Tuesday, July 1, 2014

How to Naturally Stop Hair Loss & Grow New Hair in Women

Hair loss and thinning
Hair loss and thinning 
Hair loss, (also called alopecia), is normal up to a point.  According to the American Academy of Dermatology (aad.org), normal hair loss means losing 50-100 hairs every day.  However, if your hair is becoming more thin and bald patches are appearing, you may be experiencing more serious or permanent hair loss.

Causes for Hair Loss and Thinning

It's normal for men and women to experience hair loss.  Some may loose hair over time, but if it happens quickly, it may be due to hormonal changes, certain medical conditions and medications.  Once the cause is managed, hair will regrow.

According to mayoclinic.org, thyroid problems, autoimmune diseases, anemia can result in hair loss. They also list scalp infections, stress, and skin conditions as causes of hair loss.  Giving birth will cause hormonal changes , cancer therapy (radiation and chemotherapy), medications for depression, high blood pressure and heart problems, and heredity can all give rise to excessive hair loss.

Other causes include weight loss, too much Vitamin A, not getting enough protein and iron.  Anorexia (not eating enough) and bulimia (vomiting after eating) can also cause hair loss.

Even more obvious cause may be not washing your hair properly, how you dry your hair and even your hairstyle.

Easy Steps To Regrow Hair

Hats, scarves, wigs and changing your hairstyle to cover baldness may help.  But finding the cause and natural ways to regrow hair are better answers.  Of course, if infection or certain illness is the cause, treatment with medication may be necessary.  A dermatologist can determine if medication is necessary due to a medical condition, or if a medication is the cause, an alternative may be prescribed.

Step 1: Finding the Cause of Your Hair Loss

  • Are you on a yo-yo diet and perhaps not eating enough, or not eating a balanced diet?  A balanced diet includes 10 to 35 percent protein, 45 to 65 percent healthy carbohydrates and 20 to 35 percent fat of your total daily calories.

    Protein is made of amino acids. Essential amino acids are those your body does not make and non-essential are amino acids your body is able to make.  Essential amino acids are called "complete proteins" and are found in red meat, fish, and poultry.  Some plants, low fat dairy, nuts and soy also contain essential amino acids. By eating protein from a variety of food sources, you will get all the daily essential amino acids.    However, less red meat and more cold water fish is a better option.
  • University of Maryland School of Medicine (umm.edu/altmed) website, includes certain foods that may be allergens, include dairy, wheat (gluten), corn, soy, preservatives, and food additives.
  • Excessive alcohol, tobacco and coffee may cause hair loss symptoms.
  • According to aad.org, years of wearing hair in a style that pulls the hair, such as a ponytail, cornrows, or braids can cause hair loss called "traction alopecia."

Step 2: Natural Remedies to Help Regrow Hair
  • The Journal of Dermatology published a small study with people who applied onion juice to their scalps twice a day. They saw hair regrowth in six weeks.
  • Biotin supplement can help with hair and scalp health. Biotin is also available in nuts, brown rice and oats.
  • B-complex supplements that include biotin and vitamin B6 may also help stop hair thinning and increase circulation to the scalp.
  • Other supplements with antioxidant vitamins of A, C, E, and trace minerals of magnesium and selenium are important for healthy scalp and hair.
  • L-lysine, 500 - 1000 mg daily, for hair loss has been suggested.
  • Always use healthy oils in foods, such as olive oil.
  • Avoid trans fatty acids typically found in crackers, cookies, and fast food restaurants.
  • Drink plenty of water, at least six to eight glasses.
  • Avoid frequent bleaching or permanents that damage hair. Harsh hair sprays, gels and shampoos (specially with sodium lauryl sulfate).
  • Hot blow dryers used daily tend to damage hair.
  • Avoid hairpins, hair clips and rubber bands that are used to hold hair tightly.
  • Be very gentle with your hair when it's wet.  When your hair is wet, breakage occurs more easily.
  • It always feels so good when getting a scalp massage from the hair dresser.  Why not give yourself a scalp massage.  This helps increase blood flow, and as circulation improves, nutrients reach the hair follicles.
  • Balance a stressful life with laughter and time for relaxation.  
Emu Oil for Hair Regrowth

Michael Holick, MD, Ph.D., Professor of Medicine and Dermatology at Boston University School of Medicine conducted a study that concluded "over 80% of hair follicles became active and began growing hair" after applying emu oil to the scalp.  The recommendation is to massage a small amount of emu oil to the thinning area of the scalp three times a day for at least 21 days.

It's very important to use emu oil that has been properly purified.  If not, it can be contaminated. Choose one with the seal of approval from the American Emu Association.  They mandate very strict guidelines and lab reports for purity of emu oil from manufacturers who are members.

Emu Oil
Emu Oil for thinning hair

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