While many conversations regarding hair loss, and the necessity to mitigate for it, revolve around men, this is a problem that is also associated with women, however, female hair loss is far less acceptable in today’s society. The American Hair Loss Association advised that women make up 40% of Americans that are suffering from hair loss!
With such a large problem spanning a vast portion of the population, it is no wonder that many people are searching for a solution.
While many sufferers will reach out to medical professionals, even turning to hair replacement surgery in hopes of regaining a head full of hair, the possibility of a natural alternative is often overlooked.
The search for a solution begins by first understanding the underlying cause of your hair loss. There are many possibilities, and narrowing the list down to find the true cause for your specific case may take some exploration into your daily habits.
Possible causes include:
- Hair products that you are using
- Hormonal imbalance
- Thyroid issues
- Vitamin deficiencies
While there is no magic solution to causes of hair loss caused by genetics or menopause, you can slow the progress of your hair loss using any of the following alternatives. For all other cases, use these alternatives to slow and even reverse the effects of your hair loss!
While the use of a massage will not, on its own, cure hair loss, it has been found to be highly effective in promoting hair growth, helping to expedite other efforts. This is something that you can easily do in the comfort of your own home and only requires 10 minutes each day!
You can choose to do the massage either with or without oil, however, there are oils that have been found to further promote growth including almond, castor, coconut, olive and sesame oils.
Using just your fingertips, reach through to your scalp and proceed to slowly massage the area, using a circular pattern in order to stimulate circulation. This action will also help your body to drain toxins from the area. When you are ready to finish the massage, do so by running your fingers slowly through your hair.
One of the accepted causes of hair loss is stress. For this reason, it makes sense that lowering your stress level may be an important part of the solution. Taking just 10 minutes a day to add meditation into your daily routine will not only work to help lower the stress level in your life but will also help to improve your overall health.
Find a quiet space where you can be alone during this time. Eliminate all distractions including closing any pets out of the room, and turning off your cell phone. Sit with your back straight and your legs crossed, closing your eyes and focusing on your breathing. Breath to a count, 4 counts breathing in, hold for 4 counts, 4 counts exhaling, and hold for 4 counts. Repeat this process throughout the 10-minute time frame, allowing yourself to let all thoughts go, just remaining ‘in the moment.’
Focus on Your Diet
Focusing on the vitamins, minerals, iron proteins and omega-3s in your diet will allow you to ensure that you are eating optimally to encourage hair growth and slow hair loss. It is important that you change up your meals from day to day, providing you with a variety of different nutrients while also allowing you to keep your meals interesting and satisfying. Choose organic foods where you have the options, as they are free of chemicals which may act as endocrine disrupters which will, in turn, interfere with your hair growth.
A healthy daily diet consists of:
- Eggs, fish, nuts, walnuts, avocado, and seeds
- 4-5 servings of beans and dairy OR 2-3 servings of lean meat
- 10 servings of vegetables
- 2-4 servings of fruits
Include These 6 Powerful Compounds
While sticking to a healthy eating plan will definitely help, there are 6 compounds that have been found to be highly effective in balancing your hormones which in turn will keep your hair healthy, halting and reversing any signs of hair loss. These compounds are:
- Saw Palmetto
- Adaptogenic Herbs
- Pumpkin Seed Oil
- B-Complex Vitamins
- Omega-3 Fatty Acids
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Try This Homemade Hair Mask
You Will Need:
- 4 ounces water
- Licorice root
- Burdock root
- Dandelion root
- Shower cap
- Rub the licorice in a glass, then fill the glass to the halfway point with water.
- Rub both the dandelion and burdock root with a stone, or place them into a food processor, creating a fine paste.
- Blend your newly created paste with the licorice water you created in step 1.
- Apply the mixture to your scalp, then cover it with a shower cap. Allow this mixture to remain on your head for a total of 24 hours. As the mixture sits on your scalp it will begin to stick with a consistency similar to a white cement.
- After the 24 hour time period, wash the mask from your hair.