Gray hair is a blessing – ask any bald man. ~Author Unknown.
Hair loss affects about 35 million men and 21 million women in the United States alone. 40% of men have noticeable hair loss by age 35 and 65% by age 60. Hair loss has to do a lot with heredity factors. Other reasons are due to stress, illness and poor nutrition.
Tips to prevent hair loss:
Shampoos that contain sodium laurel sulfate, chemical detergents and other cleansers are dangerous and should be avoided.
A massage with warm oil is good and it makes the hair shaft more flexible and shiny. It also prevents split ends, which result from dry hair.
Eat plenty of raw vegetables and fruits. Consider taking natural vitamin and mineral supplements to encourage healthy hair. Several vitamins and minerals have been shown to help hair growth and condition including biotin, vitamin E, vitamin B, vitamin C and MSM.
When you choose hair care products, look for essential oils such as rosemary, ylang-ylang and West Indian Bay. Lavender and tree oils are natural antiseptics and fight dandruff. Vegetable oils such as soybean, safflower oil and corn oil are good moisturizing agents and condition the hair shaft.
Avoid going to bed with headbands and other hair accessories as these can lead to hair damage.
Massage of the hair scalp stimulates hair growth.
Regular trimming of the damaged hair ends prevents hair loss.
Some good natural shampoos:
The Avocado conditioner.
Chop an avocado in the blender until it becomes very fine. Massage this into the hair for five minutes. Rinse the hair thoroughly. Regular use of this makes the hair shiny and bright.
A shampoo made from Thyme.
Take 4 tablespoons of dried thyme and boil with 2 cups of water for about 10 minutes. Allow this mixture to cool and then strain it. Apply this onto the damp hair and leave for an hour. The hair becomes full of luster and this is good to get rid of dandruff too.
A shampoo made from many herbs.
To four cups of boiling water add 2 tablespoon of Sage, fennel, parsley, chamomile, rosemary and nettle leaves.
This shampoo acts as a good conditioner. Sage and fennel are good conditioners. Parsley and nettle leaves clears up the dandruff. Chamomile promotes hair growth. Rosemary darkens the hair and leaves a good fragrance
Homeopathic remedies that are useful in hair fall:
There are many homeopathic remedies that are excellent for hair fall. It is imperative that one should find an experienced Homeopath, who will take a good history and choose the appropriate constitutional remedies. To give a few examples of homeopathic remedies in hair fall:
Fluoric acid– This remedy is useful in alopecia running in families.
Phosphoric acid– This remedy is very useful when there is a grief reaction that leads to hair faill.
Phosphorus This remedy suits subjects who have patchy baldness, dryness of the scalp and hair with an itchy scalp, These subjects also have dandruff and the hair falls out in handfuls while combing. Such subjects are also slender with long eyelashes and may have a craving for salt.
Graphites In these subjects the hair tends to fall on the sides.
Mezereum In these subjects the hair fall is associated with hairs that stick together
Sepia- Here the baldness is more seen during menopause.
Silica– This remedy suits hair fall and baldness in young people
How to tackle thinning hair naturally?
Rubbing the bald areas with apple cider vinegar with a soft brush twice daily is said to stimulate hair growth.
Garlic is an excellent treatment for balding. Rub half a clove of garlic over bald and thinning areas of the scalp and then allow the scalp to dry off before rinsing. Good results are seen in three weeks.
Two teaspoons of cayenne pepper with 1 cup of olive oil, if massaged into the scalp, especially where the hair is thin will give good results.
Freshly cut onions rubbed in the scalp until the scalp is red. Then Vitamin E oil is massaged and the scalp is rinsed off with rosemary tea. The hair is toweled dry.
Boil two cups of peach seeds with two cups of vinegar until the mixture is thick. Strain and massage into the scalp. Rinse well after 30 minutes. This is said to stimulate the scalp.
The hair care is a hot but complex market that is presently worth over $ 10 billion and it grows by about $1 billion every year. Americans are becoming more style-conscious than ever before. Instead of trying costly and chemically damaging treatments, many time tested home remedies along with diet changes can give good results.
At the end of the day, we must all realize that there is currently no cure for baldness. There are some lotions that can help slow down the process but there is no cure for male pattern baldness.
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