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14 Natural Hair Loss Treatments for Men (Backed by Science)

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Signs of Hair Loss

The signs of hair loss can be different for men, women, and children. However, despite the age or sex of the person, hair collecting (more than usual) in the shower drain or their hairbrush is often a sign of hair loss.

For men, other signs of hair loss can be:

  • Receding hair line
  • Thinning hair on the scalp
  • A horseshoe pattern that may leave the scalp exposed

For women signs of hair loss can be:

  • Hair thinning (especially at the crown of the head)

For children and young adults:

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  • Sudden loss of patches of hair
  • Full loss of hair on their body
  • Patched or incomplete hair loss on scalp or eyebrows
  • Abnormal shedding of hair following illnesses, anemia, stress, rapid weight loss, or drug treatments

Stages of Hair Loss for Men

By the time you are 35, it’s more than likely that you will experience some hair loss. By the time you are 50, you have 85% chance of significant hair thinning. However, there are remedies that you may apply to slow it down. Before buying supplements, you should learn what other options are at hand. Hair loss is a very common trait among males, so don’t feel that you are alone. Here’s what you can do.

1. Balanced diet

A well-balanced diet is the prerequisite to keep your hair in good shape. Do not forget to add different unsaturated fats, vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains, and fruits to your diet. Also, gradually reduce the amount of sweets intake.

Certain minerals and vitamins make your hair healthier. Some foods that you can take are:

  • Eggs, lean beef, green leafy vegetables, beans, iron-rich foods, and iron-fortified grains.
  • Walnuts, salmon, flax seeds, egg yolks, mackerel, hemp seeds, tuna, or anything rich in omega-3 fatty acids.
  • High-protein foods like seafood, eggs, and lean meats.
  • Drink plenty of water.

2. Quit smoking

You already know that smoking has several harmful consequents on your health. In addition to premature graying and wrinkles, smoking is also responsible for hair fall. There is a certain relationship between hair loss and smoking. If you want to avoid getting bald, quit smoking for good. [1]

3. Saw palmetto

Saw palmetto is most commonly used in the treatment of a swollen prostate. Although any research is yet to find palmetto’s effectiveness in treating hair loss, a study found positive outcomes when a group of men was treated with a topical formulation. [2]

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4. Scalp massage

Apart from being a source of relaxation, massage can also help with hair loss problem. Massaging stimulates hair follicles. According to a study a group of Japanese men who took 4-minute long scalp massage for 24 weeks on a daily basis, saw their hair getting thicker after the end of the experiment. [3]

5. Get a checkup

Besides an individual’s genetics, some medical conditions may be responsible for hair loss, too.

Below are some of the conditions that may cause hair loss and should be treated with urgency:

• Syphilis
• Lupus
• Lichen planus
• Scalp psoriasis
• Diabetes
• Hair pulling disorder, known as trichotillomania
• Eating disorders (poor nutrition)
• Sarcoidosis
• Alopecia areata
• Iron-deficiency anemia
• Thyroid conditions

6. Biotin

Some studies showed that biotin intake may significantly decrease hair loss. However, the research was primarily done on women. [4]

Here are some common sources of biotin:

  • Oats
  • Eggs
  • Nuts
  • Onions
  • Sweet potatoes

The brand Jason makes a biotin-based shampoo and conditioner, free of parabens, SLS, petrolatum, artificial colors or phthalates which can negatively affect your health. 

7. Stop a medication if necessary.

Some medications may cause hair loss. They are as below:

  • Blood thinners (anticoagulants)
  • Heart medications
  • Gout medications
  • Drugs to treat depression
  • Isotretinoin (Accutane), an acne treatment
  • Chemotherapy and radiation treatments
  • Medications used to treat high blood pressure

Don’t stop taking any medications straightway if you are suffering hair loss. Consult with your doctor first to see what other options are available. You may have to wait until treatment is complete. Once the treatment is done, your hair is more likely to regrow.

8. Oils

Peppermint oil helps greatly with hair growth. [5]

And there is also Rosemary oil, which can increase blood circulation on the scalp. According to a 2013 study, Rosemary leaf extract expedites hair regrowth in mice. [6]

9. Hibiscus

Hibiscus rosa-sinesis is widely used in India for hair growth. A mice study showed that it affects hair follicles positively. [7]

10. Bhringraj

Bhringraj (Eclipta alba), also known as a false daisy, is found to be effective in hair regrowth. Mice study showed the ayurvedic herb doing better than Rogaine (minoxidil). [8]

You can create a paste by using raw bhringaraj powder and mixing it with a little water, then stirring it to make a thick paste.  Infusing this powder with coconut or sesame oil to massage into the scalp can also help with hair regrowth.

11. Green tea

Green tea is another purported herbal therapy. It contains a polyphenolic compound which is promising in treating hair loss.

12. Reduce stress

Stress regularly takes a toll on your body and more specifically on your hair. Hair loss can be a direct result of leading a stressful lifestyle. You can follow these strategies to live stress-free:

  • Meditation
  • Listening to music
  • Doing yoga
  • Regular exercise
  • Getting enough sleep

13. Be gentle with your hair

While brushing or styling your hair, be careful to not do it rough. Twirling, pulling, and twisting constantly will definitely impact your hair negatively. Avoid doing the things below:

  • Hot oil treatments
  • Chemicals used in perms and hair straightening treatments
  • Bleaching your hair
  • Hot curling iron or straightening irons
  • Applying bleach or chemicals
  • Tight hairstyles, such as buns, pigtails braids, and cornrows

14. Onion juice

Applying onion juice to your scalp can help regrow your hair, showed a 2002 study. However, this treatment was tested on those with Alopecia areata, which is a patchy (non-scarring) type of hair loss. After 6 weeks of treatment, hair re-growth was seen in 86.9% of the patients. [9]

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