Many people are under the impression that when it comes to hair loss, men are the only ones affected, but there are many women who experience it too.
It can be a symptom of a short term event, such as extreme stress, pregnancy, medication or disease; in these situations the hair normally grows back following the end of the event.
One in four women experience female pattern baldness. These women lose their hair for many of the same reasons as men. The hormone DHT is at least partially to blame, and heredity is a significant factor.
One of the first things you should do if you’re experiencing hair loss is to take a look at your lifestyle. Are you eating a healthy, balanced diet filled with plenty of organic fruits and vegetables, healthy fats like coconut oil and olive oil, and proteins derived from lean meats, nuts, seeds and legumes? It’s also important to avoid eating processed foods or any other foods laden with chemicals. A poor diet can have a significant negative impact on hair growth.
Be sure to incorporate daily physical activity and stress-relieving practices into your day, such as deep-breathing or meditation.
In addition, there are a number of herbs that can help to rejuvenate your hair. These essential oils are said to help due to their ability to stimulate the tiny blood vessels of the scalp where hair follicles are created. The stimulation serves to increase blood flow, which then carries the nutrients that are vital to the follicles.
Rosemary essential oil has been used for centuries by many cultures to stimulate hair growth. It stimulates circulation to the scalp and destroys any bacteria that could clog hair follicles. As an added bonus, it can also increase hair shine.
Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender essential oil is also known to be quite effective for rejuvenating hair. A study by a group of dermatologists in Scotland showed that 44 percent of patients who had suffered from hair loss experienced new hair growth when they massaged their scalp daily with lavender and other essential oils for seven months.
Clary Sage Oil
Hormones are an important issue when it comes to hair loss and growth. Clary sage is known to promote estrogen balance and prevent thickening in the membrane tissue around the hair follicle that creates hair loss.
Using Essential Oils
Start by using a cleansing shampoo, which is designed to remove buildup of chemicals, grease or chlorine in your hair and scalp. Alternatively, you can mix about two tablespoons of baking soda into your regular shampoo and follow with a vinegar rinse by combining 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with 1 cup of cold water.
Mix the above oils, using five drops of each, and gently massage in small circular motions all over your scalp. You can use this as an overnight treatment or just leave on as long as possible and then shampoo it out. Adding five drops of each of these oils to your organic shampoo each time you wash your hair can also help.
It’s important to utilize this treatment on a regular basis in addition to making dietary and lifestyle adjustments.
Have patience – it does take time and effort to encourage healthier hair, but the potential rewards of a shiny, full head of hair are well worth it!
-The Alternative Daily