Hair loss is a problem for many women. It’s something I experienced once in my life, during a period of intense stress. The hair on my head became noticeably thinner, for a period of several months.
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Fortunately, it all grew back as life settled down. To date, I haven’t been hit with this condition again. But I’m prepared if it happens a second time. (Read on, and I’ll explain about the various natural remedies for female hair loss.)
Genetically, I’m probably at risk for female pattern baldness. That’s because my great-grandmother lost most of her hair I don’t know at what point in her life this began. But I do know that by about the age of 50, she was practically bald.
It was an inexplicable problem. She employed the only solution available at that time, which was a wig.
Today, there are certain drugs, such as Minoxidil, used for men, as well as women, to treat hair loss.
However, some women with thinning hair want a more natural solution. That’s because all drugs have side effects, and Minoxidil is no exception. These include rapid heartbeat and/or chest pain. This drug can also spur on hair growth in places it’s not wanted, such as the face or back. Also, Minoxidil may or may not work.
Although I can’t promise natural remedies will work either, I want to share them with you, for informational purposes.
Natural Remedies for Female Baldness
One apparently popular remedy for female baldness is a shampoo that contains natural botanicals. This all-natural formula contains compounds that block DHT, which is an androgen responsible for hair loss. The cause of balding is the same in both men and women.
Some of the active ingredients in Pura d’Or Hair Loss Prevention Therapy Shampoo include tea tree (melaleuca), argan oil, blackseed oil, red Korean seaweed extract, nettles extract and saw palmetto extract. It also contains various essential oils, including cedarwood, rosemary and lemon. This shampoo is also made without sulfates or parabens, a class of chemicals shown to disrupt the hormones.
This shampoo is designed to work well with all hair, healthy or thinning.
Vitamins for Women’s Hair Loss
Nourish Hair Growth Support contains biotin, as well as 23 herbs and vitamins designed to block DHT and support hair growth. Some of the ingredients include biotin, saw palmetto, ginkgo biloba, folic acid, green tea and grapeseed. This formula contains no gluten, dairy products, sugar, artificial flavors or coloring.
Essential Oils that Help Hair Growth
There appears to be some truth to the belief that certain essential oils can help hair growth. One study that ran in JAMA Dermatology found that 45 percent of patients who used essential oils every day had hair regrowth after a few months.
The oils used were:
Lavender oil (available here)
Cedarwood oil (available here)
Rosemary oil (available here)
These aromatic oils were mixed with a carrier oil. In the study, grapeseed oil and natural jojoba oil were used as carriers. Then, this mixture was massaged into the scalp. Essential oils are very strong. They must be heavily diluted before putting them on your skin. If I were using such a mix, I’d put two drops of each of the above oils into one ounce of carrier.
These statements have not been approved by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. People with health concerns should discuss them with a doctor. Women who are pregnant or nursing should not use herbal remedies or essential oils, unless directed to do so by a healthcare professional.
I’m not a healthcare professional, so all of the above statements are my personal opinion, and are not intended as medical advice.