At some point in our life, we’ve experienced an unusual amount of hair loss. Whether it’s a lull in your hair growth from stress, poor genetics or experiencing patterned baldness there are natural and medicinal remedies to your hairy problem.
Note: Losing your hair isn’t necessarily the same as going bald. Patterned baldness is a genetic condition whereas hair loss can be caused by environmental and dietary factors.
Non-prescription minoxidil comes in liquid, foam and shampoo forms. To be most effective, apply the product to the scalp skin once daily for women and twice daily for men. Many people prefer the foam applied when the hair is wet.
Products with minoxidil help many people regrow their hair or slow the rate of hair loss or both. It’ll take at least six months of treatment to prevent further hair loss and to start hair regrowth. It may take a few more months to tell whether the treatment is working for you. If it is helping, you’ll need to continue using the medicine indefinitely to retain the benefits.
This is a prescription drug is usually for men. You take it daily as a pill. Candidates taking finasteride experience a slowing of hair loss, and some may show new hair growth. It may take a few months to tell whether it’s working for you. You’ll need to keep taking it to retain any benefits.
Saw palmetto is most commonly used to prevent complications from prostate surgery and for treating other prostate conditions, patterned baldness , sexual dysfunction, and other conditions.
Laser treatment is another recourse to reduce the inflammation in follicles that keeps them from regrowing. Low-level laser therapy is safe and effective when used to treat pattern hair loss.
Improving your diet
Try adding in these types of foods:
Iron-rich foods: lean beef, beans, green vegetables, iron-fortified grains, and eggs
Foods rich in omega-3 and fatty acids: such salmon, mackerel, tuna, flax seeds, egg yolks, hemp seeds, and walnuts
High-protein foods: eggs, lean meats and seafood
A well-balanced diet will help increase the amount of hair follicles and keep your hair in tip-top shape to your to your genetic potential. Ensure you’re including a variety of vegetables, fruits and whole grains in your diet.
Certain vitamins and minerals found in food are associated with healthy hair.
Iron deficiency is a cause of hair loss. If you do have iron deficiency, you will need to take a supplement and it may stop your hair loss.
There’s evidence that avocado oil can help with hair growth. Rosemary oil has also been traditionally used to increase blood circulation on the scalp.
Studies have found that rosemary leaf extract improved hair regrowth in mice.
Coconut oil, castor oil, and olive oil are also widely recommended, but research on their benefits for hair growth is limited.