12 Natural Remedies that Boost Hair Growth

Hair loss affects both men and women.  While genetics plays a role, there are other factors, including:  hormonal imbalances, an underactive thyroid gland, nutrient deficiencies and insufficient scalp circulation.  Here are 12 natural remedies that can help boost hair growth:

Cut back on meat: Hormonal imbalances are a primary culprit in hair loss.  Japanese researchers also link excessive sebum production in the scalp to high levels of 5-alpha reductase.  Their research indicated that animal fat intake may increase sebum production.

Add the herb saw palmetto: A study in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine reported that saw palmetto (serenoa repens) may increase hair growth in men.  Hair growth improved in men taking 400 mg of a standardized extract of saw palmetto and 100 mg of beta-sitosterol (from saw palmetto) daily.  Historically, saw palmetto has been used by herbalists for hair loss in both men and women.

Address a possible underactive thyroid gland (hypothyroidism) which can cause thinning hair:  Add sea vegetables like kelp, nori, dulse, kombu and wakame, all of which are rich in iodine may be helpful to balance this condition.  Avoid drinking tap water since it typically contains fluorine and chlorine, two chemicals that inhibit iodine absorption.  You may also want to supplement with 100 mg or 1 mL of the herb bladderwrack (focus vesiculosus) daily.  Work with a qualified holistic health care professional if you suspect a sluggish thyroid gland.

Get enough essential fatty acids:  Essential fatty acids from walnuts, flaxseeds, fish and avocado are also important for healthy hair.

Boost bioton: Biotin encourages hair and scalp health.  Dietary sources of biotin include: nuts, brown rice and oats.

Boost keratin production with MSM: Methylsulfonylmethane aids in the production of keratin (a protein in the hair) while doing double-duty to strengthen hair follicles.  In one study 100 percent of people who supplemented with MSM showed reduced hair loss and increased growth in only six weeks.

Rejuvenate hair follicles with B-complex vitamins: 100 mg daily of a B-complex supplement that includes biotin and vitamin B6 can reduce hair thinning by increasing scalp circulation and rejuvenating hair follicles.

Discover how to increase collagen for stronger hair and fewer wrinkles…Rev up collagen production with vitamin C: Collagen surrounds the hair strands but as we age collagen breaks down, causing hair to be more vulnerable to breaking.  The best way to boost collagen is not through some expensive medical procedure, it’s by getting more vitamin C.  Foods high in vitamin C include: citrus fruits, strawberries and red peppers.  Supplementing with 250 mg daily can help boost collagen production which has the added bonus of reducing wrinkling.

Prevent breakage with vitamin E: Vitamin E is required to nourish damaged hair and to prevent breakage.  It aids the body’s ability to manufacture keratin within hair strands to reduce breakage.  Supplementing with 400 IU of vitamin E can be helpful to restore locks.

Eat foods rich in iron: Iron is also essential for hair growth and can be found in blackstrap molasses, green leafy vegetables, leeks, cashews, dried fruits, figs, and berries.  To help your body absorb iron, you’ll need enough vitamin C.

Give your hair a mineral boost: The minerals silica and zinc are also critical for hair growth.  Take 500 mg of silica two times daily and 30 mg of zinc once daily.

Boost scalp circulation with rosemary essential oil: Rosemary essential oil has been traditionally used to increase circulation to the scalp.  Add a few drops per dollop of shampoo or, better yet, add a few drops of rosemary to coconut oil and massage your scalp regularly.

 

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414 comments

Janet B.
Janet B3 days ago

Thanks

Vihaan A.
Vihaan Aabout a month ago

I am 32 from India I read on a forum about a miracle oil from Africa and I decided to give it a try. I contacted the manufacturers (abiomoigho@gmail.com) and on getting and using the product my life changed (confidence restored). I regrew 60% of my hair in 3months. I shall keep you posted on subsequent results.

Vihaan A.
Vihaan Aabout a month ago

I am 32 from India I read on a forum about a miracle oil from Afirca and I decided to give it a try. I contacted the manufacturers (abiomoigho@gmail.com) and on getting and using the product my life changed (confidence restored). I regrew 60% of my hair in 3months. I shall keep you posted on subsequent results.

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.1 months ago

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senorita c.
senorita c2 months ago

Did not know about saw palmetto..thank you

Philippa Powers
Philippa Powers2 months ago

Thanks for the tips. I will be trying them.

Nathalie B.
Nathalie B.4 months ago

@Samantha T. You should calm down and not worry cause I had exactly the same problem and I found a solution for it. Doctors said everything was fine but definitely it wasn't (since my hair was growing less and less as time went by). I decided to take my hair issues into my own hands and that's when I ran into an article in a magazine talking about hair health and improving hair quality, and eureka, I found out what it seemed to be the be-all end-all of hair health, and that is biotin. Since this was also an important thing for me, I didn't just want to get any Biotin out there, I have always sworn by Certified products when it comes to supplements, and I immediately purchased my biotin from here www.certifiedbiotin.com . Great quality and not only my hair would benefit from it but also my skin and my nails! I took it - and still take it - twice a day. To tell you the truth my hair didn't just recover its growth rate right from the next day but after 8-12 weeks of regular use I could see a noticeable improvement. In fact, people started giving me compliments about my hair and some friends were even asking my how was it that I achieved it.

Samantha T.
Samantha T.4 months ago

I have struggled with my hair for a long time now. I am quickly approaching my 40s and I have bad hair quality. Recently, I have also noticed that my hair has stopped growing as it used to. A few years ago I went to the salon on a monthly basis. Now, it takes me almost two months before I even need to cut my hair! I am desperate and I really need help right now. Hair is one of the most important parts of a woman and I don't want to give up on this one. I went to the doctors but they didn't found anything wrong with me. The exams I took showed that I am healthy and there's no reason for this to even happen to me. Please, I really need hair advice urgently!!!!!!!!!!!!

Levi U.
Levi U.5 months ago

This would probably work but I've just been using Biotin Shampoo( http://amzn.to/28UE5FY ). Really this stuff has worked very well. I had really thick hair but during the summer it goes frail. This shampoo did wonders for that because of the formula they use and the vitamins inside it. I highly recommend checking it out.

I also read that folks also had great results for using it on their face, for growing out even beards. :)

Kloe K.
Kloe K.6 months ago

The Somaluxe Paradise Shampoo worked for me as well! I wanted my hair to grow longer also, and Im so sensitive I can only use natural products. . .so yeah - thanks for the tip on that one - it worked great !