How to Get Hair to Grow in Bald Spots


Approximately 60 million Americans suffer some form of baldness, according to Hair Loss Talk, an online resource and support group dedicated to hair loss concerns. While such problems generally strike men older than 50, anyone can suffer from bald spots. They typically are caused by an upset in the balance of keratin produced by the hair follicles. With the right treatment plan, you can regrow hair in your bald spots.

Step 1

Use minoxidil. The Mayo Clinic recommends minoxidil, sold under various brand names, to help regrow hair. The rate at which the hair grows back depends on the person, and the new hair may be thinner and shorter than the previous hair.

Step 2

Eat protein. Protein strengthens hair, nails and skin. The Guide to Living Naturally recommends a diet high in protein for a number of reasons, including its possible role in helping hair growth. Good sources of protein include eggs, yogurt, beans and lean meats such as chicken.

Step 3

Hydrate your body. If you don’t drink enough water, your hair follicles will not be healthy enough to produce the keratin you need for hair growth. The Mayo Clinic recommends drinking at least eight 8 oz. glasses of water per day.

Step 4

Consult a doctor about steroid injections. These injections are made directly into your scalp over a series of visits. The steroids stop your immune system from attacking its own hair follicles.

Step 5

Ask your doctor about the possibility of immunotherapy. In this treatment, DPCP, or diphencyprone, is applied to your bald spots once a week, with the dosage getting stronger each time. If you respond to the treatment, you will start to see your hair re-grow about three months later.

Step 6

Try UV (ultraviolet) light treatment. This treatment, which is usually done at a hospital, involves aiming intense doses of UV rays right onto your bald spots.