W hen it comes to treating hair loss and regrowing healthy, strong hair, there is no “quick fix.” These shampoos (while being beneficial) should purely be just another tool in your arsenal when you are faced with fighting male pattern baldness. And, to be honest with you, I refrained from using any shampoos at all; natural or chemical, in my hair loss journey. I simply used water and a boar bristle brush. So, while this chapter is dedicated to natural shampoos, it’s not 100% necessary, but I just like giving people the options because it can be very beneficial .
B ear in mind that these shampoos will aim to block DHT. However, they won’t reduce any of the sensitivity of your hair follicles toward DHT. This is the fundamental factual cause of hair loss in men with androgenetic alopecia. It should also be the ultimate goal for all those who are looking to regrow their hair .
W hen you are using these shampoos, it is consistency and patience which are vital. You shouldn’t expect to see any results overnight, and you might have to experiment quite a bit with the many different shampoos and varying formulas to get the results you desire .
D on’t forget, shampoo is merely a simple combination of a good cleansing agent, plus an essential oil and carrier oil, so it is possible that anyone can start making their own DIY hair-restoring shampoo .
During our everyday lives, we will come into contact with many pollutants, chemicals, and other external elements which contribute to scalp buildup. We find, with this buildup, it blocks the hair follicles and varies the natural pH balance. This makes the scalp an unlikely place for continual hair growth .
T his buildup can additionally make it more difficult for shampoos to even make it to the hair follicles. This is a requirement, especially if you accurately want to block DHT, while also minimizing the impact it will have on your hair .
S o, before using any one of the all-natural shampoos, we need to use a homemade scalp exfoliate. It only takes a few ingredients to get started, and the results are a clean and restored scalp .
۱/۲ a teaspoon of Himalayan or sea salt
۱ teaspoon of powdered, activated charcoal
۴ inches of ginger
۱ whole cucumber
۱ lemon, for juice
A juicing machine – can use a blender and muslin cloth
First, juice the ginger and the cucumber then combine the juices in a container. If you are using a blender, combine both ingredients and blend up the mixture with the lemon juice .
Drain the blended mix with the help of muslin cloth and keep the juice .
Take 100 mL of the cucumber and ginger juice mixture, and add the salt and the powdered activated charcoal .
If you used a juicer, make sure to add the lemon juice from one whole lemon .
Mix the combination thoroughly .
To apply the homemade mixture, gently massage into the areas of the scalp where you would like your hair to regrow .
The lemon and ginger take some time before they begin breaking up any buildup, so, let it sit for 5-10 minutes .
Rinse with warm (not hot) water .
I t might require a few sessions before all of the plaque has been entirely removed. To help make it easier, you can lightly brush away any resulting flakes using a hairbrush .
DHT Blocker Shampoos
Now that your scalp has been prepared, it’s time to take a look at the three shampoos below which will block DHT and combat hair loss caused by the miniaturization process .
۳-Ingredient DHT Blocker Shampoo: Ingredients:
۱/۲ cup of liquid castile soap
۵-۱۰ drops of liquid nettle leaf extract
۱۰ drops of jojoba oil
First steps require the preparation of the liquid nettle leaf extract .
Finely chop four teaspoons of fresh stinging nettle, and set aside .
Wear rubber gloves while doing. Fresh nettles can cause a mildly painful skin reaction when they sting .
Fresh is always the best. Nonetheless, you can still make it with dry .
Boil four cups of water, remove from the heat and add the chopped nettles into the water .
Steep for a minimum of 20 minutes. Keep the pot covered the entire time .
You might have to steep the nettles for longer to produce stronger extracts .
Pour the resulting liquid through a small strainer or muslin cloth into another container. This you’ll use to store your shampoo .
Next, mix the liquid castile soap along with the jojoba oil to the container of nettle juice, and then mix well .
To use, pour over wet hair and massage into the scalp for around 2-3 minutes .
Rinse thoroughly with warm water .
Express Benefits :
T he liquid castile soap is your cleansing agent in this homemade shampoo mixture, and it will gently help to wash away sebum buildup on the scalp. This could be from previous hair care products or any other chemicals which your scalp has previously retained. Jojoba oil is potent oil which absorbs deep into the layers of skin while still bringing infused ingredients with it .
L astly, nettle leaf is a well-known DHT blocker. This can be when taken internally or applied externally. This powerful plant delivers a powerful anti-inflammatory punch and is an indispensable ingredient for anyone who is looking to decrease any scalp inflammation and irritation .
DHT Blocker Saw Palmetto Shampoo
۱ cup of warm water
۱ tablespoon of baking soda
۱ tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
۵ drops of citrus essential oil
۱ capsule of saw palmetto gel
۲-۳ teaspoons of olive oil
Mix the water, baking soda, vinegar, and olive oil .
The baking soda and vinegar will react when combined, so be sure to use a non-airtight container .
With the tip of a sharp knife, pierce the end of the saw palmetto capsule. Squeeze the gel directly into the above mixture and combine well, by stirring .
Express Benefits :
Both the baking soda and apple cider vinegar (when combined) make a gentle and powerful cleansing agent. This they do, without stripping away any of your scalp’s essential oils. It thoroughly dissolves and washes away any excess oils and scalp buildup .
Citrus is an excellent antioxidant and is well-known to scavenge and neutralize the free radicals on (and in) the scalp .
Saw palmetto is the foremost DHT blocking ingredient. Studies show that any shampoos which contain saw palmetto improve hair growth by 35%, both regarding mass as well as volume .
Olive oil is a great carrier oil in this homemade shampoo recipe. However, it also hydrates and protects hair from breaking, without clogging any of the pores .
DHT Blocker Shampoo with Reishi and Green Tea
۱/۲ a cup of liquid castile soap
۱/۳ of a cup of aloe vera gel
۱/۲ a cup of green tea
۱۰ drops of vanilla essential oil
۱ cup of reishi mushrooms
Add the reishi mushrooms to a pot of boiling water, then remove from the heat and set aside to cool .
Once cooled, remove the reishi mushrooms and discard .
Mix one cup of the reishi extract with the remaining ingredients, stirring to thoroughly combine .
Apply the mixture to wet hair and massage into the scalp for 2-3 minutes .
You can let the shampoo sit for 5 minutes .
Rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water .
Express Benefits :
T he above combination of healthy ingredients can cleanse, nourish, and moisturize the scalp, while at the same time decreasing DHT levels and inflammation .
T he aloe vera gel performs as an alkalizer and brings the pH of the scalp back into a natural balance. It also soothes irritation and any itchiness .
The compounds found in the green tea, such as polyphenols and flavonoids, will helpfully contribute to the hair’s growing properties. It is also known to be a blocker of DHT .
V anilla essential oil works by stimulating new hair growth, and the reishi mushroom extract inhibits 5-alpha reductase, which is the initial cause of DHT production .
L et’s reiterate some things, a small revision –
testosterone balance with regard to hair loss
Role of blood and circulation in the scalp (galea )
The role of low thyroid hormones with regard to hair loss
Dietary changes to improve hormone health and help regrow hair
How to avoid chemicals that may disrupt or increase hormones and play a role in hair loss
The Regrowth Program
Practice the hair schedule daily! Yes, 3 times, as a minimum .
Dietary changes such as avoiding grain products, refined sugar, and foods that may potentially disrupt thyroid activity (diary especially !)
Do the massage schedules everyday, no days off !
Avoiding shampoo – using only water and scrubbing to clean hair (both to reduce sebum production and to avoid the potentially hormone-disrupting chemicals ).
Try and get yourself into a sauna or a steam room 1-2 times a week .
Try the 10-day no-fap test – you will feel amazing! And your hair will too .
Persistence! Keep at it; don’t stop! Your hair will come back if you don’t stop! Keep going; it’s super-easy !
A ll in all, the information above is easy to do, and it’s quick and makes sense. It is also based on scientific proof and my own personal hair regrowth story. It could cost you a bit if you went all out, or it can cost you nothing, and it will just take slightly longer to do. Also you may reduce the exercises to every second or third day once you have your hair back .
But, whatever the case, your hair will come back with patience as the major key. All you need is the blood to the roots of the follicles, which is so simple; it’s not even funny. The massaging will break up the DHT as mentioned, so all is covered .
One final thought, you might have: it is often assumed that hair that is lost in pattern balding somehow “dies” after a certain period of time, and is therefore gone for good, rendered incapable of regeneration. This assumption is also erroneously reinforced by certain doctors, and other hair specialists. The following case study was published in a reputable peer reviewed journal, along with numerous anecdotal accounts I have received over the last couple years, and they convincingly refute this assumption .
T his particular study gives an account of a 73-year-old man who had been completely bald since 28, regrowing a full head of hair at age 73 (45 years of slick baldness) after 6 years on oral spironolactone, effectively shattering the assumption of “dead” hair follicles. This 73-year-old white male had been bald since the age of 28. He developed nonA-nonB-induced liver cirrhosis and had been treated with spironolactone for the last 6 years. For the last 3 months, his hair had started to regrow over the scalp .
T he fact is, that hair follicles technically never “die,” in fact, they miniaturize to the point that they are no longer visible over time, resulting in a slick bald appearance. Once a hair follicle miniaturizes to this point, it does become extremely resistant to treatment and regeneration. Researchers at L’Oreal and other academic institutions identified the culprit behind this resistance to regeneration, as a progressive and longstanding fibrosis (chronic inflammation induced collagen hardening) that occurs in Androgenetic Alopecia. Perifollicular Fibrosis and the resultant miniaturization occur in response to inflammation and DHT, making it almost impossible to regrow hair in completely bald areas, in the short term. However, as fibrosis is gradually reversed, regrowth of hair is possible, and as this study shows, it is possible in the long-term not matter what age you are .
S o with that final note, LET’S GET TO IT !!