Millions of men around the world partake in the NoFap lifestyle.
Men claim that abstaining from porn, masturbation, and orgasm has many benefits. One of the lesser-known claims is NoFap’s ability to affect your hair health positively.
Who doesn’t want stronger, shinier hair? In fact, many men hope that NoFap will slow down or even reverse their hair loss. That’s a big statement that is sure to cause skepticism.
Rest assured, there may be a surprising connection between NoFap and hair health. In this article, we’ll reveal what that might be.
First, let’s discuss the science of hair health and the main factors affecting it. Afterwards, we’ll explore the benefits of NoFap on hair health and how they’re connected. And lastly, we’ll show you how to start practicing NoFap for healthier hair.
Nofap and Hair Health: The Science
Androgenetic alopecia, also known as “male pattern balding”, accounts for over 95% of hair loss cases in men. The most significant factor in hair loss for men is caused by sex hormones.
The chief hormone in question is called dihydrotestosterone (DHT).
DHT is a hormone made from your free testosterone. It’s responsible for male characteristics such as a deep voice and the growth of the genitals. But it can also cause the onset of hair loss earlier, and speed it up.
How DHT Is Linked to Balding
Before we dive into the factors that affect hair health — let’s give you a crash course on how DHT affects hair follicles.
DHT is synthesized from testosterone by the 5-alpha reductase enzyme. Once it’s in your bloodstream, DHT links to receptors on your hair follicles. This makes them shrink and reduces their ability to maintain a healthy head of hair.
Logically, to prevent hair loss — we need to reduce DHT levels. This brings us to our first big question:
Can NoFap reduce DHT levels?
It’s absolutely possible. Here’s how:
Androgen receptors (AR) decide how effectively your body uses testosterone. This includes knowing how much DHT to make. If it makes too much, this may be the result of a low androgen receptor density.
Being sexually satisfied consistently will decrease your AR density. When you’re not constantly satiated by porn, it allows your AR density to increase. This will lower the production of DHT if your body is producing too much.
We put together a list of questions and their answers to satisfy your curiosity.
Why do men go bald?
Baldness in men is associated with the male hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT). This causes old hair to be replaced by progressively shorter and thinner hair in a pattern beginning at the temples and crown of the head.
Can hats cause baldness?
Wearing hats does not cause hair loss. However, wearing tight headgear could cause other kinds of problems. If the hat is particularly tight, it could break the hair follicles, and cause bald patches (also called friction alopecia).
Does stress cause hair loss?
Yes, stress and hair loss are related. 3 types of hair loss can be connected with high-stress levels. One of these types is called telogen effluvium. In telogen effluvium, significant stress pushes large numbers of hair follicles into a resting phase.
How can I stop hair loss due to stress?
Stress can push hair follicles into a resting phase so that they don’t create new hair strands. Over time, hair can fall out more easily, even if you’re just combing, washing, or touching it. Telogen effluvium also can be caused by inadequate nutrition and changes in hormone levels.
What Affects Hair Health?
As mentioned earlier, roughly 95% of male pattern baldness is because of DHT. Of this 95% — 76% is due to how your body uses DHT, which is based on genetics. The other 19% depends on your AR density which we spoke about earlier.
The remaining 5% is a combination of poor nutrition, stress, and environmental factors. Infections such as ringworm cause temporary hair loss. Once treated, your hair will regrow. Side effects from certain medications can also cause hair loss.
Let’s look at each cause in detail.
Why does DHT affect people differently?
Your body reacts to DHT differently than others because of your genes. This is why baldness can run in the family.
Be wary of the myths regarding genetic hair loss. A popular one states that the mother’s genes decide hair loss in men. The truth is that genes for hair loss come from both parents.
Genes for baldness can skip generations. They’re also random between siblings regardless of gender. A good example is twins — one may lose hair while the other will not.
If your hair loss is genetic, no evidence points to NoFap as the solution.
But hope isn’t lost if your hair loss is genetic. There are ways to stop hair loss and regrow your hair.
Poor nutrition negatively impacts hair structure and growth.
Being deficient in vitamins such as B12, D, and iron is linked to hair loss.
A balanced diet may be your solution to hair loss. This is true if your hair loss is due to poor nutrition.
Here are vitamin-rich foods that promote hair health:
Eggs are a fabulous source of protein and biotin, these nutrients promote hair growth.
Eating a sufficient amount of protein is essential for hair growth because hair follicles are mostly made of protein. A lack of protein in the diet has been proven to promote hair loss.
Biotin is necessary for the creation of a hair protein called keratin. This is why biotin supplements are known for hair growth. Studies have also shown that eating more biotin can help improve hair growth in people with a biotin deficiency.
Spinach is loaded with beneficial nutrients such as folate, iron, and vitamins A and C, all of them promote hair growth.
Vitamin A helps the skin produce sebum. This substance helps moisturize the scalp to keep hair healthy.
30 grams of spinach provides up to 54% of your daily vitamin A needs.
Spinach is also a great source of iron, which is required for hair growth. Iron helps red blood cells carry oxygen throughout the body to feed your metabolism and aid growth and repair. Moreover, iron deficiencies have been linked to hair loss.
Berries are packed with beneficial compounds and vitamins that boost hair growth. Berries contain vitamin C, which has strong antioxidant properties.
Antioxidants can help shield hair follicles against harm from dangerous molecules called free radicals.
For example, 144 grams of strawberries provide an awesome 140% of your daily vitamin C needs.
The body uses vitamin C to produce collagen. This is a protein that helps strengthen hair to stop it from becoming brittle and breaking.
Vitamin C supports the body in absorbing iron. Low iron levels can cause anemia, which has been associated with hair loss.
- Fatty Fish
Fatty fish such as salmon, mackerel, and herring have nutrients that can promote hair growth.
They are excellent sources of omega-3 fatty acids, which have been associated with hair growth.
Research done with the help of 120 women found that taking a supplement containing omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids and antioxidants decreased hair loss and increased hair density.
Another study found that taking a fish oil supplement significantly decreased hair loss and increased hair growth in women with thinning hair.
Nuts are delicious, easily accessible, and contain a variety of nutrients that can promote hair growth.
An ounce or 28 grams of almonds provides more than 30% of your daily vitamin E needs.
They also provide various B vitamins, zinc, and essential fatty acids. A deficiency in any of these nutrients has been associated with hair loss.
If you have a nutrient deficiency, correct it by adding these foods to your diet. This may help prevent hair loss and increase its growth rate.
There are three types of hair loss due to stress:
- Telogen effluvium: Stress can push hair into a “resting phase.” The affected hair becomes weak and it can fall out from combing or washing.
- Trichotillomania: This is an intense urge to pull hair due to stress. If you’re feeling tense, lonely, bored, or frustrated — you’ll be prone to pull hair to soothe yourself.
- Alopecia areata: This is a case where white blood cells attack hair follicles. It’s been attributed to many factors, including high stress.’
Hair loss caused by stress isn’t usually permanent. If you can manage your stress correctly, your hair may grow back. Be sure to talk to your doctor about hair loss related to stress. Suddenly losing your hair may be caused by an underlying medical condition.
How NoFap Helps Your Hair
When we jerk off, we lose essential nutrients such as proteins, as well as vitamins and minerals including vitamin C, vitamin B12, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, sodium, magnesium, chlorine, citric acid, fructose, lactic acid, and nitrogen which are essential for healthy hair.
When we’re on a NoFap challenge, we don’t waste these vital nutrients and it helps our hair grow faster and thicker.
What science says:
Premature hair loss is primarily caused by genetics, not fapping. On average, most people lose 50 to 100 hair a day. It’s part of the hair growth cycle.
But if that cycle gets interrupted, or a damaged hair follicle is replaced with scar tissue, it can cause hair loss in men and women.
Most of the time, your genetics are behind this interruption. A hereditary condition recognized as male-pattern baldness or female-pattern baldness sets in. In men, male-pattern baldness can begin as early as childhood.
Other possible causes include:
- Hormonal changes
- Scalp diseases
- Skin disorders
- Extreme hair-pulling
- Excessive hairstyling or hair treatments
- Certain medications
- Radiation therapy
What To Avoid
Here are a few examples of foods to avoid:
- Diet soda: While diet soda does contain fewer calories, it contains aspartame, a controversial synthetic sweetener that may be toxic and hazardous to your health. Aspartame consumption has been associated with many unpleasant side effects, including hair loss.
- Sugar: When people consume sugar or carbs, the sugar floods the blood, creating a spike of insulin and androgens, which attach to hair follicles and cause the hair to fall out.
- Bleached white flour: Starchy foods are broken down into sugar and may cause your hair to thin. If you are having a floury delicious love affair with foods such as bread, pasta, and pastries, try eating smaller amounts, just while you grow out your locks to try natural grains instead.
Tips To Regrow Your Hair Naturally (Science-Based)
If you’re trying to regrow hair that you’ve lost or want to improve your hair quality, try some of these natural remedies.
Massaging the scalp can aid to restore hair growth and can be used in combination with hair oils and masks. This stimulates the scalp and can improve hair thickness.
- Use Aloe Vera
Aloe vera has long been utilized for treating hair loss. It also relieves the scalp and conditions hair. It can lessen dandruff and unblock hair follicles that may be blocked by excess oil.
- Coconut Oil
contains fatty acids that enter the hair shaft and reduce protein loss from hair. Coconut oil can be used both before or after you wash your hair depending on your hair type.
- Fish Oil
Consuming omega fatty acids can help to develop your hair from the inside since it is packed with nutrients and proteins. Taking an omega supplement along with antioxidants helps to increase hair density and diameter.
Daily exercise increases overall health and improves blood circulation in the body. Increased flow stimulates growth in hair follicles. This means that improved overall health facilitates healthy hair growth but too much exercise may do more harm than good to your hair.
To recap, there are three main ways NoFap can improve hair health.
First, it will lower the DHT in your bloodstream by increasing AR density. This will be the case if fapping is lowering your AR density.
Second, it’ll help you retain vital nutrients that aid in the hair growth cycle.
And third, it’ll lower your stress — this will minimize any stress-related hair loss.
If your hair loss is due to any of the three factors listed above, we encourage you to start practicing NoFap to slow down or reverse your hair loss.