Having spent over 3 years researching how to re-grow my hair, I’ve learnt a lot about what works and what doesn’t. What I’ve come to realize is that the health of the scalp and hair follicle are incredibly important.
In this article I’m going to show you the 7 most powerful ways I’ve discovered to repair your damaged hair follicles and bring your hair back to health.
Follow these 7 methods and you’ll have strong healthy hair that glows and has a deep, natural color. These techniques will also help reduce split ends and prevent breakage.
For the guys, these techniques will stop your hairline receding and improve overall thickness.
Optimize Your Diet For Hair Growth
Just like with any human organ, the health of your hair follicles is linked to your overall health. If you have vitamin or mineral deficiencies, these can show up as weak and lifeless hair.
The first thing that I recommend is a “hair growth” smoothie every morning. The recipe is packed with all of the nutrients, minerals and enzymes that your body needs to grow healthy, strong and thick hair.
By the way, we’ve made this video on repairing hair follicles so be sure to watch if you prefer that to reading:
I’ve spent a long time tweaking this recipe:
- Frozen berry medley
- Hemp and pea protein mixture
- Almond milk
- Coconut oil
- Pumpkin seed oil
- Probiotic powder
- Gingko biloba
Mix all of the ingredients in a blender and drink down for breakfast.
The frozen berries provide plentiful antioxidants, which prevent cellular aging and protect the skin and hair.
They also provide a wide array of enzymes, minerals and nutrients. These are often referred to as micronutrients: compounds in trace amounts, but nevertheless crucial for healthy hair growth and to repair damaged follicles.
The hemp and pea protein provide high quality, plant-based protein that become the keratin building blocks of the hair – helping accelerate the repair process.
Almond milk contains additional high-quality nutrients and minerals that are perfect for growing hair – so you get more nutrition that just ordinary water.
Coconut oil is well known to help recover from dry and brittle hair. Although you can always use coconut oil directly on your hair, it’s actually more effective to get a small amount in your daily diet.
The banana provides fuel and improves taste and consistency.
The probiotic powder helps to increase healthy gut bacteria, which in turn can increase the amount of nutrition you get from your food. For products that are less processed, choose natural foods such as yogurt, kefir, pickles, sourdough bread, or sauerkraut.
Finally, gingko biloba has been shown to help with hair growth when taken as a supplement.
Stop Hot Showers, Hair Dryers, Straighteners, and Dyes
If there are 3 things that cause more damage to hair follicles than anything else, it’s these:
- Hot showers
- Hair dryers and straighteners
- Hair color dyes
Let’s go through these individually.
We all enjoy a hot shower. But have you ever noticed how your skin can get dry after a really hot shower?
Well the same thing happens with your scalp (which can often be a cause of dandruff.) Not only can hot showers dry out your scalp, but they strip away natural oils that protect the hair. This can leave them dry, brittle and susceptible to damage.
As humans, we never evolved to clean our bodies with very hot water. This wasn’t available in ancestral environments. It is an evolutionary novelty, to which our hair is simply not adapted.
Our natural scalp oils protect our follicles, but under high temperatures are removed by the water. Mild warm water can be used to remove some of the plaque and dirt that builds up, but I recommend that you always use cool water to wash your hair.
Hair dryers and straighteners have a similar drying effect. They strip the natural oils and moisture from your hair, in a very unnatural and unforgiving way.
Let hair dry naturally. If you must, use a cool hair dryer and avoid straighteners wherever possible.
Hair color dyes use peroxide and other harsh chemicals that inevitably damage the hair when used repeatedly. I would recommend staying away from them.
Stop Buying Shampoos – Instead, Make Your Own Natural Shampoos At Home
Go to your bathroom right now, take all your shampoos and throw them in the bin.
Wait – just before your do that, take a look at the ingredients.
Yep, that’s a bucket load of harmful, corrosive chemicals (find out more about how selenium sulfide can cause hair loss here) applied to your hair and scalp every time your wash your hair.
Shampoo companies know that we choose our shampoo mostly by the smell, texture and foaminess of each product.
But sodium lauryl sulphate, which is the foamy ingredient in most shampoos, is also used at places like commercial car washes.
Sadly, the general public aren’t aware of the effect that all those chemicals are having on our scalps.
The other reason not to use these chemical laden shampoos is that there is a much better natural alternative: homemade shampoos,where you know the ingredients exactly.
This is how to make your own hair follicle repairing shampoo:
- Water (1/2 cup)
- Liquid castile soap (1/2 cup)
- Aloe vera gel (1/3 cup)
- Glycerin (1 teaspoon)
- Almond oil (2-3 teaspoons)
- Geranium essential oil (10 drops)
Mix all of the ingredients thoroughly by shaking inside a container. When thoroughly mixed, lather onto wet hair. Massage into the scalp for 2-5 minutes before washing out thoroughly. Do not use if you are allergic or sensitive to any of these ingredients.
Clean Your Scalp & Feed Your Follicles With A Bentonite Clay Wash
It’s easy for grease, gunk, hair care products, sweat and all sorts to build up on the scalp. This layer of plaque builds up over time – but it isn’t necessarily very good for your hair follicle health.
Luckily, there is a simple way to neutralize much of this damaging plaque layer, using a simple mixture of bentonite clay and water.
Simply stir a heaped teaspoon of bentonite clay into a glass of water and pour it over your wet hair whilst showering. Make sure to rinse out thoroughly afterwards.
The bentonite clay is a great way to remove DHT from the scalp. It also provides minerals that soothe and repair the scalp.
It’s a simple but effective way to give your hair every chance of repairing itself.
Use Massage To Increase Blood Circulation & Reduce DHT
Hair follicles thrive on strong blood circulation – after all, it’s the blood that carries the oxygen, nutrients and minerals that allow the hair to grow.
It’s also the blood that carries away the metabolic waste and carbon dioxide that could damage the hair follicle.
For this reason, maximizing blood circulation to the scalp and follicles is one of the best ways to speed up hair growth and repair.
Increased circulation > increased blood flow > increased nutrition > increased rate of repair.
So how exactly is this possible?
The best way that I know of, after a lot of research and experimentation, is to use a specific scalp massage and exercise. Here are just a few techniques:
Take both hands and place them at the back of the head. The palms should be in line with the back of your ears and the fingertips facing up towards the sky. Slowly and rhythmically squeeze both hands in and up and back down in circular motions. Do this for 1 minute.
Now, move your hands slightly upwards and forwards, so your palms are now above the top of your ears. Softly squeeze in with your palms and move in a circular motion. To make this even more effective, stand up and bend over so that your head is the same height as your waist. This will cause even more blood to rush into your scalp.
Now, take both palms and place them on the sides of your forehead. Squeeze softly against your forehead and move around in circular motions. You can increase the effectiveness of this exercise by raising, holding and lowering your eyebrows at the same time.
Doing the exercises for just 5-10 minutes daily can make a remarkable difference to the elasticity of your scalp and subsequent blood flow.
Use A Head Massager To Stimulate Blood Flow To The Hair Follicles
Using the head massager is another great way to stimulate blood flow to the scalp and invigorate the hair follicles.
And it’s also easy and pleasurable – All you need is a simple head massage tool which you can buy off of Amazon for a few dollars.
Try using the head massager for 5 minutes per day. You can do it whilst watching TV or anytime when you’ve got one hand free. You’ll be surprised that your scalp feels warm and tingly after just a few minutes – a sure sign that blood is being stimulated to flow into the scalp.
Make Your Own Natural Hair Balm/ Hair Mask
Aside from homemade, natural shampoos, homemade balms and masks are a great way to quickly repair damaged hair follicles in a natural way.
I suggest that you make these balms and masks at home, so that you know for sure what has gone into them. You can also adjust the ingredients depending on your hair type: Oily, dry or normal.
Here’s one recipe you can use right away:
- 1 banana
- Coconut oil (1/4 cup)
- Sandalwood essential oil (10 drops)
- Herbal teas (steeped and strained chamomile and nettle)
- Water (1/4 cup)
Boil the water with the herbs and steep until cool. Strain away the herbs leaving just the tea. Now mix in the other ingredients and blend at high speed until smooth.
Apply the mixture to dry hair and massage into the roots and scalp. Allow the mask to absorb into the hair and scalp for 10-20 minutes before thoroughly rinsing out.
Bonus: Consider FDA-Approved Hair Loss Treatments
This isn’t a “natural” option, but it’s one that many hair loss sufferers use with varying levels of success.
There are currently two treatments approved for hair loss by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA): finasteride and minoxidil.
Finasteride is a 5-alpha-reductase inhibitor, while minoxidil increases blow flow to the scalp.
Do I recommend either minoxidil or finasteride? No. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do your own research on the subject and consider all of your options.
When You Should Visit a Doctor
Are you taking a natural approach to hair loss but not seeing results? Or are you unsure of the cause and aren’t sure where to start? You may want to visit a doctor.
Dermatologists can provide you with helpful insights and a diagnosis, and their recommendations can lead you down the right path, be it natural or allopathic.
You can also find a doctor — one who specializes in holistic or Eastern medicine — who can give you more guidance on natural treatment options.
Reactivating hair follicles takes time. You won’t see success overnight, but if you stick with the techniques discussed here and the other techniques you can read about in my blog, you will definitely see fuller, healthier and thicker hair.
*This article was reviewed by Dr. Debra Rose Wilson.