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April 16, 2009

The Curl Whisperer on Hair Loss

I hope that none of you are dealing with hair loss, but just in case you are, please find Tiffany's expert opinion below:

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Under normal circumstances, we all lose hair every day. However, over 63 million people in the United States suffer from alopecia, or abnormal hair loss, that is not part of the normal hair growth cycle.

Alopecia can result from hormonal changes, stress, genetics, aging, pregnancy, medication, infections and/or underlying diseases, such as diabetes. Medical attention is often needed to stimulate hair growth, if it is even possible, with dealing with these types of conditions.

Other, more mild types of alopecia may respond well to more holistic treatments and home remedies. “Traction alopecia”, for example, is caused primarily by a strong, pulling force being applied to the hair, such as from tight braiding, cornrows, or weaves.

Chemical over-processing, such as from bleaching or straightening, can also lead to traction alopecia. In either case, it is important to detect signs of traction alopecia early and try to correct it immediately as any permanent scarring of the scalp will result in permanent hair loss.

Using harsh product ingredients, such as anionic surfactants (sulfates) and petrochemicals (mineral oil, petrolatum, etc.), can also be responsible for hair loss. Switching to milder product ingredients in your hair care products can stop further damage and also promote new hair growth.

Home remedies are not always effective for everyone and you should always seek professional advice when dealing with more serious forms of alopecia. But for temporary alopecia conditions, a simple home remedy is often quite helpful in stimulating new hair growth.

When used consistently, natural home remedies can often ensure the growth of hair and result in healthy hair over a period of time!

Some home remedies include:

Apple cider vinegar. An apple cider vinegar rinse can promote blood circulation in the scalp and stimulate new hair growth.

Castor oil. Castor oil is a natural emollient, consisting of unsaturated fatty acids. When massaged into the hair follicles, it can nourish and soften them with its emollient and moisture-binding properties.

Essential oil blends. Certain essential oils, such as rosemary and thyme, when mixed with a carrier oil and massaged into areas of hair loss, have been known to stimulate hair growth (you can find a recipe for an effective essential oil blend on my web site at http://www.livecurlylivefree.com/home%20remedies.htm).

Emu oil. Emu oil is a highly penetrating and anti-inflammatory oil that includes essential fatty acids Omega-3 and Omega-6. It promotes cell regeneration when massaged into the hair follicles.

Nutrition. Nutrition plays a large role in hair growth and strength. Increasing your protein intake and drinking plenty of water, as well as taking vitamin C, vitamin B complex and brewer’s yeast, is often recommended.

Scalp massage. A brisk scalp massage while washing your hair stimulates the blood circulation and strengthens the hair follicles in the scalp.

NOTE

Alopecia is also an unwanted side effect of chemotherapy or radiation cancer treatments. Look Good…Feel Better (LGFB) is a free, national public service program that teaches beauty techniques to women with cancer, helping them to boost their self-image and camouflage their hair loss. To find out more about this wonderful organization, go to www.lookgoodfeelbetter.org.

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16 Chime in!:

Skibies said...

Thanks for this post, I know people who suffer from hair lost and they previously used chemical straighteners and tight cornrows for a sew-in weave. They also use whatever hair products - such as regular shampoos and hair grease. This has lead to hair loss. I appreciate the rememdies to possible cure this hair loss. I will forward to my friend.

Chai said...

Great advice. My mother is experiencing hair loss due to her diabetes and it's hearbreaking to watch. I remember as a kid having a mother with a full head of hair...it was something she was well known for. Regardless she's still my mum...hair or not...but as a woman, she's taking it hard...sort of like a part of her identity is slowly slipping away. I'll happily pass on the advice;-)!

Morgan said...

I really appreciate this post and am going to try these things. I have CCCA which is a form of scaring alopecia. Henna has helped the inflammation and scaring immensely but I am trying all things natural so I can really improve my condition and stop the hair loss.

Bronze Trinity said...

That was a great article!

Anonymous said...

I was really glad to read this. I was recently diagnosed with alopecia areata and although there is no magic pill I can take to fix it, I have been working with my nutritionist to figure out a solution. Trying to keep everything all natural to help me detox. I've also recently started using cassia for the health of my hair and scalp and I'm thinking about switching to henna soon.

Tiffany Anderson said...

Although there is technically no "cure" for alopecia areata, several homeopathic professionals I've spoken with suspect stress plays a large role. I know of two individuals who had some improvement by taking up yoga...perhaps that is something you and your nutritionist can discuss.

caribbeanchic said...

Thank you for this post. I suffer with alopecia... i experienced some hair loss a couple months back and was really upset about it.

My doctor attributed it to a combination of stress, anemia and lack of protein. I've been trying to eat well and take more iron these days.

Oh, BTW I Loooooooooove your blog.

Jai said...

Thank you so much for the information, I will definitely be sharing it.

Anonymous said...

Wow, Thanks Tiffany! I'm the "anon" with alopecia areata. You know- I wouldn't consider myself a stressed-out person BUT you're the second person to mention that stress could be a culprit. And the other person knows me pretty well. So maybe I should take a hint! I'm really going to take this to heart- thanks so much for the feedback.

Dooney said...

I started the C.O. treatment in mid May and have found significant breakage.

I'll have to go back to using my Dr. Miracles and stick with him.

BUMMER!

Wendy Marie said...

Tiffany: Thank you for your post on hair loss. Since the stressful day of gradual school (4 years ago) I begn to loose about 1/2" of hair, but only in the front. Todate I've lost a full inch on my otherwise extremely thick head of hair. The loss has subsided, but then seems to rebound every now and then. My medical and ayurvedic doctors believeit's stress related, and also mechanical, as I started to wear my hair pulled back. I am working on other styles that pull my bang area to the side. These styles feel more comfortable to my scalp (which is not normally sensitive). I'll keep you and others posted on my success. I understand it takes ~3 months to awaken hair from it's sleeping phase (I'm assuming/hoping that's the case with me).

Pharmacy Wholesaler said...

Great post on hair loss, its very easy to read and understand for anyone, This is great effort made by you for healthy fitness,
Thank you for great support

Pharmacy Dropshipping said...

Very Nice though on health tips. This can make everyone healthy and fitness to achieve their healthy life.
Have a nice day, Thanks

Kat Lim said...

I guess the most successful hair loss treatment ever introduced is the hair transplant. Though it is difficult to achieve perfect hair result for women because of the difficulty of find the donor site. Nevertheless, i would still recommend to try other method before pursuing the thought of having hair transplant.

Kat Lim
Patient Manager
The Hair Laser Clinic Singapore
http://www.hairandlaserclinic.com

Anonymous said...

Has anyone had any good results using Dr Miracle for alopecia areata?

list of doctors said...

This information is very nice post. I hope it will get more benefit to me.

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