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Top 10 Natural Remedies For Hair Loss

Hair Loss

Hair loss has become quite an epidemic these days.

Until a decade ago hair loss or balding was more of a man’s problem. But now we see just as many women suffer from hair loss.

Lack of healthy diet, stress, and increased use of harsh hair care products are probably the most likely culprits.

Stress robs us of major nutrients that are essential for healthy hair growth. If you notice, when you are very stressed your scalp becomes tight (it may also feel sore in few areas) – this restricts the blood flow. As a result your hair follicles may become malnourished, causing further hair loss.

Learn to relax and tackle your stress. Pranayam and yoga asana are a great way to reduce stress, calm the mind, and stay in shape. Moreover, yoga also helps stimulate the scalp to increase growth.

What has benefited me a lot is replacing synthetic hair care product, with natural homemade ones. Also, there are many home remedies which have been tried and tested by thousands of people and have proven to be beneficial to treat hair loss. Here are my top 10 pick …

Top 10 Natural Remedies for Hair Loss


Reetha AAmla Shampoo1

1. Natural Shampoo

If you are suffering from hair loss, the first thing that you should do is switch to natural homemade shampoo. Harsh detergents can irritate the hair follicles and cause hair loss. Even so-called ‘natural’ shampoos can contain synthetic detergents, parabens and artificial fragrance, which may harm the hair follicles.

There are many natural cleansers to choose from. My favourite is reetha and shikakai homemade shampoo. Used for centuries, this is in fact the original anti hair loss shampoo. The saponins (natural detergents) in reetha and shikakai are effective for removing dirt and oil from the hair and scalp. It also strengthens the hair shaft, adds body and shine, and promotes a healthy scalp.


aloe vera for hair loss

2. Aloe vera

Aloe vera is another superb remedy to stop hair loss. It is packed with amino acids, antioxidants, phytonutrients and other wonderful ingredients that help strengthen the hair from within.

Drink 1 to 2 tablespoon aloe vera juice (or fresh gel) once or twice a day, preferably on an empty stomach. Aloe vera helps re-alkalise the body – which is great, as acidic environment affects functioning of every cell of the body, including hair cells.

You can also apply aloe vera gel on your hair. Simply mix 2 tablespoons aloe vera juice, 2 teaspoons almond oil (or sesame oil), and 1 teaspoon castor oil. Massage this blend onto your scalp and let it sit for few hours or leave overnight. Regular use of this blend will help relieve scalp itching and redness, add strength and luster to hair, and alleviate dandruff.


Flax seeds for hair loss

Flax seeds

3. Flax seed

Flax seed – one of the best plant-based source of omega 3 essential fatty acids – literally feeds your hair and promotes stronger, healthier new growth. Also include sesame seeds, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds. The fatty acids and high levels of zinc and protein in these foods will help you avoid a dry, scaly scalp, and nourish your hair.

How to use: Soak one teaspoon flax seeds in water, overnight, and eat them in the morning (drink water along with it). You can sprinkle some ground flax seeds on your salads, or make a chutney, which you can add to your sandwiches, stuffed bread (paratha), etc.

Plus, You can make all natural styling gel using flax seeds: Homemade Hair Styling Gel: All Natural And So Easy


Castor Oil for hair loss

Castor Oil

4. Castor oil

Castor oil is one of the most beneficial oils for hair loss.

The goodness of castor oil can be attributed to high amounts of ricinoleic acid, an omega-9 fatty acid. Ricinoleic acid helps stimulate blood flow to the scalp and strengthens hair at its root to promote healthy hair growth. It also offers antifungal, anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties that protects the scalp and hair from dandruff and other microbial infections – which can cause hair loss.

In addition, the essential fatty acids in the castor oil improve the structure of the hair and make hair stronger, smoother and softer.

Castor oil is very thick and not easy to glide, so it’s best to dilute it with other oils such as almond, olive oil or sunflower.

Here’s a scalp treatment that you can use: Take 2 teaspoons of castor oil in a bowl. To this add 1 tablespoon of sesame oil, 1 tablespoon of olive oil (or almond oil) and 3 drops of ylang ylang essential oil, and mix well. Gently massage the mixture into your scalp with your fingertips and continue on the hair strands all the way to the ends. Leave it on for few hours or overnight if you can. Then wash off, using a natural cleanser. Repeat once or twice a week.


licorice (jestamadha) for hair loss

Licorice root (jestamadha)

5. Licorice

Licorice is another superb herb that helps prevent hair loss. Licorice has a weak anti-androgen effects and is especially beneficial in male pattern baldness.

The wonderful amino acids and polysaccharides in licorice help keep the scalp moist and hydrated. They also strengthen the hair shaft and provide natural shine to your hair. In addition, licorice root is very useful in skin conditions like dandruff, eczema, psoriasis, and acne.

How to use: Place 1 tablespoon of licorice root with 1½ cups of water in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer on a low flame for 15 minutes. Then remove from the heat and let cool. Strain and use. To use, massage this mixture (you can also add few drops of oil to it) into your scalp and leave it on for few hours or overnight if you can. Then wash off with plain water. Repeat once or twice a week.


Green tea for hair loss

6. Green tea

Green tea is another great remedy to reduce hair fall and stimulate growth.

Green tea contains high levels of polyphenols and abundant antioxidants which help guard against damage from UV rays, slow down oxidative damage, and prevent hair loss. It also offers powerful anti-inflammatory benefits that help soothe hair conditions like dandruff and psoriasis.

Research suggests that caffeine in green tea can stimulate hair growth and block hormone DHT, which causes hair loss.

Green tea makes a fantastic hair rinse and helps strengthen and soften hair and prevent split ends. To make green tea rinse, boil water and then add one teaspoonful loose leaves or a tea bag, cover and allow it to steep for at least 30 minutes. If using loose leaves strain the liquid. Now use this tea on freshly washed hair. As you slowly pour the tea over your head, massage the infusion into your scalp and hair. Let it sit for 5 minutes, then rinse it out with cool water.

Note: You can also add other hair nourishing herbs such as peppermint, amla, nettle, horsetail, and marshmallow when making the green tea rinse.


hibiscus shampoo for hair loss

7. Hibiscus oil

Hibiscus oil has been traditionally used to prevent hair loss and greying.

Hibiscus is rich in amino acids, antioxidants and other vitamins that help rejuvenate the scalp and tissue responsible for hair growth. Hibiscus is also very moisturising and it naturally softens hair, increases manageability and restores luster and shine.

To make hibiscus oil, take 10 to 15 hibiscus leaves and couple of hibiscus flowers (just use the petals), and grind them into a smooth paste. Place this paste along with 100ml coconut oil in a medium size pan. Heat on a slow flame till all the moisture evaporates. Strain this oil and store in a glass jar or bottle away from direct sunlight. To use, massage into your scalp and hair, and leave it on for several hours, then wash off using a natural cleanser. Repeat once or twice a week.


Amla for hair loss

8. Amla

If you desire good hair you can’t miss amla . Amla is chock-full of hair nourishing goodness. It contains highest natural source of vitamin C and array of other antioxidants. Amla also contains a high concentration of minerals, amino acids and high density of tannins, polyophenols and flavonoids. All of these nourishes and strengthens hair follicles, to promote healthy hair growth, as well as prevent premature greying.

Besides, it’s anti-inflammatory and astringent properties make it beneficial against dandruff and scalp infection.

If you want faster results, take amla every day in your diet. You can either drunk its juice, or include it in powder form. Recommended amount is 3 to 4 gram or about a teaspoon.

(Read more on benefits of amla and how to use it)

Amla hair treatment: You can also make a nourishing hair treatment with amla. Combine 2 tablespoon amla juice with 2 tablespoons olive or coconut oil. Massage the mixture onto your scalp and leave it for 2 to 3 hours or overnight if you can. Then wash off with a natural shampoo. Repeat once or twice a week for best results.


Neem Oil for hair loss

Neem Oil

 9. Neem oil

Neem oil contains extraordinarily high levels of antioxidants – a lot more than those found in blueberries or spinach. It protects the scalp skin from ongoing damage that is caused by the free radicals. Neem also has regenerative properties that support healthy cell division and stimulate hair follicle growth and function.

Due to its amazing healing abilities, neem oil can be used for most skin ailments including sensitive scalp, dandruff, eczema, psoriasis, abrasions, cuts, and more.

(Also read: 6 Wonderful Benefits of Neem Oil for Hair and Scalp)

How to use: Take 1 teaspoon neem oil, 2 tablespoons sesame oil (or any other oil of your choice), and 4 to 5 drop of eucalyptus oil (optional). Mix all the ingredients well. Massage this mixture into your scalp and hair, leave it for about an hour or so and wash off using a natural cleanser. You can also leave it overnight for more effectiveness.


lotus flower for hair loss

10. Herbal Hair Mask

I came across this hair mask in an old beauty book, written by an Indian Herbalist. Although I haven’t tried it, this hair mask appears chock full of hair nourishing goodness.

To make this herbal hair mask you will need one teaspoon each of jatamansi, black sesame seeds, triphala, neel (Indigofera Tintoria), and lotus root powder. Mix with milk and apply on your scalp. Leave it on for about 45 minute or so, then wash it off with water.

Along with these natural remedies, include plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables. Also include almonds, dates, munaka (black rasins), aloe vera, sesame seeds and lentils and beans in your diet – all these are great for your hair.

Have you tried any of these natural remedies before?


Image source: Sacred lotus Nelumbo nucifera” by T.Voekler – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Leave a Comment:

Robert says

Hello. Does anyone know how much a tablespoon of licorice weighs? Thanks!

Bharath says

Should we use 1 Table spoon of Licorice root powder or licorice root itself directly for the Licorice rinse mentioned in point 5?? Kindly answer..thanks in advance 🙂

amy says

Hi Minaz, I m 32 and getting lot of grey hair, and continuously getting more and more grey hair, any suggestion for me please.

    Minaz says

    Hi Amy, too much stress can cause it. Also, check your diet, try and include more fresh vegetables and fruits.

radiostar says

Just for fun (I’m a cosmetic chemist) I decided to make a caffeine and licorice shampoo. However I didn’t have any caffeine, so I brewed some very strong organic Columbian coffee and used that instead of the water component. I didn’t really expect much, but the results were really good; not only does the shampoo retain the smell of the fresh coffee, but it leaves the hair silky and very shiny. I’ve decided to turn it into a regular product.

Yagnesh A Pandyaa says

Hi mam..

I have lost my hair above ears and it looks weard .. How to treat this and get back thick hair again on my full head. Is this all remedies will work on my problem. ??

    Minaz @hairbuddha says

    Give them a try. I will soon be doing an update on regrow your hair.

Nafisa says

I just recently noticed my hair breaking off from the strands, My hair thinning.
For 3 years I have been using jasmine oil and it was good on my hair but all of a sudden don’t know what happened. I tried coconut oil Lucy bee one and noticed it dries my hair left it over night still my scalp wasn’t miosterised used as conditioner didn’t work for me what so ever. Cut all my split ends off I have also used almond oil just doesn’t work for me for some reason that oil gives me a headache. Please if any one can help and tell me what to use for hair breakage and falling out please ?.

    Minaz @hairbuddha says

    Hi Nafisa,

    Here’s why coconut oil doesn’t work for everyone.

    You can try this Miracle Hair Mask. And/or this egg mask.

    Let me know how this goes.

      Nafisa says

      What yogurt is good on hair? And is Amla oil any good?

      Minaz @hairbuddha says

      Plain whole fat. It is good.

    Deborah Johnson says

    Strawberries, But I cut, or peel the outter seeds away thinly – blend the rest and applied to dampen hair, cover with plastic. For several hours. I did not wash my hair, but rinse it. Because I appreciate the smell of the strawberries.. Before this treatment my kept breaking. It has slowed 90%.

Kiran Morve says

Daily dose of flax seeds and green tea is suggested by my trichologist

Vikasbhatt says

Is it possible to regrow hair back i have lost my dense hairs nd the density is become low day by day please help me out in the situation otherwise i wl become bald after sometime

    Minaz @hairbuddha says

    Every person responds differently, so you won’t know unless you give it a try.

      Vikasbhatt says

      what can i do any suggestions

pragya says

Hi dear. For my thinning hair I am using onion and garlic juice mixed with some hair pack like amla or methi hair pack 2-3 times a week. Do u think it will help?

    Minaz @hairbuddha says

    Hi Pragya, I have never tried onion or garlic on my hair. But I don’t see any harm in trying it. Also, I would use one at a time – onion or garlic. Let us know how it works for you.

    Mak says

    is it worked for you ?

James Brown says


James Brown says

Hello Minaz,
I am 20 and am starting to lose my hair. I have just started jogging again, reading aerobic exercise help in inhibiting dht and I have transitioned my diet away from most fast foods. I am not exactly sure how to go about creating an effective schedule with some of the tips that are listed above. I was wondering if you could help me. I will of course be buying the the shikakai shampoo as well as trying 2,3,4 and 6 as those seems easiest to add in. I am constantly reading contradictions of what works and doesn’t work everywhere and am so confused by what actually works. I just need help in setting up a plan like every friday I do this and monday I do this, and a few times a day I should do this. I just don’t want to be overdoing the process because I know hair also needs time to naturally let its oils take over. I appreciate any help you can give me.

    Minaz @hairbuddha says

    Hi James,

    I am so glad you are keeping away from fast food. And aerobic exercise is great.

    I would say also include no. 1 as it’s important to stimulate your hair follicles. And include one thing every 15 days or so. Keep a journal to record what works and what doesn’t.

    Let me know how it goes.

    Best wishes.

Ismail Khan says

Aloe Vera and Amla are the best for preventing hair loss and strengthening.

harish says

Mam two year before I dye my hair my hair getting thin and breaking much what I do

harish says

Mam I dye my hair 2 year before first time with garnier color my hair too damage what I do please mam reply my hair getting thin and breaking

    Minaz @hairbuddha says

    Hi Harish,

    head massage regularly – you can also do it every day – this will stimulate your hair follicles. And wash your hair using natural shampoo as mentioned above.

    Follow the diet advice as well – healthy diet is really important for growth of healthy hair.

    Best wishes.

rakesh says

thank you for the tips. i tried green tea rinse and it helped my dandruff and hair fall is less.

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