Hair loss is a problem that many people face at some point during their life’s journey. While it can be situational and temporary, for others, it is an ongoing challenge that causes significant anxiety.
Below are some home remedies to consider.
1. Increase protein consumption.
If you aren’t eating enough protein, then this might explain why you’re not growing enough new hair. There is not a one-size-fits-all answer to decide how much protein you need. Factors related to activity levels and muscle mass help determine the amount of protein you need.
When people think of protein, they typically think of meat options. It’s always a good idea to include other protein choices too. Beans, eggs, fish, nuts, and seeds are all excellent choices. Even vegetarians can increase their protein intake by adding beans and nuts to their diet.
2. Get scalp massages.
Nothing feels much better than a scalp massage. Now there is some evidence that this feel-good luxury may also promote hair growth and increase thickness. There are a number of masks and oils mentioned below that you can massage into the scalp as an added measure. While there are devices that can be used for scalp massage, using your fingertips in a circular motion also produces low-tech results.
When you massage the scalp, blood flow is stimulated promoting hair growth. Medical News Today reports that a Japanese study found that after six months of daily massage for four-minute sessions showed positive results. Participants’ hair grew thicker in response to daily massage.
3. Take vitamins and supplements.
Inarguably, a vitamin-rich diet is crucial for good health. So, it’s not hard to believe that vitamin deficiencies are responsible for losing hair in some cases. WebMD reports that Hair Restoration Surgeon Abraham Armani claims that vitamin D, zinc, selenium, and iron deficiencies can cause thinning hair.
By getting a simple blood test from your primary physician you can find out if you have vitamin deficiencies. Some labs will also perform this test for you if you don’t have a primary care physician.
Biotin is one supplement that has shown tremendous promise as a hair growth aid. Interestingly, even people who don’t show a deficiency in biotin still benefit by adding this to their daily regimen.
4. Apply aloe vera to the scalp.
Aloe vera has proven to reduce dandruff and eliminate excess oil that can block hair follicles. This gentle, natural substance comes from the aloe vera plant and has been used for centuries to soothe skin problems.
You can use the salve directly from the plant if that’s easy for you. By using this several times a week on the hair and scalp, you are likely to notice improvements. There are also many shampoos and conditioners with aloe vera as a major ingredient. that can be substituted in lieu of cutting into the plant’s leaves to extract aloe vera.
5. Apply rosemary oil to bald spots.
Rosemary oil is an essential oil that offers anti-inflammatory properties. It encourages nerve growth and promotes circulation. Treating your scalp and hair with rosemary oil is as easy as taking a few drops in your palm to rub on any bald spots nightly. There are also shampoos with rosemary oil available.
The reason blood circulation is so critical for healthy hair is that hair follicles will die off if they don’t receive adequate blood flow. When the hair follicles die off, there is hair loss.
6. Soak scalp in onion juice.
Onion juice may seem like an odd choice for hair growth but animal studies reveal it improves blood flow. The main challenge of using onion juice is simply enduring the strong smell.
You’ll need to blend several onions to access the juice. Once you have enough juice to cover your head, then you apply it to your scalp and let it soak for a time period of about 15 minutes. After the time is up, then shampoo.
7. Apply an egg yolk mask to your scalp.
Chances are you’ve heard of people using egg masks on their skin. As it turns out, eggs also stimulate hair growth too.
The reason eggs can work wonders for the health of your hair is that they are rich in iodine, sulfur, selenium, protein, phosphorous, and zinc. Simply beat an egg and apply it directly to your scalp. Let it soak for about 20 minutes before shampooing. Be sure to shampoo thoroughly or you risk having your hair smell terrible.
8. Make lifestyle changes.
Certain lifestyle changes promote hair health. Not so surprisingly, a recommendation to reduce your alcohol intake and quit smoking to improve your overall health is advisable. Like all systems of the body, everything is interrelated. A healthier body is more likely to support hair health.
Lowering stress levels is also a smart move. People have suddenly been known to suffer from thinning hair when a stressful life event occurs.
Once your body is in tip-top shape, then it is time to focus on how you treat your actual hair. Try to limit activities that damage your hair, weakening it. Overprocessed hair from ongoing heating and drying is a definite “No-No” to avoid. Frequent dye jobs should also be avoided.
9. Manage Related Underlying Health Problems
There are certain underlying health conditions that cause you to lose hair. By treating or managing these conditions, then your hair problems will improve.
If your scalp is itchy, then you need to take care of it immediately. It’s time to call a dermatologist in to examine your scalp for a possible skin infection. The problem is often easily treatable. Fungal diseases may be the culprit.
Thyroid problems can also crop up and cause your hair to fall out. Both an overactive thyroid gland and a hypoactive thyroid cause thinning hair. As soon as you start losing hair, it is a good idea to consult your doctor. There are simple tests they can administer to identify contributing conditions.
Diabetes wreaks havoc on our bodies. Unfortunately, this disease is also known to increase hair follicle infections. Once again, staying on top of your general health will also improve your hair health.
There are endless remedies being sold that promise to improve thinning hair or bald spots. There are also many relatively simple ways you can treat this condition at home without breaking the bank. It makes sense to try a few home remedies first before moving forward with more expensive and intrusive medical alternatives.
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