6 Natural Remedies for Baldness
There are different types of hair loss, and each of them can occur for different reasons. For example, sometimes, hair loss occurs simply due to the change of season and, other times, due to the passage of time. However, other times, the hair loss is pronounced and related to baldness.
Below, we’ll tell you more about baldness, its treatment, and what you can do at home about it. We’ll begin now. Take note of everything that we’re going to reveal to you!
Are hair loss and baldness the same?
As we mentioned above, it’s normal to lose some hair every day (between 50 and 150 hairs a day) and that with the change of seasons (especially in the fall) this is accentuated a little. However, when it’s maintained over time, it can be a sign of baldness or alopecia.
Dr. Wendy S. Levinbook,
“Hair loss, also called alopecia, can occur anywhere on the body. If it occurs on the scalp, it’s called baldness. Hair loss is often concerning for cosmetic reasons, but it can also be a sign of an organic (systemic) disorder.”
Therefore, baldness is drastic hair loss. It’s often said that it’s closely related to family history and stress. However, it’s been observed that other factors influence its appearance.
In fact, health experts indicate that the causes of baldness are very diverse. Some of them are:
- Health problems.
- Nutritional deficits.
- Hormonal alterations.
- Certain hair treatments.
- Regular consumption of certain drugs.
- Very invasive treatments, such as chemotherapy.
Mostly, baldness manifests itself as recesses and bald spots in men and a reduction in the amount of hair or thinning of the hair in women. It usually begins in the 30s or 40s.
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How to avoid hair loss?
Not all causes of hair loss are preventable. However, good habits can help you avoid it in several cases. To do this, we recommend the following:
- Eat a balanced diet.
- Avoid wearing tight hairstyles, such as braids, buns, or ponytails, often.
- Avoid twisting, pulling, or rubbing your hair vigorously.
- Don’t detangle your hair by pulling hard on the brush or comb. Treat your hair gently when you’re washing and combing it, don’t make sudden movements, and massage yourself when applying products.
- Avoid harsh hair treatments like curlers, hot oil treatments, and perms.
- Avoid the regular use of irons, hair dryers, and the like.
- Try to apply techniques to manage stress and emotional tension.
Treatment for baldness
When the hair loss is severe, not many treatments are completely effective. Although shampoos, vitamins, creams, and conditioners are advertised, their effectiveness hasn’t been scientifically proven. Therefore, there’s no 100% effective measure or treatment.
You should know that there are cosmetic and surgical options for baldness. Some of them are:
- Hair transplant.
- Laser treatment.
- Hair fiber grafts that cover bald areas.
- Use of synthetic or human hair wigs, hairpieces, or extensions.
A hair transplant consists of moving the scalp from the back of the head to the front, or to other more depopulated areas. The transplant makes the most of the remaining hair.
The surgeon removes small patches of skin from the back or sides of the scalp, each containing a few hairs with their hair follicles. The surgeon then implants that skin on the bald parts of the scalp.
Because the grafts have active hair follicles, the transplanted hairs grow in areas that were previously bald.
Natural remedies for baldness
There are many homemade tricks to stop hair loss. Although not enough scientific evidence supports them, according to popular wisdom, they could be useful in some cases. For example, during the fall.
If you have a big hair loss problem, it’s best to consult your doctor before trying natural remedies.
Many people use of natural oils to give their hair extra nutrition and hydration, while also fighting hair loss. The most popular of all is castor oil. Nevertheless, rosemary oil is also often used.
Garlic, lemon, and onion
The mixture of garlic, lemon, and onion seeks to take advantage of the antioxidants in these ingredients to provide extra nutrition to hair. However, you must be careful when using it because it can be irritating to the most sensitive skin. On the other hand, you can consider adding some honey to the mixture to soften it a bit.
- 1 garlic clove.
- 1 lemon, juiced.
- 1 onion.
- Honey (optional).
What do you need to do?
- Make the lemon juice.
- Dice the onion.
- Peel and slice the garlic.
- Mix everything in a blender.
- Apply the mixture on the scalp.
- Let it act for a few minutes.
- Rinse with water and shampoo.
Aloe vera is a plant that’s often attributed various properties. In this case, we highlight its moisturizing and healing properties, which could be useful when caring for the scalp.
- 2 tablespoons of aloe vera gel (30 g).
- Water (as needed)
What do you need to do?
- Mix both ingredients in a bowl.
- Apply to your hair and leave it on for approximately 10 minutes.
It’s believed that applying green tea regularly to hair could prevent hair loss and baldness. This is because green tea is a drink rich in antioxidants.
To take advantage of it, you just have to make one or two cups of green tea, wait for them to cool down, and apply them all over dry hair before washing it as usual.
Also, it’s possible to make masks with green tea and other similar home treatments, with other ingredients rich in antioxidants, such as fruits.
Coconut milk and carrots
The mixture of coconut milk and carrot could promote the growth of new hair.
- 2 carrots.
- 1 glass of coconut milk (250 ml).
What do you need to do?
- Peel the carrots and slice them.
- Process everything in the blender.
- Apply to your hair, let it work for half an hour, and rinse.
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What else can you do?
If you decide to apply any of these remedies as a complement to baldness treatment, keep in mind that there’s no evidence that they produce results overnight. You must be patient and, while applying them, maintain good lifestyle habits.
If your concerns persist, talk to your doctor about the possible causes of your problem and what the most appropriate treatment options may be. The professional will always indicate the best option for you.
All cited sources were thoroughly reviewed by our team to ensure their quality, reliability, currency, and validity. The bibliography of this article was considered reliable and of academic or scientific accuracy.
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