Trying to regrow hair is possible but it's not as simple as applying topical medication and voila, hair will grow back again. There are dozens of hair loss products on the market claiming to treat hair loss. Many, if not all, have some kinds of side effects that include itchy scalp, headaches, scalp infection, and nausea. In addition to side effects, harsh chemicals in hair loss products can also contribute to hair loss. This article discusses the various causes of hair loss and what best remedies to treat it. Education is important and hopefully, after reading this article, you will be able to make informed decisions on the best hair loss treatment.
It is estimated that about 95% of androgenetic alopecia, a medical term for common baldness in both men and women, is due to hereditary. Androgenetic alopecia is typically permanent. The good news is the remaining 5% hair loss condition is temporary. Here are some common factors that cause temporary hair loss:
– hormonal disorders or changes
– medication conditions
– emotional and physical stress
– over styling
– poor quality hair care products
Of the mentioned factors, diet and poor quality hair care, if corrected, can stimulate hair growth and prevent future hair loss.
Nutritional deficiency can lead to hair thinning and slows or even stops regrowth. Iron, vitamins, and minerals promote healthy hair growth and without them, the hair can weaken and the hair follicles may become damaged which can lead to hair loss. Eating healthy and staying well hydrated is important to healing the hair and scalp back to health. Drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day will keep your body nicely hydrated. A word of caution about excess vitamins vitamins: certain vitamins, such as Vitamin A, if taken more than the recommended daily intake can cause hair loss as well as other health risks. For instance, if you are taking Vitamin A supplement, the recommended daily intake should not exceed 5,000 IU daily for adults. The best approach is to spread the foods you eat in good proportions. Your health physician can better assess your overall nutritional deficiencies and recommend the right vitamins and diet plan.
Food sources rich in protein and vitamins include green and yellow vegetables, all fruits, fermented food such as soy sauce and naturally leavened sour dough bread, nuts and seeds, dried legumes, and edible species of algae.
Essential fatty acids: Flax seed oil, flax seed, walnuts,
Vitamin A: Green vegetable and yellow vegetable such as spinach, kale, collard, kale, Chinese cage, carrots, papaya, apricot, cantaloupe
Vitamin B-6: Banana, chicken, turkey, fish, pork
Vitamin B-12: Chlorella, spirulina, Aphanizomenon flos-aquae (AFA), naturally leavened sourdough bread
Vitamin C: All citrus fruits, potatoes, bell peppers, tomatoes
Vitamin E: Pistachio nuts, oats, quinoa, rice; sunflower seeds, almonds, broccoli, olives,
A well-balanced diet is essential to the normal function and growth of hair. Eating healthy will not produce the desired result if you are using the wrong shampoo. Many shampoos contain harsh chemicals that are damaging to the hair follicles and scalp. It's important to use natural shampoo that contains no synthetic detergents and toxic ingredients. Since the release of studies linking cancer to some of the common ingredients in hair care products, some companies have eliminated or replaced those toxic chemicals in their ingredients.
Organic shampoo is effective in restoring hair loss because they are made from natural and certified organic ingredients. Unlike conventional hair loss shampoo that may cause side effects such as redding and inflammation of the scalp, you should experience no side effects when using organic shampoo unless you are allergic to certain herbs or plants. Organic shampoo does not contain synthetic detergents such as sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) and sodium laureth sulfate (SLES). SLS is the main culprit suspected of causing hair loss. SLS is a degreaser and powerful wetting and foaming chemical. SLS is also used in engine degreasers and floor cleaners. Imagine what an engine degreaser can do to your hair follicles! According to studies on SLS, this harsh deterrent has been shown to impair the hair to grow by corroding the hair follicles. Some people do not believe that SLS causes hair loss. No matter the arguments, the benefits of using hair products that only contain pure and natural ingredients outweigh any doubts about SLS.
More and more hair care products are leaning towards the natural route. Today, many shampoos are parabens-free, sulfate-free, and phthalates-free. They are the easiest to identify because the manufacturers indicate so on their product labels. Be careful when shopping for organic shampoo. Read the ingredients label to make sure the product contains only pure and natural ingredients. Do not just rely on the label and brand name of the product. Just because it has the word "organic" or "natural" does not need to mean that the product contains no synthetic ingredients.
Growing back hair takes time and dedication. There is no magic product that will quickly grow hair. It takes on average 3 months for new hair to grow when the old one falls out because hair undergoes three cycles: anagen – the growth phase, catagen – regressing phase which signals the end of the anagen phase, and telogen – the resting phase . Bear in mind that years of nutritional deficiency and bad shampoo choices will take time for the hair to heal itself to good health. Eating healthy and using only natural shampoo can help stimulate the hair follicles and reactivate them back to the growth stage. More importantly, as you become more educated and informed on the causes of hair loss, you can start to make positive choices to reversing and preventing future hair loss.