Can Iodine grow back your hair? We recently came across this success story from a guy who cured his alopecia areata (AA) using tincture of iodine for hair loss and we had to share it with our readers.Look at his AMAZING before and after photos (Scroll down to see photos).
As most of you already know, alopecia areata is a hair loss symptom where hair falls out from one or more areas in patches, thus causing bald spots on the scalp. What causes those bald spots on your head? This type of patchy hair loss is due to an autoimmune disorder and causes your hair to fall out because your immune system is attacking the hair follicles, instead or protecting them (scientists still don’t know why this happens).
While some people with alopecia areata (AA) experience hair re-growth within a year or so, there are many other men and women suffering from the symptom for years, still hoping for a cure.
His (Many trial & error, then) success story
Here is the summary of his various experiments and treatments (both medicinal and alternative hair regrowth solutions). We organized it by each alopecia treatment he tried by chronological order:
TREATMENT NO 1:
He was diagnosed with AA and his first option was to see a dermatologist. The doctor prescribed him with Dithranol cream (which is also used to treat psoriasis) to apply everyday for 3 months. Unfortunately, not only did he notsee much improvement using the ointment, but he also saw another bald patch appearing on his head.
- Solution tried? Dithranol cream (Prescription-based)
- Did it work? No
TREATMENT NO 2:
Next, he tried the Hair4U spray (Minoxidil/Aminexil spray) also prescribed by his doctor for a topical use. He wrote by the end of month 2, he had a measurable success with all of his bald spots filling in with new hair regrowth. So, he decided to stop using the spray.
Unfortunately, the bald spots re-appeared after a couple of month, once he stopped using the spray. To make it worse, those spots were too big to camouflage with any hair fibers, so he totally shaved his head.
- Solution tried? Minoxidil/Aminexil topical spray (Prescription-based)
- Did it work? No
TREATMENT NO 3:
Then, he decided to try the Naati medicine, which is supposedly mixture of various herbal leaves designed to regrow your hair by applying it on scalp daily. However, this natural remedy didn’t work at all.
- Solution tried? Naati medicine (Natural remedies)
- Did it work? No
TREATMENT NO 4:
Out of desperation, he tried a bunch of popular natural remedies for hair loss including castor oil mixed with cayenne powder, onion juice, and root-nourishing oils that many people have benefited from. But in his case, these also didn’t work.
- Solution tried? A bunch of other popular hair loss natural remedies (Natural remedies)
- Did it work? No
TREATMENT NO 5 (Finally Worked!)
Then, he came across an article about iodine hair regrowth and how decolorized iodine (also known as white iodine or colorless iodine) is often used for alopecia areata and some people reported positive results. Since he couldn’t find the de-colorized version of iodine where he lived, he used a regular iodine tincture along with a mixture of coconut and vitamin E oil to sooth his itchy scalp on those iodine-applied areas.
- Solution tried? Iodine tincture (Natural remedies)
- Did it work? Yes
The result? The tincture of iodine worked for his hair regrowth. The pictures speak for themselves. After 4-5 months of applying iodine, his alopecia areata is totally gone with hair thickly filled in those previously bald spots.
Before and after photos
Here are a number of before and after photos from his website:
By now, you are probably eager to try this method. For those who are interested in experimenting with what he did for reversing hair loss, we cover the method step-by-step in detail:
NOTE: Consult with your doctor before trying any alternative hair loss remedies such as what is shown here.
His success formula for alopecia areata
This is what he shares in order to cure his bald patchy hair loss.
First, what you need is the decolorized iodine tincture (also known as white iodine), coconut oil & vitamin e oil to sooth any itchiness (he mentions iodine made his scalp very itchy, so his solution for this was to mix these 2 oils and apply it on those areas in order to prevent any scalp inflammation).
He also took Supradyn supplements, which is a multi-vitamin available in India. (If you are looking for high-quality multi-vitamins, we recommend you to check out this by Garden of Life. ALL ingredients in this multivitamin formula are made from nutritious and raw whole foods, NOT synthetic chemicals).
Topical Iodine for Alopecia Areata Hair Regrowth
- Decolorized iodine tincture (Some also use regular iodine for hair loss)
- Coconut oil + Vitamin E oil (Optional for nourishing scalp and prevent itchy scalp)
- Multivitamins (For high-quality recommendations, click here)
How to apply
- Apply the decolorized iodine tincture every night to the bald or thinning areas using Q-tips for precise application.
- (Optional) Apply the coconut oil and vitamin E mixture every other day if you are experiencing scalp itchiness from the use of iodine. (You definitely don’t want to cause any inflammation by scratching those areas)
- Take your choice of multivitamin everyday.
How long does it take to see the results?
He states after using 2 months, he started seeing new patches growing on the bald spots. He adds that after the continuous use of this formula for 4-5 months, his bald spots were completely filled in.
Where is he now?
As of his last update, he stopped using the iodine for two months and hasn’t experienced any hair loss for almost 2 months. He also adds that he still uses coconut oil on his scalp 3 times a week at night (probably for extra-nourishing follicles) and shampoo in the morning.
Until scientists and researchers find a permanent cure to treat alopecia areata in the future (hopefully in the “near” future), the topical use of iodine tincture appears to give desirable results as a natural remedy solution for some people suffering from different types of hair loss.
There are also people using iodine instead of the tincture version to treat their hair loss with desirable results. If you want to stick to the things he used in his method, use tincture of decolorized iodine for that extra assurance.
Have you tried iodine for hair loss? Or do you know anyone? Share your experience below.