I have recently received this one from my niece Sandra who showed a keen interest in the subject and asked me to publish her article (which was a part of her university assignment).

Hair loss is something that is dreaded by many men and even a few women. Just what is it that causes hair loss anyway? Why do some have a full head of hair while others are barely hanging on to their last strand? Well, the answers can be many. Nonetheless, there are also many options these days that can help to counter excessive hair fall and reverse the problem. In this article, I will discuss some of these options. Here we go, my 15 natural hair loss tips worth diving in head first:

1. Castor Oil

Healthy hair is like a beautiful flower growing in a fertile soil. I mean to say that a healthy and nourished scalp will give your hear the best environment to grow fast and strong. And for that you will need castor oil. It is the best oil to grow a lustrous and voluminous head of hair. How to use: add a teaspoon of castor oil to your shampoo (mix both in your palm) and a half-teaspoon into your conditioner. Use a mild shampoo, preferably herbal. So if you are wondering how to regrow hairs naturally, consider castor oil as your first option. Very soon you will notice the results: hair loss will be much less and you hair will gain texture and thickness.

2. Skin and Hair Vitamins (with Biotin as the main component)

Taking the essentil vitamins is a must-do practice for those lacking in the healthy-eating department. Results will be obvious in about three months, so patience is definitely in order here.

3. Emu Oil

An emu may seem like just an awkward, clumsy, flightless bird to you, but to the Australian Aborigines, this bird held magical healing properties for a multitude of ailments. Emu oil is highly penetrating, anti-inflammatory and non-comodogenic, which means it will not clog up pores. Rubbed directly onto scalp and leave in overnight, and then get ready to watch the healing begin. Sleeping hair follicles will be awoken and strengthened. Such an amazing oil that is definitely worth further investigation.

4. Aloe Vera

Used for ages by the people of the Caribbean and Native Americans, Aloe Vera has been touted as a leading promoter of the prevention of hair loss and luscious healthy hair. Aloe Vera will help regroe hair, balance your scalp’s PH level, as well as aid in healing. Using Aloe Vera to mix into your daily shampoo or with a carrier oil such as jojoba, Castor or olive oil will provide deep soothing and penetrating healing.

5. Black Strap Molasses

This one has a high level of iron (which is very beneficial for strong hair). Therefore, two teaspoons per day will give your skin and hair a total positive transformation, as well as boost your energy and general well-being. It can be taken in several ways. Try it to spice up coffee with a tablespoon, in warm soy milk as a mystical latte or even mixed in a couple of teaspoons of peanut butter. Make sure it’s unsulphered for the best results. I’ve even applied it directly on my scalp for a deep-nourishing intense treatment. It’s a sticky process, so be gentle and allow to seep into your scalp for at least 30 minutes. Be sure, splendid hair will follow.

6. Olive Oil and Rosemary

If you’ve tried home-spun conditioning recipes before for glorious hair, then no doubt, you’ve soaked your precious locks into olive oil, but have you thought to add the very potent Rosemary? This essential oil is proven to heal, even the most stubborn scalps, and provide an unequaled nourishment for super-healthy and an easily manageable mane. Rosemary adds antioxidant effects and adds loads of shine, not to mention it’s proven strengthening capabilities.

7. Lots of Water

Another simple but often overlooked technique for keeping healthy hair is to drink lots of water! Dehydration can greatly affect the health of your hair and scalp. If your body is not hydrated your hair follicles will not have sufficient means to stay healthy and thus growth of the hair could be stunted

8. Sage Tea

Create an extra-strength Sage tea herbal rinse. Steep two bags of pure sage tea in 8 ounces of very hot water for about 10 minutes. After hair has been shampooed and towel-dried, gently pat and massage cooled tea into scalp. Rinse and bask in your full, rich hair. The healing properties in this aromatic tea are holistic and a major treat for all of your senses to enjoy.

9. Neem Oil

In India, neem oil has been used for ages as a preventative and combative tool in hair loss. In order to get the full effects of the amazing Neem oil, it’s best to use as a deep intense conditioning treatment. Directly massage neem oil into scalp and hair, and leave in overnight. Wash out with your herbal shampoo, or even better try a specialty shampoo that also contains neem. Potentially perfect hair is closer than you think.

10. Sesame Oil

This overnight treatment will allow you to wake up to ultimate sheen and a new vibrant hair vitality. Sesame oil rubbed into your scalp and then covered with either a just-outta-the-dryer warm towel or basic shower cap for an overnight ritual will not only relieve scalp irritation, but will wake-up weak and tired hair follicles.

11. Apple Cider Vinegar

Check out your local health food store and find unfiltered raw apple-cider vinegar that contains the “mother strain”. This form of apple cider vinegar contains essential probiotics that stabilizes your hair’s natural bacteria balance. Prepare this superior treatment by mixing equal parts of ACV and water (4 ounces and 4 ounces). Add in drops of the essential oil sage (8-10 drops will suffice) and gently massage into scalp. Wrap hair in a towel and prepare to leave in for at least 30-45 minutes. Follow-up with your herbal shampoo and conditioner and make sure to to do this every other wash, or at the very least, once a week.

12. Farewell to Hats

Do you wear hats? If so you may want to reconsider! Studies have shown that hats can suffocate the hair follicles and could very well cause bald spots and prevent new growth from happening.

13. Hypnosis

This one has become quite popular among hair loss sufferers these days due to the substantial results. Hypnosis has been shown to assist people in a variety of health issues and recently many people are turning to hypnosis as a means to prevent their hair from falling out. During a hypnosis session, someone suffering from hair loss will be persuaded at the subconscious level that they really do have a full head of hair. That their hair is growing faster and stronger and healthier than ever. Although these techniques seem very unusual, more and more people are swearing by this method as being extremely effective.

14. Silica

Silica deficiency can be the main reason for sudden hair fall. Eating foods that are rich in the mineral silica have been shown to slow down or stop hair loss. Those foods include: apples, beets, oranges, cherries, Corn, pumpkin, cucumbers, chickpeas, red Kidney beans, eggplant, figs, fish, grapes, honey, spinach, lettuce, seafood products, and many others.

15. Red Meat = Problem?

How about your diet? It has been said that too much red meat can cause hair loss. So perhaps if you watch what you eat, you might stand a better chance of keeping your hair. This hasn’t been proven, but it does seem like people in Asia have more hair than people in the West (people in Asia usually eat less red meat).

Losing your hair can be a depressing and horrifying experience for men or women. However, it’s not the end of the world. You can choose to either embrace baldness or do something about it. As you can see, there’s a plenty of options to consider (separately or altogether). The choice is yours.

Many people ask me how to regrowth hair naturally and I often simply offer them to have a cup of green tea. Why so?

We have already touched upon the beneficial effect of green tea for hair regrowth a few times (for example, here). In this article we will discuss the benefits of green tea for your hair and general health in a little more detail (and with a little bit of science).

It seems that the potential uses for green tea to promote health continue to expand as new studies demonstrate its ability to prevent disease. Recently several studies have shown that green tea may be effective in reversing hair loss or balding. If this is indeed true, this could be a safe, non-toxic way to treat a condition that affects millions of men and women worldwide. So what is the association between green tea and healthy growth of hair?

The idea that green tea might play a significant role in hair regrowth stems from the fact that it’s a rich source of polyphenols, particularly epigallocatechin-3-gallate or EGCG. It is EGCG that appears to have the potential to reverse hair loss and regroe hair. The way EGCG probably exerts its hair loss effect is by preventing action of an enzyme known as 5 alpha reductase. This enzyme is responsible for converting testosterone in the body to dihydroxytestosterone or DHT. When this occurs, it shortens the life of the hair follicle resulting in premature hair loss. When EGCG acts to inhibit this particular enzyme, conversion to DHT doesn’t occur which means there is less loss of hair. According to this mechanism, green tea and hair loss may be, indeed, intimately related.

Does this effect hold true in actual clinical trials? Two studies have been published recently relating to green tea and hair loss. One, published in the journal Phytomedicine in 2007 showed that the EGCG found in green tea promoted hair growth in cell culture. Another study published in the Journal of the National Medical Association in 2005 demonstrated that the polyphenols in green tea promoted hair regrowth in thirty-three percent of the mice who receive it in their drinking water. As of yet, no trials in humans have been published.

While conclusions regarding green tea for hair regrowth can’t be reached based on such limited study, it certainly suggests further research may be warranted. Green tea is certainly a safe drink with most of the potential side effects rising from the caffeine and tannins present in the leaves which can lead to nervousness, jitteriness, headache, and stomach upset in high doses. Because of the limited side effects associated with its use, green tea may merit a trial if you suffer from excessive hair fall. Unfortunately, there is no established dose that’s known to be effective but it would seem likely that you’d need to consume at least five cups per day to see results. It may also take up to eight months to notice any significant hair regrowth if it is effective.

Would green tea extract or an EGCG supplement help with hair regrowth? Most probably, yes! Even if hair regrowth is not very apparent, green tea is still totally beneficial for your whole body as a natural detoxifier and antioxidant.

P.S. As I have already said, being a great DHT inhibitor green tea is already extensively used as an indespensable component in oral, as well as topical hair loss treatments. We will be covering that in future articles. In the meantime, why won’t you have a cup or two? Follow up!