J.D. Moyer

sci-fi writer, beat maker, self-experimenter

Hair Regrowth Update 2016

Logo for Rob's hair regrowth/eBook site

Logo for Rob’s hair regrowth/eBook site

Two-and-a-half years ago I received an email from a young man named Rob who was developing a hair regrowth technique based on intensive, long-term scalp massage. He had read my post Modulating Testosterone Levels (For Men) and had some thoughts about DHT and hair loss. Rob agreed that male hair loss resulted from DHT shrinking/inactivating hair follicles, but he disagreed that hair loss had anything to do with circulating levels of DHT. It was the accumulation of DHT in the follicle due to reduced blood supply and calcification of the scalp that caused the problem.

This theory matched my intuitive observations. My own hair loss, starting in my early thirties, hadn’t coincided with raging male hormones, but rather with an unhealthy period of my life that included too much alcohol, many late nights, a high carbohydrate diet, significant weight/fat gain, and most likely lower levels of testosterone and DHT. Just an n=1 observation, but the idea of a direct correspondence between hair loss and circulating DHT left something to be explained. I was intrigued by Rob’s idea.

By 2014, my diet had improved and my hair loss had greatly slowed, but I wasn’t regrowing any hair. Being over 40 and happily married, I didn’t feel too self-conscious about my much-receded hairline, but I was curious about Rob’s hair regrowth system. At the very least I could get a good blog post out of it, even if it didn’t work. I told Rob that yes — he should send me his eBook and I’d take a look.

His system involved a number of dietary recommendations, such as cutting out grains and refined sugars, limiting cruciferous vegetables, and eating gelatin-rich foods like bone broth. Pretty close to a paleo diet, or Mark Sisson’s “Primal” diet, but with a few modifications. I pretty much ignored this part of the system, as I was already eating a healthful diet that wasn’t that different (I eat a low-grain Mediterranean diet these days, lots of fresh vegetables and fruits, plenty of olive oil, nuts and seeds, most of my protein from eggs, wild salmon, sardines, and beans, some dark chocolate and red wine, coffee and tea). I’m only as strict as I need to be, and if my health is good I’ll sometimes eat ice-cream, sourdough bread, barbecued meats, drink beer or whiskey, etc. I wasn’t interested in following an extremely strict diet, even if it would help me regrow my hair. But I was willing to try the massage part …

For twenty minutes in the morning and again in the evening, I massaged my head with various kneading, pinching, and pressing motions. The initial goal was to loosen up my scalp so that it moved freely over my skull, and could be pinched away from my head without too much force. This proved difficult; my scalp was really stiff and tight. After a number of weeks it began to yield. My scalp would often feel a little greasy after these massage sessions. But no new hair growth …

Rob said it would take around five months of regular massage before I saw any regrowth. Well, okay. In for a penny …

It was encouraging, and interesting, that my scalp was changing in tone, and even in shape. After a few months I could feel the shape and details of my skull bones through my scalp. As Rob had predicted, my scalp was getting thinner and looser, becoming less calcified and shedding excess accumulated sebum (gross!).

I continued the twice-daily massage process for the recommended ten month period. Amazing, around month five, I did start to see hairs sprouting on parts of my scalp that had been previously bare. By the seventh and eighth months my hair had thickened considerably around my crown and the top of my head, and my hairline had noticeably advanced. By month ten, I still had a receded hairline, but my hair was much thicker and fuller, and much less receded.

I wrote about the experiment, posting pictures, and linking to Rob’s eBook, which was for sale on a “pay what you want” basis. While my post didn’t quite “blow up the internet,” it did receive considerable attention. Not all of it positive. People accused me of faking or exaggerating my hair regrowth, inventing an imaginary person named Rob, and giving false hope to people who wanted alternatives to minoxidil or hair implants. Some commenters reported trying the massage process and getting great results. Others tried it and got nothing but a sore scalp. I started to wonder if it had been a good idea to write about the experiment in the first place. I thought it was cool that it worked and would be a fun thing to share, but I hadn’t expected any controversy. Especially since I wasn’t selling anything.

Soon after this Rob and I got together and met face-to-face for the first time. We discovered we had several interests in common (writing, making music, health research) and instantly hit it off. I told Rob I was surprised by the controversy my blog post had generated, but thinking about it, I could understand. There are plenty of snake oil scams on the internet, dubious potions to rub on your head. And many young men feel really desperate about hair loss, giving the issue more weight than it deserves (at my age you realize most people care way less about your appearance than you do yourself).

Rob was having some problems of his own. He had promised his eBook customers unlimited email support, and was getting buried, spending hours each day responding to the detailed questions and concerns of people who had purchased the eBook. It didn’t sound sustainable. He was considering just shutting the whole thing down. I recommended that he create a FAQ, stop email support, and give the eBook away as a free download, but he didn’t feel that would be fair to customers who had purchased it.

Rob decided to take the eBook offline while he caught up on email support. This coincided with my initial post and my follow-up FAQ post getting even more views and peaking in popularity. Since I don’t sell advertising on this blog [edit: as of Dec. 2016 I have started to experiment with Google AdSense], this did nothing for me except clog up my inbox with requests (and a few self-righteous demands) that I send people Rob’s now-unavailable eBook. I updated both posts and explained the situation, and temporarily deactivated my Contact page. I had a bit of a crisis about blogging in general. File under no good deed goes unpunished.

2016 Update

After the initial ten-month experiment in late 2014/early 2015, I continued the scalp massage, but only 5-10 minutes a day. Since then I have not seen significant additional hair regrowth, but I’ve kept the hair I regrew, my scalp still feels nice and loose, and I’m pretty happy with my hair right now (except that it’s going a little gray, but I have another experiment planned to potentially address that). Here are pictures I took last week. Sorry about the weird tint — I have the HTC One with the low-light purple tint issue.




For reference, here is my “before” shot taken in late May 2014:


And one from the front taken in the summer of 2013 (with my dad and daughter).

In short, the technique worked for me, not to dramatically and quickly regrow all my lost hair, but to slowly and painstakingly regrow a significant amount of my hair. My current personal opinion is that this technique can work for many people, provided that:

  1. You do the massage practice consistently, correctly, and for a very long time.
  2. Your hair loss is actually due to calcification and thickening of the scalp, and not some other issue like nutrient deficiency or autoimmunity.
  3. You eat a healthful, nutritious, low-glycemic load, anti-inflammation diet.

Does Any Reputable Clinical Research Support This Approach?

In short, not much. Rob initially learned of the scalp massage technique by a paper by Henry Choy from the University of Hong Kong, published in the Journal of Clinical & Experimental Dermatology Research in 2012. The results in the paper, nearly complete hair regrowth for nearly all the participants, are hard to believe, and Choy’s experiment has not been successfully replicated to the best of my knowledge.

Dr. Rei Ogawa has presented some interesting research in regards to what he calls mechanotherapy. According to Ogawa’s research, stretching the scalp turns on genes associated with the hair follicle’s growth phase.

Other research included in the new edition of Rob’s eBook discusses the above research as well as research related to “microwounding” and acute (temporary) inflammation of the scalp.

Rob’s New Edition of His eBook — Should You Buy It?

Rob has recently released a new, much expanded edition of his Perfect Hair Health eBook. I’m not going to give you a sales pitch here. In fact, I want to undersell Rob’s eBook, and this technique in general. Here’s why:

  1. If you are worried about losing your hair, there are faster, more effective methods. Minoxidil, as long you can tolerate the side effects. Hair transplants. Or, the best option (at least for men), cut your hair short and/or shave it, and wear that look proud. It’s not a bad look.
  2. If you are impatient, this isn’t the technique for you. Once again, forty minutes of scalp massage a day, and it took five months to see any results.
  3. The technique doesn’t seem as effective for women. Maybe that’s because female hair loss is less often related to calcification and thickening of the scalp, or more often related to autoimmunity, nutritional problems, and/or stress or physical trauma. I’m not saying it can’t work for women, but the success stories I’ve heard are all mostly men. Edit: a couple women have written to me saying that had good results, and Choy’s initial study did include women.
  4. There are still no large-scale, reputable clinical studies to support this approach to hair regrowth. There are definitely hints of evidence, but nothing definitive.

That said, I’ve read the new edition of Rob’s eBook (well, I read some of it and skimmed some of it — it’s 258 pages long), and I’m impressed. It includes all the things that were missing from the first edition, including:

  1. Numerous before and after pictures of men who have successfully used the technique to regrow hair (including my own — I gave Rob permission to use them, free of charge). Rob includes his own progress pictures as well.
  2. A very detailed, comprehensive video that includes all three massage techniques (pinching, pressing, and stretching).
  3. The latest scientific research in regards to diet and hair growth, mechanical stimulation of the scalp, etc.

The 2nd edition of Rob’s “Perfect Hair Health” eBook + video package is available at perfecthairhealth.com for $49. There is also a $69 package that includes video interviews with customers, and a $149 package that includes a personal 30 minute Skype call with Rob. Unless you don’t believe that Rob is a real person and need to verify that he actually exists, I think the $49 basic package will suffice for most. Talking to Rob won’t regrow your hair; ten months of intensive scalp massage might.

I don’t make any money from the eBook — no kickbacks here. I want to see Rob succeed, both because he introduced me to a technique that helped me regrow a lot of my hair, and also because he’s a good, honest, sincere person who has put a tremendous amount of work into this product, and created a real viable alternative to drugs or surgery.

If you want to try the technique but don’t want to buy the eBook (or can’t afford it) you can probably get enough information from my first two posts (and additional discussion in the comments) to DIY. I was able to “muddle through” with only a vague idea of how I should be doing the scalp massage (Rob’s first video was pretty vague; he only demonstrated the techniques on his arm instead of his scalp). Fortunately the new video is much better, and I’ll be incorporating some of the new techniques Rob demonstrated in my ongoing maintenance scalp massage.

This will probably be my last post about hair regrowth unless something really noteworthy happens. If you try the scalp massage technique, good luck! Please feel free to comment, but keep it polite and respectful. I’m happy to answer any questions, but before you ask please review my first hair regrowth post and my follow-up FAQ, including my responses in the comments.


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  1. Ed

    Hi JD.

    I’ve been using the scalp massage technique for about 5 months (consistently) since I read about it here. My hair looks quite a lot thicker. I don’t know if I have any new hair. I’m almost wary to look. To put it this way, back in April I was looking into getting a hair transplant in Turkey. A lot of guys like me in the UK are doing this as it’s cheap but the results seem to be very good (depending on the clinic). My hair looks better enough so that I’m not in quite such a hurry.

    I’ve had diffuse hair thinning for about 9 years.

    I sometimes get a sore scalp, particularly after eating something sugary. I put that down to inflammation. Unfortunately (or rather, fortunately) I had to quite alcohol because of it.

    I’m very interested in the experiment you’re going to do for grey hair! I’m 45. Now my hair may be coming back, I’m eager to get rid of the grey at the sides.

    My own observations have been that it’s all about diet, particularly leafy greens. I’m mostly raw vegan. Kale and wheatgrass (one particular American brand) are good for restoring hair colour but I don’t always maintain it. Looking forward to what you suggest.


    • Glad you’ve had some success with the scalp massage! I’ll be sure to post any interesting self-experiment results on the blog (either successful or unsuccessful).

  2. Andrew and Amber Reeder

    Wow this is a great post. Way to kick ass. And especially over a 3 year process wow. Eff the haters. Ya I have delt with alot of insecurity so I really feel for some of these guys but this shines a good light in many ways so way to go keep em coming!

  3. A

    congrats on mantaining the regrowth. are you tempted to let it grow out longer now that it might be thick enough to pull that look off? 😀

    • Yes, but I can’t decide between a Justin Bieber undercut, or just go full druid/wizard.

      • A

        man, the druid/wizard is the way to go! 😀

  4. Estee

    Have you tried any of the Nisim products for hair growth or those laser combs? I had success with the Nisim but you have to keep at it and use the product regularly, it seemed. I got allergic to one of the products so my regrowth was slower without that product. They have a blog were you can ask questions, I believe. You are very dedicated and have achieved some results. Saw Palmetto on the head? research that but I can’t do it as I get adrenal stress.

  5. Steve

    Hi JD,
    I want to thank you for all the great information and pics – I wish you continued success in your battle for hair! I have made the decision to begin the massage. My question is about supplements. I currently consume many costly supplements that are “supposed” to be good for the scalp/hair. In addition to watching your diet (I try to be gluten-free), are there any supplements that you consume that you feel are beneficial?

    • I’ve noticed MSM makes skin and hair softer — I use an inexpensive Trader Joe’s brand. Silica is important … you can probably get enough if you drink the occasional hoppy beer (IPA or similar). Getting enough dietary zinc and protein is important, and enough healthy fats.

      But no supplement is going to break up scalp calcification and trapped sebum, so the massage part is by far more important (as long as you’re eating a good diet in general, and not terribly deficient in something).

      The one supplement I think may help is vitamin K2, as K2 helps regulate calcium metabolism, keep calcium in bones and out of soft tissues (like your scalp, or even more importantly, your arteries). Aged cheeses and natto are good food sources, as is chicken or goose liver if you’re not a vegetarian. I do take K2 supplement, derived from natto, which I buy at swansonsvitamins.com.

      • Steve

        Great feedback – thank you for the prompt response, JD!

  6. Hey jD .
    A few questions 😀
    1) How long you kept up with IF? and did you cut back on grains?
    2) What’s your take on apple cide vinnegar?
    3) What do you think about cold water in sculp when showering ? does it make the skin tighter or increase the blood flow ?
    Sorry for the bunch of questions but i am a bit excited .
    Thank you

    • I still do IF, so it’s been about 5 years I guess? I only do it once a week as a sort of appetite reset. I don’t think it has effected my hair regrowth.

      I only use apple cider vinegar in the occasional salad dressing.

      I do a cool rinse at the end of my shower (or else I’d just stay in there forever), but nothing hardcore with the cold water. I do think cold/cool water exposure is generally good for health … can’t hurt!

      Cool, glad you are excited!

  7. Daryl

    Hi JD,

    It’s really great to see your new post, which is very inspiring! I’m a 26-year-old guy who has a full head of hair but I can see the difference between mine and that of other guys of my age. About half of my hair is very thin and the scalp is visible when the hair is wet. Also, the thinning is diffused, the hair on the back (which is supposed to be the best hair men have on their head) is about the same quality as that on the top or the sides. I’m not sure if this is caused by the calcification or nutrition deficiency. My hair has been thin since I was 15 according to my memory. I used to have a bad eating habit: skipping meals and eating too much and too fast. My stomach is always bloating whenever I eat something sweet or spicy. And I can’t gain weight however much I eat. I also have pretty brittle thin nails and skin.

    Whatever the reason is, I started the massage about 2 months ago. One thing I do notice recently is that I can feel small grease balls on the scalp with my fingers and I can easily scrape them off with my nails. Have you ever experienced this along the road?

    I have converted into an almost-vegan diet eating a lot of raw vegetables and fruits. I’m just a little bit worried about the protein intake of this diet since I seem to get allergic to salmon, beef and even chicken — I get pretty bad acnes if I eat these things. Maybe the salmon, beef and chicken are not of good quality? Any advice on this?

    Sorry for the wordy post and THANK YOU!

    • Hey Daryl — glad you found my site. I would recommend you read some of my other posts about vitamin D, vitamin A, and nutrition. You might also check out marksdailyapple.com. Sounds like you may have some digestive issues that are preventing full nutrient absorption. You may find the acne goes away if you increase vitamin A intake from animal sources (liver or cod liver oil) along with vitamin D and some form of chelated magnesium. But as I always remind remind readers, I’m not a doctor or medical professional … just a dude on the internet!


  8. Steve

    Hi J.D.,

    I happened upon your blog back in September 2015, and I’m now an occasional reader. (As it turns out, I think I googled something along the lines of “hair loss scalp massage” and saw that you’d literally posted about it a few days earlier.) I was immediately impressed by your hair regrowth story and Rob’s theory and decided to give it a whirl. I massaged my scalp religiously every day, sometimes for 1-2 hours, and quickly began to notice increased greasiness, a slackening of my scalp tissue, and (at least for the first 4 weeks or so) a ton of dandruff, just as you’d described. Unfortunately, for whatever reason, my experience quickly diverged from yours.

    A couple of months into the process, I began to develop a progressive, nagging tendinitis in my elbows and shoulders which I could only attribute to the massage regimen. Stubbornly – hoping hair regrowth was around the corner – I decided to continue with the massages in spite of it, working around the tendinitis by alternating arms for the massages every couple of weeks, attempting different positions for my arms and fingers, and ultimately even performing rehab exercises for my shoulders and forearms in order to mitigate some of the pain. Still, the tendinits just seemed to slowly worsen no matter what I did, and finally, 6 months into the regimen, I was forced to call it quits.

    The pain has since improved fully. However, I’ve found that even several months after quitting, if I try to resume the regimen, even for just a few days, the tendinitis quickly returns, and I immediately have to quit for the sake of my rotator cuffs.

    During the 6 months that I performed the massage consistently, it was never 100% clear that I’d experienced any regrowth. There were certainly moments when I felt that regrowth was occurring, but then I’d subsequently view my hair under different lighting or at a shorter length and decide I was mistaken. Perhaps I was right on the verge of regrowth when I quit. I’ll never know.

    I’m just putting my experience forward so that other people interested in trying this out will know what they might be up against. Persistent overhead activity (like scalp massages) is the most common reason for shoulder tendinitis. It’s an insidious process that you won’t notice at first, but once it starts, it will just slowly get worse until you stop doing whatever is causing it.

    I will note that I never followed any of the recommended dietary restrictions. I just love carbs too much to quit them entirely, and I suppose it’s possible that this was somehow my undoing (i.e. that the inflammation that caused the tendinitis wouldn’t have occurred on a low carb diet). I doubt that’s the case, but it’s worth considering.

    For now it seems I’ll have to stick with proven pharmaceutical treatments, and perhaps some occasional microneedling.

    In any event, I really appreciate you putting your experience forward and wish you continued success with it.

    • Thanks for sharing your experience Steve. Tendon injuries are a pain — I’m still recovering from some golfer’s elbow from overambitious pull-up exercises (I watched too many BarStarzz videos). Sorry the scalp massage process didn’t work out for you.

    • NickSE

      Steve, I suggest you to try Tom Hagerty’s scalp exercise. It’s still a technique backed by nothing more than anecdotal evidence but it’s similar to scalp massage – just without the need to use your hands/arms.

  9. cip

    Hi, JD. Can you please share with us, or me only :P, the gray hair cure ?

    • I don’t have one! But I am experimenting with small doses of L-Tyrosine. I would advise caution and testing with low doses, as this amino acid can influence neurotransmitter levels and mood.

      Google L-tyrosine and gray hair for some interesting results. This article in particular is interesting:

      Bromocriptine also is known to reverse gray hair, but it’s a powerful dopamine agonist and I wouldn’t recommend anybody take it for that purpose. https://www.drugs.com/cdi/bromocriptine.html

      There does seem to be a relationship between tyrosine, dopamine, and hair going gray. Cytokines and inflammation are part of the picture too (physical and mental stress).

      I did another experiment in regards to potentially reversing gray hair, but it didn’t work. I may still write about it at some point.

      • Cytokines

        You mentioned cytokines. I read somewhere that eating cooked food causes the release of cytokines and also white blood cells, as apparently it sees the cooked food as poison. I know a raw vegan diet has a good effect on my hair and I can get a lot of my grey hair to go back to its original medium brown, so much that people have noticed.
        A particular wheatgrass powder does wonders for my hair. Costs about £20 a month but worth it because it’s probably doing a lot more for me than just making my hair look better.
        Juicing’s good as well.

        • Interesting observation! I’ve heard anecdotal reports of eye color changing with raw vegan diets as well.

  10. Steve

    Hi JD, do you still do daily headstands?

  11. Jaya

    Hi.JD. I’ve been do this for a month. Don’t see any change yet. But now I feel my scalp getting itcy even after washing my hair. I use organic shampoo bar free of sls and paraben. Did you feel the same symptom too?

    • I never experienced much scalp itchiness, but Rob does discuss this in his book (I think as something that goes away after a couple months).

  12. Japanese Study

    After the Chinese study there’s a Japanese study from this year. 6 months seems to be the period after which improvements begin. In fact from these it seems it gets worse before it gets better.


  13. Interesting blog post from Rob on his experiments with various diets, including veganism, and hair regrowth. Abundant protein, vitamin B12, and vitamin D may be essential precursors to hair regrowth.


  14. C

    JD man your hair regrowth post from last year has saved my life! I am now 29, but last year when I discovered I was losing my hair I was severely depressed. I did do a lot of research when I first discovered I was losing my hair and my instincts turned out to be pretty good! Now while every guy on both sides of my family have hair loss (so it would be easy to dismiss my hair loss as merely genetic) I thought something has triggered mine and I noticed that between 2014 to 2015 I lost a lot of hair and this coincided with my increased intake of eating fat! I ate a lot of peanut butter and coconut oil every day. If I did not shower with shampoo my scalp hurt like hell when I brushed my hair back (it was like the root of every hair was a needle stabbing my scalp when I brushed my hair back against the direction it wanted to sit!!). I realised I was producing crazy amounts of sebum and my hair was an oil slick. Of course when I went to see hair loss “experts” they basically dismissed my thoughts on the matter, but I was quite confident I was onto something… So after a month from my initial awareness of my own hair loss I discovered your blog post and I thought “Bingo! That’s it!” …Suffice to say I immediately began the scalp massages and felt the trapped oil/sebum being released! (It took 6 weeks until I ceased to notice any more sebum when doing scalp massages.) WIthin four days of massages I noticed a couple new hairs coming through at the front and thought “Nah, just a coincidence!”, but within 2 weeks more and more came through and by 6 months I could tell a significant improvement! (Seeing new hairs come through every few weeks was great!) Now I am 16 months into scalp massages and whilst I certainly don’t spend as much time doing it (and sometimes miss out days) I noticed a truck-load more hairs coming through in month 14. Its like the hairs grow back in waves! I’ll have a month or two of not really much difference, but then a new lot suddenly comes through the following month! The hairline at the front has thickedned and advanced a great deal and the balding area at the back has filled in to about 75% (from about 35-40% density 16 months ago!) …Yes, its a tedious process, but man is it worth it!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Someone give Rob a Nobel Prize already!!

  15. Ken

    Hi JD, after you do your scalp massage, is it best to wash/rinse your hair to get the expelled grease out so it doesn’t stay on your scalp?

    • Couldn’t hurt to at least rinse everyday. You want to avoid frequent shampooing because that can actually increase sebum production.

      • Ken

        Thanks. To be honest perfect hair health just seemed like another scam website but your blog is the only thing that’s keeping me from being completely skeptical. When I do the deep pinching I do feel like I’m squeezing thick tissue, so hopefully iI’m doing it right. One thing though is that is it only the spots where you rub and squeeze that you see hair growth, or does it affect the scalp all over? 20 mins seems like a short space of time to be able to give the entire scalp a thorough massage when you focus on one spot for rigorous squeezing. Thanks again for replying to these comments.

        • The newest edition of Rob’s ebook actually suggests doing one section of the scalp per massage session. I don’t think he’d mind me posting a short excerpt here:

          “We’re doing two massage sessions per day. That means if we’re correctly spacing out our massages (12 hours apart), then for any scalp section, we have 36 hours to recover before we massage that section again. That’s plenty of time for recovery, and it prevents one of the most common mistakes made: too much inflammation generation and too short of a healing window. Try to sick to this system so that you give your scalp the time it needs to recover.”

  16. How the hair regrowth by capillary massage.

    First of all I want to apologize for my poor English I am not a native speaker and I need the help of a translator, as well as for delay in answering. Finally I have decided to do it because I have been studying and experiencing the subject for ten years.

    My name is Aristónico Casas (Madrid -Spain- 1963) and I am the inventor of Stímulax01, a device that is a capillary massager for the reactivation of the blood of the hair in order to stop and, if possible, reverse alopecia. And works. Both.

    I read in the post of Mr. Moyer: http://www.jdmoyer.com/2016/10/29/hair-regrowth-update-2016/: “If you are impatient, this isn’t the technique for you. Once again, forty minutes of scalp massage a day, and it took five months to see any results.”

    Well… I can show more accurate data: Taking three hours a day of massage with S01 (3×1) -temporally spaced- you can see regrowth of hair -like fuzz- in four months, like this:

    Indeed, as Mr. Moyer said, the bad news of hair regrowth by the technique of capillary massage is that it is a slow process.
    The good one, in the cases i’ve seen during these last ten years, is that it is infallible. Even in severe cases like the photos.
    And another good news: it stops the alopecia from minute one.
    You don’t loss one only hair more.

    At first the regrowth of hair has a similar appearance to a hair implant, like in this next pic:

    Obviously if it were an implant would be well done: you can see that the regrowth is diffuse, thin and sprout hair of different thickness and length.

    More interesting than the hair are the pores, which are the previuous steps to the fuzz because before or were absolutely closed and were not seen or weren’t. The darker ones are because they have hair, The less perceptible are about to regrowth and this is a very good sign because it is verified that before the hair, must be born its root, logically. Before the massage I was bald and my scalp was absolutely white and very much stiffer.

    Repeating the cycle will make the repopulation become more homogeneous little by little, this way:

    Finally, over time, the general regrowth is a fact:

    With total honesty I have no doubt of the effectiveness of the method, although it requires its time.

    I never liked being bald and imagined and I’ve designed my device trying to find a solution to the problem so it was my duty to check if my idea was viable, although I understand that these deadlines may be too long for the general public. Is it much, is it little? … I guess it depends on the importance that each one gives to his hair.

    Of course it is a great bet as a preventive method since there are enough 20/30 minutes of daily massage to stop the fall completely. It is also very relaxing and comfortable to use. And has the great advantage of being able to implement massage therapy as a real option, since we found that the greater stimulus improves the response and a great stimulus – massage time – is necessary to obtain results, so doing it manually becomes almost impossible: too much hard and too much tired.

    In spanish we have a saying: “Never much cost little”.
    Miracles don exist.

    Greetings to all.

    Aristónico C.G.

    P.S. I’m not sure that the images have stuck; if not, please give me an email adress where to send the document in PDF. Tx.

  17. i suffer from seborrheic dermatits.does anybody know if this method will work for me?

    • Sorry I don’t know. Perhaps you could try the technique gently for a few days and see how your scalp reacts.

      • thanks,i will try the technique while using apple cider vinegar on my scalp every day in case it makes my dermatitis worse

  18. Blake


    First of all I would like to thank you for your genuine tone. Out of all the hair loss miracles I have read on the Internet, your genuineness I could actually “hear”. I would have to say that is the main reason I decided to start this technique.

    Now on to my questions. I have been doing this massage for roughly two months, albeit without purchasing Rob’s ebook, I have noticed tangible differences in my scalp as well as an increased thickness of my hair, though only slightly. One thing that has really caught my attention is an almost popping, cracking sound when I massage. I can actually feel it through my fingers. Have you experienced this or have had any feedback related to this?

    Secondly, I have combined my massages with a dedicated use of minoxidil. I understand and accept the potential side effects, but I had an interesting revelation. If minoxidil acts as a vasodilator, combining it with the massage technique could reap quicker and more extensive regrowth. If as Rob theorized that the massage technique provides more blood flow to the formerly “trapped” follicles, thereby washing away trapped scalp DHT as well as providing essential nutrients, then in my humble opinion minoxidil can only assist this endeavor. But as with all great theories, they are only theories. Any opinion on this idea, and have you or Rob had anyone else report they tried this combination?

    Either way, thank you for your time on these articles. They have given me some hope, I am only 24 and my Norwood 2.5 ish hair is quite possibly one of the biggest annoyances in my life.

    Keep up the good work,

    • Yes, I have experienced that kind of “crunchy” sensation when doing the scalp massage, especially when I started out. I don’t know exactly what it is, but I always associated it with calcification.

      There is some research that looks at minox + other therapies, like dermarolling. Ex.:


      and Rob’s eBook discusses Minoxidil extensively. One excerpt:

      “Let’s take this drug-by-drug. Minoxidil works by providing more blood flow to the follicles. Where does that process take place on this flowchart?
      Almost right at the bottom.
      Remember: calcification and fibrosis are chronic, progressive conditions. This means that they don’t go away on their own and they tend to get worse over time.
      Increasing blood flow helps our follicles temporarily. But because Minoxidil doesn’t re- verse the calcified, fibrotic conditions in our scalps, this effect only provides a temporary boost to our hair follicles. As calcification and fibrosis worsen, Minoxidil’s effectiveness fades.”

      Another important note re: Minoxidil, if you have cats, make sure they are not exposed AT ALL.


  19. Well researched post from Rob on possible relationship between vitamin D status and scalp calcification:

  20. Terry

    Hey J.D

    I’ve been trying out your scalp massage techniquefor a few months now, coming in to month 5 soon. I’m still losing quite a number of hair when I do a scalp massage but I get less scalp itchiness than I normally would.

    Everytime I do a scalp massage, I tend to see a bit of white stuff on my fingers. I just like to ask if that is normal. Also, I don’t exactly get much tingling after a scalp massage so I wonder if I’m doing it wrongly.

    I have been using some hair tonic since I realized how bad my loss was becoming but I’m starting to wonder if the hair tonic is actually contributing to hair loss


    • Hey Terry — white stuff like dandruff? Probably nothing to worry about. Not sure what’s in your hair tonic so I can’t comment.

      I didn’t always get scalp tingling after massage, but some sense of increased blood flow is probably a good sign. Rob does provide detailed instructional videos with the new edition of the eBook.

  21. Chris

    Hey JD,

    Great post. I am one of the people who had great results as well (one of Rob’s testimonials on the page) from DT and from the scalp exercise. Rob’s a good guy and generally wants to help people out.

    I am really curious about your grey experiment.

    I am 41. Have been greying since I am 34. The last year or so my beard has gotten to a 50/50 mix at this point.

    From my own research I’ve read that peroxide is unable to be flushed out of the follicle and it bleaches the hair from inside. The melanin production ceases and the hair turns white. But I have read that people are able to turn their pigment back. I’ve tried coconut oil and I think it has helped a little. DT i believe helped turn a good deal of hair darker. But still it progresses (not as fast as it used to).

    I have also tried Tyrosine but didn’t stay on it long enough. I know it is possible to do it, it’s just finding the right mix of things to get it to reverse.

  22. Joseph

    JD I have been doing the massage for 3 months now, the crown seems a little better but the hairline not so much. Also, I have been scraping my scalp in the shower every other day. A bunch of buttery like gunk comes out in between my fingernails, the excess sebum. I do it this way because it does not come out via the scalp massage. You can definitely feel the blood flowing but the amount of hair that comes out from the scrape sessions is insane.

    How did you get your sebum to come out, as I believe that is a huge key for success, via solely the scalp massage?

    • A moist scalp is definitely easier to manipulate … Rob recommends this in his eBook. I do think a dry scalp massage is also effective in loosening up tissue and expelling sebum. Whatever works best for you. Remember that I don’t have clients or any broad experience in this, just my own n=1.

  23. Closing comments for the moment due to time constraints and interest in other topics. For people with detailed follow-up questions, I would recommend Rob’s blog. His latest post is here:

    Good luck, good health, and good hair to you all.

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