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.

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.

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 to naturally regrow your hair. 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. 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. 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!

Losing from about 50 to 100 hair strands a day is normal. But when too much is lost, say about 200 hair strands a day, then the question what causes hair loss becomes a topical one. Therefore, you should consider the following possible causes for you to be informed.

What causes hair loss

Heredity
Most often, hair loss is hereditary. It may be by the genetics of both mother and father or either one of them that you inherited their baldness. You may also have relatives that are bald and that’s why you have excessive hair loss. This hereditary hair loss is called androgenetic alopecia.

Iron deficiency
People who don’t have enough iron or people who are anemic are likely to have excessive hair loss. This can be prevented by taking iron pills and foods that are good sources of iron such as pumpkin seeds, soybeans, white beans, spinach, oysters, clams and other organ meats.

Hormones
Hormones somehow contribute as the biggest factor on hair loss causes. Hormones stimulate both hair shedding as well as hair growth. They may cause thinning through the head caused by a certain androgen called Dihydrotestosterone (DHT). When a person has a lot of androgen receptors in his/her hair follicles, DHT can attach to it causing more hair falling out.

Childbirth
A lot of women after giving birth to a child often wonder what causes hair loss in them. In two or three months after delivering a child, most women experience loss of hair after combing and stroking their hair. This can actually last up to six long months but will eventually return to its normal state. After a woman recovers from childbirth, positive hormonal changes usually occur in nearly all cases preventing hair from falling out further.

Thyroid disease
An overactive and underactive thyroid is one of the wide-spread causes of hair loss.

Drugs
Taking some medications may have side effects of hair shedding too. Some of these drugs include medicines for arthritis, gout, Parkinson’s disease, blood pressure, heart problems, depression, blood thinner and many others.

Cancer treatments
Undergoing radiation treatment and chemotherapeutic medications will effect to hair loss too since it cause hair cells to stop from dividing. A few weeks after being treated, 90% of hair strands slowly become thin and easily break.

Major surgery or illness
Shedding of hair may occur after a body system’s shock due to major surgery or illness.

Fungus infection on the scalp
Infection such as ringworm which is a contagious fungal infection causes balding in most young children. Small patches with scaling like dandruffs are signs of a ringworm infection.

Stress
Stress, may it be mental or physical, is another factor that causes hair loss from about 3 months after the stressful event. Fortunately, this is only temporary. In most cases normal hair growth happens after recovering from stress.

Excess vitamin A
Too much vitamin A in the body can result in rapid hair shedding too.

Low protein intake
When a human body doesn’t get enough proteins that it needs, it allows hair to be in resting phase and prevents it from growing.

Some other causes include:

  • Weight loss
  • Severe flu and fever
  • Vigorous grooming
  • Eating disorders
  • Hair cosmetics such as frequent bleaching, abusive use of gels, dyes, sprays and other cosmetic hair products.
  • Menopause
  • Aging
  • Hair styling such as blow drying, brushing and shampooing.

When you notice excessive loss of hair and you don’t know what to do, you might as well consult a hair specialist to attend to your needs, to figure out what causes hair loss and choose the appropriate treatment.

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1. Are hairstyling products harmful to hair?
No, modern hair products are rather good and safe so that you can use them almost every day. But try to use water-based ones and avoid those that contain alcohol.

2. Do hair conditioners make your hair ends split?
Absolutely not. Conditioners make your hair soft and remove static electricity. The only way to get rid of splitting ends is to cut them off.

3. How can I get rid of dandruff?
Use dandruff shampoo. There is a variety of such hair care products in stores. Usually they contains ketoconazole which attacks the fungus that causes dandruff. Some people think they have dandruff when they spot some little white flakes on their heads, but in reality it may mean that your scalp is too oily or dry. In this case you should simply switch your shampoo and find something that suits you better.

4. Is my hair being damaged during dying or highlighting?
Hair becomes porous after chemical treatment. Technically, yes, it’s being damaged. But sometimes it feels even better after such treatment, as thin and flat hair becomes more porous and may get more volume.

5. Can I wash my hair every day?
Well, try not to do that. Water doesn’t have the same pH as hair. Also, you should have a really good shampoo that is between 4.5 and 5.5 pH.

6. Is hair damaged if you blow dry it often?
Yes, it is. If you are really into it, try to blow dry it with cool air. Also add silicone drops prior to blow drying to make your hair protected against heat.

7. Does good hair condition depend upon what you eat?
Certainly. But remember, once you start using vitamin and mineral supplements it will take about three months before you notice any changes. Your hair needs nutrients containing enough amount of protein, fat, carbohydrates, water, vitamins and minerals.

8. How long can my hair grow?
Hair doesn’t grow endlessly. It grows in cycles of 2-6 years, and then it comes out and is gradually replaced by new hair. Averagely, hair grows about one centimeter a month. Some people just can’t get their hair long, because their hair has a shorter growth cycle.

9. It is possible to make one’s hair thicker?
No, you are born with a certain number of hair follicles, You can’t have more just out of your will.

10. What can I do if my hair does not grow?
Scalp massage can be of help. Even if you lose a lot of hair you should really try it. Without massage you will lose even more, believe me. Scalp massage increases bloodflow to hair follicles, thus helping them get more nutrition and oxygen.

11. Does hair really turns green because of chlorine?
Yes, there are chemical elements in water (including chlorine) that can make blond hair a little greener, especially if your hair is bleached.

12. Is smoking harmful to your hair?
Yes, it is, but not directly. Every time you take a smoke it destroys some part of vitamins and other useful elements in your body that are essential for your hair. It is especially true about vitamin C.

13. Why does my hair become oily very soon after washing?
You probably use the wrong shampoo. The shampoo shouldn’t be be too strong, as it somehow tricks the scalp to produce more fat. So just change it for a lighter option.

14. Can I brush my hair wet?
No. If you have just washed your hair try to organize it carefully with your fingers and brush or comb it only when it’s almost dry.

15. Is hair perming harmful to my hair?
Yes, it is. After any sort of chemical treatment hair loses its natural elasticity and becomes more porous. Be careful with your hair and never perm it if you have just dyed it or made highlights, or if your hair is in bad condition.

16. What determines your hair color?
The natural color of your hair is hereditary and it depends both on the type of the pigment and the number of pigment cells that are present in it – the more cells are there, the stronger is the color. There are two types of the pigment: eumelanin, which gives hair a light brown or black color (depending on the number of pigment cells); and pheomelanin that gives hair red color. Gray hair is generally coarser and contains more air. In addition, pigment cells in gray hair are often defective and/or inactive.

17. Is it true that some bleaches are gentler than others?
Yes, it depends on the strength of hydrogen peroxide contained in the product.

18. Why does hair sometimes become flat because of hair conditioner?
That’s because you have not washed it out of your hair thoroughly or it simply does not suit your hair. Switch to a different conditioner that is not so strong.

19. I have naturally curly hair. How can I have really nice curls?
Use shampoos, conditioners and hair treatments with moisturizing properties and that are specially adapted to curly hair. Spread mousse, gel or other hairstyling product evenly throughout the full length of your hair after washing. Turn your head upside down and wipe the rest of water with a soft towel. Do not touch your hair while it’s getting dry.

20. Why does my hair electrify?
In winter your hair is usually exposed to rapid changes of the temperature: it’s cold outside and warm inside, so your hair gains static electricity. It may also be caused by synthetic materials in your clothing.

Here’s the list of minerals that are vitally important for normal hair growth:

  • Calcium. Milk, cheese, tofu and beans are not only good for bone tissues but also for our hair. Try to take in at least 1500 mg of calcium daily to make your hair grow faster.
  • Copper. Copper prevents hair loss and enhances hair color and texture. This mineral is contained in almost every food product, but its highest amount is in liver, nuts, cocoa and grains.
  • Iron. Iron is essential for our hair as it helps to stop hair loss and promote hair regrowth. Such foods as eggs, fish, liver, chicken, full cards and dried fruit are particularly rich in iron.
  • Magnesium. If you want to make your hair grow faster you should also eat more green vegetables, nuts, soy beans and chickpeas, which have high concentration of magnesium.
  • Potassium. Since potassium can affect blood circulation (including that in the scalp), its intake is vital for proper hair growth. This mineral is found in avocados, bananas, dates, figs, garlic, potatoes, raisins and yogurt.
  • Selenium. Selenium will help you keep your scalp and hair in a good condition. Eat meat, fish and broccoli to add more selenium to your diet.
  • Silica. The mineral silica nourishes your hair and makes it stronger. It is contained in such foods as rice, soy beans, and green vegetables.
  • Zinc. Zinc is plays an indispensable part in many bodily processes including cell reproduction, protein synthesis and absorption of vitamins. This element prevents hair from thinning, dryness and loss. You will benefit from eating seafood, oatmeal, spinach, sunflower seeds, and champignon mushrooms, which are rich in zinc.

Include more of the suggested products in your diet plan and you will definitely notice improvements with your hair pretty soon.