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When it comes to the reasons why women suffer from hair loss, there is no one (or even five) simple answers. For some women, it’s hereditary. Sometimes the profound hormonal shifts that transpire during pregnancy and/or menopause can play a significant role. Sometimes it’s due to a medical condition while other times, it has something to do aging. Even stress can be a major culprit. And while there are medications that you can take or apply to your hair and medical treatments that are available too, if your hair loss doesn’t seem major (meaning you don’t have large chunks of hair or huge bald spots), but you do seem to be shedding more hair than usual, something that you might want to try are DIY all-natural remedies. Not only are they cost-effective but, if you apply them consistently, you might be pleasantly surprised by the kind of results that you get.
So, are you ready to get onto the path of more hair growth and healthy tresses while you’re at it?
1. Massage your scalp with warm jojoba oil.
Whether you struggle with hair loss, thinning hair or not, one of the best things that you can ever do for your hair and scalp is to give yourself weekly scalp massages. Not only do they help to relieve stress, but they can increase blood circulation to your hair follicles, distribute sebum to your hair shaft and strengthen the roots of your hair as well. This is especially the case if you apply a warmed-up oil to your scalp like jojoba oil. Jojoba oil is awesome because it contains palmitic acid and stearic acids that help to reduce dandruff and itchy scalp; it deeply conditions your hair without leaving a heavy greasy residue behind; its fatty acids work to protect your hair from heat damage, and it’s an oil that also contains vitamins B and C, along with zinc and copper which can help to strengthen your hair follicles. All you need to do is put 1/4 cup of jojoba oil into the microwave for about 15 seconds and then apply the oil to your hair by using your fingertips to gently massage your scalp for 10 to 15 minutes, 1-2 times a week. If you do this regularly, you should start to see results within 4-6 weeks.
2. Make a coconut milk conditioner.
Hands down, one of the best things that you could ever do for your hair is apply coconut milk to it. It’s the kind of milk that is loaded with nutrients like lauric acid (which strengthens hair cuticles); protein (which supports the keratin that your hair is made mostly of), and vitamins B, C and E, and properties that also support your hair follicles so that hair loss becomes less of an issue. One of the most effective ways to use coconut milk on your hair is to create your own conditioner. You can get some easy tips on how to do that by watching this video here.
3. Clarify with apple cider vinegar.
It’s kind of hard to think of something that apple cider vinegar (one that contains “the mother”) isn’t good for. When it comes to your hair and scalp specifically, it helps to balance the pH levels of your scalp, it contains antimicrobial that help to keep scalp fungi and bacteria at bay, and it even has alpha-hydroxy acid properties in it that will help to gently exfoliate your scalp so that your hair follicles don’t clog up. Plus, if you happen to be someone who uses a lot of product to style your hair, apple cider is one of the best clarifiers around because it will deeply cleanse your tresses without drying them out in the process. One-part distilled water mixed with one-part apple cider vinegar and rinsing your hair after washing it, then letting it sit on our hair/scalp for 15 minutes every other wash day, will give your scalp and hair so much of what it needs in order to heal and strengthen itself.
4. Rinse your hair with licorice tea.
Something that you might not’ve seen coming in a million years is licorice tea. But believe it or not, it’s got a really great reputation when it comes to being an all-natural remedy for hair loss. Not only does it contain antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial properties that help to bring instant relief to a dry or damaged scalp, licorice is also able to open up your scalp’s pores and strengthen weak hair follicles too. All you need to do is steep two tea bags, let them cool completely and then apply the tea to your hair right after shampooing and conditioning your hair. Allow the tea to sit for 20 minutes, then rinse with cool water (to seal your hair’s cuticles).
5. Consume foods that are high in omega-3 fatty acids.
Repairing hair and scalp damage is something that needs to happen from the inside out. One way to do that is to consume foods that are high in omega-3 fatty acids. These types of fatty acids contain anti-inflammatory properties that are able to heal damaged hair follicles, proteins to feed your hair follicles, and properties that help to stimulate blood circulation to your hair follicles. Not to mention that omega-3 is also an oil that is a powerful moisturizer. Foods that are high in this fatty acid include fish, nuts, seeds, flaxseed oil, pastured eggs, spinach and meat from grass-fed animals.
6. Apply some onion juice.
I won’t lie—this isn’t the most pleasant-smelling remedy for hair loss, but it actually is one of the most potent. Onion juice is loaded with protein, amino acids and sulfur (sulfur is actually an element that has amino acids in it). Sulfur is really awesome because it helps to promote the production of collagen. When it comes to your hair and scalp health, collagen is what helps to create healthy cells and promote hair growth. However, it’s important to note that if you battle with alopecia, onion juice isn’t a reliable treatment for it. Otherwise, if you’d like to try to see how this all-natural hair loss remedy can work for you, check out this super thorough video here.
7. Oil your scalp with a rosemary, geranium and coconut oil blend.
If you’re looking for a moisturizing hair blend to nourish your scalp, we’ve got the perfect combo. Rosemary is an essential oil that we’re so found of that we wrote an entire article about it (check out “4 Ways to Use Rosemary for Hair Growth”); a really great thing about this oil is it helps to stimulate the cells on your scalp so that the hair that comes out of your follicles are thicker and stronger. Geranium essential oil is one that’s considered to be a regenerating oil, in part, because it contains the compounds citronellol and geraniol that stimulates your hair follicles’ immunity. Geranium oil also balances the sebum production from your scalp so that your hair is moisturized without your follicles getting clogged up in the process. And coconut oil? Whew…you can check out “8 Ways to Use Coconut Oil for Hair” to see why it’s a wonderful carrier oil/base for this kind of hair oil treatment. If you mix all of these together and apply the oil whenever your scalp is feeling dry, you will notice instant relief and thicker hair over time. It’s another great way to restore hair loss so that you can grow strong, healthy, long hair!