Hair loss is an issue that affects millions of Americans each year, and women aren’t immune to it. On average, you will lose 100 hairs from your scalp a day. Considering the average woman has more than 100,000 hairs, that doesn’t seem like such a big deal, and usually the hair is swiftly replaced by new growth through the same follicle. As with men, most women lose some hair as a natural part of the aging process. But women also experience premature thinning or hair loss. And the reasons for it are vast. Some women lose hair in the couple months following delivering a baby, and can see the hair loss continue for up to six months. Severe stress or a significant illness or operation can also lead to hair loss, as can crash dieting when your body doesn’t get enough protein. Genetic predisposition is another factor, as are changes in hormone levels. And while there isn’t a cure, there are treatments and preventative measures you can take. The goal is not to lean on chemicals that can cause as many problems as they fix, but to find safe and natural ways to prevent and reduce hair loss.
Most of the time, nutrient deficiencies are to blame. If you don’t get enough of the vitamins C, B6, folic acid, A and B12, or are deficient in copper, folic acid, biotin, zinc or iron, you could experience hair loss. Too much vitamin A can actually cause the same thing. So your first step should be making sure you’re getting the proper amount of vitamins each day. Start with a high-potency multivitamin and multimineral, and take them daily. Supplement that with 25,000 units of beta-carotene, 100 milligrams of B-complex, 400 units of vitamin E (and 100 micrograms of selenium to help it absorb into your bloodstream), 2,000 milligrams of Vitamin C, 50 milligrams of Zinc, 50 milligrams of Iron, 2 milligrams of copper, 500 milligrams of silica, and 6 grams of amino acids. Check the labels to know how you should spread these out through the day, and whether you should take it with meals or not.
If you’ve suffered some sort of physical trauma, intense mestruation or a crash diet and are losing hair as a result, stick with the multivitamin and iron, but add in 50 milligrams of iron and 1,000 milligrams of vitamin C to absorb it all. If you’ve followed either vitamin plan for a while and aren’t seeing any results, you might not be absorbing the supplements well. You can turn that around by taking digestive enzymes to help increase your stomach acids.
Herbs can also be a huge help, and they’ll usually be applied directly to the scalp. Aloe can be very useful, as can arnica in cream or ointment form, jojoba oil, kalaya oil, licorice as a tincture in your shampoo, rosemary oil mixed with almond oil, sage or safflower. Check with an herbalist to make sure you are mixing everything correctly, and to determine what combination will be the most effective for your particular issues.
All of these options are natural, and completely safe. You won’t have any side effects, and don’t need to worry about physical issues that crop up with a hair transplant or other, more aggressive medical treatment. Just make sure you stick with the program every day, and do whatever you must to reduce the stress levels in your life.