For some time, you have noticed that more and more hair remained on your brush, that in the morning when you wake up a significant amount of hair has taken up residence on your pillow? The diagnosis is clear: you lose your hair abnormally.
Excessive hair loss can have several causes: hormones, stress, aging, fragile hair, nutritional deficiencies, etc. Myriam Zlotnik, a naturopath and sophrologist, explains these problems and advises how to limit excessive hair loss.
Tip 1: Stimulate hair growth with plants
To speed up the growing process you can perform massages with oils, such as coconut oil (one of the only ones that can penetrate the scalp) and castor oil, known for its positive effects on the hair growth (nails & hair). For this nothing like scalp massages to stimulate blood circulation. With your fingertips, make small circular movements on your skull. There are also natural remedies based on herbs and spices that provide nutrients to the roots of the hair and, as a result, optimize their growth.
Rosemary. It is one of the most recommended plants for hair growth. It also prevents the premature appearance of white hair. Rinse your head daily with rosemary water revives the color of dark hair and brings them volume.
Horsetail. Horsetail is rich in silicon, an essential nutrient for strengthening hair. Organic silicon moisturizes and promotes elasticity and hair resistance. Thus, by being more resistant, the hair breaks less.
The Nettle. This herb prevents capillary fall and dandruff problems. Their high vitamin content (B, C and E) reduces the harmful effects of free radicals. It also inhibits excessive fat production and stimulates the circulation of the capillary tissue by providing shine and strength. Thanks to its cleansing action, it tones the hair fibers, which also helps to oxygenate the scalp.
Le Curry. Its essential and protein oils nourish and invigorate the hair tissue damaged by damage caused by commercial products, overexposure and pollution. Curry is high in beta-carotenes, a nutrient that reduces hair loss and stimulates their growth. Ideal to stop the appearance of premature white hair. It promotes the production of melanin, which covers each hair fiber with natural pigments, vitamins and minerals such as copper, iron or zinc.
La Cannelle. It stimulates the circulation of blood from the hair follicles, which promotes abundant, hydrated hair and unparalleled shine. The antiseptic properties of cinnamon prevent scalp diseases while eliminating bacteria and other microorganisms that promote hair loss. It is also used to naturally lighten brown hair.
Tip #2: Eating Well
External care is important to prevent hair loss but for an optimal result it is also important to act from the inside by choosing foods rich in omega 3, protein, iron, zinc and silicon. We never stop saying it enough, the health of the hair goes first and foremost through a good diet, varied, balanced, associated with a good lifestyle. Among the foods that promote the health of your hair we can mention: fatty fish (sardines, herring, mackerel, anchovies ..), whole bread, eggs, lentils, raw or steamed broccoli, red pepper. Also zinc-rich foods: pumpkin seeds, fresh oysters, Brazil nuts, organic eggs … Like zinc, silicon is essential. Good food sources for silicon include cucumber, mango, green leafy vegetables, beans, celery, strawberries and asparagus.
Tip #3: Fortify hair with vegetable oils
It is important to understand that the hair is like us: sometimes they are hungry, sometimes thirsty! Nourishing and moisturizing are therefore two different gestures that must be respected for healthy hair. To feed, fats such as oils and vegetable butters are used. Oils (coconut, avocado, castor) and mango or shea butters are effective in feeding lengths and ends. You don’t have to be afraid to do oil baths, the whole thing is to know what dose to apply so as not to saturate the hair and succeed in rinsing it well. To hydrate, we will use very accessible products such as the gel of Aloe Vera on the tips in the evening. When the hair is split, there is no magic product to reconstitute it. The solution? Cut the damaged tips!
Coconut oil deeply nourishes the hair. It is ideal to deal with the lack of natural oils associated with daily exposure to commercial toxins and shampoos.
Olive oil contains antioxidants that help fight hair loss.
Castor oil contains nutrients that nourish and strengthen the hair for healthy and fast growth. It also contains ricinoleic acid, which acts as an antibacterial and antifungal agent, ideal for preventing infections or fungal infections on the scalp. Use all over the scalp in circular massages in the evening and leave on overnight.
Jojoba oil does not penetrate the hair, however, it “seals” the hair follicle and maintains its hydration to prevent dryness and blocking of sebum on the root. It is interesting to add a dose (‡) of jojoba oil to the shampoo.
Rosemary oil is the best oil to activate hair growth. It dilates the blood vessels and stimulates cell division, which promotes the growth of hair follicles.
Thanks to its high content of healthy fatty acids and vitamins, avocado oil is one of the best products for healthy hair care and growth. Avocado contains vitamin A, vitamin B6, and vitamin E, nourishing, repairing, and improving hair health. In addition, it is rich in antioxidants, which increase blood flow in hair follicles, thus stimulating hair growth.
Tip #4: Use essential oils
Using essential oils will always be beneficial to have a purified scalp, a well-activated blood circulation of healthy hair and volume. Those of rosemary, ylang ylang, & lemongrass strengthen the hair. Those of Atlas cedar, cypress, saro, or grapefruit act against hair loss.
In practice, add them to your washing base (4 drops). Mix in the palm of your hand and wash your scalp by massaging with your fingertips. Leave on for 2 to 3 minutes before rinsing. At best: prepare your mixture of essential oils in advance, and put it in a small amber glass bottle away from light.
Anti-hair loss recipe:
2 teaspoons castor oil
3 teaspoons nigel oil
3 drops true lavender essential oil (lavandula angustifolia)
3 drops of essential oil of rosemary (rosmarinus officinalis à cinéole)
1 drop of essential oil of cedar, cypress, juniper or bay saint thomas
Add 4 drops of the mixture in a shampoo dose. Apply line by line with a dropper bottle to the hair root. Leave on 30′ or overnight before shampooing 2/3 times a week.
To know! Before starting with the essential oils, do an allergic test 24 hours before in the hollow of the elbow: 1 drop of essential oil mixed with a little sweet almond vegetable oil for example. If you do not notice any reaction, you can use it on your hair.
For pregnant or nursing women, and children under 12 years: the use of essential oils is strongly discouraged. Seek advice from a professional.
The most important thing: Be patient. The hair reflects our health and it takes time to find beautiful hair.