Treating and preventing hair loss involve looking at the specific cause of hair shedding. Once the cause is identified solutions can be found. A holistic approach is advised by looking at diet and lifestyle as well as aromatherapy essential oils that can help encourage hair growth by stimulating the scalp.
— Nick Carbone (@nickcarbone) November 26, 2013
Causes of Hair Loss in Men and Women
Common causes of hair loss for women are hormonal and related to pregnancy, menopause and thyroid conditions. Birth control pills and HRT (hormone replacement therapy) can also cause temporary hair loss in women. It has been suggested that over-handling hair can cause hair loss as well as damaging processes such as bleaching, dyeing and perming.
In men, baldness is often inherited and loss of hair happens because of an excess of the chemical dihydrotestosterone, or DHT. DHT causes the hair follicles to make weaker hair until they eventually stop completely. DHT is produced by both men and women but is more of a factor for hair loss in men. Reasons for hair loss for either sex include stress, poor nutrient absorption, nutrient deficiency, hormonal imbalance and fungal scalp infection.
How to Prevent Hair Loss
Hair loss due to poor nutrition, excessive handling and stress can be prevented. Begin by following a healthy diet to ensure optimal hair growth. Green tea is believed to inhibit DHT and is an natural deacidifier. Read Hair Loss Solutions: Diet for Healthy Locks to ensure nutrients for healthy hair are being consumed. Better diet means a healthier body and a less chance of developing disorders that lead to hair loss. It has been suggested detoxing is important to maintain and grow hair.
Some scalp-related diseases due to a build up toxins in the body. Detoxing can include eating just fruits, vegetables and pure water for a weekend and having an enema or colonic irrigation. Other detoxification remedies include psyllium husk to safely move waste through the colon. Psyllium is a very good substance as it gently scrubs the walls of the colon to remove waste that is stuck to the walls.
Exercise is important to improve nutrient absorption and can aid in combating stress. Yoga is advised to relieve stress and relax muscles to encourage good blood circulation. To increase blood flow in the scalp, end shampooing with a cold water rinse and massage. Reducing damage to hair during styling is an excellent way to prevent loss of hair. Stop or minimise chemical treatments, heat styling, using harsh products, excessive brushing and tight hairstyles.
Aromatherapy Essential Oils and Massage
Scalp massage with essential oils can stimulate hair growth by increasing blood circulation for the hair follicles. Rosemary essential oil has a history of being used to improve scalp circulation and three drops can be mixed with a tablespoon of distilled witch hazel and applied to the scalp as a massage treatment.
Aromatherapy Hair Growth Remedy
Cedarwood also helps to promote hair growth and combine with jojoba oil and aloe vera to keep the scalp and hair healthy. Jojoba is excellent treatment for psoriasis. Aloe vera is believe to activate important enzymes in the body that are responsible for normal hair growth.
- One tablespoon jojoba oil
- 10 drops rosemary oil
- 10 drops cedarwood essential oil
- 60ml aloe vera gel
Mix together the jojoba, rosemary and cedarwood oils, add aloe vera gel and blend well. Store in a glass bottle and massage a tablespoon of the treatment into the scalp and leave overnight. Other essential oils beneficial for hair growth include lavender, thyme, bay and safflower. Ensure the chosen oil is massaged into the scalp for at least twenty minutes to increase the blood flow to the hair follicles and help the oil penetrate deeply.
Natural Treatments for Hair Growth
Henna is claimed to help heal hair follicles and increase hair growth. As henna seals the hair cuticle it makes hair stronger and more resistant to breakage and loss of shine.
Simple scalp massage treatments without essential oils include coconut milk, almond oil, olive oil or aloe vera gel. Rinsing hair with a mix of apple cider vinegar and sage tea can also aid hair growth.
Stimulating Scalp Treatment
Cinnamon helps to invigorate and stimulate the scalp and can be used as a massage treatment before shampooing.
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon honey
- ½ teaspoon powdered cinnamon
Mix ingredients together and massage into scalp for at least 15 minutes. Shampoo as usual, this pre-shampoo treatment can be used three times a week.
Natural treatments often use aromatherapy for hair loss and can help encourage hair growth by stimulating the scalp. Massage is also a key remedy to grow health hair by stimulating the hair follicles and can be enhanced when combined with essential oils. Natural remedies have added benefits in being easily available, simple to use and free from unwanted side effects associated with other forms of hair loss treatment. Read Herbal Treatments for Hormonal Hair Loss for herbal remedies to treat loss of hair due to hormone imbalances.
Vukovic, Laurel,1001 Natural Remedies, Dorling Kindersley, 2003