Hair Growth With Herbs – Not Going To Happen!
10th September 2010
As I’ve mentioned before, I find the various articles / websites teaming with misinformation that circulate the internet very disturbing – how is anyone supposed to find sound advice when there is so much rubbish! I’ve recently come across yet another site full of half truths, this one promoting herbal remedies.
One particular gem of advice read: ‘saw palmetto, rosemary and green tea can increase hair growth for people who have androgenic alopecia by lowering the levels of the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which attacks follicles causing the strands to fall out.’
Where to begin! Yes, DHT causes the start of hair loss; however these herbs will not lower the levels of the hormone anywhere near sufficiently to affect the hair roots. This is also a reasonable explanation why the side effects are not significant either.
The site also suggests rubbing onion juice on your scalp, mixing avocado oil, almond oil, and olive oil with a tiny bit of honey and massaging that mixture on your scalp, or using aromatherapy oils. I can assure none of the aforementioned will stimulate hair growth; they will simply make your hair smell sweet and sour and probably look greasy!
The herbal product, Provillus, is currently being promoted on twitter and elsewhere, sounding just as promising (or not) as the above home-remedies. This ‘wonder concoction’ is available at the bargain price of only $159.95 for a 6 month supply! These herbal remedies may make you think healthier; however I assure you they can’t stimulate hair growth to cause a cosmetically significant change. Any effect they ‘have’ is likely to be that of a placebo – it’s all in your head, and not in your hair!
If you are looking for a hair loss treatment, I strongly advise you go straight for the scientifically proven products such as Regaine and Propecia.
Proven hair loss treatments require enough patience as it is. Herbal ones are just a waste of time – waiting for results that will never show, and spending money you’ll never get back!
Here is another tip, everytime you see a regrowth product advertised with a 30 day money back guarantee – stay well away!