It’s normal to loose 50-100 hairs a day, but if you’re losing more than you should, there is a reason. When excess hair loss occurs, it may be due to poor nutrition, stress, childbirth, medication ,shock/trauma, smoking, clogged hair follicles, thyroid or hormonal changes, and illnesses such as autoimmunity. The products you use on your hair can also play a role in hair loss.
If you have hair loss you are concerned about, you might want to see your doctor. That said, we must look at our diet and what we’re putting on our hair/skin.
Sugars and junk food, make us feel like junk and our bodies often respond in different ways, and hair loss can be one of them. Check out my recent post on sugar and oxidative damage.
Eat lots of food packed with antioxidants and other beneficial nutrients that fight hair loss like berries, green leafy vegetables, nuts/ seeds, and fish like salmon and shrimp.
Exercise daily to reduce stress.
Nettle root can help balance hormones and the mineral rich nettle leaf helps strengthen hair and scalp health.
Using nettle is one of the oldest treatments for combating hair loss. Stinging nettle capsules and tea (I use these for loose leaf tea) can be combined to treat hair loss internally while a good scalp massage using nettle oil combats hair loss effectively.
Saw Palmetto can increase hair thickness, but also helps balance hormones that can cause hair loss.
Rosemary is a strong antioxidant and increases circulation to the head. Add 10 drops of rosemary essential oil to a 4 oz glass spray bottle, and fill the rest with water. Spray on head at the roots once a day. Or infuse 2 tsps of dried rosemary in 8oz of boiling water, let cool and rinse through hair as a final rinse.
Cedarwood stimulates hair follicles to foster new growth. Add 5 drops of cedarwood essential oil to a handful of jojoba oil, massage into scalp and leave on for a couple of hours or leave on overnight and wash out in the morning. You can also add a few drops to your shampoo!
Aloe Vera plant gel contains active proteolytic enzymes. These enzymes act as an exfolient and unclog follicles.
- 2 – 3 teaspoons of aloe gel or straight from your own aloe vera leaf. (Using a sharp knife slice open lengthwise. Use a spoon to scoop the gel out, then place in a small bowl. It’s awesome to have your own plant and trust me, put it by a window and watch it multiply. For whatever reason, they don’t do well in a terracotta pot.
- Blend the gel so it gets to a smooth consistency.
- Massage the gel into your scalp, and leave in for 20 minutes.
- Rinse with warm water.
Deficiencies in zinc, vitamin E, or iron can also lead to hair loss. Your doctor can run these tests on you.
When possible, let your hair dry naturally and don’t use harmful chemicals!