It can be alarming to notice increasing hair loss while showering or brushing your hair but there are home remedies to help prevent your hair from falling out or to nip the problem in the bud if it is something recently noticed. Often this is a part of the natural hair cycle and nothing to be unduly worried about.
Before thinking about which treatment would suit your problem, consider the reason why your hair may have started falling out. The problem could be a temporary one and a part of a natural phase of hair growth and hair loss. If this is so, you might still benefit from some treatments that help enhance the condition of your hair.
Could it be a health problem or changes in your physical condition? Hair loss can be related to a change in hormones, for instance during pregnancy the natural cycle of hair growth can be interrupted due to increased levels of oestrogen. Some women experience a spurt in hair growth during this time. After giving birth, hormone levels will gradually return to normal and hair loss might seem suddenly proportionally higher. The natural hair cycle will return as the hormone balance is corrected.
Hair loss can sometimes be linked to an under active or over active thyroid gland, depression, the stress of illness or after major surgery. Diabetes and fungal infections of the scalp can cause hair to fall out as can certain medicines. Anticoagulants, contraceptive pills and medicines used for heart problems and high blood pressure can cause some hair loss.
Excessive use of hair colourants, products and procedures used to enhance the look of our hair won’t always contribute to healthier hair and can in fact cause hair loss. Blow drying can damage hair as can vigorous towel drying as when the hair is wet it is more elastic and vulnerable to breakage.
To improve the condition of your hair and scalp, you might give the blow dryer and hair straighteners a break for a wee while. Try massaging your scalp with warm almond oil. Leave the oil in your hair for thirty minutes then wash as normal, with a mild shampoo.
Look after your health as keeping yourself healthy will help prevent excessive hair loss. You can do this by getting sufficient rest and avoiding stressful situations. Add plenty proteins such as eggs, cheese, fish and lean meat to your diet.
Look after your hair by getting it trimmed regularly as this helps remove split ends and keeps the strands of your hair healthy and strong. Massage your scalp regularly as this helps stimulate blood circulation which in turn promotes hair growth.
Reduce the amount of chemicals you put into your hair such as colourants and perming lotions as these will damage your hair especially in the long-term.
Lycopodium is a Homeopathic treatments to help reduce hair loss and graying: take this twice a day for a month to see if it makes any difference. You might also try aromatherapy. Combine five drops of cedarwood with five drops of sage in 30 ml of surgical spirit and massage a sprinkle of this into your scalp every day.
Natural remedies can be a big help to people whose hair loss is caused by stress, bad diet or unhealthy lifestyles, especially if they start taking more care of their health and hair. Should an illness be the cause, there is no harm in starting on the above natural treatment suggestions but it is also advisable to consult your doctor.