Hair loss can occur because of various reasons and some of these can be managed. Explore how to stop hair loss and the possible hair loss treatments available.

What is Hair loss

Hair loss, known as alopecia, can affect the scalp or body, becoming a concern when new hair fails to grow back due to genetics, hormones, health conditions, or aging. Types of hair loss include gradual thinning on the scalp’s top such as female pattern hair loss, alopecia areata which is forming of bald patches or general thinning due to many reasons. 

It could be temporary thinning due to medications, health issues, or infections. Factors contributing to hair loss include family history, hormonal changes, medical conditions, medications, and excessive styling. Addressing underlying issues can often reverse hair loss, highlighting the importance of understanding its causes for appropriate treatments.

How to stop Hair loss

A nutritious diet is fundamental to overall health and it influences the condition of hair. Foods that are rich in vitamins and minerals such as biotin, iron, zinc and omega-3 fatty acids. Leafy greens, nuts, seeds, fish and lean proteins are excellent choices which can provide natural hair loss treatment. 

Drinking adequate amounts of water and staying hydrated are also crucial for proper hair care. Incorporating proper nutrition will prevent losing hair and stimulate hair growth. 

Establishing a healthy lifestyle can positively impact hair quality by managing stress through activities like yoga and meditation. Individuals should avoid excessive heat styling and tight hairstyles that may damage hair.

Regular scalp massages stimulate blood circulation, promote hair regrowth and strengthen hair follicles. Natural oils such as coconut, olive or jojoba oil should be used during the massage to nourish the scalp and enhance the effectiveness of the massage in preventing and treating hair loss. A simple head massage can also reduce stress which can be a common reason for hair loss. 

There are certain essential oils that have been proven to promote hair growth and reduce all types of hair loss. These can include rosemary, lavender and peppermint oils which can be diluted with a carrier oil such as almond or coconut oil and massaged into the scalp. Essential oils have antimicrobial properties and can improve blood circulation and contribute to healthier hair follicles. 

There are a few vitamins and minerals that have been determined to improve hair growth and cell turnover. These include vitamins like A, B, C and D which deficiencies once corrected may help with regrowth. Others can include iron, zinc, selenium and biotin. 

Aloe vera has soothing properties and can be a powerful natural remedy to treat hair loss. The pure aloe vera gel can be directly applied to the scalp and rinsed off after 30minutes. It helps balance the pH of the scalp which provides a healthy environment for hair growth.

Onion juice has hair strengthening properties. The juice is extracted from onions and applies to the scalp, left on for 15 minutes before washed off. The smell can be concerning for some however the benefits greatly outweigh the bad smell. 

Green tea is rich in antioxidants which may help promote hair growth and prevent hair loss. Brewing a cup of green tea, letting it cool and applying to the scalp for an hour before rinsing. It reduces the production of a hormone associated with hair loss prompting a healthier scalp environment. 

All these herbal treatments can be used for both men and women and can be an effective treatment for hair loss including receding hairline, androgenetic alopecia and hair loss due to medical conditions. 

Other hair loss treatments

There are medicated options available such as Minoxidil (Rogaine/Regaine as the brand name) and oral tablets which can carry some side effects and should be doctor monitored. Hair transplantation can also be explored for some people. 

Individuals who may have progressive hair loss and have tried the above with no real results should consult a doctor.

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