Natural Cures for Hair Loss

The hair loss industry is rife with countless stories and testimonials of natural hair loss cures and treatments and natural remedies miraculously regrowing hair.  For the most part, such testimonials are bogus scams to promote various products.  I have been following the hair loss world fairly regularly for over 12 years.  During that time, I have reached the conclusion that natural hair loss cures virtually never regrow hair that has been lost for a long time.  In the most miraculous of cases, you might bring back some peach fuzz in totally bald areas.

However, there is solid evidence that certain natural products can improve the quality of existing hair and significantly reduce shedding and hair loss rate.  Some natural products keep hair in anagen (growth) phase longer, others directly impact growth factors and signaling pathways.  In this post, I will discuss natural hair loss treatment products that have some solid scientific backing.  You should assume that none of these natural products will bring back hair in totally bald areas.  It is quite surprising to me how many of the below mentioned studies have come out in 2014 and 2015.


This was big news last year when a new study came out, and I covered it in on this blog in a detailed post.  Propolis is a product made by bees, and it has anti-inflammatory properties that result in healthier hair in mice.  For more, see the published study from Japan on propolis and hair growth in mice.  Several hair products with bee propolis in them have good reviews on Amazon, including Iden Bee Propolis Treatment and Iden Bee Nourished Shampoo & Conditioner Duo Pack.

Saw Palmetto

Saw Palmetto berry extract comes from a plant native to the United States.  For years it has been claimed that Saw Palmetto reduces DHT levels resulting in less enlarged prostates and more scalp hair (just like the drug Finasteride, but a lot weaker). Although the proof of effectiveness on hair growth is far from certain, there is enough anecdotal evidence and research work to warrant including this plant in this post about natural cures. This best selling hair loss shampoo on Amazon includes Saw Palmetto as one of its key ingredients.

Oleuropein (Olive Drupe)

We keep reading about the miracle of olive oil and a Greek/ Mediterranean diet’s positive impact on human lifespan. Now there is yet one more reason to buy olives: a study from earlier this year from South Korea found that topical application of oleuropein induces anagen hair growth in mice.  The study is quite technical and it seems like oleuropein stimulates the critical Wnt10b/β-catenin signaling pathway (which is also crucial when it comes to human hair).  Oleuropein also upregulates IGF-1, KGF, HGF, and VEGF gene expression in mice.  Amazon has a highly rated oleuropein supplement for sale.

Procyanidin B-2 (Extracted from Apples)

There are a number of studies that tout the benefits of Procyanidin B-2 (derived from Apples) for hair growth.  DS Labs Revita Hair Growth Shampoo is probably the most famous product that contains Procyanidin B-2, and it has great reviews on Amazon.

Laminaria Japonica and Cistanche Tubulosa

This study from 2015 portends favorable to the above combination treatment.  There is an excellent discussion about this on the hairlosstalk forums.


Many shampoos include caffeine in them, including the popular one that I mentioned earlier in the Saw Palmetto section.  This 2014 study suggests that caffeine really does have a beneficial effect on human scalp hair.  This best selling hair loss shampoo on Amazon includes caffeine as one of its key ingredients.  Also see Dr. Bernsteins’s page on caffeine as an alternative treatment for hair loss.

Peppermint Oil

Yet again in mice.   Apparently peppermint oil 3% results in better hair growth than Minoxidil 3% according to a 2014 study.

Pumpkin Seed Oil

A rare human study from 2014 finds that pumpkin seed oil is beneficial to hair growth on men with androgenic alopecia.

Epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) from Green Tea

EGCG (usually derived from the dried leaves of green tea) has attained a stellar reputation worldwide for its purported health benefits and weight reduction properties.  There is not enough proof of many of these benefits, but green tea in general has become synonymous with good health.  So it is no surprise that there are several studies that have concluded EGCG to have a favorable impact on mouse hair as well as on human hair.


There are some reports that epilobium inhibits DHT just like Saw Palmetto, but I am not entirely convinced by the evidence. Nevertheless, numerous people on hair loss forums have tried this natural product so I am including it here.

Turmeric (Circumin)

In recent years, turmeric has garnered significant interest as a miracle cure for all kinds of ailments ranging from cancer to Alzheimer’s disease.  While circumin clearly has anti-inflammatory properties, proof regarding major health benefits is still limited. However, the following article and anecdotal reports made me want to include turmeric in this post for now.

Cuscuta Reflexa (Dodder Plant)

A few studies have shown that Cuscuta Reflexa inhibits 5 alpha-reductase activity and hence benefits hair growth.  e.g., see here and here.


Several studies suggest seaweed extracts are beneficial to hair.  One detailed study from South Korea touts the benefits of Grateloupia elliptica (a seaweed native to Jeju Island, Korea) on scalp hair growth.  This same strain of seaweed as well as several others seems to also reduce inflammation in mice.

Methyl Vanillate

Topical methyl vanillate (a plant derived natural ingredient) increases hair count and hair mass index by inducing Wnt10b mRNA expression in the scalp.  According to the study, methyl vanillate has recently been shown to activate the Wnt/β-catenin signaling pathway, which has become a key target in the treatment of androgenic alopecia by numerous researchers in recent years.

15 thoughts on “Natural Cures for Hair Loss”

  1. Sad just sad… back to green tea and saw palmetto for hair loss cure lol. The future looks bleak. Why do I have a feeling all these treatments will fail: replicel, histogen, samumed. Follica probably works but he won’t release it. Seti probably works no better than propecia and bim no better than rogaine. I give it another 15 years to when hair cloning comes out. That’s our only real hope.

    1. Propecia is going down in the market because is a drug with a lot side effects and poor results. And of course we have AWESOME NEWS in the hair congress in Miami. I know that.




  2. What’s the awesome news Paul? I see the same research doctors who have scratching their balls since 2001 and are now talking about starting clinical trials on hair cloning lol. I lost hope. They can’t find a better treatment that works or they are being stopped in releasing it. BTW not sure if you guys remember that doctor in Egypt who grew people hair back using stem cells . Like balding men with aga and other hair loss disorders. Her practice got shut down and she was never spoke about again. See what happens when you cure baldnesss. I will try and find that article, it was back in 2011. She grew bacj all their hair. They know how it works they are just be stopped from releasing it

  3. paul Phoenix shut up, propecia sales have dropped because the patent expired and cheaper generic finasteride is available. Your not a doctor stop trying to scare people.

  4. Sorry Edward but that video is ridiculous. Who has the time to check pulses, thryoid, eat all those specific meals, percentages of carbs to protein etc. When propecia was working for me ,even during year 10 of the drug I was lifting heavy weights, eating pizzas, chicken fingers, drinking 3 to 5 beers during the weekend, eating lots of healthy food as well but also milk shakes and desserts and my hair was looking amazing. Now 13 yr on propecia, drug losing serious effectiveness and I am eating super healthy, no desserts, fried food, pizzas etc . Eating all organic and I am losing ground fast on my hair. My point is that if you can’t block the dht from attacking the receptors then you are fked no matter how healthy you eat and exercise.

  5. this is probably a really really dumb idea but has anyone ever thought about putting saw palmetto topical liquid with a carrier? or basically a natural topical DHT inhibitor with carrier? I can’t take Fin, neither can I take internal DHT inhibitors anymore. Just wondering if anyones tried after Mjoenes and Rev posted those two seperate users with good natural regrowth.

  6. Great article – I wish you could have added more caveats so individuals could understand how to apply these studies. For example, studies show that the amount of caffeine used in topical treatments is crucial and that using too much overstimulates the hair shaft and can actually lead to hair loss. Also, propolis is unlikely to help male pattern baldness but only baldness based on inflammation like alopecia.

  7. It’s strange & a little hard to take, but has anyone tried fresh onion juice – make sure it’s strained? Besides using the best natural shampoos & conditioners, me & my wife use pure, fresh onion juice twice a week & leave it on for 1+ hours with plastic cover. We also use a .5mm derma roller on our head once a week, so the DHT-shampoo/conditioner, onion juice & everything penetrates much better. We use a little purified Emu oil mixed with peppermint oil night & day too! Works for us! In (2 & 1/2 months) we have new baby hairs!
    U can you tube onion juice to grow hair & you tube derma-roller for hair loss. We bought derma roller from Amazon!
    For scalp calcification (hard water – that block hair follicles), we use 50/50 purified water & apple cider vinegar with the mother & massage in shower – once a month! Don’t get in eyes!

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