Hair loss is on the rise and although it does not have direct physical effects on your health, its emotional impact can be significant. There are various causes of hair loss: genetics, hormonal imbalances, innate scalp conditions, stress, autoimmune diseases, and nutritional deficiencies, but there are a few things you can do to regrow your hair naturally.
What is hair loss?
Hair loss can be classified based on several symptoms. Male or female pattern baldness, also called androgenetic alopecia, is more common in men over 50 and women who have already gone through menopause.
male pattern baldness
The causes of male pattern baldness are:
High levels of sex hormones called androgens
female pattern baldness
Women are less likely to go completely bald, but hair thinning is common. Doctors divide female pattern baldness into three types:
Type 1: Slight thinning appears around the hairline.
The second type. This is the breadth of the parting and the increase of tenderness around it.
The third type. It is a general thinning with a translucency on the top of the scalp.
Female pattern baldness can be natural, genetic, or a side effect of medications, treatments, or hormonal changes caused by pregnancy or menopause. Women are less likely to experience hair loss in their twenties and may instead begin to see symptoms in their forties, fifties and beyond.
Tips to regrow your hair naturally
Scalp massage, which can be used with oils and hair masks, revitalizes the scalp and can improve hair density. Stretching during massage is believed to promote hair growth and density in the dermal papilla cells, which are located deep within the hair follicle. These cells play a major role in hair formation and growth, hair loss, and the regrowth cycle.
Massage is also known to improve blood flow and scalp health. A 2019 study found that hair growth improves blood flow and scalp health. Taking the time to massage your scalp every day can also help relieve stress and tension, which is an added bonus if these feelings are causing your hair to fall out.
Massage your scalp with your fingertips, not your nails. Move your scalp in small circles using light to medium pressure. Although there is no set duration for a scalp massage, each scalp massage was performed daily for 4 minutes over 24 weeks in the 2019 study above.
The bottom line: be patient and persistent.
2. Aloe vera
Aloe vera has long been used to treat hair loss. It also soothes the scalp and conditions the hair. To reduce dandruff and remove hair follicles that may 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 containing aloe vera.
3. Coconut oil
Coconut oil contains a fatty acid called lauric acid, which penetrates into the hair shaft and reduces 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 greasy, you can leave the treatment on overnight or for a few hours before washing it out.
Massage your scalp and all 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 stimulator, but it has been shown to soften the hair shaft and prevent breakage. A study also found that applying coconut to the scalp helps enrich the scalp microbiome, making the scalp and hair follicles healthier.
4. Fish oil
Taking omega fatty acids can help improve your hair from the inside out, as they are full of nutrients and proteins. 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, which leads 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 the supplement 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 the benefits worth it. Onion juice has been shown to promote hair growth and successfully treat plaque macular degeneration, an autoimmune disease in which the body attacks hair follicles and causes hair loss in various parts of the body. Onion juice is also believed to improve blood circulation. Animal studies show an improvement in keratinocyte growth factor, an important mediator of hair follicle development and growth. To consume onion juice, mix some onion and squeeze the juice out of it. Apply the juice to your scalp and hair and leave it on for at least 15 minutes. Then follow it up with 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. Mix a few drops of rosemary oil into a carrier oil, such as argan oil or jojoba oil, and massage into your 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 shampoo and conditioner daily. However, essential oils should not be used directly on the skin, and you should always mix them into a carrier oil or shampoo.
8. Musk oil
Geranium, or Pelargonium Gravolens, is an aromatic plant native to South Africa. Geranium oil is the concentrated essential oil that is extracted from its leaves. You can use geranium oil to promote hair growth and stimulate blood circulation. Mix three drops of geranium essential oil with eight drops of a carrier oil, and apply it directly to your hair. You can also add a few drops to your shampoo and conditioner.
Geranium oil can help strengthen, moisturize, 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 shampooing. You can also use lemon essential oil diluted in a carrier oil as part of a hair mask.
Can I use natural hair regrowth methods with other treatments?
Natural hair regrowth often requires a multi-pronged approach, which means that 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 would like 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 multiple causes. In some cases, there is a genetic component. In other cases, it is the result of autoimmune diseases, elevated stress levels, recent surgery or illness, hair damage from bleaching or dyes, a scalp condition or vitamin deficiency. Hair loss can also develop in response to hormonal imbalances or thyroid problems. Pulling your hair and wearing tight hairstyles can contribute to hair loss over time.
If you want to improve your hair, make a plan and stick to it. Remember that treatments may take a few months to show visible results. Get creative with the treatments and mix them in as often as you like. It is important that you take the time to nourish your hair every day. This approach and the practice of self-care are helpful if your hair loss is related to emotional issues or stress. Do your best to maintain a healthy lifestyle that complements your hair treatment plan. If these natural methods aren’t right for you, talk to your doctor about medications or procedures.
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