Why Plugged Hair Follicles Thin Your Hair and What You Can Do

Losing your hair to where it thins or you become bald does not have to happen. Just by understanding why your hair falls out and thins allows you to take counter measures. Discover what counter measures you need to take to keep your hair full, thick, or from thinning.

There are various ways to keep your hair clean, shiny, and thick. If you still have hair and want to keep it or if your hair is starting to thin out, here are some hair remedies that you can use.

When your hair starts to thin down, three of the reasons are:

  • Your hair follicles are slowly becoming plug and preventing hair from growing out
  • Your hair is not receiving the nutrients it needs to grow and stay strong
  • Your hair is not getting enough blood circulating in your scalp

I will cover only the first of the two items.

Plugged Hair Follicles

Just like acne, your hair follicles can become plugged. In acne a plug follicle results in sebum and bacteria becoming trapped in the follicle, which leads to an infection known as a pimple.

When a hair follicle becomes plugged on your scalp, the hair in that follicle becomes trapped and is prevented from coming to the surface. Over time, your scalp becomes smooth and you become bald or lose most of your hair.

So the secret to preventing hair loss, thinning and balding is to prevent your hair follicles from becoming plugged. Once you know what causes your follicle to plug, you can avoid or counteract those conditions.

Here is what causes your follicles to become plugged:

  • Excessive build up of testosterone in blood converting over to DHT and plugging up your hair follicles
  • Use of shampoos, conditioners, and gels that contain excessive un-natural chemical that stay on your scalp and get trapped in your follicles
  • Excessive release of sebum and scalp flaking mixing together to form a hard material that plugs up your follicles

DHT Build Up in Your Follicle

It is well known now that excessive conversion of testosterone into DHT accumulates in the hair follicles and plugs. Knowing this you can use a variety of shampoos on your hair to dissolve this DHT. This keeps your pores open and your hair growing normally. You can also take capsules that prevent the conversion of testosterone into DHT.

Unnatural Shampoo and Conditioners

Most shampoos, conditioners, and hair gels are created using petrochemicals, un-natural additives, dyes, preservatives that are harmful to your hair and scalp.

In addition, these un-natural hair product chemicals get into your pores and can plug. Once in the follicle, they also get into your blood and are harmful to your liver and the rest of your body.

Search for more natural shampoo products which contain fewer petrochemicals and have more herbs with natural cleansing chemicals.

Excessive Sebum and Scalp Flaking

Some people have oily hair and some dry. When the hair follicle releases excess sebum it accumulates on the scalp. Here it will combine with dirt, dead scalp cells, and shampoo chemical residues.

Using natural remedies reduces the amount of chemical available to combine with excess sebum and dead scalp cells. If you use any type of gel to style your hair these gels combine with sebum to plug up your follicles.

To keep your hair and scalp clean and follicles open, use aloe vera gel mixed with a few drops of jojoba oil. Buy aloe vera gel, 99% pure and pure jojoba oil. Put some aloe vera gel in your hand and add 4-5 drops of jojoba oil. Rub your hands together then rub this mixture into your hair. This mixture will keep your hair shiny and thick and your hair follicles open.

Just making these changes to your hair care will go a long way in keeping your hair from thinning any further.


  1. BR Reply
    May 24, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    How long is one supposed to leave on the mixture of aloe vera gel mixed with jojoba oil? Do you put it on for say, 15 or 20 minutes before shampooing or afterward?

  2. Anonymous Reply
    May 4, 2013 at 9:00 am

    But no shampoo was recommended.

  3. Anonymous Reply
    June 2, 2014 at 12:54 am

    That was some of the worst bu**s*it ever! Do your research!

  4. Yvonne Reply
    November 29, 2014 at 5:48 am

    What I like about this article is that it didn't go into a whole realm of too much information. Info was simple and practical. Along with prayer I am definitely going to try using this method. I am expecting positive results with God in the midst of it all. Thanks for sharing to all of us with the same frustrating problem.

  5. Miss Atiqa Reply
    August 26, 2015 at 7:21 am

    Informative article. Thank you.

  6. Anita Alpe Reply
    July 17, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    hopeful afterwards, simple and informative

  7. Anonymous Reply
    September 18, 2015 at 10:58 am

    Good info

  8. Janet Reply
    August 5, 2015 at 6:38 am

    At 60 yrs old and struggling with thin hair, I often wondered when this was the reason why. Yes, I think you have it 'spot on' and will try the aloe vera and jojoba oil!


  9. Kezia Reply
    October 27, 2015 at 5:20 am

    Thanks for your help. Really has helped me understand what is wrong!

  10. Anonymous Reply
    May 27, 2016 at 3:51 am

    Thanks, very helpful!

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