Without the scalp preparation it’s much harder for new hairs to grow because where the hair follicle exits, the skin has become blocked, clogged, and the pH is generally very unfavourable for new hair growth.
I will explain how to reactivate the hair growth process using a little known technique that initiates the growth phase of the hair follicle. And finally I will show you how to stimulate the scalp and emerging hair follicles in such a way that they continue to grow, faster and stronger.
I highly recommend reading some of the other articles on the blog such as the detox post. If you don’t then this technique won’t work nearly as well (although you would probably still get some good results, it’s much more powerful when combined with the other techniques).
This method just speeds up the results. All in all if you carry this out it will probably halve the time for visible results.
Preparing the scalp means cleaning it, removing both the natural and unnatural substances that have built up there, which are both the cause and effect of hair loss.
Preparing Your Scalp So New Hairs Can Grow
Without the cleaning process, new hairs are less likely to appear because they literally have to push and squeeze their way out of the epidermis, and this makes it less likely to happen.
It’s like a plant that has to grow through a thick layer of gravel that’s dry and acidic, even if there is fertile ground beneath, it has a much harder task. Our aim is to make it as easy as possible for new hair growth to occur.
So what should be cleaned from the epidermis to allow hair growth? Well there are 4 things we have to remove first. These are;
- Embedded sebum
- Dead skin
- Cosmetic products
These 4 substances will become mixed together and form what’s called epidermis plaque that clings to the scalp and prevents hair growth and causes miniaturization of existing hair follicles. The plaque also contains DHT that’s secreted through the epidermis creating a perpetually inhospitable environment for hair growth.
By far the most effective way to remove the epidermis plaque is to use a salicylic acid peel. This is a mild acid that is applied to the scalp where it gently cleans and removes the plaque. Salicylic acid was originally used to exfoliate the skin to make it younger.
This is how to remove the epidermis plaque.
It’s safe to use this mild acid on the scalp because the hair follicle roots grows from much deeper in the scalp then the acid reaches so it won’t cause hair loss in any way.
Begin by purchasing a bottle of 10% salicylic acid. This is easy to find online because it’s a popular skin exfoliation and peeling product. At the same time purchase some cold-pressed extra virgin coconut oil.
We’ll be using this to protect the hair strands from the alcohol in the salicylic acid product which can sometimes cause drying. It’s usually not a problem at all, but just in case.
Wash and dry your hair. Now apply the coconut oil to your hair by massaging it in. Try to minimize the amount covering your scalp because we want the salicylic acid to get in there and do its job. Leave the coconut oil on about half an hour. Now it’s time to apply the salicylic acid using a pipette.
Follow this procedure
Part your hair and gently touch the pipette to the scalp so a small drop comes out and spreads across the scalp. You’ll want to do about 40 of these across the front of your scalp where the hair loss is the greatest. Don’t worry if some goes on your hair, it won’t damage it.
If you feel a painful stinging sensation at any time, immediately wash your scalp under warm water. If not allow the acid to clean the scalp for a minute or two. If you feel a mild stinging sensation then wait 30 seconds then begin to wash your head under warm water. If you don’t feel any stinging at all, wait ten minutes then wash it off under warm water.
Salicylic acid can be used to clean the scalp and remove DHT
A note on salicylic acid for hair cleaning your scalp.
15% Salicylic acid
Before you use salicylic acid it’s recommended to do a skin test to make sure you’re not allergic to it. This involves applying a small amount of the solution to a visible piece of skin.
Try somewhere that you find sensitive, because if there’s no reaction here, you’ll scalp will be absolutely fine.
Leave the solution on the skin until it starts to sting (it should be a mild stinging, not painful, if it is painful your skin may be too sensitive or the solution is too strong), when it starts stinging, wash if off with plenty of water.
After 10 minutes if there is no stinging whatsoever, wash it off anyway. Observe your skin for the next week or so, and if you have no adverse reactions then you’re good to go.
After you’ve carried this out, observe your scalp under a bright light for a week. You might observe skin peeling and flaking off, this is a good sign and shows the peel has done its job. If there is no peeling and there still appears to be plaque on the scalp (which often looks shiny) another peel is probably in order.
It varies from person to person but there’s a good chance you will need another few peels to fully remove the plaque. Repeat the procedure until you feel like the plaque has been removed. You can aid the process by brushing away the flakes that fall off with a hair brush, which also helps de-clog the pores.
You might find that the plaque builds up quickly again, this is because of the overproduction of the sebum which debilitates hair growth.
What to do if the plaque builds up quickly again!
I would recommend checking out the post on detox for reversing hair loss and also our hair loss course which will help in preventing sebum production and generally give your new hair the best chance of survival by showing you how to reduce the production of DHT whilst super-charging your blood with hair growing nutrients and hormones.
This enzyme helps breakdown fats (what the sebum is made from) so instead of circulating around the bloodstream and leaching through the sweat glands, they are broken down and disposed of more efficiently. (This is also the most effective way to cure acne)
How to naturally remove DHT from your scalp
The DHT molecule
Ok that’s the procedure for preparing the scalp for new hair growth. Let’s summarize it quickly
- Test the silacylic acid on your skin
- Monitor the results to make sure no adverse reactions occur
- Wash and dry hair, apply coconut oil to hair strands
- Apply silacylic acid to scalp using pipette
- Rinse with warm water after ten minutes, or 30 seconds after mild stinging sensation.
Reactivating and Stimulating Your ScalpIn this section we’ll use a ‘double pronged approach’ to first activate and then stimulate hair growth. We initially need to activate the hair follicles and epidermis from their dormant state, wake them up and send a signal to your body that says ‘hey it’s beneficial to use our resources to grow hair right now’.
We need to put them into a state of activity by telling the body to send all the building blocks for hair growth such as the nutrients, minerals and hormones that have been carefully cultivated and optimized in the previous sections.
Without activating the scalp, much of our hard work will go into repairing and building other parts of the body that are in need. (This definitely isn’t a bad thing at all, but for our purposes we can ‘trick’ our bodies to send its supplies into the scalp for new hair growth). Find out about the best laser combs for hair growth here.
For this we’ll need a dermaroller. This is a device like a rolling pin, except that this one is covered in hundreds of tiny needles about 0.5mm long. The dermaroller is rolled across the scalp it produces thousands of tiny pricks in the epidermis.
Using a dermaroller to stimulate the scalp
The pricks aren’t deep enough to do any long term damage, they’re just deep enough to wake up the cells in that area so they can send their resources. This helps increase cell production and circulation to the epidermis.
This device is actually meant to be used to promote younger skin and heal acne wounds, stretch marks and scars. The roller pricks stimulate the new growth of collagen and elastin fibres, as well as new melanocytes, and re-vascularization. The tiny wounds heal in less than an hour, but the cells remain stimulated.
A note on the dermaroller
In a way it’s similar to pruning a bush, or cutting the grass. Where the cut was made, growth hormones flood to, and fresh vegetation growth can be found soon after. It’s important to clean the roller each time you use it to prevent any chance of infection.
You can do this by washing in boiling hot water, or a mild antibacterial solution before use.
Lightly roll the dermaroller over the parts of your scalp suffering from hair loss. Apply just enough pressure that the tiny needles penetrate the skin. You might feel a tingling sensation but it shouldn’t hurt. Go over the effected parts of your scalp 4 times each at a different angle each time.
How to us the dermaroller to activate hair growth
After you’ve done this, you can now apply the special hair growth elixir. You should apply the dermaroller and elixir every other day to start with.
Once your scalp has got use to it, you can do it every day, or however often you feel it will be beneficial and convenient to you. Once a day after a few weeks seems to work well. Do it before bed, this gives the maximum time to heal without interruption.
The next step is to apply a special topical elixir to the scalp. This mixture has been specifically formulated to stimulate as much growth as possible whilst suppressing the production of DHT. I’m not talking about minoxidil either, this is much cheaper and much more effective.
The Hair Growth Elixir That Causes Hair Growth
This formula came about through a series of trial and error with myself and other men suffering from androgenic alopecia (hair loss) over a number of years, and a lot of research, so please make the most of it.
Component 1: Hyaluronic Acid
Hyaluronic acid is a useful acid that’s produced naturally in our bodies; its main purpose is to assist in the transportation of nutrients to cells and the removal of waste.
For re-growing hair this is useful, however it also provides a good base component because it’s cheap, has no color, no smell and doesn’t produce reactions from the skin.
Component 2: Emu Oil
Emu oil is useful oil in general, but for our purposes it’s the absolutely perfect ingredient. Firstly it’s almost entirely triglyceride in nature.
This means it can very easily penetrate into the skin to deliver all its beneficial qualities. It also means it doesn’t tend to clog or block the scalp at all, preventing bacterial growth and allowing circulation. Secondly emu oil is a DHT inhibitor when applied topically.
It’s a very rich source of vitamins and minerals which will feed the hair growth. And lastly emu oil is known to have anti-inflammatory properties and bacteriostatic properties, meaning pores don’t become inflamed and instead they will dilate, whilst preventing bacterial growth. Mix the hyaluronic acid and emu oil together in a 1:1 ratio.
We’re now going to add one of the most powerful natural DHT inhibitors to the mixture. The beauty of this method is that unlike oral or normal topical solutions, when we mix this with the hyaluronic acid and emu oil it gets right into the scalp, where it is most important to penetrate to stop DHT.
Oral methods will help a little but they aren’t as effective because they’re diluted throughout the entire body and DHT can still reside in the scalp.
Normal topical solutions aren’t much better because the solution just sits on top of the scalp, it doesn’t penetrate and is washed away easily, and so it doesn’t work as effectively.
Component 3: Saw Palmetto
Soft gel saw palmetto is best, simply pierce the gel capsule and squeeze the oil into the original mixture of hyaluronic acid and emu oil. The ratio should be roughly 1 part saw palmetto: 6 parts hyaluronic acid and emu oil.
Sometimes the soft gels come with extra DHT inhibiting ingredients such as pygeum or pumpkin seed. This is not a problem and will likely be beneficial for your hair so don’t be afraid to use those ones.
There’s one final component to add to our mixture. The primary purpose of this one is to stimulate circulation in the scalp, much like the expensive topical solution Minoxidil. However a Japanese double blind study actually found that this component was twice as effective at promoting hair growth as minoxidil.
In fact, when mixed with our solution it works even better because the hyaluronic acid and emu oil allow it to penetrate deeper into the scalp where it is most beneficial.
The final component is apple polyphenol. This can be bought inexpensively online or at a health shop. Break the capsule into our mixture in a ratio of approximately 1 part polyphenol: 6 parts mixture.
Vigorously shake the mixture in your application bottle to make sure all the components are nicely mixed. Not only does apple polyphenol stimulate blood circulation directly to the scalp but it helps neutralize free radicals.
The ‘elixir’ is now ready to be applied to the scalp. After you’ve rolled the dermaroller 4 x over each part of the scalp apply the elixir in small blobs and massage in.
If the scalp feels mildly uncomfortable over the next 24 hours that’s ok, each time you repeat the process the uncomfortable feeling will get less.
If you feel strong discomfort, wash the mixture away with warm water. Wait 24 hours and look out for any signs of reaction. (This has never happened to anyone I know, but just in case)
If you are using Minoxidil then substitute this mixture for it. The side effects of minoxidil will go away, and only natural ingredients will reach the scalp. It’s also much less expensive.
You’ve been reading the shortened, basic version of this technique. I would recommend getting fully up to date and using the detailed and comprehensive version inside my hair loss course here.
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