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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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2:25AM PDT on Sep 11, 2014

Cool :)

2:24AM PDT on Sep 11, 2014

Cool :)

1:50AM PDT on Sep 11, 2014

Thanks , pretty interesting .

9:23AM PDT on Sep 2, 2014

Interesting article, thank you!

3:32AM PDT on Aug 31, 2014

Re onion: the link to the Journal of Dermatology doesn't bring up the page.

My son is taking pumpkin seed oil, since I sent him a study showing it works for thinning hair. You can read the study at www.greenmedinfo.com

3:59AM PDT on Aug 28, 2014

I have always had very thick hair. 2 years ago, I went to an Ulta Salon and had my hair cut and colored.
When I washed it, and was combing out the tangles, I had a lot of hair in my comb. I didn't think much abut it at first, but it kept happening. My hair got to a perfect thickness and I was very happy! From then on, I got less and less hair in my comb.
Now, my hair is as thick as it was before!

My husband's hair is very thin because he wears a hat all the time!

2:52PM PDT on Aug 27, 2014

Thanks for the tips. As for the rather dictatorial comments that suggest everyone should find baldness attractive, it's really a matter of individual taste. Some of us appreciate baldness, others don't.

12:10PM PDT on Aug 27, 2014

Hair loss not an issue ... poor health might be.

2:30AM PDT on Aug 19, 2014

Coconut oil is good moisturizer also helps to keep your slaps healthy and strong which can ultimately reduce hair fall.
Hair transplant

9:26PM PDT on Aug 11, 2014

new ideas for me, 90 % hair growth w/ onion oil 2/ day x 6 weeks, amazing,
lovely shiny hair, but nay not get so many friends... unless their italian!! ha ha.

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