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3 Hacks for Hair Restoration (including PRP)

 

I've never met someone who doesn't want lush and shinny hair, man or woman.

 

Over the past couple years, I've noticed that my hair was thinning, especially around my hair line. I was curious to dig deeper into what might be causing this.

Aside from hormonal fluctuations which can trigger hair loss (hello post baby days!), turns out this phenomenon can be accentuated by reduced blood flow in the scalp area as well as overall body inflammation.

What this means is that we can remedy to this issue with simple (but consistent) hacks. Let me share some of my findings:

 

1. Increase micro-circulation and lymphatic drainage in the scalp.

Increasing blood flow to the hair follicle will help increase nutrient update and help grow hair. 

For this, I've been using my Wildling Gua Sha stone. I use it when I wash my hair (2-3x/wk) and while practicing on my face, I make sure to bring the gua sha deep in my scalp.

You can also use silicone hair brushes that are specifically designed to increase blood circulation in the scalp. You can keep one by your desk and massage your scalp when you think about it. You can also turn your head upside down while doing this for extra benefits.

Obviously, none of this will yield results unless you are consitent.

 

2. Harnessing the body's natural healing power with PRP 

PRP or Platelet-Rich Plasma has been used in the medical field since the 70s. It is a natural way to harness your body's power to boost healing.

PRP can be applied to joints for joint pain, face for anti-aging benefits and to the scalp for hair restoration purposes. 

Our blood contains plasma, platelets, red and white blood cells.

When spinning blood in a high-speed centrifuge, the platelets and plasma separate at the top. This part is considered the "liquid gold" as platelets contain growth factors that contribute to healing and inflammation reduction.

Platelets in PRP are 5-10x more concentrated than in regular blood.

Watch the video above where I share my recent experience at Project Skin MD to see all the steps of this quick procedure.

The treatment itself takes 30 minutes. You get to rock your greasy hair until the next morning as you don't want to wash away any of the precious liquid gold.

In general, a minimum of 3 treatments every 4 weeks are recommended to kick start results. It's best to do a maintenance treatment every 6 months.

I was completely amazed when I started noticing baby hair growing a few days ago. The results below are after only 1 treatment!

Note that I've also been doing the gua sha to increase blood circulation and working really hard in the last year at reducing inflammation and detoxing.

PRP results, 1 month after 1 treatment.

 

To learn more on PRP, catch this podcast interview I recorded with Biohacking Brittany.

 

3. Reducing inflammation

Inflammation is everywhere but the big culprits for wreaking havoc on your body are toxins in our food and in our air, mold exposure, high sugar consumption, inflammatory oils (PUFAs - read more on this in my blog here), smoking and sedentarity.

Looking back, I really think that our mold saga from 2020 accelerated my hair thinning. Now that we've been detoxing from it, perhaps my body is in a better position to heal?

Working on reducing inflammation in the body is not only good for the health of your hair but every single body function!

Peptides are also making gaining in popularity because of their superpowers to shut down inflammation. If you want to learn more about it, I highly suggest this podcast by Ben Greenfield Fitness .

 

In the end, it's not about the special cream or miracle shampoo. Hair restoration is about targeting the root cause of your problem and harnessing your body's natural healing abilities. 

I will continue to share and report back on my journey!

Hope this was helpful.

V xo

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