Natural Remedies to Combat Hair Loss
Discover easy and natural ways to help reduce hair loss in men and women.
Published on: Mar 3, 2016
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Natural Remedies for Hair Loss
Natural Remedies for Hair Loss
Surgery…Laser Treatment….Rogaine…Propecia….while all of these treatments are extremely popular for
hair loss, some men and women prefer more natural (and cheaper!) alternatives for hair loss remedies.
Certain essential oils have been shown to stimulate hair follicles and increase circulation to the scalp.
This in turn helps slow hair loss. Massage the oil of your choice (or create a combination) into your scalp
for at least two minutes per day. Wrap your hair in a warm towel for approximately thirty minutes to let the
oils permeate your scalp and hair follicles. Then, shampoo as normal. Here are essential oils to help
combat hair loss:
Essential Oils for Hair Loss:
Jojoba oil – Jojoba oil is extracted from the seeds of jojoba trees. This oil is perfect for the hair loss
sufferer that is losing hair for non-genetic related reasons such as scalp dermatitis, dandruff or excessive
sebum buildup. Extensive dryness of the scalp can lead to dandruff and subsequently hair loss. Jojoba oil
is an incredible moisturizer that does not leave any residue. Jojoba oil is also used as a scalp cleanser that
helps get rid of buildup (sebum) which can block hair follicles from growing. Apply jojoba oil on the scalp,
wait a few minutes, then wash off.
Saw palmetto – Saw palmetto is a natural way to block 5a-reductase (similar to finasteride), which
converts testosterone to DHT. DHT is responsible for hair loss. Saw palmetto comes in different forms,
such as whole dried berries, tablets, liquid extracts and powdered capsules.
Biotin – Biotin is a Vitamin B complex and is found in foods such as carrots, liver, yeast, and bananas.
Biotin deficiency can cause decreased appetite, dermatitis, achromotrichia (loss of pigment in hair) and
alopecia (hair loss.) Pregnant and nursing mothers often experience lower levels of biotin. Biotin
supplements can promote healthy hair growth and prevent hair dryness. Biotin also increases the elasticity
of hair, thereby minimizing hair breakage.
Argan oil – Argan oil is a natural, plant-derived oil that is rich in vitamin E. Argan oil is a great deep
conditioning treatment that improves the condition of your existing hair. Healthy and nourished hair
appears fuller and thicker. Argan oil however is NOT a DHT blocker and will not prevent hair loss. It is best
to apply argan oil on damp hair and wrap a towel around your head to help the oil penetrate, prior to
rinsing. You can also massage argan oil into your scalp.
Research has recently shown that caffeine stimulates the hair shaft and helps it grow faster by blocking
the effects of DHT, which causes hair loss. 50-60 cups of coffee per day (not recommended!) would be
needed for an adequate does, so shampoos infused with caffeine are your best bet. You can also try to
DIY your own coffee oil recipe!
The licorice root is good for dry, irritated scalps, as well as for treating dandruff. Licorice also has a minty
tingle similar to peppermint oil, that stimulates growth. You can use a licorice oil topically or drink some
Safflower usually comes in the form of an oil from the safflower plant, which is related to the sunflower.
The seeds of the safflower are pressed into oil. Safflower oil is rich in vitamin E and oleic acid which
penetrates the skin easily. When applied to the scalp, it acts as a vasodilator which dilates the blood
vessels, which in turn increases blood circulation and brings more nutrients to the hair follicles (promoting
hair growth). Safflower petals can also be consumed as a tea.
Emu Oil – Oil that comes from the emu, which is related to the ostrich. Emus are farmed around the world
for their red meat. The oil is taken from fat in the back of the bird. Native aborigines used emu oil to heal
wounds. Emu oil has anti-inflammatory properties which promotes a healthy scalp. It is also non-
comedogenic, which means it does not clog pores. As emu oil is very well absorbed through human skin, it
is recommended to use it on your scalp along with a treatment that helps reverse hair loss (such as
minoxidil). Emu oil helps transport ingredients through the skin, so it may help hair loss medication to work
Coconut Oil – Although not technically an “essential oil, ” coconut oil is very helpful in aiding with hair
loss. Benefits of coconut oil for the hair are:
– Moisturizes scalp and hair
– Consists of three different fatty acids which makes an effective antifungal, getting rid of dandruff
– Helps hair from losing protein
– Contains Vitamin E
– Gives hair a healthy shine!
One Hour and Some Coconut Oil May Be All You Need for Healthier Hair
There has a been a recent trend in using coconut oil for cooking for better health inside, but did you know
that it can also help to improve your appearance on the outside? Research and experience has proven
that when used externally, your newest favorite cooking product works wonders on your skin and hair.
In one study conducted that compared coconut oil against mineral and sunflower oils, it was found that the
coconut oil was the only one which could reduce protein loss, even with hair that was already damaged.
Further examination showed that while this was true whether used before or after washing, the best results
proved to be when coconut oil was being used as a part of a pre-wash treatment. This is due to the oil’s
ability to repel water.
How to Use Coconut Oil as a Pre-Wash Conditioner
For healthy shiny hair the natural way, all you need is a bottle of virgin coconut oil and a shower cap.
Slightly dampen your hair and then apply about a quarter sized amount of the coconut oil to the palm of
your hand. Rub your hands together so that the oil is on your fingers as well, and then run them through
your hair. Focus on making sure that the oil is even distributed from root to the end of the hair shafts. For
longer hair you may need to apply a little more oil to your hands.
Once you are satisfied that all of your hair has been covered in coconut oil, wrap it inside of the shower
cap and let it sit for an hour. Not only does the cap keep your hair in place and oil off of your clothes, the
heat created will increase absorption of the coconut oil into the strands.
After the hour is up it is time to wash your hair as normal. A small amount of the coconut will actually
penetrate deeper into the hair shaft as the fiber swells during washing, helping to prevent your hair from
frizzing in humid weather.
Most will find that this treatment with coconut oil is only needed every three to four days, but if you dye
your hair, have a perm or use heating devices when styling your hair you will find it beneficial to condition
your hair with coconut oil more often. Not only will this help retain the luster and shine of your hair, it could
prevent other issues such as breakage and premature hair loss.
The trend towards finding natural remedies to our health and beauty issues has led to some very surprising
discoveries. Rather than risk damage to your hair or even hair loss with manufactured products, you can
restore the luster and retain your hair longer by using coconut oil as a pre-wash conditioner. That one hour
spent will have an amazing effect on the vitality of your hair for days afterwards.