Magnesium Oil Spray for Hair Loss

scienceThis article is gonna be a bit more science-y than my usual fare.

Skip to the end if you just wanna read about which brands I recommend!

What Is Magnesium?

Magnesium is an element found all throughout nature, and also in our bodies. It contributes to bone and cardiac health as well as nerve, muscle, and immune system health.

Magnesium helps with the release of neurotransmitters (ie: the feel-good chemicals) as well as antioxidant production and metabolism.

Magnesium also plays a role in preventing hair loss and stimulating hair regrowth.

The average human adult body contains over 25 grams of magnesium. Most of this mineral shows up in our our skeletal system, although it is used throughout the entire body.

What Foods Contain Magnesium?

salmon and spinachMost of our magnesium is obtained in our diets. Magnesium-rich foods include dark leafy greens especially spinach, nuts, seeds, fish especially salmon, beans, whole grains, avocados, yogurt, bananas, dark chocolate, dried fruits, just to name a few.

The current daily recommended value for magnesium intake is 400mg.

A magnesium supplement is also recommended, because most of us on a Standard American Diet (SAD) simply aren’t getting enough of those foods to meet our daily magnesium requirements.

Why Magnesium Oil? – Benefits

Magnesium oil is a natural substance that is applied and absorbed through the pores of your skin and straight into your bloodstream.

A 2010 study showed that this method of intake resulted in an average increase of over 60% in magnesium absorption at the cellular level.

So: the short answer is that magnesium oil on the skin is absorbed better by our bodies than magnesium supplements!

Why does healthy intake of magnesium matter to the hair?

Many of us are aware of the potential damaging effects of hormone DHT and free radicals on impeding hair growth, but what about calcification?

This specific mineral has shown to be a large contributor to the lack of hair growth – and it can be the reason for your hair loss.


Calcium deposits also occur in nature, in caves and bodies of water. Think about the build-up around a faucet in an area with “hard” water!

Research has shown calcification is a potential cause of hair loss in men and women.

Calcification is the accumulation of calcium in an area of the body tissue where excessive calcium would not normally be present.

According to the Institute of Medicine, around 99% of the calcium in your body resides in the bones and teeth. The remaining 1% of calcium is present in the blood and muscle.

While calcification is normal in the skeleton in order for our bodies to form bones, it is not normal elsewhere.

If calcification occurs in the scalp region, it thickens the tissues. Eventually, those tissues will harden and the hair will be choked out of the follicle, so to speak.

Calcium salt deposits dry out the scalp, and dryness is further intensified from the chemicals in commercial shampoo. This causes the dry and itchy scalp to become scaly and start flaking off, thus the formation of dandruff.

Imagine that you have chronic inflammation at the vessels located in your scalp. Over time, as your body continues to fend off foreign particles from the site of the inflammation, that area will accumulate fat, platelets, cholesterol and calcium that are present in the blood.

Eventually, calcification will lead to the formation of a plaque. This will ultimately constrict normal blood flow to the scalp.

Excess calcium in the bloodstream can be caused when calcium from the bones move into the bloodstream.

The more calcium that is present in the blood, the more accumulation of calcium at the inflammation site.

Bigger plaques will leave your hair follicles to suffer.

Even if the extra calcium never makes it to the inflammation site, too much calcium in the bloodstream can be dropped off in the hair follicles of the body’s tissue and causing calcification.

Magnesium Oil to the Rescue

Magnesium oil applied on the scalp has the benefit of nourishing the tissues, which reduces problems related to dandruff. It also can enter the pores and dissolve the calcium ions that are blocking the hair follicles.

Magnesium plays a huge role in regulating calcium imbalance. Magnesium is essential for the production and use of energy in the body. Cells with extra energy can accomplish many things, which include pumping excess calcium out from the cells of the scalp.

magneisum oil healthy skinMagnesium can also help remove excess calcium from the bloodstream. It does this by stimulating a hormone called calcitonin, which helps regulate the level of calcium by encouraging it to stay in the bones and away from the scalp.

Magnesium also converts Vitamin D into an active form that helps absorb calcium.

A 2012 study describes magnesium’s amazing effect on calcification in the blood vessels. The researchers did a series of tests that involved adding magnesium in cell cultures that have been calcified.

Results showed that increasing magnesium concentration caused a decrease, and even stopped the progression, of calcium deposits on the vessel walls. After a while, additional magnesium even led to the reversal of calcification.

This means that magnesium oil can promote blood flow going in and out of the scalp, bringing essential nutrients and removing harmful waste from the hair follicles!

The same study also revealed magnesium’s ability to prevent cell death due to stimulation of these calcium-sensing receptors (CaSR) on the cells.

These receptors led to the restoring number of healthy cells and decreasing number of damaged cells, which leads to growth for the hair cells.

How to Use Magnesium Oil Spray

Spray magnesium oil directly on your scalp after your shower – you want it to go on a clean scalp that isn’t covered with any other products or lotions.

After spraying, magnesium oil should be thoroughly massaged into the scalp and left to absorb for about 30 minutes.

Depending on your preference, you can shower or wipe down to eliminate any residue.

Magnesium Oil Spray Side Effects

For certain people with existing maladies or sensitivities, they may experience side effects.

People with low blood pressure should use magnesium oil with caution.

Start with a small amount and short absorption time. Low blood pressure can be affected easily by salt intake, change in diet and medication, as well as supplements, so it is important to be cautious.

If you are taking an anti-anxiety medication, magnesium supplements may over-correct your hyperactive nervous system. If it seems like you are becoming toooooo relaxed when combining magnesium and anti-anxiety medication, it’s best to eliminate the magnesium.

Keep in mind that magnesium is the primary ingredient in Epsom Salts, which are also used as a laxative and muscle relaxer. It will also have a relaxing effect on your tissues and nervous system when applied as a topical spray.

Individuals with sensitive skin should test a very diluted form of magnesium oil on their skin before applying all over the body. This can be done by adding more water to the solution.

The usual tingling users experience could be made worse and irritate skin for those who have existing skin sensitivity and issues.

Individuals with kidney impairment should also be cautious and consult their physician before starting magnesium spray or supplements. Any prescription drugs should be cross-checked to ensure there is not an adverse reaction when taken with magnesium.

A minor side effect: people often experience a tingling and itching sensation initially from the oil, which should eventually stop. If you have sensitive skin, dab a diluted form of the oil to test before applying a thicker coating.

Recommended Brands of Magnesium Oil

My favorite brand is Dead Sea Magnesium Oil.

The magnesium is sourced from the Dead Sea, and the product is made using 6 stages of purification and reverse osmosis technology.

The great thing is that this or any brand of Magnesium Oil isn’t gonna break the bank. This one clocks in at under $20 for a 6 month supply.

Another good brand is made by Pure Vitality Minerals, and the magnesium is sourced directly from the USA. It’s even a little less costly than the Dead Sea brand.

Each of these brands has a money-back guarantee. Try one and see if it helps with your hair loss  – you’ve got nothing to lose!

36 thoughts on “Magnesium Oil Spray for Hair Loss

  1. Sounds like Magnesium can do me a lot of good. Like the idea to use this spray in my hair, thanks for an excellent post.

  2. Excellent article I will suggest this to my sister who recently facing hair loss. I also liked the natural foods which contained the magnesium and can say a lot to her about the importance of those foods. Keep writing and hope this oil doesn’t have any long term side effects 🙂 ThNks.

    • Thanks for the feedback! Nope, no long-term side effects, it’s impossible to “overdose” on magnesium oil when applied topically!

  3. I didn’t knew you can use magnesium oil for hair loss. I tried different products in the past, but nothing seems to work. Well written article…lots of useful info and I like the fact that is science-based, it makes me trust a little more the info. Thank you! Keep up the good work.

  4. Hi! I’m experiencing hair loss and dandruff issues with my scalp right now.. partly from anemia or a lack of Iron which I’m supplementing right now. I’m still experiencing hair loss tho. I tried natural methods for my dandruff issue like lemon juice, coconut oil and washing with organic shampoo once every other day because I don’t like putting more chemicals into my body. Do you have any suggestions of organic or home products which I can try to help with my problems? I might look into Magnesium Oil tho.. I’m not sure if it has anything to do with Calcification.. I know my skin in general is dry since I moved to Canada but Coconut oil and lemon juice only helped temporarily, and when I do stop using them after 2 days the dandruff persists. I do have good hygiene tho.

  5. Very informative article. I know magnesium is essential to our everyday lives both physically and mentally. I consume my magnesium through the food groups you mentioned, but I am not brushed up on magnesium oils. Will definitely have to check that out.

    • Thanks for the feedback. It’s amazing just how many nutrients we NEED and aren’t getting through the usual channels, probably because our diets are so deadly. Luckily sprays and supplements exist to fill in the gaps, and help with our hair loss!

  6. This is awesome! I definitely did not skip to the end and wouldn’t recommend it either. It is always good to read and be aware of things than stay ignorant. Who would have thought that magnesium had such important role in the prevention of hair loss? I didn’t. Reading about calcification was also very interesting. The magnesium oil spray seems like a good product. Can I use it after shampooing with OGX Fight Fallout Plus? (I am not sure if its ok to combine both products?)

    • thanks for the comment! You can definitely use magnesium oil in combination with any other hair loss product. It won’t be harmful, it just supplements with the additional nutrient in a way that’s beneficial to our skin and hair.

  7. Thanks very much, I´ll get some for my girlfriend. Is there a point where you can use this too early or should avoid it at all? She became quite worried recently but I personally think she´s overreacting and seeing a problem that doesn´t exist. So can this product be harmful?

    thanks very much

    • Magnesium is an essential element that we need, and using it topically improves absorption. There are a few situations where it might be slightly irritating to skin, and for some people it can have a sedating and relaxing effect so it’s best taken at night and not at the start of the day. Thanks for reading and for asking the question!

  8. It’s good information about the Magnesium to me.
    In your article, the current daily recommended value for magnesium intake is 400mg.
    If I take too much of the Magnesium, would it impact my health?
    Thank you for your sharing.

    • Thanks for the great question! That’s the kind of question you’d need to ask your physician, because we all react differently to supplements and for some, even the RDA is too high, and for others, it’s too low.

  9. Did you know that people with skin problems travel from all over the world just to bathe in the dead sea. There have been so many accounts of cured disorders just by soaking in it’s waters. It is amazing there is a hair loss product called Dead Sea Magnesium Oil…and don’t get me started on the benefits of magnesium…

    • Wow! Thanks, Drake. I knew it was a popular tourist destination but I didn’t realize people experienced healing just from doing that once. Very cool. And yeah, I’m in club magnesium right there with you 🙂

  10. I for one, love the science-y; It gives illustrates how important the element magnesium is in our diet for hair growth. I especially want to thank you for the list of foods that contains magnesium, luckily for me, I eat all except the dried fruits.
    I do however, have a question about the product. You mentioned to apply the product after shower on clean hair, but how often once a day, once a week?

    • You can use magnesium every day before bed. It can be a regular part of your routine, and your hair will notice a difference!

  11. Hehe, even though you said this article was more sciency than your others I enjoyed it. It is always great to learn something new and I must say I learned something. I didn’t know magnesium was tied to hair loss or how it converts vitamin D to absorb calcium. Really useful stuff. I have never heard of magnesium oil but that is pretty cool. Would people with stomach issues have to take the same precautions using magnesium oil as they would with the supplement?

    • Thanks for the great question. I would advice anyone with a known sensitivity to magnesium to proceed with caution and stop immediately if they notice the effects they saw with the supplements. My guess is that having it absorbed through the skin wouldn’t have the same impact or trigger GI issues. But, the fun of having a body is all of our bodies are different and do different stuff!

  12. Thanks for this great article! I have magnesium on the daily and i really notice a difference In every aspect of my health. It really provides lots of benefits and I thank you for this great review:)

    • Thanks for sharing your experience with using magnesium oil! Always great to hear from people who use it and can give feedback about it. I use it every night before bed to help me sleep as well.

  13. Great post Penny,

    My partner Joy just purchased some magnesium oil yesterday as she gets really hot feet when she is out running and she was told magnesium would help. I will let you know how that goes.

    Another thorough review. I have a far better understanding of how it works now and what it can help. I will certainly use some of Joys on my body too. I know where to come now when we need to get more 🙂


  14. Hi, will magnesium oil help in androgenic alopecia? I have read that Mg oil and peppermint oil is a good combination for that. Also how long does one have to spray Mg to see some result? Thanks xx

    • Yes, magnesium helps reduce calcification, which in turn improves blood flow. Peppermint stimulates blood on the surface of the scalp and relaxes the muscles which reduces tension, therby increasing blood flow. You would need to use it everyday for at least 3 months to see if it is working.

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