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Anyone know of any tricky dietary or homeopathic ways to keep me from going bald?

Asked by jdegrazia (269points) October 4th, 2008

I have a little recede happening on my head. Nothing major. Hairline has been moving very slowly over the past couple of years. But I wouldn’t mind stopping it. Naturally. I don’t want any allopathic medicine. But I’d be down to eat some Amazonian vine bark or rub herbs in my hair if those things have worked for others.

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Lovelocke's avatar

Well, your age has a bit to do with it in most cases. How old are you? There’s no cure for baldness, regardless of what people will tell you. You could always take steps to attempt to revitalize hair growth, but only after the hair has gone, from what I understand.

cooksalot's avatar

Personally I say look at celebs like Peter Garbrial or Sting. Just cut the hair short and flaunt it.

Lightlyseared's avatar

Shave all your hair off now, that way when you go bald no one will actually notice.

cooksalot's avatar

There’s that too.

Lightlyseared's avatar

yup…of course that doesn’t help the multimillion dollar industry that has sprung up trying to convinve men that baldness can be treated and that bald men are some how inferior to other men. The bald guys are just sitting there laughing at the idiots with wigs, comb overs and weird foul smelling gloop dripping off their heads.

I’m not at all bitter my hair is thinning

krose1223's avatar

Just love yourself. Aging is a beautiful thing, don’t fight it.

cooksalot's avatar

Hey I think it’s sexy.
And yes I did say that.LOL

windex's avatar

You can Freeze yourself, then you’ll never go bald.

I just shave my head so it’s not THAT obvious… :)

loser's avatar

I heard that not wearing hats helps.

jdegrazia's avatar

Thanks everyone. I’ll still be on the lookout for a crazy home remedy. There has to be something silly out there. I love the unlikely possibility that a food or substance could coax some hair out of hibernation.

Randy's avatar

Surely there is something that can help. I’m 21 and have a pretty bad receding hair line. I first noticed in ninth grade! I heard a higher protein diet could help. Anyone know if this is true? I’m not into the idea of shaving my head. That’s exactly what I’m trying to prevent, therefore, it seems like doing it now would be like giving up. I’m no quitter. =)

cooksalot's avatar

Like I said cut it short and flaunt it man. Lots of women think it’s sexy. Especially if worn with confidence.

hoosier_banana's avatar

more green tea never hurt anyone.

Ginkgo biloba: This popular herb is thought to improve blood circulation to the brain and skin. Herbalists believe that the increased flow of blood to the brain area delivers more nutrients to the hair follicles thus promoting hair regrowth. The recommended dose is 120–160mg of dry extract each day spread over three doses.

Green tea (Camellia sinesis): It is thought that catechins found in green tea may inhibit the enzyme 5-alpha-reductase that converts testosterone into hair-unfriendly DHT. It is therefore believed to be effective in preventing and treating male pattern type baldness. You should drink several cups of green tea each day or take it in capsule form as instructed by the manufacturer.

He Shou Wu (Polygonum multiflorum): Also known as Fo-Ti, this Chinese herb has traditionally been used to reduce hair loss. It is found in many commercial preparations, or in tea and capsule form.

Pygeum (Pygeum africanum): Derived from the bark of an evergreen, it works in a similar way to green tea. It is widely used to treat prostate problems and male pattern baldness. Users should take 60–500mg per day in pill or capsule form.

Saw palmetto (Seranoa repens): This is the current treatment of choice for many men due to its ability to protect the prostate, slow hair loss and encourage hair regrowth. It forms the core element of many commercially prepared hair loss treatments but can easily be obtained in its pure form. The recommended dose is a 160mg capsule twice each day, but make sure the ingredients are made from the berry extract not the dried berries themselves.

Stinging nettle (Urtica diocia): This has long been favored as a means of preventing hair loss due to its ability to block the conversion of testosterone into DHT. It can be taken in pill or capsule form with an optimum dose of 50–100mg per day. It is particularly effective when combined with pygeum and saw palmetto.

virtualist's avatar

…..... gene therapy…....

…”...reĀ­searchers at the University of Pennsylvania, led by Dr. George Cotsarelis, have regenerated follicles in mice by manipulating a gene called Wnt. The study potentially has broad applications, both for devising new methods to regrow hair and treating a variety of skin conditions and wounds….”

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