Hair loss can be a frustrating and distressing experience for women. Not to fear! There are many things you can do to help combat hair loss and restore your beautiful, thick locks. Today we're going to share 8 natural remedies that have been shown to be effective for hair loss in women. From scalp massage with essential oils to a vitamin and mineral-rich diet, these remedies are easy to incorporate into your daily routine and can help to improve the health of your hair and prevent hair loss.
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#1. Scalp Massage with Essential Oils
Ready for a luxurious, relaxing treatment that your hair will love?
Try mixing a few drops of lavender, peppermint, or rosemary into your shampoo or a carrier oil (like coconut oil or castor oil).
Gently and soothingly massage this into your scalp. Massage helps to stimulate blood flow to the hair follicle to bring nutrients to the hair.
Perhaps the most powerful essential oil for hair growth, rosemary oil was shown to perform as well as minoxidil, the key ingredient in Rogaine, in promoting hair growth. Be sure to leave it on for at least 10 minute to get the benefits.
Lavender has been shown to help speed up hair growth.
Peppermint oil will cause a tingling sensation that helps to bring more blood and nutrients to the hair.
#2. Daily Use of Collagen Peptides
Collagen supports healthy hair in a number of powerful ways.
First, collagen provides amino acids that are essential for building strong, healthy hair. Giving your hair the nutrients it needs to slow and prevent hair loss is a necessary step in reversing hair loss in women.
Additionally, collagen makes up about 70% of your dermis – the middle layer of skin that contains the root of each individual hair. As we age, we naturally begin to lose collagen, which can impact the health of our scalp.
Since collagen has been shown to improve the elasticity and strength of the skin, collagen can help to keep your dermis healthy and as a result keep the roots of your hair healthy as well.
Lastly, hair can become damaged as a result of free radicals. Our bodies produce free radicals as a result of stress, air pollutants, smoking, poor diet, alcohol, and other toxins in our environment.
If we have too many free radicals, they can start to damage our cells.
Antioxidants can help reduce the free radicals and prevent hair damage and loss.
Fortunately, collagen has antioxidant properties and can help prevent this damage to our hair.
"Collagen has been shown to improve the elasticity and strength of the skin, which can help to keep your scalp healthy and as a result keep the roots of your hair healthy. ”
Curious to learn more about collagen and hair loss?
Check out our full guide on collagen and hair loss in women to get all of your collagen questions answered!
#3. Try Switching to Henna As a Natural Hair Dye Alternative
Traditional, chemical filled hair dyes can be damaging to the hair and the scalp and can contribute to hair loss.
Henna is a great alternative as it is not harsh and actually promotes hair growth.
Henna has anti-inflammatory properties that support a healthy scalp. It can even help balance the pH of the scalp and reduce dandruff.
Finally, henna also repairs and strengthens hair, even reducing split ends.
#4. Try Amla
Amla also known as the Indian gooseberry is very powerful for promoting hair growth. This edible fruit can be enjoyed as a powder of capsule.
It stimulates hair growth and improves the quality of hair.
It is also rich in Vitamin C which also promotes healthy collagen.
We recommend the Queen Tulsi supplement as it contains amla and other powerful herbs that promote lower stress levels.
#5. Ensure you are getting enough of the hair health vitamins
Exploring vitamin and mineral deficiencies is a great place to start when trying to reverse hair loss in women.
According to Dr. Abraham Armani, a hair restoration surgeon and hair loss expert, “iron deficiency in pre-menopausal women is one the main causes of hair loss.”
In addition to iron deficiency, many vitamin and mineral deficiencies have been connected to hair loss. It’s always best to speak with your doctor and get blood work done to see if you have any of these deficiencies.
Research has shown that the following list of vitamins and minerals may be contributing to hair loss in women:
Vitamin B Complex, specifically riboflavin, biotin, folate, and vitamin B12
#6. Support your gut health for thicker hair
Poor gut health has been linked to hair loss in the research. In addition to that, poor gut health can create nutrient deficiencies.
One powerful, yet often overlooked, way to improve our gut health is through prebiotics. Yes, prebiotics.
You have probably heard of probiotics, which are a mixture of bacteria and yeast that we can get from certain foods (think kombucha, kim chi, sauerkraut, and yogurt) that benefit our gut health when we eat them.
Prebiotics are food for our good gut bacteria. Prebiotics are found in foods like dandelion greens, asparagus, onions, garlic, artichokes, and chicory root.
In our modern diets, we often do not get enough prebiotic rich foods, which can harm the balance of good and bad bacteria in our guts.
Since good gut health is so important for healthy hair, it can help to incorporate a quality prebiotic into your diet each day.
We recommend our Collagen Creamer as it contains one of the most well-studied prebiotics, inulin fiber.
Many customers share that they notice their digestion improves within the first day of using our Collagen Creamer.
#7. Eat more protein
Not getting enough protein can mean that the body doesn't have what it needs to build healthy, full hair.
Try adding a quality source of protein, like fish, eggs, chicken, beans, or collagen to each meal to help your body rebuild.
#8. Activate Your Parasympathetic Nervous System Daily
You may have heard of the fight or flight part of our nervous system that kicks into action when we face a threat, whether real or imagined.
The fight or flight nervous system, also known as the sympathetic nervous system, causes our heart to race, our palms to sweat, and our blood to move into our arms and legs -- all useful when facing a physical threat.
In our modern world we rarely face physical threats, like our ancestors did, but now we face mental threats, like public speaking, having difficult conversations, or financial pressure.
Since our world has changed, but our physiology has not, our body can have a hard time getting out of the sympathetic nervous system -- which can cause us to feel revved up and stressed out more than we'd like.
Constantly being in this state can take a toll on the body. In fact, stress has actually been shown to reduce hair growth!
One of the most powerful ways to help your body heal, and begin restoring your beautiful hair, is to activate your parasympathetic nervous system, also known as your rest and digest nervous system.
In the parasympathetic state your body is able to repair, heal, and restore.
Here are a few great ways to activate your parasympathetic, restorative, healing system:
Try laying down for 5 minutes and taking slow, deep breaths. You’ll notice an immediate shift in your mental and physical state.
Go on a walk outside in nature.
Write down 5 things you are grateful for in your life.
Hug someone you love for more than 30 seconds.
Breath in and let out a big sigh anytime you notice your body starting to tense up.
Hair loss can be frustrating and stressful for any woman, but it is important to realize that there are many ways you can combat hair loss and help your body heal. You have the power!
Curious to learn more? Check out our other blog posts on hair loss:
- Get all your hair loss questions answered in our Complete Guide to Hair Loss in Women
- Learn more about the amazing benefits of collagen for hair loss
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