Just a few days ago, we had a record amount of snow. That pretty much left us stuck in the house for a bit. My sister called and started complaining about going stir-crazy and wanting to pull her hair out from boredom. She’s a bit of a drama queen, really.
But she also gave me an idea about what to write for the blog. I’ve been writing about health and fitness for a while now. And one of the sure ways to tell if anyone is healthy is a full head of hair, wouldn’t you agree?
Hair loss is awful. You could be male or female, it can happen to you. There are many factors that can affect or cause it, and yes, it’s not limited to hair pulling.
- hormonal imbalance
- thyroid gland problems
- nutrient deficiency
- insufficient scalp circulation
- menopause in women
- crash diets
- prescription medication
- birth control pills
- bacterial and fungal infections
- improper hair care
- immune system problems
Luckily for everyone, there are also just as many ways to remedy the situation and even help with increasing hair growth.
- Hair Loss Supplements
I’ve always been fond of supplements, especially the herbal kind. When it comes to hair loss, there are many kinds to choose from.
- Herb Saw Palmetto – This one’s a historical remedy. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine have stated that 400 mg supplements of saw palmetto and 100 mg of beta-sitosterol from saw palmetto can increase hair growth in men when taken daily.
- Essential Fatty Acids – Found in walnuts, flaxseeds, and fish, these can help bolster hair growth.
- Biotin – Biotin encourages hair and scalp health, reduce thinning hair and rejuvenate hair follicles. This B vitamin has been shown to help in keratin production. Keratin, of course, is the protein building block of hair.
- Keratin – helps reduce hair loss, increase hair growth and strengthen hair follicles.
- Vitamin C – for collagen production. Collagen is the stuff that covers and protects hair strands. That means that when it breaks down, your hair breaks down, too. Bonus: vitamin C helps keep wrinkles away, too!
- Vitamin E – you’ve probably seen a million health and beauty products that have vitamin E in their ingredients. That’s because this vitamin is helpful in nourishing hair plus it helps in keratin production.
- Iron – essential for hair growth
- Silica and Zinc – helps in hair growth
- Digestive Enzymes – insufficient amounts of digestive enzymes could lead to the inability to absorb nutrients and that could lead to thinning hair.
- Inositol with Choline – stimulates hair regrowth
- Natural Remedies
If natural remedies are more up your alley, then the following may help. A few drops may be mixed with your shampoo or even directly massaged onto the scalp.
- Rosemary Oil – to increase blood circulation to the scalp
- Arnica – to increase blood circulation and promote hair growth
- Jojoba Oil – to help with hair loss
- Emu Oil – aka, Kalaya Oil, it’s a moisturizer and a hair-root stimulant
- Licorice – to help with hair regrowth
- Sage – for hair loss prevention
- Safflower – to increase blood flow to the scalp and stimulates hair growth
- Lifestyle Change
Of course, even if you supplement every day and utilize every herbal remedy known to man, your efforts may not be as effective unless you change your lifestyle.
Lessening meat consumption, for instance, can help minimize hair loss. This is because excessive scalp sebum production has been linked to high levels of 5-alpha reductase, at least according to a Japanese study. Animal fat intake is linked to an increase in sebum production. Simply put, less meat means lower hair loss risk.
You can also eat more vegetables. Veggies are good for you, in general. They’re packed full of all the good stuff – vitamins and minerals – that help keep the body healthy. The iodine in kelp, for one, helps balance hypothyroidism which can cause thinning hair. Another thing that people aren’t aware of is the minerals fluorine and chlorine can hinder iodine absorption. What’s chock-full of those two minerals? Tap water. So if you can avoid drinking tap water, it should be better for your hair.
A full head of hair is a sign of youth and virility. It impacts how other people perceive your attractiveness. And losing hair not only impacts a person’s psychological well-being but can also be a sign that you’re not as healthy as you think you are. If hair loss is a concern, then the above should help you out quite a bit. If none of them work, then perhaps it’s time to see the doc.