When traditional doctors can’t explain why something is happening in your body, they blame it on your genes… Even the “male” pattern balding they see in their female patients.
But don’t be so quick to blame your mom and dad. Genes can play a tiny part in hair loss. But genetics don’t explain the dramatic 70% increase we’ve seen in both male and female alopecia over the last 40 years.
And it’s not an age-related problem… Almost a quarter of people in their 20s and 30s say they are starting to deal with thinning and bald spots – that’s two decades earlier than previous generations.1
Unfortunately, the growing number of people suffering from hair loss is a direct result of our toxic environment.
Our modern environment is flooded with man-made chemicals – more than 80,000 and growing. The hormonal xenoestrogens I call “alien estrogens” remain a huge hair loss problem.
But an increasing number of alopecia cases are a direct result of exposure to heavy metal toxins in the environment, including mercury, thallium, arsenic, aluminum, and lead.2 These poisons are used in the manufacturing processes of things like pesticides, glass, paint, batteries, and ink. Not to mention hair coloring and cosmetics.
Almost every patient I see at the Sears Institute for Anti-Aging has some degree of heavy metal contamination. So one of the first things I do is help them detox. At my clinic I use chelation to remove these toxins. But I also recommend they eliminate pollutants with activated charcoal.
Drinking a solution of 20 grams of this fine, black powder mixed with water over a period of one to two weeks can wipe out decades of toxic heavy metals from inside your body.
But I also recommend using activated charcoal on your scalp. Let me explain…
All those heavy metals you are exposed to don’t just end up in just your bloodstream and organs. Your hair is also sensitive to these toxins. Your hair follicles come under attack – and as a result, they become inactive. Eventually, your hair follicles die.
Your hair grows in three phases. The anagen, or growing phase, is the first. Next is the catagen phase, when hair gets ready to shed. And finally, you have the telogen phase, where your hair is pushed from the follicle and falls out.
But when your follicles have toxins trapped inside, you get stuck in the telogen phase.
Your strands shrink and your hair starts to fall out. You lose the ability to grow thick and healthy hair. And that’s when your confidence and self-esteem take a hit.
You’re familiar with activated charcoal face masks. But your scalp is skin too. And using a charcoal mask on your scalp helps draw out impurities from your follicles. Because it’s so highly absorbent, it helps “unplug” the gunk that causes heavy metal hair loss.
And detoxing your follicles helps clean and renourish your hair to regrow.
Detox your follicles to decrease hair loss
It’s easy to make your own charcoal hair mask. I recommend using it a couple times a week.
- 1 tbsp activated charcoal powder
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 2 tbsp aloe vera gel or coconut oil
- Thoroughly combine the ingredients in a small bowl and apply to wet hair. I recommend doing this in the shower since it can be messy.
- Massage into your scalp well. Leave on for 20 to 30 minutes, massaging every 5 to 10 minutes.
- Rinse well with warm water and shampoo as usual.
1 Chen S. “Chinese people losing their hair earlier than ever before, research shows.” https://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/2127289/
2 Yu V, et al. “Alopecia and associated toxic agents: a systematic review.” Skin Appendage Disord. 018;4:245–260