In this article I want to share with you my hair regrowth story.
I was hesitant to share this, because a good story should have a good ending, and my hair regrowth story hasn’t ended yet.
My hair still isn’t perfect.
But the main thing is, it’s a lot thicker, fuller and less-receded than it was a few years ago.
Here’s a photo from 2013 when my receding hairline went very far back, and my hair was very thin on top and at the crown:
I don’t actually have too many photos of this period because I tried to avoid having any photos taken of me or desperately tried to cover up my balding patch.
Here’s a photo I literally just took with my iPhone whilst I was writing this article (June 2019):
Yes, I still have a bit of a receded hairline, (which is filling in) but it’s much, much better than it was a few years ago.
My hair is much thicker, much stronger and much healthier all round
I’m not worried about it looking thin when it’s wet or sweaty, and I’m not worried about the wind blowing lol.
All this without drugs like minoxidil or finasteride or an expensive/dangerous hair transplant.
It was a lot of trial and error to get to this point where my hair is actually getting better with age.
Now I want to show you what actually worked for me.
I want to give you 8 steps to get your hair regrowing again and getting thicker and healthier each and every month.
With that said…
Hair regrowth takes a long time!
If I expected to see results in the first few months I would have quit this regimen that actually works!
Hair just doesn’t regrow very fast at all.
I knew that hair regrowth takes time so I decided to stick with any new treatment for at least 3 months before expecting to see any positive results.
The second reason this regimen works so well is that I stacked up the different treatments so they work in a complimentary way together.
If I had tried just a new shampoo or a new supplement alone it’s very unlikely that would have made a big positive change.
The best way I can illustrate this is with the diagram below:
As you can see from the diagram, there are many different factors that can cause hair loss.
There are also many factors that can cause hair regrowth.
By removing as many of the ‘hair loss factors’ and adding in as many of the ‘hair growth factors’ as possible, that is how I was able to regrow my hair.
There are 8 steps to my hair care regimen that reverses hair loss and some of the steps use my Hairguard products
Me and my team here at Hairguard created these products because we weren’t happy with any of the other available products on the market.
I’ll point out which ones I use and it’s up to you whether you use the same products or choose different ones.
We have spent a long time developing our products into the best in the world.
I use these products myself everyday and I’m incredibly picky/ devoted to regrowing my hair.
So, without further ado let’s start with step 1.
You can also skip to any section that interests you using the blue links below:
- 1: A Proper Hair Growth Shampoo
- 2: Scalp Elixir Topical Growth
- 3: Scalp Massage – 10 minutes daily
- 4: Growband – 10 minutes daily
- 5: The Hairbiotic – 1 capsule daily
- 6: Stress reduction
- 7: Removing inflammatory foods and adding anti-inflammatory and nutrient dense foods
- 8: Filtered drinking and showering water
1: A Proper Hair Growth Shampoo
One of the first things you should do is stop using a chemical shampoo.
A shampoo which contains chemicals (anything on the ingredients label you can’t pronounce) will kill you hair follicles over the long term.
Most shampoos contain these harsh chemicals because they are needed for the shampoo to smell nice, have a nice texture and make a nice foamy lather.
Unfortunately, the same chemicals that give the nice smell, texture and foam are also destructive to hair follicles.
Most shampoos use the same foaming chemical that they use in car washes to give a nice foam.
In fact all of those chemicals damage the hair follicles, stip away protective oils, cause dandruff, and damage the scalp.
I use the Hairguard Shampoo, and I only use it once a week. It contains no harsh chemicals and is packed with natural ingredients that have been scientifically proven to be beneficial in hair regrowth.
One example of these beneficial ingrdients is Oleuropien which is completely natural and yet it beat minoxidil in a head-to-head study for hair regrowth:
See here the hair length after 28 days comparing Oleuropein, minoxidil and a control:
OP = Oleuropein
MXD = Minoxidil
CON = Control
And the number of viable dermal papilla cells (hair follicle cells):
This is why I like using Oleuropein in my shampoo, along with other hair growing natural ingriendts that come in the Hairguard Shampoo.
We researched every single compoiund that had shown positive hair growth results in scientific studies and the best ones we put in the shampoo.
I use the shampoo just once per week though, as it’s important not to remove too much of the protective oils from your scalp.
Keep in mind though that this is only a shampoo.
It’s not a miracle cure, and shampoo doesn’t stay in contact with your scalp for very long so it’s effect is limited.
That’s why my hair only started regrowing once I added in all the steps (or as many as possible.)
Okay, on to the next step…
2: Scalp Elixir Topical Growth
Step 2… Every evening before going to bed I’ll apply the Hairguard Scalp Elixir.
The Scalp Elixir was the first ever Hairguard product and is made to help block DHT and stimulate hair growth topically when sprayed on to thinning or receding areas of the scalp.
I’ll spray the Scalp Elixir onto areas of my scalp that are thinning or receding before bed time and massage in and leave overnight to work on the hair follicles.
Every single ingredient in the Elixir has been chosen specifically to aid in hair regrowth without damaging the hair follicles in the long term.
The liquid is designed to absorb easily into the scalp without leaving a mess and since all the ingredients are natural there are no associated side-effects like you might get with minoxidil.
For example, peppermint extract had a higher hair regrowth score than minoxidil after 4 weeks, which is why we include this extract in our Scalp Elixir:
Okay, so that’s steps 1 and 2. Shampoo once a week and Scalp Elixir before bed.
3: Scalp Massage – 10 minutes daily
Step 3 is 10 minutes daily of scalp massages.
This is probably the most important step, so make sure you don’t skip it.
Male pattern baldness is primarily caused by tension in the scalp, by using scalp massages (and a ‘weird’ device which I’ll explain in the next step) we help reduce this tension, and so the hair can regrow.
Without reducing this tension the hair has a much, much harder time to regrow.
But by removing the tension, the hair can regrow much more easily.
It makes all the other hair loss treatments much more effective.
With the addition of 10 minutes of scalp massages per day, that’s when I really started to notice more hair.
I want to show you exactly how to perform the scalp massages, so we made these videos:
View the rest of the massage videos here.
Okay, now you know how to perform the massages that’s the first 4 steps out of the way.
Let me show you a very useful device that further reduces scalp tension, increases blood flow and boosts hair growth.
This ‘weird’ device is pretty incredible…
4: Growband – 10 minutes daily
Setp 4 is all about further reducing scalp tension, and at the same time, increasing blood flow and growth hormones to the hair follicles.
For me, this step made a big difference.
I can really feel my scalp become flushed with blood and oxygen when I use the Growband.
Just like the scalp massages, I use the Growband for 10 minutes each day (usually after the massage session.)
This device helps lift up the scalp around the perimeter allowing more blood to flow into the top of the scalp.
It also helps stretch the tissues at the back and massage those muscles. By reducing the tension at the back, the hairs all over the head have much more room to grow properly.
Using the Growband is simple…
Place it on your head where it sits comfortably. Put it in the position where inflating it causes your scalp to rise up.
Inflate until you can feel your scalp being firmly squeezed upwards, hold for around a few seconds, and then deflate.
Continue this cycle for 10 minutes.
What you want to aim for as a good indicator that the Growband is working is when you inflate it your scalp rises upwards and when you dflate it your scalp moves downwards. This shows it’s in the right position.
Sometimes I’ll adjust the position of the Growband slightly so that it stretches different parts of the scalp.
Don’t overinflate the Growband so that it squeezes too hard. You’ll know when to stop pumping it because you’re scalp won’t be rising up anymore.
That’s the first 4 steps, and the most important ones.
Steps 5-8 really helped boost my hair growth even further.
5: The Hairbiotic – 1 capsule daily
The Hairbiotic is our probiotic that has been designed to help with healthy hair growth.
Probiotics help introduce healthy bacteria back into the gut, and some studies have shown that some specific strains of probiotic have improved hair health considerably.
If you’ve ever taken antibiotics, eaten foods with preservatives or drunken tap water with fluorides in then the chances are you might have killed some of the beneficial friendly bacteria in your gut that help protect your hair.
Without these friendly bacteria you could lose hair much more easily.
I take 1 capsule of the Hairguard Hairbiotic each day in the morning with water.
The Hairbiotic contains 6 strains of probiotic which can help improve hair health.
These strains of probitoic that we’ve chosen also help increase Vitamin D synthesis. This is important because Vitamin D deficiency is often a big factor in hair loss.
6: Stress reduction
High stress levels are big factor for hair loss. Sometimes high stress can be easy to fix and sometimes you’re just going through a stressful period caused by an uncontrollable event.
If the stress is caused by some on-going lifestyle factor then this is something you’ll need to address and try and change over time.
Taking the time to setup your life to minimise chronic stress is something that will benefit your health and your hair in the long term.
Here are a few things I did that have helped me, although I could do better I’m sure.
Breathing, meditation and regualr exercise where the most useful for me. Without exercise I feel my body starting to get very stressed out. Doing a 3 minutes of daily breathing exercises also helped me a lot.
Reducing phone electronic screen usage before bedtime helped my sleep better which in turn reduced my stress levels.
Writing down repetitive negative thoughts of self talk on paper to get them out of my head was also useful.
Primarily I setup my lifestyle to reduce stress by doing things like reducing my commute and eliminating, automating and outsourcing repetitive work tasks.
One easy way to decrease your stresss levels is to take a herb called ashwaganda.
In studies ashwaganda helped reduce cortisol levels by 30%
Our Hairguard Supplement contains ashwaganda, so with the daily supplement I feel less stressed and my hair generally grows quicker from all the additional nutrients and minerals in the supplement.
7: Removing inflammatory foods and adding anti-inflammatory and nutrient dense foods
Nutrition was also an important part of getting back my hair.
I reduced my intake of inflammatory foods such as gluten and vegetable oils.
I also tried to avoid foods with a high glycemic index that would cause my blood sugar levels to spike.
It will be much harder to regrow your hair if your diet is unhealthy, but it doesn’t need to be too complicated or difficult to eat the right foods.
I increased my intake of anti-inflammatory, nutrient-dense foods such as vegetables, fruits, bone broths, organ meats and seafood.
Inflammation can be a trigger for hair loss (that’s why I removed inflammatory foods from my diet) but anti-inflammatory foods also help lower inflammation.
These are foods like vegetables, fruits and some nuts and seeds.
There’s a full list of good, okay and bad foods to eat for hair regrowth in our nutrition module, so take a look at that if you’re wondering about a specific food.
Eating nutrient dense foods is also important to make sure you don’t have a nutrient deficiency that could be stunting your hair growth.
Nowadays there are so many foods that are full of wheat, corn and rice which are not nutrient dense at all. They even take nutrients from our bodies instead of giving them to us.
Zinc is a common deficiency in people with hair loss, especially those who are very active.
That’s why I added a couple of oysters each week to my diet. They are very rich in zinc.
8: Filtered drinking and showering water
Step 8, the final step is all about water.
If you have brittle hair and/or dandruff then dehydration could be one of the causes.
I know, it sounds too simple to be true, but more water = less dry hair and scalp.
Drinking at least 2 litres of filtered water per day is important.
If you’re drinking unfiltered tap water then I would guess you’re not getting enough water because most tap water tastes pretty bad and our body just doesn’t really want to drink too much of it.
Try and drink at least 1 litre of filtered water early in the morning upon rising. This will help make sure you get through your 2 litres per day.
Drinking more water helps reduce dandruff and improves brittle hair. It also helps the liver do it’s job properly which in turn will benefit your hair considerably.
My regimen simply involved making sure I drank 2 litres of filtered water each day, in addition to any other beverages I consumed.
There’s more info about water and hair loss here.
Also, this is really important; in some places around the world it is super important to filter your shower water.
Some tap water can be very damaging to the hair follicles.
It varies by region though.
I’ve found that some places after I shower my scalp is incredibly itchy, dry and my hair is flat and stripped.
In some places my hair is fine after showering without a filter.
Use filtered or bottled water to wet your hair if you think that your shower water might be making your hair lifeless/thin/itchy.
Okay, so that’s the 8 steps that made my hair regrow.
It took 5 years of trial and error to get to this point, but those 9 simple steps are what are making my hair grow all over again.
Here’s the summary of each step and you can click on any item to know more:
Step 1: Caffeine Shampoo
Step 2: Scalp Elixir
Step 3: Scalp massages
Step 4: The Growband
Step 5: The Hairbiotic
Step 6: The Complete Supplement
Step 7: Remove bad foods, add good foods.
Step 8: Filter drinking and showering water
It might seem like a lot, but it’s really not to hard once you’ve got in the habit.
Plus you overall health will benefit massively.
If you have any questions about one of the steps or the regimen overall then please write a comment below and I’ll try to answer it ASAP.
Again, I want to emphasise, this isn’t too hard.
I’m a kinda lazy person and busy with stuff too. Once I had the habit of these 8 steps I started to enjoy doing them.
It’s rewarding and enjoyable to see my hair health getting better.
More steps = better results.
If you really want the best results possible do as many steps as possible and stick with it for at least 6 months.
(Don’t quit after 2 months if you don’t see lots of new hairs because this will take longer than 2 months.)
I wanted it to be super easy to get the product delivered to your door every 2 months so you didn’t mess-up your regimen and lose valuable days that would set back your hair regrowth.
That’s why you can now choose automatic delivery every 2 months (and save 15% in the process). It’s super easy to stop, pause, skip or modify any subscriptions within your account area with a few clicks.
Let me know what questions or comments you have by writing in the box below. I’ll try to answer them as quickly as possible.