At this point in your understanding of hair loss, you probably already have accepted the fact that there will always be something “new.” Different things work for different people, and there are many natural remedies for female hair loss.
As we move into 2017 and find new ways to fight hair loss, it’s important to continue to stick with proven methods as long as they still work. Here are the best natural remedies for hair loss for 2016 and beyond.
An Overall Healthy Diet
- Wild-caught fish – A great source of omega-3 fatty acids which decrease inflammation and help prevent a dry scalp. We recommend salmon and tuna.
- Green tea – Detoxifies your body and contains antioxidants that promote hair growth. Also plays a role in stopping testosterone from turning into DHT, the hormone behind hair loss.
- Pumpkin seeds – Very high in zinc, a key ingredient for an overall healthy head of hair. Low zinc has been linked to hypothyroidism, a contributor to hair loss.
And just as importantly, there are certain things you want to reduce as much as possible:
- Trans fats – There’s nothing good about trans fats. They increase inflammation and the production of DHT. One of the easiest ways to keep them down is by only cooking with healthy fats like olive oil or coconut oil.
- Sugar – Too much sugar can imbalance your hormones. Changing levels of hormones can lead to a rise in DHT and inflammation.
- Processed foods – There is no natural remedy for female hair loss that includes processed foods. They’re loaded with trans fats, sugar and sodium. You know that they’re bad for you, and they’re especially bad if you’re trying to fight hair loss. Keep to the outside lanes at the grocery store (i.e. where the most wholesome foods are) whenever possible.
Supplements are a great way to support your diet, especially when you can find everything you need in a daily vitamin.
Here are some ingredients that you might look to include in your daily supplement (or choose a proven hair growth supplement):
- B-Vitamins – B vitamins like biotin and niacin (vitamin B3) attach to your hair follicles and make them thicker, naturally. They also support your adrenal glands, and even help reduce stress!
- Zinc – Low zinc levels and hair loss often go hand in hand. Many experts believe that low zinc causes a deterioration of the hair follicle.
- Saw Palmetto – A natural DHT blocker with years of promising research behind it.
- Fish oil – One of the most well-documented natural remedies to reduce inflammation and thicken hair with its high levels of omega-3 fatty acids.
Once you find a shampoo you like, stick with it. As a general rule of thumb is to go organic. Your hair products should include the same hair growth ingredients mentioned in the previous section. Some others to include:
Keratin – Keratin is a structural protein that makes up 90% of your hair. When it’s in your shampoo, it will penetrate your hair shaft and fill in the cracks where there’s damage.
Essential oils – One of our favorite natural remedies for hair loss, essential oils promote hair growth by keeping the scalp clean and improving blood circulation. Our favorites are horsetail plant oil and rosemary oil. Massage them into your scalp a couple times per week to see best results.
Stay hydrated – Make sure you’re drinking enough water! You are probably tired of hearing this, but it’s important. When your body is dehydrated, your follicles are not going to grow nearly as well as they should.
Reduce stress – Make sure you’re getting enough sleep and schedule yourself plenty of “me-time.” Incorporate massages and other natural remedies to reduce stress, which will help improve your overall hair health.
Remember that it’s up to you to combat hair loss. If you are noticing any irregular shedding or your hair is not feeling as thick and soft as usual, take the time to figure out what could be causing it. Make 2017 the year that you take control!