DRY, THINNING HAIR AND HAIR LOSS | Home remedies for DRY, THINNING HAIR AND HAIR LOSS | herbal remedies for DRY, THINNING HAIR AND HAIR LOSS
Hair loss can be caused by anxiety, tension, shock, drugs, illness or hormonal upheavals including pregnancy. When the hair comes out in patches it is known as alopecia. Drink lots of water and improve the diet by supplementing it with brewer’s yeast and, according to some sources, beetroot juice.
It is also thought that a silica deficiency might cause falling hair. Use a very mild or herbal shampoo daily and a protein or oil-based conditioner. Massaging the scalp regularly with a restorative oil or tonic will also promote growth. Treat the hair carefully using only a very soft brush or, preferably, a wide-toothed comb. If the condition does not improve consult a specialist.
Old-fashioned Remedies for DRY, THINNING HAIR AND HAIR LOSS
Old-fashioned cures included steeping a sliced onion in rum for hours and using the resulting liquid as a massage which, although it works very efficiently to halt falling hair, is a little antisocial. Other remedies incorporated chili, garlic and castor oil. More practical infusion may be made from mallow root, parsley seed, catmint, rosemary, marjoram and nasturtium.
Hot oil conditioner: Heat a small bowl of olive oil or a herbal oil and massage it well into the scalp until the hair is completely saturated. Comb through with a wide-toothed comb then massage again. Cover your hair in a plastic cap and swathe your head in a hot towel. Leave overnight for the best result and shampoo in the morning with a mild baby shampoo.
Essential oils of cedarwood and southern-wood: Dilute 3 drops of each oil in 1 teaspoon of base oil and massage into the scalp for hair loss and alopecia.
Eucalyptus oil: B.P. Three parts of eucalyptus oil mixed with 1 part of clove oil rubbed into the scalp at night will prevent hair loss.
Yoghurt: Yoghurt alone, rubbed well into the scalp after shampooing and left for 10 minutes, will condition hair and clear up problems affecting the scalp but with 1 egg whisked into it becomes doubly effective for fine, light and uncontrollable hair. Rinse well after using.
Southernwood tonic: Pour 5 tablespoons each of strong southernwood infusion and mild eau de Cologne into a bottle and shake well. Use diluted – 1 tablespoon of tonic to one of warm water – and massage into the scalp twice a week. Use only on oily hair which is showing signs of coming out but remember that a certain amount of hair loss is normal.
Rosemary and castor oil: Mix in the proportions of 2 tablespoons of castor oil of 4 drops of essential oil of rosemary. Massage the warmed oils into the hair, cover and leave overnight. Wash the next day using a mild shampoo. This is a healing conditioner to prevent hair loss after illness.
Watercress: Macerate 100g(4oz) of watercress in 100ml(4 fl oz) of alcohol for one week with 1 teaspoon of oil of geranium. Used as a tonic this promotes hair growth.