After having my youngest, I remember the panic I felt five months postpartum when my hair was falling out in large handfuls. I was petrified to brush my hair, or even wash my hair in case more fell out. I spent ALOT of time in the mirror looking for receding hairlines or bald spots. It was a traumatic experience. Great hair defines beauty, at least according to the magazines, and is said to be a person’s “crowning glory”. Both men and women want to look and feel attractive and let’s be honest, our hair is a good starting point for most… Hmmm, but balding and hair loss also has a starting point!
SO, what happens when you realize your hair is falling out a lot faster than it should be, or if you notice pattern balding or receding hairlines. My go-to was “Dr. Google”
of course ! I spent hours scrolling through the net to find out why, and more importantly how to fix it and stop it from happening. I was lucky that it was only a hormonal change and my hair loss was only temporary. But not everyone is as fortunate, and some people have hair loss problems that settle in. It is unpleasant to experience hair loss and it certainly knocks down a person’s self-esteem, so what hair growth remedies can we turn to, and what are the facts behind hair loss ?
What Causes Hair Loss?
Daily hair loss is normal. According to the American Academy of Dermatologists, a person will lose 50-100 strands of hair per day.
The most common reason behind hair loss is hereditary hair loss with age. You can thank the generations above you for this one! Male or female pattern baldness is referred to as Androgenetic Alopecia and it is more likely to occur as a person ages. Unfortunately, it can also start at any point after puberty and many females will experience Androgenetic Alopecia after menopause. In addition to your genes being a determining factor, the below are also possible causes of hair loss:
- – Pregnancy: Women may experience excessive hair loss 3-6 months after giving birth. This is due to the decrease in estrogen levels and is only temporary.
- – Telogen Effluvium: This is also a temporary condition and occurs when the hair remains in the telogen phase of the growth cycle. The telogen phase is the natural shedding phase.
- – Anagen Effluvium: This is a condition when hair falls out rapidly during the anagen (growth) phase of the hair cycle.
- – Alopecia Areata: This is an autoimmune condition and it causes hair to suddenly fall out because the immune system attacks the hair follicles.
- – Traction Alopecia: This is hair loss that is caused by pulling the hair back into tight hairstyles. The hair breaks and starts to thin and recede.
- – Medications: Unfortunately, some medications may be the cause of hair loss. Perhaps see if you can try a more natural approach to the condition that you are taking medication for, you may be pleasantly surprised!
- – Nutritional Deficiencies: This is a big one, and you can take control of this cause behind hair loss naturally. Nutritional deficiencies can cause your hair to fall out. If you are following a diet that is low in protein and lacking certain vitamins, such as iron, then you may be experiencing excessive hair loss. If you are adamant about staying true to a new diet, then definitely supplement it with NON-GMO multivitamins and minerals so that you can get all the nutrition your body, and hair needs.
Natural Hair Growth Remedies
This extraordinary plant has been used for many years to treat hair loss. Applying pure Aloe Vera gel to the scalp and hair a few times a week can soothe the scalp, condition the hair, promote hair growth, and strengthen and repair hair strands. Aloe Vera contains vitamins A, C, and E. These vitamins are key contributors to cell turnover and promote shiny hair and healthy cell growth. Aloe Vera also contains Vitamin B-12 and folic acid, both of which have been proven to stop hair loss. The raw gel contained within the beneficial plant helps increase blood flow to the scalp which reduces hair breakage and decreases the rate of hair falling out. Massaging the gel into your scalp will also help promote blood circulation.
Recipe for success using Aloe Vera:
Try this great recipe for a natural hair treatment/mask:
1tsp lemon juice, 3 drops tea tree oil, 2tbls Aloe Vera gel (you can harvest your own to stay completely organic).
Mix these ingredients together and apply as a mask, leave for 30 minutes, rinse, and shampoo as normal.
If you have dandruff, then Aloe Vera gel will help unblock the hair follicles that may be blocked by excess oil. The Aloe Vera plant has many great health benefits, to find out more, click here !
Tea Tree Oil
We mentioned adding some tea tree oil to our Aloe Vera hair treatment. You may have wondered why this choice of oil for a hair mask? Tea tree oil has anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and antiseptic properties, all of which offer amazing benefits for the hair. These properties help the scalp and the hair by removing the build-up of dead skin cells and oils, increasing oxygen and nutrient supply to the follicles, and protects the scalp from any infections. All these benefits contribute to healthier, stronger hair that is less prone to hair loss or breakage.
If you want to apply tea tree oil directly to the scalp and hair, mix 2-5 drops of tea tree oil into a carrier oil, such as olive, almond, or coconut oil. Mix well and massage into the scalp. Wrap your hair in a warm towel for approximately 20 minutes before you rinse the treatment out.
A small word of warning when using this oil, always conduct a patch test on your inner arm 24hrs before applying tea tree oil to the hair and scalp. If you are allergic to this oil, it may have the opposite effect and cause hair loss.
Returning to our recipe for success, we mentioned using lemon juice. It may sound surprising, but lemons have been proven to boost overall hair health and hair growth. Here is a winner; lemon can also forestall greying so put the box color down!
Lemons are rich in several vital nutrients that the hair needs to grow effectively. They contain citric acid, magnesium, calcium, pectin, Vitamin C, and flavonoids. Vitamin C improves the rate at which your hair grows because it boosts collagen production. Lemons also help clean the scalp and unclog the pores and hair follicles which prevents hair fall and dandruff. The sour fruit has anti-fungal properties too and helps curb conditions such as scalp acne.
Squeezing the juice of half a lemon and massaging it into your scalp for 5 minutes is a natural and effective treatment. Leave it in for 10 minutes and wash your hair with a sulfate-free shampoo.
Here is an odd remedy you may not have thought of! If you can stomach the smell, it will be well worth considering onion juice to promote hair growth. Onion juice has been proven to successfully treat patchy alopecia areata because it promotes hair growth and improves circulation.
Blend a few onions, squeeze out the juice, and apply the juice directly to your hair and scalp. Leave the treatment in your hair for at least 15 minutes before rinsing and washing with shampoo.
Good old fish oil, my grandmother’s go-to to fix “everything”, but fish oil has actually been proven to reduce hair loss so go with granny on this one! Fish oil is rich in omega-3 fatty acids which improves your hair from the inside out because they are packed with proteins and nutrients. Omega-3 has anti-inflammatory properties and helps to open the hair follicles up and thus stimulates healthy hair growth. Omega-3 is also a healthy fat and helps prevent dry scalp conditions.
Fish oil can be purchased in tablet form or as a capsule treatment. Be mindful of any other ingredients included, stay organic and natural, and avoid any potentially harmful chemicals.
Maybe the smell of onion juice is too much to handle, if so, you can turn to rosemary oil. Rosemary is one of the first essential oils that people started using to promote hair growth and to reduce hair loss. The essential oil has been shown to stimulate new hair growth because of its ability to improve cellular regeneration. Rosemary oil is frequently used to treat androgenic alopecia. One study showed that this miracle oil performed as well as Minoxidil (a common hair growth treatment), in fact, it has fewer side-effects and less scalp itching too! Add a few drops of this oil to your daily shampoo and/or conditioner.
Reduced Hair Fall; The Follicles Bottom Line
Consistency is key with each natural remedy you choose to follow, remember it may take a few months before you start seeing noticeable results. Be patient and make your chosen treatment a part of your daily routine. You will soon start seeing less hair fall and more shiny, beautiful locks in no time!
Why not get creative and mix up some of the natural suggestions above into your own mask or treatment. Most importantly, do not forget to supplement your treatment plan with NON-GMO multivitamins and minerals so your hair is nourished with essential nutrients internally too !
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