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Posted on: March 16, 2018 at 12:06 pm
Last updated: September 26, 2018 at 10:22 am

People want strong healthy hair, regardless of how short their hair is. Seeing your hair fall out is scary for many reasons—it typically signifies that something else is wrong with your body.

So what’s going on with your hair loss, and how can you strengthen your hair without using even scarier toxic ingredients or medication?

Common Causes of Hair Loss

The following are just a few causes of hair loss in both men and women.

  • Stress, whether physical, mental, or emotional [1]
  • Hormonal changes, including pregnancy, menopause, and going off of birth control
  • A vitamin or mineral deficiency or surplus, such as getting too much vitamin A or too little vitamin B
  • Not getting enough protein, which is an essential component of our hair
  • Another underlying medical condition, such as anemia or hypothyroidism

Regardless of what’s causing your hair loss, it’s essential to discover the underlying cause first. While it’s true that age and genetics can play a role in both male and female hair loss [2], get yourself checked to ensure you’re not suffering from anemia or a hormonal issue.

You can also evaluate your diet to determine if you’re getting enough nutrients to help your hair be healthy and strong. Working with a professional natural care doctor or herbalist can help you discover the cause and not be overwhelmed by this distressing symptom.

In the meantime, there are some remedies that can help you!

Toxic Conventional Treatments for Hair Loss

Before we dive into natural remedies, let’s take a look at some toxic conventional treatments for hair loss. Although some of these treatments are said to be safe, it’s important to evaluate the side effects for yourself before use.

Drugs. Propecia (Finasteride) is one of the only approved drugs for hair loss. It’s a pill for men. Unwanted side effects include a reduced sex drive and an increased risk of prostate cancer [3].

Products. While some products such as Rogaine (Minoxidil), an over-the-counter liquid you put on your scalp, are rather toxic (can cause irritation to your scalp and an accelerated heartbeat) others such as Hum offer a vitamin (really it’s just B vitamins and zinc) that claims to help promote healthy hair growth [4].

Laser therapy. Laser therapy is somewhat new solution to hair loss that is supposedly safe and effective in animal studies (can we trust those?) [5]. It works by stimulating hair follicles and increasing circulation.

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Since these products can cost thousands of dollars (the laser therapy) and some contain scary side effects, why not just turn to your kitchen to see if you can strengthen your hair and prevent it from falling out until you can figure out the root cause?

Using Natural Ingredients in Your Kitchen for Thinning Hair

You can make your own hair masks and treatments out of these simple ingredients in your kitchen. Check out the following 8 ingredients many people have on hand to show your hair some love!

1. Apple Cider Vinegar

Best for: Improving blood circulation, detoxing the scalp, eliminating dandruff.

When to use: Use as a hair rinse after washing.

How to use it: Combine with water in equal parts, so for ½ cup of ACV, ½ cup of water. Pour it over your hair and leave it in for 10-15 minutes. Be sure to allow it to reach all areas of your hair. Rinse thoroughly and repeat two times every week [6].

Why it works: Although ACV hasn’t been proven to strengthen hair, it does help the hair follicles to remain healthy and increases circulation, therefore setting yourself up for healthy, strong hair.

2. Aloe Vera

Best for: Strengthening hair strands and facilitating cell growth.

When to use: After washing your hair.

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How to use it: Rub pure aloe vera gel from the plant (widely available at grocery stores) onto your scalp. Leave on for an hour before rinsing off.

Why it works: Containing essential vitamins such as A, B-12, C, E, and folic acid, aloe vera helps stop hair loss and repair damage. It also increases blood circulation to the scalp [7].

3. Onion Juice

Best for: Promoting collagen growth and blood circulation.

When to use: Before washing.

How to use it: Just put some onion in a blender and apply the juice to your hair and scalp and let it sit for about 15 minutes then wash as normal.

Why it works: Onion juice helps promote blood circulation in the scalp and contains antioxidants and sulfur, which may help hair growth [8]. Do not use if you’re allergic to onions!

4. Garlic

Best for: Strengthening the hair shaft .

When to use: Before or after washing is fine.

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How to use it: Get garlic juice by pressing each clove (about 8 cloves will get you a tablespoon of juice) or make a paste out of crushed garlic. Apply to your scalp with honey for an hour then rinse out [9].

Why it works: Compounds in garlic such as selenium and sulfur can help strengthen hair follicles and lead to hair growth [10].

5. Eggs

Best for: Supporting healthy hair growth.

When to use: After washing with shampoo.

How to use it: Mix one egg (preferably free-range, they have much higher levels of vitamins and minerals) with one tablespoon of olive oil and apply to your hair. Let sit for a minimum of 10 minutes. Rinse and wash with conditioner [11].

Why it works: Eggs have high levels of protein, which helps to nourish the essential element in hair, keratin (also a form of protein).

6. Coconut Milk

Best for: Stopping dryness that can inhibit hair growth.

When to use: Before washing.

How to use it: Use as much coconut milk (fresh or from a can) as needed for your length of hair. Massage into your scalp for 15 minutes, then work through your hair and leave on for 45 more minutes. You can use a shower cap to avoid a mess. Wash your hair normally afterwards. You can do this once a week.

Why it works: Coconut milk contains healthy fats and vitamins to nourish your hair follicles and shafts to improve hair health and facilitate growth [12].

7. Rosemary Oil

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Best for: Improving circulation and increasing hair growth.

When to use: After washing.

How to use it: Use a few drops of rosemary essential oil directly on your scalp or use with a carrier oil if your skin is sensitive (jojoba, coconut, olive, and avocado oil all work well). You can also put a few drops of rosemary oil into your shampoo. When using the oil directly or with a carrier oil, rinsing out is optional [13].

Why it works: Research shows rosemary oil is as effective as Minoxidil (remember Rogaine above?) for promoting hair growth [14]. This study showed that the control group that used Rogaine had more scalp itchiness and irritability than the rosemary group.

8. Safflower Oil

Best for: Stimulating hair growth, strengthening hair follicles, improving circulation.

When to use: Before washing.

How to use it: Use as much as needed to cover your scalp, use a comb to work it through your hair, leave it on your hair for up to an hour. Then wash with shampoo. Do this every week.

Why it works: Safflower oil nourishes hair follicles and increases circulation to encourage growth [15].

When you have simple ingredients in your pantry that can help stop your hair loss, why try toxic remedies? Give one of these 8 suggestions a try for your hair loss to help strengthen and nourish your hair for a shiny, healthy mane!

This amazing post was written by Jenn Ryan, a freelance writer, and editor who’s passionate about natural health, fitness, gluten-free, and animals. You can read more of her work at thegreenwritingdesk.com.

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Jenn Ryan
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Jenn Ryan is a freelance writer and editor who's passionate about natural health, fitness, gluten-free, and animals. She loves running, reading, and playing with her four rescued rabbits.

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