Women’s Hair Loss

If you are experiencing hair loss, you are among the 1/3 of women who suffer from this in their lifetime.  The average hair loss per day is about 100 strands, however, there are many women who lose their hair at a much greater rate.

Some causes for hair loss is often times due to certain types of medication like vitamin A, anticoagulants, hormones, antidepressants and heredity.  Health issues can also be a factor.  You could have thyroid problems, poor circulation, acute illness, skin disease, diabetes, poor diet or anemia.  Hair straightening and coloring can also cause hair loss.  Some people have alopecia, which is baldness or loss of hair. Some scientists believe the body’s immune system mistakes hair follicles for foreign tissue and attacks them.

Supplements such as biotin, zinc, marine protein and B complex can help in dealing with thinning hair and hair loss. Good food sources of biotin include brewer’s yeast, brown rice, bulgur, green peas, lentils, oats, soybeans, sunflower seeds and walnuts.

Having a proper diet can also be very beneficial. Include fish, nuts, lean meats, vegetables and fruit in your diet. Fruits and vegetables contain flavonoids, many of which are antioxidants that may provide protection for the hair follicles and encourage hair growth. Eliminate grains and sugar from your diet.

Make sure you get enough sleep and keep your stress level down.

When you shampoo your hair, always wash it at least twice and do it gently. Use shampoos and conditioners that contain biotin and silica. Conditioners containing chamomile, marigold, ginseng, and/or passionflower help to keep hair healthy as well.  Wash it in cold water once a week and use natural oils to nourish and lubricate the hairs scalp. Pure peppermint essential oil rubbed in the roots of your hair will stimulate the hair follicles. It is best to use a wide tooth comb when your hair is wet and pat your hair dry and squeeze out remaining moisture with a towel before combing. Massage your scalp daily.

Sometimes even a different hair style can change your look and make your hair appear to have less hair loss.

When using a flat iron to straighten your hair always use a product with heat thermal protection and if you use hair spray be sure it has UV protection in it.

While you are working on getting a fuller head of hair there are products that can make the areas of your scalp less noticeable.  There are powders that you brush on the scalp in the areas of hair loss, which gives the appearance that there is hair in those areas. These can be purchased at most hair products stores and some drug stores.

Use a hair mask once a month to help increase the quality of your hair which includes strength and shine of your hair. Here is one that you can make yourself:

1 tablespoon of coconut oil (put in microwave to melt) , add 1 teaspoon of grape seed essential oil, and for light hair…add 1/2 tablespoon of lemon juice or 10 drops of grapefruit essential oil.  Darker hair…add 10 drops of rosemary essential oil.  Mix ingredients and apply on damp hair while mixture is still warm and wrap hair with a warm towel turban (this can be heated with a hairdryer) and put on a shower cap. Leave this on for 15 to 20 minutes, then wash and condition your hair.

It may take several months to really see the results, but it will be worth it!

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