Male pattern baldness (MPB) is characterized by the
loss of hair primarily in the areas of the temples,
and the top of the head. A more radical form of testosterone,
known as dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is the trigger
for MPB. DHT kills the hair follicles, which causes
the hair to fall out. The temples and the top of the
head are the primary targets for DHT because DHT receptors
are concentrated in these areas.
The drug minoxidil, sold under the name Rogaine,
was originally being tested as a treatment for high
blood pressure. The drug works by dilating blood vessels.
A noted side effect of the drug was increased hair
growth in some of the test subjects. Therefore, minoxidil
was then marketed as a hair loss remedy for both men
Minoxidil works by increasing blood flow to the hair
follicles. It does have some serious side effects
though, including liver damage.
Increasing blood flow to the scalp to assist hair
growth is hardly a new idea. People have long used
irritating herbs, such as cayenne pepper, to stimulate
circulation to the hair follicles. Brushing the hair,
preferably with a boar bristle, or wood, brush also
does a good job of stimulating scalp circulation.
Scalp massage is probably the easiest method to stimulate
blood flow to the follicles. Not only does it feel
great, but it is free, and it does not damage the
Keep in mind though that if the hair follicle is
dead that increasing blood flow to the scalp will
not bring it back to life. If there are still fine,
living hairs present, then there is a chance to regrow