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17Dec/120

Hair Regrowth Treatments: What Works?

Hair loss can be tough, so when you see noticeable loss, bald spots, or a widening part, it is understandable to want to do anything you can to stop the hair loss and grow your hair back. This is not always possible, but there are a number of natural and holistic hair loss remedies available for you to try at home – but do they work?

Can you stop - or even reverse - hair loss?

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Many people swear by their own home remedies, promising that a certain scalp cream or hair tonic will work to regrow hair and prevent further hair loss.  While these remedies may work for some people, they are like any other remedy in that they do not necessarily work for all people.  In addition, there are few studies that provide evidence of the effectiveness of home remedies, though there is generally no harm in trying some out.  It is always important to check with your doctor before trying any new healthcare regime, even a natural remedy.

Dr. Paradi Mirmirani, a dermatologist in California, is quoted in a recent WebMD article as stating that “Most natural hair treatments are bunk.”  He noted that he routinely advises patients against buying products to use as home remedies, as their costs add up and can be very cost-prohibitive, and they do not necessarily offer any reliable benefit.  However, WebMD’s article does go on to consider several natural remedies that may improve the quality of the hair you do have, in order to reduce further hair loss.

Molly Roberts, MD, MS, of the American Holistic Medical Association, believes that general methods can be tried before medicating for hair loss, taking a holistic approach to the issue of thinning hair.  Such holistic ideas include proper nutrition, stress management, and overall hair care.

Let Food Be Thy Medicine

Nutrition is a key element that people should examine with any medical condition – often, food can be the culprit of medical maladies and can also be the source of improved health.  Hippocrates, said to be the father of Western medicine, stated, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food,” promoting the belief that food, what we put into our bodies every single day, is the key to good health.  Hair loss is no different; the key to healthy skin, a healthy scalp, and healthy hair is the food we put into our bodies.

Sally Kravich, MS, CNHP is a nutritionist with a holistic approach; she is also referenced in the above-mentioned article.  Kravich encourages a healthy, balanced diet as a large part of good health practices.  Important nutrients include protein, omega-3 fatty acids, vegetables, fruits, grains, legumes, dairy, and meat – though it is possible to maintain a varied and balanced diet as a vegetarian or vegan.  Omega-3 fatty acids are important for scalp health and can be found in nuts, seeds, eggs, and fish.

Supplements can be taken, though Kravich prefers that her patients get their necessary nutrients, vitamins, and minerals from the foods that they eat.  Iron is important for hair health, as a deficiency can lead to hair loss, but iron supplements should only be taken under advisement of a medical professional after a positive test for anemia.  Zinc and biotin are also believed to have benefits for healthy hair growth.  Before beginning any supplement regime, you should notify your doctor so that she or he can provide any additional information and check for drug interactions with any medications you are taking.

Stress and Hair Loss

Sometimes, hair loss will reverse itself.  This is often the case when hair loss is caused by physiological stress leading to telogen effluvium, a condition in which a disproportionate amount of hair follicles switch into their resting state and subsequently fall out, out of sync with the natural schedule of your hair’s cycles.  Learn more about stress and hair loss from our previous post.

Maintain The Hair You Have

An important factor to consider when struggling with hair loss is to protect and care for the hair that you do have to improve hair health.  When dealing with hair loss, do your best to:

  • Avoid harsh chemicals from hair dyes, perms, and chemical straighteners
  • Avoid harsh shampoos and conditioners, especially those containing sodium lauryl sulfate or sodium laureth sulfate, industrial-grade surfactants that are present in many commercial hair products and can lead to skin and hair damage
  • Avoid heated styling tools such as curling irons, flat irons, and hair dryers – if you must use a hair dryer, use a diffuser or a cool air dryer
  • Style your hair to decrease the appearance of thinness  by cutting hair short to reduce the appearance of thin or limp hair or using a volumizing mousse or other hair thickening product – we discuss hair thickeners in a previous post.
  • Be gentle when styling hair – do not attempt to style hair in complicated ways or using a lot of products

Popular Home Remedies - Do They Work?

Though there is a lack of scientific data to disprove or support the effectiveness of holistic hair growth remedies, many people use home remedies to stop and even reverse their hair loss and provide anecdotal evidence that the remedies work for them.  Discuss remedies with your doctor. Even if they may not work, these remedies could be worth a try if you want to avoid medications and other chemical treatments.

  • Saw palmetto, an herbal supplement, is believed in many holistic circles to provide hair restoration and stop hair loss
  • Silica, either taken in supplements or by eating silica-rich foods, has been said to stimulate hair growth and stop or slow hair loss already happening
  • Amla (Indian gooseberry) can be used to create a hair growth tonic when combined with coconut oil and boiled, or amla juice can be mixed with lime juice and used as a shampoo to promote hair growth
  • Simmering rosemary leaves with water and adding wheat germ oil can be used as a hair rinse to promote hair and scalp health
  • Scalp massage is said to promote blood flow and follicle health in the scalp, leading to healthier hair and decreased hair loss
  • Onion is touted as an excellent way to regrow hair after loss, improve hair health, and treat dandruff – to use onion, pulverize the onion flesh in a blender or food processor, drain the liquid through a sieve or cheesecloth, apply the liquid and/or the paste to the scalp and let sit for thirty minutes before washing hair as usual, several times per week
  • There are many more holistic and home remedy options available; do a simple internet search to find some that might work for you

Your Mileage May Vary

It is important to understand that home remedies may not work for you, even if they work for a friend, colleague, or family member that recommends them.  If you try some holistic remedies to no avail, discuss some medical options for hair loss with your doctor, such as drug treatment or surgery, or consider other proven hair loss correction methods.  If you want to avoid all chemical treatment entirely, you can look to wigs or hairpieces, or simply let your bare head go au naturale.

Avacor® Can Help

You can also begin a hair care regime with Avacor®, which help countless men and women just like you who are seeking an answer to their hair loss problems. Avacor offers hair regrowth products, such as Avacor Physicians Formulation®, which is FDA approved and clinically shown to regrow hair in as little as two months’ time.

The Bottom Line

The bottom line is that when your hair starts to thin, there are several roads to trying to halt hair loss and restore your hair back to its former glory.  Whether you try a home remedy, use products like Avacor’s line of hair care and regrowth products, or use medical approaches, you can take steps to restore what you have lost.  Determining which method is the right method for you is up to your personal preferences and how many remedies you want to try.

Though there is not scientific data to back up the home remedies, they have shown to be effective for the individuals who promote them and they may very well be a legitimate means of hair regrowth for you, if you wish to try them.  Likewise, a product like Avacor, which has been shown in studies to be effective and has worked for tens of thousands of customers, may not work for a small percentage of people.  Hair regrowth and treatment of hair loss can be a process of trial and error.  Discuss your options with your doctor – but remember: you get to decide which treatment you want to try.  At the very least, be sure to maintain a healthy diet to promote body (and hair!) health and maintenance.

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