Best Ways To Heal Alopecia (Hair Loss) Naturally!
We've all heard the latest news of Will Smith smacking Chris Rock in the face at the 2022 Oscar Awards. While we're not the type to invest our focus into drama or negativity, we are the type to invest our focus in health and wellness, and the underlying reason for this conflict happens to be centered around just that!
To give you a quick backstory, Chris Rock, who was presenting on stage at the Oscars, made a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith, Will Smith's wife. His joke referenced Jada's medical condition called alopecia (or hair loss) which she has publicly spoken about in the past. Will Smith did not like the insensitive nature of the joke about his wife, walked onto stage and smacked Rock through the face.
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We're not going to get into the debate of who was right or wrong, but we are going to get into what alopecia is and how to prevent, manage and even reverse hair loss caused by alopecia. Many people silently suffer from this condition and experience feelings of shame, low self-esteem and depression. So let's smack stigma across its face as we help you understand alopecia and how to heal it naturally!
Alopecia: Definition & Causes
Alopecia is a disease that causes a person's hair to fall out. This can happen to either males or females, at any age. Alopecia is usually caused by the immune system becoming confused. The immune system then begins to attack its own hair follicles, causing the hair to fall out. This is known as an autoimmune disorder.
There are various types of alopecia but here are the common ones:
- Alopecia Areata: This is the most common form of autoimmune alopecia where one small patch or multiple small patches of hair loss occurs, which often grows larger over time. This can advance into Alopecia Totalis, total baldness of the scalp and/or face.
- Androgenic Alopecia: Also known as male-pattern baldness or pattern hair loss. This is a common form of hair loss in both men and women. In men, it's characterised with a receding hairline that progresses over time. In women, it's characterised by the hair thinning over time, without a receding hairline.
- Traction Alopecia: This type of hair loss or receding hairline is caused by frequently wearing hairstyles which pull the hair back tightly, causing the roots to be pulled out of the scalp.
Alopecia can be triggered by an autoimmune disorder, genetics, stress, psychological issues, trauma, hormonal imbalances, ageing, scalp infections or disorders, certain medication, radiation, nutritional deficiencies or unhealthy lifestyles.
Can Alopecia Be Treated?
The answer to this question totally depends on what type of alopecia a person has, what triggered it in the first place, and how early they start doing something about it. Many people have reported that through a change in lifestyle, diet and products, their alopecia has been successfully reversed and their hair has grown back. Sometimes people see hair regrowth in a few weeks and for others, it can take months! Often, this needs to be managed throughout their lifetime as it has a high probability of being triggered again.
Other people have not been so 'lucky', especially if scarring has already occurred.
How To Treat Alopecia
Conventional medicine will usually treat patients with steroid injections, creams or special shampoos. While these might cause temporary relief, it's important to note that these treatments do not address the root cause of the problem, and often introduce more toxins to the body and amplify the exact problem they're trying to solve.
Diet, stress and toxins are usually the main triggers behind autoimmunity. While it's almost impossible to completely avoid these triggers these days, stress management, supplements and non-toxic personal care items play a huge role in treating alopecia. Here are things one can do to get their hair to grow back:
Best Products To Use:
Rosemary Essential Oil by Ohm Oils is one of the best natural remedies for hair care and hair growth. In fact, a 2015 study compared rosemary to minoxidil, a common hair growth treatment, and found that after 6 months, the group that was treated with rosemary oil had more hair growth than the minoxidil group!
How to use Skin, Hair & Nails Supplement: As a dietary supplement for adults, take one (2) tablets daily, preferably at mealtime, or as directed by a healthcare practitioner.
Hair Growth & Scalp Treatment by Back2Nature stimulates hair growth and inhibits 5a reductase activity by stimulating dermal papilla cells for regrowth! It also promotes shiny healthy hair, soothes any scalp irritations and prevents dry ends.
How to use Hair Growth & Scalp Treatment: Apply a generous blob onto the scalp and roots of the hair. Leave in for 30 minutes before washing off. For best results, leave in the hair over night, wash off in the morning.
Argan Hair Care Oil Blend by Botalife stops hair falling and promotes hair growth, helping to prevent baldness. This blend also improves damaged hair and helps hair maintain a healthy, shiny and super glossy radiance!
How to use Argan Hair Care Oil Blend: Apply to clean hair by rubbing in for 2-3 minutes to allow the product to spread evenly and penetrate the hair follicles. Leave on for at least 30 mins. Some people like to leave on for even longer. The longer the better!
Rosemary Honey Shampoo & Rosemary Honey Conditioner by Simply Bee are natural and organic, made through sustainably-sourced local bee conservation! Because these products contain rosemary as one of the ingredients, this is the perfect shampoo and conditioner combination for those who struggle with hair loss.
How to use Rosemary & Honey Shampoo: Apply to wet hair, gently massage into scalp, lather from scalp to ends and rinse with warm water. Repeat if desired. For best results, use in conjunction with the Simply Bee Honey Rosemary Conditioner.
Only use natural shampoos and conditioners, and take your time in the bath/shower to massage the product into your scalp using slow, circular movements. Remember that toxins are one of the major triggers for hair loss, so you want to go as natural as possible! CLICK HERE to view our wonderful range of natural, chemical-free hair care products.
Although the root cause of alopecia is your immune system, diet and nutrition play a huge role in your immune functioning and overall health. Along with using hair growth products, making dietary and lifestyle changes can help prevent further hair loss while ensuring your scalp and hair receive the necessary nutrients they need. CLICK HERE to view our range of superfoods, health foods and essentials for your pantry, to ensure a clean, nutrient-filled diet!
While making product and dietary changes, you also want to start looking after your hair better. Stop pulling your hair back into tight hairstyles, and use a hair brush with soft bristles to minimise damage to your hair.
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