Hair loss is a common struggle for both men and women. There are many factors that aid in hair loss that you wouldn’t believe. For instance, your diet, consuming an excessive amount meat can contribute to producing too much sebum clogging the hair roots. Stress, is also a leading factor in hair loss, which can also lead to alopecia causing your hair to come out in large clumps.
The most common reason for hair loss is wearing your hair in tight ponytails, braids and weaves. We all swear by protective styles because let’s be real they’re easy to maintain and we think we’re giving our hair a break, but doing this too often and constant pulling of the hair can cause severe damage to your scalp. Here are 5 ways to naturally prevent hair loss:
Change Your Diet
You might be thinking “what the heck does my diet have to do with my hair” but your diet affects your hair growth or loss a great deal. Cut down on eating meat and junk food and eat more healthier options such as spinach, lentils, oats, avocados, nuts and seeds all of which prevent hair loss and even promote hair growth. Juicing and eating raw vegetables is the best way to see results in your hair. You are allowing your body to get all the nutrients it needs to function properly which slows down the rate in which you are losing hair.
Massage Your Scalp
You should massage your scalp daily with your fingertips and hands kneading the skin on your scalp. This helps circulate blood flow to the hair follicles and naturally conditions the scalp while strengthening the roots. Massaging your scalp helps decrease stress and promotes relaxation which allows your hair follicles to grow hair. You can also massage your scalp with an essential oil such as coconut oil, almond oil, olive oil, and lavender oil. You can warm any of these oils and apply a plastic cap for a hot oil treatment as well.
Aloe Vera has anti-inflammatory agents that can help reduce swelling and inflammation on the scalp, it also helps soothe dry scalp which is a one of many causes of hair growth prevention and hair loss. The gel in aloe vera promotes blood circulation in the scalp and helps to maintain the pH levels in your hair. You can apply the gel to your hair and scalp daily and add coconut oil for extra conditioning and faster results.
There are a variety of oils and methods you can use that aid in hair growth and hair loss prevention. Lavender oil, for instance, increases circulation of blood in the scalp and also has contains strong antiseptic properties that help get rid of germs that clog the hair follicles which leads to infection and hair loss.
Rosemary oil, is good for dandruff prevention which can cause irritation and inflammation in the scalp resulting in thinning hair. It tones down excess sebum that clogs your pores and ensures healthy, strong non-greasy hair. Peppermint oil has a cooling effect that is helpful for rejuvenating the hair follicles. Like the other oils it also cleanses the scalp opening clogged pores and encourages a normal production of sebum in the scalp.
This may not seem like a good idea because no one wants their hair to smell like onions all day, but onion juice is a great method to use to prevent hair loss. Onions have a lot of beneficial properties to it, and applying this treatment over an extended period of time will start to fill in bald spots on your scalp with stronger healthier hair strands. Keep in mind treating severe hair loss starts from within your body so changing your diet, drinking more water and juicing also help make this method work.
Onion juice contains sulfur which is known for improving the body’s production of collagen tissue which is necessary for hair growth. Onions also contain anti bacterial properties that get rid of fungi and bacteria that live on the scalp preventing normal hair growth. It also keeps your hair from being thin and brittle helping to prevent breakage. All you have to do is peel the onions chop them into small pieces and squeeze the juice out by using a juicer, food processor or blender massage the juice onto your scalp and cover with a shower cap or plastic bag and leave it on for 15 minutes and proceed with your regular wash routine.
The best this you can do to see results is to eat healthier, practice stress relieving activities such as meditation and yoga and refrain from excessive use of protective styling and wearing hats. These methods are effective but need to be done for at least six to eight weeks to see results, and be sure to take your vitamins if you are deficient, it makes a difference!