A retired hairdresser neighbour told me that when she was first apprenticed as a 15 year old in the 1950s, her employer often sold little bottles of hair tonic to elderly ladies.
Most of his clientele had nice curly white or blue rinse hair, whereas when she worked at subsequent salons years later, she noticed a high number of female clientele of a certain age were suffering from hair loss.
Her original employer would never divulge the secret of what was in the little hair tonic bottles but when he died his widow admitted it was White Iodine.
My neighbour bought some for her own salon, but it did not have such good results though it seemed to help a bit. She now wonders if her first employer used it in a different concentrate or added another ingredient.
So what is the truth about iodine and hair loss?
Iodine is a trace mineral important to the healthy function of the thyroid and cellular regeneration. It also has anti-fungus, anti-parasitic and anti-bacterial properties. Like many of our vitamins and minerals it has seen a radical drop in the Western diet over the past few decades and it is not unusual for people to be deficient. The food industry replaced the use of iodine with Bromine 40 years ago, although this was partly compensated by the introduction of iodised salt.
- It is thought that Iodine kills the fungus which eats the end of hair follicles. and contains anti-parasitic, antiviral & antibacterial properties which helps maintain the health of the scalp.
- Iodine also stimulates the thyroid which helps in boosting your hair growth and maintaining its health.
As either too much or too little iodine can lead to thyroid dysfunction and goitres, it is recommended that if you try it, you apply White Iodine (colourless and odourless) topically to the scalp or eat foods best for Iodine such as:
- Haddock, 3 oz: 104-145 micrograms
- Bread, 1 slice: 35 micrograms
- Cottage cheese, 2%, ½ cup: 26-71 micrograms
- Shrimp, 3 oz: 21-37 micrograms
- Egg, 1 large: 18-26 micrograms
- Cheese, cheddar, 1 oz: 5-23 micrograms
Alternatively you can take Kelp seaweed tablets (available from health food shops) which are also rich in Iodine.