Hair loss or thinning hair can have several causes. In women, hormonal issues are often at the root of the problem and hair loss is especially common within 3 months after giving birth, as the estrogen returns to normal levels. Apart from hormonal disturbances, many other factors such as certain medications, underlying allergies or infections, nutritional deficiencies, and pollution can all lead to stunted hair growth and increased hair fall. So today, we will take a look at some natural remedies to stimulate hair growth.
The gel of the Aloe Vera plant can not only prevent hair fall; it also stimulates new hair growth. In addition, aloe vera prevents dandruff and helps restore natural gloss and hair shine. You can drink aloe juice daily and also apply a mixture of aloe gel mixed with lemon juice to the scalp. Leave the mixture on your hair for up to 20 minutes before washing off with a mild shampoo.
Coconut milk helps stimulate hair growth and prevents hair fall. Mix coconut milk with wheat germ oil and massage your scalp with the blend. Leave it on overnight and wash off the next morning. Be consistent with this remedy to see results.
Apart from massaging warm coconut oil into your scalp, you can even drink a couple of tablespoons of coconut oil daily. Doing so regularly will give you great skin and hair. Always use organic, cold pressed coconut oil. You can add it to your coffee or drink it with warm water. Some people also use coconut oil for cooking or on their salads.
Take collagen supplements to see great results in your skin, nail and hair health. Collagen pills and powders are readily available these days. You can also drink homemade bone broth which contains natural collagen.
A deficiency in Biotin, which is one of the important B vitamins, can lead to hair fall and weak and brittle nails and hair. You can safely take up to 2-5 mg of Biotin daily to strengthen the hair shaft. Also, eat foods rich in biotin including liver, yeast, eggs, nuts, etc.
Castor oil (cold pressed and hexane free), is another great natural remedy to stimulate hair growth. In fact; many women also apply castor oil onto their eyelashes to make them thicker and stronger and prevent them from falling out. It’s no wonder that castor oil can help reduce hair fall. Massage warm castor oil into your balding areas and cover up with a scarf or shower cap. Leave it on for up to 8 hours (or overnight). Wash off the next morning with a mild shampoo. Note that castor oil is very thick and viscous. So, you may want to dilute it with warm coconut oil, almond oil or olive oil. Massage the warm blend as suggested above.
Brewer’s yeast is extremely rich in B-vitamins and regular intake can stimulate hair growth and prevent hair fall. You can sprinkle Brewer’s yeast onto your morning cereal, popcorn or mix it in your yogurt or smoothies. You will see thicker hair with regular intake.
Grate or blend 1-2 raw onions and extract the juice. Mix this juice with virgin coconut or olive oil and apply the blend to your scalp. If possible, leave it on overnight, or you can wash it off after 1-2 hours. Repeat twice a week to see luxurious hair growth. Read this study on how onion juice may be the new treatment for alopecia.
Green tea contains polyphenols and antioxidants which are anti-inflammatory. They have a stimulating effect on the hair and are believed to promote hair growth. Drink 1-2 cups of green tea every day. Read this study of how EGCG catechins in green tea can stimulate hair growth.
Hair fall can also result from fungal infections and dandruff. Apple cider vinegar is anti-fungal, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory and can help stimulate hair growth naturally. Add a tablespoon of raw apple cider vinegar with the ‘mother’ enzyme to a glass of warm water. Sweeten the mixture with some honey or juice. Sip the mixture slowly. It is best to drink this in the morning on an empty stomach. With regular use, you will notice a healthier scalp, reduced dandruff and thicker hair. You can also use diluted apple cider vinegar to rinse out your hair. Read this detailed research on whether apple cider vinegar can stimulate hair growth.
Excess DHT hormone (5α-dihydrotestosterone) is often the primary cause of male and female pattern baldness. To block DHT from weakening the hair follicles, you need to take a DHT blocker. Saw palmetto or serenoa repens is a natural DHT blocker and men and women can safely use it to prevent hair fall and stimulate hair growth. Consult an experienced herbalist regarding the right dosage. To read a detailed study of whether saw palmetto can curb hair fall, click this link.
Certain essential oils stimulate hair growth and curb hair fall. These include rosemary, lavender, tea tree, peppermint, and grapefruit seed oils. Mix one of these oils with Jojoba oil and apply to the scalp. You can also add the oils to your shampoo or conditioner or in the final rinsing water when you wash your hair. With regular use, you will certainly see new hair growth. See studies on Lavender oil and Peppermint oil for increased hair growth.
Apart from using the above natural remedies to stimulate hair growth, you also need to follow certain lifestyle changes to prevent the cycle of hair fall. These include eating a healthy, balanced diet with lean proteins, healthy fats and complex carbohydrates. You also need to take a multi-vitamin daily. Cut out all junk food, sugar, and processed foods from your diet. It is beneficial to exercise every day to reduce stress—which is a common cause of hair fall. Start your day with meditation, deep breathing exercises or yoga. Women: try changing your hairstyle - avoid pulling your hair into tight braids, buns or ponytails. Massage your scalp with warm oil once or twice a week to stimulate hair growth.
If these remedies do not show results, do consult a trichologist. You could also consider treatments like scalp injections and laser pens to stimulate hair growth.
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