Treating hair loss in women
Just like in men, baldness mainly occurs because the hair follicles from which hair emerges becomes weak or ceases to function. This happens due to many factors and causes. Therefore, the main goal of most of the homemade recipes for treating hair loss in women is:
- Increasing blood circulation in the scalp
- Maintaining proper mineral and vitamin levels in the body
- Nourishing the hair from roots to ends
- Protect the hair shaft from external damages (weather changes and sun exposure)
Luckily, there are a number of medicines and home remedies that can effectively prevent hair loss in women and stimulate new hair growth. You can either try on the medicines your dermatologist prescribe or you can DIY at home. All you have to do is find the magic formula and start mixing some ingredients together. Good news is, you won’t need to do any shopping as you have it all in your kitchen.
Treating hair loss with medicines
Medications are the most common treatment for female pattern hair loss. They mostly include the following:
Minoxidil (Rogaine, generic versions)
This drug was introduced as a treatment for high blood pressure, but people who took it noticed that they were growing hair in places where they had lost it. When 2% solution of minoxidil applied directly to the scalp, it could stimulate hair growth. However, how this medicine works is still unclear.
Androgen receptor–blocking drugs such as spironolactone (Aldactone) and finasteride (Propecia) are not approved for the treatment of female pattern hair loss. And there is little reliable evidence that they are effective. However, some case studies suggest that women who don’t respond to minoxidil may benefit from the addition of spironolactone.
In some women, iron deficiency could be a cause of hair loss. Your clinician may test your iron level, particularly if you’re a vegetarian, have a history of anemia, or have heavy menstrual bleeding. Iron supplements are recommended if a woman’s iron level is less than 70 nanograms per milliliter. However, there’s no reliable evidence that iron supplementation is helpful for female pattern hair loss.
DIY hair loss treatment
Some people turn to medicines treating hair loss, while some prefer to make their own natural hair loss treatment at home. Both ways can give you good results, however. The main goal is to treat hair loss and to stimulate new hair growth. If you weren’t a fan of pills and medicines, here is your DIY hair loss treatment.
Oil and extracts
Before I give you the oils that will help stop shedding and promote hair growth, here’s how to use any oil on your hair. The first step that you can take to reduce hair loss is to massage your scalp with appropriate hair oil. Proper hair and scalp massage will increase blood flow to the hair follicles, condition the scalp, and enhance the strength of your hair’s roots. It will also promote relaxation and reduce feelings of stress. Massage the following hair oils onto your hair and scalp by applying light pressure with your fingertips. Do this at least once a week. Twice is even better and more effective. However, it is better to wash your hair after oil bath suing a natural shampoo. Here are your hair loss treatment oils:
Jojoba oil is a powerful home remedy that has been in use for more than a hundred years. It has a powerful effect on hair growth when rubbed into the scalp and the hair, particularly at the spot where you’ve noticed the loss. Just apply a small amount of this oil on your scalp and give it a gentle fingertips massage.
Saw palmetto is extremely beneficial for hair loss in women. It is known to block the formation of dihydrotestosterone, which is a hormone that kills of hair follicles. Therefore, consuming an increased amount of saw palmetto can dramatically improve the health of your hair.
Rosemary has been used in hair health for centuries. The best way to use it is to mix it with almond oil. You can apply it directly to the scalp and the hair area in question while gently massaging your scalp.
Coconut oil shampoo
Coconut oil is very popular and frequently preferred as hair oil worldwide. This oil has been used since ancient times in India for grooming hair. Various remedies were prepared using herbs and coconut oil to prevent hair loss. Here is what you need for your coconut recipe:
- 1 cup liquid castile soap
- 1/3 cup canned coconut milk
- 1/3 cp coconut oil
- 50-60 drops of favorite essential oils
Melt coconut oil and coconut milk together over very low heat, as to not damage any of the nutrients. Pour into a bottle with a secure lid, and top with the castile soap. Shake well. Than add 50 drops of your favorite essential oils, and shake again. This hair loss treatment shampoo will not be as thick as commercial shampoos; squeeze on hair directly from the bottle. Wash, and rinse well.
Other natural ingredients to control hair loss in women
Onion juice helps in treating hair loss due to its high sulfur content, which helps improve blood circulation in the hair follicles, regenerate hair follicles and reduce inflammation.
- Extract the juice of one onion by grating it and then strain it.
- Apply the juice directly onto the scalp.
- Leave it on for about 30 minutes, and then wash it off. Finally, shampoo your hair.
- Mix together three tablespoons of onion juice and two tablespoons of Aloe Vera gel. You can also add one tablespoon of olive oil. Apply this mixture onto your scalp and leave it on for at least 30 minutes before rinsing it off and shampooing your hair with a natural shampoo.
- Repeat either of these remedies two or three times a week for several weeks.
Aloe vera contains enzymes that directly promote healthy hair growth. Also, its alkalizing properties can help bring the scalp and hair’s pH to a more desirable level, which can greatly promote hair growth. Regular use can also relieve scalp itching, reduce scalp redness and inflammation.
- Apply aloe vera gel or juice onto the scalp.
- Leave it on for a few hours and then wash it off with lukewarm water.
- Repeat the process three to four times a week.
- You can also consume one tablespoon of aloe vera juice daily on an empty stomach to enjoy better hair growth.