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Natural Solutions for Hair Loss

Natural Solutions for Hair Loss

Shedding is never fun — just ask my vacuum cleaner. It’s even less fun when you realize the golf ball size bits of hair you’re tugging out of the roller came from your own head. Oh, the horror! As we get older (yes ladies, this is for you too) our once glorious crown of healthy hair can become brittle, or even worse, be genetically predisposed to jump ship, leaving our poor, bald heads to fend for themselves.

Below are a few secrets from Mother Nature, some preventative, and some for after the mutiny has begun.


You are what you eat – and that’s true for your hair as well. A diet containing mostly whole foods, especially the skin of plants such as cucumbers, potatoes, peppers, and even bean sprouts are rich in the mineral silica and contribute to hair strength. Foods like lean meats are high in iron and are essential to the protein-based, building blocks of hair growth.

Ginkgo Biloba - this well-known herb is believed to improve blood circulation to the brain and skin. Herbalists believe that the increased flow of blood to the scalp area promotes hair regrowth by delivering nutrients to the hair follicles.


Green Tea – it has been shown that natural chemicals (catechins) present in green tea inhibit the Type I 5-alpha-reductase enzyme which converts testosterone into the hair-murdering DHT.  And that, in some expert opinions, could block the chain of hormonal activity initiating hair loss.


Stinging Nettle – Grandma’s secret gets a new life as modern herbalists believe drinking tea made from this plant will reduce hair loss. Much in the way the chemicals in green tea prevent testosterone from turning into DHT, stinging nettle is also said to fight that process and keep hair thick and healthy.



Red Pepper – used throughout the ages, this common skin irritant works to attract blood and nutrients to the scalp and also promotes the release of histamines that stimulate cell division and hair growth.


Onion - A study published in the Journal of Dermatology examined the results when onion juice was used in people with alopecia areata. Twenty-three people applied onion juice directly to the scalp twice daily for two months. Participants began to experience hair growth after just two weeks of treatment. At four weeks, hair regrowth was seen in 17 people and at six weeks, hair growth was apparent in 20 people.


By Veronica Peterson

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Veronica Peterson

Veronica Peterson has a background in green design and creative writing. She loves discovering and sharing sustainable ways to enrich life. Veronica is a happy urbanite, who lives above a produce market in San Francisco with her dog Winnie.


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8:16AM PDT on Jul 11, 2015

Wow... this is such a frustration!!! I have little hair on my head and I shave off what's left! It's so advantageous... saves hours after showers and saves hours grooming... and it seems ageless! Hair loss is a state of mind: if your hair is fading, then keep faith in you and welcome it!!!

8:11AM PDT on Jul 11, 2015

Shared with my follicularly challenged friends. Alas, I fear it's too late for one in particular;-)

4:44AM PDT on Jun 11, 2015


6:30AM PDT on May 31, 2015

gingko biloba, how lovely, like the tree

3:55AM PDT on May 25, 2015


3:08AM PDT on May 25, 2015

Very informative article - one of my greatest fears as I age is hair loss! So far so good!! Not so lucky my poo hubby!

3:00AM PDT on May 25, 2015

If you cut the onion, it helps to do it fast. This prevents emotional bonding with the onion so you won't have to cry.

2:58AM PDT on May 25, 2015

Nice, but what to use if your losing your head and not just you hair?

3:51AM PDT on May 11, 2015

Try Amiri Anti HairFall Cream - Prevent and Cure Hair Loss
Designed to block DHT efficiently.
Enriched with vitamins. Prevents hair thinning and stimulates hair follicles to activate natural hair growth.

5:16AM PDT on May 10, 2015

Food is better than medicine specially for hair treatment. As if hair grows by natural it's okay if not that's also okay. Food is beneficial to health but not medicine for hair.

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