Whether you are trying to combat hair loss naturally or you simply want to try some home remedies before seeing what’s available, the following treatments should be easy to find around the house and have been scientifically proven to help with hair loss.
Garlic has been researched as a treatment for hair loss and one study found it to show quite the significant response (95%) when compared to the placebo group. The study used a garlic gel which should be available in most health stores but you can also use garlic oil instead. (Hajheydari et al., 2007)
Drinking green tea has a lot of benefits and it also seems to improve the quality of hair and have the potential to stimulate hair regrowth. A study on mice showed great hair regrowth in the group that was fed green tea for 6 months when compared with the control group. (Estafandiari and Kelly, 2005) It is unknown whether this is due to the tea’s effects on the circulatory system or its anti-inflammatory properties.
Peppermint Oil has been studied as a topical treatment for hair loss and using 3% Peppermint Oil topically stimulates hair growth and could stop hair fall in a very short time. Peppermint Oil works by promoting the vascularization of the hair dermal papilla. (Park et al., 2014)
Pumpkin seed oil
Pumpkin seed oil is another home remedy that might solve your hair loss problem. A study showed an increase in hair growth by 40% in men who were treated with pumpkin seed oil for 24 months with no adverse effects. (Young et al., 2014) This may be due to its potential to inhibit 5-alpha-reductase when taken as an oral supplement in the form of capsules.
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Hibiscus applied topically may also have the potential to help with hair loss and promoting hair regrowth. A study on rats suggested that the extract of hibiscus leaves had a positive effect on the hair growth phase, but the mechanism behind it is unknown. (Adhirajan et al., 2003) To use this remedy at home you will need either hibiscus rosa extract, oil or gel which should be applied topically on the scalp.
- Oh, J. Y., Park, M. A., & Kim, Y. C. (2014). Peppermint Oil Promotes Hair Growth without Toxic Signs. Toxicological Research, 30(4), 297–304. http://doi.org/10.5487/TR.2014.30.4.297
- Hajheydari Z, Jamshidi M, Akbari J, Mohammadpour R. Combination of topical garlic gel and betamethasone valerate cream in the treatment of localized alopecia areata: A double-blind randomized controlled study. Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol [serial online] 2007 [cited 2017 Mar 1];73:29-32. Available from: http://www.ijdvl.com/text.asp?2007/73/1/29/30648
- Esfandiari, A., & Kelly, A. P. (2005). The effects of tea polyphenolic compounds on hair loss among rodents. Journal of the National Medical Association, 97(8), 1165–1169.
- Cho, Y. H., Lee, S. Y., Jeong, D. W., Choi, E. J., Kim, Y. J., Lee, J. G., … Cha, H. S. (2014). Effect of Pumpkin Seed Oil on Hair Growth in Men with Androgenetic Alopecia: A Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Trial.Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine : eCAM, 2014, 549721. http://doi.org/10.1155/2014/549721
- N Adhirajan, T Ravi Kumar, N Shanmugasundaram, Mary Babu, In vivo and in vitro evaluation of hair growth potential of Hibiscus rosa-sinensis Linn., Journal of Ethnopharmacology, Volume 88, Issues 2–3, October 2003, Pages 235-239, ISSN 0378-8741, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0378-8741(03)00231-9.