Hair is a slender threadlike outgrowth of protein on the skin of the skull. The hair is a reflection of our way of life! As soon as we stressed, tired, sick, it has an impact on our hair. It becomes dull, brittle, and sometimes fall. The hair falls (45 to 60 per day) and renewed permanently. This type of hair loss is normal, every one experiences it once a while. The normal hair loss occurs mostly in the late summer and spring. A hair loss of more than 60 hairs per day is considered excessive; it disserves attention.
Alopecia is any type of hair loss.
However, there are many types of hair loss: androgenic alopecia or male-pattern baldness (the most common form of hair loss in both men and women), alopecia areata (a recurrent nonscarring type of hair loss that can affect any hair-bearing area) telogen effluvium, a type of hair loss caused mostly by poor diet, stress, medication, childbirth, febrile illness and surgical operation. In this type of hair loss, the hair comes back after the causes are treated or stopped. Hair loss during chemotherapy is a type of telogen effluvium. In the case of chemotherapy for instance, the hair grow back within two months.
Natural remedies can help to balance the pH of the scalp. The cells, enzymes and hormones in the scalp work in a certain pH. This pH has to be at the right level for these to function to their optimum levels. Irritation of the scalp can cause the death of follicles or trigger the resting phase in the hair cycle. Remedies can ease this irritation and help the scalp to heal quickly. This will create a good environment for the hair follicles.
Herbal Remedies for Hair Loss
There are many types of herbal remedies for hair loss – some are used to stimulate hair growth and others are used to keep the hair and the scalp healthy in order to prevent hair loss. Let’s explore some of these natural hair loss remedies.
1. Henna can be used to condition and maintain healthy hair – thus, decreasing the chances of hair loss. Henna is a traditional herb that has been used for a number of years to maintain healthy hair.
2. Aloe Vera is another traditional herb that has been used effectively in the prevention of hair loss. Native Americans, as well as people in the Caribbean and India have used Aloe Vera to maintain healthy hair and prevent hair loss. Combined with wheat germ oil and coconut milk, Aloe Vera can be made into a shampoo that cleanses and heals the scalp.
3. Jojoba Oil is an herbal remedy for hair loss that has been used successfully in people who suffer from skin conditions, such as eczema, psoriasis, and has been used successfully in the treatment of dandruff.
4. Aromatherapists use lavender and bay essential oils to massage the scalp and stimulate hair growth.
5. Horsetail can be used to stimulate hair follicles. This herb can be used to help conquer pattern baldness by strengthening weak hair and promoting hair growth.
6. Rosemary is another herbal remedy for hair loss that can be used in oil for massaging the scalp and stimulating hair growth.