Are you balding or find that your hair is beginning to thin?
You’re not alone.
This problem affects millions of people all around the world.
Some times it’s caused by age while other times genetics and lifestyle decisions play a role.
Either way, losing your hair is a tough situation. It can impact your confidence, self-esteem, and happiness in ways that others won’t understand.
But I do. And that’s why today I’m going to be touching on ways to regrow damaged hair follicles and ones that are already dead.
These natural approaches only require a small commitment every day to begin producing results.
Let’s dive in 🙂
What are dead hair follicles?
First of all, let’s talk about what dead follicles are so you understand what’s happening on top of your head. This is what the follicle and pore look like:
Dead follicles are simply those which no longer produce any more hair due to damage or aging. Note how the follicle is that small area at the very root of the pore while the shaft is what you actually see come out of the scalp.
Some people think that the hair itself is dying which isn’t the case in most situations. If you see hairs on your scalp, no matter how small or thin, that means there are follicles still at work.
Why do hair follicles die?
Hair follicles die for many different reasons.
Firstly, aging and genetics is a big factor. It’s normal for individuals to lose hair as they age because the body isn’t as capable of keeping up the production of keratin among other processes that helps hair stay healthy.
Some people are predisposed to balding, thinning, and other scalp conditions which they have little to no control over.
Furthermore, your lifestyle plays a large role in hair follicle health. If you eat well, sleep many enough every night, and exercise, you will most likely have strong and healthy hair. However, many people are the opposite. They smoke, drink too much alcohol, and have little to no good habits. This creates an environment that causes inflammation, cellular death, and ultimately weak follicles.
That’s why one of the first steps to regrowing dead hair follicles is to audit your life and see if there’s anything you’re doing to cause your hair loss.
I’ll be touching on proven ways to improve hair follicle health next which will give you further ideas to brainstorm, as well.
How to regrow dead hair follicles naturally
Can you regrow dead hair follicles? Absolutely! There are many natural ways you can begin improving hair health that will make follicles strong and come back to life. Here are some methods to try.
1. Massage the scalp to stimulate blood flow
Massaging the scalp helps blood, oxygen, and nutrients move to the scalp and follicles. All you need is a few minutes of time per day to begin using this technique.
I’ve written an entire article on scalp massages for hair loss if you want to read that afterward. I dive deeper into exactly how to perform the massage, but the general idea is:
- Apply an essential oil like tea tree oil, peppermint, or lavender for added benefits.
- Massage the temple in circular motions.
- Massage the top of the hairline.
- Massage the top, back, and sides of your scalp.
Not only does this help blood move to the top of your head but it also makes your scalp more elastic. This means that more nutrients and oxygen to get there, to begin with. So many people have tight scalps because they don’t stretch their scalp and that causes hair follicles to die.
2. Brush your scalp every day with a boar bristle brush
Another similar method to massaging is brushing the scalp. This slightly stimulates the scalp and helps move oxygen and nutrients to the follicles to bring them back to life. However, not all brushes work. This is because you need a brush that offers a slight scratching sensation or it won’t be enough for blood to be stimulated.
Most people opt for a boar bristle brush which literally uses the bristles from a boar. These are thick and sharp, making them perfect for this approach.
Once you have the right brush, you want to begin by brushing one area at a time. I like to do my temples and the corner of my hairline before moving to the center. From there, I do the top, sides, and back. Staying in one area for several strokes brings more blood there.
You can brush your scalp while reading, watching videos, studying, or doing any other activity where one hand can be free.
3. Avoid using too much hair product
Who doesn’t love wax, hair spray, and other products? They make your hair look amazing while helping it stay in place all day. Some times you want some sheen while other days you’d like a matte look.
These products are fun and all, but not very good for your scalp, unfortunately.
This is because they clump up hair, pull on it, and can take a while to wash out. Because of this, I recommend that you go easy on product if you’re serious about regrowing hair follicles.
It doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy your favorite hair product, but try dialing it back. Instead of every day, use it every other day or only a couple of times per week.
This brings me to my next point.
4. Try towel drying hair versus blowdrying
How many times have you had to rush out the door, so you turned on the blowdryer to the max heat and got your hair dry in 30 seconds flat?
Way too many times for me, too.
As convenient as they are, blowdryers can be damaging to follicles due to the heat and how close it’s held to the hair. That’s why another best practice for regrowing dead follicles is towel drying.
A towel is much more gentle on the scalp and very effective. Some times you have to leave the house fast and a blowdryer makes sense, but try opting for a towel if you have the time.
5. Supplement Biotin
Biotin can be supplemented or consumed through foods like eggs, almonds, cheese, mushrooms, and sweet potatoes.
6. Get more vitamin C in your diet
Vitamin C is one of the most important vitamins to get in your diet in general. It plays a role in anti-inflammation, repairing tissue, and strengthening hair. Like Biotin, you could supplement vitamin C for the convenience or get it through foods like bell peppers, oranges, broccoli, brussel sprouts, tomatoes, and cabbage.
7. Exercise every day
Remember how I mentioned the importance of getting blood moving to your scalp? While massaging and brushing will do the trick, you should also consider adding more exercise into your weekly routine.
Exercise will get blood, nutrients, and oxygen flowing all throughout your body in large quantities and that means your hair follicles, too.
The best part about exercising is that you can do it in any way that you find enjoyable. I personally enjoy lifting weights, running, and doing yoga, for example. However, some people love rock climbing, going for brisk walks, and playing sports.
I recommend that you try out a bunch of different forms of exercise and see what you enjoy the most. A few times per week is a good frequency to begin at and you can gradually increase it.
Exercising also reduces inflammation, improves heart health, and releases endorphins that make you feel amazing 🙂
8. Get the right amount of sleep in the evening
After a nice workout, you’re going to be pretty tired, which brings me to my next point: sleep.
Your body repairs itself while you sleep, so it only makes sense that you want to get enough shut-eye every evening.
I know, I know. That many hours? It can be tough to get enough sleep every night with school, work, friends, etc.
But you need to try to sleep more if possible. Here are some ways to get a deeper sleep every evening:
- Shut off your laptop and phone 30 minutes before you sleep. The light from the screen tricks your brain into thinking it’s day time. You should also consider downloading apps that dim your screen for the evening.
- Make your room as dark as possible. This means closing the door, turning off lights, and shutting curtains.
- Cool your room as the body’s temperature naturally drops when you sleep, so this will give it the most optimal environment to fall asleep.
- Do relaxing activities in the evening like meditating, reading, and cleaning. This will help you get in the mood to fall asleep.
- Try drinking chamomile tea as it naturally sedates you. On the flip side, avoid carbs and caffeine before bed as these give you energy.
9. Find what causes stress and improve it
Stress is one of the leading causes of hair loss. This is because when you’re stressed, hormones like insulin and cortisol become spiked. Hairs are then forced into their resting phase, making them shed.
To ensure that stress isn’t contributing to your hair loss, you should audit what makes you feel stressed in your day to day to life. This might be work, certain people, or repetitive thoughts.
Once you have narrowed down the cause of stress, try to brainstorm ways to improve it. Maybe you need to practice optimism, eat healthier, or make new friends.
Wrapping up today’s article
Hair loss is a serious issue, but there are steps you can take to bring hair follicles back to life and get your confidence back.
Once hair follicles are dead or damaged, you will want to begin eating healthier, exercising, avoiding stress, and stimulating the scalp to repair them.
So, what are you waiting for? Use what you learned today to improve your hair health 🙂