Natural Treatments for Hair Loss

Zinc

Hair Loss Treatment Type: Mineral Availability: Over the counter in groceries and health stores. Notes: Zinc is a necessary dietary mineral. Recent studies have shown that certain formulations of topical zinc can inhibit DHT in the skin, leading to a reduction of oil and possibly helping hair to regrow. Claimed Results: None. Observed Results: Unknown.   …Continue Reading

Saw Palmetto / Serenoa Repens

Hair Loss Treatment Type: Antiandrogen Availability: Mail order and in stores. Notes: This product has been proven to help with enlarged prostates for many men, but has not been studied for hair loss. Claimed Results: None. Observed Results: Little or none. Clinical Results: None done on hair loss, others mixed. Testing: Many tests on enlarged   …Continue Reading

Proanthocyanidins (Grape Seed Extract)

Hair Loss Treatment Type: Natural Procyanidin oligomers Availability: Mail order and in health stores. Notes: Commonly found in stores as ‘Grape Seed Extract’. Claimed Results: None. Observed Results: None yet. Clinical Results: Several published studies by one team of researchers indicate that it will stimulate hair growth, although actual studies in humans showing how well   …Continue Reading

Polysorbate 60/80

Hair Loss Treatment Type: Emulsifying Cleanser Availability: Mail order and in health stores. Notes: This is the original ingredient from the ‘Helsinki formula’ popular in the 80s. Claimed Results: Like or better than minoxidil. Observed Results: None or minimal. Clinical Results: None known. Testing: Little. Safety Side Effects: None known. Gender: Either. Typical Costs: $5-10.

Green Tea

Hair Loss Treatment Type: Natural Tea with anti-androgenic properties Availability: Health stores and online retailers. Notes: Green Tea Catechins are an extract of green tea leaves. This ingredient has recently been found to have anti-androgen properties. Claimed Results: None. Observed Results: Some people have reported some benefit to using it for hair loss. Clinical Results:   …Continue Reading

Fatty Acids

Hair Loss Treatment Type: Natural fatty acid with possible anti-androgenic effects. Availability: Unknown. Claimed Results: None. Observed Results: Unknown. Clinical Results: Possible anti-androgenic effects. Testing: Some (not for hair loss). Safety Side Effects: Unknown. Gender: Either. Typical Costs: Unknown.

Cysteine

Hair Loss Treatment Type: Amino Acid Availability: Grocery and Health Stores. Notes: This amino acid is essential for proper hair growth. It likely does not help much to regrow hair if you have hair loss, but helps ensure that you have the proper nutrients necessary to grow hair. Claimed Results: None. Observed Results: Unknown. Clinical   …Continue Reading

Caffeine

Caffeine has recently been shown to be a hair growth stimulator that helps to improve skin function and is easily absorbable through scalp skin. It is not known exactly how caffeine stimulates hair growth yet, but it appears to directly increase the growth of hair as well as possibly helping to block the effects of   …Continue Reading

L-Arginine

Hair Loss Treatment Type: Amino Acid Availability: Grocery and Health Stores. Notes: Arginine or l-arginine is an essential amino acid for proper hair growth. In addition, it is the metabolic precursor for nitric oxide, a messenger substance that stimulates hair growth by opening potassium channels. Arginine in large doses (3g-12g) may also help release growth   …Continue Reading