It’s quite normal to lose hairs (about 50 and 100 hair strands a day) but it becomes abnormal if we lose too many at a time. Especially in the United States, there are more bald people than anywhere else in the world. This can have various sources:
- Our diet: the typical American diet contains too much fats, too much proteins and too much salt. By eating this way, you risk damaging your kidneys. This creates acidic blood, and as a result your hair falls out. The American diet is also short in vitamins, which leads to vitamin deficiency and again to hair loss.
- Stress: if you are experiencing a lot of stress in your life, the hairs are literally pulled out.
- Birth control pills/pregnancy/menopause: an imbalance of the hormones, which women experience when being pregnant or in the menopause (and sometimes when taking birth control pills) can also be a cause of hair loss.
- Chemotherapy: cancer patients also suffer hair loss.
However, there are things we can do to prevent hair loss. For starters, it’s advisable to eat a diet high in fruits and fresh vegetables. This will restore the balance in your body, and will give you all the necessary vitamins responsible for healthy hair.
You can also use massage. When you apply a mild massage to your head for a couple of minutes a day, you stimulate the blood flow to the hair follicles. In mild cases of hair loss the massage can stimulate hair growth to restore the lost hair.
Herbs are also widely used to treat the loss of hair (with these treatments, don’t forget to rinse your hair afterwards):
- From the old Egyptians derives a treatment for hair loss, which is now still used in the Far East. It consists of the use of castor oil and it’s applied directly on the hair.
- Blood-building herbs are useful when the hair loss is combined with dry skin, insomnia and red eyes. This indicates a dehydration of blood and body fluids and the use of the herbs can have good effects because they nourish.
- Aromatherapy with six drops each of lavender and six drops of either almond, soybean or sesame oil. Massage this mixture into your scalp and leave it there for about 20 minutes, to stimulate your scalp.
- Nettle root extract is extremely rich in vitamins A and C and this can be beneficial to your hair. This extract is often used in Europe.
- Aloe Vera is the herb that Native Americans, Indians and people in the Caribbean use to promote healthy hair and prevent hair loss. The aloe vera balances the pH level of the scalp and cleanses the pores. You can also use a preparation of aloe vera gel with a bit of wheat germ oil and coconut milk and use it as a shampoo.
- Henna is traditional in India and acts as a natural conditioner to maintain healthy hair. It heals the hair shaft.