I’m just going to say it: hair loss SUCKS. While losing a few strands here and there is natural, hair loss can be exacerbated by all kinds of conditions, from stress and menopause to diet and illness.
For me, hair loss, thinning and breakage went from natural to worrisome in my mid forties. That’s when I walked in perimenopausethat ever-so-fun phase of female life that, as any woman who’s been through it can attest, comes with a host of exciting side effects. Mood swings and weight gain and sweating, wow! Add hair loss to the mix and you have a recipe for diminished self-confidence and, on some days, sheer horror. Honestly, sometimes it felt like my hair was falling out in sheets. Showering and shampooing became a hair-growing experience (pun intended) and I often wondered how anything stayed on my head.
Distraught, I tried everything: fancy shampoos, scalp massages, collagen powder, biotin supplements, brushing my hair incessantly, not brushing my hair at all. Some worked better than others, but what worked best (and the treatment I still use) is a combination of three essential oils combined with shampoo or a second “carrier oil.” (I know, I was skeptical of herbal remedies too, but they do work.) This is my regimen of natural cures for hair loss, thinning and breakage.
To foil the shedding
Add 3 drops of cedarwood essential oil to a tablespoon of shampoo and massage into the scalp. Let stand 5 minutes, then rinse. Studies show antiseptic cedar wood dissolves dead skin cells that clog the follicles and lead to radioactive fallout. In addition, its antifungal compounds kill the fungi that cause dandruff. Both are good news for women struggling with hair loss. Whether due to stress, alopecia, aging or illness, the effects of fine hair extend beyond physical well-being. We feel good when we look good, and for most women, healthy hair is part of that equation.
To ‘fill’ scattered spaces
Combine 6 drops of peppermint oil with 2 teaspoons of coconut oil and massage your scalp for 1 minute. Let stand 20 minutes, then rinse. Mint’s menthol stimulates circulation, putting hair follicles into a phase of active growth so new strands can mask sparse areas. Scientific research supports the hair growth superpowers of peppermint oil. A mouse from 2014 study showed elongation of hair follicles and exceptional hair growth and thickening within a month of constant topical application of peppermint oil. While natural remedies have been used to treat hair loss for centuries, few have been scientifically evaluated the way peppermint oil has, and far fewer show such positive results.
To beat the break
Stir 10 drops of rose essential oil into 2 tablespoons of olive oil and smooth through damp hair. Let stand 15 minutes, then rinse. The emollient properties of rose lock in moisture to strengthen hair, thwarting brittleness and breakage that make strands look thin. Additionally, rosehip oil is believed to improve scalp health, which, in turn, may promote healthier hair. A 2015 study testing the efficacy of rosehip powder on facial skin suggested it had significant moisturizing benefits. Although more research is needed, if the results are correct, the positive impact of rosehip powder on facial skin would likely translate to the scalp as well, promoting healthy hair growth.
Whether you’re in favor long hair either short hair; embrace your gray or color it; Born with straight, straight or curly, textured locks – there is help for hair loss and thinning hair. Just remember: you are perfect no matter what is going on in your head…because you are perfectly and beautifully you.