The cause of hair loss in men is due to the hair follicles’ sensitivity to a hormone called DHT (5α-Dihydrotestosterone). DHT is a male androgen hormone that causes follicles to shrink resulting in a shorter lifespan and decrease hair production.
Normally after hairs fall out another hair starts to grow from this same follicle, but if DHT is high hair growth decreases. Male pattern baldness (androgenetic alopecia in men) follows a pattern of a receding hairline that progresses to an “M” shape and then continues to the familiar “U” shape.
Female pattern baldness (androgenetic alopecia in women) is characterized by thinning on the top or the center of the head. Female hair loss is generally due to high levels of stress, hormone imbalance, thyroid conditions or toxic exposure.
The good news is with lifestyle changes to reduce stress, dietary improvements and taking certain hair loss remedies can improve hair growth fast.
Top Foods for Hair Loss
Organic foods – Choose these foods because they are free of chemicals. Chemicals can act as endocrine disrupters interfering with hair growth.
Pumpkin seeds – Are full of zinc which is necessary for hair health.
Wild-caught fish – Are high in omega-3 fats supports hair growth and thickening.
Green tea – Helps promote detoxification and contains antioxidants that hair growth.
Super seeds – Chia, flax, and hemp seeds are high in fiber and healthy fats that can thicken hair.
Foods to Avoid
Hydrogenated fats – Have been shown to increase inflammation and production of DHT which can cause hair loss. Stay away from all vegetable oil, corn oil, and soybean oil.
Sugar – Imbalances hormones, increases DHT, and causes inflammation leading to hair loss.
Processed foods – Contain chemicals that can disrupt hormone balance.
Alcohol – Can increase inflammation and and cause liver toxicity leading to hair loss.
Caffeine – Can cause dehydration, hormone imbalance and production of DHT.
Top 5 Natural Hair Loss Remedies
#1 Saw Palmetto (320 mg daily)
A natural DHT blocker which can greatly improve hair growth.
#2 Pygeum (100mg 2x daily)
Addresses the cause of hair loss by blocking DHT binding sites and improving prostate health.
#3 Pumpkin seed oil (8 grams or 1 tablespoon daily)
Inhibits DHT formation throughout the body and contains fatty acids that support thick hair.
#4 Fish Oil (1,000mg daily)
Fish oil helps reduce inflammation and thicken hair.
#5 Aloe Vera Juice (1/2 cup 2x daily and shampoo)
Aloe vera juice can help naturally thicken hair.
Emotional stress can also be a major causative factor in hair loss. Get plenty of sleep and schedule times of rest and fun into your week. Exercise and adaptogenic herbs, and biotin can also reduce stress levels.
Essential Oils for Hair Growth
Rosemary essential oil has been shown to thicken hair. Make homemade shampoo by mixing in coconut milk, aloe vera gel, lavender oil and rosemary essential oil. Also, you can rub rosemary essential oil into your scalp 20 minutes before going into the showering. Essential oils of lavender, clary sage and cypress may also improve hair health.
In a study done at the University of Maryland they took 86 people who were experiencing hair loss (alopecia areata an autoimmune disease) and had them massage their scalps with essential oils including lavender oil. They did this daily for 7 months and at the end those who used essential oils daily noticed significant hair regrowth.