Today, I will be sharing some natural treatments for hair loss prevention. Each strand of hair has a typical lifespan of around two to five years. Hair follicles go through cycles of active growth, transition, as well as rest. There are certain lifestyle factors and circumstances that lead to more hair entering the rest cycle, which results in hair falling out.
This is referred to as telogen effluvium. This condition can be due to stress, or it can occur after pregnancy, because of a side effect of medication, or due to an underlying condition. If your hair loss causes patchiness, huge clumps of hair falling out, or bald spots, it is recommended to visit your primary healthcare physician or a dermatologist for a diagnosis.
Whether your hair loss is due to a short-term or long-term health condition, there are a few things you can do to protect your hair.
10 Natural Treatments for Hair Loss Prevention
Lavender, thyme, sandalwood and rosemary essentials oils have been used for hundreds of years to treat hair loss. They contain compounds that are believed to promote hair growth. You can mix some of these oils with a carrier oil and massage it into your scalp for about two minutes each night before wrapping your head in a warm towel to help it get absorbed. This massage can also help you to feel more relaxed.
2. Pumpkin Seed Oil
A daily dose of pumpkin seed oil taken orally can help with restoring hair you’ve lost. While more research is required, a small study with male participants who took four capsules every day for six months revealed their hair count increased by 40%. This is due to pumpkin seed oil being effective for blocking testosterone from changing into DHT which is responsible for hair loss.
3. Onion Juice
The sulfur that is present in the juice of an onion is thought of to be effective for hair regrowth. If this is something you want to try, I recommend adding something to mask the potent smell.
Iron is an essential nutrient for making blood in your body and low iron levels can lead to hair loss. The reason why is unknown, but be sure to eat foods that are rich in iron like fish, tofu, meat, broccoli and all types of greens to boost your iron intake. You can take an iron supplement also, but just bear in mind that too much iron can lead to constipation or vomiting and excessive doses can be fatal.
Biotin, aka B7 is prescribed by some doctors for hair loss and it yields good results. Biotin is also good for the skin. Even though it is safe, you probably already get plenty of biotin from foods like mushrooms, eggs, and wheat germ. Many commercial hair products claim to have a high content of Biotin, however, little research exists that proves it is effective for hair loss.
Zinc is useful for many processes in your body, therefore it comes as no surprise that it is also effective for strengthening hair follicles under the scalp that nourish hair. Your body does not have a method for storing zinc, therefore it is recommended to include some in your daily diet. If your zinc levels are low, some proof exists that taking a zinc supplement can be effective for combatting hair loss.
Melatonin is also known as the sleep hormone and many individuals take melatonin supplements for promoting a good night’s rest or to combat jet lag. A cream containing melatonin can also promote hair growth or slow down the process of hair loss. Melatonin is also effective for treating dandruff. Just remember, before taking any supplements, check with your doctor first.
8. Green Tea
An extract manufactured from the compounds in green tea can assist with a range of health problems, including hair loss. The compound named EGCG promotes hair growth. However, use green tea supplements carefully since it contains other compounds that can make you ill.
9. Amino Acids
Amino acids are the building blocks for protein that are responsible for keeping your body functional. Certain amino acids like L-lysine and cysteine keep hair growing and healthy. You can boost your amino acid intake by following a healthy diet that includes foods like eggs, cottage cheese, nuts, whole grains, seeds, and meat.
10. Mind Your Stress Levels
Stress is known to sometimes cause hair loss. Try to manage your stress levels and try techniques like deep breathing, relaxation exercises, meditation, guided imagery, or seeing a counselor. Exercise is also an excellent way for curbing stress. The best treatments for hair loss are contingent on the cause. Speak to your doctor for some guidance.
Other Things You can Do to Prevent Hair Loss
By following a few hair hygiene tips, you can prevent your hair from falling out.
Don’t Choose Hairstyles That Pull on Your Hair
Hair is bendable, but according to research, it can only stretch to a certain extent before getting damaged. Hairstyles like tight braids, ponytails, or cornrows can pull hair and start loosening the bond between your scalp and hair over time.
Avoid Heat Styling Tools
Using heat for styling your hair frequently can leave the hair follicles hydrated and susceptible to damage. Hair straighteners, curling irons, and hair dryers can end up damaging your hair over time.
Avoid Chemical Treatments or Bleaching Your Hair
Chemical treatments on your hair can result in sudden and irreversible damage to your hair follicles. Limit your use of peroxide treatments, dyes, highlights, and perms.
Use Mild Shampoos
The main aim of shampoo is to remove excess dirt and oil from hair. However, many commercial products contain harsh ingredients. Try using organic products or mild shampoos that are less likely to damage your hair or strip it from natural fatty acids and oil that keeps it supple and strong.
Use Hair Brushes That Are Made With Natural Fibers
Using soft brushes with natural fibers will help with promoting healthy oil (sebum) levels on your hair. Keratin proteins in hair are stacked like roof shingles, and gentle brushing in one direction, beginning at the top and working your way down to the ends, will help with smoothing and conditioning your hair cuticles on a molecular level. Daily hair brushing can also avoid hair clumps ending up in the shower drain.
I hope my post about natural treatments for hair loss prevention along with my other hair care tips have been useful and that it will help you with keeping your hair strong and smooth and keep it from falling out.
Sending you lots of love, light, and caring vibes.