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I want to outline a few facts about hair loss that may come as a surprise and then offer some real practical advice as to what you can do about it before it is too late.
It’s not only men that suffer from hair loss and as there are men hair loss shampoos and other products; so too you will find for women.
After all, this is not such an unusual problem, as many as one in three women will experience some hair problem in their lifetime.
Factors affecting your hair loss
There are many health and lifestyle factors which can all help us to lose hair.
First there may be some genetic factors. For example, my father had a full head of hair until his death in his mid eighties. He maintained that was because he washed it every day and kept it rigorously short.
My mother on the other hand had very weak hair and I inherited those genes so I no longer have a hair problem as that was all taken care of by baldness!
But other factor such as stress, medicines, menopause, hormonal changes, thyroid disorders and also scalp infections can all have disastrous consequences.
Lots of women suffer from split ends and are afraid to have their hair regularly trimmed. I would say that every four to six weeks is ideal. You can actually help your hair grow back by getting rid of dry ends as they actually will hinder the whole growing operation.
The role of diet in hair loss
Most specialists now agree that a poor diet coupled with an unhealthy or stressful lifestyle will play a much more important role than many people think. Hair is mostly (+80%) made up of protein so it needs protein to grow.
This is one of the many reasons why a low protein diet can cause many hair and scalp problems. But t does not stop there as we also need a balanced diet with the right amount of vitamins and minerals as well to ensure that we have healthy hair.
The ideal hair diet
Ideally we should be aiming to eat about 150 grams of protein a day and that is easily found in eggs, meat, cheese and legumes. Protein is the vital building block to keep the hair follicles strong. The rest of the diet should be rich in:-
iron – lentils are the best as they contain about 7 mg per serving and the average woman needs about 18 mg a day. Other veggies full of iron are spinach, kidney beans, soya and broccoli.
zinc – usually found in cereals and some seafood.
essential fatty acids (omega 3) found in fish and nuts.
silica – found in potatoes, bananas, beer and raisins
vitamins A and C which are found in a wide range of fruit. These are essential as they can help to generate enough sebum to keep the hair and scalp healthy. Vitamin C is essential to help your body absorb iron.
What about hair extensions?
Once very popular with Hollywood actresses, the hair extensions are now proving to be very unpopular as many starts have spoken out about the problems associated with these.
Jennifer Aniston made it very clear that she would never try this as solution (whether long term or short term) ever again! The usual problems associated with sewing, adding or weaving hair to existing strands have cause not a few problems, such as:-
- scalp problems (itchy rash)
- hair thinning
Natural Hair Loss Prevention
If you are suffering from hair loss or baldness, it is said that certain herbs help prevent hair loss and baldness. I would say they might reduce the advance but since they are all natural I guess there’s no harm in trying.
Here are some herbs which are said to prevent hair loss.
Stinging Nettle: This is an effective herb to stop hair loss. The root of this herb is used as remedy for hair loss prevention. It roots are full of vital nutrients and lipids which provide nutrition to your hair follicles. It also enhances blood circulation and promotes new hair growth. Some companies also sell it in the form of pills and capsules. If you want to re-grow your lost hair or new hair you can try this herb in any form. It will also benefit you if you are getting bald.
Saw Palmetto: It is also an excellent herb to cure baldness and to prevent hair loss. This herb benefits you by blocking the formation of dihydrotestosterone (DHT). This is a type of hormone which promotes hair loss. But if you are a pregnant women or a breastfeeding mother you should strictly avoid using this herb because it is not suitable for your baby. If you use this herb along with Stinging Nettle you can obtain double benefits.
Red Pepper: It is also an excellent natural remedy for hair loss prevention. To irritate your skin (scalp) and to produce histamine, you need to apply red pepper flesh on your scalp. It may give you burning sensation so try with a smaller area and continue it only if you can bear it further. This process promotes blood circulation and more blood is drawn to your scalp which eventually nourishes your hairs and prevents hair loss.
Aloe Vera: This plant has several health benefits but it is also used as a remedy for hair loss. It provides nutrition to your scalp and promotes hair growth. It stops thinning of hair and prevents hair loss. You can obtain healthy and shiny hair by the use of Aloe Vera.
Dong Quai: If DHT is produced in more quantity it will cause hair loss but this herb is effective in controlling the production of dihydrotestosterone (DHT) because this herb is rich in phytoestrogens. This herb is also called as Angelica and even women can use it for hair loss prevention.
Yucca: Its roots are also effective in controlling hair fall because of its medicinal properties. It is highly rich in saponins which acts like a natural detergent. This herb promotes hair growth and clears dandruff also because of its anti-inflammatory properties. If your scalp itches frequently you can use this herb to get rid of itching problem. However you should keep in mind while using Yucca that it should not be used internally because it is for external use only. Also do not keep using it for a longer period otherwise it may harm you.
There are various other herbs to cure baldness and to prevent hair loss. However you should drink plenty of water, exercise daily for 45 minutes and eat diet full of nutrition if you want to stop hair loss.