There are many ways that you can trigger hair growth, filling-in that receding hairline and those bald patches, or simply speeding up the natural growth process. In this article we will show you how to stimulate hair growth quickly, easily and through any number of methods.
How to Stimulate Hair Growth: Vitamins and Supplements
We find that the best way to stimulate hair growth is to opt for 100% natural vitamins and minerals, all of which can be found in the food you eat. It sounds a little too simplistic, even hard to believe, but the health of your hair depends greatly on your diet. The reason this should be the first step is because a deficiency in many vitamins and minerals, including zinc, iron and vitamin C, can trigger hair loss.
There are many people out there who are expiring hair loss symptoms and are using all kinds of topical treatments and shampoos to treat them, failing to realize that the reason behind their hair loss is a simple vitamin deficiency and that the only thing they need to fix it is a multi-vitamin. What’s more, an excess of certain key vitamins, such as Biotin and Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid) may be able to trigger further hair growth, even in healthy individuals. That’s because these vitamins are involved in the hair growth process, so it only makes sense that an abundance of them will allow for more hair to come through.
Supplements are also good for this. By “supplements” we mean products that contain a mixture of vitamins and minerals. These basically bring a host of ingredients together, focusing on the ones that can help with hair growth in some way. By talking all of these together you’re giving your hair the best chance to grow naturally.
How to Stimulate Hair Growth: Essential Oils
There are many essential oils that can also help to stimulate hair growth. These work by nourishing your scalp, by cleaning the area, killing bacteria and providing nutrients to the roots. There are many essential oils that can help with this, including lavender oil and chamomile oil, both of which we have discussed at great length on this site already.
These oils obviously need to be diluted, because they may do some damage to your scalp and/or skin if you apply them directly in undiluted form. One of the most important things to remember about these oils is that while they are natural, they are also very potent and can be dangerous. So, take care with them and don’t make any assumptions before doing your research.
As with vitamins and minerals you can also combine these oils to create a concoction that offers more benefits and delivers more results. For instance, you can combine sage oil, lavender oil and chamomile oil to create something that can kill growth-inhibiting bacteria, can clean the area and can also provide nutrients to the root. It’s an assault on all fronts, and because it’s topical you can even apply such a product while also taking a supplement.
How to Stimulate Hair Growth: Other Natural Products
There are many other natural products that can help. Fats tend to be very good for stimulating hair growth. Olive oil is one of the ones we have discussed at great length already. This is a great oil when consumed and when applied directly. It may not stimulate growth directly, but it can help to condition your hair and it can also help to keep the area moisturized and protected.
Coconut oil and argan oil are also very good for this purpose, as is castor oil. All of these can keep the area protected and they can also deliver nourishment. Also, as with the supplements and the essential oils, these can be combined for maximum effect. We have discussed this before and find that castor oil works well when it is combined with a gel such as aloe vera gel. You can also mix it with coconut oil, which makes a very good base ingredient.
These products are cheap, readily available and safe, so there is no reason not to use them.
How to Stimulate Hair Growth: Medications
There are two main medications designed to stimulate hair growth. These are Minoxidil and Finasteride, also known by the names Rogaine and Propecia. The former is applied as a topical solution, typically on bald spots and on a receding hair line. The latter is taken as a tablet.
Both of these are effective, but there are problems with them. The first issue is that they are not effective in all users. There is no definitive figure regarding who can benefit and who can not benefit, but in our experience they tend to work roughly 50% of the time when they are taken properly and for the prescribed length of time. The number of people that experience positive results using these products is actually much lower, especially with Minoxidil, but only because they don’t use them for the full length of time required.
One of the reasons behind that is because it’s too expensive, and that’s another issue with both of these medications. They can set you back quite a lot of money if you purchase a full course of treatment. You can buy generic though if you want to cut costs, just make sure you don’t try to cut corners by shortening your treatment.
Other issues include a number of side effects; the fact that Propecia is not approved for use in women; and the fact there are many low-quality copies of these drugs on the market. Read our articles on Minoxidil for Men and Minoxidil for Women to learn more.
How to Stimulate Hair Growth: Surgery
This is often seen as the last resort, but it is effective, it is relatively safe and it works, so if you have the money then it can also be your first choice of treatment. The surgery in this case is a hair transplant, which involves taking hair from one part of you body (often the back of your head/neck) and then transplanting it in the problem areas. The hair is transplanted one follicle at a time, and after you have given it time to heal it should begin to grow as normal.
You can use medications (such as this mentioned above) to speed up the growth process, but typically you will have the results you seek in a matter of months anyway. The only real issue with this treatment is the price, because it’s not cheap. In fact, it is the most expensive treatment we have mentioned on this page.
That’s the bad news. The good news is that it’s also the most effective, working nearly 100% of the time.
How to Stimulate Hair Growth: Radical Treatments
There are a few other treatments worth discussing. We have already showed you how to stimulate hair growth using traditional methods and even drastic options, but there are less traditional and even more drastic options out there. One such method is known as PRP, which we discussed at length on our PRP Hair Loss page.
This treatment involves drawing blood from your body, processing the blood and then injecting it into your scalp. It sounds bizarre, and it’s not cheap, but the research is positive on this one, almost as much as hair transplants. And while it is expensive, it is actually cheaper than hair transplants. So if you can’t quite afford to get the grafts then you might want to consider this treatment.
There is also a lot of research being done on stem cell therapy. This is a treatment that is changing the medical sector and is helping with all kinds of diseases and ailments. One of those may just include hair loss, although a lot more work needs to be done on this before we can be sure about its effectiveness.