the surprising effect of aspirin for the hair

Can I Use Aspirin for Hair Loss?

Aspirin is a medication often prescribed to people for pain and inflammation. In some cases, it is used to reduce the risk of blood clotting in patients who are more likely to suffer a heart attack. What you may not know is that aspirin can also be an effective remedy for some hair loss issues. Here we will look at what aspirin can do for your hair and how effective it may be.


  1. What is Aspirin and its Alternative Use as a Hair Loss Treatment?
  2. Advantages and Disadvantages of Using Aspirin for Hair Loss
  3. How Can Aspirin Be Turned into a Hair Care Product?
  4. Conclusion

What is Aspirin and its Alternative Use as a Hair Loss Treatment?

aspirin was initially made from the extracts of willow tree bark

Aspirin was initially made from extracts derived from willow tree bark. It has been used as a natural analgesic since the Sumerian era. However, the painkiller we know today was synthesized only in 1899. The painkiller is one of the most used medications in the world, and is a staple in most households. But how exactly can aspirin for hair loss be used?

Aspirin contains acetylsalicylic acid, which has various benefits for hair. This acid is a form of salicylic acid and helps to relieve dandruff in an easy and fast manner. Salicylic acid cleanses the scalp, removes dead cells and grease, and transfers oxygen to hair follicles. It also acts as a scrub and helps to relieve scalp inflammation with its anti inflammatory properties.

Aspirin is commonly used in anti dandruff shampoos

Most dandruff shampoos contain salicylic acid, the main component of aspirin. Due to its unique molecular structure, salicylic acid can deeply penetrate the scalp and thoroughly cleanse the pores. This prevents the build-up of sebum and unclogs hair follicles. Sebum contains DHT, a hormone that causes hair thinning and hair loss in men and women.

Studies have also proved the ability of salicylic acid to relieve scalp scaling, that can be caused by various conditions, such as a fungal infection, seborrheic dermatitis or psoriasis.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Using Aspirin for Hair Loss

If you have thin hair that’s dry, and chemically damaged, salicylic acid is not recommended for you. Aspirin is best used on oily hair because of its ability to deep-cleanse and prevent the excessive production of sebum.

Some benefits that you can expect from using aspirin for hair include:

  • Makes your hair shinier: If your hair looks dull and lacks that sought-after gloss, then you should try out adding some aspirin to your shampoo.
  • Improves hair growth: Using aspirin as a scrub for your scalp and hair stimulates the blood flow to the hair follicles and this, in turn, helps to increase the rate at which your hair grows. It can help with growth after a hair transplant as well.
  • Restore your hair colour: Hair colour may fade due to hard water, heat styling, product build-up and daily exposure to bright sunlight and free radicals. Aspirin can help to restore this.

On the other hand those who take daily aspirin are advised to not take it along with topical solutions like Rogaine if they are trying to combat pattern baldness. This is because it has been shown to have negative side effects such as negating the impact of Minoxidil.

How Can Aspirin Be Turned into a Hair Care Product?

aspirin has a lot of benefits for the hair

To implement doses of aspirin in your haircare routine, crush the tablets to make a powder. It can then be mixed with other ingredients and used as a shampoo or a hair mask. Your hair will become shiny already after the first use. However, to see other results of using aspirin for hair, we recommend trying it once or twice a week within a month period.

If you wish to apply aspirin as a scrub on your scalp, do the procedure once a week only. As good as it can be for your hair, excessive exfoliation may have a reverse effect and trigger increased production of oil, as well as destroy the protective shield around the hair shafts.

Using aspirin as a hair mask

To make an aspirin hair mask, mix 1-2 tablespoons of honey, two crushed aspirin tablets and some water. Then apply the mixture onto the wet hair, let it sit for 30 minutes and rinse it off with shampoo. If you use some other hair mask, you can simply add some aspirin powder to it.

Aspirin in shampoo

Crush 3-4 aspirin tablets and add the powder to your shampoo bottle. Apply the mixture on wet hair, rub well all over the scalp, let it sit for a few minutes and rinse.

You may be wondering which shampoo is best in combination with aspirin. At Elithair, we always recommend using shampoos that are free from sulphates and parabens like our shampoo which is formulated to help increase hair growth. It contains powerful nutrients such as keratin, biotin and niacin to stimulate hair follicles.


Aspirin has been used for a variety of healing purposes like preventing blood clots in patients at risk of a heart attack. But using aspirin for hair care can bring about some positive effects, such as more shine and colour in your hair and a healthy scalp free from dandruff. It can also indirectly fight hair loss if the problem is triggered by clogged pores and excessive oil build-up on the scalp.

Even if you do not suffer from any hair loss issues, you should still choose the right hair care products. These should include natural ingredients and do not contain silicones, parabens, or sulphates. These ingredients can damage the structure of the hair shaft and make your hair more dull and brittle in the long run.

Do you have more questions or are you looking for a permanent solution to your hair loss? Then don’t hesitate to contact our friendly team that will answer all your queries about getting a hair transplant. Furthermore they can also offer a free and non binding hair analysis.