Hair loss can occur for several reasons. For some people, there’s a genetic component while for others it’s due to certain medications, recent illness or surgery, autoimmune disease, or high stress levels. Vitamin deficiencies, scalp conditions and even hair damage caused by harsh products and treatments can also cause hair thinning and loss.
Many experiencing hair thinning and loss turn to natural remedies to help improve the health of their hair, stop further loss, and aid in regrowth. We believe that overall hair health requires a multifaceted approach. So, in addition to getting plenty of sleep, eating a balanced diet, eliminating stressors, and being gentle with your hair, here are some natural remedies to try.
Massage – Massage stimulates the scalp and may even improve hair thickness. It can also improve blood flow and release stress and tension. Using medium pressure, massage your scalp with your fingertips, moving across the scalp in small circles. Try to do this for approximately 5 minutes a day. For added luxury, get someone to do it for you!
Aloe Vera – Aloe vera soothes the scalp and conditions hair. It can also reduce dandruff and unblock hair follicles of excess oil. Look for a shampoo and conditioner containing aloe vera or apply aloe vera gel to the hair and scalp a couple times a week.
Coconut Oil – Some believe that applying coconut oil to the scalp enriches its microbiome, helping to make the scalp and hair follicles healthier. And because it contains fatty acids that penetrate the hair shaft, it can reduce protein loss. Massage coconut oil into your hair and scalp and, depending on your hair type, either wash it out or use as a leave-in treatment.
Fish Oil – Omega fatty acids boost immunity and help achieve better overall health. Taking a fish oil supplement can improve hair density and reduce hair loss. Consult your doctor prior to starting any new supplement.
Ginseng – Ginseng is said to stimulate hair follicles which promotes hair growth. As with any supplement, talk to your doctor about any possible side effects.
Onion Juice – If you can deal with the smell, you may find that applying raw onion juice to your hair and scalp can promote hair growth and even treat alopecia areata – a condition in which the body attacks hair follicles, resulting in hair loss on various parts of the body. Blend the onion, squeeze out the juice, and apply to the hair and scalp. Leave it on for 15 minutes then wash with shampoo.
Rosemary Oil – Rosemary oil is believed to reduce hair loss and promote growth. Add a few drops of rosemary oil to a carrier oil like jojoba and massage into the hair and scalp a few times a week. You can also look for shampoos and conditioners formulated with rosemary oil.
Lemon – Fresh lemon juice and lemon essential oil have been found to make the scalp and hair healthier and aid in hair growth. Add a few drops of lemon oil to a carrier oil and use as part of a weekly hair mask.
When To See a Doctor
The natural approach certainly has its place. But if you’re noticing more shedding than normal, it’s worth mentioning it to your doctor to get to the root of the cause and treat it accordingly. You’ll want to rule out (or confirm and treat) any medical conditions like an illness or a vitamin deficiency before attempting to treat the symptoms.
Next on the agenda, and if the hair loss is both significant and bothersome, don’t wait any longer – contact the medical team at DiStefano Hair Restoration Center to schedule a free consultation. Since no two patients are the same, rest assured that you will receive the personalized treatment best suited to your condition and goals.
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