With so many products on offer, all claiming benefits for those trying to save their hair, it can be hard to sort the wheat from the chaff. We offer our favourite five, five natural remedies for hair loss that we can all apply ourselves using products from the local shop.
Natural Hair Loss Remedies
Since the dawn of time… Well, certainly since men first began to lose hair, natural remedies have taken centre stage in the fight. Before we boil down what has been thousands of years of research into just five natural remedies for hair loss, let’s take a look at some of the history.
From ancient papyrus scrolls to the Greek philosophers, it seems wherever we look we find suggestions on how to fight hair loss. One Egyptian remedy required fats from a hippopotamus, a crocodile, a tomcat, a snake, and an ibex. Another, slightly simpler, saw porcupine hair boiled before being applied to the scalp for four days. Yet another used the leg of a greyhound sauteed in oil with the hoof of a donkey.
Hippocrates, the father of western medicine, was a famous experimenter. He battled his own hair loss with everything from horseradish to pigeon poop. To his credit, he was the first to notice and document that eunuchs seemed to be impervious to hair loss, and speculated that castration might be a cure. A fact that would ultimately be confirmed by a research team at Duke University in 1995.
Five Natural Remedies
Liquorice can help with an irritated scalp and ease skin conditions there, including dandruff. It can also help to open pores and strengthens the follicles. There are plenty of products containing liquorice, shampoos, and ointments, but you can easily prepare your own. Add a tablespoon of the root to a cup of milk to make a paste, apply it to the scalp and hair and leave it on overnight. This can be repeated up to 2 or 3 times a week.
High in Lauric acid, coconut oil can help bind the protein in hair. This helps to protect the roots and the hair from breakage while the antioxidants aid healthy growth.
Possibly the most available of all… given that any of us can grow a plant on our kitchen window-sill. Recommended as a routine for those suffering from seborrheic dermatitis and other scalp ailments. Aloe vera clears scalp sebum that can otherwise obstruct hair follicles. Rub aloe vera directly into the scalp every two or three days and leave it on the scalp for 30 mins before washing.
Fish oil is high in healthy fats, especially Omega-3. Omega-3 is remarkable, it has anti-inflammatory properties. It can also boost growth by opening up the follicles.
This popular herbal remedy has a well-earned reputation for potency across a number of conditions. Applied to the scalp it can strengthen the follicles and hair. It achieves this, it is believed, because the saponins it contains can inhibit 5a reductase, which is related to hair loss in men.
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Natural remedies can play an important role in the fight against hair loss. They should not, it is important to add, replace the doctor or trichologist as your principal weapons in that fight. Hair loss is an incredibly complex affair, with many causes entirely treatable.
Your first step, on noticing hair loss, should be a visit to an expert. They will help diagnose the precise cause and prescribe an appropriate course of treatment. Our list of natural remedies can all play a role in supporting that treatment, simple treatments you can apply yourself at home to enhance the work of your expert. The NHS provides some excellent information on natural remedies, for more information click here.
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