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