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. 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 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.
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.
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.