Losing your hair is something that can happen for a variety of reasons.
Factors causing hair loss in men and women can range from age, genetics, lifestyle, medical conditions, or even medical treatments such as chemotherapy.
Finding a way to regrow that lost hair can often be frustrating and be defeating but fear not! Many people have the misconception that hair loss is irreversible, and in some cases, this may be true.
There are however several techniques and remedies that many people have found to be helpful in the process of regrowth.
For a simple approach, many individuals have used castor oil, combined with a less viscous oil such as coconut, extra virgin olive, or vegetable oil to address the issue of a Vitamin B7 deficiency, stress, and anxiety.
By mixing a small amount and massaging it into your scalp, you can encourage hair growth.
The oil mixture will stimulate your hair follicles and help remove any toxins in the scalp as well.
It is recommended that you use this technique 3 to 4 times per week, and if possible, an overnight application once per week.
In concert with the castor oil treatment, taking Biotin daily will also encourage the best results available.
It is recommended that you take 5,000 mcg (micrograms), or less, daily.
Taking more than this can lead to serious health effects and can prevent the hair growth you are striving for.
Improvements to your hair growth will vary based on your specific hair type, the cause of hair loss, and other factors as well.
Whether you have experienced hair loss, or are hoping to evade it completely, it is always important to be conscious of the chemicals that we use on our hair, and bodies in general.
There are some hair products that focus on natural ingredients, and others who also use ingredients like niacin and salicylic acid, which help improve blood circulation in the scalp while cleaning the pores and hair follicles of toxins.
You will want to avoid chemicals like sodium lauryl sulfate which essentially acts as a bleach on your hair.
Whenever possible, natural products that include biotin, cysteine and proteins will be the healthiest option when growing your hair and encouraging regrowth.
In addition to B7 mentioned above, there are a variety of vitamins and minerals that also encourage hair regrowth.
One of these essential nutrients is Vitamin E. Not only does Vitamin E help regrow your hair, it also helps prevent additional hair loss in the future.
You can implement a daily supplement of Vitamin E, or also purchase a lotion for direct application to your scalp, which will help stimulate proper circulation on the scalp.
If you have hair loss issues, Vitamin E will also encourage hair thickening, bringing you even closer to the look and feel you had before.
Adding B Vitamins will also increase cell production and stimulate circulation, while Vitamin C will help ensure your new hair follicles are strong and healthy.
For many people, the best way to address their hair loss is to see a doctor and find the prescription that works best for them.
Throughout North America and Europe, there are three primary FDA sanctioned drugs that have proven to bear great results in most patients who used them.
Dutasteride is an oral medication that was designed to treat Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, however, those suffering from hair loss can benefit from the drug because it inhibits the production of DHT or dihydrotestosterone.
DHT is highly prevalent in patients with BPH and male pattern baldness.
The second drug, Finasteride, is also used as an “off-label” treatment for male pattern baldness, as it can be used for light and moderate hair loss.
The most common medication is Minoxidil, most notably known as Rogaine.
This medication is a topical solution rather than the oral drug also known as Minoxidil and is used to treat High Blood Pressure.
This treatment option has proven to be highly effective, but your new hair will begin to fall out once you discontinue the applications.
Natural options are becoming more and more desirable to consumers today, and perhaps one of the most effective methods to regrow your hair could be an aloe vera mask with coconut milk or oil.
Simply mix freshly extracted Aloe Vera with some coconut milk or coconut oil and apply to the desired areas.
The mix should be a pasty consistency when applied.
Once you have completely covered the area, you can use a wrap to allow it to soak for about an hour.
Just like with the oil mix mentioned previously, you will want to apply this mask multiple times per week for the best results.
Because our hair is primarily composed of proteins, foods that are high in protein are also a great option to help encourage hair regrowth as well as help prevent hair loss.
Foods such as meats, eggs, beans, and lentils are essential to ensuring that you get better than expected results and quickly!
There are also foods high in B Vitamins, amino acids, and antioxidants that can be incorporated into a balanced diet to help promote hair growth.
Although considered a pseudo vitamin by many, Inositol can play a big part in the journey of improving your hair growth.
While maintaining a balanced diet, incorporating foods such as beans, brown rice, whole-grain bread, nuts, citrus fruits, cantaloupe, wheat germ, and leafy greens, will ensure that you are getting all the potential nutrients that affect hair growth.
There are also many breakfast cereals that contain phytic acid, a mixture of Inositol and phosphorus.
When in the process of hair regrowth, it is important to remember that it can take time for noticeable results.
For some, it may take weeks, or even month, before noticing improvements.
If you want to quicken the process, one option is to use cold or cool water on your hair.
Hot water is very damaging to our hair follicles, and the cold water will also stimulate your scalp.
If you are trying to reduce hair loss during chemotherapy treatments, it may help to use an ice pack placed onto your scalp during treatments.
This will restrict the amount of blood making its way to the scalp and may help prevent the chemicals from full saturating your hair follicles.
Find a competent and confident hair stylist.
A professional can not only help you style your hair to best present the hair you do have, but they can recommend different products and routines that can help your specific situation and needs.
This will keep you on the fast track to restoring your hairs natural beauty and volume.
Although it is not always preventable, there are things you can do to prevent, or minimize your hair loss.
Preventative care is always the best option for any medical issue, so be sure to treat the hair you do have with love.
Be careful to avoid over washing it or exposing it to too many chemicals and sun exposure.
We hope that this list of top 10 tips will help you on your journey to fuller, healthier hair.
Whatever route you take, be sure to take care of your body, eat right, and exercise.
All of these can reduce the amount of stress your body experiences and can even reduce some of the primary causes of overall hair loss.