Hair loss is a something that scares us when it becomes excessive. Hair loss not only affects our self esteem negatively, but can also be a sign of health problems.
Sometimes shedding is just seasonal and is nothing to worry about. But if it becomes too much, we might need to see a doctor to rule out health issues. Chronic illness, inflammation, dental problems, fever, nutritional deficiencies, stress are just a few conditions that can lead to shedding.
Hair loss can be caused by hormonal changes. Male hair loss is the most common hormon related hair loss which can start around the age of 20-30 and which can be inherited. Women can experience hair loss during hormonal changes, too: after childbirth or menopause, and sometimes starting or stopping hormonal birth control can cause problem too.
When treating hair loss, it is very important to treat the main cause, not just the symptoms. Of course we might want to try out different things to stop this problem as soon as possible. There is a wide variety of remedies for hair loss, and what works for one might not work for others – so you will need to experiment to find out what works for you. Please try not to stress too much if something doesn’t seem effective, remember that some remedies might not show positive effects immediately. You also need to keep in mind that in difficult cases the treatment should be more complex, too.
1. Nutrition. Whatever the cause of hair loss is, it is essential to try to eat as healthy as possible to get all the nutrients that our body needs. A balanced diet of enough fruits and vegetables, nuts, protein and whole grains will have a long lasting positive effect on our health.
2. Vitamins. There are some vitamins that support hair growth, these are: vitamin A or beta-carotene, vitamin B-complex, vitamin C and E. If you think you might have a deficiency of these, you can take these, make sure your diet contains them, or get a special hair vitamin/multivitamin.
3. Minerals. Being deficient of some minerals can also cause hair loss. One of the most common conditions, especially among women, is iron deficiency. If you have anemia, you should take iron supplements or follow a diet rich in iron. Taking zinc and silica is also beneficial in treating hair loss.
4. Stress management. Stress is a common cause of hair loss that we should try to learn how to handle or how to avoid it. Unfortunately excessive shedding itself causes stress too, and it is hard to get out of the circle.
5. Boosting the immune system. Everything that supports the immunity is very helpful, which can be good nutrition, exercising, and a healthy and friendly environment.
6. Shampoo. Some shampoos are very harsh and irritate the scalp. It is better to switch to a mild shapoo and avoid putting conditioner on the scalp.
7. Apple cider vinegar. It can be consumed and used topically. By mixing one teaspoonsful of apple cider vinegar in a cup of water we get a refreshing drink, which can be consumed twice or three times a day. This mixture can also be used as a hair and scalp rinse after washing hair.
8. Castor oil. This oil can be mixed with coconut or olive oil and applied to the scalp. We can leave it on overnight, but at least for an hour before washing out with shampoo. Can be used weekly or more often. It has helped many people with hair loss, but can take three to six weeks to start working.
9. Coconut oil, virgin olive oil or jojoba oil can be used the same way as castor oil, they can also help support hair growth.
10. Scalp massages. We can do this when applying oils on our hair, but can be done on dry scalp too. It is beneficial if we do this daily, scalp massages increase the blood circulation of the scalp skin and support the growth of new hair.
11. Rosemary oil stimulates hair growth too. Never use it undiluted, one or two drops of essential oil can be mixed with a tablespoon of base oil (avocado, jojoba, olive, etc.) and applied on the scalp.
12. Sage is a herb commonly used in the kitchen. It has antibacterial and antiseptic properties. It has been used for centuries to support hair growth and control hair loss. We can make a tea of one cup of boiling water and one teaspoon of dry sage leaves. This can be used as a rinse after hair washes.
13. Safflower oil is another oil that has been used for centuries as a hair loss treatment. It can be used for scalp massages because it increases blood circulation.
14. Ginger stimulates blood circulation and vitalizes the scalp. We can use fresh ginger juice that we massage in the scalp, leave it on for a few minutes, then wash it with shampoo.
15. Tea tree oil helps get rid of dandruff and oiliness. It has strong antibacterial and antifungal properties. Yeast infections can cause hair loss, in this case tea tree oil help get rid of it effectively. We can mix a few drops of tea tree oil in our regular shampoo, and wash hair as usual.
16. Onion juice is another effective treatment for hair loss. Onion juice massaged in the scalp twice a week supports hair regrowth. Beware that washing hair might not eliminate the odor totally.
17. Amla or Indian gooseberry is a fruit that prevents or stops hair loss, and is very beneficial for our health in numerous ways. Amla powder mixed with coconut oil or olive oil can be applied on the scalp, and washed out after 15-30 minutes.
There are many other treatments for hair loss that work efficiently. You are advised to do your research before starting to use something to make sure you use the one which is right for your condition.