Hair Loss and Natural Hair Remedies
From time to time, everyone experiences some type of hair loss; as a matter of fact, just thinking about it, we ALL do – men, women, even children and our ‘furry friends ( though we won’t be discussing them in this article). Let’s take a closer look at the reasons for hair loss and the possible solutions or natural remedies to help.
Hair Loss can be described as the ‘falling out ‘ or the ‘thinning out’ of hair from the scalp on the head. This is not to be confused with hair breakage, i.e., the breaking off of the hair strand. When hair loss occurs, normally you will see the whole hair strand with a little white bulb at one end – the root area/follicle, which was inside the scalp. Basically, just think of someone taking one of your hair strands and simply ‘yanking’ it out of your scalp.
Reasons for hair loss
In my opinion, there are quite a few reasons which lead to hair loss –
- physical stress or emotional imbalance
- poor nutrition – lack of protein, too much Vitamin A, insufficient Vitamin B
- poor hair care habits
- chemical abuse on the hair
- hair growth cycles
- hypothyroidism – an underactive thyroid gland
- autoimmune-related hair loss – an overactive immune system
- dramatic weight loss
- antidepressants, blood thinners, and more
Natural Hair Loss Remedies
To combat hair loss naturally, there are nature’s gifts that we can use to help. Below are a few more common suggestions:
- Aloe Vera
- Onion Juice
- Mustard Oil
- Licorice Root
- Indian Gooseberry (Amla)
- Hot Oil Massage using oils like coconut, olive, castor, grapeseed, and jojoba to name a few.
- Vitamin supplements
- Tea Rinses
Let’s take a closer look so that you can get an idea of how to use them in order to benefit in the best way possible.
The Indian powders have long been touted for their healing and helpful properties when it comes to the beauty world. Fenugreek, Brahmi, and Amla are very popular in being used to avert hair loss and increase hair growth.
All these powders can simply be made into pastes and then applied to the hair and scalp for 10-30 minutes and then allowed to ‘sit’ on the hair to allow the powders to do their magic. You can make the paste with black or green tea or any herbal tea. This enhances the powders strength.
Using teas externally as well as internally can be beneficial to your hair health in more ways than one. My favorite is Horsetail herbal tea. This plant source has a high source of the mineral silica and selenium – it strengthens your bones, as well as your nails and hair. It helps to make your hair strong and helps to reduce shedding/hair loss.You can simply immerse the dried herb I hot water to make a tea and mix with honey (or not, depending on your preference) or you can make the tea, and once it is cooled, used it as a hair rinse. Either way, you will reap the benefits of this mineral loaded plant source. It should be noted here that long term use of horsetail is not recommended as it may deplete the Vitamin B-1 and thiamin levels in your body. Please consult your doctor to ensure that he suggests a Vitamin B supplement while using horsetail.
You can simply immerse the dried herb I hot water to make a tea and mix with honey (or not, depending on your preference) or you can make the tea, and once it is cooled, used it as a hair rinse. Either way, you will reap the benefits of this mineral loaded plant source. It should be noted here that long term use of horsetail is not recommended as it may deplete the Vitamin B-1 and thiamin levels in your body. Please consult your doctor to ensure that he suggests a Vitamin B supplement while using horsetail.
This wonderful plant can be used internally and externally. It can be taken as a juice, fresh from the plant or used from pre-processed sources like aloe vera drinks. It is a healing plant that is commonly used to heal burn wounds, and soften skin and hair. It helps to regulate the ph balance of your hair and thus aids in hair loss. You can reap the benefits of this plant by simply having a potted plant on your window sill and using it as the need arises. It is a low maintenance care plant.
Yes, the humble onion which is also a high source of sulphur and zinc which our bodies need can do a world of good – both on the inside and on the outside. Consuming onions in their natural state is great – though your closest friend might not care for the smell of it on you. Another way to use externally is to juice an onion and mix the juice with some fresh lemon juice, massage it into the scalp, allow it to remain on the hair for about 15-30 minutes and then cleanse as usual. The smell might be a bit overwhelming, but it will dissipate.
Using mustard oil is also a very common Indian hair care method. Not only is this oil used for cooking purposes, but also as a hair loss remedy. Simply massage the scalp and hair with the oil, cover the hair for about 3 hours – yes, I would suggest doing this on a weekend day while you do chores or overnight), and then rinse and continue with your usual hair routine.
Hot Oil Massages
A most wonderful and delightfully relaxing tool is to have a hair and scalp massage. You can give yourself one or have one done for you, or should I say ‘to’ you. Either way, a massage helps to stimulate the blood cells under your skin to bring oxygen to the most needed areas in your body. You simply use the finger pads of your fingers to gently press into the scalp, temples, nape and neck area, using small circular movements to get the blood flowing. Doing this with your head slight bent at the waist also helps the blood flow quicker. You only need to do these mini-massages for about 5 mins at any time to reap great benefits.
You can do the massage with or without a lubricant – warmed oils. Any oil can be used. The more common oils are: coconut, castor, olive, grape seed, mustard, and jojoba. It is important to let the oil remain on the hair and scalp a few minutes longer after the massage before rinsing/cleansing. Doing this at least once a month will be beneficial to your hair health as well as your blood circulation in your body.
I hope you will find some useful information from Mother Nature and implement it to help reduce your hair loss naturally.
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