Hair loss affects all races, cultures and even genders. Although it is often associated with age, it is not always a factor. Nutrition, stress, genes and lack of blood supply to the scalp appear to be the major causes affecting hair loss.
While there are pharmaceutical and over-the-counter options on the market that make claims to help grow back hair – some of which have been substantiated, there are more holistic approaches that are gentler to your scalp and system.
The green apple contains natural polyphenol compounds that show effectiveness in the promotion of hair growth – particularly male pattern baldness.
Omega 3 fatty acids, which are good for our health in so many ways, have also been shown to prevent hair loss. Consuming substantial amounts of omega 3s can help you avoid hair loss in the first place.
Some good natural sources are mackerel, salmon, sardines, tuna, lake trout, and walnuts, to name a few.
Capsicum, an herb, has shown dramatic hair growth of up to 50%. It releases a natural histamine that effectively stimulates cell division leading to new growth of hair.
A natural remedy for hair loss that has gained respect is ginger. It promotes growth and prevents thinning by stimulating hair follicles.
The common herb, rosemary, fights the possibility of attaining dandruff by 30%. Over time, dandruff leads to hair loss. It also helps to remove sebum accumulation, which is a mixture of fats, salts and cholesterol – a factor in the slow closing of hair follicles.
Bhringaraj oil contains the compound wedelolactone which mimics estrogen. This oil has been extensively studied for its potential in treating damage to the liver. Bhringaraj oil is a topical treatment. It should be applied to the scalp as directed.
Saw palmetto extract is readily available in health food stores. There are shampoo options available as well as supplements. Saw palmetto has been shown to influence testosterone and enzyme production which has a positive affect on the growth of hair. If you are anemic, avoid saw palmetto. Consult a physician before taking if you are on prescription blood thinners.
Aloe Vera gel can be found in any health food store or drugstores. Application of aloe vera should be liberal to the scalp after shampooing hair. Massage it thoroughly into your head and rinse. Using fresh aloe taken directly from an aloe vera plant may have a stronger effect as it has not oxidized. Aloe is rich in glycoproteins and polysaccharides which stimulate skin and hair growth. If you are taking hydrocortisone as well as other topical steroids, consult a doctor before use.
It is always a good idea to check with a qualified physician prior to beginning any natural remedy for hair loss to be certain they will not interact with current medications.