8 Simple Ways To Treat Hair Loss At The Temples

by Anjali Sayee

Thinning hair can be annoyingly unpleasant. Especially when it starts at your temples, and simple things like putting your hair up in a ponytail become a matter of concern. Temple hair loss in females is common, and dealing with it can be quite hard. But understanding hair loss and its causes can help you find a solution. Keep reading to find out what causes hair loss at the temples and how you can regrow temple hair naturally.

What Is Temple Hair Loss?

Temple hair loss is the thinning of hair at the temples. Although this kind of hair loss is common in both men and women, it is characteristic of male pattern baldness, where thinning starts at the temples rather than from the top of the head (1). However, if you are losing hair at the temples, it is likely that you are losing hair from the top of your head as well (2). Temple hair loss can also just take place on just one side.

What Causes Temple Hair Loss?

More often than not, hair loss at the temples is a genetically inherited condition. In some cases, it is also caused due to the overuse of hair extensions and sporting tight braids and hairstyles. Thyroid conditions and hormonal imbalances caused due to issues such as PCOS can lead to this kind of hair loss (3), (4).

In the next section, we will take a look at the methods you can use to help regrow the hair on the temples.

How To Treat Hair Loss At The Temples Naturally

1. Olive Oil

Research shows that massaging the scalp with oil can increase hair thickness (5). Since olive oil can penetrate the hair shaft, massaging your hair and scalp with it can help strengthen them from within (6). A study showed that a herbal formulation with an olive oil base induced hair growth (7). Olive oil also contains oleuropein that could induce hair growth in mice studies (8). However, there is no concrete evidence to suggest that olive oil can actually promote hair growth.

You Will Need

2 tablespoons of olive oil

Processing Time

45 minutes

Process

  1. Heat the olive oil for a couple of seconds until it is slightly warm.
  2. Massage the oil into your scalp for about 15 minutes, focusing on the temples.
  3. Once your scalp is fully covered, work the rest of the oil through your hair.
  4. Leave the oil on for an additional 30 minutes.
  5. Wash off with a mild sulfate-free shampoo and cool/lukewarm water.

How Often?

2-3 times a week.

2. Aloe Vera

Aloe vera has anti-inflammatory and moisturizing properties (9). It can not only soothe scalp irritation but also moisturize your scalp and hair. It can also help reduce dandruff (10). This, in turn, may reduce hair loss. Though aloe vera is traditionally used to address hair loss issues, there is a lack of scientific evidence to establish the link.

You Will Need

1 teaspoon of aloe vera gel

Processing Time

1 hour

Process

  1. Extract about a teaspoon of fresh aloe vera gel. If you do not have fresh aloe vera, you can use store-bought pure aloe vera gel.
  2. Apply the gel to the affected areas and leave it on for about an hour.
  3. You can rinse it off with water or a mild sulfate-free shampoo. Be sure not to shampoo your hair more than 3 times a week.

How Often?

3-4 times.

3. Onions

A study showed that onion juice could induce hair growth (11). Another study states that onion has a high sulfur content, which can help in regenerating hair follicles and stimulating hair growth (12).

You Will Need

1 teaspoon of extracted onion juice

Processing Time

15 minutes

Process

  1. Extract the juice from the onion and apply this to your temples and the other affected areas on your scalp.
  2. Leave the onion juice on for 15 minutes.
  3. Wash off with a mild sulfate-free shampoo and cool/lukewarm water.

How Often?

2-3 times a week.

4. Green Tea

Studies show that the EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate) in green tea can stimulate hair growth (13). It also inhibits the activity of the 5α-reductase enzyme, which can cause hair loss (14). Green tea can also help reduce sebum production on greasy scalps (15). It can help improve overall scalp and hair health.

You Will Need

  • 2 bags of green tea
  • 1 cup of water

Processing Time

30 minutes

Process

  1. Brew a cup of tea with two bags of green tea and set it aside to cool.
  2. Apply it to your scalp and hair. Make sure to cover your temple and the affected areas on your scalp.
  3. Leave the tea in for 30 minutes and then rinse it out with a mild sulfate-free shampoo.

How Often?

2-3 times a week.

5. Potato Rinse

There is no scientific evidence of potato juice curbing hair loss. Research shows that potato juice has antioxidant properties (16). This can help reduce oxidative stress, which is a common cause of hair fall (17).

You Will Need

  • 2 potatoes
  • 2 cups of water

Processing Time

5 minutes

Process

  1. Boil two medium-sized potatoes and collect the water in a jug. Set it aside to cool.
  2. Wash and condition your hair as you normally would.
  3. Pour the cooled potato liquid through your hair as a final rinse.

How Often?

2-3 times a week.

6. Coconut Oil

Coconut oil contains fatty acids that penetrate through your scalp and hair, nourishing and conditioning them (18). It also reduces protein loss of hair, which is needed for healthy hair.

You Will Need

2 tablespoons of coconut oil

Processing Time

45 minutes

Process

  1. Heat the coconut oil for a couple of seconds until it is slightly warm.
  2. Massage the oil into your scalp for about 15 minutes, focusing on the temples.
  3. Once your scalp is fully covered, work the rest of the oil through your hair.
  4. Leave the oil on for an additional 30 minutes.
  5. Wash off with a mild sulfate-free shampoo and cool/lukewarm water.

How Often?

2-3 times a week.

7. Honey, Cinnamon, And Olive Oil

Cinnamon contains procyanidins, which induced hair growth in mice studies (19). Olive oil can help hydrate the hair and condition it. Honey is an emollient, which makes it a good hair conditioner (20). It can also help treat dandruff and regulate the pH of the scalp.

You Will Need

  • 1 tablespoon of cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil

Processing Time

40 minutes

Process

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl to get a smooth mixture.
  2. Apply this mixture to your scalp and hair.
  3. Once your scalp and hair are covered, leave the hair mask on for 40 minutes.
  4. Wash it off with a mild sulfate-free shampoo and cool/lukewarm water.

How Often?

2 times a week.

8. Neem Leaves

Studies showed that the antifungal properties of neem extracts could inhibit the growth of dandruff-causing fungi (21). It has immune-boosting, anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial properties (22). These properties can help in keeping the scalp and hair healthy. Anecdotal evidence suggests that neem can aid hair regrowth and reduce hair loss. It can also help rejuvenate dry and frizzy hair. However, there are no scientific studies to prove these effects.

You Will Need

  • A bunch of neem leaves
  • A few tablespoons of water

Processing Time

15 minutes

Process

  1. Blend a handful of neem leaves to get a smooth paste. You can add some water to the paste to get it to the right consistency.
  2. Apply the neem paste to your temples and the affected areas of your scalp.
  3. Leave it on for 15 minutes and then rinse it out with cool/lukewarm water.

How Often?

4-5 days a week.

Hair fall can be a problem, especially when it causes your hairlines to recede. These treatments may help curb the problem and restore your hair to its former glory. However, it is best to consult a medical professional to identify the underlying conditions and factors causing hair loss at the temples and avail the appropriate treatment.

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Anjali Sayee

Anjali Sayee is a writer and an introvert. From studying Aeronautical Engineering and wanting to design her own airplane to writing articles on hairstyles, she has been on quite a journey. She believes that hair is one of the key factors that define a woman’s personality. To quote her, “What’s the first thing they do in the movies to show a personality change? Change the hair – because it has a life of its own.” She’s here to help you find the hairstyle you need. This bookworm is a self-professed Wholocker, a talented drummer, and an amateur photographer.
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