Are you noticing the first signs of balding? Not sure what to do about it? Find out home remedies for hair loss.
Why does hair fall out?
Alopecia is mainly a problem for older people, although statistics show that it is increasingly affecting younger generations as well. It can be assumed that the cause of this phenomenon is the pace of modern life, chronic stress, junk food. Excessive hair loss also occurs among children, although for different reasons. What causes thinning hair on the head? What are cheap, home remedies for hair loss?
Hair loss – when does it become a problem?
Hair loss in small amounts (50 to 100 per day) is normal and doesn’t require any treatment. New hair grows from follicles and replaces the lost ones.
The problem starts when there is too much hair loss: a lot of hair remains in the bath or shower drain and there are visible “patches” on the head. This is a worrying sign, which is an indication to consult your GP, a dermatologist or a trichologist. The specialist will identify the cause of hair loss and choose an appropriate method of treatment.
How does the examination look like?
The doctor determines the cause of hair loss based on a physical examination and the patient’s health history. The examination includes a blood count, measurement of iron levels and thyroid hormones. Iron deficiency in the body is often the cause of excessive hair loss and accompanies menstruation, anaemia, or may be a side effect of a vegetarian or vegan diet.
Sometimes the problem is caused by hyper- or hypothyroidism. In such cases, this organ secretes too many hormones that regulate the body’s metabolism and compounds that destroy hair follicles. Women with thin hair, but without bald areas on the head, may have a hormonal disorder caused by an excess of androgens (a group of hormones with masculinising effects).
Other symptoms of this condition include hair growth on the face, chest and abdomen, as well as irregular periods or acne. A blood test will determine if androgen levels have exceeded the norm.
An egg mask
Eggs contain many valuable elements, including sulphur, phosphorus, selenium, iodine, zinc and protein, which when combined together stimulate hair growth. It’s enough to make a mask out of them, add olive oil and honey. Alternatively, licorice root, which prevents baldness, soothes the scalp and effectively removes dandruff flakes.
For an even better effect, beetroot can be added to the egg mask. This vegetable is rich in folic acid, manganese, betaine, potassium, vitamins C and B6, which all play a role in stimulating hair growth. Beetroot also has a detoxifying effect, which helps to keep the scalp clean.
Black turnip juice
Fresh black turnip juice is the perfect remedy for hair loss. If you don’t have a juicer, you can always grate the turnip and then squeeze the juice through gauze or a cotton cloth. The juice should be applied to damp hair and the scalp half an hour before shampooing. Turnip regenerates the skin, stimulates circulation, has a beneficial effect on the roots and accelerates hair growth.
A good rub-on conditioner is also garlic. It contains organic sulfur compounds that stimulate hair to grow more luxuriantly, and it also has antibacterial properties. Squeeze a few cloves of garlic through a press and rub it into your scalp half an hour before shampooing. Do this once a week to get the desired effect.
Another home remedy for hair loss is regular scalp massage. Just knead the skin gently for 5 minutes a day (some experts recommend 10 minutes twice a week). Doing this regularly is likely to benefit those affected by hair loss.
Special scalp massage products are commercially available. They resemble a hairbrush. They should be used for about 5 minutes a day to effectively stimulate the hair follicles.
Daily diet greatly affects the appearance and condition of hair. It should be rich in selenium, zinc, arginine, iron, B group vitamins and A, E and C. It is also worth regularly drinking infusions of certain herbs, for example, nettle or field horsetail. It really brings results.
Remember that home remedies are no substitute for a full-scale treatment recommended by your doctor. Depending on the cause of your baldness, you may need to use more radical methods.