For most people, the top priority after experiencing hair loss is working towards getting their hair back to its pre-loss state as quickly as possible. Thankfully, there are a variety of natural solutions you can work into your routine to encourage the growth of strong, healthy hair. We’re diving into all the details on how to stimulate hair follicles for hair growth using effective natural remedies.
What is Hair Loss?
While some hair shedding is part of the natural growth cycle, hair loss refers to a noticeable increase in shedding. Many most often associate hair loss with hair on the head, but it can also affect other areas of the body where hair grows.
There are a variety of different triggers for hair loss, including (but not limited to) hormonal imbalances or fluctuations, genetics, stress, nutritional deficiencies, medications, and autoimmune diseases.
Hair Loss in Men vs. Women
There are a variety of different causes that can lead to hair loss in both men and women. However, for both sexes, the most common form of hair loss is androgenic alopecia, also referred to as male or female pattern baldness.1 This occurs gradually, and typically presents in the same patterns. For men, the pattern includes thinning on the crown and a receding hairline. For women, it looks like thinning through the part.
Natural Hair Growth Treatments
Some forms of hair loss do lead to permanent loss in the affected area. However, in many cases, there are steps you can implement to prevent further loss and stimulate growth. These are some of the top treatments for slowing down loss and promoting hair regrowth for a thicker, denser mane.
Scalp massages don’t just feel great – they can also have a major impact on hair thickness. At the end of a 24-week study, researchers found that daily four-minute scalp massages stimulated growth and led to fuller hair.2 To maximize your results, we recommend doing a scalp massage with one (or more) of the topical ingredients recommended below.
2. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is a fatty acid-rich ingredient that has a low molecular weight, which means it is able to effectively penetrate the hair shaft and skin.3 It has also been shown to help reduce protein loss in the hair, which helps prevent breakage and brittleness.4 While research on the oil’s direct effect on growth is limited, this moisturizing oil can improve overall hair and scalp health, which is crucial for strong, healthy hair.
3. Hair Serum
A well-formulated topical hair serum crafted with science-backed ingredients can speed up the hair growth process to help you quickly achieve fuller hair. The Foundation Skincare Hair Serum is a dermatologist formulated non-prescription solution that is safe for long-term use. It’s made with antioxidants, growth factor peptides, and other ingredients that help stimulate stem cells and the hair root to promote the growth of strong, healthy hair. This formula also nourishes hair cuticles to reduce breakage.
This solution is also made without the hair growth medication Minoxidil, which can cause skin irritation and often triggers initial hair shedding. The Foundation Skincare Hair Serum was crafted to promote hair growth and improve general hair and scalp health without causing any aggravation or triggering shedding.
Oral ginseng supplements may also play a role in hair growth and health. This root contains ginsenosides, active compounds with antioxidant properties that are largely responsible for ginseng’s effect on the hair.
It’s believed that ginseng can help stimulate hair follicles to promote growth, and may also prevent hair loss by delaying the phase in the hair growth cycle where the hair stops growing.5
5. Rosemary Oil
Topical rosemary oil is one of the most effective natural hair growth treatments available. One study found that this essential oil was just as effective as Minoxidil when it came to preventing hair loss related to androgenic alopecia.6
Try mixing a few drops of this essential oil into a carrier oil (like coconut oil), and then massaging the mixture into your scalp. Alternatively, you can add a few drops to your shampoo and conditioner.
6. Aloe Vera
Lightly hydrating and anti-inflammatory aloe vera can be great for supporting the scalp and creating a conducive environment for hair growth. While there’s been little research into aloe vera’s direct effect on growth, when used topically, it has been shown to improve scalp health by reducing inflammation tied to dandruff.7
7. Hair Supplements
If you’re looking for a convenient supplement crafted with multiple vitamins, minerals, acids, and herbs that have been clinically proven to help with hair growth, take a look at the Foundation Skincare UnTangled Hair Supplement.
This drug-free, dermatologist formulated solution gives the body the building blocks it needs (including vitamins A, C, and E, folic acid, marine collagen, DHT-blocking saw palmetto, and horsetail extract) to nourish the follicles, support the production of keratin, and help promote the growth of strong hair. Nutritional deficiencies can also impact hair health, so this formula also contains some of the key vitamins and minerals connected to hair loss, including iron, zinc, biotin, selenium, and vitamin D.8
8. Onion Juice
It may not be the most pleasant option on the list, but applying topical onion juice can support hair growth. It’s believed to improve circulation to stimulate growth, and has also been shown to help with regrowth in those affected by alopecia areata (an autoimmune condition that leads to patchy hair loss).9
9. Fish Oil
Fish oil supplements are packed with omega-3 fatty acids, which can be beneficial for hair growth and general hair and scalp health. While research is still limited, one study found that women dealing with female pattern baldness saw a reduction in hair loss and improvement in hair density after taking omega-3 and omega-6 supplements for six months.10
10. Peppermint Oil
Another essential oil that can support growth after hair loss is peppermint oil, which can be used topically in the same way you’d use rosemary oil. Peppermint oil increases circulation to the follicles, which can stimulate the growth of new hair.11
Consistency & Patience for Optimal Results
No matter the course of action you decide to take, remember that consistency is key. While none of these solutions can magically regrow your hair overnight, with some patience and commitment, you’ll be on track to achieving thicker, fuller hair.
If you’re looking for more tips and guidance on what you can do to support your hair health, take a look at the Foundation Skincare blog.