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!

regrow hair in women

Losing hair can be a very traumatic experience, especially for a woman. Especially, when one is at the ripe age of youth when hair is a fashion statement and a crowning glory. If you ever suffered from it than you probably know that hair loss is a physically noticeable condition that can become an impediment to your self-confidence and can dampen your self-image.

This is why dealing with hair loss the proper way and providing support for those who suffer from this condition is such an important task. In this article we will discuss some of the most common causes of hair loss as well as give you the invaluable tips how to regrow hairs naturally. But first let’s consider the main differences between hair loss in women and hair loss in men.

Female vs. male hair loss

Women’s hair loss is different from men’s in that it can be linked to serious medical problems. Another way that it is different from men’s is that it can occur all over the body, and not just on top of the head. Because of this it can be a more serious problem for women than men.

Another thing to keep in mind about women’s hair loss is that it can strike women at any age, so this is not a condition that is only for the elderly. No matter what age a woman is at if she notices drastic hair loss anywhere on her body it is something to be taken seriously.

Understanding the life cycle of hair

Hair follicles go through a life cycle, shifting from various phases before subsequently shedding and going into dormancy for a few months, after which they sprout new growth again. These phases are known as anagen (active growth), catagen (transition when hair growth stops), and telogen (rest, hair falls out).

Hair in itself is composed of dead cells called keratin, which are proteins that are not soluble in water (otherwise, your hair would dissolve into the water every time you shower). Shedding hair is a daily occurrence, and up to 100 hairs a day is the normal count. You should be wary if you start exceeding this number.

10 simple tips for hair regrowth

Whenever it comes to an increased shedding of hair, don’t panic or get too anxious. Here are a few ways to deal with the problem:

1. Lower stress levels

Stress is the number one inducer of excessive hair loss. Usually, when women go through periods of excessive stress, agitation or trauma, nutrients are diverted from the hair to other parts of the body where they are more needed, causing greater hair fall. Once you observe that your hair starts falling out in greater numbers than usual, it might be that your body is telling to slow down and give it some rest. Relax, do breathing and stretching exercises throughout the day to help your body recover from stress. If your heir fall starts reducing back to the normal count, then so far, so good.

2. Eat right

Lack of nutrition or an imbalance of vitamins may also be the culprit for excessive hair loss. Anemic women may be prone to this especially, so consult your doctor and take the proper iron supplements. Taking a multivitamin everyday also helps fill up the nutritional gaps and, consequently, regroe hair. Don’t take too much vitamins though. Too much of anything may be more harmful than helpful.

3. Use light shampoos

Well, a great deal of shampoos and hair care products out in the market today are quite strong. You can literally see it – hair starts falling out excessively when you use them. Some of the dandruff shampoos are especially strong. Using a mild shampoo like a baby shampoo or a baby wash might help minimize hair loss.

4. Keep clean

A dirty, oily scalp tends to shed more hair. Shampoo at least once every two or three days, depending on the oiliness of your hair.

5. Do your research

There are so many products out in the market today that promise you hair regrowth. My experience with them? Female hair loss is much more complicated than male pattern loss, and we can’t take Propecia to prevent hair loss like men do. Drugs like Rogaine do help, but individual response and efficacy is different from one person to another. If you have a sensitive scalp, you might develop dandruff from it. Discontinue use if you develop adverse reactions to the drug. Before going on any drug regimen, it’s best to do your research, ask around from those who’ve used it before, and consult your doctor. Don’t be too willing to dab anything that promises hair growth onto your scalp. These drugs work, but don’t expect a miracle. Tough to have to break the bad news, but you’ll most probably not get back that luxurious crown of hair you once had. More often, new growth is in the form of “peach fuzz”, which are really thin strands that easily fall out. Often, stopping a drug regimen leads to the loss of any new regrowth. The new hairs are weak, and they simply fall out.

6. Go natural

There are many plants that have traditional nutritional value for the hair and scalp. Aloe vera is very popular, and while the application of its raw sap may not lead to regrowth for everyone, it at least reduces the oiliness of the hair. Oily hair tends to shed more. Botanical applications are better, since they are natural, and might elicit some good effects without any harmful side effects. Feel free discover for yourself. There are many alternative treatments available that you can do at home. As long as it’s natural, there’s no harm in trying.

7. Don’t expect a miracle

When most people start using a product, they pin up unreasonably high expectations. With the question in mind how to regrow hair natural, you should always remember that many of so-called natural hair loss products promise to work wonders on your head. However, whatever treatment you are on, you can’t expect a miracle, no matter how hard you hope for one. Chances are, regrowth will be minimal and even if it’s significant, it’s difficult to hope to get back the head full of hair you once had.

8. Resist hair styling

Hair styling products can ruin your hair, irritate your scalp and possibly lead to more hair loss. Stay away from perms, hair dyes, straightening chemicals, and the like. Minimize the use of hair sprays. If you must, you can apply a light gel or wax on your hair tips for styling. Use a wide-toothed comb and don’t frizz or tease your hair. Avoid fine-bristled brushes. Be as gentle to your hair as possible.

9. Consult a doctor

If self-remedies don’t work, then you should consult a doctor. Hair loss may be symptoms of some graver condition you might have developed or contracted. You shouldn’t be scared; early detection is best when it comes to chances of treatment and perfect recovery. Hair loss might be the telltale sign of an internal infection that you might not even feel. It’s your body’s way of telling you something’s wrong. The doctor may then recommend some diagnostic tests for you like blood count or the hair pull test. In the hair pull test, some pieces of hair are pulled out from different parts of the scalp and looking through the microscope, the doctor may be able to tell the ratio of healthy vs. weak follicles on your scalp. Some doctors might also have your hair sent to the laboratory for an analysis of its composition. The dermatologist would be the best doctor to visit for initial consultation.

10. Visualize and stay positive

 

That may sound impossible, but in fact much of a research has been done about the power of visualization and autosuggestion for healing purposes. Even the worst conditions like cancer and severe chronic disorders can be eased if one sets herself up to recovery and stays on the positive side of it. Needless to say, this method can prove effective in hair regrowth too. Simply meditate about it and visualize your hair getting stronger, thicker, healthier… Take a deep breath and feel the vital energy coming up your scalp, healing and energizing it, spreading slowly along the full length of your hair right to the tips. Breathe out and relax your facial muscles and your scalp completely. Let go… Use this simple meditation and a miracle may happen.

 

We hope you will make a good use of these tips and we wish you well in getting your beautiful hair back very soon. Stay positive!

Hair regrowth tipsGrowing long, thick and strong hair is not such a difficult task as it might seem to some of us at first. If we think about it, we loose our hair mainly because of lack of proper care, unhealthy lifestyle, stressful situations, and imbalance within our body. However, you can change it all by making use of several hair regrowth tips which will not only help you bring back your lost hair, but also improve your general health.

It’s not a secret that dihydrotestosterone, or DHT, is one of the main causes of hair loss in men and sometimes women. It’s a hormone which blocks hair follicles preventing them from new hair production. If you suspect this could be the reason for your hair thinning, it’s high time to test your DHT level. If it’s high, you will need to lower the level of the hormone in order to foster natural hair regrowth. Consult your doctor and ask for advice which DHT inhibitor to use. Although there are several drugs available, it’s safe to start with natural treatments such as saw palmetto, nettle roots and some others. Also if you prefer green tea, then it’s going to do you only good, as it’s a great natural DHT inhibitor.

Stress management is one of the most important hair regrowth tips. Because long-lasting and/or recurring stress usually results in severe hair loss, avoiding stressful situations and various sources of unnecessary emotional strains is totally necessary to prevent hair from falling out and consequently stimulate natural hair growth. Try to manage your stress – just take it easy, have a nice walk in the nature, listen to your favorite record, talk to your friends, do some meditation – there’s a plenty of healthy ways to soothe your worries and relax.

Our body needs at least 8 hours of uninterrupted healthy sleep to perform its functions at best. During the sleep all organs and tissues restore and acquire energy for another busy day. The same must be said about hair – your strands will have a great benefit if you sleep well. It is also recommended to sleep on a silk or satin pillowcase, since it has much less friction with your head. Thus, it will prevent your hair from being damaged and it won’t be such a mess in the morning.

Along with other tips how to regroe hairs naturally, it’s absolutely necessary to quit smoking and abstain from drinking as much as you can. It’s a common knowledge that smoking makes blood vessels shrink, thus slowing down normal blood flow going to your scalp and hair. As for alcohol drinking, it causes hair loss indirectly by raising estrogene levels and depleting zinc from the body. So if you want to grow your hair faster and stronger, say “good bye” to your bad habits and your hair will say “thank you”.

Natural hair regrowthAlways keep your hair clean and don’t let grease and dirt clog the pores of the scalp. Excessive amount of bacteria also can cause scalp inflammation. All this creates very unfavorable condition for natural hair regrowth and can gradually lead to hair falling out. Wash your hair at least two times a week. Make sure you use a good shampoo which suits your hair type. Some inexpensive shampoos contain harsh chemicals which may help you get rid of oil and dirt but at the same time will cause damage to the roots of your hair and make them look dry and lifeless. Therefore, a natural or organic shampoo is always a better choice.

You can also add a little baking powder to the shampoo that you use to create an extra volume of your hair. A small amount of olive oil added will nourish the scalp and at the same time help you wash out the debris more easily. Mix your shampoo with some gelatin powder to make hair stronger and also give it additional volume. If you have an oily hair type, rinse it with apple cider vinegar, since it’s an excellent way to reduce the amount of grease and restoring the normal pH balance of the scalp. Lemon juice also works great making the hair silky and shining.

Another great hair regrowth tip is to use warm and cold towels in turn, what makes it similar to contrast shower. First, dampen the towel with warm water and wrap your hair and scalp with it for several minutes. Then do the same with the towel dampened with cold water. This simple method improves blood circulation and stimulates hair follicles to produce more hair.

Aloe vera is known for its healing and soothing properties. Use either some commercially sold liquid aloe vera or, what’s much better, its freshly squeezed juice to rub into the scalp. Massage it carefully and wrap your head with a warm towel. Keep it for about an hour, then rinse your hair well. If you apply aloe vera regularly, it will significantly boost your hair regrowth.

Never brush your hair when it is still wet – you will loose a plenty of it. If your hair is pretty long, always start brushing from its ends, gradually coming up to the roots. Don’t be in a hurry, be careful not to tear your strands. You will want to use a wooden comb or brush – they are usually much safer and don’t generate static electricity which is harmful for hair.

Try to be patient and don’t forget to follow these simple tips for hair regrowth regularly. Be sure, you will notice big progress soon.

Photos taken from: www.flickr.com/photos/d-reichardt/3495049148/, www.flickr.com/photos/mrseb/5481989483/

Alopecia areata is a dermatological condition that causes hair loss in men and women. It usually starts out with the development of round bald patches on the scalp and eventually spreads out to other parts of the body. It has no known cause and is sometimes linked to other diseases. However, alopecia areata is believed to be mostly an autoimmune disorder where the immune system mistakenly identifies and attacks scalp openings as intruders, thereby causing loss of hair. Though no real cause has been found for this disorder, there are several possible alopecia areata treatments available today.

Alopecia areata treatments

Since there is no definite cure for this condition yet and it is not generally considered a life-threatening disease, sufferers are fortunate to have access to many options. Patients who suffer it take alopecia areata treatment to soften or remedy the effect of baldness to their overall appearance and regrow lost hair. The hair loss remedies existing today may range from natural hair loss treatments to purely medical solutions.

Anti-inflammatory drugs widely used to treat alopecia areata. These drugs help restrain the immune system to prevent it from causing further damages to the body’s healthy cells. Two most popular of these drug-based hair loss remedies are anthralin and corticosteroids. Anthralin is a tar-like substance that is applied on the skin for a few minutes and then washed off.

Corticosteroids, on the other hand, come in the form of pills, topical creams, and injections. For those who experience heavy hair loss, taking pills is a highly recommended option. For fast results, patients may take injections of corticosteroids on the scalp monthly. Topical creams are directly applied on the affected area but are less effective than the other two. When these two drugs are used in combination, it can deliver amazing results.

Natural hair loss remedies

Another widely-explored natural alopecia areata treatment is the use of essential oils and onion juice. According to researches, massaging essential oils on the scalp daily will encourage hair growth in just a matter of a few months. On the other hand, applying onion juice on the scalp twice a day induces hair regrowth in a short span of two weeks. Depending on the severity of the condition, these natural hair loss treatments usually show promising outcome in less than a month.

While some patients choose to carry on with the temporary baldness, some patients who are not interested in medical hair loss remedies choose non-medical alternatives. Wearing wigs or hairpieces is one of the creative ways to conceal baldness or unsightly patches of hair loss.

Hypnotheraphy or the use of hypnosis is an alternative alopecia areata treatment as well. A case study involving 28 participants with extensive alopecia areata found that hynotheraphy helped reduce anxiety and depression level among patients. Hair regrowth for a substantial fraction of the participants rose to a big 75-100%. However, this study has received criticism because of its lack of a placebo and small-sized sampling.

Up to now, there is still no known means to prevent alopecia. Fortunately, there are several options to regroe hair which patients can liberally choose from.

Images source: www.flickr.com/photos/urbanaquariumvideo/3331909832/, http://www.sxc.hu/photo/1191709