Hair Care 101: The Answers to Hair Loss

Our hair is widely considered as our crowning glory. In fact, throughout human history, many cultures continued to have high regard for effective hair care as thick and luscious locks are associated with good health, youthfulness, and beauty.

A particular example is the hair care regimen of the Yao ethnic group in Huangluo Village, Guangxi Province in China. According to The Epoch Times, the Yao women prided themselves with their astonishingly long hair (an average length of six feet) that stays completely black even when they reach the age of 80. The secret to their healthy locks is the use of fermented rice water in washing their hair.

Aside from fermented rice water, there are plenty of natural compounds that are beneficial for overall hair health. These remedies will be discussed in this article, as well as various commercial treatment for more severe cases of hair loss.

Knowing the Causes of Hair Loss

There are many causes attributed to hair loss, such as hormonal changes, excessive sebum production, degeneration due to natural aging, and damage from heat and styling products. To determine the most suitable type of remedy for your hair loss, you first have to identify the cause. The Mayo Clinic suggests that you undergo a physical exam. You must also inform your doctor about risk factors such as medical and family history.

Trying Hair Loss Remedies

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There are varying options for hair loss treatment, but if you want to start at home, then go DIY. Here, let’s discuss some natural home remedies:

  • Onion Juice

A study published in the Journal of Dermatology has found that onion juice significantly supports hair growth. After daily application of onion juice to the scalp for a period of six weeks, 20 out of 23 participants reported drastic improvement.

Onions also contain sulfur which helps support blood circulation and enhance collagen production. The antibacterial effects of onions are also efficient in treating scalp infections.

  • Apple Cider Vinegar

According to Reader’s Digest, when the hair follicles are clogged, bacteria accumulate and oils are unable to penetrate, consequently resulting in hair loss that can worsen into baldness. Rinsing the hair with a mixture of water and apple cider vinegar is believed to help unclog hair follicles and promote hair regrowth.

  • Beauty Oils

Experts swear by the benefits of oils such as jojoba, coconut, and rosemary. These oils have moisturizing, antibacterial and antioxidant properties that stimulate hair growth and prevent further hair loss. They also help repair damage and add luster to your hair.

Now that we’ve tackled some effective home remedies, here are medication and specialized treatments for more serious cases such as hereditary baldness.

  • Minoxidil

According to the Mayo Clinic, this is a popular nonprescription medication approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. It comes as a wash or solution for daily use. Minoxidil requires at least six months of consistent treatment to show effects.

  • Finasteride

This is a prescription oral pill for men that are taken daily. It slows hair loss and supports regrowth. Continuous supplementation is needed to retain effects.

  • Modern Treatment

Hair transplant involves tedious cosmetic surgery. Laser therapy utilizes an automated laser device to stimulate hair growth. Full micropigmentation is a treatment available in Las Vegas and other parts of Nevada, which entails the application of pigments to replicate hair follicles.

Consult your doctor to determine which treatment is most suitable for your type of hair loss.

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