Homeopathic Hair Hoaxes

Using drugs, vitamins and supplements to enhance hair growth appeals to our sense of fairness. Live right and good things will happen.

Are you doing shots of tequila and hoping that it will help grow hair? No, that would be wrong. Instead, you are being as natural as a child cavorting in a field of daisies. How could you not be rewarded for such good behavior? Unfortunately, your hair doesn’t seem to care how righteous you are.

Omega 3

Omega 3 is an unsaturated fatty acid found in fish, olive oil, and many foods. Studies have investigated their role in preventing cancer and heart disease. Marketing for many products tout the presence of Omega 3 as evidence that they are good for you.

While proof remains inconclusive, the presence of Omega 3 is generally considered a good sign by people who are easily persuaded about things they don’t fully understand.

Naturally, then, Omega 3 must also be good for retaining and growing hair. It only stands to reason.

Saw palmetto

Tim Minchin’s amusing screed “Storm” makes a rude point. If “alternative medicines” actually worked they would have another name: medicine. Does this apply to the health food store standby saw palmetto? Of course not.

Indigineous Americans, who are the first ones you want to consult about health matters, used saw palmetto to treat urinary tract infections and other maladies.

According to those who include the plant’s extract in their hair growth remedies, saw palmetto blocks the 5-alpha-reductase enzyme which converts testosterone into DHT (dihydrotestosterone).

If you understood even one word of that explanation, you are permitted to conclude that it might be possible. Otherwise, you are believing in magic. And there is no proven evidence that saw palmetto magic is any more effective than either fairy dust or re-reading The Secret.


There are eight B vitamins: thiamine (B1), riboflavin (B2), niacin (B3), pantothenic acid (B5), pyroxidine (B6), biotin (B7), folic acid (B9) and vitamin B12.

Including foods with these vitamins in your diet has proven health benefits, including healthier skin and muscle tone, enhanced immunity, increased cell growth, and a reduction in the risk of pancreatic cancer. Deficiencies of these vitamins can cause serious health problems, and it’s hard to take too much of them.

Therefore, they must be good for your hair.

Similarly, zinc and vitamins C and E are not only good for you, but essential for proper nutrition. Do they have a role in generating hair growth? Careful. Asking questions like that automatically erodes the “Peter Pan Effect” necessary for buying and using hair growth nostrums.

Because, unless you truly believe (and we’re talking “with all your might”), all the money you spend on vitamins to make your hair growth is just getting pissed away.

Stinging nettle, pumpkin, mistletoe, etc.

Yes, any random weed, fruit or vegetable that you don’t know a lot about is simply awesome as a hair growth remedy. Don’t believe it? Well, that’s your problem. Baldie.

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