Partial or complete hair loss is called alopecia. It usually occurs on the scalp, but can also occur elsewhere on the body, including the eyebrows. The patterns of alopecia can vary as well.
The most common type of hair loss is called male pattern baldness, also known as hereditary alopecia or androgenic alopecia, meaning it is more common in men and is usually inherited. In this condition, hair is lost from the crown and temples and is often replaced by a more fine, downy type of hair. Female-pattern baldness, a variation of hereditary alopecia, can also strike women, especially after menopause. The incidence of female-pattern baldness is on the rise.
Another form of hair loss, known as alopecia areata, refers to a sudden loss of circular areas of hair for no apparent reason or as a result of systemic disease. Alopecia universallis is another type of hair loss, in this case of hair over the entire body. This condition usually corrects itself, but it is prone to recurrences.
Hair loss can occur due to low thyroid functioning, poor digestion, parasites, nutrient deficiencies such as iron or biotin, hormonal problems, aging, trauma, post-pregnancy, skin disease, diabetes, chemotherapy, and stress. A study in Lancet in September 30, 2000; 356: 1165-1166 suggested that insulin resistance could play a significant role in male pattern baldness. DHT – Dihydrotestosterone (5α-Dihydrotestosterone) is also said to play a major role in hair loss. DHT is a male sex hormone, an androgen. Men and women can lose hair as a consequence of changes in the metabolism of androgen in the body – men more commonly than women.
All of these factors must be considered and ruled out to be sure hair loss is not part of a more serious, underlying condition. Caution: If you begin to lose large amounts of hair suddenly and for no apparent reason, seek prompt medical attention to rule out the possibility of an underlying disease.
The very first thing you must do is see a licensed health professional. Find a list of practitioners in your local area here
Here are some things you can discuss with your practitioner:
It is common for hair loss sufferers to be quite toxic. This can be caused by medications, poor diet, everyday skin care products, polluted air and other toxic substances. The body need cleansing:
- Eliminate Candida: Click here to find out how
- Do the Hydrogen Peroxide Protocol to strengthen the immune system:
- Drink 3oz of Colloidal Silver, three or four times a day for 60 days www.utopiasilver.com/ Silver has long been recognised as a powerful natural antibiotic. Colloidal silver is silver that has been removed electronically from its source and then suspended in water. It is used to treat a myriad of diseases.
- Go on a fast to clear your system of toxic waste www.wecarespa.com
- We recommend regular colonics to remove toxicity from the body. Read more about colonics by clicking here. Find a practitioner here.
- Most of the water that we drink is very acidic and in order to heal our bodies need a more alkaline state. During the programme drink alkalised water, which you can buy from Real Water www.drinkrealwater.com/
Eat an organic, whole foods diet.
Eat foods rich in silica such as potato (with skins intact), green and red peppers, sprouts, and unpeeled cucumbers. Silica gives strength to hair and nails.
Include foods high in iron, such as lean meats and raisins.
Add sea vegetables such as kelp, they are good for the hair and support proper thyroid function.
Be sure to check for and eliminate any foods to which you may be allergic or sensitive.
Do not consume any artificial sweeteners, such as Splenda, NutraSweet or Aspartame.
Do not consume high fructose corn syrup or mono-sodium glutamate.
Do not drink any carbonated beverages.
Avoid all fast food restaurants.
Avoid all canned food.
Cut down on grains as they increase insulin, which is thought to be a contributing factor in hair loss.
Eliminate conventional dairy products. The best dairy products are raw, unpasteurised and homogenised dairy from grass fed cows. If this is unavailable, then buy organic dairy.
Avoid conventional beef. The best beef is organic grass fed beef. www.grasslandbeef.com/ The second best is organic meat; this includes beef, veal, lamb, chicken and turkey.
- Take Vitamin D3 50,000-100,000 International Units a day / for periods of 4 weeks at a time.
- Wholefood supplements are the best way of ensuring your nutritional needs are met.
- GH3 – a vitamin compound that works at the cellular level to improve overall functioning of the human system. It consists primarily of procaine which is composed of two naturally occurring B vitamins, PABA and DEAE. It increases cell membrane flexibility and conductivity, meaning more nutrients get into the cells and more toxins can be excreted. GH3 users have shown regenerative effects in numerous diseases including thinning and fading of hair.
- Zinc – an important mineral for hair development, take 30mg a day
- Although elevated levels of copper can lead to brittle hair and split ends, low copper levels can also result in hair loss, and should therefore also be considered.
Other supplements essential for healthy hair growth include:
vitamin B complex
free form amino acids, especially cysteine
Prescription and non-prescription medication:
What non-prescription and prescription drugs are you taking? Your non-prescription and prescription are partially the reason that you have this condition – you need to get off these medications but do so only under the guidance of a licensed health care practitioner
Castor Oil – Rub castor oil into the scalp for ten minutes, next apply a hot damp towel for 30 minutes, and then cover your head with a plastic shower cap and keep in place overnight. The following morning, wash your hair. Do this for two nights, then, repeat this using extra virgin olive oil for two nights, then use wheat germ oil for two nights. Rest one night and repeat the seven-day cycle.
Apple cider vinegar – used as a hair rinse can help stimulate hair growth.
Use Coconut oil – With its Medium Chain Triglycerides or Medium Chain Fatty Acids, it can nourish the hair follicles at the place that hair growth begins. It is a a great pre-wash treatment for deeply conditioning the hair and scalp, it protects the hair cuticles from damage and adds lasting shine.
We know that when the body is out of balance, energy doesn’t flow, leading blockages and eventually dis-ease. Here are some things you can do to combat stress and restore balance:
- Go to a Dr Morter BEST (Bio-Energetic Synchronisation Technique) Practitioner.
- Sign up for Energetic Re-Balancing: 2 practitioners to consider are:
- Consider using Mary Millers Iching System Products – ichingsystemsinstruments.com
- Reiki healing is very powerful in releasing stress and emotional baggage. Find a practitioner here.
- Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) has had remarkable results in dissolving stress. Find a local practitioner here (link) or go to www.thetappingsolution.com,www.tftrx.com or Faster EFT.
- Try Hypnotherapy to relax the mind. Find a practitioner here.
Try guided meditations to help you to relax and let go.
According to Ayurvedic practitioners hair fall is very much connected to the stability of your mind-body structure.
As always the fastest most effective way to receive tailored advice to your own situation, you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest Ayurvedic practitionershere
You may wish to research or discuss the following Ayurveda herbal remedies:
The herbs ashwagandha and amla can help stimulate hair growth in cases that are not due to genetic predisposition.
Drink Aloe Vera juice for healthy hair and skin. 1/3 of a cup each day is recommended.
Drink carrot, lettuce and spinach juice.
Switch to a natural shampoo. Try Amla (embilica officinalis) or Shikakai (Acacia concinna).
Since constipation can lead to hair loss, Triphala taken with water before you go to sleep is a good remedy if you don’t pass bowel movements everyday.
Apply coconut oil to the scalp, massage and leave it overnight. Do this 3 times a week.
TCM sees the hair as an extension of the blood. If the blood is nutritionally sound, the hair will be lustrous and thick and retain its colour. When blood is obstructed from flowing properly to the scalp, the hair will be negatively affected. Therefore, TCM practitioners need to determine whether the cause is deficiency or obstruction. They do this by assessing the functions and symptoms of the whole body, asking the patient about diet and digestion, emotional state, energy level, hereditary factors and if appropriate, their menstrual cycle.
Receive bespoke advice based upon your own situation; You should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners here
Here are some of the things they may recommend:
Dong Gui and He Shou Wu to tonify the blood.
Bai Zhu and dried ginger root may be prescribed if there is poor assimilation of nutrients due to digestive problems.
Dried longan fruit to calm the stressful emotions.
Barley and Tribulus would be prescribed to treat dampness and obstruction.
Stimulating massage blend
This stimulating blend can be massaged into the scalp. Massage gently to avoid breaking weak hair.
- 100 ml mix (50/50 of rosewater and distilled water)
- 15 ml apple cider vinegar
- 5 drops rosemary oil
- 6 drops jojoba oil
- 3 drops carrot oil
- 3 drops geranium oil
Mix together, shake well and apply 2 teaspoons of the blend daily.
Other useful oils that can be massaged into the scalp are lavender, thyme or sage.
Homeopathy is based on the principle that ‘like cures like’ –ie something that in a large dose creates the symptoms of a disease will, in a smaller dose in fact cure it. Remedies are prescribed very much on an individual basis taking the whole person into account. To find a tailored remedy you should visit your local licensed practitioner. Find you closest homeopath practitioner here
Here are some homeopathic medicines that may be considered when dealing with your specific psoriasis case-
Acidum nit. for general hair loss.
Arnica for hair loss after an injury
Selenium to treat a painful scalp and loss of hair.
Sepia or Lycopodium for cases of hair loss after childbirth or related to the menopause.
Phosphoric acid for hair loss linked to exhaustion and/or grief.
Cayenne Pepper – Studies have found it counteracts hair loss (see research section).
Aloe, Rosemary, Chamomile, Catmint and Nettles are very effective natural products that can work wonders to stop the loss of your hair.
Massage the scalp nightly with oil made of one part rosemary oil and two parts almond oil.
Saw Palmetto – reduces DHT in our body and around the hair follicles.
Circulation to the scalp is important and can help prevent hair loss. Incorporate more physical activity into your day – brisk walking, cycling and rebounding are good forms of exercise. Also try lying on a slant board for 15 minutes a day to increase blood flow to the scalp.
Drink the combined juice of carrot, beet, spinach, nettle, and alfalfa, adding a bit of onion.
Indian Head Massage increases the blood flow to the scalp and head, strengthening and improving hair condition. It also improves scalp condition and brings oxygen and nutrients to the cells promoting growth.
Shampoos and Conditioners
If you are using regular products, you are rubbing chemical toxins into your scalp every time you wash your hair. Switch to 100% organic products. We think the best out there is Anthony Morocco’s range of hair care.
Try this Hair Strengthening Recipe from James Wong’s ‘Grow Your Own Drugs’ book:
Nettle Hair Tonic:
1 large bunch of nettle leaves (fresh or dried)
500ml of water
500ml white wine vinegar
1 tbsp aromatic herbs (eg rosemary, lavender) or 10 drops of essential oil
Simmer nettles in the water and vinegar for two hours, then stir in the herbs/essential oil. Allow the mixture to cool then strain through a sieve lined with fine-weaved muslin. Filter into bottles – the mixture will be good to keep for up to 1 month. Apply to the scalp every other night as a hair strengthening tonic, or use as a leave-in, final hair rinse after shampooing.
Make sure you get a good night sleep between the hours of 10pm and 6am. Sleep is essential for hair renewal and growth.
Hold on to your hair – article from Sept 2012 newsletter
Why you should get a shower filter – article from www.naturalcures.com/Members/newsletters/pdfs/NC_Newsletter_10_11.pdf
Hair loss inspiration from Olympic medallist www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-surrey-19133686
Male Pattern Hair Loss and Thinning www.youtube.com/watch?v=Er1G_9bggas
Scalp Massage www.youtube.com/watch?v=hAxxeEYBD84
Hair loss, baldness prevention fresh juice recipe www.youtube.com/watch?v=OybtnmNIttk
Caffeine for hair loss www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-430669/Coffee-hold-cure-baldness.html
Cayenne Pepper www.hairloss-research.org/UpdateCayenneCB1-10-08.html
Saw Palmetto www.bastyrcenter.org/content/view/811/
Further Information (links and books)
Hair Loss Prevention Through Natural Remedies: A Prescription for Healthier Hair
by Ken Peters, David Stuss, Nick Waddell, David Struss
Regrowing Hair Naturally (Book with hypnosis CD) by Vera Peiffer
Indian Head Massage: Discover the power of touch by Narendra Mehta
Our Toxic World by Doris J. Rapp, M.D.
Hair Products, Morrocco Method
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Herbal Treatment, Saw Palmetto
www.jarrow.com (310) 204-6936
Excess Estrogen ReducerIndole-3-Carbol
www.pureprescriptions.com (800) 860-9583
www.jarrow.com (310) 204-6936
Hair Products, Thymuskin
www.thymuskin.com (706) 219-3836
www.healthmd.com (888) 874-8461
Nickel Eliminator, Paul Oberdorf, NMS Hair
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Andrea Butje | Aromahead email@example.com – aromatherapy
Carrie Vitt firstname.lastname@example.org – organic food recipes.
David Spector-NSR/USA email@example.com – meditation, stress
Judith Hoad firstname.lastname@example.org – herbalist.
Kath May email@example.com – reiki, tai chi.
Lillian Bridges firstname.lastname@example.org – Chinese medicine, living naturally.
Monika email@example.com – aromatherapy.
Rakesh GAC@AyurvedicLifeStyles.com – Ayurvedic Practitioner.