Hair not feeling as thick and full as it once did? If so, you're far from alone.
Of course, you can fake volume and hair growth with an arsenal of hair sprays, topical lotions, creams, gels and general fake hair products.
But, if you want to get longer, thicker and more hair for the long-term, then you need to start with this list.
Welcome to my top list of the best hair remedies on the market today.
But first let me say, nutritional deficiencies are a known cause of hair loss and may include inadequate intake of proteins, minerals, essential fatty acids, and vitamins.
So I could give you the best list of herbs, supplements and remedies to combat hair loss and regrow but if you aren't starting with a good base diet then not much will happen at all.
Let me just say for the record now, always consume a balanced diet where possible and opt for alkaline rich foods and products as they have shown time and time again to help produce a much healthier hair line. Try to limit stimulants like caffeine and alcohol as they will only vasoconstrict blood vessels and hinder hair growth.
Okay, here goes with the list:
1. Cayenne Pepper
Cayenne pepper has been used since centuries to promote hair growth.
It can be consumed through your general diet or can be made up for topical use.
If you are eating Cayenne, you would want to consume around 15 grams daily mixed into your diet. If you wanted to try it topically then a 5 gram mixture of cayenne pepper with a little olive oil and a dash of lemon is best. The topical way is probably the most cost effective way overall but then it would only really be used as a mask for a few hours as opposed to staying in your system through out the day. The main reason why Cayenne pepper is so effective and promoting hair growth is because it has shown to improve peripheral blood circulation which thereby nourishes the scalp with nutrient rich blood and oxygen.
2. Korean Red Ginseng
Ginseng may promote hair growth and reduce hair loss due to it's studied ability to increase the number of dermal papilla cells in the scalp by preventing their natural cell death. It does this mainly by working as a stimulant on the hair follicles by encouraging better blood flow. Studies show that ginseng works as an adaptogen which can also reduces stress when ingested, and reduced stress can also help prevent or slow hair loss.
3. Soy Isoflavones
Soy is an excellent natural source of plant-based protein for men and women. Including this food in your daily diet can help provide more protein that hair follicles can use for hair growth.
Although a note specifically for men, recent studies have found that isoflavones derived from soy could help with male pattern hair loss. Soy isoflavones are organic compounds that work like phytoestrogens (plant based estrogens). They nudge DHT (Dihydrotestosterone) out of the hair follicles, reducing DHT accumulation.
The phytoestrogens in soy isoflavones are weak – and that’s a good thing. This means that they can reduce how much DHT binds to the hair follicles but will not cause any hormonal imbalance or affect estrogen in the body.
4. Castor oil
Castor oil, also known as 'ricinus communis', is a nutrient-rich vegetable oil that comes from castor beans. Although it originates in tropical east Africa, it is widely used for cosmetic and medicinal purposes in India and the West Indies. Castor oil is usually clear or pale yellow unless it is derived through roasting or boiling, which is known as black castor oil.
Down to a molecular level, castor oil is a long-chained fatty acid. Fatty acids provide essential proteins and nutrients to hair follicles, and prevent hair follicle inflammation.
Castor oil indirectly promotes hair growth. Because of the nutrients in castor oil, it protects the hair follicle from outside cellular and tissue invaders that destroy the health and vitality of the hair follicle.
5. Oleuropein (Olive leaf extract)
Oleuropein is the primary medicinal constituent found in olive leaf oil for hair. In one study, it was topically applied to mice that had been treated by researchers to induce the telogen stage. This is the part of the hair life cycle when hair production stops.
After 8 weeks of being applied, the mice showed tremendous hair regrowth on their head.
The antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties displayed by the olive leaf extract show positive treatment potential for the general variables which undermine the health of the hair follicles and their ability to produce new hair strands. As such, the use of olive leaf extract may be safely used within the scope of highly focused topical treatments that promote more optimal scalp environments for hair follicles.
6. Peppermint oil
Some people use peppermint oil as part of their beauty and hair care regimen. Its fragrance is pleasant and popularly found in shampoos, skin creams, and other products.
While peppermint oil may be known for some skin care benefits, it’s also good for your hair and specifically the prevention of hair loss.
This may be because the menthol in peppermint essential oil is a vasodilator, and vasodilators improve blood flow. Or it could be due to the fact that it slightly reduces DHT in the scalp area. In many instances with both men and women, the loss occurs mostly due to starved blood flow to hair follicles. Although sometimes in men it can be a genetic pre-disposition caused by an increase in DHT with age. Either way, peppermint oil has shown to promote hair growth and reduce hair loss in many studies.