There are many reasons you may experience hair loss, ranging from normal, age-related changes to genetics, hormone imbalances, stress, autoimmune diseases and nutritional deficiencies. Alopecia (the medical term for hair loss) is not dangerous, but it can be distressing.
Numerous science-backed options for promoting hair growth already exist. But natural hair loss remedies are becoming more popular and effective.
Natural hair growth products help stimulate hair follicles, which promotes hair growth. Here are a few alternative treatments to try:
Massaging stimulates the scalp. A 2019 study showed that scalp massaging improved hair growth, blood flow and scalp health. As a bonus, it helps relieve stress and tension.
Massage with your fingertips and not your nails, moving across your scalp in small circles while applying light to medium pressure. And be patient, the study suggested 4 minutes per day for at least a month.
Aloe vera is not just for burns. It conditions hair, reduces dandruff and unblocks hair follicles blocked by excess oil.
You can use a shampoo and conditioner that contains aloe vera or apply pure aloe vera gel to your scalp and hair a few times per week.
Use coconut oil before or after you wash your hair. Coconut oil contains fatty acids that penetrate the hair shaft and reduce protein loss from hair.
A study conducted in 2021 showed that coconut oil made the scalp and hair follicles healthier by enriching the scalp’s microbiome.
Rosemary oil promotes hair growth and reduces hair loss by stimulating new hair growth. One study established rosemary oil to be as effective as minoxidil treatment in growing hair after six months.
Mix a few drops into a carrier oil, like argan or jojoba, and massage into the hair and scalp a few times per week. You can also add a few drops to your shampoo and conditioner.
Of course, if you’re experiencing certain types of pattern baldness or a health condition that causes hair loss, it may not be possible to regrow your hair. Make sure you check with your physician to narrow down the cause.