A balding man applying a treatment to strengthen his hair roots

How to strengthen hair roots

Beautiful, healthy hair is what we are all trying to achieve. However, if the roots (the foundation of your hair) are weak then you will never be able to strengthen your hair. Your scalp and hair are connected, hence it is very important that the blood circulation to your scalp is strong. A good supply of nutrients in the blood stimulates hair growth.

Hair products, blow drying and heated styling can leave you with dry, damaged hair that results in hair falling out. In addition, your strands become very fragile. Keep reading to find out how to strengthen hair roots in order to prevent hair fall.


What are the signs of weak hair roots?

You will notice a lot of changes in your hairs health if the roots have become fragile and weak. You can do a quick test to check your hair strength as well.

Wrap a few hair strands around your finger and see if there is any fraying of the hair shaft. Also, remove a strand from your head and stretch it between two fingers, if it snaps easily your hair is very weak.

Here are the things you should keep an eye out for when checking for damage:

  • Increased hair breakage
  • Split ends
  • Dull hair
  • Rough hair texture
  • Tangled or matted hair
  • Frizzy hair

What causes weak hair roots?

  1. Too many hair products and hot styling tools
    Using too many hair products on your hair clogs the hair follicles and subsequently doesn’t allow your scalp to breathe. Furthermore, using heated styling tools like hairdryers, straighteners and curling wands can remove the moisture from the hair shaft. This type of styling also puts excessive amounts of tension on the hair shaft which leads to weak hair follicles. Therefore, it is important to use a repairing treatment on your hair to strengthen hair roots.
  2. Hormonal Imbalance
    Hormonal imbalances can cause significant damage to your hair and make it very weak and fragile. Conditions such as PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome), Hyperthyroidism (An overactive thyroid) and Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) wreak havoc on the entire body and the signs of it can become very visible in your hair. You may even begin to see signs of hair loss. It can be a red flag to other more problematic symptoms in your body and should be addressed as soon as possible.
  3. An unbalanced diet
    Eating a balanced diet is important for strong hair strands and to strengthen hair roots. Lack of vitamin A, D, E, iron, zinc, biotin, niacin, folic acid, selenium and protein can cause weak hair. These nutrients are all found in a balanced diet that includes food such as, eggs, meat, vegetables and grains.
  4. Hair follicle miniaturisation
    Hair strands are long chains of proteins – referred to as protein filaments. Hair follicle miniaturisation is a medical term for hair falling out or balding. This process, which most commonly affects men, causes the hair follicle to tighten, making it harder for the hair to grow. The follicle starts making thinner hair with a very fragile hair shaft which damages easily. This can look like a receding hairline, with thinner hair on top, or a bald spot at the crown of the head.

How do you fix and strengthen damaged hair roots?


A diet that lacks the right level of nutrition for your body can make your hair weak and brittle. Your scalp requires these nutrients to deliver them directly into the hair follicle and strengthen hair roots from the inside.

Here are the foods you need to get important vitamins and minerals your body requires to strengthen weak hair roots:

  1. Vitamin A – Carrots, spinach, eggs, milk, yoghurt, pumpkin, sweet potatoes
  2. Zinc – Lentils, pumpkin seeds, oyster
  3. Iron – Eggs, spinach, lentils, red meat
  4. Vitamin C – Citrus foods, bell peppers, strawberries
  5. Biotin – Salmon, avocados, dairy, liver, egg yolk, nuts and seeds
  6. Vitamin D – Fish, egg yolk, milk

Alternatively you can also try Dr. Balwi’s dietary supplements that contains all the vitamins your hair needs!

A man giving himself a scalp massage

Deep Conditioning Treatments

A moisturised scalp is the key to strengthen hair roots and shiny resilient looking hair. Your hair care regime should include a deep conditioning hair mask that you apply to the scalp and hair strands from root to tip.

Leave it in for at least 30 mins to overnight (covered with a towel or cap). Wash hair as usual and allow it to air dry. Your hair will thank you for the moisture replenishment.

Here is a great egg yolk mask to try:

  1. 3 egg yolks mixed with 3 tablespoons of warm coconut oil
  2. Apply this mixture to your scalp and hair, throughout the roots to the ends of the hair
  3. Let it sit for 30 minutes or more before washing your hair with a gentle shampoo

Scalp Massage

How can you nourish your scalp and hair follicles? By giving yourself a deep scalp massage using replenishing oils. A scalp massage can help to increase the blood circulation to the hair follicles on your scalp. Also, it removes dead skin and bring more nourishment up into the hair shaft and strengthen the hair roots.

You can massage your scalp by applying gentle pressure using your fingertips for 5-10 minutes every day. Every so often it is a good idea to try a deeper massage using essential oils to help stimulate blood flow and give you some aromatherapy at the same time!

Here are a few oils to try:

  • 4 teaspoons jojoba oil
  • 3 teaspoons evening primrose oil
  • 3 teaspoons rosehip oil
  • 4 drops lavender essential oil
  • 3 drops geranium essential oil

A balanced diet helps to strengthen the hair roots from the inside


You don’t have to suffer from weak, fragile and easily breakable hair. Vitamins, a good diet, self-care with massages and hair masks, can all bring your hair back from the dull, lacklustre state it is in.

Always remember to let your hair breathe and reduce the amount of time you are using hot tools on it. You will have beautiful, shiny hair if you follow the steps above.

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