Natural Hair Loss Treatment - Essential Oils & Vitamins to Prevent Balding

Hair loss (medical term: alopecia) affects around 35 million men and 21 million women in the United States. The causes of hair loss are many: genetics, environmental factors, habits, medications, hormonal changes. As many as 1/4 of men will suffer from balding by the age of 30, but female hair loss is a widespread problem as well. Some women experience menopause hair loss, or start losing hair from tight braiding, chemical treatments, heat damage, and any of the other number of traumas so many of us put our hair through, unwary of the consequences. Whoever you are, if you start going bald, there's usually one thing on your mind-- How do I stop hair loss?

You could get a prescription drug like Propecia, or use a topical formula like Rogaine, but if you prefer to do things the organic way, you can treat or prevent balding in the comfort of your own home with vitamins, herbs, and essential oils that will stimulate hair growth naturally.

Male Hair Loss
Male Hair Loss

Supplements & Vitamins for Hair Loss

Vitamin deficiency can be a cause of hair loss, and getting enough of the right vitamins is a very effective hair loss treatment.

People deficient in B vitamins are more likely to have thinning hair, or lose their hair completely.  Taking a vitamin B complex daily--particularly one containing B6 and B9 (also known as folic acid) can help preserve the hair you have and put that receding hairline on hold.

Another way to approach the balding issue is to try to improve circulation to the scalp.  Vitamin E  and CoEnzyme Q-10 aid in this, by increasing oxygen uptake.  Also, taking a daily vitamin C supplement will help maintain blood flow to the hair follicles in your scalp, which is very important for healthy hair.

Essential fatty acids like flaxseed oil, primrose oil, and fish oil will keep hair strong, and prevent dry, brittle hairs that break off or split easily.  The amino acids L-Cysteine and L-methionine will also better the texture and quality of your hair and boost growth naturally.

Hair Loss Herbs

Herbal hair loss treatments can also be very effective.  Specific herb supplements make a great addition to your vitamin regimen, working together to help stop hair loss.

  • Algae and seaweed are high in minerals and antioxidants that help prevent balding.
  • Gingko biloba increases the blood flow to the brain and skin, bringing extra nutrients to the scalp that will help nourish your hair follicles.
  • Ginseng regulates cell metabolism, which may slow hair loss.
  • Stinging nettle supplements work to block the conversion of testosterone into DHT (which is the main cause of male pattern baldness).

Essential Oils for Hair Loss

In a recent study, the topical application of essential oils was shown to improve alopecia in almost half of participants, with no side effects.  Not only do the particular properties of certain oils used help stimulate growth, but so does massaging the scalp daily (in the application of those oils).  As an added bonus, your hair will always smell great!

Add 3 to 4 drops of each of the following to 4 oz of a carrier oil like jojoba, grapeseed, or almond, and massage into your scalp once a day:

  • Cedarwood
  • Thyme
  • Lavendar
  • Rosemary

Note: Test a small amount of this mixture on your inner wrist to monitor for allergic reactions before use.

Natural Hair Loss Treatment

If baldness is in your family history, it may be unavoidable in the end.  But you can help to prevent or slow the progress of hair loss in a natural, healthy way by taking daily vitamins and herb supplements, and using aromatherapy massage to stimulate new growth.

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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia

This was a very informative article. I like to use essential oils for many things. This adds to my list. Voted up

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mojefballa 5 years ago from Nigeria

Excellent and great information you actually shared in here which is very beneficial to me.I love this work.

Mart@Vitamins For Hair Loss 5 years ago

Great article. I have read a lot on line, but still learnt from your blog. Baldness does run in the family, but I have managed to slow it down considerably using vitamins & monoxidil, to the point now that my girlfriend says she can not notice any more hair loss!! So fingers crossed!!

Muralidharan 6 years ago

Will consuming Becosules (Bcomplex) capsules daily help hair loss in any way.

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kazeemjames01 6 years ago

Hair loss is common among young Africans.....thanks for sharing this.

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lahoriamplifier 6 years ago from Lahore

helpful information :)

Benjamin 6 years ago

I have always found alternative remedies useful, in fact I prefer using herbs and supplements rather than shovel handfuls of pharmaceuticals down my guts and all over my delicate frame! I am following with interest new research findings highlighting the delights of natural products for improving human well-being. Thanks for the hub.

smith 6 years ago

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jaymelee23 6 years ago from United States

Yeah.. as always be careful with any meds like thecoachhouse suggests

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thecoachhouse 6 years ago from Aberdeen

be careful with propecia, some men experience side effects

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H. Folly 6 years ago

Very well written, lots of information, good job !!

Meri 6 years ago

Here's another natural recipe that works well


2 once Shea Butter

5 drops Rosemary Essential Oils

5 drops Lavender Essential Oils

5 drops Bergamot Essential Oils

Whip butter in a small processor. Add in EOs. To use: This can be massaged into the scalp, then washed out hours later for a growth treatment. Or take a small amount and smooth over dry hair to control curls and flyaway.

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barryrutherford 6 years ago from Queensland Australia

Hi Have you heard of Propencia I took it for about two years...

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rpalulis 6 years ago from NY

I should start some of these treatments immediately, lol. Great article, I always prefer natural alternatives.

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Teresa Laurente 7 years ago from San Antonio, Texas, U.S.A.

This is one of the hubs that I greatly appreciate. Thank you so much Maddie. More power.

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Michael E. Horton 7 years ago

Great hub, I will keep these in mind. Again great job.

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Martin V 7 years ago

great hub! thanks!

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healthgoji 7 years ago

Good info - I have typically found essential oils to be quite valuable

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I enjoyed your hub Maddie.. My husband has a problem with hair loss, although I think it might be too late for him, I am sure your hub will help a lot of other people. I have only been hubbing for 5 weeks, so I still have a lot to learn. I look forward to meeting more people, if you have the time, drop by my hubs, I would be pleased to have your opinion. You are a writer, I am not but I am learning fast what is good hubbing technique and what is not. As I am sick, I can't take time to be the best I would like, but I am trying hard to do the best I can under difficult circumstances. I would love to be your fan. BB

scheng1 7 years ago

Great hub. It's surprising that the most useless member of our body, the hair, needs so much care and attention.

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tim-tim 7 years ago from Normal, Illinois

Boy! I am going to try it. Thanks:)

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rocco071 7 years ago from by the lake


Just wanted to add that NAAF (National Alopecia Areata Foundation) has some nice hats for people with alopecia:

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skye2day 7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

Hi I agree with some of your hub. I am a hairstylist and have a hot tip that stops hair loss and fine thinning hair.I remember the day it was brought to the World. I have used the product shampoo and conditioner since 1992. It is fabulous. The key is in the the hair follicle. Best Wishes. Stop by my hubs and visit when you have a free minute. I see you do not have many. Blessings to You Maddie

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Cheeky Girl 7 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

Great Hub here! I have male and some female friends who are troubled by hairloss. One friend said he found head massage worked.

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peterander 7 years ago

I think it is always better to try out natural products for treating hair loss than the artificial ones.

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~Stacey~ 7 years ago

Very informative! Thanks!

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Tiya Rosa 7 years ago

I am one of the few (I hope) women who can now count their hairs. Seriously. I have 23,954. Oh, there goes 3 more.

Thanks for this info.


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helphairgrow 7 years ago

Saw palmetto is also another very powerful herb used successfully for treating male hair loss.

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happysoul 7 years ago from Bangladesh

Excellent and informative hub!!! Thanks for share:)

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hinckles koma 7 years ago from nyc

excellent advice thanks. keep them coming.

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Stuart Barnes 7 years ago


I also thing Saw Palmetto root is very good for hair loss. It treats the build up of DHT like hair loss drugs do.

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creativeone59 7 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

Hey thanks I needed this hub. Godspeed. creativeone59

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Vizey 7 years ago

I am losing my hair daily due to family history. Thanks for telling me the reasons . It would have been better if you could tell me natural sources of vitamins.

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LVM 7 years ago

Oh, I need to have my pop read your hub!

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shakeelz 7 years ago

hair loss is a great problem

u have pr ovide good knowledge to us


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ChRiiStiOn 7 years ago from Cape Cod Mass

awesome hub! (= thanks!

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SheWrites808 7 years ago

Maddie: Great Hub, thanks! Ixxy: hilarious!! ;)

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Jenny30 7 years ago from Canada

Great hub! My dad is losing his hair and he was wondering what he might do to prevent it. Thanks. Very informative article!

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douel27 7 years ago

nice tips

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RGraf 7 years ago from Wisconsin

Very interesting. Why do we avoid the more natural way to treat things even as "small" as hair loss? I'll have to pass this article on to a few that might really be interested.

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Maddie Ruud 7 years ago from Oakland, CA Author

Ixxy: I wish.

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lxxy 7 years ago from Beneath, Between, Beyond this a cure for male patterned blandness, too? ;)

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msorensson 7 years ago

Cool, thanks!

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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

When my parents got legally separated, my father's hair grew back back in the matter of six-months! Granted, he was ONLY half-bald.

Lots of guys love to wear hats, especially up until college, as their hats can easily become an extension of themselves (hat/cap wearing is very habitual). I've noticed that when I stopped wearing hats every day that my hair began growing in much thicker. Great informative hub by the way, Maddie, thank you.

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Georgiakevin 7 years ago from Central Georgia

Thank you for the information. I am going to try the suggestions. I tell my kids that the reason I am losing my hair is that my brains are pushing my hair follicles out.......if that were true I could kind of accept the thinning or disappearing hair but sadly there is some debate on that right now.

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Philipo 7 years ago from Nigeria

Very informative. Any herp to re-grow bald head.

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RVDaniels 7 years ago from Athens, GA

Very helpful, thanks!

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