Natural Approaches to Hair Loss

Stray hairs on the bathroom floor happen to everyone, but how many hairs is too many?

Hair loss is a common challenge for middle aged men and women. There are many contributors to why hair loss may be happening – genetics, environment, hormone imbalance – but regardless, the resulting feelings of frustration and self-consciousness are universal. What can you do?

For me, there are two ways to approach this challenge. You need to address both the internal and external causes before you can see any results.

Internal
Hair loss can be a result of any of the following:

  • lack of essential fats in the diet, or lack of fats being absorbed properly
    – include more good fats like olive oil, avocados, nuts and seeds in your diet, and take digestive enzymes with lipase to help break down fats.
  • hormone imbalances (testosterone or estrogen)
    – help re-balance hormones by reducing stress, taking adaptogens, improving bowel movements, drinking clean water, and avoiding plastics and xenoestrogens
  • lack of circulation reaching the scalp
    – include some inversions (position your head lower than your heart) in your exercise routine to help blood flow. Try gingko biloba supplements and antioxidant-rich foods.
  • thyroid issues (your thyroid helps control hair growth)
    – zinc, selenium, omega 3 fats, and iodine are all essential for good thyroid functioning
  • too much stress – the phrase “stress is making my hair fall out!” is TRUE
  • lack of antioxidants, B-vitamins, silica, sulphur in the diet
  • heavy metal accumulationds
    – cilantro, chlorella, and parsley are natural heavy-metal detoxifiers. Consider a heavy-metal detox kit if you think you have significant heavy metal accumulation 
  • DHT (dihydrotestosterone) decreases size and production of hair follicles, especially common in men (male patterned baldness)

External
Here are some tips you can apply right away to help improve hair growth. Remember it might take a few months to see any differences.

  • shLook at the ingredients on your current shampoo and conditioner. Switch to products that do not have irritating chemicals and detergents that can dry out the scalp and interfere with hair production.
    – stay away from these words: sulphates, fragrance, phthalates, parabens, MEA, DEA,  formaldehyde, parfum, siloxane and triclosan
  • my collection so far...

    Add a few drops of rosemary or tea tree essential oil to your shampoo to help increase circulation to the scalp, and to reduce irritation from potential hair mites

  • Try a sage or apple cider vinegar hair rinse to stimulate hair growth (steep sage leaves in water and make a cool ‘tea’ or mix equal parts apple cider vinegar with water – pour over hair after shampooing)
  • hairDon’t brush your hair when it is wet! Brush your hair before going in the shower, and pat-dry wet hair afterwards – too much blow-drying can dry out hair.
  • Try an oil hair mask and scalp massage – use olive or coconut oil and apply to wet hair/scalp. Massage around and leave on hair for at least 5 minutes before shampooing and rinsing.

-Emily

 

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