The treatment of hair loss has become a booming industry, which in recent years has spawned a seemingly endless number of remedies, ranging from the mundane to the bizarre. Ironically, the sheer frustration of sorting through all these choices can make you lose more hair.
Many health-oriented people, who are fed up with the harsh side effects and limited effectiveness of hair loss medications, narrow the field by focusing on natural treatments. However, before exploring some of these natural remedies, it’s important to understand the origin of the problem.
Hair loss, which effects up to 70% of men and 30% of women worldwide, is caused when impaired blood circulation to the scalp prevents hair follicles from receiving the nutrients required for hair growth. Eventually each hair begins to thin until it completely stops growing. Among the many factors that cause impaired blood circulation are heredity, stress, unhealthy diet, chemical toxicity in hair products, inadequate sun exposure, side effects of medications, pregnancy and hormonal fluctuation.
According to Dr. Paavo Airola, a headstand is the most important thing you can do to increase blood circulation to the scalp and prevent hair loss. A few words of warning: 1) always use extreme caution before trying it at home, and 2) unless you live with Gomez, Morticia and Uncle Fester, be prepared for some strange reactions from family members.
Common grooming rituals also play a large role in maintaining a healthy hair count. For example, brushing and massaging the scalp for about 10-15 minutes a day stimulates blood circulation while cleansing the scalp of dirt, dead skin and other impurities. This process unclogs pores, allowing new hair to grow. Equally important is the proper choice of shampoos. Because chemical additives can create hair loss by disturbing the hair’s natural pH balance, it’s best to use products containing all-natural ingredients.
Regular oil treatments are known to stimulate hair growth by invigorating hair follicles and dormant hair roots. The most effective type of oil treatment is when it is combed into the hair and the scalp and left on overnight. Ironically, using vinegar instead of oil is said to have the same effect–all we need next are some tomatoes and a head of lettuce. These overnight treatments may or may not work, but one thing is for sure–if you choose the vinegar, plan on sleeping alone.
Certain vitamins, minerals and trace elements have been linked to increased blood circulation and proper hair nutrition, including Vitamin B-complex, Vitamin E, Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Silica, Calcium, L-Cysteine, Zinc, Copper and Iodine. By maintaining a diet that is rich in these nutrients and low in salt, animal fats and refined carbohydrates, it might be possible to reduce or reverse hair loss. The most popular herbal supplement for hair loss is the Chinese herb, He Shou Wu, which claims to restore graying hair to its natural color, as well as stimulate new hair growth.
If all else fails, you might try cutting your hair in alignment with the natural cycles of the moon. Since planting during the new moon in spring helps the growth of plants, it is theorized that cutting hair at the optimal lunar cycle helps the growth of hair. However, always be careful on a full moon–one look at a werewolf proves this method can backfire.
In conclusion, each case of hair loss has a unique set of factors. What helps one person might not help another. Some people try almost every known treatment with little to no success. If you’re in this last group or are simply afraid to try anything, don’t worry–bald is in.
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