Here are the top five herbal remedies that can help you address hair loss;
Aloe Vera – Used by the natives, this plant has a range of health benefits, one of which is to prevent hair fall and make it thick, shiny and beautiful. Rub a little aloe Vera gel onto your scalp every day night and if necessary, wash it off in the morning. Research studies have shown that this plant contains superoxide dismutane and can also boost the level of nitric oxide in the body, both of which can stimulate hair growth and also cure male alopecia.
Green Tea – This Chinese tea has proven to be quite remarkable in its action against male pattern baldness and hair loss. You can either take it in the tea form or consume it as tablets. Catechins present in green tea has an inhibitory action on the enzyme, 5-alpha reductase which is the culprit involved in the formation of DHT.
Bell Pepper – Take the flesh of the red pepper and apply this directly to the scalp. This helps in the release of histamines which in turn stimulates the supply of blood and nutrients to the scalp there by promoting hair growth.
Dong Quai – Another Chinese traditional medicine, Dong Quai is also known as Angelica. This herb is especially recommended for use in women and contains phytoestrogens which is very beneficial in boosting hair growth and also addressing alopecia.
Nettle Root – In Chinese medicine, nettle root is often used in combination with Saw Palmetto. If you cannot get the herb as such, buy these in the capsule form from Chinese stores. Mix the oils together and then apply on the scalp. These herbs help in inhibiting the action of DHT which is the main causative factor of male pattern baldness. A word of caution though; it is not recommended for use in pregnant and nursing mothers.
So if you are looking for a healthy way to regain back your beautiful hair and combat hair loss, then try out these herbal remedies at the earliest.
Body hair transplantation (BHT) has risen from the dust of the heavily flawed and antiquated hair transplant methods of the past. In the 1950’s, the first punch grafts were performed. They were 4mm round excisions that left behind several scars of the same size and shape in the donor area and created a “pluggy” look to the restored area. After that came mini- and micro-grafts, and then strip surgery. But hair restoration technology has continued to develop. We have taken leaps and bounds over the decades, and now look to body hair transplantation as today’s newest, best, and most widely beneficial technique so far.
The Development of Body Hair Transplantation
Body hair transplantation, also called body-hair-to-head transplant, first came about in the 1909’s. However, until less than ten years ago, it was still in its very primitive stages. The most rewarding aspect of this technology is that it renders the pool of donor hair virtually limitless by incorporating non-head hair. Older techniques, strip surgery, even FUE using head hair only, are restricted as to the amount of donor hair that can be used. For those individuals with advanced androgenic alopecia, scarring that has caused baldness, or disfigurement from previously botched surgeries, head hair only is not enough to provide total coverage across the scalp. Many of these sufferers have been turned away as “poor candidates” from clinics not adept at employing BHT.
BHT surgeons are hard to come by due to the fact that they must be extremely advanced in their practice, and because body hair transplantation is a long and laborious procedure.
How Does Body Hair Transplantation Work?
Body hair transplantation uses an advanced form of follicular unit extraction, or FUE. Just as with FUE, BHT harvests donor hairs one by one, in follicular units (natural groupings of one to four hairs). Donor hair can be derived from the beard, chest, stomach, arms, or legs. These hairs are carefully selected and excised, usually using a handheld device that can be manual or powered. The tiny.8 to 1.2mm incisions are small enough that they do not require stitching, and heal such that scarring is negligible. Once the follicles are extracted, they are retained in a holding solution until the time of implantation into the recipient area. Thousands of tiny slits are made in the bald area, where these follicles find their new home. Most patients will see full growth and thickness of the new hair at approximately 18 months.
Other Benefits to Body Hair Transplantation
Besides its unique ability to service the severely bald, body hair transplantation is beneficial for other reasons, too.
BHT means that there should always be a donor pool, should future surgeries be required.
BHT allows for a wider choice of follicle type. For example, the fineness of leg hair is great for a natural-looking hairline, while beard or chest hair have a nice coarseness for filling the vertex of the scalp.
BHT requires an advanced FUE surgeon, using only his expertise and steady hands rather than a robotic FUE device (which are becoming popular, but can be flawed). Thus, you’ll know you are in the best hands.
Beautiful hair are considered God’s gift but in reality, it’s people who are responsible for the upkeep of their hair. People of all ages especially the female population is very sensitive towards the maintenance of their hair but little do they know that the shampoo and conditioner they are using are harmful for them. Surprising but true that even the branded companies use chemical additives, petroleum and artificial preservatives, colors and fragrances. It is true that chemicals clean the hair completely and it is also true that they also rob hair of nutrients. The time has come to switch to natural hair products with no chemical additives and eliminate the exposure to toxins.
Nature has gifted us many herbs, fruits and seeds that contain vital nutrients for hair. Natural products are made up of plant extracts and natural oils that nourish hair and the scalp. These products smell sweet and they don’t cause any side effects like the ones people feel after using chemical rich shampoos or conditioners. Ordinary shampoo may cause burning sensations and allergic reactions in your head and hands due to chemical reaction. But a natural shampoo is safe both for your head and hands. Every time you use a natural shampoo or conditioner, you nourish your hair and head.
If you can prevent your them from direct sunlight, dirt, dust and grime, then you won’t require much cleaning them. Experts advise to wash them only one or three times in a week depending on your hair type. In their opinion, regular washing can take away natural oil and minerals from the hair. They are right in their opinion but people guided by advertisements wash these important parts of the body regularly. Ideally one should cover one’s head when going out and use only natural hair products when washing them. By covering your head, you can prevent hair loss due to sunlight and dry air. And with natural products, you can make sure that these most sensitive parts of the body get proper nutrition.
Natural hair products are 100% safe for people of all ages and there is no harm in washing the hair of toddlers and kids with these natural products. Regular use of these products will prevent them from falling and premature graying which is a common problem among adult women. With these products, there won’t be itching or irritation on your scalp. The main feature of these products is that they supplement hair and the scalp with tons of proteins, vitamins and minerals.
The position of a hair loss consultant is mainly seen as a sales position by employers and so that, and the fact that earnings are predominately sales based, can change the focus from a consultation about a personal issue and it’s causes and treatment, to a situation where the key objective becomes the sale with the client needs being secondary. It also comes about because there is no code of conduct for the profession at all. Shonky hair loss studio’s stories are well covered in the media with very little if any publicity being given to the credible clinics and the good work they can do.
The truth is consultancy really is a profession. Clients come to the consultant needing reassurance about a medical issue that can be life changing for them. The impact of hair loss from either Androgenetic Alopecia or illness should never be underestimated. So with the consultants position comes the responsibility to make a correct diagnosis and offer the client the answers they are hoping for.
As with all cosmetic industries, which is where the hair loss seems to fit even though some are medical clinics, profits can be lucrative. This opens the door to anyone without any medical background or reputable technical training being able to promote hair regrowth products. What is little known is that the causes of hair loss are medically based, but because the general public are unaware of that fact, it’s easy to be lured into misinformation and deception if you don’t do your homework.
This in its self can be problematic because the majority of male clients will not talk about having hair issues to anyone – so getting first hand feedback on a hair loss programs and results can be difficult. It’s definitely secret men’s business because there appears to be a stigma attached to men who care about their appearance. To do so debunks the male gender persona of being rough, tough and buff!
It is pleasing to see however that Gen Y males are starting to change the trend and recognise that caring about how you look and feel is OK and good for self-esteem. This is why the majority of males wanting information on hair regrowth are much younger than most would expect the age demographic of a hair loss client to be.
Regardless of age however the expectations for results are usually the same. The difficult thing about the diagnosis is that whilst results can be good if a creditable program is followed correctly, there is no way of predicting exactly what they will be for each individual. Often the client may be expecting the impossible, and this is where it’s up to the consultant to be as honest as possible about what they see as a good result. If a consultant exaggerates results then it will come back to bite them through lost business or an irate client. So whilst a sale has been made an unhappy client can do more damage than the best advertising can repair.
Some responsibility does lay with clients though. There are clients who have achieved excellent results that never seem to be satisfied. A good understanding of what is desired and what is achievable needs to be communicated well by both parties’ at the time of the initial consultation or once again the industry’s reputation goes under scrutiny.
That’s where the training of the consultant comes into play. As with any business based around sales of a product the information given to training consultants will always be that our product and the way we do things is better than the competition. From my experience training frequently comes from other consultants – who may even be the one being replaced, to share their knowledge about hair loss. Depending on the employer once again the emphasis may be on the sale not the actual technical knowledge and process of regrowing hair.
Consultants need correct training and access to credible up to date technical information that is backed up by someone with experience in the field so working in a clinic that has a resident doctor available for advice is a real bonus. Understanding all facets of the industry is necessary to be able to advise clients accurately about all choices available to them. Often clients want to discuss hair transplants at their first ever consultation. This is simply because they believe that this is the only option available to them, so having an understanding of all options available, even if this is not a service your clinic offers should be standard.
What often distinguishes the standard of clinics is the follow up service that is offered. A reputable clinic will be in regular contact with the client to make sure routines are established with the products and that the client is feeling supported. Service should be offered for the length of the program with measurable results being the desired result.
So with a lot of negativity surrounding the industry what does the future hold? The time is here for those in the industry to lift their game and work at improving their reputation through their own practices. Long established clinics should be focusing less on the bottom line and more on building trust and improving their image.
It is a valuable medically based industry in respect of what it offers for those who are looking for the answer to their hair loss problems and one that will continue to grow. So let’s strive to be respected for what a difference hair regrowth can make to our clients lives – not what we can sell them.
Achieving beautiful hair requires a number of different activities. You have to be careful what substances you put on your hair, you have to be wary of what foods you put into your body, and you have to be extra careful to avoid harmful toxins and dangerous chemicals found in many of today’s beauty products and cosmetics.
If you want gorgeous, luxurious hair, you should follow natural approaches and that’s why in this article I am going to reveal five natural ways you can quickly and easily transform your hair from dull, lifeless and damaged to vibrant, shiny and healthy.
Here they are…
Massage With Some Natural Oils
Oils are a fantastic way to add extra moisture to the hair. Massage natural and essential oils into your scalp and the roots of your hair and notice a huge difference to your hair health. Some of the best oils for hair include coconut oil which clears away dirt and bacteria unblocking the pores and increasing blood flow, olive oil, sweet almond oil, Argan oil, castor oil, jojoba oil, rosemary essential oil, lavender essential oil and tea tree oil. There’s also a little know oil called Mira Hair Oil that works wonders for our hair.
Change Your Diet
The foods you consume are one of the most important components of healthy hair. It’s important you get a recommended dosage of vitamins for hair, such as Biotin, vitamin C, Niacin, vitamin E and a number of others.
Moisturize Your Hair
You can keep your hair moisturized using the oils I mentioned above, but for an even more effective moisturizing treatment, try this recipe. Mix ¾ cup of avocado oil, 1/8 cup of sweet almond oil, 8 drops lavender oil, 6 drops of lemongrass oil, 6 drops rosemary oil and 4 drops geranium oil. Mix together, heat gently and apply to the scalp, roots and tips of the hair.
Take Advantage Of These “Butters”
Mango butter, cocoa butter and Shea Butter all have fantastic benefits for our hair. Include these ingredients in your hair treatment recipes and notice a remarkable difference to your hair.
Use A Sea Salt Spray
I’m sure you’ve noticed before just how gorgeous your hair can be after taking a refreshing dip in the ocean. That’s because salt water is fantastic for hair. Try this sea salt spray recipe and notice the difference to your hair. Mix sea salt, coconut oil and distilled water. Add to a spray bottle and spray on your locks.
Treating hair loss involves caring for the individual hair follicles to ensure that each follicle can grow normal healthy hair. Consuming vitamins, minerals and proteins is necessary for healthy hair growth. Our normal hair regrowth rate is 10 millimetres per month. If your hair is at its healthiest and you skip the hairdresser for 12 months, your hair would grow 120 millimetres in that time. If your hair is not growing at this rate then you could be in the early stages of alopecia.
Once your hair breaks through your scalp it is dead. That is to say that the hair above your scalp is dead. The only part of the hair that is alive is below the scalp within in your hair follicle. Shaving your head will not make your hair healthier, nor will it make it grow quicker and it certainly will not make it thicker. The only effect that shaving your head will have is to make your hair very short indeed. If you want that look then go for it!
Hair growing from an unhealthy follicle grows less in length and becomes thinner over time. The hair goes into the resting phase and if the follicle is not treated then it can die. Once the follicle is dead, nothing can revive it. The only choice is hair transplant surgery. Fortunately we have thousands of follicles on our scalp and not all of them are in the same phase at the same time. The follicles are affected by a number of factors including DHT, cleanliness, nutrition and also heredity factors.
Unless you are sure which factors are causing your reduced hair growth you should consider them all. There are natural products to address the issue of excess DHT in addition to drugs shown to reduce DHT levels. Examples are saw palmetto and Propecia. There are many shampoos but you should also consider a specific scalp cleanser to unblock any hair follicles just as you would use a cleanser to unblock skin pores.
If you have been working too hard, playing hard, stressing about life, and missing meals, then a nutritional hair growth product could help reduce your hair loss. Basic amino acids, fats, minerals and vitamins are essential for healthy hair regrowth and nourishing the hair follicles with these essential nutrients can reduce hair loss and stimulate hair regrowth. More than 70 percent of participants in one trial, based on the formulation of highly refined marine proteins, minerals, vitamins and herbs, experienced a significant decrease in hair loss. In another study, 95% of users showed total regrowth of hair. Hair loss is not an irreversible process and now there are new natural hair loss treatments that can help.
You do not have to accept that hair loss is due to some unchangeable internal process caused by a multitude of factors and therefore nothing can be done about it. Science can now offer real hope with the development of nutritional hair loss treatments. If you are concerned, then now is the time to do something about it. Do not wait until the obvious signs of the receding hairline appear as the process is already well underway.
Hair loss is typical among men in their 60s. However, when this happens at an early age, it can be an indication of hereditary disorder, hormonal imbalance, or adverse reaction to environmental pollutants. There are countless hair loss solutions, prescribed and over-the-counter, available in the market. The problem is, many are hesitant to give them a try due to possible allergic reactions. In addition, these may also have contraindications that will do no good to those under medications.
Fortunately, hair technology is not solely dependent upon chemical elements. Herbal solutions to hair loss are now gaining popularity over its chemical-based counterpart, more so to those concerned about overall health.
Below are the most common.
1. Aloe Vera. Sebum is secreted by the hair glands and gives the hair a natural shine. Excessive sebum, however, can clog the hair follicles and cause hair to fall. In addition, this can lead to scalp irritation and give rise to further hair issues. Aloe Vera works by regulating the amount of sebum and restoring the follicular cycle. The scalp is returned to health, and becomes capable of producing hair again.
2. Saw palmetto. The plant is mostly grown in North America, and is used to cure prostate or urinary tract inflammations in men. Certain properties of saw palmetto have been proven to block the production of DHT (dihydrotestosterone). DHT is the main cause of androgenic alopecia, or the hereditary hair loss in men. The body generates a male hormone called testosterone that in combination with the enzyme 5 alpha reductase is converted into DHT. Saw palmetto, that is thought to be one among the best Herbal solutions to hair loss, may be available in the form of topical solutions and oral preparations.
3. Ginkgo Biloba. Also known as the Maidenhair tree, Ginkgo Biloba is widely known in China and Japan for its medicinal attributes. The extract of Ginkgo Biloba is often used as an active ingredient in some commercial hair care products. It is claimed to facilitate blood circulation in the skin, thus promoting cellular health. A healthy scalp maintains healthy hair follicles, and enables growth of healthy hair.
Herbal solutions to hair loss are a good alternative to those with allergic tendencies or are under certain medications. These have properties that are beneficial not only to the scalp but also the other organs in the body. Although, some of their therapeutic tendencies may still have not been scientifically proven, there is no harm in trying a ‘cure from nature’.
One of the last high-profile holdouts of the passe comb over look, a certain New York City real-estate mogul was invited to appear on the final season of the Oprah show for a hair makeover.
The host of 25 years, who had already convinced an audience of men to give up their comb overs and go au naturel, did not have the same luck with our anonymous mogul.
Luckily, these days most men with ‘hair issues’ who need hair restoration or hair transplant surgery are open to exploring their options.
According to Jerry E. Cooley, MD, president of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS), hair loss is a very common medical condition, affecting 50% of all men and more than 25% of women worldwide.
Says Dr. Cooley, “So, it’s no surprise that more people are talking about their hair loss and not feeling embarrassed anymore to admit that they’ve turned to hair restoration surgery to correct it.”
While women tend to seek out cosmetic surgery primarily for breast augmentation, liposuction or breast reduction, men seek out hair surgery or cosmetic surgery for hair restoration. One figure estimates that by the age of 50, 50% of all men will experience some stage of hair loss.
Most causes of hair loss, or male pattern baldness, which has been called the ‘silent epidemic’ are genetic. Male pattern baldness is the most common type of hair loss for men and will manifest itself with a receding hairline and thinning hair on the crown of the head.
If you are in the market for hair implants or a hair transplant, how do you choose a hair transplant surgeon that will meet your cosmetic, financial and aesthetic needs?
Choose your physician wisely.
According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS), the number one decision is to never choose a doctor solely on the basis of cost.
The ASAPS recommends that you “entrust your face or body to the plastic surgeon with whom you feel most comfortable.”
Next, choose a specialist or hair transplant surgeon who exclusively devotes himself to hair surgery.
Ideally, the surgeon will be board certified in his field and have admitting privileges to perform the procedure in an acute care hospital, in case of emergency.
Facilities should be accredited by a recognized accrediting body, state-licensed or Medicare-certified.
Although you may be swayed by large national companies with glitzy advertising and beautiful women, be wary of large companies which may employ doctors on a percentage basis.
Choose a practice where you will be the only patient or one of two on any given day.
Be cognizant of the fact that there are different types of hair transplant surgery. Micro-follicular unit transplantation is the most up-to-date and accurate form of surgery.
Ultimately, the surgeon, his technique and artistry, as well as the team performing the surgery will largely determine the quality of the hair transplant.
And lastly, make sure that the hair transplant surgeon you choose is more interested in your well-being and how you and your hairline look, rather than how his bottom line looks.
When we start losing our hair we panic. We quickly search the Internet for fixes to hair loss and grab at the quick fixes. Here are some things you should not do when trying to stop your hair loss.
Not Understanding The Cause
When we first start losing our hair we cannot believe it. We believe to be young to be losing our hair. Well for men they can start losing their hair right after puberty if it is caused by male pattern baldness. But there could be many other reasons for your hair loss and if you do not understand the reason of your loss, you could be wasting your time and your money.
For example, there are many other reasons for you to lose your hair besides male or female pattern baldness. Some other reasons you can lose your hair is by:
Stress – If your body is undergoing stress either from work or you are under going a significant emotional event, such as a death in the family or divorce, you could start losing your hair.
Medicine – Certain medicines could cause you to start losing your hair.
Diet – If you start a crash diet or are not getting the right vitamins, your hair can start falling out.
There are many more reasons you can lose your hair, but once you understand the reasons for your hair loss, the fix to stopping your hair loss could be quite simple. It might be as simple as removing what is causing your stress, changing your medicine or improving your diet.
Grabbing At Straws
With today’s technology, it is easy to go to the Internet and search for ways to stop hair loss. One of the ways that comes up is to use Biotin. Biotin is a good vitamin for the hair, but your body makes Biotin itself, so in general it is not needed as a supplement. Plus shampoos claim to have Biotin as part of their ingredients. The sad part is there is doubt that the scalp can absorb Biotin through the skin.
So if you buy Biotin supplements or shampoos with Biotin contained in the ingredients, you are wasting your money and time.
Once you start noticing you are losing your hair, it is important that you understand the reasons why you are losing your hair. The fix could be simple or it may require you to take a longer-term fix.
Rather than you trying to figure out the reasons for your hair loss, it is best to visit your dermatologist for a professional opinion.
If you Google ‘gray hair treatment’ or similar search term, you are likely to find pages and pages of solutions, treatments and cures for graying of hair. But is it really possible to ‘cure’ grey hair and reverse this sign of aging that many of us tend to have rather early in life?
What Causes Grey Hair?
Genetics, environmental pollutants, age, lifestyle related habits and other reasons can all contribute to grey hair.
- A very significant proportion of those who grey early, probably had a parent (or two perhaps) who also grayed early, and so genetics is clearly a predictor of graying.
- Smoking, is a predictor of going gray before one’s time and is known to have a correlation with the discoloration of skin as well as hair.
- Stress, is another factor that contributes to grey hair; as the old adage goes, worry can in fact turn your hair white.
- So work related or personal tensions and so on can all cause one to have gray hair earlier than nature ordained.
- Certain health problems could also contribute to gray hair – A thyroid disorder, anemia related to a Vitamin B12 deficiency and other deficiencies could contribute to gray hair. Getting these conditions within control by taking medications or nutritional supplements could also help to control gray hair in many cases.
- Leukoderma or Vitiligo where the skin gets progressively depigmented (loses color or pigment) can also trigger graying of hair before its time.
Can you reverse gray hair?
There are a number of natural solutions offered that claim to cure gray hair – for instance mixing yoghurt and black pepper and applying this to the hair, applying certain oils and lotions to the hair, using tea leaves or henna are all supposed to help darken grey hair. Indeed these may well work for most people; however for many others this may have a very temporary effect.
Then there are all sorts of ‘medicines’ or pills and powders that are advertized as the definitive cure for hair turning white before its time. Unfortunately a large majority of these claims are fraudulent or misleading at the very least – many of these formulations claim to be natural or safe and effective and yet in most cases this is very far from the truth!
Some people speak of gene therapy as being one of the possible treatments for reversing the whitening of hair. However as of now there is no such therapy that exists; in the future who knows!
So in conclusion, it has to be admitted that the best options around are the natural ones, they may work for you or they may not. But in the very least you can be sure they won’t do any harm. One may choose to either color the hair or wear a hat or to flaunt that gray hair – is it not after all, a badge of wisdom?
Rogaine is a powerful medication that is able to help curb hair loss for a significant amount of individuals; however, it seems that many users become frustrated with using the medication and give it up all too soon. This almost always leaves their hair in worse shape than before they had started taking the drug.
Statistics show that one in three males and one in four females will experience at least moderate hair regrowth with Rogaine, so why do so many reviewers give it such a bad rap? There are many users who give out during the first two months of use because of fear of shedding, lack of dedication, or whatever the case may be, and this is not even enough time to test the waters with Rogaine. To be successful with Rogaine, you need to have a regular application schedule, ignore the initial shedding, and stay committed. If you can follow these rules, then your chances for hair regrowth success will be multiplied.
- If you do not have a regular application schedule when you are using Rogaine, it will be much easier to fall out of the habit. One missed application will soon become two, and then you will eventually quit using it altogether. You have to apply the medicine twice a day, so try to do it as soon as you wake up and about four hours before you go to sleep. You want to be very prompt and adamant about applying the Rogaine for the first few weeks of treatment so that you can build a good habit. A good habit will keep you in the habit and lead you to success.
- About three weeks in to using Rogaine, users experience increased shedding which eventually stops after a few weeks. This stage scares users the most and oftentimes causes them to give up treatment in order to salvage their hair. This is a bad move, because the hair they lost will not grow back. The hair that you lose was going to fall out anyway, and the Rogaine ejects that hair so that better hair can grow in. Shedding at the beginning of Rogaine use is a good thing, so do your best to ignore it and move on. It may look bad for the time being, but it will look better eventually.
- All in all, you have to stay committed if you want continual hair growth. You will have to stay committed to using the Rogaine or else the hair you regrew will fall out. This is the most important thing to remember when using Minoxidil, for if you are not committed, you will lose everything you’ve worked hard for. A few missed applications here and there aren’t going to hurt you, but stopping use for weeks at a time could create problems. If you can’t keep the commitment, then you might as well save yourself the money and time.
Rogaine has performed miracles for those who have felt hopeless an at times disappointed those who had hope to begin with, yet the fact remains that the statistics say anyone’s chances for success are pretty high. It is true that Rogaine just does not work for some, but the medication takes at least six months to see good results. If you can hold on for that long, then you might see the hair growth results that you imagine. Success with anything whether it be a hobby or sport takes effort, and the case is no different with Rogaine. If you want to be successful with, keep your applications regular, don’t get freaked out by the “dread shed,” and keep a good commitment.