The Benefits of MSM and Sulfur for Treating Hair Loss

MSM-sulfur is quickly becoming known for its role in hair growth.


Scientists have found that eating sulfur-rich foods and applying sulfur creams to the scalp may help promote hair growth.

A recent study on 25 volunteers, men and women, showed that 75% noticed increased hair growth, thickness, shine, and fullness after 6 weeks. This was measured with specialty equipment.

A recent, double-blind, placebo-controlled, pilot trial, performed by Ronald M. Lawrence, M.D., Ph.D., showed that 100% of the subjects on MSM (methyl-sulfonyl-methane), a nutritional supplement that provides biologically active sulfur, showed increased hair growth compared to the group on placebo. Only one subject on placebo showed an increase in hair length. In addition, 30% of the subjects on MSM showed improvement in hair brilliance, while none of the subjects on placebo showed such an improvement.

What is MSM?

METHYLSULFONYLMETHANE( MSM) is an naturally occurring form of sulfur compound that occurs naturally in fresh fruits and vegetables, milk, fish and grains. Amongst other things it plays a major role in the structural maintenance of the scalp capillaries.

However, conventional processing and cooking methods significantly decrease the effectiveness of MSM from foods. This is why it may be beneficial to supplement MSM for hair growth.

Sulfur, known as "the beauty mineral," is necessary for your health as well as for stimulating your hair growth. Your hair is made primarily of sulfur, protein and water. Sulfur increases the circulation of your scalp, nourishing your hair follicles.

MSM is the 3rd largest ingredient found in the human body. MSM – Sulfur is a mineral present in every cell in the human body, with its greatest concentration in hair, skin and nails. It has often been called the “beauty mineral” and the “healing mineral” because of its ability to promote circulation and decrease inflammation. These qualities also lend to the theory that adequate amounts of sulfur can jump-start hair growth in people with deficiencies. In addition, naturally-concentrated sulfur compounds have been proven to show additional hair-restoring.

Sulfur is widely regarded as a "Fertilizer" of the skin, hair and nails. The exact mechanism behind that isn’t know but what we do know is that hair is composed of the sulfur bearing amino acids  Methionine and cysteine, Sulfur also helps promote enzymes that are involved in protein assembly which would benefit hair since hair is protein. Sulfur also has a antibacterial effect which would help regulate the balance of good and bad bacteria on your skin and scalp.

In the book The Miracle of MSM: The Natural Solution for Pain, by Drs. Stanley Jacob and Ronald Lawrence, they state that MSM is considered to be “as safe as drinking water” with no chance of overdose. They state that even after years of taking more than 2,000 mg of MSM each day, patients showed no sign of toxicity. That’s because as a water-soluble mineral, any excess MSM not used by the body is flushed out.

The doctors treated more than 1,000 patients with MSM for everything from osteoarthritis to allergies. When it came to hair, they reported that 100% of their patients taking MSM experienced increased growth.

How MSM Affects the Hair and Scalp

MSM helps hair grow thicker and faster. It revitalizes inactive hair follicles by increasing scalp circulation, removes toxins and assists nutrients like biotin, pantethol and calcium to build strong healthy hair.


MSM will help your hair grow about as fast as it is able to and in some people it can temporarily improve the thickness of their existing hair.

MSM can and should be used both orally and topically for maximum effect on hair loss symptoms


1. Oral MSM for hair loss

Option -1.  Purchase a high quality MSM supplement product and take 1000 mcg to 4000 mcg daily to increase your hair growth.

I would highly recommended the top quality MSM supplement product Trimedica – Pure Msm.


Most forms of MSM, including those imported from China, are synthetic and are derived from a fossil fuel source. On the other hand, TriMedica® Pure MSMTM is an all-natural source of MSM derived only from pine trees. Trimedica – Pure Msm contains no addition or dilution with fossil fuel derived material.

Option -2. Take a tablespoon of MSM powder twice a day and mix with water or your favorite juice.

Increase dose gradually – start at 500 to 1000 mcg daily for a week, then up your dose by 500 to 1000 mcg every few days – to your max level.


2. Topical MSM for hair loss

Purchase a good quality chemical-free MSM cream product to apply to your scalp.

I would highly recommend the high quality MSM cream product produced by Source Naturals.

Source Naturals MSM cream is made with 99.9% pure MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane) a purified by product of pine trees which is also found naturally in foods we eat but is reduced/eliminated by processing.

Suggested use: MSM Cream can be massaged onto the scalp area several times a day.

Use a good quality MSM shampoo product

Using a good quality MSM shampoo product can give your hair the extra boost that it needs to start growing again.

Many people have testified that this is indeed the case.

Important! Use a sodium laurel sulfate free MSM  shampoo product. Studies do show that SLS does contribute to hair loss or related problems.

I would highly recommended the top quality SLS free MSM shampoo product Soignee MSM SHAMPOO.

Soignge Botanical Shampoo with MSM contains a natural and organic form of sulfur intended to repair and strengthen hair, and improve the overall condition of the scalp.

Soignge Botanical Shampoo with MSM is pure and natural and produces a rich, luxurious lather that is enriched with soy and wheat proteins, vitamins, herbal extracts and essential oils.Soignge Botanical Shampoo with MSM contains MSM and Panthenol along with herbs and vitamins that help to repair hair, promote silkiness, manageability and a healthy scalp. This MSM Shampoo also restores a radiant beauty to all hair types, especially chemically treated and damaged hair.

When will you notice results?

Most people see a lessening of hair shedding in two weeks, but visible growth will take 6 to 8 weeks in most people to be noticeable.

Common-sense tip:

Common-sense would dictate that you start the MSM treatment when you notice thinning of your hair. Once your hair has completely fallen out It is most probably to late.



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  1. Malenaon 17 Nov 2010 at 9:44 pm

    Does MSM change the texture of hair? I have curly hair, will regrowth be the same as my existing hair or will it grow back straight?

  2. adminon 19 Nov 2010 at 12:47 am

    Yes, It would seem that indeed MSM use can sometimes change the hair texture.

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