This article will show you the seven most powerful ways to repair your damaged hair follicles and bring your hair back to health.
Follow these seven methods and you will 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 from receding and improve overall thickness.
Optimize Your Diet For Hair Growth
Just like with any 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.
One way to combat this is by eating a whole foods diet including lean meats, fruits, vegetables, seeds and nuts, and whole grains.
When you eat a colorful diet, you ensure the greatest chance of getting the vitamins, nutrients, and minerals your body requires. For hair growth, in particular, these include iron, niacin, vitamins A, D, and E, zinc, and selenium.
By the way, we have made this video on repairing hair follicles so be sure to watch if you prefer that to reading:
Stop Hot Showers, Hair Dryers, Straighteners, and Dyes
If there are three things that cause more damage to hair follicles than anything else, it is the following:
- Hot showers
- Hairdryers and straighteners
- Hair color dyes
Have you ever noticed how your skin can get dry after a really hot shower? Well, the same thing happens with your scalp. 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.
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 cool water is the gold standard when it comes to protecting your scalp.
Hairdryers 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 hairdryer and avoid straighteners wherever possible.
Hair color dyes use peroxide and other harsh chemicals that inevitably damage the hair when used repeatedly, so these should be avoided altogether.
Make Your Own Shampoos At Home
Shampoo companies know that we choose our shampoo mostly by the smell, texture, and foaminess of each product. But sodium lauryl sulfate, which is the foamy ingredient in most shampoos, is also used at places like commercial car washes.
Sadly, the general public is not aware of the effect that all those chemicals are having on their scalps.
An easy way to combat this is by making your own shampoo at home. This ensures you know what ingredients are included, and it also allows you to experiment with different ingredients.
One simple recipe that you can tweak as you deem necessary is below.
- 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 two to five minutes before washing out thoroughly. Do not use if you are allergic or sensitive to any of these ingredients.
Clean Your Scalp to Remove Buildup
It is easy for grease, gunk, hair care products, sweat, and all sorts to build upon the scalp. This layer of plaque builds up over time.
There are a few ways to combat this, though scrubs are particularly beneficial. One such scrub is made from bentonite clay.
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 afterward.
The bentonite clay is a great way to remove DHT from the scalp. It also provides minerals that soothe and repair the scalp. It is 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 is the blood that carries the oxygen, nutrients, and minerals that allow hair to grow. It is 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 (1).
Increased circulation > increased blood flow > increased nutrition > increased rate of repair.
One way to achieve this is with 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 one 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 five to 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. It is also easy and pleasurable.
All you need is a simple head massage tool that you can buy off of Amazon for a few dollars.
Try using the head massager for five minutes per day. You can do it whilst watching TV or anytime when you have got one hand free. You will be surprised that your scalp feels warm and tingly after just a few minutes which is a sure sign that blood is being stimulated to flow into the scalp.
Incorporate Microneedling to Further Enhance Blood Flow
To further boost the benefits of scalp massage, you can add an additional treatment to your weekly hair care routine: microneedling.
Microneedling is a technique that uses small needles to penetrate the scalp. These needles cause minor wounds that, as they heal, will benefit the hair growth process.
The main benefit of microneedling is the increase in blood circulation to the area. However, the healing process will also increase collagen production and even stimulate the production of new skin cells (2, 3).
You can go to a dermatologist for microneedling treatments, or you can practice it at home. At-home tools include the dermaroller and the dermastamp.
To start, it is recommended to use a microneedling tool no longer than 1.0mm in length and no more often than once per week. You may increase the length of the needle to 1.5mm or the frequency of treatment to twice per week once your scalp has become accustomed to it.
Bonus: Consider FDA-Approved Hair Loss Treatments
This isn’t a “natural” option, but it is 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 does not mean you should not 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 are not 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 who can give you more guidance on natural options.
Reactivating hair follicles takes time. You will not see success overnight, but if you stick with the techniques discussed here and the other techniques you can read about on this blog, you will definitely see fuller, healthier, and thicker hair.