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17 Things I did to Regrow my Lost Hair (Update 2018)

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Don’t forget to check 2018 Update below: The Best Remedy to Regrow Your Hair


My story: Born with beautiful hair- soft, dense and lustrous. In my late teens, I started coloring my hair as I wanted a model look-alike, inspired by glamorous adverts. I used top brands, thinking these won’t harm my hair.

Fast forward –>> After 6 – 7 years my hair gave in to this chemical abuse. I started losing lots of hair. Plus, my once smooth and soft hair was rough and lusterless. And I was left grieving along with my hair.

After regaining my senses I reverted back to my roots – started oil massaging, applying hair packs, using an herbal hair rinse instead of the store-bought conditioner – and the good news is that my hair fall has stopped and I have recovered all my lost hair and texture.

Now, my hair is soft, smooth, and shiny, and probably denser than it use to be in my teens. And I want to share with you all the things that I did to regrow my lost hair and hope these will help you too.

17 Things I Did To Regrow My Lost HairMinaz2

1. Give yourself a Head Massage

But why?

Because head massage is really really good for your hair. Okay, that was a short explanation.

Here’s the detailed one:

When you head massage, it stimulates the scalp circulation and brings with it more oxygen and nutrients for your hair follicles. More nourishment means your hair will grow healthier and stronger.

Another question that arises is should you use oil? Well, it’s not necessary, it’s your choice. You can massage with or without oil. But if you choose to use oil, make sure you use cold pressed oils like coconut, castor, almond or olive oil.

How to massage?  Apply oil (of your choice) on your scalp and massage gently for 5 minutes or so. Let the oil soak in for an hour before washing, or you can also keep it overnight for better conditioning. For healthier and stronger hair, head massage at least once a week.

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2. Ditch Store-bought ConditionersSage Hair rinse


I tend to stay away from conditioners as they are one of the culprits of my hair loss.

When you apply conditioner, you are putting more chemicals on your scalp and hair. And since they are heavy and thick, they can clog your hair follicles and halt growth.

So what do you do? 

Keep your hair care as simple as possible. You can pre-condition your hair with coconut or almond oil and then shampoo. Plus, you can replace the conditioner with plant infusion or hair rinse (see the next point).

And if your hair dry hair, frizzy with flyaways there’s a natural way to calm them down — use a leave-in conditioner. You don’t need any fancy brands. Again, oils like coconut and almond make an excellent leave-in conditioner. To use: Take a few drops of oil and rub it between your palms and apply to damp or dry hair (avoiding the roots) and leave in.

3. Use Herbal Rinse

I absolutely love hair rinses. They are so nourishing to hair follicles that they stimulate new hair growth. So if you are desperately trying to grow your hair, you have to start using hair rinses.

When do you use hair rinse? Use after you wash your hair, to condition, rejuvenate and kick-start hair growth.

Making a hair rinse is as simple as making a herbal tea. Add hot water to the herb of your choice, let it steep, covered until it cools down, then use. My favorite hair rinse is the first one on the list. But you can create your own depending on your hair’s need. Choose one or more hair nourishing herbs such as: chamomile, hibiscus, rosemary, fenugreek (methi), lemon, orange, amla, sagemarshmallow, nettle and mint.

4. Use a Wide-Tooth Wood Combwooden comb1

A fine comb can hurt the delicate new growth and cause abrasions on your scalp. Whereas wide-tooth wood comb is more gentle (compared to the plastic ones) on your hair and scalp. Wide tooth comb also provides massaging effect and help distribute sebum (natural oils) from the scalp to hair.

If you have been using fine/sharp tooth plastic combs may be it’s time to reconsider a wooden option. And well-done if you have already done it 🙂

Here are some great options for wooden comb and hair brushes.

5. Fingernail Rubbingregrow lost hair with finger nails rubbing

This is an ancient technique and works similar to reflexology—through energy channels.

When you rub fingernails briskly against each other, for about 10 minutes every day, it stimulates hair growth and makes your hair healthy and strong.

You will find anecdotal claims to support the benefits, and there are many proponents and followers of this ancient practice. Some have even claimed hair re-growth on bald areas.  More on how to do it and science behind this ancient technique: Click here

6. Speak with Love and Carehair affirmationn1


Every time I lose hair -while oiling or combing- I affirm that a new and healthy hair will grow in its place.

Hair affirmation is a powerful tool that helps you worry less and care better for your hair. You can create your own affirmation and visualize yourself receiving it. Some examples of hair affirmations are: my hair is healthy and growing fast, my hair cells are rejuvenating, I take good care of my hair.

You can remind yourself to say these affirmations whenever you are combing your hair or stroking it or massaging it. Send it love and speak with love and care and you will be surprised at how quickly you see the results.  And please ‘Refrain’ from saying anything harsh to your hair, even if you may be tempted to do so. Or your hair will be doomed. No, I am joking, but you will push away your hair recovery, trust me on this one.

7. Eat Flaxseeds regrow lost hair


Also known as linseed, alsi or jawas, flaxseeds are one of the richest plant sources of omega-3 fatty acids. These essential fats moisturise the scalp skin from within and help reduce dryness and flakiness.  Thus, it can improve the symptoms of dandruff, eczema and acne.

The omega-3 fats benefit the hair by making it stronger, shinier and more flexible- so you will have less breakage.

Flaxseeds also contain several B vitamins, and minerals such as copper, manganese, magnesium and selenium.  All help keep hair strong, healthy and, most importantly, out of the drain.

How to eat? Sprinkle some ground flaxseed on your salads, or add them to your smoothies, or when making bread/naan/rotis. You can also make delicious flaxseed chutney.

8. Get Active to Grow Thicker Hairregrow lost hair


Simply sitting on your desk (read chair) all day is worse thing you can do to your hair.

When we exercise, it helps to reduce stress hormones — which are the bad boys that love to latch on to your hair follicles and damage them.

Okay, even if you are happy and nothing is stressing you out, still moving your booty can boost blood circulation of the body (including the scalp). And as we saw above, more blood flow means more oxygen and more nourishment  for your hair.

So if you desire thick beautiful hair go for a walk, cycle, play sports, run, dance, do yoga, cardio or whatever you enjoy. Get up and get moving!

9.  Wearing Tight Pony Tails is a No No

What would happen if you keep an elastic band stretched for hours? It will start to lose the stretch.

Similarly, if you wear tight styles every day, it will put a strain on your hair roots, causing hair loss in the long run.

Also, your hair may stop growing permanently from areas it is pulled most from, causing a bald patch. Once in a while is fine, but wearing tight styles every day is a big no-no. For daily wear opt for loose updos, ponytails or braids to keep hair tidy, but damage free.

10. Amla The Superfood for Hairindian gooseberry1


Amla is one of the Indian berries. But it needs a special mention because this berry is one of the highest sources of vitamin C (10 times more than an orange). And vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant, and it helps to get rid of hair damaging free radicals that are generated normally in our bodies. But as we age, their number keeps on increasing.

Besides, amla also contain other powerful antioxidants such as gallic acid, and ellagic acid. And with such a super combination of antioxidants, the free radicals do not stand a chance to destroy your hair.

Ways to use: You can use amla juice with coconut oil or amla oil for a head massage. You can also add some amla powder in a hair mask. But the most effective option is to eat fresh or dried amla every day. I have another good option – I take 1tsp amla powder or triphala with a glass of water every morning – It’s one of the best detox drink you can find.

11. Henna to Dye my Grey Hair

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After the color tragedy, I stay far away from synthetic hair colors. I have very few grey hair, and I use henna to cover my greys. Surprisingly the number of white hair have also reduced in the last couple of years (I can’t point to one single thing that I do/did, perhaps little of everything has helped).

Why you should avoid hair dyes: Synthetic hair dyes contain harsh chemicals such as ammonia, hydrogen peroxide,  p-phenylenediamine, which can irritate the scalp and cause strain on hair follicles. Repeated exposure can also damage the hair follicles, potentially resulting in thinning and hair loss. Plant-based dyes such as henna can produce gorgeous hair colors ranging from red to dark brown.

12. Lentils and Beans are My Friendsregrow lost hair


I am 95% vegetarian and occasionally eat some meat. So I get my quota of protein and iron from super healthy and super yummy lentil (dals) and beans, which I mostly sprout.

As we know hair is mainly composed of proteins, and lack of protein will slow the hair growth, and can even cause brittle hair. Iron is another important nutrient for healthy hair growth. It transports oxygen to our cells, including hair cells. And too little oxygen affects the hair growth. So make sure that you’re eating enough protein and iron in your diet.

13. And not to Forget Fresh Veggies and Fruitsregrow lost hair


Fresh vegetables and fruits are an absolute must for getting the hair of your dream. Unfortunately, there are no pills to substitute them.

They supply you with vitamin A, C, E, K and minerals such as calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc and selenium — to grow healthy and strong hair. Plus, fresh veggies and fruits also packed with antioxidants.

Aim for 5-6 portions of fruits and vegetables daily. You don’t need to eat exotic, expensive ones.  Eat more variety and eat what grows locally and what changes seasonally – as they contain maximum goodness and are best for your hair, health and skin.  

14. Herb Infused Oils amla oil to regrow lost hair


It’s an age-old Indian culture to infuse oils with herbs like amla, brahmi and bhringraj. Such medicated oils not just promote lush hair growth, they are also nourishing and calming for our nervous system.

Western herbs like rosemary, chamomile and nettle are also beneficial for hair growth. You can either buy the infused oils from the market or make your own, here and here are some ways to do it.

15. Stay happyregrow lost hair


Have you ever experienced your hair falling off like autumn leaves or turning grey overnight? Well, I have. I was doing all the right things like eating healthy, exercising, but all of a sudden I had a deluge of hair fall.

And the reason was excess worry or stress. Stress affects all of our body, and our hair is no exception. Never-ending stress can cause a disproportionate number of hair to go into resting phase at the same time. And this leads to large clumps of hair coming out all at once.

The good news is that stress-related hair loss is usually temporary, as long as the stress event is temporary 🙂

What to do: For healthy locks find time to relax. Engage yourself in stress-busting activities like yoga, walking in nature, gardening, meditation. You can also talk to a friend, family or seek professional support.

16. Stay Away from Heat Appliances and Chemical Treatments 

I have straight hair, but I always wished that my hair was curly. Perhaps, it’s a human psychic to want what we don’t have. I considered perming many times, but never really did it. And thank goodness I didn’t. I have used steamroller, heat tong and blow dryer a few times. But whenever I used them, I felt these hot appliances did more harm than good, so I have stopped using them—for good.

Chemical treatments, use of heat appliances and vigorous styling can actually affect the hair root, causing hair loss (which would not have occurred otherwise). So keep them for special occasions only.

17. Read the Labels of the Hair Products

The market brought hair products have caused me a lot of trouble—itchy and flaky scalp, rough, dry hair and the most painful…hair loss. Shampoos, conditioners and hair styling products can contain harsh chemicals such as SLS, propylene glycol, isopropyl alcohol, phthalates, artificial colour, artificial fragrance (also known as “parfum”), parabens, etc. These synthetic chemicals can do more harm than good, so choose the hair products wisely. 

What to do: Learn to read the labels and buy products containing safer and natural ingredients. If you are unsure about any ingredient check its safety at www.ewg.org

In the end, I want to add that you got to keep patience. If you start any new ritual, it will take about 4 to 6 months (I am being honest here and not giving a shorter timeline just to please my wonderful readers) for any noticeable change to appear.

Wishing You Healthy & Beautiful Hair 🙂

Update 2018: The most Important Remedy to Regrow Your Hair

regrow lost hair with homemade shampoo


It’s over a decade now that I have been researching and trying various home remedies to reduce hair loss and regrow lost hair.

The most important remedy to get an instant result is using homemade shampoo. Yes, homemade shampoo can make a terrific difference in just a week or two. It’s a magical solution that will bring real quick results.

So now you must be wondering how can I make shampoo at home. And if I tell you it’s as easy as making instant noodles, will you not give it a  try?

I have already done the boring homework for you. Over the years I have tried a various combination of herbs and clays and other natural ingredients and have shortlisted only the best that nourish the follicles and promote hair growth.

My all-time favourite is ree-shi shampoo.

The second favourite is egg shampoo.

And here are 4 most effective shampoos for hair loss.

If you are serious about regrowing your hair, then give the homemade shampoos a try.

The second important remedy for hair growth is using a wide-tooth wood comb. It’s very soothing and relaxing on the scalp and stimulates the hair follicles to wake up and grow new hair. Alternatively, you can also use a wooden hairbrush to comb your hair.

And the third most important thing that many of you already know but conveniently ignore is Drinking Water. Our body is 70% water, and if it doesn’t receive enough water it will not function well, and your hair will not thrive in the dehydrated environment.

Lastly, get adequate sunlight, around 20-30 minutes of sun exposure is good for overall health and hair. Sunlight is necessary to make vitamin D, whose deficiency can lead to hair loss, sleeping difficulties and hormonal problems.

I often get asked ‘what are the best supplement for Hair Growth’?

I will list them down in no particular order. You can try out one or more depending on the availability and liking:

Best Supplements for Hair Growth

  1. Ashwagandha: More details on benefits and how to use here.
  2. Fenugreek seeds: You can include fenugreek seeds in your diet or use it in a hair mask.
  3. Tulsi: Great herb for your entire body
  4. Amla: Packed with antioxidants, it’s the best food for hair.
  5. Vitamin B12: Low levels of B12 can cause hair loss, greying, irritability, brain fog and palpitations.
  6. Ghee: to get essential fatty acids which nourish the hair from within
  7. Probiotics for gut health: If your gut is healthy you absorb vitamin and minerals better, which can, in turn, feed your hair follicles and grow healthy hair.
  8.  Berry powder to up your antioxidants. Also, eat 5-6 serving of fruits and veggies every day.
  9. Wheatgrass powder to alkalize your body
  10. The most important minerals for your hair are: Calcium, Magnesium, Zinc and Iron. Before taking them first get your blood test done to find out if you are truly deficient. Taking unnecessary vitamins and minerals can also harm your body and hair.

Growing your hair back is as simple as growing any plant. It needs some patience, sunlight, water, nutrients, love and care.

If anything goes missing, your plant will wither away. So don’t haste, give your best and let God do the rest.

Wish you Thick, Shiny and Fabulous Hair you desire.

More helpful remedies for Hair Growth

The Root Cause of Hair Loss and Alopecia: Stress

How to Use Castor Oil to Stimulate Thick Hair Growth

Why Coconut oil is a Simple and Effective way to Stop Hair Loss

How to Stop Hair Loss: 28 Simple Remedies for Hair Growth

Leave a Comment:

Katelyn says

Please help. My hair has always been my pride and joy. I figured since it is pretty damn healthy, it could deal with some bleach damage. And I figured the master stylist who did all the color-corrections would know how much would be too much. I was wrong, and now I want to burst into tears every time I look at my hair or touch it. I just don’t know what to do. My hair has also NEVER been shorter than this and it breaks and falls out. What should I do to regrow hair?

Olive says

I am a 19 year old girl.As a child I used to have a think volume of wavy hair. All the people aroung me complimented my hair. But when I was studying highschool my hair started falling. Two years back I straightened my hair as I thought my loss was due to the tangles. As I straightened my hair, my hair loss reduced for about three months. But after three month my hair again starting falling off… Now I lost 70% of my total hair. Will I be able to regrow all my lost hair…? Olease help me mam……

Josh says

Not sure if you’ll see this, but I hope you do. I loved this article cause it gave me hope for my hair. I’m a 21 year old male, I’ve had my hair line start receding just at my widows peak for the past 2 years. Do you believe these tips will help for that? Are there certain ones that are best?
Thank you so much for your time!

Wishing love and happiness..

    Minaz says

    Hi Josh,
    You can start with homemade shampoo and fingernail rubbing. You should see results in a week or two.
    Also, I keep posting my latest research and discoveries, you can get latest updates if you subscribe to free newsletter.

yash says

i have a question if we apply hands in order to make our hair stand does it leads to hairfall

    Minaz says

    Don’t be constantly touching them, that will disturb the roots.

Shweta vats says

Hey minaz,I am suffering from severe hair fall,dry scalp and hair and no regrowth of hair.my hair was very thick and now it has become very thin.I have pcos and its due to this.I also had chikungunya last year.I tried ur ree-shi shampoo after applying oil.my scalp felt clean but the oil didn’t go so I used shampoo and then again ree-shi.I saw that there was more hair fall and my hair was super dry.I don’t understand why this happened.I really want my hair to be long and thick.I am thinking of using biotique shampoo as its chemical free and then I am thinking of applying ree-shi.what would be ur opinion. Currently I am using soulflower rosemary and lavender oil.I am thinking to buy biotique bhringraj oil as its for alopecia. Plz suggest me if I am thinking right,I am really very disturbed.
Thank you.

    Minaz says

    Hi Shweta, honestly speaking any store bought shampoo, whether natural or non-natural give the same results. You will have to try a few to see what works for you.
    You are right in shampooing first then then using ree-shi rinse.
    Try egg as a shampoo and then rinse with ree-shi. When you make ree-shi shampoo add 1 soap nut, 4-5 shikakai, and a teaspoon of fenugreek seeds.
    Once a week do miracle hair mask. Let me know if you have any more questions.

Art Brown says

My hair is growing back and I do not know why.
I have been bald for over 20 years now. I went to my barber for a trim in August and noticed more than a few strands of hair growing on the top of my head along with a full head of white fuzz. Since then the fuzz is still there and the hair keeps growing in. No change in diet or lifestyle.

3 Questions
1. What is Happening
2. Why?
3. Should I look at therapy to enhance the growth?

Any advice and or suggestion are welcome.

Von says

I am 18 and have afro-fizzy,dry hair … i recently relaxed my hair but now after 3 months i found that im balding really badly and prematurely… plz help with some useful tips

kumud says

hello author,
can u plz tell me that in what span of time after following a proper diet did u regrow ur hair??
as now i am following a good diet told by u and also trying some of the yoga poses good for hair.. so i just want to know that after how much time will i notice some good results?
ur reply would be appreciated

ayush says

hello mam . I am presently 14 and the hair on my side of the head from where i partition is losing hair and the ther side is completely filled with hair and on the side from where i am losing pains too much .I can’t concentrate on my studies so if you haive and trick . My hair remains very dry and rough and now only a handful number of hairs are left . Any remedy

    Minaz says

    Do head massage before sleeping, it will help relax your scalp. You don’t have to use any oil.

    Nik says

    Hey bro…. Ek suggestion h…zero cutting karwa lo…uske baad kuch b try karo massage egg onion kuch b…..kyunki zero baal me damage b zero hota h jo bade baalo me massage vagera me bht hota h…or fayda 4times jyaada milta h

Déepak kumar says

I am just 18years old and I am loosing lot of hairs I have started taking proteins but it’s not working pls tell me what should I do?

Marissa says

Hello, im 20, so i used to tease & dye my hair in high school, i stopped after i learned my hair was thinning. I used to curl my hair alot to make my hair look not flat. for a quite some time now i stopped washing my hair often after learning it damages hair.
Recently when i do wash my hair due to when it gets oily, it falls out alot (i have a good feeling its our water because my mom is going through the same)& ive started using sponge rollers to give my hair volume. im afraid to say that it looks like i have been “balding” a little bit. i am wondering if taking vitamins will help, i wanted to ask if coconut oil will be the best route, im willing to take any advice on how to regrow my roots the best way i can. thank you!

Lisa says

Have you heard about red light therapy? Low Level Laser for hair loss? I heard about laser caps and I’m wondering if they’re worth a try. I mean these: http://www.infrared-light-therapy.com/laser-caps-hair-growth/
What do you think?

    Minaz says

    Yes, I have. I don’t know if they work. And I wouldn’t want to put anything so close to my brain.

Sagar shah says

Thank you for the reply
Yes my doctor prescribed me vitamin d tablets also
Can hair grow back in my case as hair los is due to stress and vitamin D defficiency
Which methods should i us for hair gwrowth and stuff
Awaiting your reply
Thank you.

    Minaz says

    You are already taking vitamin D supplements, which is good. If you are from India, it’s best to get your Vit D from the sun as there is plenty of sunlight all year round.
    The above methods of hair growth are holistic, and they will help you.
    Best wishes.

Sagar shah says

Dear minaz,
I recently consulted my dermatalogist for hair loss and she told me i have talogen effluvium i am male. 22 years of age. I have vitamin D defficiency and she told me to use q**** for men and a****** shampoo everyday is it fine and i am thinking to add your few techniques too can you get back to my email

    Minaz says

    I believe in treating the root cause. So if you have telogen effluvium, you need to find out what has caused it – so what stressful event was the trigger. And then try and take measures to correct that.
    And why has your doctor not prescribed you vitamin D tablets?

shethra says

Hi, I am teenager i used to have really thick.. almost knee length hair but in the last year my hair started shedding so badly that i have lost more than half of my hair and i have dandruff right now no matter what shampoos i use the hair fall doesn’t stop and the dandruff doesn’t go away. i consulted some doctors too and there is very little difference. now i’m thinking about cutting my hair. Will these tips help in growing my hair back…. i’m really worried and sad my hair loss.

    Minaz says

    For dandruff, try this and this.

    You also need to find out if you have any vitamin deficiency: vitamin D, B12, iron, calcium.

Un says

Hi Minaz, how long did it take for your hair to grow back? How soon did you see your hair getting thicker? My hair story runs parallel to yours…I started taking care from past couple weeks as mentioned so just wondering how long does it take to show results.

    Minaz says

    Hi Un, I would give it a year for full recovery. And the less you are worried about it, the faster you will see the results.
    All the best.

Sandhya says

Hi mam……..Please suggest me hair regrowth tips

Hanif says

I have lost my hair.I am seeking your good suggestion so that I can get my hair.

Sanaya agarwal says

Hi.I am 22 years old.I used to have very dense hair a year back.But since two years I am suffering from pcos.I have suffered excessive hair loss.Now I have very less hair left on my scalp.Please help me.I want my hair back and stop further hairfall.I use amla reetha on some days.I also do oiling on alternate days.

Maya says

Thank you for this article! I am facing hairfall after pregnancy and it’s really heartbreaking! I literally have half the hair I used to. Looking forward to trying these remedies 🙂

    Minaz says

    Great! Let me know how they work for you.

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