fresh or dried Nettle leaves for a short time, and use as a hair rinse).

Apple Cider Vinegar diluted into final rinse after washing; also makes hair shine.

Use pure crude oil to as a hair soak.

Eucalyptus Oil (apply to balding spots)

Baking soda and lemon taken internally for thinning hair (two tablespoon lemon plus one-half teaspoon of baking soda taken twice a day, preferably three times a day).

For aging hair: using a soft brush such as a boar bristle brush, bend forward at the waist and brush your hair toward the floor. Do not push brush into the scalp but just start at the scalp and brush to the tips. Use your other hand to hold the hair against the brush. When you have all the hair brushed well in this direction, stand straight and push the brush against the scalp while brushing your hair towards the back and sides of the head with constant pressure on the brush until all the hair all brushed well. As we age, the hair loses the ability to hold an enzyme found on the scalp. This method helps the production and distribution of this enzyme and increases circulation.

For male pattern balding, take Saw Palmetto (increased dosage- two capsules in the morning and two again in the evening.)

Finally, new research shows that simply eating soybeans may be the answer to keeping and re-growing your hair, as well as improving the hair you have. Go figure...

How to Help Your Hair Grow Longer, Faster

(Also works for lashes and nails)

On average, hair grows one half inch per month. If your hair seems to have stopped growing, or is thinning, the first step is to identify the cause.

Many think their hair is not growing because they are damaging it and breaking off the ends unaware. Try styling your hair in sunlight. If you see tiny pieces flying in the air as you style, this is likely the culprit. See this article to learn how to prevent breakage:

Hair, like the rest of your body, needs to be fed and nourished. If you don’t have a medical condition, such as a thyroid disorder, and you’re not breaking off the ends, your hair nemesis is most likely a vitamin or mineral deficiency.

The most common deficiency is Vitamin C. You have to consume it and/or take a supplement every single day, because your body does not store this vitamin. After a period of time, your hair will begin to thin and fall out without Vitamin C, so be absolutely sure you’re getting enough. The best source of C is sodium ascorbate.

Many Americans are iodine deficient. Iodine is essential, and hard to obtain. Without it, you will have slow hair growth, possible hair loss, and may even lose your eyebrows and eyelashes. Iodized salt is not enough for many to compensate for their diets, and many are on salt-restricted diets as well. Check your multi-vitamin for iodine or iodide. The best form is potassium iodide or sea kelp, and even many of the most popular brands of vitamins do not have it. Find a brand that does, or do an online search for high-iodine foods and other sources. If you are iodine deficient, you will have more energy as well as hair by remedying this problem. (Too much iodine is equally damaging and dangerous, be sure not to overdo it.)

MSM, or methylsulphonylmethane, is completely natural compound that our bodies use everyday. It’s essential for healing, but it also makes hair, eyelashes, and fingernails long and luxuriant because MSM is an organic sulfur, and hair and nails have more organic sulfur than anywhere else in your body. MSM is the fourth most needed element in nutrition, following oxygen, water, and salt.

Reduce your stress levels any way you can (excess stress weakens your hair), and get some sunlight. Vitamin D is crucial, and sunlight is a very good source. Additionally, take one-two tablespoons of cod liver oil, which is high in Vitamin D, about once a week, and as an extra dose take one tablespoon of linseed oil to give hair the essential fatty acids that it needs.

Protein is mandatory. Hair is made of proteins, so be sure to get sufficient amounts. An Amino Acid supplement is good to boost your protein. Try to get at least 1,000 mcg daily of Biotin as well, which helps your body use the proteins and carbohydrates you consume effectively. Biotin is relatively inexpensive, and comes in small, easy to swallow pills.

Other supplements for hair, lash and nail growth, in order of importance, are: Manganese, Vitamin K, Folic Acid, Zinc, Calcium, Vitamin B-Complex, Evening Primrose Oil, and Horsetail. Consuming gelatin is also beneficial, and is available in pill form.

(Coming Soon: Others ways to increase hair growth)

Finding a Good Multi-Vitamin for Women

This is the vitamin I take, and I thought I'd share the ingredients with you. I also take additional calcium and biotin. This is a very good vitamin, and I highly recommend it. You can purchase this, and any other supplements you need, at Puritans Pride online (click title above to visit website).

MEGA VITA MIN for WOMEN Time Release Tablets

Supplement Facts
Serving Size 2 Tablets
Amount Per Serving % Daily Value
Calories 5
Total Carbohydrate<1>
Vitamin A10,000 IU 200%
(as Retinyl Palmitate and Beta-Carotene )
Vitamin C (as Ascorbic Acid and Rose Hips)250 mg 417%
Vitamin D (as Cholecalciferol)400 IU 100%
Vitamin E (as d-Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate)125 IU 417%
Vitamin K (as Phytonadione)150 mcg 188%
Thiamin (Vitamin B-1) (as Thiamin Mononitrate)80 mg 5,333%
Riboflavin (Vitamin B-2)80 mg 4,706%
Niacin (as Niacinamide)80 mg 400%
Vitamin B-6 (as Pyridoxine Hydrochloride)80 mg 4,000%
Folic Acid400 mcg 100%
Vitamin B-12 (as Cyanocobalamin)80 mcg 1,333%
Biotin (as d-Biotin)80 mcg 27%
Pantothenic Acid (as d-Calcium Pantothenate)80 mg 800%
Calcium (as Calcium Carbonate)500 mg 50%
Iron (as Ferrous Gluconate)18 mg 100%
Iodine (as Potassium Iodide)150 mcg 100%
Magnesium (as Magnesium Oxide)200 mg 50%
Zinc (as Zinc Gluconate)15 mg 100%
Selenium (as Sodium Selenate)100 mcg 143%
Copper (as Copper Gluconate)2 mg 100%
Manganese (as Manganese Gluconate)5 mg 250%
Chromium (as Chromax® Chromium Picolinate)100 mcg 83%
Molybdenum (as Sodium Molybdate)50 mcg 67%
Sodium5 mg <1%>
Potassium (as Potassium Chloride)10 mg <>
Boron (as Sodium Borate)2 mg **
Silica (as Silicon Dioxide)2 mg **
Choline (as Choline Bitartrate)10 mg **
Inositol10 mg **
PABA (Para-Aminobenzoic Acid)10 mg **
Citrus Bioflavonoid Complex25 mg **
(Citrus sinensis) (fruit)
Royal Jelly5 mg **
Bee Pollen25 mg **
Dong Quai (Angelica sinensis) (root)50 mg **
Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) (flower)2 mg **
Garlic (Allium sativum) (bulb)10 mg **
Red Raspberry (leaf)2 mg **
Cranberry (fruit)25 mg **
Red Clover (Trifolium pratense) (flower)25 mg **
Wild Yam (Dioscorea villosa) (root)15 mg **
Vitex Chaste Berry Extract (Vitex agnus castus) (fruit)15 mg **
Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla) (flower)15 mg **
Soy Isoflavones5 mg **
Ipriflavone25 mg **
Barley Grass (Hordeum vulgare) (plant)5 mg **
Hesperidin Complex (Citrus spp.) (fruit)5 mg **
Betaine Hydrochloride25 mg **
Coenzyme Q-100.5 mg **
Pycnogenol® (Pinus pinaster) (bark)0.5 mg **
Alpha Lipoic Acid10 mg **
Lycopene1 mg **
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
**Daily Value Not Established