Natural hair loss treatments for women

Although minox­i­dil is widely avail­able for treat­ment of hair loss in both men and women, many women pre­fer to begin treat­ing their hair loss con­di­tion with nat­ural alter­na­tives. Nat­ural treat­ments are more gen­tle on the hair and scalp and in less severe cases of hair loss can be just as effec­tive. Also, depend­ing on the cause of hair loss, nat­ural alter­na­tives to top­i­cal treat­ments can help treat the source of hair loss, rather than the symp­tom of los­ing hair.

Food sup­ple­ments

Hor­monal fac­tors are known to be the cause of hair loss for many women. It’s widely known that so-called “female pat­tern bald­ness” affects the major­ity of post-menopausal women, but around 13% of pre-menopausal women also suf­fer from it. The female body is prone to many hor­monal changes through­out life, with preg­nancy and child­birth, the monthly cycle and var­i­ous med­ical con­di­tions and stress fac­tors affect­ing hor­mone lev­els result­ing in both grad­ual and sud­den hair loss. Some­times, the best way to treat these hor­monal changes is by find­ing a way to rebal­ance the hor­mones, remov­ing the cause of hair loss at its source.

In some cases, tak­ing sup­ple­ments daily can help slow down and stop hair loss, as some­times a nutri­ent defi­ciency is to blame for the hor­monal imbal­ance. Other times a more spe­cific treat­ment is needed. There are a good num­ber of prod­ucts on the mar­ket said to pro­vide the right com­bi­na­tion of nutri­ents to aid with bal­anc­ing the hor­mones and stim­u­lat­ing new hair growth in women. Biotin is use­ful for pro­long­ing the ana­gen (growth phase) of hair and zinc is nec­es­sary for main­tain­ing a healthy scalp. Other herbal sup­ple­ments for hair loss are saw pal­metto which has been proven to be an effec­tive DHT blocker, as well as herbs tra­di­tion­ally used to treat female hor­monal imbal­ances such as black cohosh, dong quai and chaste berry.

Top­i­cal herbal treat­ments and shampoos

There are many herbal treat­ment options on the mar­ket for var­i­ous types of hair loss includ­ing trac­tion alope­cia. Stim­u­lat­ing and bal­anc­ing essen­tial oils such as rose­mary, laven­der and gera­nium can be used top­i­cally to treat the hair fol­li­cles and pro­tect them from the effect of testos­terone, known to inhibit hair growth. Other scalp stim­u­lants are naturally-derived caf­feine and plant extracts such as white lupine and false daisy (eclipta alba), used in tra­di­tional east­ern med­i­cine as a hair regrowth tonic.

Many of these com­pounds can be used top­i­cally as a home rem­edy or are incor­po­rated into over the counter herbal prod­ucts such as serums, oint­ments and daily use shampoos.

Scalp mas­sage

Used to boost cir­cu­la­tion to the hair fol­li­cles, gen­tle scalp mas­sage is often used as part of the treat­ment regime for hair loss. Daily scalp mas­sage helps stim­u­late the fol­li­cles and is the best way to ensure the nutri­ents and min­er­als in the var­i­ous hair prod­ucts used reach their tar­get – the hair fol­li­cles – in order to pro­duce results. Although not an effec­tive treat­ment method on its own, it’s an inte­gral part of any trac­tion alope­cia, hair thin­ning or hair loss treat­ment strat­egy and should be incor­po­rated into your daily rou­tine. A few min­utes a cou­ple of times a day can make a whole load of difference.

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