Medical: What are some “natural” tips for hair growth?

CAUSES

Understanding Hair Loss — the Basics webmd.com
“…There are many types of hair loss, also called alopecia:….

Telogen effluvium is temporary hair thinning over the scalp that occurs because of changes in the growth cycle of hair. A large number of hairs enter the resting phase at the same time, causing hair shedding and subsequent thinning…”

Causes of Hair Loss in Young Men belgraviacentre.com
“…Stress is an often cited cause of temporary hair loss, and it can trigger genetic patterns of hair loss.

Certain other lifestyle choices are also thought to play a part in the development of hair loss in young men, such as issues with their diet, and smoking. The chemicals and carcinogens found in tobacco are believed to slow down hair growth which leads to thinning hair and can result in significant hair loss if not addressed. Recreational drug use also has the potential to cause hair loss because they can be a shock to the system. Drug use is often accompanied by nutrient depletion and deteriorated health, which means temporary or permanent hair loss is a very probable side effect….”

Hair loss Fact or Fiction? Do hats cause baldness? And more!


“Published on Oct 13, 2014

Ken Paves and Dr. Keri Peterson debunk hair loss myths with Katie Couric. Hair loss part two.”

-Hats?

Does Wearing a Hat Cause Hair Loss? Eileen Bailey / @eileenbailey , Patient Expert healthcentral.com
“…One of the myths surrounding hair loss is that wearing hats will cause or contribute to premature baldness. Fortunately, for men like Mark, this is not true. There is no scientific research that shows wearing a hat contributes to hair loss. In order for a hat to cause hair loss, it would need to be tight enough to cut off circulation to the hair follicles.

One of the reasons many people believe that hats cause hair loss is because of the amount of hair left inside a hat when you take it off. Whenever you see this, you might worry that your hair is quickly falling out. But we lose hair every day, as much as 80 to 100 strands daily. Usually, you will see this as you comb and brush your hair or when you shower. However, your hats may catch some of this hair and as it builds up over time, it may seem as if there is a lot of hair in your hat.

What Does Cause Hair Loss?

There are a number of reasons for hair loss:

Stress or illness
Hormonal problems, such as hyper- or hypo-thyroidism
As a side effect of some medications
Fungal infections
Wearing tight hairstyles such as pigtails or cornrows
Overuse of chemicals found in permanents or relaxers
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-Shampoo Chemicals
*see Health: Beauty-Hair Washing Treatment Tips? goodnewshealthandfitness.wordpress.com

Is Your Shampoo Causing Hair Loss? Try These Tips from a Specialist by Lois Joy Johnson | blog.aarp.org
“..Dr. Robert Dorin has identified a number of ingredients that may be at the root of the problem. Here are some to avoid:

Foamers and thickeners. Dr. Dorin says that sodium laurel sulfate, or SLS – the chemical that produces all that nice, bubbly lather – “strips hair of essential oils, breaks down protein essential for hair health, and halts growth. Sodium chloride (better known as table salt) is used as a thickener in products containing SLS, but it can cause dry, itchy scalp and encourage hair loss. Polyethylene glycol (also known as PEG, polyethylene or polyoxyethelyne) is another thickener that strips hair of moisture. If you’re undergoing salon keratin treatments, these ingredients undo the benefits.”..”

12 Toxic Ingredients to Avoid in Shampoo and Conditioner (They Cause Cancer..)By
Carly Fraser – Jun 24, 2015 livelovefruit.com
“…There are over 12 toxic ingredients to avoid in shampoo and conditioner, mainly because they have been linked with causing cancer, and other disease and illness.

Even shampoos labelled as containing “all-natural ingredients” aren’t safe. They still contain things like DMDM hydantoin and ammonium laurel sulphate. Not things that sound all-natural, right? My rule is – if you can’t eat it, then you shouldn’t put it on (or in) your body…”

Men

Here’s how to fix the 7 most common causes of hair loss Dennis Green Mar. 8, 2016, 2:04 PM businessinsider.com
“…When a man starts to realize that he’s losing his hair, he tends to panic. He immediately assumes there is nothing that can stem the tide of genetics rushing up to meet him.

Don’t panic — it may just incite further hair loss. There are actually many reasons why men lose their hair, and some of them are even preventable. Our friends at Lloyds Pharmacy have created an infographic to help you figure out which one you’re suffering from — and how to stop it in its tracks…

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Top 10: Causes Of Hair Loss askmen.com
The Top 10 Causes Of Hair Loss And How To Prevent Them
“…About half of men live with male pattern baldness. Just so happens it can occur at an early age or later stages. Appearance is everything and the market offers some great products for thinning hair. Masking your look will certainly do you justice when hitting the town on a date. But have you stopped to think about what is truly happening to your body? Is hair loss in anyway connected to some of the recent physical scares you’ve encountered (or might)?..”

Male Hair Loss Causes and Treatments – Understanding Male Pattern Baldness and What You Can Do


“…There is a wide range of male hair loss causes, and thanks to modern medicine, many choices of hair loss treatment for you to consider. The majority of men lose their hair thanks to inherited genes and the normal aging process, but there are other causes as well. The key to selecting an effective hair loss treatment is to determine the underlying cause of hair loss and then select among the assortment of hair loss solutions to find the most appropriate treatment.

Male Pattern Baldness.

Up to 90% of all male hair loss is due to male pattern baldness, also called androgenetic alopecia. In this situation, the cause of hair loss is due to genes inherited from the father, the mother, or both. The older a man gets the more likely balding is to occur, although some men begin to lose their hair as early as their late teens or early twenties.

Male pattern baldness generally appears in one of two ways – thinning hair on the crown of the head or a receding hairline. One way to predict the balding a man will experience is to look at hair loss and causes in his relatives. This is not always accurate, though, as sometimes male pattern baldness can skip a generation.

Cause of Male Pattern Baldness.

Experts say that as many as 50% of all men will experience hair loss, ranging from mild to moderate, by the time they turn 50 years old, and 65% of males will have perceptible baldness by the time they are 60 years old. Whether due to aging, genetics or a combination of the two, why exactly is it that hair loss occurs?

The answer is a chemical called dehydrotestosterone, or DHT. It is a male hormone that collects and builds up around hair follicles, eventually causing the follicle and the hair growing out of it to be killed. As DHT levels rise with aging, more and more follicles are affected by it and hair loss becomes more pronounced.

Other Male Hair Loss Causes…”

Women

10 Common Causes Of Hair Loss In Women self.com
“..There are many different types of hair loss. Some, like genetic andogenetic alopecia (female pattern hair loss) are irreversible and out of your control—you get the hand you’re dealt. But others, like the very common telogen effluvium, which is temporarily increased shedding caused by a wide variety of health and hormonal changes, can be fixed. With telogen effluvium hair loss, you need to think back to four or so months before to determine the culprit, Bethanee Schlosser, M.D., assistant professor of dermatology and director of the Women’s Skin Health Program for Northwestern Medicine, tells SELF. “Shedding peaks about four months after the incident” that caused it, she explains. Other types of hair loss may happen progressively over some time and depending on whether they damage the hair follicle, can be either permanent or fleeting.

If you’ve noticed your hair is falling out more than usual, looks thinner, or seems to be growing more slowly, here are some of the most likely things that could be causing it…”

PREVENTION

7 Foods That Stop Hair Loss By Leah Polakoff September 1, 2016 prevention.com
“…While contending with bald spots and thinning tresses is stressful, there is hope: Research shows that it’s possible to thicken hair back up through dietary changes.

Fill your plate with the following foods, which are rich in proven hair-growth nutrients, as described in the new book Eat for Extraordinary Health & Healing. ..

Salmon

Hair is a protein fiber (as are nails), which means you need to eat protein to grow new strands and keep the existing ones strong. Protein is also required to produce keratin, a key structural component of hair.

A smart choice is marine-based protein, like salmon, which has been shown to boost hair health in women thanks to its omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin content.

Honey

When used as a topical treatment, honey can improve the look of thinning hair. In a study of patients experiencing seborrheic dermatitis, which includes scaling, itching, and hair loss, those who applied a solution of 90% honey and 10% water to their scalp every other day for 4 weeks reported an improvement in hair loss at the end of the study….


Seaweed

A recent study found that a supplement containing cistanche tubulosa (a desert plant used in traditional Chinese medicine) and laminaria japonica (an edible brown seaweed) promoted hair growth in people with mild to moderate hair loss. After 16 weeks of supplementation, volunteers saw a 13% increase in hair volume and a 27% increase in hair thickness. The supplement was also effective at treating scalp inflammation and dandruff.
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8 (Actually Delicious) Foods That Can Make Your Hair Grow Faster stylecaster.com
by Natasha Burton stylecaster.com
“..Yellow peppers

Yellow bell peppers have nearly five and a half times more vitamin C than oranges (341 milligrams, as opposed to 63). This is very good news for your locks—vitamin C is an antioxidant that strengthens the hair shaft and hair follicles, as well as prevents breakage.

Oysters

Zinc deficiency has been known to cause hair loss and poor scalp conditions, and oysters are loaded with zinc—just three ounces contains 493-percent of your daily value. But not just any oysters will do: Steer clear of the ones caught in the Gulf of Mexico, which may contain unusually high levels of Cadmium due to the 2010 BP oil spill.

…Eggs

Eggs are an excellent source of those aforementioned omega-3s, and they are also contain biotin (which many people trying to grow their hair take in supplement form). But be aware: It’s not the “healthier” egg white that will make your hair long and beautiful, it’s the yolk. Eating too many egg whites can actually block the absorption of biotin into the body, causing a depletion of this micronutrient.
Sunflower seeds

Just a few little seeds can supply you with an abundance of vitamin E, which will enhance blood flow to the scalp and promote faster hair growth.
Sweet potatoes

Sweet potatoes are loaded with beta carotene, the precursor for vitamin A that not only promotes a healthy scalp but effectively promotes hair growth, too. Choose foods loaded with beta carotene over supplementing with high doses (over 2500 milligrams) of vitamin A from retinol, since it can be toxic at very high levels….”

TREATMENTS

34 Powerful Home Remedies For Hair Growth That Work Wonders
July 14, 2017 stylecraze.com
“..So how to grow new hair naturally? There are many advantages of going natural with hair care. The most important being the fact that it works and it is inexpensive. It’s like having the cake and the cherry at the same time!

There are many remedies from nature that deliver great results. We have split this list into 4 categories of Kitchen remedies, essential oils and dietary needs for better clarity…”

Home Remedies for Hair Growth top10homeremedies.com
“..Common causes of hair loss include nutritional deficiencies, hormonal imbalance, stress, use of improper hairstyles, heating tools, chemical-laden hair products, genetics, and various other reasons.

But you need not worry. There are some home remedies that can help nourish your hair and promote new growth. These remedies will prove to be highly effective if you follow them regularly for at least a month…”

Powerful Tips for Rapid Hair Growth || Natural Home Remedies For Fast Hair Growth and long hair


“Today I am Going To Show You , Powerful Tips for Rapid Hair Growth || Natural Home Remedies For Fast Hair Growth and long hair

Here are the top 10 ways to help your hair grow faster.
Eat a healthy diet. Eating a diet rich in protein and vital vitamins and minerals is an essential prerequisite to healthy hair growth. …
Use castor oil. …
Massage your scalp. …
Flip your hair upside down. …
Stay stress-free. …
Whip up an egg mask. …..”

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Beauty: Hair Coloring Safety?

http://eluxemagazine.com/beauty/10-of-the-best-natural-hair-dyes/

“”..But as much as we may love them, there’s no denying that all permanent hair colours contain a cocktail of chemicals–the trick is choosing the least toxic mix.

The most common – and dangerous – of these chemicals is probably PPDs (p-Phenylenediamine), which has been linked to bladder cancer, lung, kidney and nervous system disorders and severe allergic reactions. It’s almost impossible to formulate a hair colourant without PPDs, however; the main thing to watch for, in this case, is the concentration of the chemical. In mainstream supermarket brands, it can be as high as 5-6%, whereas for brands that claim to be natural, it can often be less than 1%, and yes, that difference does mean a lot: it’s the difference between, say, smoking a pack of cigarettes and being beside someone having a smoke.

Other chemicals to watch for include the following:

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Which brand do you recommend?

http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/beauty-products/hair-dye-reviews/advice/a17382/non-toxic-hair-dyes-55021302/
“..If you’re a chemical ingredient junkie, here’s some of what should be avoided in conventional hair dyes: ammonia, peroxide, PPDs (para-phenylenediamines, the chemical that creates color and is widely thought to be carcinogenic), coal tar (the FDA issued a warning about it being a possible cancer risk back in 1993), lead, toluene and resorcinol…” Here’s a list of seven brands I’ve heard are quite pure. Most are widely available but I’m including their manufacturer’s websites so people can do their own research and ingredient-label-reading before using. Several of these brands are also available at Naturalhairdye.com, which has an interesting decision guide to help consumers make educated choices.

Herbatint ($10 or so at amazon.com)
Light Mountain ($16 or so at amazon.com)
Surya Henna ($7 or so at amazon.com)
Naturcolor
Rainbow Henna ($8 or so at amazon.com)
Morrocco Method Simply Pure Henna
Color Me Naturally by Aubrey ($16 or so at amazon.com)

Others:

https://www.vitacost.com/naturtint-permanent-hair-color-4n-natural-chestnut-5-28-fl-oz-11

Touch-up

Using Natural Hair Dye to Cover Gray: 3 Things You Need to Know AUGUST 18, 2015 greenbeautyteam.com
“..Using natural hair dye to cover gray completely is unrealistic. If you, like the customer I mentioned earlier, would rather saw your legs off at the knees than live with gray hair, or were simply hoping I would tell you all about some incredible, permanent, non-toxic hair color brand you could run out and buy today, this article is probably going to be a bit of a letdown…

3. ACCEPT THAT IT IS NOT GOING TO COVER ALL THE GRAY.

Nor are you likely to achieve a highly specific, consistent shade of color every time. The technology simply doesn’t exist (yet) in the world of non-toxic chemicals. Accept it now, and make life much easier for yourself and those around you.

If applied correctly, natural hair color will almost certainly give you some decent coverage of the grays, along with rich color, and a hefty dose of shine. Adjust your expectations accordingly, and you’re much more likely to be happy with the results…”

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Health: Beauty-Hair Washing Treatment Tips?

-Dry


37 Proven Home Remedies for Dry Hair

December 6, 2013 by homeremedyshop.com
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Home Remedies for Dry Hair

Just to look classy in parties, people try various hair styles and harsh products, which damage the natural beauty of hair. It is necessary that hair problems, like hair fall, split ends, dry hair, dandruff, itchy scalp, etc. should be treated somehow to maintain proper health of hair. Dry hair is a very common problem in today’s generation. Instead of taking several hair treatments, try some natural home remedies. Have a look at some beneficial ingredients, which are effective for dry strands…”

-Oily

Top 15 Natural Home Remedies for Oily Hair and Scalp
Bipasha Mukherjee thefitindian.com
“…Food Habits:

Unhealthy eating habits and excessive dependence on processed and junk foods can increase oiliness of skin and hair. Have a healthy and well-balanced diet with lots of vegetables, fruits and whole grains so that your body is supplied with all the important vitamins, minerals and nutrients for its proper functioning.

Overuse of Hair Products:

Excessive use of hair products like conditioners and hair masks and styling products like hair mousse, pomade, gels, hair sprays and failing to wash them off thoroughly often leads to increased oiliness, irritation and itchiness of scalp. Therefore, try to decrease the use of these artificial products loaded with chemicals as much as possible….”

Shampoo?

Is the ‘No Shampoo’ Trend Healthy or Harmful? January 16, 2016 articles.mercola.com
“..The idea is that over-shampooing your hair strips it of its natural oils. Dr. Lisa Donofrio, cosmetic surgeon and associate clinical professor of Dermatology at Yale University School of Medicine, told HealthDay News:1

” … [B]y leaving the natural oils on the hair, the hair doesn’t need any styling products … If you don’t apply any styling products, then there is no need to wash your hair. No products, no need to wash them out.”

Beyond this, there’s growing recognition that perhaps we’ve become too clean as a society. Your skin is teeming with bacteria and other microorganisms, much of it beneficial.

All of that washing may be disturbing this microbial balance. Not to mention, the shampoos many people lather on their scalps are chemical-laden and problematic in their own right.
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Coconut Oil Is an Excellent Natural Hair Treatment

According to a study that compared mineral oil, sunflower oil, and coconut oil as possible products for nurturing and conditioning hair, coconut oil was the only oil that reduced protein loss for both damaged and undamaged hair.11 Researchers noted in the Journal of Cosmetic Science:12

“Coconut oil, being a triglyceride of lauric acid (principal fatty acid), has a high affinity for hair proteins and, because of its low molecular weight and straight linear chain, is able to penetrate inside the hair shaft.”

Part of the reason why coconut oil is so beneficial for your hair is that it’s hydrophobic, meaning it repels water. So when applied as a pre-wash conditioner, it inhibits the penetration of water into each strand, which would otherwise cause the cuticle, or surface of your hair shaft, to rise, making it prone to damage and breakage.

Furthermore, when applied as a pre-wash treatment, a small amount of the coconut oil is able to penetrate deeper into your hair shaft during the wash, when your hair fiber swells slightly. This can also explain why so many rave about the oil’s ability to prevent “the frizzies” in humid weather — this is another feature of its hydrophobic activity…


No-Shampoo Movement Offers New Alternative For Cleaning Hair

November 10, 2015 6:54 PM newyork.cbslocal.com
“..The ‘no-poo’ trend started at Deva Curl Salon in SoHo. Stylists at the salon saw that shampoo detergents were stripping the hair of natural oils, so they developed chemical-free products they say restore the hair’s natural balance.

Tiffany Fisk makes her own homemade concoction, using baking soda and apple cider vinegar mixed with water to clean her hair.

“It’s been working better for my hair, my hairs been responding better and it just seems to be more lively and more full,” Fisk said

Some experts welcome the new trend…”

How To Wash with the No-Poo Method

Natural Shampoo Alternatives: Lather, Rinse, Do Not Repeat motherearthliving.com
“…According to a survey by Procter & Gamble, Americans lather up an average of 4.59 times a week, yet many hairstylists and dermatologists agree that’s way too often. Hair is much like fine fibers in our wardrobes: The more we wash it, the more it shows signs of wear and tear. The longer and thicker your hair, the longer it can go in between washings. But even short, thin hair can skip a day without any treatment. Commercial shampoos strip the scalp of its natural oils, known as sebum. When these natural oils are constantly stripped, our oil glands compensate by producing even more oil—leaving hair feeling greasy and in need of another wash the very next day.

Water and harsh detergents make up nearly all of a conventional shampoo’s formulation, with moisturizing emollients and plant extracts often adding up to no more than 1 percent. The detergent (the foam-producing ingredient that dissolves oil) is the most important ingredient to note when buying shampoos. Avoid detergents from the sulfate and glycol families: Sodium lauryl sulfate and propylene glycol are two of the worst offenders. Sodium lauryl sulfate, also used in engine degreasers, is a suspected carcinogen; propylene glycol, a compound used in aircraft deicing fluid, may cause skin irritations such as hives and allergic reactions, even in low doses.

Unfortunately, even organic shampoos can contain harsh ingredients. To find the best shampoos, choose those with low ratings on the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep database at ewg.org/skindeep (see a few of our favorites on the next page)…”

Sal: Once a week, I use this (Avocado Butter Pre-Shampoo Hair Treatment) on my hair instead of shampooing. It’s a small tube, but it goes a long way-meaning it lasts long. I use a toothpaste size piece and rinse it in my hair and then leave it after soaping my whole body. I then finally rinse it and it does wonders to my hair. I don’t even use gel the following day as it keeps that shine for a day or so. In the long run, you save $ from using hair styling gel and it’s natural.

Styling Gel?

Sal: I use this (Apricot Kernel Oil – 16 oz. (Edible)) on my hair for styling and it really helps keep my hair shining and moist. Plus, it’s natural!

Any other suggestions, comments, personal stories, etc..? Feel free to share to help others seeking for similar topics on this. Thanks! 🙂

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