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Hair loss, the causes
In this first article, as i mentioned before, we will see the causes of hair loss and the first 5 natural hair loss treatments.
Among the various causes of hair loss we have:
- Bad diet
- Stress hair loss
- Seasonal hair loss
- Hair loss during breastfeeding
- Hereditary factors
- Hormonal Factors
- Excessive sun exposure during the summer
- Use of aggressive chemicals
- Natural hair life cycle
Natural hair life cycle
Let’s start talking about this last point. Of course, as we all know, or at least we should know, hair loss is not always connected to some dysfunction or problem. In fact, hair, with its own life cycle, it borns, it grows and it dies.
By die, I mean that it falls out! So there is nothing to be alarmed about if you see hair falling out. In fact, each of us loses an average of 120 hair per day! If you see lots of hair falling down every day don’t get alarmed too soon.😊
The causes of hair loss in detail
Let us now examine in detail each of the causes listed above.
This term is derived from Greek and indicates a decrease in color, thickness, and quantity of hair. Hair loss, in this case, occurs in patches. There are two types of alopecia: cicatricial and non-cicatricial, both divided into hereditary and acquired.
The hereditary scar forms are less studied for their rarity and some of these forms derive from another pathology.
While cicatricial forms can be traced back to a traumatic event or to burns, or chemical burns.
Alopecia no – cicatricial
Regarding the hereditary non-cicatricial forms, scientists have studied more than 120 different cases. The causes of hereditary non-cicatricial forms of Alopecia are predominantly genetic nature. In this case, the symptoms can either manifest exclusively in the skin area or affect other organs.
Let’s see the most common hereditary non – cicatricial forms.
For a long time, it has also been called ‘seborrhoeic alopecia‘. This kind of Alopecia causes hair loss, mainly in the lateral and upper areas of the head. Moreover, the symptoms include a large amount of sebum production. But girls, just keep in mind that the high quantity of sebum is not the cause of this disorder, but a consequence of it.
This name indicates a considerable loss of hair, which affects mainly the upper part of the scalp. Telogen effluvium affects especially women after pregnancy because they are affected by a decrease in the protective barriers of the eastern roots. This type of alopecia is temporary and beyond pregnancy can be caused by traumatic events or shock.
Total alopecia areata
Its consequence is nothing other than baldness because this pathology manifests itself with the loss of hair throughout the skull.
Universal alopecia areata
Besides affecting hair loss from the head, it also affects the hairs on the rest of the body.
This type of disease is widespread. The studies show that patients affected by this disease all suffer from states of anxiety and/or depression, personality disorders and/or stress. In fact, these latter factors are responsible for the onset of this disorder.
The voluntary breaking of hair, a problem that mostly affects children and adolescents.
A bad diet not only damages our body, our organs but our hair too!
As we mentioned in 5 Natural Beauty Tips for your Hair , our hair is composed of water, mineral salts, lipids, vitamins, and proteins. This is the reason why it is precisely these substances that it needs to remain healthy and vigorous. So unhealthy eating habits or diets not properly followed by specialists can cause our body to lack of necessary nutrients. This is why, as we may find ourselves in a bad state of health, our hair can be weakened and tends to fall out.
How to follow a healthy diet in 4 steps
Let’s see how to follow a healthy diet for us and our hair with a few tricks:
- Guarantee the daily protein intake, which corresponds to 0.8 / 1 gram per kilo of body weight. You can find more info about this topic in my previous Blog Post: 5 Natural Beauty Tips for your Hair .
- Give priority to Omega 3 polyunsaturated fats, which are present in fish, in vegetable and olive oils and in all nuts.
- Moderate the number of simple sugars, present in extremely high quantities in carbonated soft drinks, sweets, and candies. The excessive quantity of sugars increases the production of insulin. Insulin is a hormone that releases cortisol which, if present in high quantities, causes hormonal imbalances that are responsible, among other things, hair loss.
- Introduce the right amount of water so that the hair is properly hydrated and nourished.
How does stress affect hair? Stress increases the concentration of some substances in the hair follicle that are responsible for triggering inflammatory processes that cause early hair loss. Stress can be both the cause of hair loss, but also an aggravating consequence of some endocrine or metabolic pathologies. If the cause of hair loss is stress, you can be relieved. Unlike other diseases such as alopecia, the hair will grow back spontaneously and naturally. Just try to change your lifestyle. Perhaps following a less stressful routine, taking time for yourself to rest, relax and detach yourself from the daily routine.
Seasonal hair loss
Seasonal hair loss. There are particular seasons in which hair tends to weaken and fall out more than other months of the year. The most ‘black’ months for our foliage are certainly the months from September to November and the months of April and May. In other words Autumn and Spring.
Hair loss in autumn
The reason why there is a greater loss of hair in the autumn? According to some studies is due to the high amount of sun absorbed by the hair in the summer period.
Hair loss in spring
During the spring, hair loss is caused by the excessive cold that the hair has to bear during the winter. In fact, the cold does nothing but weaken and damage the hair. The consequence of that is that they fall out within three months, in the spring period.
What does the science about seasonal hair loss say?
Many studies have focused their attention on seasonal hair loss, and have come up with various hypotheses.
Some studies report that in some months, there is a greater hair loss because this is linked to a genetic process in mammals. In fact, in the same seasons, there is typically hair loss on some animals.
Other studies suggest that the cause of this is a variation between the hours of light and the hours of darkness. This variation causes unbalanced hormonal function resulting in the loss of hair.
Other researchers instead attribute this phenomenon to psycho-sociological factors. Hectic daily life, returning to work, returning from vacation or returning to cities polluted by excessive smog can cause seasonal hair loss.
Hair Loss during breastfeeding
In order to explain this cause of hair loss, it is necessary to start from the step prior to breastfeeding, pregnancy. During the pregnancy, in fact, the maternal body has a very high amount of estrogen. Estrogen is a hormone that acts on the life cycle of the hair, prolonging its growth phase. However if the estrogen is very high during pregnancy, bringing hair to its maximum splendor, the opposite happens after the birth of the baby. During breastfeeding the amount of estrogen lowering considerably, returning to their natural levels. Such a drastic and sudden drop takes the hair out of its golden age, entering it to a ‘black’ period characterized by brittle hair. So the hair is weak and extremely prone to falling out. But do not fear mothers, with time everything will be balance out and your hair will return as beautiful as always.❤
As we all know, both men and women are subject to hair loss in the course of their life. Anyway, there’s an 80 percent chance for men and a 50 percent chance for women to be affected by this problem. It has been shown that the gene that causes hair loss is located on the X chromosome, the one inherited from the mother. The baldness gene, on the other hand, is not only inherited from the female side, but also from the male side. Therefore, the seriousness of the disease also depends on whether or not the parents were affected by baldness. Thanks to great progress in the medical field, it possible to find out if you have predisposed to baldness thanks to some tests. These tests can be easily done at home. An example of these tests is the Genetic Baldness Test Prontocapelli, but you can find other tests on the market well. Also, a DNA Test can help you understand if you are predisposed to balding. The report must be read by an expert who can, if necessary, indicate the best way forward.
Some studies have shown that smoke has, in the long run, harmful effects on our body but also on our hair and scalp. Among the most harmful substances in cigarettes, we find above all nicotine. Nicotine does nothing but increases the production of free radicals causing a decrease in the supply of oxygen and nourishment to the hair. Many studies have also shown that smoking is one of the major causes of worsening androgenetic alopecia. Many of you will surely be wondering: why? Many of you will be wondering: why? Well, because smoking increases levels of androgenic hormones, including DHT, also known as dihydrotestosterone which is the major cause of androgenetic baldness.
Unfortunately, hormones also play a role in hair health. In this regard, it should be emphasized that women are much more fortunate than men. Why? Because the male hormones, also called androgen, are, by nature, detrimental to the health of hair. As we said previously, androgen increases the risk of worsening or be affected by alopecia androgenetic or baldness. This problem does not exist for women because although we also find male hormones in women, they are in an extremely small quantity. In fact, male hormones in women are supplanted by a high amount of estrogen. This hormone present in the female body is responsible for the growth and maintenance of hair health.
In fact, as already widely discussed in the previous points, men, by nature, tend to lose more hair than women.
Although it is much feared by women, it is a passage through which we will all pass. This phase is very difficult because, again due to the decrease in estrogen, women are faced with changes in appearance. With the decrease in estrogen, the elastic fibers and the amount of collagen that make up our tissues decrease. This is why the skin will appear permeated by wrinkles. However, the changes also overwhelm our hair because, as widely said, estrogen is the hormone that has the power to make our hair ‘perfect’. Therefore its reduction will involve hair loss, but also duller and weaker hair.
Excessive exposure to the sun during the summer
We talk about this, already in several previous articles such as 7 hair care tips for summer 2019 and DIY 7 amazing natural sunscreens for hair . In these articles, I have largely insisted on the use of sprays, masks, protective products, and physical solar filters in the summer. Protecting hair from the sun means protecting its health. In fact, the sun weakens the lengths and ruins the hair at the root. Due to the high temperatures, the hair will tend to dry out, resulting in hair loss.
As we all know, anemia means a blood disorder that occurs in the absence of iron. The consequence of this is that red blood cells decrease. With the decrease in red blood cells, the oxygen and nourishment that these cells carry throughout the body, including hair, decreases. The lack of essential substances along with the passage of time prevents good and healthy growth causing our hair to fall out.
Use of aggressive chemicals
The use of aggressive chemical products damage not only the health of our hair but also the rest of our organs! In fact, in the long run, the consequences will be seen not only on skin and hair but also on the respiratory tract. Why? Because, obviously, we are going to inhale those harmful substances.
And it is precisely for this reason that people are increasingly encouraged to use natural products, even better, to use DIY products. Why? Well with DIY products you know perfectly the origin of each ingredient. Moreover, it is assumed that the choice of the various ingredients is oriented towards 100% natural products. Obviously this applies to all the products we use in our everyday life and not only for the cosmetics applied to the hair.
In this regard, if you are looking for shampoos or natural hair masks or better DIY shampoos and DIY hair masks. I suggest you read these two articles:
Try different shampoos, find the one that’s right for you and let me know your feedback! I can’t wait to read all your comments!🥰
5 Natural hair loss treatments
Up to now, we have listed and examined the main causes of hair loss, now let’s analyze some natural hair loss treatments for this problem.
Many remedies, although hard to believe, can be found in the simple use of natural products.
This plant is also known as Trigonella is an annual vegetable of Asian origin. Its seeds and its leaves after being ground up, are widely used for the benefits and beauty of skin and hair. In fact, they are rich in vitamins such as vitamins A, B, C, E, mineral salts, iron, phosphorus, and calcium. The fenugreek also contains many proteins and fatty acids.
Fenugreek is perfect for hair because, in addition to making the hair luminous, voluminous and full-bodied, it hinders hair loss and increases its growth. One last, but no less important, characteristic of fenugreek, is that it can counteract the formation of dandruff.
Let finally see some hair mask we can make with Fenugreek, the first of ou 5 natural hair loss treatments.
Hair mask against hair loss with fenugreek powder and coconut milk
Let’s see how to make an excellent hair mask.
- Fenugreek powder
- Coconut milk
- Mix, with energy, hay powder and ¼ of coconut milk.
- Apply both on the scalp and on the lengths.
- Wait 30 minutes.
- Proceed to rinse trying cold water and natural shampoo if possible, otherwise, use a mild shampoo.
Hair mask with fenugreek seeds.
We have now outlined the instructions to create a mask exclusively for hair. However, the fenugreek, as we have already said it amazing for skins as well. In fact, this second recipe that I propose, you can use it for both body and hair. Let’s find out together how to prepare it in a few simple steps.😍
- Fenugreek seeds
- Soak the fenugreek seeds in a container with water.
ATTENTION!! The amount of water depends on the number of seeds that you have decided to use. Usually, the proportions are 1 liter of water for every two tablespoons of fenugreek.
- Let the mixture rest for about 12 hours.
- Filter the seeds.
- Keep water and seeds separated after filtering them.
- Blend the seeds.
- Add the water, that previously you filtered, to the smoothies seeds.
ATTENTION!! Add the water little by a little while mixing the mixture energetically.
- Apply to the face and / or hair and massage at least for a couple of minutes.
- Hold the product for 15 minutes if you use it as a face mask. If you are using this mask as a hair mask then you have to keep the product 1 hour.
- Rinse with warm water.
ATTENTION!! Fenugreek seeds have a very strong smell and very few people like it. So you may want to add some drops of essential oils to the compound in order to give it a better smell. Which essential oils suits better your needs? Here you can find a complete description of my favorite seven 7 DIY natural shampoos you must try. It is also important to follow the instructions carefully and keep the compound in place no more than the time allowed. By respecting the timing we avoid drying out too much skin and hair. Please do not use the mask more than twice a week.
Henna is an Indian powder but also very common in the Middle East. It is widely used as a hair pack, but not only. In fact, its use is also linked to an Indian tradition, which involves having the body filled with washable tattoos. These tattoos are made with the help of this powder which can be of 3 colors: orange-brown, black or even white. The most readily available color of henna, both in herbal medicine and in its native countries, is light red henna, or what we previously called “orange-brown”. Thanks to its coloring properties, this powder is widely used to make natural dyes. The natural dyes, as indeed all the natural products, as they contain less chemical components, are much more suitable to preserve the health of our hair. Henna gives the hair a light red color.
If applied on white or blond hair, the color will tend towards orange. While on the brown hair it will give reflexes particularly evident under the rays of the sun. Henna is also mixed with other natural products, such as Indigo. From the union of these two products, we obtain the mahogany red henna.
Neutral henna, on the other hand, has no color and is famous for its protective properties.
In fact, neutral henna packs create a protective layer on the hair, like a sort of film that protects the hair from smog, from the sun’s rays, from the wind, in short from everything that damages the hair. Because it has a strong protective and strengthening power, neutral henna is also used to make natural hair loss treatments.
Natural hair mask with henna and yogurt
Now let’s see how to prepare a natural hair mask with henna that will help you again hair loss.
- Henna powder
- yogurt (optional)
- Heat water in a saucepan.
- Put the powder in a crock or glass container (the use of plastic containers is not recommended. If you use colored henna, the plastic bowl will absorb the color).
- For the amount of powder to be used, adjust according to the length of your hair.
- Start adding water gradually. Be careful not to add too much water to avoid getting too much liquid mixture. Continue to mix the mixture with a spoon to prevent lumps from forming.
- If you want to make your hair softer and brighter, you can add a jar of yogurt.
- Once the mixture is thick, spread the mixture on the hair. Keep the hair pack in place for at least 20 minutes. Then wash your hair with a natural shampoo, if possible, or with a mild shampoo.
ATTENTION!! If you use colored henna:
- If you hold the hair pack for 1 hour the effect of coloring will be more evident.
- If you hold the hair pack for 30 minutes, the effect will be softer.
3 out of 5 natural hair loss treatments: Hibiscus flower. It is an evergreen plant, native to Asia Minor with great reflexive properties ranging from purple to plum. The reflexes are visible mostly on those with blond and/or otherwise light hair. You can use Hibiscus on both skin and hair, which is why there are popular masks made with this plant. Among other things, this flower is rich in vitamins, mostly vitamin C. It is known for its antioxidant, healing and emollient properties. Moreover, it is famous because help to counteract hair loss.
Natural hair loss treatments with Hibiscus flowers.
Now let’s see how to make a mask using the Hibiscus flower.
- Powder of hibiscus flowers
- Boil 1 liter of water.
- Mix the powder of hibiscus flowers with boiling water. Keep on mixing until you obtain a mixture with a density similar to that of yogurt.
- Cover the container and let the mixture soak for 15 minutes.
- Apply the paste on damp or even dry hair. You can apply it to both scalp and lengths.
- Massage with circular movements to promote absorption. Keep on massaging for at least a couple of minutes.
- Leave on for 20/25 minutes to obtain a normal, invigorating hair mask. Instead, if you need some reflects as well on your hair, you have to leave the mixture for two hours.
- Rinse everything thoroughly and, if necessary use shampoo, a natural shampoo if possible. Otherwise, rinse the hair by using a delicate shampoo. Try as always to use cold or warm water when rinsing your hair. This mask with hibiscus flowers does not contain oils so warm water should be enough to completely eliminate the whole product. But if you decide to use hot water to wash your hair, in any case, I recommend using cold water for the last rinse.
To discover all the benefits of cold water for our hair, read the article: 5 Natural Beauty Tips for your Hair .
ATTENTION!! You can use this mask both hair and face. If you use it as a face mask, keep the compound in place for 10 minutes, taking care to always keep the mask moist. After 10 minutes, rinse the face thoroughly, first with hot water and then with cold water.
Shampoo with hibiscus flower
Let’s see now another natural hair loss treatments: shampoos with the hibiscus flower. Even if I don’t suffer from hair loss, at least for now😆, the Hibiscus flower has so many beneficial properties for the hair that I use it very willingly. I leave you the Amazon link of one of my favorite hibiscus shampoos. Try it and let me know if you notice the difference. If instead, you want to do it, I leave you a fantastic recipe.
- 250 of water
- About 30 grams of hibiscus flower powder
- 125 ml of liquid Castile soap
- 3 tablespoons of aloe vera
- ¼ teaspoon of coconut oil
- 30 drops of tea tree essential oil (you can also use lemon or rosemary essential oil)
- Heat the water but be careful not to boil it.
- After that, mix the hibiscus flower powder with hot water and mix well to prevent lumps from forming.
- Let the mixture cool a little.
- Add Castile soap, oil and coconut oil.
- Finally, Aloe vera and essential oil.
- Leave on all night.
A little curiosity about Aloe Vera
The Egyptians already knew of the fabulous properties of this plant. It is said that Cleopatra used Aloe Vera gel to treat her skin and her hair.
The properties of Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera is a real cure for our external beauty, but also for inner health! In fact, since ancient times, this plant is famous for its anti-inflammatory, moisturizing and antioxidant properties. In fact, its leaves and the gel are used to make all sorts of cosmetics, drinks, shampoos and hair masks.
What can Aloe Vera be used for?
Aloe Vera counteracts hair loss and oxygenates the scalp. Moreover, thanks to its anti-inflammatory characteristics, it manages to keep the PH of the skin stable. Aloe Vera consequently has the ability to control and limit the production of sebum and therefore of dandruff and itching. Because of its antioxidant properties, it strengthens and polishes the hair. It cleans the hair from harmful substances, such as smog. Aloe Vera is also perfect to protect hair from the cold in winter and from heat and saltiness in the summertime. Furthermore, those with unruly hair really appreciate this vegetable gel because it has the power to make the hair smoother and softer. Aloe Vera is perfect to discipline your untamable hair.
Aloe Vera and lemon, hair mask against hair loss
The mask we will talk about is very useful, especially for those who frequently need to wash their hair. It will be useful as well for those with greasy hair, but also for those who need help with length. And least but not last of course for those how are looking for natural hair loss treatments.
- 2 Aloe Vera leaves
- Half a lemon
- Cut two Aloe Vera leaves from your plant.
- Remove the serrated edges from both leaves.
- Cut the leaves lengthwise so as to be able to extract the gel inside it.
- Gently proceed to remove the gel from the leaves to put it in a container. To take the gel, you can help yourself with a knife or more easily with a spoon.
- Put the extracted gel and the juice of half a lemon in the same bowl.
- Proceed to blend the mixture for about a minute.
- Wash the hair with a natural shampoo if possible or a delicate shampoo and rinse with warm water.
- Apply the mask and let it acts on the hair for 20 minutes.
- Proceed to rinse with cold water.
ATTENTION!! If you are going to use this mask as a face mask, spread the mixture from the forehead to the neck. Leave it on for 10 minutes, then rinse your face thoroughly with warm water. In addition to the numerous properties already listed above, Aloe Vera also acts as an anti-aging mask. In fact, this plant prevents and regulates the formation of wrinkles.
Amla (Indian gooseberry)
So, girls, we reach out to our 5th and last of our 5 natural hair loss treatments. Amla or Indian gooseberry is a plant of Indian origin, the fruits of this plant are rich in vitamin C.
For centuries, it has been used for its immense beneficial properties. In fact, it is also called ‘juice of immortality’ or even ‘fruit of youth’. The cosmetic sector widely uses Amla fruits. Amla is the main ingredient of lots of products such as shampoos, oils, hair masks, and skin products. The fruits of this plant are nutritious not only for our hair or for our skin, but also for our body. Precisely for this reason, it is one of the main ingredients in Indian cuisine. Amla has antioxidant and revitalizing properties. It nourishes the hair and scalp, fights and prevents the production of sebum, stimulates the growth of lengths, prevents the loss. Furthermore, it fights the formation of knots and frizzy hair and blocks the formation of the much-feared split ends. In short, we can say that these fruits act on our hair, counteracting or repairing any imperfections. The most beautiful thing about this plant/fruit is that it can be used for any type of hair!
How to use Amla oil
Amla oil, obtained by macerating the fruits of the plant. You have to apply this oil on both roots and lengths. Once you applied the oil, wrap the hair in a clean towel and leave it on for about an hour. To achieve remarkable and lasting results, you should repeat this procedure weekly and regularly.
Amla and Henna for a natural hair dye
Amla oil and henna are an excellent combination to give life to natural and nourishing hair dye. Moreover, with this combination of ingredients, you will obtain a more brilliant and lasting color. If you want to use the oil to fix the hair dye, the compress must remain in place for at least two hours. After two hours before rinsing with warm water.
ATTENTION!! For at least 24 hours, do not use shampoo to avoid reducing the benefits of the cosmetic.
Amla hair mask against hair loss
For all the reasons we talked above we can say that the Amla powdered is a true ally of beauty.😍 Let’s see now how to use this fruit to solve the problem for which we are actually here: hair loss. So let’s not waste any more time, and let’s see how to make a mask against hair loss with this product.
- Amla powder
- Mix two teaspoons of Amla powder with hot water.
- Keep on mixing until you obtain a compound of a creamy consistency.
- Spread the mixture on scalp and lengths.
- Leave on for about two hours.
- Rinse with warm water.
ATTENTION!! It is not necessary to use the shampoo for rinsing your hair, you can use a couple of teaspoons of apple cider vinegar.
So, girls, we reach the end of this blog post.
As always let me know if you liked the article and if these natural hair loss remedies helped you somehow.
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See you in 2 weeks with other 5 Natural Hair Loss Treatments for Women!😘