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Common Causes of Hair Loss and Natural Remedies

Hair loss is a natural part of how our bodies function. On average we lose around 80 to 100 strands of hair a day. However, should you begin to shed significantly larger amounts of hair or notice that your hair isn’t growing back, this extends beyond the realms of normal and may require further investigation.

Frustratingly, when it comes to hair loss it can sometimes be tricky to pinpoint the exact reason why your strands are falling out and how to remedy the situation.

Common Causes of Hair Loss

Genetics – You may just be genetically predisposed to hair thinning, which is a progressive but gradual reduction in hair volume as you age.  In women, some hair follicles develop a sensitivity to testosterone and start to shrink, producing finer and shorter hairs with each growth cycle.

Reactive Triggers – Excessive daily hair shedding, called telogen effluvium, occurs as a result of an internal imbalance or upset. This type of hair loss can generally be attributed to triggers like age, hormonal imbalances, thyroid issues, nutritional deficiencies, crash dieting, emotional shock, severe stress or illness.

Of all the triggers, hormones play a huge role in regulating the hair growth cycle, a hormone imbalance can exacerbate hair loss.  If you already have a genetic predisposition to follicle sensitivity, out of whack hormones will have even more impact on your hair than a person without a predisposition.

Hair loss doesn’t happen fast because our strands grow in cycles. It can take up to 3 months for hair to fall out due to a trigger. If you notice excessive daily hair loss for longer than 3 months, it’s time to take action. Try not to panic though as generally, the hair will start to grow back once any imbalance has been rectified.

Natural Remedies

While getting to the root cause of your hair loss would be the most sensible option, here are some tips for healthier hair.

Diet – What you eat can have a positive impact on hair loss. Increase your daily intake of protein-rich foods such as lean meats, fish and soy, to approximately 120g per serving at breakfast and lunch. Eat more complex carbohydrates such as fresh fruit, raw vegetables and whole wheat crackers.

Supplements – Additional nutrients in the form of supplements are great for boosting hair growth. Look out for supplements or multivitamins containing Iron, Vitamin C, Vitamin B12, Vitamin D3, Copper, Zinc, Selenium and amino acids L-Lysine and L-Methionine.

Drink more water – A hair shaft is one-quarter water, so staying hydrated is important for healthy hair. Drink at least four to eight glasses of water a day.

Make a natural hair treatment - Eggs are rich in sulphur, phosphorous, selenium, iodine, zinc and protein. Separate one egg and place the egg white in a bowl. Add a teaspoon each of olive oil and honey. Beat to a paste. Apply the mask to your hair from root to tips and let sit for 20 minutes. Wash your hair with a mild shampoo.

Green tea is rich in antioxidants to help boost hair growth and prevent hair loss. Steep 3 tea bags in two cups of boiling water. When cooled, pour the tea over your scalp and hair while gently massaging your scalp at the same time. Leave on for an hour and then rinse off with cool water.

Aloe Vera is good for hair loss and also effective in reducing scalp issues such as itching and flaking. Extract the pulp from a stalk of Aloe Vera. Apply to your hair and scalp and leave in for 45 minutes. Rinse your hair with warm water. Do this three to four times a week for best results.

Hair Care – Only wash your hair in cool or lukewarm water. Change to a natural shampoo that is sulphate and paraben free. Avoid hairstyles that put stress on your strands such as tight ponytails, buns and topknots. Also, steer clear of heavy styling creams and serums that add weight to your hair. Never brush wet hair, instead, use a wide-toothed comb.

As a Doctor of Naturopathy and Homoeopathy, finding a holistic approach to healing is what Dr Alain Sanua does best. Talk to Dr Sauna today about your hair loss and let him help you pinpoint the trigger and provide you with natural solutions to restore any imbalances.


 

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