Everyone loses some hair, with the loss of 74 to 100 old hairs per day being normal as hairs reach the end of their four- to six-year lifespan. However, some people experience excessive hair loss.
This can be caused by autoimmune disease alopecia; damaging hair treatments and styles; side effects of medications such as chemotherapy; as well as changes such as pregnancy, stress, and weight loss. Health issues such as some vitamin deficiencies, thyroid disease, liver malfunction, and even high blood pressure can also have an effect on your hair, causing unwanted excessive loss.
For those who might be dealing with the physical and emotional frustrations that are associated with unwanted hair loss, The New Indian Express lists some natural remedies to try.
- Dried curry leaves steeped in heated coconut oil, which are then filtered out before the oil is applied to both scalp and hair, is said to have a long history of being known to slow hair loss, promote regrowth and even prevent premature greying.
- Another oil believed to be useful for curing excessive hair loss as well as promoting regrowth is bhringraj oil, which can be massaged into scalp and hair as an overnight treatment and then washed out in the morning.
- Overnight treatment to the scalp and hair of a paste consisting of a tablespoon of ground licorice root added to a cup of milk is another recommendation. This too should be washed out the next morning.
- Castor oil can not only encourage hair to grow, but also repair damage to hair, the publication reports, replenishing the scalp’s natural oils and strengthening and smoothing hair. It contains Vitamin E, Ricinoleic acid, essential amino acids, and antioxidants that nourish hair.
- Increasing intake of Vitamin C, through foods such as citrus fruits, strawberries, and peppers, can increase collagen production, strengthening hair.
- Jatamansi (Nardostachys jatamansi) which can be found in an oil form called Spikenard oil as well as an oral supplement, is noted to be specifically useful in increasing hair growth in those who’ve lost their hair due to cancer treatment. For most who have chemotherapy-induced alopecia, their hair grows back after treatment is complete. This rhizome might help speed this regrowth.
However, for some cancer survivors, their drugs damaged the hair follicles to such a degree that their hair never grows back.
Beau Darley, a lawyer at Beasley Allen Law Firm, is handling cases involving Taxotere, a chemotherapy drug linked to permanent hair loss. He explains, “Treatments exist for types of alopecia that are that are hereditary and those related to autoimmune diseases, and new treatments are being developed all the time. Unfortunately, for people affected by Taxotere, these treatments are unlikely to work because the hair follicle is damaged or altered, with the stem cells necessary for hair growth terminated or replaced by non-functional cells.”
The New Indian Express