How to Stop Hair Thinning Naturally
So annoying, frustrating, embarrassing, and unwanted. Hair loss is all of these and more. And to a lot of people inevitable. From thick, lustrous locks to limp, fine, scalp showing hair is a traumatic experience. If this is you, let’s see if we can learn how to stop hair thinning, naturally, as well as some preventative measures, if you are in the early stages of hair loss, or are just younger and concerned about it.
Common Causes of Hair Loss
Hair loss, technically called alopecia (even the word sounds ugly) can be temporary or permanent.
Common causes of hair loss include heredity, hormonal changes, medical problems, stress, or plain old aging. It can appear suddenly or gradually over time.
The most common kind of hair loss is a gradual thinning on top of the head due to aging. It usually presents as a receding hairline on men and a widening of their part on women. Bald spots can also appear during this process. This type of hair loss is usually hereditary.
A physical or emotional shock can cause hair to loosen, causing overall thinning, but thankfully this is only temporary.
Keeping the hair pulled back tightly with elastics is very hard on the hair follicles and sometimes causes the hair to be basically pulled out of the scalp, especially when done for extended periods of time. Hot oil treatments are also common culprits of hair damage.
Medical Causes of Hair Loss
Cancer or other medical issues of course cause total baldness but this hair does grow back, sometimes even thicker and coarser. Hormonal changes due to pregnancy, childbirth, menopause, and thyroid problems are also culprits.
Ringworm is fairly common and causes patches of scaling throughout the scalp. This is a scalp infection which can be treated.
Medications and supplements can cause hair loss. Some of these include drugs for cancer, arthritis, depression, heart problems, gout, high blood pressure, and acid reflux or GERD. An example of this is really “close to home”. A member of my family was prescribed Nexium for years to control her acid reflux and heartburn. It helped keep those two things under control but gradually caused side effects, one of them being hair loss.
When Lost Hairs Don’t Grow Back
It is said that people normally lose fifty to one hundred hairs each day, but new hair is growing in simultaneously so it is not noticeable. However when the new hair does not do its job it becomes evident that things are not going well.
How To Prevent Hair Loss Naturally
– be gentle with your hair.
Avoid tugging at your hair when combing and brushing, especially when it is wet. Hot rollers, curling irons, hot oil treatments, and perms might make you look gorgeous but is it worth eventually having no hair at all? Same goes for rubber bands and tight braids.
– ask your doctor if any of the meds you are on could have hair loss as a side effect. (Although my family member with the rapidly thinning hair got no feedback on the Nexium from either of two doctors).
– if you are being treated with chemotherapy see about obtaining a cooling cap. This prevents or at least lessens hair loss.
Natural Solutions for Hair Loss
According to dermatologists, there are ways to regrow thinning hair and reduce the thinning in the first place.
Here are some possible natural solutions for hair loss to consider:
– the old stress rearing its ugly head. Significant psychological stress can result in hair loss due to shocking of the follicles, causing it to go into rest mode, in turn causing major fallout. This also happens after giving birth or having major surgery. Time for some stress management, whether it be meditation, yoga, exercise, or your method of choice.
– an unhealthy diet is another culprit. Protein (lean meat, fish, poultry, and beans) is critical to healthy hair. Deficiencies in iron, biotin, zinc, and magnesium are also hair enemies.
– good old reliable essential oils to the rescue again. In one study alopecia patients were given rosemary, peppermint, thyme, and lavender mixed with jojoba or grapeseed oil and asked to massage it into their scalp daily. 44% showed a marked improvement.
– dandruff not only looks gross but can be a factor in hair loss. It gets itchy and when scratched inflammation ensues, causing hair shedding. Those dandruff shampoos are there on the shelf for a reason.
– massaging the scalp can restore hair growth by stimulating the scalp. An added bonus is that scalp massage daily relieves stress and tension. See the pattern here?
One More Use for the Multi-Talented Aloe Vera
It has long been used for treating hair loss by soothing the scalp, conditioning the hair, reducing dandruff, and unblocking hair follicles. Simply apply pure aloe vera gel (found in health food stores) to your hair and scalp several times per week.
The Best Treatment for Hair Loss EVER…?
Both black cumin seed oil and castor oil are proven to have excellent results. Using castor oil as a carrier for the black seed gives you a double-whammy of effectiveness to stop hair thinning and even restore hair to its original glory!
A Few More Possible Natural Solutions for Hair Loss
– coconut oil contains fatty acids which worm their way right inside those hair shafts and get to work reducing protein loss. Massaged into the scalp it has been known to improve the health and lustre of hair for centuries.
– Viviscal is a natural supplement that promotes hair growth. It contains a marine complex made of minerals, vitamins, and…wait for it….shark and mollusk powder. This aids in regenerating new cells and strengthening existing ones.
– good old omega fatty acids can help to work on your hair from the inside. Taking an omega
supplement regularly not only improves hair density but reduces hair loss.
– ginseng promotes hair growth by stimulating the follicles.
-Saw Palmetto! (Also good for many other things, besides being one of the best natural solutions for hair loss.
This one is a wee bit gross but works. Do you want to smell like onions in order to obtain healthy hair?
Well, onion juice has been shown to treat patchy hair loss and improve circulation. Blend a few onions and squeeze out the juice. Apply this to your scalp and hair and leave in for about fifteen minutes. Thankfully you can then shampoo normally and this takes away the onion smell.
Ok, this one smells much better.
Geranium oil does the same job as the onion juice. Add a few drops to a carrier oil and use it to make a sort of hair mask. This will strengthen, hydrate, and restore your hair. Lemon oil can be used in the same way and provides the same benefits.
So if you are desperate to restore your hair to its crowning glory, head to the health food store or your garden and get to work. Most of these treatments take a few months to show results so be patient and consistent.
While you wait for this transformation…
Here Are a Few Secrets to Reduce the Appearance of Hair Loss.
Get a good haircut which should include lots of layers. Change your part frequently to give your hair a lift. Volumizers are your friends as well.
I don’t mean to sound cheeky at all, or even flippant, because I feel your hair loss pain but if all else fails, wigs have come a long way towards looking completely natural. You can even get partial ones that blend in with your own hair perfectly and cover the problem areas.
All is not lost!
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