Losing your hair can be devastating. According to experts, approximately 50% of men are plagued with genetic hair loss (i.e. male pattern baldness). And unfortunately in our youth-and-beauty-obsessed culture this can affect everything from the women you attract to the salary you earn.
So what can you do? The good news is that you don’t have to go bald. There are lots of options including hair transplants, hairpieces, drugs and even hair loss herbs.
If you don’t want the negative side effects of drugs – and can’t afford an expensive transplant or hairpiece – you may be interested in which herbs help combat hair loss. This article will outline some herbs, vitamins and other foods that have been rumored to be effective with male pattern baldness:
#1 Saw Palmetto
This herbs is made from the berries of the palm tree native to South Atlantic coast. You can often find it in health food stores in capsule or liquid tincture form. It comes by itself (which can be expensive if you’re buying a lot of it). You can also usually find it in a good hair loss herbal formula.
Saw Palmetto reportedly works in a similar fashion to drugs like Propecia and Proscar by indirectly blocking the conversion of testosterone to DHT (which causes genetic balding). So you get similar benefits of these drugs – but without the side effects.
#2 Dong Quai
This herb contains phytoestrogens that work by blocking androgen-receptor sites and reducing the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone, or DHT.
#3 Flaxseed Oil
Flaxseed oil (and flax seeds) provide lignans for your body which helps fight bacteria, viruses and fungi. Flaxseed oil boosts the health of your hair and even helps your body to detoxify and improve circulation to your scalp.
#4 B-Complex Vitamins
These can help, especially with stress-induced hair loss (even though you may genetically susceptible to losing your hair, stress can speed up the process).
B vitamins have also been reported to reduce the oily buildup in the scalp and strengthen the hair itself. Another vitamin that may help is vitamin C as it helps you deal with the stress hormones that circulate in your body and can cause temporary hair thinning.
This has been reported to help in the hair growth process and you can get it in Chamomile tea, shampoos, conditioners and even hair lotions.
#6 Vitamin E
This is a powerful antioxidant which helps produce free radical damage and fights premature aging (i.e. hair loss). It also helps promote healthy skin and hair.
Other hair loss herbs:
Rosemary, nettle and horsetail are said to promote hair growth by increasing blood circulation to the scalp and unclogging the pores so the nutrients from the herbs can get to the hair follicle easily. You can find them in shampoos lotions and even sometimes in teas or tinctures.
So those are some of the best herbs for hair loss. I’m not saying any of these herbs/vitamins are a complete solution for male pattern baldness.
Everyone is different and you have to research to find the right solution for you. Just be aware however that in this day and age, you don’t have to suffer with the embarrassment of losing your hair. There are solutions out there that have helped a lot of guys – including herbal and natural options!