Author: Holly J Coley
According to a recent article in the New York Post, more women are experiencing hair loss due to stress. As part of the story they spoke to Dr. Robert Bernstein, a professor of dermatology at Columbia University who reported that his midtown office has seen a 50 percent increase in women seeking help for thinning hair. He told the paper, “Approximately 40 percent of women experience some form of hair loss in their lives, and stress is the second biggest cause after genetics.”
No one likes wispy fine hair but for women, the condition can feel particularly shameful and depressing. Many of us tie our appearance to our self-esteem and our manes play a big role in how we look. Remember how the world reacted when Britney shaved her head? I rest my case.
There’s a number of reasons why we experience hair loss. It can be stress, as The Post cited above. It can be too much Vitamin A in your diet, medications, hormone shifts, lack of Vitamin B, thyroid problems, or even inflammation of the scalp that causes diminished hair. One story recently hit the net about a girl whose hair fell out after using a dry shampoo. Yikes.
Because the possibilities are extensive, it’s helpful to see a medical professional who can help determine the cause. There are also many natural things you can do at home to help regrow and thicken locks.
Hemp is the non-psychoactive variety of cannabis. It’s seed is high in Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids. It also is rich in protein, fiber, and has been said to have anti-inflammatory properties. While most of the American population eats more than the daily recommendation for protein, those who are experiencing hair loss may not be getting enough. Hemp powder is an excellent source of the macronutrient. To incorporate to your diet, check out our recipe for a Protein Ice Latte and The Mighty Mite Protein Shake. Both are delicious and use the plant based protein.
Biotin is part of the Vitamin B family and helps keep skin, eyes, hair, and liver healthy. Brittle nails and thinning hair is a sign of deficiency, so taking the supplement daily can be beneficial. It’s water soluble, meaning the body cannot store it. What is not immediately used is flushed out of the body, usually through urination. I take biotin every day and it’s really helped my hair to grow.
Sometimes thinning hair can be a result of yeast buildup in the scalp. This can cause inflammation and unsightly dandruff. Tea Tree oil can be a powerful combatant because of its antibacterial properties. Add 2-3 drops to your shampoo and massage onto scalp, concentrating on areas where hair is more sparse.
Giving yourself a scalp massage can help promote circulation and pump up hair follicles. When your conditioning your hair, rub your scalp in small circular motions for two to three minutes. At the very least, it will help relax you. Diminishing stress certainly doesn’t hurt hair growth efforts.
Having an iron deficiency can result in hair loss, according to some experts. While you can take a supplement, you can find iron in foods like dark leafy greens, dried figs or even black molasses. It’s important to note that iron absorbs best with Vitamin C. Read labels and get creative with finding ways to combine the nutrients. We like to use black molasses in our bake goods and then wash them down with OJ instead of milk.
Rosemary essential oil has been shown to promote circulation. Add a drop or two into your conditioner and massage into scalp during your next shower to promote hair growth. It also smells incredible.
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