Herbal Remedies For Hair Loss

Hair loss and female pattern baldness is a curse of many modern women, that is why there are a huge variety of hair loss treatments available at the market. Actually, a lot of today’s women have a tendency to trust in natural or alternative hair loss approaches and treatments, which are safer and effective in long-term perspective. Some of the herbal remedies can stimulate hair growth and re-growth, and they should be used as the following.

Herbal Remedie For Hair Loss1. Burdock (Arctium). Mix 2.5 oz of ground burdock root and 7 oz of olive oil, keep the mixture for 1 day in a dark place, and then boil it for 15 minutes on a slow fire. Strain (if necessary) and rub into your scalp, especially into problematic areas, every day for 40-60 days.

2. Nettle (Urtica gen.). Mix 3.5 oz of dried nettle leaves with 10 oz of water and 2 tablespoons of apple vinegar (6%).  Keep for 4 hours, then rinse out your hair in this solution. Repeat this procedure every day for 30 days.

3. Milfoil (Achillea Millefolium). Keep 2 teaspoons of dried milfoil leaves in 500 ml of water for 1 day, then rub the mixture into your scalp every day for 30 days. Problematic areas can be treated with a mixture of powdered milfoil leaves and olive oil in 1:10 proportion.

4. Juniper (Juniperus gen.). Steep 1 tablespoon of dried leaves and buds of the plant in 15 oz of water, keep till it cools down, and then rub the mixture into your scalp daily for 30 days.

5. Pine tree (Pinus). Boil 500 g of dried pine buds in 5 liters of water for 20-30 minutes, let the tincture coll down and use it for rinsing out your hair. Repeat daily during 1-1.5 month.

Is Hair Loss In Women Related to Age?

Hair Loss And AgeMale baldness in a very common problem of our times. By the age of 50, the majority of today’s men suffer from baldness to one or another extent. However, not many of us know that by the age of 50 about 50% of women also experience hair loss, which in many cases can be quite noticeable.  According to the findings of several recent scientific researches, by the age of 65 more than 75% of women have thinning hair and are forced to use various hair loss treatments to preserve their hair.

Certainly, it is not a surprise, and there are many reasons for a strong connection of hair loss with age. First of all, a large number of aged women of our times have been making their hair undergo ironing, bleaching and other harsh chemical procedures, which damaged their hair severely. Other factors which can stimulate hair loss include everyday stresses and depressions, poor and unhealthy nutrition, genetic predisposition to female pattern baldness, as well as taking some medicines (like birth control pills) and undergoing chemo-therapies.

Finally, pregnancy, childbirth and menopause are connected with serious hormonal shifts in female body, and hair loss is one of the main negative effects of these conditions. Specialists suggest that hair loss caused by pregnancy or menopause is temporary, however, in many situations hair does not grow back very fast, and not every woman can successfully restore her beautiful and think hair that she had before.

If you are currently experiencing hair loss connected with the above mentioned periods of your life, avoid excessive load on your hair (like aggressive brushing, perma, ironing, etc.) that can cause more thinning of the hair and increase hair loss. Instead, try to use various natural hair loss treatments and choose the haircuts which layers (which can increase your hair volume).

Natural Hair Loss Treatment Options

Natural Hair Loss TreatmentsThe list of natural hair loss treatments includes phyto-shampoos, gels and balsams, which are based on natural effects of herbs or plants known for their properties to slow down hair falling out. Such herbs as Straw flower (Helicrysum cracteatum), nettle (Urtica gen.), chamomile (Matricaris spp.), tea tree oil, milfoil (Achillea milefoilum), Aloe Vera, St. John’s Wort (Hypercium gen.), lime tree blossom (Titla gen) and others are the most commonly used for phyto-hair loss treatments.

However, such shampoos and balsams are usually commercially produced, and those ladies who want to be sure in the quality and effectiveness of their natural hair loss treatments can try using special homemade hair masks. In particular, you can mix 1 teaspoon of Aloe Vera juice, 1 teaspoon of Castor oil and 1 table spoon of high quality honey. Keep this mixture on your hair for 30-40 minutes, then wash you hair with chamomile tincture or warm water. You can repeat this treatment 1-2 times a week.

Another natural balsam was used by women living in Tibet mountains.  Prepare a mixture of 100 g of burdock oil, 1 g of Rose oil, 1 g of Eucalyptus oil and 1 g of Sea Buckthorn oil. Rub this mixture carefully into your scalp and keep for 30 minutes, then wash your hair with a shampoo. Natural oil will nourish and moisturize your scalp, helping to create a new favorable environment for restoring your old hair follicles and the development of new ones.

When thinking about natural approaches to hair loss treatment, it is necessary also to take into consideration a proper nutrition. Very often imbalanced nutrition and bad eating habits become a reason of hair loss. You should maintain a healthy balance of minerals (iron, zinc, phosphorus, magnesium, calcium, etc.) and vitamins (especially Vitamins B and PP). The best sources of the mentioned elements include vegetables, fish, red meat, fresh and dry fruit, beans, nuts, dairy products and others.

Seawater and Our Hair

swimmingIn summer most of us like swimming in tender salty waters of seas or oceans. Swimming is a great and very relaxing activity which is extremely beneficial to our body and health. However, sometimes direct contact with salty seawaters can have negative effects on your hair, especially if it is weakened and dried out by excessive summer sunlight. That is why when you are on the seashore and going to swim, you should never forget about wearing a swimming cap or other type of protection for your hair.

Actually, clean and clear seawater is not supposed to be harmful to our hair. On the contrary, it can provide our hair and scalp with a dozen of useful minerals and elements, boost natural environment for a good hair growth, as well as help us to get rid of such problem as dandruff. If you are sure that the seawater is clean enough, you can freely swim and put your hair in it, massage your scalp and improve you hair health.

However, overwhelming majority of sea and ocean waters around today’s beaches are very polluted and dirty. If you are planning to swim but do not like wearing swimming cap, afterward do not forget to carefully rinse your hair out with mineral water and apply a leave-in conditioner. The same should be done after swimming in a pool with chlorinated water because chlorine can have very strong damaging effects on your hair color and structure of your hair laces.

Also, a combination of seawater and hot sunlight may have absolutely destructive effects on our hair. That is why it is necessary to use a good quality leave-in conditioners or other protection products (like Bumble Surf Spray, etc.) for swimming and staying on the sun. Or, the experts recommend to restore your hair after a long exposure to seawater by using the following natural hair mask: mix carefully a tablespoon of mayonnaise, a yolk and a teaspoon of honey, spread the mixture around your hair and leave for 2 hours, then rinse with warm water. Enjoy your summer activities and take care about your hair!

Summer Hair Care Tips

summer-hair-careSummer gives a great opportunity to every woman to look more sexy and beautiful. However, lots of sunlight and warmth in summer affect our hair to a great extent. That is why in summer we experience many various problems connected with hair. Those include, first of all, too dry, brittle and frizzy hair, split hair, etc. The effects of sunlight on our hair can be compared to the ones of hair dryer. How to protect our hair in summer in the most effective way? Below, you can find some tips on summer hair care.

  • Wear a short hairstyle in summer. It will help you to enjoy sunny weather without extra worries and minimize your summer hair care efforts.
  • If you do not like short hair, wear your hair up in a knot, braids or bun in order to minimize its exposure to direct sunlight.
  • Do not forget to use a hat, scarf or cap when you are going to stay in the sun for long time. However, make your headwear loose enough to allow proper conditioning of your scalp.
  • If you are frequently using hot irons, blow dryers and other hot hair tools, try to stop doing this in summer and give your hair a break. If you can’t, do not forget to condition your hair before using those tools.
  • If it is possible for your hair style, avoid shampooing your hair every day since shampoo deprives your hair of its natural moisture. Instead of daily shampooing you can use powder treatment.
  • Avoid using the shampoos and other hair care products that claim to give bounce and volume to your hair. Such products tend to dry out your hair.
  • Avoid using hair care products based on alcohol.
  • Do not forget to condition your hair after shampooing it.
  • Regularly apply sun hair repair or other natural moisturizing masks.
  • If your hair is extra frizzy, treat it with a jojoba oil mask, leave it overnight and shampoo your hair in the morning. Jojoba oil will make your hair softer and more beautiful.
  • Remember that in summer it is very important to use all-natural hair care products which contain no harmful chemicals.

Dandruff and Hair Loss

dandruffDandruff is one of the most common problems especially in spring. Statistics says that every second American adult person has to fight with dandruff in the period between February and May. Many of us do not pay much attention on this problem and do not use any special treatments for dandruff. This is actually not right, because sometimes excessive dandruff, itchy scalp, scalp inflammation or seborrehic dermatitis can become an indirect reason for hair loss. Specialists underline that dandruff is not just a cosmetic problem, it’s a serious disease connected with dry scalp.

Certainly, excessive dandruff and seborrehic dermatitis should not be considered causes of hair loss. However, dandruff can stimulate hair loss by making the scalp irritated and itchy, or causing serious scalp inflammation. As a result, people start rubbing and scrubbing the scalp causing physical damage of hair follicles and the environment where they develop and grow. Therefore, if left untreated on time, this problem can increase the severity of hair thinning and loss.

If you suffer from such problem as dandruff, you should use some good high quality shampoo with strong anti-fungal properties. Nizoral is one of those, a worldwide known shampoo containing ketoconazole, created to assist in combating dandruff. Also, it is possible to use some homemade remedies: for example, boiling the skins of 4 lemons in 1 liter of water for 15 mins and washing your hair with this lemony water. Some gurus recommend using special mustard hair masks, or rubbing some drops of Calendula Officinalis extract into your scalp. In any way, the problem of dandruff should not be neglected or taken as something that will disappear itself. Love your hair and be healthy!