Hair loss is on the rise and while it has no direct physical effects on your health, its emotional impact can be significant. There are many reasons for hair loss: genetics, hormonal imbalances, scalp fungus, stress, autoimmune diseases and nutritional deficiencies, but there are things you can do to regrow it naturally.
What is hair loss?
Hair loss can be classified based on many symptoms. Male pattern baldness, also called androgenic alopecia, is more common in men over 50 and women who have already experienced menopause.
The causes of male pattern baldness are:
high levels of sex hormones called androgens
Women are less likely to be completely bald, but thinning hair is common. Doctors divide female pattern baldness into three types:
Type I. This is the appearance of a slight depression around the scalp.
Type II. This is the heat of the division and the thinness that increases around you.
Type III. It is combined thinly, with transparency on the top of the scalp.
Female pattern baldness can be natural, genetic, a side effect of medications or treatments, or hormonal changes caused by pregnancy or menopause. Women are less likely to experience thinning hair in their 20s and may instead begin to see symptoms in their 40s, 50s and beyond.
Tips to regrow your hair naturally
Massage oil, which can be used in combination with oils and masks, stimulates hair growth and can improve hair thickness. The movement during the massage is thought to promote hair growth and thickness in the dermal papilla cells, which are located deep within the hair follicle. These cells play an important role in hair formation, hair growth, and hair loss and regrowth.
Massage is also known to improve blood circulation and scalp health. A 2019 study found that growing hair improves blood circulation and scalp health. Taking the time to massage your scalp each day can also help relieve stress and tension, an added bonus if these emotions are causing your hair loss.
Wash your scalp with your hands, not your fingernails. Work your scalp in small circles, using light to medium pressure. Although there is no set amount of time for performing a scalp massage, each scalp massage was performed daily for 4 minutes over a 24-week period in the 2019 study above.
Bottom line: Be patient and consistent.
2. Aloe vera
Aloe vera has long been used to treat hair loss. It also soothes the scalp and hair condition. It can reduce dandruff and heal hair follicles that can be blocked by excess sebum. You can apply pure aloe vera gel to your scalp and hair several times a week. You can also use shampoo and conditioner that contains aloe vera.
3. Coconut oil
Coconut oil contains fatty acids, called lauric acid, which penetrate the hair shaft and reduce hair protein loss. Coconut oil can be used before or after washing your hair, depending on your hair type. If your hair tends to be oily, you can use a leave-in treatment at night or for a few hours before washing.
Wash your scalp and all of your hair with coconut oil. If your hair is dry, you can also use it as a leave-in treatment. More research needs to be done on coconut oil as a hair growth promoter, but it has been shown to lubricate the hair shaft and prevent breakage. A study also found that coconut applied to the scalp helps the microbiome of the scalp, making the scalp and hair follicles healthier.
4. Fish oil
Consuming omega fatty acids can help improve your hair from the inside out, as it does with nutrients and protein. Taking an omega supplement with antioxidants can improve hair density and diameter. It also reduces hair loss. Omega fatty acids help your cells function properly and can boost immunity, leading to better overall health. You should follow the manufacturer’s recommended dosage and consult your doctor before introducing any new supplement to your diet.
Taking ginseng supplements can promote hair growth by stimulating hair follicles. Ginsenosides are the active components of ginseng and are believed to be responsible for the positive effect on hair. You should always take supplements as directed and be sure to check for side effects.
6. Onion juice
If you can stand the smell of onion juice, you may find that the benefits are worth it. Onion juice has been shown to promote hair growth and successfully treat plaque alopecia areata, an autoimmune disease in which the body attacks hair follicles and causes hair loss in different parts of the body. Onion juice is also believed to improve performance. Animal studies show an increase in keratinocyte growth factor, an important mediator of hair follicle growth and development. To make onion juice, mix some onions and squeeze the juice out of them. Apply the juice to your scalp and hair, and leave it for at least 15 minutes. Then follow with a shampoo.
7. Rosemary Oil
Rosemary is a common essential oil that people use to promote hair growth and reduce hair loss. Rosemary oil has been found to stimulate new hair growth and can even be used to treat androgenetic alopecia. Dilute some rosemary oil in a carrier oil, such as argan oil or jojoba oil, and massage into the hair and scalp before rinsing. You can do this several times a week.
You can also add a few drops of rosemary oil to your daily shampoo and conditioner. However, you should never use essential oils directly on the skin, and you should always mix them into a carrier oil or shampoo.
8. Geranium oil
Geranium, or Pelargonium graveolens, is a fragrant plant native to South Africa. Geranium oil is a concentrated essential oil extracted from its leaves. You can use geranium oil to promote hair growth and increase circulation. Mix three drops of geranium essential oil with eight drops of carrier oil, and apply directly to your hair. You can also add a few drops to your shampoo and conditioner.
Geranium oil can help strengthen, hydrate and restore your hair.
You can use fresh lemon juice or lemon oil, as both have been found to improve hair quality and growth. Lemon oil can help you maintain a healthy scalp and encourage hair growth. Apply fresh lemon juice to your scalp and hair 15 minutes before you shampoo. You can also use lemon essential oil diluted in a carrier oil as part of a hair mask.
Can I use natural hair restoration methods with other treatments?
Natural hair enhancement often requires a multifaceted approach, which means you may need to combine different methods to get the best results. If you are currently being treated by a doctor for hair loss and you want to combine natural methods with your medical treatment, talk to your doctor to make sure there are no problems or contraindications.
What are the causes of hair loss?
Hair loss can have many causes. In some cases, there is a genetic component. In some cases, it is the result of an autoimmune disease, high stress levels, recent surgery or illness, damage to the hair from bleaches or dyes, scalp conditions or vitamin deficiencies. Hair loss can also develop in response to hormonal imbalances or thyroid problems. Pulling your hair out and wearing tight hairstyles can also contribute to hair loss over time.
If you want to improve your hair, make a plan and stick to it. Remember that treatments can take a few months to show visible results. Be creative with the adjustments and mix them as you like. It is important that you take the time to take care of your hair every day. This method and practice of self-care is beneficial if your hair is related to emotional issues or stress. Do your best to maintain a healthy lifestyle that complements your hair care regimen. If natural methods aren’t right for you, talk to your doctor about medications or prescriptions.