What You Need to Know About Hair Loss And How To Treat It

What You Need to Know About Hair Loss And How To Treat It

Other than the few moments that we spend styling our hair in the mirror every morning (or the days we shampoo our tresses or visit a stylist for a trim), most of us don’t give our hair a lot of thought. Well, not until we brush it out and notice that we’re shedding more than (the average) daily 50-100 strands, we see obvious breakage or there are areas that are noticeably thinner than others. Suddenly, then our hair is all that is on our minds.

If you can currently relate, while freaking out—or at the very least, feeling uncomfortable and a tad bit self-conscious—is completely understandable, before spending hundreds of dollars on medications, topical creams and surgical procedures, how about considering a natural solution—something that is cheaper, has less side-effects and, with a little time and patience, can oftentimes be just as effective?

If you’re willing to give us about 10 minutes of your time (give or take a few minutes), we’ll give you a crash course on hair loss, hair regrowth and some of our favorite ways to treat this issue—all from the comfort (and privacy) of your own home.

Top Reasons Why We Lose Our Hair

Before exploring some of the natural ways to treat hair thinning and hair loss, let’s first explore some of the things that cause hair loss in the first place.

A top reason? Stress. If you’re overworked, not getting enough rest or emotionally overwhelmed, that can cause the cortisol levels in your body to go into overdrive and ultimately lead to hair loss. That’s why it’s important to get no less than six hours of rest, exercise regularly and consume a healthy diet.

Another leading cause of hair loss is genetics. Contrary to popular opinion, your dad being bald doesn’t determine if you could be someday; it’s actually connected to if your mother and her side of the family has thinning hair or balding issues.

Some lose their hair due to health issues including anemia, hypothyroidism and lupus. As it relates specifically to women, hormonal shifts during pregnancy can play a role in hair loss as well.

And, believe it or not, another popular reason why both men and women lose their hair is directly related to over-styling—using too much heat, the chemicals in hair dye damaging their hair and/or using styling tools that are too harsh on their fragile tresses.

We’re sharing all of this because pondering the root cause for why you are losing your hair in the first place is what can help you to create a regimen that will get you on the road to healing your scalp and hair follicles and (hopefully) restoring hair growth again.

What are some proven at-home ways to do that?

Supplements That Regrow Hair

First things first. Let’s talk about one more leading reason for why some people lose their hair—vitamin deficiencies. Did you know that, reportedly, 92 percent of Americans are vitamin-deficient? This means if you’re shedding or thinning, the first thing you may want to do is implement a good multi-vitamin into your daily routine.

If you’re curious about which specific vitamins you need most for your hair, B-complex (stirs up fatty acids), iron, Vitamin C (contains antioxidants) top the list. Fish oil is another great supplement because it can reduce any inflammation that may be happening in your hair follicles and causing stunted hair growth.

However, it should go on record that if you’re already loading up on supplements and one of them is Vitamin A, it could be working against you and your desire for healthy hair. Yes, Vitamin A is needed for strong hair, but remember, everything should be in moderation.

How much is too much? Reportedly, 10,000 IU daily. The only reason you should take more than that is if your doctor prescribes it to you.

Foods That Stop Hair Fall in Its Tracks

Some of us don’t get the nutrients that we need because, if we were really honest with ourselves, we’re not eating as healthy as we should. Consuming tons of junk food, greasy foods or not drinking enough water can, over time, also lead to hair loss.

So, what should you be eating to stimulate your hair follicles, thicken your hair and prevent hair loss from happening?

First up, remember that your hair is made up of keratin and that is protein; therefore, protein—eggs, Greek yogurt, quinoa, chickpeas, lean chicken and turkey and almonds—are paramount.

Other foods that can prevent and restore hair loss include spinach (iron, protein), sweet potatoes (Vitamin A), oats (zinc and omega-6 fatty acids), walnuts (Vitamin E and magnesium to protect your scalp and hair’s cells from DNA damage) and lentils (iron, zinc and biotin).

Also, because over-styling plays such a big role in hair damage and ultimately hair loss, make sure to drink no less than 6-8 glasses of water a day to keep your hair and scalp moisturized. If you struggle with drinking H2O, infused water is a way to get a little taste and nutrients in at the same time.

Herbal Teas That Stimulate Hair Growth

Speaking of your diet, if you love drinking a hot cup of tea, did you know there are herbal ones that can also assist with restoring hair loss?

One of our favorites is green tea. It is loaded with antioxidants including panthenol; it’s an antioxidant that’s proven to stimulate hair follicles and promote healthy hair growth.

Nettles tea is a tea that’s high in iron. It’s decreases oxidative stress and fights infection in your system.

Teas don’t only have to be consumed; you can also use them as a potent hair rinse; that way, you can get the nutrients found in herbs from the inside out and the outside in.

A favorite rinse is Black tea. Black tea has antioxidants and caffeine in it. Caffeine is a good thing to have in your system because it targets the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT); it’s the one that’s associated with male pattern baldness and keeps your hair follicles from receiving them vitamins and minerals that it needs. At the same time, caffeine helps your system to produce more ATP (the energy within our biological cells) to keep your hair follicles growing.

Simply steep a couple of tea bags and let the tea cool completely. Rinse your freshly-washed hair with the tea, let it sit on your hair for 30 minutes and rinse with cool water (cool water helps to tighten your scalp’s pores and seal your hair’s cuticles).

Essential Oils That Do Too

Something else that can increase blood circulation, stimulate your hair follicles and also heal your scalp of any ailments it may have is essential oils.

One oil that we all should have in our bathroom cabinet is rosemary oil. The high amount of antioxidants in it will increase blood flow and regenerate hair follicles.

Lavender oil contains anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antiseptic properties that can soothe your scalp if you’re dealing with eczema or dry scalp. It can help to remove the fungus that creates dandruff.

Thyme oil is filled with antimicrobial and antiseptic properties that your scalp needs in order to combat scalp dryness while regenerating your hair follicles.

Chamomile oil has antiseptic properties in it that assists with cellular regeneration; if you use it regularly, it can trigger dormant hair follicles.

How should you apply these oils to your hair and scalp? First, make sure that your hair is freshly-washed and conditioned. Then mix 5-10 drops of these oils (either separately or blending a few of them together) with a carrier oil like virgin olive oil or melted coconut oil. Apply the oil to your scalp and massage it for 5-10 minutes. Allow the mixture to sit for 15-20 minutes and then wash with a sulfate-free shampoo. You will immediately feel results and should start to see hair growth within a couple of months.

3 Other Tips for Treating Hair Loss

We couldn’t end this article without touching on just a few more things that can help to prevent and/or restore hair loss.

Another cause of hair loss is blocked hair follicles that can come from dandruff or excess oil on the scalp.  The solution? Aloe Vera. Applying it to your scalp a couple of times a week will unclog your follicles, reduce oil and aid in healing any scalp conditions you may have. Just make sure that it’s 100 percent Aloe and alcohol-free. Alcohol can strip your hair of the moisture that it needs.

An onion and lemon juice solution is one of the best-kept secrets for restoring hair loss. Onions increase blood circulation and improve keratin production. Lemons cleanse your scalp and give it a good amount of antioxidants. Blend an onion and squeeze the juice. Then squeeze the juice of one lemon into the onion juice. Apply the mixture to your scalp and hair, leave it on your hair for 20 minutes and shampoo and deep-condition your hair. (Do this once a month.)

One more thing. Remember how we mentioned that stress can cause hair loss and exercise can alleviate stress? Guess which exercise is directly-connected to restoring hair loss? Yoga. It’s calming, it balances hormones and increases nutrient absorption in your body. These factors working together will get you on the road to having a healthy head of hair.

Hopefully, this provided you with some insight on what to do if you are experiencing hair loss or you wanted to know about some of the proven natural ways to prevent it. Like we said, these remedies won’t work overnight, but with a little time, TLC and consistency, these treatments could get you the kind of strong, thick and healthy hair that you’ve been…missing.

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