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11 Best Natural DHT Blockers That Help With Hair Loss

In this ‘Ultimate Guide‘ I’m going to show you the most effective DHT blockers I’ve ever discovered after 4 years of research into the causes and natural treatments for hair loss.

Some blockers you can apply topically, some can be taken internally, and finally I’ll show you my favorite and number one way to block DHT naturally.

My final method won’t involve any drugs or any expensive supplements that you need to take every day. It involves a systematic biochemical change in your body – that powerfully balances your DHT levels over time – helping you stop any further hair loss.

Now, before I dig into the main point of this article, I’d first like to discuss DHT blockers and the role they play in the prevention of hair loss.

There are two ways to supplement with DHT inhibitors: topically and internally. Of course, each method of supplementation will have its own mechanisms behind their efficacy.

However, it’s first important to understand why blocking DHT works to prevent hair loss and promote hair growth in the first place.

NOTE: The majority of DHT blockers in this article have NOT been tested on humans. There is no clear evidence that these natural DHT blockers causes hair regrowth in humans, more studies are needed in this area. This is unlikely to help. This is not an FDA approved treatment. Do see a doctor before you proceed with treatment.

DHT: The Cause Of Male-Pattern Baldness?

Male-pattern baldness is a common condition, accounting for 95 percent of hair loss seen in men (1). But what causes male-pattern baldness, and can it be reversed?

It’s commonly believed that the main culprit behind male-pattern balding is DHT (2). This stands for Dihydrotestosterone, and it’s an androgen sex hormone that is produced from testosterone.

Essentially, testosterone, the sex hormone responsible for your “maleness”, combines with 5-alpha-reductase, an enzyme involved in steroid metabolism.

This results in the production of DHT, a compound which can wreak havoc throughout your body, especially your scalp.

Once there, DHT connects to the androgen receptors at the base of the hair follicles. For those who are sensitive to DHT, this leads to miniaturization of the hair follicles and, eventually, hair thinning and loss.

So, perhaps you’re thinking, why not just block testosterone?

Of course, that’s a possibility. However, it will result in some less-than-pleasant side effects, including gynecomastia, decrease in strength, sexual dysfunction, and infertility (3, 4, 5).

Essentially, blocking testosterone will lead to a decrease in the characteristics that make you male.

What’s the next best step?

Fortunately, there are two other components of the process, both of which can be inhibited with little to no ill effects: 5-alpha-reductase and DHT.

Below, you’ll find a list of dihydrotestosterone blockers. This is a bit of a misnomer, as some of the ingredients block DHT, while others inhibit the activities of 5-alpha-reductase, thereby preventing the production of DHT to begin with.

However, all of the listed ingredients can be a beneficial addition to your hair loss treatment routine, and I recommend you experiment with them to find the one that works best for you.

5 Topical DHT Blockers

When you have a condition – whether severe or not – it’s common to treat the underlying cause in order to reduce symptoms and treat the condition effectively.

For individuals with Androgenetic Alopecia (AGA), doesn’t it make sense then to treat the condition at the source (scalp) and block DHT present within the scalp before it’s able to do damage?

That’s the logic behind topical DHT blockers, and why I recommend their use in combination with internal blockers.

Topical All-Natural Blockers

Let’s look at five topical DHT blockers that you can start using today.

1: Saw Palmetto

This is a berry-producing plant native to the Americas, and one which is believed to inhibit the enzyme 5-alpha-reductase (6). This is the enzyme responsible for the conversion of testosterone to DHT, and therefore acts as a preemptive DHT blocker.

Unlike the majority of the other substances that inhibit DHT on this list, saw palmetto works most effectively at reducing DHT present in the body and scalp.

This was shown in a 2016 study performed by Opoku-Acheampong et. al., when saw palmetto was combined with either testosterone or DHT in syrian hamster flank organs (7).

Saw Palmetto topical use on hamsters
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As shown by the above photo comparison, saw palmetto combined with testosterone was better at reducing pigmentation of the flank organ (a sign of androgen activities) than the saw palmetto-DHT combination.

This is because saw palmetto works best by inhibiting 5-alpha-reductase as opposed to stopping the activities of DHT.

NOTE: Do keep in mind that this study was performed on hamsters. However, this treatment may still prove beneficial for humans, too.

2: Stinging Nettle

Stinging nettle is a plant indigenous to parts of North America, Europe, and Asia, and it’s well-known for its ‘stinging’ effects when touched. What you may not have known, however, is that stinging nettle extract is an excellent topical DHT blocker (8).

A 2011 research study which considered the effects of stinging nettle on BPH found that it decreased prostate size, a strong indicator of its 5-alpha-reductase inhibitory effects (9).

prostatic weight decrease with stinging nettle supplementation
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While this first study was done on rats, a previous study performed by Safarinejad studied stinging nettle’s effects on BPH in human patients (10).

In fact, this was a large-scale study with 620 patients in total.

The study was performed over a period of 6 months, and the results were collected using various models and techniques. These included:

  • International Prostate Symptom Score (IPSS);
  • Maximum urinary flow rate (Qmax);
  • Postvoid Residual Urine Volume (PVR);
  • Serum Pros-tatic-Specific Antigen (PSA);
  • Testosterone levels; and
  • Prostate size

After 6 months, both the IPSS and Qmax decreased significantly in the stinging nettle group. For example, the IPSS decreased from 19.8 down to 11.8. In the placebo group, it only decreased from 19.2 to 17.7.

What does this mean for hair loss sufferers?

Stinging nettle has been shown to inhibit 5AR’s activities, which is great for men and women with AGA.

3: Reishi Mushroom

As a newly-discovered DHT blocker, reishi mushroom is still gaining traction in the world of hair loss treatment and hair growth.

That doesn’t mean it’s any less effective at treating the underlying cause of AGA, though, and is an excellent addition to your topical hair care routine.

In a 2005 study, the DHT-blocking abilities of 19 different mushrooms was tested (11). While the majority of the tested mushrooms did inhibit the activity of 5-alpha-reductase, Ganoderma lucidum (reishi) was the clear winner:

Reishi Mushroom inhibits 5-alpha-reductase, thereby reducing DHT levels in the scalp.
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It actually had an inhibitory percentage of over 70 percent, which was significantly better than the other mushrooms in the study.

By inhibiting 5AR’s activities, reishi is comparable to finasteride in that both inhibit 5AR and, as a result, reduce the amount of DHT that attaches to the hair follicles.

4: Rosemary Oil and Extract

As an analgesic oil with antifungal, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties (just to name a few), rosemary oil is a helpful addition to any hair loss sufferers hair care routine (12, 13, 14).

On the topic of DHT blocking, specifically, topical application of rosemary extract has been proven to inhibit 5-alpha-reductase. As a result, this blocks DHT from connecting to the scalp’s androgen receptors and prevents hair loss and hair follicle miniaturization.

But just how much of an effect does rosemary extract have on the inhibition of 5-alpha-reductase?

DHT inhibitory effects of rosemary oil extract
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According to a 2013 study, topical applications of 200 mg/mL and 500 mg/mL inhibited the conversion of 5-alpha-reductase by 82.4 percent and 94.6 percent, respectively (15).

That’s better than finasteride’s inhibition percentage (81.9 percent) in the same study.

5: Ecklonia Cava

An alga that’s found off the coasts of Japan and Korea, E. Cava is a promising new lead when it comes to the cessation of hair loss and growth of new hair.

Composed of polyphenols, this anti-inflammatory and antioxidant-packed alga is used commonly throughout Asia and consumed on a regular basis (16, 17).

While E. Cava may make a delicious addition to your soups, its topical use has been proven to inhibit 5-alpha-reductase and, therefore, DHT (18). When applied as a whole, E. Cava was shown to inhibit 5-alpha-reductase up to 61.5 percent. Even better, though, was the inhibition results of the polyphenol extract dieckol:

ecklonia cava inhibits DHT
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Dieckol is found in abundance within the alga. The highest concentration tested (100 mg/mL) actually proved to be just as effective as finasteride:

Dieckol, a polyphenol found within ecklonia cava, is an effective inhibitor of DHT.
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This means that E. Cava and its extracts are a good option to consider if you’re looking to block DHT and even contribute to the proliferation of new dermal papilla cells (19).

5 Internal DHT Blockers

While topically reducing DHT certainly have their place in the treatment of hair loss and promotion of hair growth, internal DHT inhibition can be more beneficial than topical blockers in the long term.

Internal All-Natural Blockers

Let’s look at five internal DHT blockers that you can start using today.

1: Green Tea

Green tea is commonly touted as a cure-all, but did you know that green tea extract can actually be used to block DHT and treat the source of male-pattern baldness?

Green tea is a source of epigallocatechins (EGCG) (20). These are catechins, a type of plant phenol with a variety of beneficial properties.

One such property of epigallocatechins is its proven ability to inhibit the activity of 5-alpha-reducatase (21).

To reap the benefits of green tea supplementation, you could of course increase your tea intake or add in a green tea supplement.

2: Flaxseed

Composed mostly of omega fatty acids and lignans, flaxseeds are a proven DHT blocker and can be used internally for positive hair growth results (22).

Two studies were performed on animals, both showing the benefits associated with flaxseed supplementation.

The first study, performed in 2013, measured the effects of various plant-based lignans on DHT (23). These plants included flaxseed, sesame, safflower, and soy, and were administered orally either in powdered form or in a petroleum extract.

The study was performed on castrated male rats, with a focus on prostate weight (as lowered weight indicates less androgenic activity).

Flax (both the powdered and ethanol extract) proved to decrease prostate weight, as well as lower testosterone levels. These are both strong indicators of 5-alpha-reductase inhibition.

The second study, performed in 2014, looked specifically to flaxseed’s hair growth benefits (24).

To quickly summarize, 16 rabbits were split into groups of two. The first group received regular rabbit feed (control), while the second group received a feed infused with crushed flax (test).

Over a period of three months, a section on the rabbits’ backs were shaved once per month. Measurements were taken each time, and these were the results:

rabbit hair length results flaxseed supplementation
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rabbit hair width results flax supplementation
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rabbit hair weight flaxseed supplementation
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As shown above, the group that received flaxseed supplementation (LSI) saw improved length, width, and weight of hair.

Scientists couldn’t exactly pinpoint the reason for such results. However, I think it’s safe to say that DHT blocking (as shown above in the first study) is one of the main contributors.

One of the easiest ways to work it into your routine is by adding it (milled or powdered) to your smoothies. This adds a nice boost of fiber, as well as adds a slightly nutty depth.

You can also sprinkle it on your salads, add to stir frys, and even make your own flaxseed dressing with a bit of honey and lemon!

3: Sesame Seeds

Another source of lignans and proven inhibitor of 5-alpha-reductase, sesame seeds are another great choice to block DHT (25, 26).

In the 2013 study on flaxseed mentioned above, sesame seeds were another plant-based lignan studied (27). In fact, the ethanol extract of sesame seeds were shown to be incredibly effective at reducing prostate weight and testosterone levels in the tested rats.

This is really not a surprise, though, as sesame seeds are packed full of polyphenols, sterols, and essential fatty acids, all of which contribute to health and well being (28, 29, 30).

And, similar to flax, sesame seeds are very easy to incorporate into your diet.

Mix a few drops of sesame oil into your smoothies, soups, and salads. Or, use it in place of canola or olive oil while cooking. Add a few sesame seeds to your favorite dishes, including chicken, fish, and pork for a slightly nutty flavor.

There’s plenty of ways to add this healthy supplement to your daily diet. Take a look at some of my favorite hair loss supplements here.

4: Pygeum

Pygeum is a bark from the Pygeum Africanum tree, believed to significantly relieve the symptoms of men who suffer from Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) (31).

BPH is an enlargement of the prostate, and can lead to obstructive and irritative lower urinary tract symptoms (32).

DHT is a well-known aggravator of BPH, meaning that its inhibition contributes to a shrinking of the enlarged prostate and a reduction in the painful and irritating symptoms associated with the condition (33).

This was shown in a 1998 review study, which considered the role that pygeum bark played in the reduction of BPH symptoms (34).

As proven, men treated with pygeum bark were twice as likely than the placebo group to report symptom and improvement.

In addition, nocturnal urination was reduced by 19 percent, residual urine volume (urine remaining in the bladder) was reduced by 24 percent, and peak urine flow was increased by 23 percent.

To supplement with pygeum, I recommend adding high-quality supplement to your day. A dosage of 100mg/day is a typical recommendation (35).

5: Pumpkin Seed Oil

Pumpkin Seed Oil (PSO) is an extract of the hulled pumpkin seed, and as a rich source of antioxidants, fatty acids, and minerals, it’s a great addition to any hair care routine (36, 37).

Of course, pumpkin seed oil can be applied topically. This provides gentle cleansing and is an excellent way to maintain a healthy scalp.

Pumpkin seeds are a rich source of antioxidants, and they also provide anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial health benefits.

However, for those looking to treat male-pattern baldness, pumpkin seed oil is most effective when ingested. Why? Pumpkin seed oil is believed to inhibit the activity of 5-alpha-reductase. When done internally, this is the most effective method for inhibition.

How effective is this method?

In 2014, scientists in Korea asked this very question (38). To answer their question, they recruited 76 male subjects with mild to moderate AGA. Half received a supplement containing PSO (400 mg per day) while the other half received a placebo capsule.

At the end of the 24-week study, 44.1 percent of the men in the supplement group saw a mild-moderate improvement in hair growth. This same improvement was seen in only 7.7 percent of the placebo group.

Diagram of hair count, and hair thickness after 24 weeks using pumpkin seed oil compared to a placebo
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And here’s the visual evidence that supplements containing PSO can be effective DHT blockers:

Before and after photos using PSO to block DHT
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One thing to point out is that PSO was not the only ingredient within the supplement. However, it very likely did contribute to the hair growth effects as shown above. How can I know this? Well, consider all of the benefits of PSO. These include anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic (39, 40).

So, how can you add PSO to your daily routine?

Pumpkin seeds are a great snack by themselves. You can eat them by the handful, or toss them onto salads, into soups, and even blended into smoothies and juices.

How to Use Topical and Internal DHT Blockers

If you’d like to add topical and/or internal DHT blockers to your hair care routine, there are a few options for doing so.

The most common way to use DHT blockers is topically. This includes in shampoos and solutions, but sometimes even directly.

There are many products already on the market with DHT-blocking ingredients. These include our very own line – Hairguard.

Such products can have positive effects on the hair follicles, and they’re less likely to produce side effects as with internal blockers.

But there are also ways to add internal blockers to your routine if you so wish.

Perhaps the easiest way is with supplements.

Over-the-counter supplements will often contain the recommended daily dose (or close to it) of a variety of vitamins and nutrients. And some of these can even be DHT blockers, such as those containing green tea, pumpkin seed oil, and flaxseed.

You can also add many of the internal ingredients mentioned above to your smoothies, juices, and other recipes.

Now, with all of the above said, it’s time to discuss the number one DHT blocker method. Without further ado…

The Ultimate DHT Blocker – Introducing The Acid/Alkaline Balance

In this section of the article I’m going to explain a concept that will change everything that I’ve just written above.

See, the problem with simply “blocking” DHT is that you’re not fixing the underlying causes. You’re simply reducing the amount of DHT in your body and expecting that this will help your hair.

Although there may be less side-effects when blocking DHT naturally (like I’ve shown you how to do above) when compared to finasteride, it’s still not the best way to reverse hair loss.

Now what I want to show you is a better, perhaps more effective, way to do it…

Using the concept of acid/alkaline balance.

The foods we eat, after they have been metabolized leave in our body what is known as metabolic waste.

Depending on the type of food that we eat the metabolic ‘ash’ will either have a net acidic or net alkaline effect on our bodies.

That means every food we eat will make our bodies more acidic or more alkaline.

Having the correct pH (pH is a measure of acidity and alkalinity like Celsius and Fahrenheit are a measure of temperature) in our bodies is crucial to strong health because our cells, hormones, mitochondria, and just about everything in our bodies work much more efficiently in the right conditions.

Our natural and healthy pH is a slightly alkaline 7.4 (41).

Useful enzymes and hormones must have precise alkaline conditions to be effective, whilst destructive enzymes, hormones, and diseases thrive under acidic conditions (42).

Some foods cause hair loss, other help regrowth

This is even true for 5-alpha-reductase which is more effective at a pH of 5 (43).

It quickly becomes apparent that the typical Western diet consists largely of foods that have a net acidic value.

That’s not to say that alkaline foods aren’t included in this diet, it’s just the bulk of the foods are acidic.

The so called ‘balanced’ diet that is known to be the pinnacle of health to the majority of the population is heavily weighted on the acidic side.

How does this affect hair loss, you might be asking? In terms of pH balance this affects our hairlines both directly and indirectly.

First, let’s discuss the indirect effects of acidosis (too much acidity in the blood, cells, and tissues). As our bodies become more acidic due to our food choices, diseases such as microbes and bacteria thrive.

When our bodies are coping with illnesses caused by the acidosis, our bodies don’t have the energy and resources to grow hair for the purpose of conspicuous consumption so new hair growth slowly ceases.

We can turn this around and use it to our favor by alkalizing our bodies so much that diseases and bacteria simply can’t survive in these conditions.

The resources are now freed up for maximum potential hair growth.

Now let’s look at how acidosis directly affects the strength, thickness, coverage, and color of our hair. As the body tries to maintain its ideal pH balance (pH 7.4) under the onslaught of net acidic foods it must take back (leach) parts of our body to buffer (cancel out) the acidity.

Remember from chemistry class that acid and alkaline cancel each other out (i.e. neutralize each other).

Crucially for us the body buffers the acidity (i.e. it neutralises it with net alkaline parts) by leaching (stealing) nutrients from less important parts of our body.

The best way to buffer the acidity in an attempt to preserve our health is to leach nitrogen and calcium.

One of the best sources of nitrogen is protein, such as the specific protein found in head hair called keratin (44). This amino acid forms the majority of the hair molecule.

The result in most people is a gradual slowing down of the rate that their hair grows, a reduction in color and saturation, strength and thickness, and then recession of the hair line.

However the acidosis manifests itself, these short term symptoms should be warning signs that more severe diseases are on the way. Luckily the answer is simple.

Restore the natural growth of your hair by returning your body to its natural pH.

Unfortunately, or maybe it is fortunate because it’s a warning sign, whenever we revert back to an acidic diet their hair soon starts to suffer as the pH drops to acidic and the body must once again buffer the acidity using keratin from hair follicles in an attempt to prevent disease overgrowth.

So you will need to create a habit around your new alkaline diet so that it’s easy to maintain.

How To Alkalize Your Body Quickly

Eat foods that make the body more alkaline, that way your body won’t need to ‘eat’ its own hair to stay healthy.

The most effective and easy way to start immediately alkalizing the body is to consume vegetable juice. Buy a juicer and make carrot, celery, broccoli, cucumber, spinach…..etc., juice daily.

Juicing is an unbelievably good way to get amazing quantities of enzymes nutrients and minerals into the body without expending large amounts of time and energy digesting the fiber.

It will help to quickly restore your natural pH, as long as you don’t have too many acidic foods in your diet.

With the right pH the body can retain hair, so make sure you blood pH is balanced.

An interesting point to remember is that as your body becomes more and more alkaline, vegetables and particularly vegetable juices become more pleasing to the palate. Literally the more alkaline you become the more you enjoy alkaline foods.

The takeaway point here is that you must maximize your intake of net alkaline-producing food and minimize acid-producing food.

How Does The Acid/Alkaline Balance Directly Block DHT?

You may already know about the enzyme called 5-alpha-reductase (5αR). In case you didn’t already know 5αR is an enzyme that changes testosterone into dihydrotestosterone.

Some interesting research has been carried out recently which found that the enzyme type 2 5αR is localized in the vertex and frontal scalp (the bits of the head most affected by hair loss.)

However, it wasn’t present in the occipital region (the lower back of the head where most bald men still have some hair).

This basically shows that type 2 5αR is primarily responsible for the pattern in male pattern baldness. Where type 2 5αR is found, so DHT will be produced here and loss of hair will be the result.

What a different study discovered was that specifically type 2 5αR works best in a very specific optimum pH range (45).

Outside of this pH range this particular enzyme simply can’t function and do its job of binding to testosterone to make DHT. The optimum pH range for type 2 5-alpha-reductase is pH 5-5.5.

5 alpha-reductase activity was determined at pH 5 (optimal for the type 2 isozyme) and pH 7 (optimal for the type 1 isozyme) in isolated infrainfundibular segments from sebaceous and vellus follicles…

It means that if our bodies are more acidic, pH 7 or below, then the enzyme type 2, 5-alpha-reductase functions much more efficiently, creates more DHT, and consequently we lose more hair.

On the other hand, when we alkalize our bodies, the pH in our scalp becomes greater than 7. The enzyme can’t do its work of converting T to DHT, DHT isn’t produced and we don’t lose our hair as a result.

Our bodies evolved so that the foods we ate most often (fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts legumes, fish, meat….) created the best conditions for our bodies and specifically our enzymes to function in.

When we eat foods that we didn’t evolve eating (processed and pasteurized foods like grains and dairy, which you’ll notice are all highly acidic) then our bodies are pushed out of balance and the enzymes start doing weird things like producing excessive DHT resulting in hair loss.

Let me quickly emphasize this point because it is very important for actually getting results and re-growing your hair:

The precise enzyme which scientific studies have found to be responsible for hair loss cannot function in an alkaline cellular environment.

Unfortunately, there isn’t much current research on whether an alkaline diet will alkalize the blood and, therefore, the scalp. But we do know of its many benefits, including (41):

  • Increased fruits and vegetables in an alkaline diet would improve the K/Na ratio and may benefit bone health, reduce muscle wasting, as well as mitigate other chronic diseases such as hypertension and strokes.

  • The resultant increase in growth hormone with an alkaline diet may improve many outcomes from cardiovascular health to memory and cognition.

  • An increase in intracellular magnesium, which is required for the function of many enzyme systems, is another added benefit of the alkaline diet. Available magnesium, which is required to activate vitamin D, would result in numerous added benefits in the vitamin D apocrine/exocrine systems.

  • Alkalinity may result in added benefit for some chemotherapeutic agents that require a higher pH.

So even if you don’t believe that an alkaline diet will directly grow hair, the proven benefits above may contribute to a healthier environment.

Important! Why You Must Know About DHT Sensitivity

You’ve now learnt about the most powerful (and safe) natural DHT blocker in the world, but this is only a small part of the story, because high DHT levels are not the sole cause of hair loss.

In fact, there is something that is much more important than blocking DHT, and that’s DHT sensitivity. Or to be more precise, hair follicle DHT sensitivity.

Because when you reduce the sensitivity of your hair follicles to DHT you protect yourself against hair lose permanently. Men with pattern baldness don’t have particularly high levels of DHT, however they are more sensitive to it.

There are a few natural and powerful ways to reduce your DHT sensitivity. I will do a quick overview of them now.

The Balance Of Good And Bad Bacteria

In every body there is a balance between good and bad bacteria. In fact, there are more bacterial cells making up the human body than human cells, which is why it is so important that these bacteria are beneficial to your health.

These billions of bacteria cells that make up part of us are called the ‘microbiome’ (46).

The balance between good and bad bacteria affects hair health

However, modern life has waged a war on bacteria in the form of antibiotics, preservatives (designed to kill bacteria), chlorides and fluorides in water, processed foods lacking fiber, antibacterial hygiene products, and packaged food and drinks that have been processed, microwaved, and pasteurized.

You may be able to see with all these how our microbiome has been damaged and can easily get out of balance.

One of the side-effects of this damaged microbiome is that autoimmune problems start arising, with the body beginning to attack itself in strange and unusual ways. Think about it, have you ever wondered why your own hormone (DHT) would start attacking your own hair follicles?

This is an autoimmune problem that leads to DHT sensitivity.

Luckily, there is a lot you can do to optimize your microbiome to reduce DHT sensitivity, including adding specific strains of probiotic bacteria to your diet, as well as specially made drinks that reduce bad bacteria.

(Learn more about the microbiome, and its effects on hair loss, here.)

Delayed Allergic Reactions To Food

Most of us are aware that some people are allergic to some specific foods, such as seafood or peanuts, for example. But fewer people know that allergic reactions can also be delayed and, therefore, less obvious.

Because they are less obvious it’s harder to catch delayed allergic reactions and we may be in a constant state of inflammation which can cause autoimmune problems from these reactions.

For example, some people are sensitive to gluten while others are sensitive to the nightshade family including tomatoes, potatoes, and eggplant.

It’s hard to tell what your body might not be responding well to if you aren’t aware of this. You may just feel bloated, fatigued, and under slept and not understand why.

You can work out which foods you are sensitive to (if any) with an elimination diet (47). This is a highly restrictive diet which is best performed under the watch of a trained physician.

Mechanical Tension of the Scalp

Perhaps one of the more interesting theories regarding male-pattern baldness is the one that implicates mechanical tension of the scalp as a major contributor.

Let me explain.

Just as with the skin, there are multiple layers of the scalp that play different roles. From outermost to innermost, these layers are: skin, subcutaneous, galea, subgalea, and pericranium.

The galea is a fibrous, connective tissue that covers the entirety of the scalp from just above the eyebrows (the frontalis muscle) to behind the ears (the occipitalis muscle) (48). And this tissue may actually be responsible for the progression of pattern balding (49).

The tension theory states that activation of the Hic-5 protein, an androgen receptor co-activator which improves the function of a cell’s androgen receptors, may be triggered by mechanical tension of the galea.

But why would activation of Hic-5 mean hair loss? Because as an androgen receptor co-activator, this protein has been shown to induce androgen sensitivity in the hair follicles (50).

So, what’s the solution? Reducing scalp tension!

You can do so yourself with scalp massages and exercises, but there are also tools which are easier and more effective. These include Scalp Tension Relaxers (STRs) such as the GrowBand (51).

By reducing tension, you can reduce your need for DHT blockers such as those mentioned above.

Conclusion

There’s no doubt that sensitivity to DHT plays a role in pattern hair loss. As such, by blocking DHT you may be able to stop hair loss and even promote growth.

However, this will only treat the problem temporarily.

This is why I urge you to find out the underlying cause of your hair loss, and then target it directly. You can do so by alkalizing your diet, but also by improving gut health, eliminating sensitivities, and reducing scalp tension.

If you have any questions or comments. please feel free to leave them in the comment box below which I’ll answer as soon as possible.

*This article was reviewed by Dr. Anil Simhadri

234 thoughts on “11 Best Natural DHT Blockers That Help With Hair Loss”

  1. Lot of thanks for providing such a useful knowledge.Please also explore effect on hair growth if pH increases beyond 7.36 consuming more vegetables
    etc.

  2. Hey Will, the information that you sent me is, in my opinion, my be the best way to stop hair loss, and restore health to the whole body besides the hair follicles. Thanks will; looking forward for the free booklet.

  3. I liked this article, but I am skeptical. If this was true, then why do some plant-based diet Vegans still go bald ?

    • Hi John, thank you and good point. Getting alkalised isn’t everything, it’s just a small part of the picture when it comes to stopping hair loss. There are other causes that contribute too. Also, even vegans can eat unhealthy and acidifying foods, or perhaps they aren’t getting enough protein in their diet. You have to defeat hair loss from many different angles 🙂

    • Blood PH never goes very far from the optimal point. There is no way it will get down to 5.5 or even below 7. I don’t see any evidence presented here that shows eating these foods actually creates a change in enzyme activity. If it works at ph 5-5.5 the reaction is likely happening inside endosomes inside of the cell where the ph is supposed to be in that range.

      • Wow, that’s a great point requiring real objective evidence from a molecular chemistry perspective to counter. I’ll go ahead and speculate that you will not receive a rebuttal or a response.
        Thank you for your objective and critical thought.

  4. Great article, thanks for all the research. Now I know that the acid / alkaline balance is so important for stopping DHT I’m really going to try and focus on getting my body alkalised. I want to learn more about this subject

    • Thank you James, yes most people underestimate how important the correct pH is for the proper functioning of the body. When we become too acidic all sorts of weird and unnatural things start happening to our body. Good luck getting your body alkalised, it does take time though. Most of us have eaten highly acidic foods for most of our life, so don’t think that adding a couple of extra vegetables will make too much of a difference. You really need to put a lot of time and thought into becoming alkaline again. But it’s amazing how much more healthy you will feel in the process. You can learn more about this method in my course Hair Equilibrium where this is one of the chapters.

  5. Incredible article, I haven’t heard this anywhere else. What is the fastest way to get your pH correct?

  6. Another way to remove DHT from your system is to take reishi (aka mushroom of immortality). You can take it as a tea by boiling the dried whole mushroom or slices, that’s what I do. It’s been proven to completely eliminate DHT from your system. You can also rince your hair with some of the leftover cooled reishi tea.

  7. I have already gone bald losing 40 % of total hair from my vertex & top area only backs & sides is remaining so following this article would help to re-grow my lost dead cells? or I should give up hope and go for a wig

  8. Hi William, I happen to stumble upon your website and honestly, out of all the websites out there, this is the best one by far. I’m so grateful to you for putting such detailed info on your website for people like me. I’ve been suffering with hairloss (androgenetic alopecia)for quite a few years and shed quite a few tears..You can only imagine how devastating it is for a woman.. I just purchased the emu oil and selenium supp.so far -(praying something will finally work ?thank you so much again, all the blessings-
    D

    • Such an amazing site with such an amazing info. Im trying to beat MPB already 2 years but i have hair loss for maybe 7 years now. I am now Norwood 3+ going to Norwood 4 stage. Been using minoxidil with 15% concentration along with azelaic acid. I never used some essential oils, keep my diet like it was (almost pure junk) and still gained pretty good hair. However, I stopped using minox together with azelaic for some short period of time.
      Then my hair turn into hell like overnight. I was paying HUGE price for not using it. I thought it might be because DHT but i was too afraid to try propecia or fin because of insane side effects. Also i’ve been doing research about some natural DHT blocker and BOOM got landed here. This here is pure gold that’s for sure. I want to ask is it ok if i use:
      1. Nettle seed oil
      2. Peppermint oil along with magnesium
      3.Minox along with azelaic acid
      4.Zync
      5. Biotin
      6.Reishi mushrooms (pills)
      7. Completely change my diet.
      8. 2 Times a week dermarolling and every day massages.
      What do you think about this routine?
      How much can someone return his hair with this routine if he is Norwood 3+ (almost 4). I know it’s not possible to say how much can I return but is it possible someone from Norwood 3-4 to become Norwood 2-3. Im really curious about this. BTW I started the project above and using all the ingredients that i’ve mention. I hope in 4 months I will have some results. Please tell me your opinion. And again, thanks a lot for sharing such a good and valuable info.

  9. Very helpful article. This has given me new insight on male pattern baldness. I’m going to start with vegetable juicing as soon as possible. I got one question though: Are there any accessible brands that sell alkaline water, or do you have to buy a water ionizer? Thanks.

  10. Does this really work, im 23 and my hair has been falling out like i have never experienced before. I can see my scalp through my hair and im really worried about losing my hair?

    • Hello Alex, this isn’t a ‘magic cure’ but over time alkalising your body will help you to retain your hair. It’s one small step in the right direction. When you put those small steps together you tip the balance towards natural hair growth – I call this ‘Hair Equilibrium.’

  11. There is some truth to what you say.But realize it isn’t the diet causing the baldness.

    Stump-tailed macaque and mottled starlings even develop male pattern baldness.

    I would imagine the animals are eating a fairly health diet and avoiding Big-Macs and candy bars.

    • The statistics show that incidences of MPB are increasing over time. Diet is just one of those contributing factors.

  12. Hye Will,

    Love this article, but can you give some more information about which vegetables i can use ? and how much of each in the juice ? I also buy almond milk and drink this regularly every day , is this good enough ?

    • There is more information inside the Hair Equilibrium program. The proportions of each vegetable in the juice come down to personal preference mainly. The main point is that you drink a large quantity, enough to get your body back into a natural alkaline state. Almond milk from a bottle is okay, but it is better to make your own if possible, since shop bought almond milk probably has low levels of real almond and lots of sugar and preservatives.

  13. Good day Will, if you recommend an alkaline diet than why is cleaning hair and scalp.with vinegar also recommended?

    • Its a different kind of acid. On your skin or hair, ACV is fine, since its 100% natural. Drinking lemon juice (acidic) actually alkalises the body because once metabolised the waste mineral deposits are alkaline in nature.

  14. I like this article, may I ask please, the main causes of acidic/inflammation of the body and best ways to alkalize the body?

    • Acidifying foods like dairy, processed foods and meat. Inflammation can come from delayed allergic reactions from certain food groups – there is more information about this inside my newsletter.

  15. I’m on top of many of your ideas and recommendations already; for years in some cases. Are raw vegetables eaten in sensible amounts a comparable disadvantage over juiced vegetables? Maybe you are concerned that most of your audience is not getting enough raw vegetable influence, however, in my case, all vegetables and roots, including ginger and turmeric, are consumed uncooked. Am I lowing my chance of hair regrowth by only eating, not juicing, raw vegetables?

    Am ordering your main product in a few days, but thought now is a good time to ask, in advance.

    • Hi Tom, raw vegetables (not juiced) are perfect, they are ideal because they also contain the fibre. However, to get the body alkalised quickly it can be beneficial to extract the juices, that way we can consume much more of the alkalising nutrients and minerals than by eating them whole and raw. Doing both is a great combination.

  16. Great article Will.I was wondering if ACV will result to more hair loss since its acidic.I understand drinking lemon juice alkalises the body since it requires an alkaline environment for digestion but then the scalp doesn’t have this mechanism as the gut so don’t you think apple cider vinegar on scalp is dangerous?
    Thank you

  17. Hey, Will, I’m a 73-year-old woman and I have multiple health problems. I’ve been trying to get my pH to alkaline. I love veggies, fruit, and nuts but I don’t seem to get enough protein. What can I eat or juice so I get enough protein. By the way, I think a lot of my problems are from having too much DHT.

    Thank you so much. This was so useful for me.
    Alex Nizam

    • I would recommend hemp and pea protein powders added to smoothies as an excellent source of high quality, plant based protein. You can find them very easily on Amazon or a local health food shop.

  18. Hi Will, I found that my hair start falling from past two years..i am 24 year old…in present i started medication in India…my doctor giving me some supplements and minoxidil 5%…but the results are still not good.

  19. Hello,
    i am from Nepal.from more than 3 years i am facing hair loss.i have checked once in skin hospital they told me because of the DHT my hair is falling down and they gave me some medicine which is for temporary but i didn’t take cause i was looking for permanent solution . now i am having amla juice i am waiting your perfect advice.
    thank you

  20. Hey Will,

    I recently purchased Hair Equilibrium and strongly recommend it to anyone interested in a better understanding of what’s causing hairloss from the inside out…

    From your research; when starting this program, would it be better to start eating for your metabolic type right away, or should we concentrate strictly on alkalising the body for a few weeks before introducing the more acidic foods, that are in line with our metabolic types?

    Thanks.

    • Hi Ricky, I would recommend first focusing on alkalising right away, and then you can introduce those foods that match your metabolic type once you feel happy with that phase.

  21. Thanks for the quick reply, I’ve got one more question regarding alkalinity…

    I’ve been successful at keeping my body alkaline during the day when I’m consuming the right foods, supplements and alkaline water. My PH hovers around 7.5 as I monitor it consistently throughout the day… But when I wake up and test my PH first thing in the morning, it sits around 5.8, and this worries me because 6 to 8 hours at this PH does my hairline no good.

    Are there any suggestions you could make on keeping the body alkaline while sleeping or as alkaline as possible…

    Thanks very much.

    • Hi Ricky, how are you testing it? I don’t believe 100% in any of those tests, realistically your bodily pH won’t change that much in such a short time. It takes month to change tissue and blood pH. Just focus on the big diet changes.

  22. If someone cannot stomach drinking raw vegetable juice (because it makes their stomach really really upset),

    Can that person focus on cooked/ steamed vegetables/ home made vegetable soups?

    Or if someone is super busy will just Alkaline water be enough? 🙂

    I have read that sugar ages the body prematurely, and it seems that massive weight gain and baldness sometimes go together?

    Is there any study for thin people with good healthy diets being less likely to go bald?

    • Hi there, if you can’t stomach vegetable juice sometimes it can be sign that you have a buildup of bad bacteria in your digestive tract that are reacting to the juice. Soups are a good option, especially if they are homemade and use broth as the base.

      Definitely try to avoid processed sugar where possible.

  23. Is it dangerous for pregnant women to block DHT — with stinging nettle, and rosemary oil, say — as this hormone (so far as I know) is used in the development of the male foetus? Any information on this would be greatly appreciated. Plus, thanks for all the great advice on your website.

  24. Hello Will,
    I wanted to thank you for the effort you put into writing this. I had a few questions that I have been thinking about and would like to know what you think

    1. I am trying to reverse my hair fall because my hair is very thin. I am going to buy your ebook and start on the programe and I want to know if you think it’s better to cut off all the bottom of my hair before I start. *since it’s very thin)

    2. Is there any brand of dermarollers you recommend, and what needle thickness do you think is best for a beginner

    3. My diet is very far away from being healthy. I tried the exfoliation method you mentioned and it helped reduce my hairfall to almost none for a few days, until I suppose all the gunk was built again (because of my horrible diet.) Would you recommend I do nothing to block the DHT externally until I fix this internally or is it fine to do both at the same time.

    Thank you in advanced

    • Hi Mai,

      1. Cutting the bottom of your hair won’t affect growth rate, but you may find it easier to manage.
      2. There’s no specific brand of dermaroller that we recommend, though we highly suggest our dermastamp here. As for thickness, 1.0mm is a good start.
      3. It doesn’t hurt to take a dual approach, but you’re right that unless you treat the problem internally you’ll need to continue to treat it externally as well.

      Kind regards,

      Steph

  25. Lots of mixed reviews on DHT and how it might not be the culprit for hairloss after all, i train with weights 5-6 times per week but i do believe that DHT and its conversion can create hair loss, i rather have a full head of hair then the shoe shape and bigger muscles. Also most Caucasian male look terrible with a completely shaved head. I am 45 and have mild hair loss or thinning and this website is a god sent, pretty much all the supplements taken are also great for other health benefits too and you don’t go broke if you know where to find them and buy in bulk. I have experimented with drugs, and the results where disastrous, dutastiride works wonders and you will get sick regrowth because it does block both DHT not only one like finastiride but man will you suffer the side effects, i was full of water retention, i took some AI blocker and i felt worst, my face was puffy and swollen and with minoxidil my hair was dry and full of dandruff. I believe if you do not have full blown male pattern baldness the cures offered here will work. Combining saw palmetto pumpkin seed oil and matcha smoothies will help by blocking some of the DHT without having low libidio weigh gains, pumpkin seed oil is a diuretic too found when taking this i have more trips to the bathroom, i have added DIM as a natural estrogen regulator not sure about the studies but so far i don’t seem to retain water like i did on the hair loss drugs. Topical is peppermint oil this stuff works i feel it tingling and hot, magnesium oil and just added melentonin oil too, with jojoba oil, i will be doing a 6 month regiment on this and i am sure i will be very pleased with the end result. I have upped my vitamin D3 intake to 5000IU a day, i take a collagen, MSM vitamin C mixture i had back pain from ligament so it helps a lot, and started to use the herb ashwanghada which helps with stress and lowers cortisol level…… lets see how things go thanks again Will i think 2017 is going to be a great year for hair regrowth

  26. Thank you so much for your hard work as a researcher for this information. I will purchase your program as soon as possible! God bless!!!

    • Thanks KD, I really appreciate it. Purchasing the program helps us to keep the website running and keep our research unbiased and as in-depth as possible.

  27. I read this guide about a month ago and immediately started vegetable juicing and removing acidic foods from my diet (as much as I reasonably could.)

    I’ve noticed that my hair doesn’t shed so easily now, and generally less hair loss overall.

    I can’t be 100% certain it’s connected but for the other people reading this I would recommend giving it a try.

    • Thanks for your comment Greg. Yes less shedding is one of the ways you can see how well any treatment is working (although this isn’t always the case, since shedding can sometimes be unhealthy hair being replaced!) but I’m sure it’s a good sign in your case. Keep it up because the body takes longer than you think to come back to its natural alkaline state!

      • I can agree with Will’s discovery. I made this discovery myself quite by accident and went more vegetarian approximately two years ago BUT a major find was the H2GO Water Filter which gives me around 9 pH from the tap. Purchased less than six months ago. As soon as I used it the effect was similar to taking Astaxanthin 12mg for the first few days. The Kapow effect! Hair was still thin but with less shedding. Early days maybe? I was also Ozonizing my water to kill most all bacteria before using my H2GO.

        Then around five weeks ago I got very lazy with my diet. Saving money. Going to Poundland buying pre-cooked hot dogs, low cost everything, Fray Bentos ready made pies, HP Baked Beans. Really cheap! Hardly any vegan , forgetting the H2GO and using my Brita Filter all of the time because it was quicker. Gave a pH of around 6.5 from the tap. The tap water here being around 7.2pH.

        Next. Shedding hair like never before! Just last week. Quickly got some Magnesium Oil as I read about this article. I was told of the benefits but ignored the information a year ago and back to the better routine as before. Already fair results after a couple of lukewarm shampoo’s with some of Will’s recommended Oil’s and Avocado. Very I recently added Catalase for greying hair and possible re-growth as well as Astaxanthin 12mg which I also dropped using round 10 weeks ago. Must be of Hawaiian extract for best result.

        Overall I would concur that the H2GO water purifier raising the pH was a good deal at £60.00 a unit.
        Don’t drop it if you get one. They might easily break. Seems a little fragile! I feel I could drop most all other supplements’ and oils in favour of a High Alkaline Water if I had to make a financial choice. I just know it works.

      • I started loosing my hair in 2012. I also developed a dry scalp. I was told recently that it was due to the fluoride in my water. I started using a sulfate free shampoo mixed with Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castile Soap the past three months and also rinsed with apple cider vinegar once a month. I have a lot of short hairs around the top of my forehead now and my scalp has improved about 75% between March and August of this year. I was wondering if your list of mixtures would work for my mother. She has had hair and scalp issues as well as breast cancer so one breast was removed. I know that an alkaline diet would have helped if she had started it early enough but I would like to help her keep her total body healthy.

  28. 99% of this article is correct, however, the pH of the body is/will be considerably more alkaline than the scalp in HEALTHY individuals, and should be. Eating an alkaline diet will NOT produce a pH of 7 in the scalp and you actually would not want it to.

    Scientific studies on skin has shown those who have a pH below 5 (on average- the pH differs by body area) have skin in far better condition than the 5.5 – 6.5 that we keep hearing as “ideal”. The ideal pH for the scalp is 4 to 4.5.

    Eating lactobacillus species bacteria probiotics are great for your skin for many reasons, one of which because they actually create a more acidic environment by way of lactic acid (which is produced, unsurprisingly by the lactobacillus bacteria) finding it’s way into your sweat. Lactic acid has a pH of 2.4 and along with a number of amino acids; pantothenic acid and ascorbic acid create (or attempt to at least) an environment which is conducive to healthy skin and therefore hair.

    This helps to decrease the pH of the scalp to the ideal 4 – 4.5 range, below the optimal range of Alpha 5 Reductase and also below the pH that skin yeasts which can cause issues can proliferate in.

    I would be shocked to see somebody with hair loss that had a healthy scalp pH so adding (quality) lactobacillus probiotics to your diet along with healing a leaky gut (many resources on the internet tell you how to do that) will not only alter skin pH to a healthy level but stop the chronic inflammation which, as is so rightly mentioned in this article, the catalyst for every disease/condition which we develop.

    Adding good quality protein to your diet (plant based as well as organic lean poultry, oily fish- absolutely NO red meat) and ensuring you have the right ratio of Omega 6 to 3 (circa 2 – 2.5 : 1 with minimal Arachidonic Acid coming from the diet- your body produces it when needed but excess AA prevents elongating and conversion of other O3/6 acids to their anti-inflammatory forms) will go a long way to creating an environment in which hair growth can happen.

    A cleanse of the liver will also help your general health. Among many other things, the liver helps get rid of excess estrogen from males. It is actually the imbalance of hormones rather than the presence of DHT in itself which partly causes issues like hair loss. You need 5% of testosterone to be converted to DHT but a higher conversion along with too much estrogen = bad news for men and our hair.

    I’m not going to list any companies who sell Liver detoxes, because I am not here to sell, but there are quality ones out there.

    It’s impossible to know whether there are some men who are simply destined to go bald but we should all give the body it’s best chance to prevent that form happening.

    • Hi Steve, your comment is very shocking for me, and I think maybe I should follow the tips you mentioned. Do you have any websites about these great tips? I’d like to know more about curing the hair loss problem. Thank you.

  29. Thank you for all this great information. Question, I use Just For Men hair color about every 6 weeks to take out the gray. Is this going to make me lose more hair and if so, is there a better/safer method to get rid of gray hair? Thank you

    • Hi Rick, this is an interesting question; yes I think that Just For Men would contribute to hair loss, just through the sheer amount of chemicals. It may only be a small effect, but when it comes to the hair, over time this can make a big difference.

      I’m not sure about how to prevent gray hair. That would be something interesting to look into. I have heard that a diet with plenty of colourful micronutrients from plants (think colourful foods, rather than the typical beige diet) can help.
      Will

  30. I had a friend that took nettle orally and he had a major, major bleeding problem. It was attributed to this. Is this an issue for topical use? I doubt it enters the blood. I will be using it after my weekly derma 1mm roller, so i am a bit concerned. I read that the little holes close up after 30 minutes, so i have NO problem waiting that long to avoid anything.

  31. Hi will, thanks for the great article. What i understand most after reading your article is to maintain our pH on a healthy level which are going through vegetable diets, right? Im about to do some body building or at least do some exercise at gym and there will be muscle supplement involved such as fat burner and maybe some aminos and protein shake. My question is will it affect my attempt to alkalize my body by doing the vegetable diets? Or maybe that could turned out to be good since i’m pumping some protein? Also is it safe for me to consume testosterone growth supplement? Thanks for your advice

  32. I am having hair loss since 6 Years with itching scalp. Can you please suggest some solution for that as well?

  33. Hi..is there any ready product in the market that you recommend? Some clinics now offer plan based on the same theory targeting scalp and using tablets what do you think? Finally, can we prevent male sexual functions from being affected ? Thanks a lot

  34. Additionally to everything u wrote (especially the alkaline diet) are cold showers beneficial for your hair

    Secondly could the process of Nofap be considered as another natural way of blocking or inhibiting Dht production?

    It’s tough that so much food we consume is acidic…. That’s a big change to go through to become alkaline again.

    • Changing to an alkaline diet is a big change, but it’s so worth it for the benefits. Vegetable juices are the most efficient way to quickly alkalise your body.

        • The overall conclusion is that I suggest not using blockers such as saw palmetto internally. They are most effective topically (i.e. stopping DHT directly on the scalp.) This is one of the reasons we use rosemary oil in our GRO2 product – it inhibits 5AR very effectively.

  35. Hello Will, great information. I am trying hard to decrease the amount of DHT production in my body. But still having hair fall, so I guess it is the sensitivity of my hair follicles. Can you please suggest me how to solve this issue.. Thanks

  36. Really good article,I’ve tried the saw palmetto method and the result are quite shocking.Its been 4 week since I started applying the saw palmetto mixture n my hair got thicker but at the same time there are some hair fall going on maybe around 15 to 25 hair strands per day compared to pre treatment which is 50+.Is it normal?

    • Thanks Stanley, well the number of hairs falling each day is reducing, which is a good thing. Don’t become obsessive about counting them though because this will only stress yourself out. Keep with it, because hair growth can take a long time.

  37. Hi Will,

    Amazing article with tons of information at a single place. Just wanted to know if you also have a natural ways for promoting facial hairs..

    • Thanks Vik, mmmh, I never looked into promoting facial hair, so I wouldn’t really have a good idea about what works.

  38. Great article! You did an excellent job of explaining why an alkanine diet is important as well as how to achieve it. You made it clear that hair loss is a sign of larger issues. Thank you .
    I will pass these articles on to my family and friends.

  39. I have hairloss problem due to this i have less interest in life what can i do to solve this issue

  40. This article’s fascinating.

    A few months ago, I tried commercial carrot juice for the first time, which was as grim as I’d expected, but more recently, I sipped the same brand’s ‘organic’ version, which was so delicious I drank nearly the whole bottle in one go.

    I was put off further veg juice drinking, after reading how dangerous *fruit juice* is to one’s liver.
    Maybe it’s worth trying again …

    • And making your own veggie juice is also rewarding. You can mix in different veggies (as well as ginger and lemon) until you find a taste you like.

      • Hi Will,

        Is juicing and using a nutribullet same same, or should the pulp be discarded?..eg. when juicing.

        • Hi Andrew,

          If using the nutribuller/blender in place of a juicer, Will recommends straining the blend through a sieve/cheesecloth. This will remove the pulp, which the juicer automatically does.

          – Steph

  41. Please let me know if female hair loss can be treated the same way. What can I do to promote hair growth. I’m 60 and am experiencing thinning hair in an alarming rate. I see bald spots coming out. I’m upset by this and don’t know what to do. I don’t want to use rogaine or minoxidil. I’m afraid of these chemicals and their affect on my heart. Please help.

  42. Hi Will, many thanks for your excellent job.
    I had a hair transplant (FUE) one month ago, and I have two questions.
    Is it safe to wash my hair with apple cider vinegar? What about magnesium oil? I tried the latter but maybe it is too soon due to my condition, as I still have some scars that need to heal.
    Beside this, do you have any suggestion to favor the success of my hair transplant procedure in the next months?

    Best,

    • Hi Max,

      In regards to your first question, I’d recommend you speak with your surgeon.

      As for how to ensure success, it’s important to increase blood flow to the scalp. This will provide the follicles with the blood and nutrients they need to thrive.

      You can do so with scalp massage and microneedling.

      Steph

  43. Hi Will! but it’s equ

    What an exciting site technically, and it’s equally well communicated complete with fun, original illustrations! I’ve done hair for 37 years … thriving all along, but more and more clients are experiencing hair loss which makes my job way hard in to so fun ways. It’s starting much in people much younger than in previous years, too.
    I’m in the process of restructuring my biz to do more hair loss treatment. I’ve been working at treatment of my own severe case of Lyme Disease for the past 30 years …. an electromagnetic machine I purchased and continue to benefit greatly from for the past 11 years has been more effective than many stringent, toxic medical treatments I’ve had. My thinning hair came in in an unnaturally rapid way, all over my body but not any more than was natural for me. I wasn’t even targeting hair growth, however there are frequencies which do.
    Would there be a chance I could reach you by phone at some point, at your convenience? Just would love to hear some of your thoughts on my thoughts after studying your site for a week if you’re at all inclined. hahaha
    Thanks so much for your wonderfully organized and engaging work.
    Kris

    Thank you so much

    • Hi Kris, thanks for your comment and your sharing your experience. You can contact me by emailing will (at) hairguard.com. Regards.

  44. Hi Will,

    Thank you very much for the information indeed! Since I can`t find your email on this site, I use this to ask a few questions about the 4 secrets. What is the exact order to use the peppermint oil, rosemary oil and magnesium? Can I throw them all together and massage them into my scalp before taking a shower? Or some oils better suited after you wash your hair?

    Any help would be great!
    Kind regards, Tom

    • Hi Tom, if you want to use PEO, REO and mag oil I would recommend using our new Gro2 product. The best way is to massage the mixture into your scalp before bedtime and then rinse out in the morning. It’s important for the ingredients to be in contact with the scalp for as long as possible. This increases the efficacy of the oils.

  45. Bro,you are an absolute genius.Thanks a lot.This article is world class and I literally mean it.

    • Thank you Riham, I appreciate your support. We are always trying to make our guides better and more effective, I’m glad this has helped you 🙂

  46. Excellent article. I was wondering there must be some connection with ph level of body and DHT. You article not only cleared that concept but also gave additional information and knowledge.

    Now I can relate that why my hair lose started after my dengue treatment 7 years back. They are so much thin hairs which appears baldness in today’s date.

    I have to regrow all them back.

    Thanks.

  47. Hi,

    I have a busy life, with daily high stresslevel. My hairline is slowly pulling back since about 10 years or so.. I use a special tonic and shampoo that contains saw palmetto, zinc, coffein and other ingredients. I don’t feel that it really helps. On daily bases i follow the paleo diet. A lot of vegables and different kind of nuts. Are there any supplements that detox your body and restore the natural ph balance?

  48. How do hair dyes effect regrowth plan and do the natural ingredients like lemon bleach or fade the colour.

  49. Very good information mr.will ,I have male pattern baldness ,no article ever suggested these info about DHT as yours,I would have overcome my baldness if it was 8 years earlier, but better late than never, I will try to improve by pH balance improve my health,
    Thank you bro.

    • Thanks Kiran. It should help you, but remember that minimising DHT isn’t everything, it’s only one part of the equation to regrow your hair.

  50. At this point I am at a lose. I eat healthy. I do not drink or smoke and I am at a loss on how to stop my hair from falling out. I wash my hair every 3 days with Do terra shampoo. I use a mixture of oils on my scalp and massage my head. I also use ACV on my hair once a week. I am losing my hair the most at the crown of my head. I air dry after wash/rinse. I will finger out hair or sometimes use a larger tooth comb.

  51. I’ve noticed a great divide within this discussion. A lot of people will tell you to apply a typical solution and leave it at that. Others will tell you to only test the system (the body). I think it’s silly not to do both. Unless you have a rare condition that is causing your hair to fall out, and even then. I mean when I discovered the detumesence research paper I also stumbled upon a guy who used that info. He said that by changing his diet to a highly anti-inflammatory one and massaging his scalp help regrew his hair line -with photographic evidence to prove it.

  52. Great article! Just checking to see if this also applies to women that are seeing hair loss in the same manner as male pattern baldness. Also, due to medical reasons, I went into menopause prematurely and my hair loss increased gradually since onset. Would my hairloss be treatable?

  53. I was injected with a 200mg pellet of testosterone along with 100mg pellet of estrogen to control post menopause symptoms. The hot flashes totally disappeared. After 4 months my hair started falling out. I had long thick hair which took two turns of band to wrap pony tail. Now it takes four turns and hair sheds all day; more in vacuum! My blood level of testosterone is 150. What can I do. Naturepath recommends quality saw pawmetto, but changing diet seems important, too. What do you recommend for 60 yr old woman?

  54. I just eliminated the fat burner i was taking and also put a hold on creatine, both known to cause hair thinning because this is what i have. I am using magnesium, jojoba, peppermint, melatonine on the scalp and matcha, pumpkin seed oil and saw palmetto internal. I also changed my diet to a more ketogenic approach. Lets see how things go, i guess i did not get results before because of the fat burner that stresses the body and scalp. I took dutastiride for fina for a year they both work also with minoxidil but honest low libidio, weight gain and water gain puffy face not for me, full head of hair is not worth all those side effects i rather try the natural way.

    • Hi Yannick, thanks for your comment. That sounds like a good combination. The melatonin addition is an interesting move. Let me know how it goes with that. Remember though, blood flow to the scalp is crucially important, so, as well as these steps you’ll need to incorporate scalp massages and exercises into your regime too. Without these massages and exercises, I predict you will be able to stop further loss, but regrowth will be unlikely.

    • Hi Kari,

      Yes, but you’ll need to follow an additional step to remove the pulp and fiber.

      Once you’ve run the ingredients through the blender, you’ll need to use a cheesecloth or sieve. It’s still not as effective as the juicer, but is should work.

      Regards,

      Steph

  55. In March 2015, I adopted a whole foods plant based lifestyle. About December of last year, I really noticed my hair falling a lot. Now, the thinning in the front is even more noticeable. I am 46 years old and I thought maybe this could be pre- menopause symptoms. I feel I am low on progesterone because I do have trouble sleeping for a few days before my cycle starts and they are not regular. Going plant based cause my hormones to balance out actually. I lost 70 pounds and PMS estrogen related symptoms disappeared. I have no other hormonal signs of pre-menopause. I also don’t believe I have any thyroid issues. My temperatures are fine and I have no other symptoms that would justify a thyroid issue. So I’m thinking this hair loss could be caused by stress (I homeschool 4 kids!!) or detox??? My diet changed a lot since I began…in the beginning lots of legumes, grains and veggies. Now more greens, fruits and juices. So I think I’m detoxing?? My question would be… do you think these shampoos, treatments, massages would help me. Also my hair texture has changed a lot… in a year it went from thick and dry to fine and curly/ wavy, still dry. I use oils to keep it tamed and moisturized. I’m also using a natural shampoo with Shea butter in it. I wash my hair a couple of times a week only and my scalp does feel greasy on the second day. But I hang in there and only wash after 4 days. I’m at a loss at what to do. I don’t think I’m protein deficient because I lift weights and have gained muscle mass in the past year. My nails are strong. My only 2 complaints would be the hair loss and drier skin. Please help shed some light on my hair drama! 🙂 thank you.

    • Hi Tereza, thanks for your detailed comment. I’m slightly hesitant to offer too much advice because I have focused on male hair loss in my research. Im not 100% up to speed on female hormones etc. Stress could be playing a role, but it does sound like it could be connected to diet change. I would make sure you don’t have any deficiencies such a vitamin K2 which is found in things like grass fed butter and free range eggs. Something like hydrolysed marine collagen might also be a useful supplement for you. I think that scalp massages and exercises would be useful to some degree, but you would need to fix the underlying issues first. If you are lifting weights you really need to make sure you’re getting enough protein. From a plant based diet this will be hard work chomping through a lot of fibre to get what you need. Would you be okay with taking bone broth?
      Will

    • Based on what you described Tereza – I would definitely increase your consumption of raw animal fats, including (if available) raw butter, raw cheese, raw egg yolks, raw fish… as natural and organic as possible, and increase other raw plant based fats as well. You can consume these fats with a little raw (unheated/unfiltered) honey if desired. I thinks it’s safe also for me to suggest 12-24oz of fresh green juice daily, and reduce (or eliminate) all grains and refined sugars. Personally I follow a modified-primal type approach to eating and have coached hundreds of people to better health modifying this method. Best of health and vitality to you!!

    • Hi Tereza 🙂 A plant-based diet can be high in copper, so I’d suggest you look at supplementing zinc picolinate for a while and see if that improves the situation. You should aim for a ratio of zinc to copper between 8:1 to 10:1. Also, try omega 3, and Vitamin D3. Vitamin D3 can be another reason for hair loss.

      Hope that helps! 🙂

    • I really think you should get a blood test for your hormones. Low progesterone may be the answer. Continue on your plant based diet.

    • Hello Teresa Im guessing its menoupause, try to balance the hormones, vitex and black cohosh will do it, and there is alot of supplements for that too. Well my sister and brother in law started vegan last year, I have notice they lost weight and have no cholesterol but my sister is looking older than me and wrinkly she doesn’t drink much water she believes she gets all she needs from veggies and fruit which I disagree, also when you go on a whole food plant based diet are you getting your protein in every meal by adding chick peas, lentil, black beans or kidney beans, hair does use a lot of protein and its need to repair damage from any disease, specially after age 30,
      or else the body will start by eating the toxins then the fat and finally the muscles and fat from breast. Hope this info helps.

  56. Hey Will thanks for putting all this together, I’ve been following your hair equilibrium plan for 3 weeks now and I’m starting to see results! I was just wondering if men who suffer from male pattern baldness and bph have higher amounts of dht and or 5ar in their system then men who don’t, and how is bph related to balding?

  57. Any comments on hair brushing? I’ve been told that it’s not necessary and can damage the scalp. However, I’ve also been told that using a natural brush will stimulate the scalp and increase blood flow. When I do brush, I notice my scalp is pretty red and tingling, but the brush is also full of hair so I’m not sure if it’s helping or harming.

    • Hi Jennifer,

      I’d say if you’re brushing to the point of redness, then you’re brushing too hard.

      You’re right that the use of a natural brush can stimulate blood flow. But it’s important to avoid going too far in the other direction and causing more hair fall.

      Regards,

      Steph

  58. This vinegar is fantastic. Scalp feels so revived and somehow warm not even massages make such sensation But after the apple cider vinegar leaves a smell of rotten apples. I just use some soap to take off odour but its said here that shampoo is bad. Well any other choice?

    • Hi Kian, yes ACV is great for the scalp. Some people find the smell off-putting though. I wouldn’t use soap to get rid of it. Just rinse thoroughly and the smell should disappear quickly. Make sure you use a high quality brand. Organic and raw. Here’s more about apple cider vinegar.

    • Its probably better than nothing (or other commercial alternatives) but nothing beats freshly made juice. I presume it’s pasteurised? Again, better than nothing, but if you can make your own, do that.

  59. Thank you so much for this article and all others on your website. They are all truly incredible! It’s so comprehensive and well explained. I can’t thank you enough for charing your knowledge!!!

  60. Hi Will, can i use white vingar instead of apple cider vinegar.Will it give me the similar effect.If yes then how to use white vinegar for dandruff and to balance the scalp’s desired ph?

    • Hi Ember, I haven’t tried white vinegar. I would definitely try and stick to ACV if possible. Why wouldn’t you, it’s cheap and readily available in most supermarkets.

  61. Hi Will,
    Would increasing stomach acid if you’re low on it make your body more alkaline? And will that in turn also help reduce DHT activity? I’d read that poor stomach acid hinders protein digestion, thus allowing undigested protein to enter into the bloodstream making it acidic. Is this true and if it is, shouldn’t addressing this also help partially?

    • Hi Kate, I certainly think that good digestion is very important for overall health. Too often we eat incompatible food combinations that make the digestive process very slow and inefficient. I’m not sure how you can directly stimulate more stomach acid, but I would suggest if you’re eating animal proteins then keep the meal as simple as possible (ideally just lots of veggies.) You could also try taking a little bit of apple cider vinegar before your meal and see if it helps digestion.
      Will

  62. Hello
    What about fenugreek.I have heard of fenugreek blocking dht in the body if used topically as well as orally.

  63. Hi will
    Great article
    It really works it feels good from inside having an alkalised diet
    But now days I am facing scalp buildup problem
    Would u suggest some good shampoo or anything to get rid of that????

  64. Hey,
    I was reading your blog and noticed you present so many methods to fight MPB that its easy to get lost. I dont really want to put like 10 different oils every day + fancy shampoons and so on. I want to use 1 simple method involving shampoo and maybe some topical mixture. Which one is the best? I have oily and irritated/itchy scalp. What do you think is currently the best setup to use?

    • Hi Patryk, I understand, we write articles that cater to people’s questions, it doesn’t necessarily mean these are the best methods. You say you have an oily and irritated scalp, so the first thing I would recommend is getting your diet optimised. After you’ve done this, start a regime of scalp massages every day to reduce scalp tension. Since pretty much everyone uses a shampoo, you might as well use one that helps – in this case I would recommend our Caffeine Shampoo.
      regards
      Will

      • Hi Will,
        My diet is actually pretty good. I am eating very healthy: all organic, lots of veggies and smoothies, no sugar no pizza etc.
        So, just scalp massages and that shampoo to fix my problem? I think I was using some organic coffeine shampoo at some point and it didnt do anything.

  65. Besides that fact that this article is accurate and informative. I really appreciate that it’s free. Its not so much the depth of the research but that fact that it provides a general guideline to better lifestyle in terms of taking care of the body. I appreciate that I did not have to go through a million steps including buying a so called “Secret DVD to learn hot grow you hair back” kind of thing. Thanks very much for this article I appreciate.

  66. Hi, I have been using various DHT blockers for many years but have noticed all have given negative side effects. I do not believe it when some people say they have not experienced any side effects. DHT must be present in our bodies for many reasons; it is not healthy to block DHT at all. Most people who have baldness have genetic issues where hair falls out due to DHT sensitivity in certain parts of the scalp, not because they have more DHT than others. My question is what is the most effective topical lotion which does not block or interfere in DHT? Is there such a product? And how much of the topical DHT blockers enter the bloodstream and thus enter the rest of the body.
    Kind Regards,

    • Hi, I understand where you are coming from. You should focus on increasing blood flow then, since this will have a knock-on affect of reducing DHT in the scalp anyway, in a completely natural way. So topical vasodilators and magnesium oil which reduces calcification (in turn increasing blood flow!).

      • hello will which product do you consider better?

        one with

        Saw Palmetto (Serenoa repens small) (berries) 564 mg *
        Pygeum africanum (bark) 464 mg *
        Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica)(leaf) 264 mg

        or another with

        Zinc USP (from zinc oxide) 10 mg 67%
        Selenium (from l-selenomethionine) 100 mcg 143%
        DHT Blocker Proprietary Blend:
        Phytosterol Complex (soy), Saw Palmetto (Serenoa repens) (berry) (from 4:1 extract), Pumpkin Seed (Curcurbita pepo) (seed), Quercetin.
        300 mg *
        He Shou Wu (Fo-ti) (Polygonum multiflorum) (root) (from 12:1 extract) 100 mg *
        Kudzu Soy Isoflavones Blend:
        Kudzu Root (Pueraria lobato) (root), Soy Isoflavones (Glycine max) (seeds)
        20 mg *
        Lycopene 2 mg

  67. I wonder if drinking bone broth is the same as taking a collagen supplement.

    What’s the difference between gelatin and collagen?; Are they the same?

    What foods are rich in gellatin?

    Thank you very much
    Regards

  68. Hi, I’m 25 and suffering from hairloss from last 7-8 years. I’m almost bald from top n front. It’s not genetic as none in paternal or maternal relatives is having hairfall issue, but still the hairfall and thinning isn’t stopping in years. A white mud kind of greasy material forms over the time on my scalp and no shampoo or lotion could help me but getting shaved remains the only solution. But within 1-2 weeks it again starts forming.I don’t know what’s the problem. This mud has eaten all my hairs. Even doctors don’t understand my issue. Please help.

  69. Would onion juice mixed with peppermint oil applied onto the scalp work? If so how often should I do it and should I leave it in all night?

    • Hi G,

      When using essential oils (such as peppermint), you should always use a carrier oil to dilute it.

      Instead of onion juice and peppermint, I would recommend a mixture of mineral oil (90%), peppermint oil (6%), and rosemary oil (4%).

      – Steph

  70. Great information will take everything on board and test out I’m actively applying onion juice to my hair and taking biotin and saw palmetto whole berry tablets as well as massaging my scalp for the last month have seen a increase in growth of hair but will put this alkaline balance to the test I have been on watermelon juice for the past week too so will be keeping that up

  71. decrease your sugar consumption and don’t be heavy on carbs they turn into sugar raising your insulin inflammation and dht 5 alpha reductase

  72. Hi,
    You might need to do more reasech on indian gooseberry, henna and curry leaves. They are also good for hair growth.

  73. Why is Saw Palmetto not included as part of internal DHT blocker? Also, what are your thoughts on He Shou Wu or Fo-ti for hair loss?

  74. Hey. I am suffering from Male pattern baldness for 4-5 years. I read your article with the pro-DHT blocking food arguments. However, I also read about how this is all a myth generated in the market by the hair supplement industry and no such DHT blockers can work. I have tried every possible solution there was in the market. How do I trust the effectiveness of your suggestions, given that no such credible evidence is there and only internet generated blogs?
    Really hope to get a reply from your sir.

    • Hi Abhinav,

      I would argue that there’s TONS of evidence which goes to show the use of DHT-blocking ingredients can be beneficial in lowering DHT levels (and, as a result, fighting hair loss). However, it helps to look at the research on individual ingredients. For example, you can find articles on many different ingredients used to block DHT over on the archives page: https://www.hairguard.com/blogstream. The articles will then have links to scientific studies that have been carried out.

      – Steph

  75. What about other nuts that are alkaline…cashews,peanuts,raisins..do they fall under alkaline foods?

    • Hi Andrew,

      The only nuts that completely fall onto the alkaline side are almonds and chestnuts. Some researchers argue that cashews and macadamia nuts should be included, but there’s no solid belief on that.

      Yes, raisins are alkaline-forming. However, they’re also high in sugar so should be consumed in moderation.

      – Steph

  76. Hi Will. Very great article indeed. Thank you so much. My question is you do not seem to concern about the pH of the baking soda & ACV shampoo, which has about 7 and the scalp has a lower pH level of 4.5-5.5. Will the frequent use of this shampoo be affecting negatively the scalp?

  77. Hello Will,
    I have for the first time in the past 4 years been able to reduce my hair fall down to 20-100 strands a day by following a regimen you have described above. I notice small hairs sprouting on the top of my head, that are close to 2 inches now. Although, I have lost a lot of hair in the back of my head that are not as responsive as the top of my head. I am still not sure if i have chronic telogen effluvium or androgenic alopecia because both my parents are close to 60 and have head full of hair. Anyhow, I increased the intake of vegetables/fruits (both raw & juice), flax seeds and coconut oil in the diet and have been having ginger/lemon juice before every meal to increase stomach acid as well. I have also included a probiotic supplement with my second meal and have been mindful about processed sugar, wheat and dairy mostly. If i actively maintain this regimen, do I have a good chance of regaining the thickness? And what is the timeline I can expect to reactivate the dormant hair follicles, 6 months, 1 year or 2 years? By stopping the abnormal hair loss and combining with scalp exercises and rosemary oil massage, can we switch the body to recover the dormant hair follicles or the best i can hope is to maintain what i have left?
    I really appreciate all your help.

    • Hi Kittu, I would say that you have a good chance of increasing thickness and density with your current regime that seems to be working. I would emphasise scalp massagea/exercises especially at this point, since this will really help you to reduce calcification and fibrosis and increase blood flow to the new hair.

  78. Hello!
    Thanks for sharing this info.

    Sounds like Rosemary is the way to go! 1 ingredient, 1 step!

    Please let me know if that is a fair assumption.

    • Hi Carlos,

      You’re right that rosemary is an excellent addition to your hair care routine.

      However, keep in mind that other techniques (especially scalp massage and dermastamping) are just as critical to the health of your scalp.

      – Steph

  79. I purchased Grogenix elixir, Anti Hair loss essentials and the Caffeine shampoo….can’t wait for it to arrive so I can get started.

  80. Hi Will. Firstly, thanks for sharing your knowledge with us. Instead of shampoos I just use ACV to cleanse my hair and scalp. But won’t the acidic content of ACV be harmful for the scalp. Or is it just important to keep a slightly alkaline pH only inside our body (outside skin doesn’t matter)?

    • Hi Brendan. Exactly, outside the body on the skin, a slight acidic pH is optimal. Inside we want to be alkaline.

  81. Hi will where us the link to your hair equilibrium program?
    Also is it necessary to juice the vegetables or could you use a smoothie machine or something like a nutribullet.
    The reason I ask is because I did have a juicer but it wasn’t easy to clean and using it everyday just became a chore with cleaning it so I stopped using it and if I have learned anything over the years we all like things to be just that little easier I’m not lazy lol but smoothie machines are just easier to clean.
    Lastly does it need to be all veggies or can you add some healthy fruits just to to make it a little tastier but still be able to alkalize your body thanks.

    • Hi Stephen,

      You can use a smoothie machine or nutribullet. However, you’ll need to strain the juice through a cheesecloth or strainer to remove any excess pulp/skin/etc. from the blend.

      – Steph

  82. I m 28 year old. I have been suffering from genetic male baldness from quiet a long time but it has started become more evident to me four years back. Though I have not turned complete bald yet, my scalp is visible under sunlight and because of thinning it’s become more apparent that situation is turning worse day by day.
    I also gave try to finasteride but I felt to gone through some side effects which are gone when I stopped taking those.

    Though, you have given several solutions to deal with dht problems could you please recommend me the starting point for the treatment.?As per my understanding I decided to give try for apple cider vinegar as shampoo, saw palmetto/ stinging nettle as topical solution and alkaline juices. Please suggest whether it is the right way to start or would love to hear and follow any new way you would suggest.

  83. Are the shampoo and elixir you sell on your site as a good alternative to the homemade solutions you recommend here and in the program?

    • Hi Liz,

      Yes!

      In fact, the products were created with the purpose of replacing the homemade recipes on the blog and in the Program. It makes it a lot easier for many people if they can just purchase the healthier alternative shampoo instead of making it at home.

      – Steph

  84. Hi Will,

    How do you feel about adding in Progesterone into ones regime. I have done alot of research about hair loss. It seems as we age testosterone goes down as well as Progesterone. The more I read about Progesterone the more i like what it can do. It is a very potent adrogen inhibitor, boosts testosterone, and lowers etrogen. Of course taken in the right quantities. How do you feel about Progesterone? Thanks

  85. Is your program compatible with a person with insulin resistance?
    My doctor says my hair loss is Androgenetic Alopecia (female pattern hair loss)
    I have had it for 5 years. I am scared if I use anything other than my natural
    brand shampoo and conditioner my hair will get worse. I also have Seborrehic
    Dermatitis. I have cleared up the Seborrehic Dermatitis with my shampoo
    100 % Pure Shampoo Burdock and Neem and a good diet. I am also on Hair vitamins and Ovasitol for Insulin Resistance.

    My hair is still the same. (patchy on top and crown.) Maybe a bit worse, but hard to tell??

    Do you think any of your products or program could help me?? If so, which part?
    Thanks, Judy

    • Hi Judy,

      There’s no reason our Program cannot be altered to fit your dietary needs. Of course, you should consult with your doctor before making any dietary changes.

      If you’ve gotten your SD under control, then it seems you now need to work on tackling the AGA. I recommend you check out this guide for more information: https://www.hairguard.com/scalp-secrets/

      – Steph

    • Honestly if the only change you make is adding a simple topical solution to your regime you can’t expect big results. Saw palmetto helps inhibit DHT, but this is only one of the 7 pillars of hair loss. You need to tackle the other 7 as well as optimising your nutrition and lifestyle to see the best results.

  86. Hey Will great information can drinking baking soda make you alkaline as well? From what i researched it can but obviously the best is to get alkalizing minerals etc But can it be a temporary fix until your body naturally becomes more alkaline from the diet change? Thanks so much

    • I don’t really recommend it, since it is devoid of nutrients, minerals and enzymes. Fresh vegetable juices are the best way to go as far as quickly alkalising your body.

  87. Hi Will,
    What makes you think your SCALP ELIXIR is better than Minoxidil since millions of users have acknowledged the efficiency of Minoxidil ?

    • Hello Jim, I’m not saying it’s better or worse, but for most of the readers of this website, we prefer not to use a chemical everyday on our body. The side-effects of minoxidil are well documented and severe, and they get worse over time.

  88. Hi this article is very useful for me.
    Need to clear one doubt I use finasteride topical solution for past 3 months. At present I stop the drug due to shedding of more hair but there is a small hair regrowth occur after shedding. May I use DHT Blocker internally that u prescribed as more pH value alkaline base.
    Weather hair regrowth possible or not I am 26

    • Hi Jafar,

      Whether hair regrowth is possible will depend on how long hair fall has occurred, and whether your follicles are still alive.

      You can absolutely use on the DHT blockers mentioned in this article. However, Will also strongly recommends scalp massages and microneedling. This increases blood flow to the scalp which is crucial for regrowth.

      – Steph

    • Hi Timothy!

      While ACV is good for your scalp, it shouldn’t be used more than 2 – 3 times (preferably 2) per week. Any more often can dry out your scalp.

      – Steph

  89. There is a area on my hairline where the hair doesn’t grow past a few cm(not baby hairs) while the rest of my hair grows normal. Do you have any tips on how I can reverse this short hair cycle on that area?

    • Hi Mark, interesting question. It depends on which part of the scalp this is. One thing that could help make existing hairs grow thicker and bigger could be LLLT therapy such as a laser cap. It might be worth a try.

  90. Hi Will

    Recently started your plan (so to speak) and purchased the products. But I have one question of the hair exfoliate/peel you make up. You talk about peeling off the remaining mixture, but my mixture of cucumber, ginger, celtic sea salt and black charcoal is literally water like. I was expecting something more like a paste. Is this right?

    • Hi Paul,

      Yes, that’s right.

      As the peel dries, it should become possible to peel from the scalp.

      Regards,

      Steph

  91. Do you have any experience with PCOS related hair-thinning in women? I am 27 years old and have noticed that over the past 2 years my hair has thinned a great deal. Around that same time, I was told by my OBGYN that I had PCOS, poly-cystic ovarian syndrome, which can cause a surplus of testosterone in the body.

    After reading a LOT of literature and articles related to PCOS and hair-loss it seems very clear to me now that the two are related even though my doctor never mentioned any of the physical side-effects to me regarding PCOS.

    Most recently though, I have read that people (dermatologists included) now believe that dry shampoo may be linked to hair loss and hair thinning in women. I had been using dry shampoo regularly beginning around the same time that I was diagnosed with PCOS. With so many different factors at play, it’s hard to know what the true culprit is. I’ve tried a lot of different methods and diet changes and have not seen any significant changes.

    • Hi Vincent, it’s a good question. The acid alkaline values are given for the food after digestion and metabolism by the body. So a lemon which is certianly acidic in it’s natural form leaves an alkaline ‘ash’ and is in fact highly alkalising for the body.

  92. Waaah what an enlightment never heard of this before thanks thanks a lot will try and start all least with alkaline diet and juicing

  93. Hi Will,

    Thank you for this wide range of information & knowledge. It has been very enlightening. Just a couple of questions for you. I am starting the acid/alkaline diet this week and the dermaroller, the exfoliate and elixir. How long is the shelf life of the scalp exfoliate & the scalp elixir. Do I have to make this each time I use it or can I store it? If I can store it, on average how long?

    Thank You,
    Regina

  94. Good info bro..i also looking for reduce dht level without propecia..because of its side effects.. almond juice seems like better way to reduce it..looking forward to drink it daily ..thanks for sharing

  95. Thank for sharing your great experiance, but you mentioned that we mainly focus on alkaline foods, which mean foods dosn’t contain meats as red meat, fish, etc. In the seem time the hair needs protein to grow! This seems to me a contradiction!

    • Hi Alaadin,

      You don’t need to cut all foods from your diet which fall on the side of acidic. But it’s best to limit their consumption.

      And not all meats are highly acidic. Lean meats, white fish etc. are still alkaline and great sources of protein. So too are many nuts and seeds.

      Regards,

      Steph

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