Treat Your Hair Loss At Home
Do you find you shed more than your dog? Or maybe your shower drain is perpetually clogged? Hair loss is not a fun topic but is something that affects almost all of us. It’s good to note that doctors say losing 100 strands a day is nothing alarming, but who’s counting? If you feel like your strands aren’t growing back as fast as they should, it’s time to do some damage control.
Hair loss comes in many forms, the most common being Androgenetic Alopecia which is hereditary in both men and women, Involutional Alopecia comes as we get older and air follicles no longer actively growing. Alopecia Areata, an autoimmune disease, leads to patchy hair loss, while Scarring Alopecia often leads to irreversible hair loss. It’s good to note that there are many different forms of balding, and some are rare whilst others are common and treatable. The first step is to identify what might be causing your hair to fall out.
What Causes Hair Loss?
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Hair loss is one of those things that can be triggered by almost everything or even multiple factors, so some detective work is needed to find the route of your troubles. The good news is, hair loss doesn’t happen overnight, it’s a gradual process. That means you’ll have ample time to course-correct. Balding manifests in many forms, and it’s usually your body giving you a sign. Here’s what might be trigging your hair to thin out.
Stress affects us all in different ways, but one significant side effect for prolonged stress is indeed hair loss. People suffering from the likes of PTSD often exhibit excessive hair loss. It’s a vicious cycle because seeing your hair fall out in clumps can also be a source of stress.
You may have heard the term male pattern baldness before, and unfortunately, this one is pretty much unavoidable. If it runs in your family, you’re left praying you didn’t inherit it. Your genetics may mean that you lose your hair over time as you age, or all at once far too soon.
You might love Ariana Grande’s signature look, but it’s not all glamour. A tight ponytail or hairdo worn repeatedly starts to really pull on the roots of your hair. If you’ve ever gotten a headache for typing your hair too tight, that’s a good sign you may be causing some damage. Even getting extensions puts a bit too much pressure on your hair and can eventually lead to a receding hairline.
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Certain drugs can cause hair loss, particularly medication like blood thinners, anti-depressants, cholesterol medicine. It’s just an unfortunate side effect. Always consult a doctor before taking any medication and discuss alternatives that can prevent further hair thinning.
Rapid loss of hair is a good indication that your health might not be up to scratch. Your body is sending you a pretty big signal here! Balding can happen if you have a protein deficiency, or if you lack minerals like vitamin B and iron. A healthy, well-rounded diet is vital for hair growth, while a hair mask can also help with the damage.
If you’ve had a history of low immunity, you’ve likely experienced some hair loss. Those prone to catching colds, flu, and other seasonal allergies may shed more hair than others.
Our hormones affect practically every part of our body, and in this case, it affects how our hair grows. Hair falling out is an indication that your hormones may have shifted, it could be linked with the start of menopause, a thyroid issue, pregnancy, or even from taking birth control. Once your hormones go out of whack, your hair also starts to.
How To Treat Hair Loss At Home
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Balding can be scary, but here’s an exciting thought, what if the remedy was in your kitchen? Crises averted right? All the best natural formulas are just waiting in your cabinets and fridge. Here are some of the most effective home remedies to soothe your scalp and prevent rampant hair loss.
Apple Cider Vinegar + Warm Water
Your hair loss might be the symptom of clogged follicles. The pores in your head can quickly get filled with dirt, by pollution or just from the natural oils your head produces. That stops all the right nutrients from reaching your hair and keeping your hair healthy optimal. Forget using apple cider vinegar for your salad; it’s a super-effective way to flush out your follicles! Grab yourself a bowl of lukewarm water, and pop a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar into it. As you wash your hair with the liquid, massaging your scalp slowly.
Green Tea + Warm Water
Green tea seems to be the magic medicine for just about everything, and it might just save your hair! The vitamins and minerals in green tea make an excellent regrowth treatment that you can do at home. If you’re willing to part with a few of your teabags, steep three of them in two cups of hot water. Wait for it to cool to a comfortable temperature, then slowly pour it over your hair and massage as you go. Rinse thoroughly after.
Avocados + Olive Oil + Lemon
Great for guacamole, and great for promoting hair growth. This little recipe may sound tasty, but it’s actually going to soothe your dry scalp and give you a boost of biotin - a vitamin responsible for hair and nail growth. Scoop out the flesh of a ripe avocado, mix with a tablespoon of olive oil and a dash of lemon juice. This concoction makes a lavish hair mask for one, slather onto your roots and hair for about 20 minutes before rinsing off.
Eggs + Olive Oil + Honey
Eggs are packed with great nutrients, including sulfur, phosphorous, and protein, all of which help with hair loss. This little hair spa treatment will leave your locks looking glossy and feeling healthier. Grab yourself an egg, a teaspoon of olive oil, and a dab of honey. Mix well before applying to your roots and tips. Leave for 20 minutes before rinsing out with a mild shampoo.
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You may have shed a few tears over your hair loss, so what’s one more teary session? This may seem like an unlikely candidate but onion juice delivers all the good stuff your hair craves. Sulfur, Vitamins E, C, and B complex all contribute to thicker, shinier, and longer locks. You’ll want to grind an entire onion and squeeze out all its juices, then take some cotton pads and soak it in the liquid. Once absorbed, dab the cotton pads across your scalp before massaging for 10 minutes. You’ll want to wash your hair after to avoid that onion smell!
Delicious creamy coconut milk is just brimming with proteins that help hair grow faster. All you have to do is crack open a tin, and apply it to your hair. Try using a hairbrush to make sure it covers each and every strand of hair. After applying, wrap your head in a towel for 20 minutes before rinsing off.
Easy right? And all of these can be found in our pantry! But the hair care doesn’t stop there, along with treating your tresses to some TLC, here are a few tips and tricks to keep your hair happy. Regardless of if you’re dealing with hair thinning, balding, or a receding hairline.
How To Prevent Hair Fall
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- Get a good night’s rest.
- Brush your hair regularly to keep the blood flowing. Use a wide-tooth comb to massage your head.
- When washing your hair, avoid hot water as this can cause hair loss. Opt for cold or lukewarm water.
- Eat a balanced diet. Opt for foods that are rich in protein, like fish, spinach, and yogurt
- Avoid heat treatments for your hair, as well as dryers, curlers, and straighteners.
- Go for regular scalp massages to promote hair growth.
- Avoid chemical-heavy products and opt for natural ones. Look out for parabens.
- Take some you time. Destress your mind, body, and soul, and your hair will thank you.