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How Natural Remedies Do and Don't Help Hair Loss

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We see them on ads, YouTube videos, and blogs. People claiming to have a natural cure for hair loss. But how true are these claims? If your hair is falling out, what are the benefits of home remedies? We took a look at some of the most touted natural ingredients for hair loss, to see if they help and how.

Coconut Oil

Great for conditioning split ends and adding shine – does coconut oil help with hair loss?
Well, it depends on the kind of hair loss you have. Coconut is rich in vitamin K and iron, which if you are deficient in either, can cause your hair to become brittle and fall. So for hair loss related to these dietary deficiencies, coconut oil can help.
Coconut oil also improves the health and appearance of your hair, as it contains vitamin E, which helps reduce the inflammation of your hair follicles.  
However, if you are a man or woman suffering from androgenetic alopecia, coconut oil doesn’t help in the long term. Pattern baldness is caused by a sex hormone called DHT that attacks the hair follicles (see our blog ‘What Is DHT? How Does It Affect Hair Loss’). Coconut’s ingredients, unfortunately, don’t tackle this problem.
coconut oil
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Onion

Many claim that rubbing onion juice on your head can help hair regrow. The truth is, onions are enriched with sulphur, which works to improve blood circulation. They therefore support hair growth by supplying blood and oxygen to the hair follicles. This can be particularly helpful if you are suffering from long-term female or male pattern baldness, an onion can counteract the effect of DHT (which is to deprive your hair follicles of nutrition through blood supply).
However, for male pattern baldness, while onion can help reduce the effects of DHT it won’t stop its onset. Definitely a helpful ingredient, just remember to apply the juice to the scalp and wash your hair straight after. Otherwise, you can smell like onions for weeks!  
man washing hair
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Eggs

Eggs are an amazing source of protein, minerals, and B-complex vitamins, such as biotin. Because of this, eggs make incredible ‘hair food’ that can help strengthen hair roots and reduce breakage.
For example, the white of an egg contains keratin, a protein that makes up your hair, skin and nails. The yolk of the egg provides fat for conditioning the hair and folic acid for cell renewal.
What about the effect of eggs on DHT? Eggs contain biotin, which has been shown in a 2012 and 2015 study to reduce the rate of hair shedding for women suffering from hair loss. However, the effect of biotin for androgenetic alopecia is still not known. For regular doses of biotin, we recommend a supplement, such as our hair growth supplements – it’s a far less messy option.
Woman applying egg to her hair
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Beetroot Juice

A vibrant purple vegetable, packed with helpful ingredients such as vitamin C, vitamin B, iron, potassium, and silica, beetroot juice makes a perfect ‘hair cocktail’.
The juice does contain betalain and carotenoid antioxidants, which have anti-inflammatory properties for those suffering from alopecia caused by an autoimmune deficiency. However, for pattern baldness hair loss, unfortunately, there is no scientific evidence showing that beetroot juice will reverse the effects of DHT.
cup of beetroot juice
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Will Any Home Remedies Help Restore Hair Loss?

For hair loss caused by DHT (i.e. pattern baldness) none of the above ingredients will truly reverse hair thinning. Onion is the most likely to help with the effects of DHT, while eggs, beetroot juice, and coconut oil can all help with the texture, structure, and health of your hair (especially if you have vitamin or mineral deficiencies).
For androgenetic alopecia, however, only medically proven hair loss treatments, such as Minoxidil and Finasteride, will have a meaningful effect. Natural ingredients can assist in strengthening your hair while it’s undergoing hair loss medications on a routine basis. We’re big believers in natural ingredients to support your hair during a time of transition.
If you want to know more about what natural ingredients you can eat or put on your hair for improved hair health, see our blogs ‘Diet and Hair Loss’ and ‘Hair Regrowth Shampoo and Conditioner’. Otherwise, if you have any questions about natural home remedies and hair loss medications, or how the two can help each other, don’t be shy to reach out to the Hair By Science team on our contact page. We’re always happy to help with questions.
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