Hair loss for both men and women is hard to deal with. Psychologically and physically it can take a toll on a persons emotions and well being. Often genetics, stress, and lifestyle resort to hair loss. Many people assume that genetics is the only factor involved in hair loss but in today’s fast paced life of stress, fast foods and improper diets, and beauty enhancements it is easy to succumb to hair loss even if genetically you’re not inclined to lose hair.
Both my parents always had full, thick, lush, silky and beautiful hair up until their 30s. But something transpired chemically in both of them that resulted in hair thinning, loss and almost complete balding as they hit their 40s and 50s. As I watched both my parents deal with hair loss I started freaking out and thinking, is this my future? I do not want to deal with this problem at least not until I am in my 60s or 70s. I needed to first figure out what caused their hair loss in their 30s and what I could do naturally to prevent it from happening and progressively getting worse.
After researching I came to realize that stress was the leading cause of hair loss for my parents. Both my parents are entrepreneurs and work 7 days a week. My mom works full time in the day for the government but goes to the office in the evenings to handle all the finances. Constantly working combined with poor dietary habits and lack of water created a lot of stress that ultimately affected their health and immune systems. As their immune systems were being destroyed because of poor habits and prescription medication, they were unable to produce proper hormones or chemicals necessary for the natural regrowth and replenishment of hair. This cycle continued and as the years passed, both my parents continued losing their hair.
Doing just one thing won’t change the problem of hair loss. Combining a few things such as including a proper diet, taking in proper nutrients and consciously taking care of the hair can lead to hair growth and prevention of further hair loss. Take a look at the information I gathered regarding hair loss and some of the tools I apply and some products I personally use to help me deal with this. Try some of these tricks to help you, but remember, doing just one thing won’t change your problem. Also, make sure you’re not allergic to any of the products I mentioned below before trying them.
Causes of hair loss
- Immune dysfunction and auto-immune diseases
- Trauma to the scalp
- Side effects of chemotherapy or other prescription drugs
- Hormonal imbalances such as – thyroid gland dysfunction, pregnancy, menopause, excessive male hormones
- Hereditary factors in men
- Overdosing with vitamin A
- Fungal infections of the scalp
~ Proper diet and consciously living healthy can drastically affect hair loss. Here are a few things to note about useful foods and supplements and natural remedies that can help you deal with problems of hair loss.
Foods & Juices
- Cabbage, broccoli, brussel sprouts, onion and garlic are high in organic sulphur, which stimulates hair growth
- Alfalfa in its sprouted form is a valuable source of phyto-estrogens which help to counteract the effect of excessive male hormones on the hair follicles
- Silicon rich foods such as alfalfa and onion help the growth of strong and healthy hair
- Carrot, broccoli and beetroot contain beta-cerotene essential to reduce inflammation in the scalp
- Garlic contains selenium, which reduces inflammation in the scalp
- Ginger can help speed up hair growth and reduce dandruff and inflammation as it’s a natural anti-inflammatory agent
~ By combining these items in a juice smoothie or eating them raw you ensure a healthy diet rich in proteins and necessary nutrients to help improve the circulation of oxygen rich blood to the scalp.
Juice smoothie recipe for Hair loss
- 1 cup alfalfa sprouts
- 2 cabbage leaves or 2 brussels sprouts
- 1 cup broccoli florets
- 1 medium carrot
- 2 slices red onion
- 1 medium beetroot and tops
- 1/2 to 1 clove garlic (optional)
- 2 slices of watermelon (to sweeten if desired)
- Essential fatty acids such as flaxseed oil, salmon oil and evening primrose oil
- Vitamin E to reduce scarring of hair follicles and improve circulation
- Silica is one of the most essential nutrients our bodies need for healthy functioning and can drastically improve skin and hair growth – comes in the form of a pill or gel -bamboo, horsetail and collodial silica
- Red palm or coconut oil
Natural remedies & preventative measures
- Red palm oil or coconut oil – heat oil for 20 seconds, massage into scalp and run through hair, leave in for 2 hours or as long as desired, wash out oil with SLS and paraben free shampoos and conditioners (twice)
- Red palm oil – also helps reduce greys while promoting healthy hair growth
- Ginger – rub the juice from ginger roots onto balding or thinning areas of hair, let it sit and wash out, it allows stimulation of blood flow to the scalp
- Silica gel – add 1 tablespoon of silica gel to smoothies, water, or consume it directly, or take 1 silica capsule a day
- Avoid blow drying – avoid blow drying your hair after washing it, try to naturally dry it using a towel or air dry it
- Avoid brushing hair while wet – brushing the hair daily while dry makes you lose 50-100 strands on its own, but doing it while the hair is wet causes breakage and damage directly to the hair follicles
- Avoid chemical products whenever you can or use organic products free of parabens and SLS – styling the hair daily with harsh chemicals and products can lead to hair loss and damage to the scalp
- For women: avoid hair extensions – constantly wearing extensions adds weight to the hair follicles and causes pulling, this slowly damages the roots and creates balding in the areas that have constant pressure or tightness