More than fifty percent of men and women across the United States experience hair loss at some time in their lives. Hair loss, also medically referred to as alopecia, can be caused by a number of different factors. A common cause of hair loss in women is hormonal fluctuations, such as those that occur during pregnancy and menopause.
Many women also experience hair loss as a result of a malfunctioning thyroid gland. In male pattern baldness, testosterone and its counterpart dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is responsible for attacking and destroying the hair follicle. Other non-hormonal causes include prescription drugs such as birth control pills, antidepressant medications, as well as various over-the-counter drugs. Additionally, allergic reactions to chemicals found in hair products can result in hair loss.
Before treating your hair loss, it is important to determine what combination of the aforementioned causes may be contributing to your alopecia. Keep in mind that there may be a multiple elements contributing to your hair loss. Even so, a regimen to re-grow hair should contain three important components to ensure that you are maximizing your hair growth potential.
[divider type=”space” margintop=”10″ marginbottom=”10″][divider type=”space” margintop=”10″ marginbottom=”10″]
The 3 Components to Treating Hair Loss
It is hypothesized that the inflammatory process plays a large role in hair loss. In androgenic alopecia, which is the hormonal variation, inflammation sets in surrounding each hair follicle. Inflammation leads to tissue remodeling which will eventually result in the permanent loss of the hair. There is data that would suggest that inflammation plays a part in most types of alopecia. Therefore, one of the best ways to naturally combat hair loss is to apply an anti-inflammatory.
One of the most powerful natural anti-inflammatory agents that can be used for hair loss is emu oil. It is superior to other natural anti-inflammatories because it is so permeable to human skin; which means that it is more likely to penetrate to the hair follicle. Emu oil is also non-irritating and may target androgens, which are known to contribute to hair loss.
Androgens are the reason for genetic pattern hair loss in both men and women; particularly, the androgen DHT. Increasing the levels of DHT in at the hair follicle can result in shortened hair growth cycles as well as thin strands of hair. Moreover, the growth of new strands of hair to replace the damaged strand is delayed. For this reason, it is important to minimize the amount of androgens that are available to attack the hair follicle and cause baldness.
Anti-androgens keep DHT, testosterone, and 5-alpha reductase from being able to bind to their receptors and cause hair loss. Saw palmetto is a powerful natural anti-androgen that is widely used in hair loss supplements. Fortunately, it is available in most grocers, vitamin shops, and drug stores. One study showed that saw palmetto might have the same anti-androgen effects as the prescription drug finasteride used to treat hair loss.
Growth stimulators are a popular way of combating hair loss. Minoxidil, branded as Rogaine, is one such product. Though, as with most drugs, minoxidil can have some undesirable side effects. Using an all-natural hair growth stimulator will help to encourage and speed up hair growth where hair loss is taking place.
Castor oil is an oil taken from the castor seed. It has been used for its many different medicinal purposes. It is very rich in fatty acids and vitamin E. There has been quite a lot of buzz surrounding this oil recently because of its hair growth stimulating properties when rubbed on the scalp (and eyebrows).[divider type=”space” margintop=”10″ marginbottom=”10″]