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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.

Diet

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.

 

External

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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11:06AM PDT on Jul 17, 2014

ty.

4:48PM PDT on Jul 14, 2014

In my case nothing works except Obesekara oil.
I got my hair back totally.

7:16AM PDT on Jul 7, 2014

Thank you.

8:23PM PDT on Jul 5, 2014

Men should not be objectified any more than women. Silly article. Bald is beautiful. Hairy is beautiful. The range of what is attractive has spread quite wide by 2014 & the more warmly accepting we become the better the world is. It is the confidence in a man's smile, face, touch, voice, stance that is "handsome". High self esteem comes from living your truth. Plus, my women friends with hereditary thinning hair -- who-hoo! Good looking, sexy, active & appreciated. Sometimes balding is a symptom of something serious. See Dermatologist or G. P. M.D. And one last thing: ever since I found out males with higher testosterone went bald, it just made them MORE attractive to me.

7:43AM PDT on Jun 26, 2014

thanks for the tips

4:42AM PDT on Jun 15, 2014

thank you for sharing

10:26PM PDT on Jun 14, 2014

Thank you

7:20PM PDT on Jun 13, 2014

TYFS

6:19PM PDT on Jun 13, 2014

Interesting, thanks

7:45AM PDT on Jun 12, 2014

Thanks-sent to my dear balding friend.

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