Fast facts on how to regrow hair naturally:
- Looking after hair is an important part of avoiding hair loss.
- Multiple nutrient deficiencies may result in hair loss.
- While it is more common in men, women can lose their hair too.
Lifestyle techniques and methods
There are a range of remedies and techniques that people can try. Including:
There are some misconceptions about whether hair care does contribute to hair loss and regrowth.
For example, washing hair too often does not cause hair loss. Blow-drying hair can cause hair loss because it can damage, burn, or dry out the hair — however, this hair will grow back.
Hair dye is another cause of temporary hair loss — most hair-coloring treatments contain chemicals that can damage the hair and make it fall out.
Overly vigorous brushing can cause injury, which can lead to hair loss and some hairstyles, such as tight plaits, ponytails, or cornrows, can cause hair loss because there is too much tension on the hair.
Hair care products, such as gel, mousse, or hairspray, do not cause hair loss, though.
A study conducted in Japan showed that scalp massage could increase hair thickness. The men involved in the study had regular massages over a 24-week period, and while hair growth rate did not improve, thickness improved significantly.
Researchers believe that this could be to do with increased blood flow and direct stimulation of the cells.
While hair loss can be affected by nutrient deficiency, the exact links between diet and hair loss are complicated:
- Iron: Iron deficiency is the most common nutritional deficiency in the world and is a known cause of hair loss. Women experiencing perimenopause and menopause are at risk of iron deficiency, as are vegans, vegetarians, and people with certain conditions, such as celiac disease. In a study on mice, the reversal of iron deficiency also leads to the restoration of hair growth.
- Zinc: Zinc deficiency has a direct link with brittle hair, and increasing zinc levels also leads to the regrowth of hair. However, researchers do not know whether zinc supplementation would help those without diagnosed zinc deficiency.
- Fatty acids: A deficiency in essential fatty acids can lead to hair loss on the scalp and eyebrows.
It is important to remember that there is a lack of research on the role of supplementation. Researchers do not know whether supplements will prevent hair loss in people that do not have nutrient deficiencies.
In fact, the over supplementation of certain nutrients, such as vitamin A, vitamin E, and selenium, can lead to hair loss.
There appears to be a direct link between stress and hair loss. Likewise, a shock to the system, be that through physical or emotional trauma, can also act as a shock to the hair follicles and they can stop growing.
In some cases, the use of red ginseng, which can be taken as a supplement, has been shown to promote hair growth.
Exactly why this happens is unclear, although researchers think it could be because of indirect stimulation of the hair follicles.
Before taking any supplements, it is important to ensure that they won’t interact with any medication or existing conditions.
The omega-6 fatty acid arachidonic acid has been shown to promote hair growth by helping to speed up the production of the follicles.
Regenepure hair growth products has shown to promote hair growth in men and women experiencing thinning or hair regrowth. However, a further study also showed its ability to decrease hair loss.
The use of geranium oil as a treatment significantly promotes hair growth and can prevent hair loss. People can apply it by mixing a few drops into a shampoo or conditioner.
Coconut oil is widely used to treat damaged hair of various types. It significantly reduces the protein loss in both damaged and undamaged hair as it can penetrate the hair shaft.
Coconut oil can be used as a pre-wash and a post-wash wash hair product.
The use of aloe vera as a treatment for a variety of different things has been traced back as far as 6,000 years ago in Ancient Egypt.
One such treatment is for hair loss, and evidence has shown it has a soothing effect on the skin that can help alleviate certain conditions.
Using rosemary oil for at least 6 months has been shown in a study to increase hair count. However, many of the group experienced scalp itching as a side effect.