Hair loss is an issue we’d all like to avoid. It’s a surprisingly common condition, though, one of which can be attributed to numerous factors. While it’s a natural, inevitable part of the aging process, it’s something some people struggle more with than others. Whether it’s temporary or permanent, we’re all interested in finding solutions for continued hair loss or ways to prevent it from happening altogether. While medication and procedures can help solve the problems, there are tried-and-tested natural methods that seem to be able to do the trick (or at least, be of help) as well.
What causes hair loss
For most folks, it runs in the family. Hereditary male- or female-pattern baldness is caused by a combination of genetics, hormones, and aging. How it occurs in your relatives will determine the age at which hair loss starts, how fast you lose hair, and the extent of baldness. This is also a permanent condition.
Hereditary loss also occurs more commonly in men than in women. It sets in earlier for men, starting at any age past puberty depending on the family’s genetic blueprint. Baldness usually begins with a thinning hairline, followed by a bald spot at the crown. In females, this type of hair loss kicks in around the age of 30, only becoming more prominent by the time they reach their fifties. Balding patterns differ from that of the males, as hair loss manifests a general thinning over the top of one’s head rather than bald patches.
Autoimmune diseases and other illnesses
There are, of course, numerous other causes for hair loss outside of genetics, among which are illnesses such as thyroid disease, alopecia areata, and ringworm. Common thyroid conditions such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and Graves’ disease are autoimmune disorders, which can result in hair loss. Also an autoimmune disorder, alopecia areata often sets in suddenly, causing hair to fall out in small patches. Ringworm, on the other hand, is a fungal infection that can cause hair loss if it develops on the scalp. There is currently no cure for alopecia areata, but in the case of ringworm and thyroid diseases, regrowth can be expected after treatment.
Side effects of treatments and medications
Hair loss can also be a side effect of certain medications and supplements, as these can interfere with the normal cycle of growth. Telogen effluvium, the most common form of drug-related hair loss, kicks in after 2-4 months of taking the drug. This medication is known to cause the follicles to enter the telogen phase and fall out too early. Anagen effluvium is hair loss that occurs during the active growth phase, occurring within days or weeks of medication. This condition is most common in cancer patients who are undergoing chemotherapy.
Pregnancy and hormonal changes
Due to rising estrogen levels and hormonal shifts (which trigger telogen effluvium), hair loss also occurs in pregnant women. It’s not unusual for postpartum hair loss to happen, either, as the follicles react to estrogen levels plummeting back to pre-preggo levels. Telogen effluvium also occurs when hair loss, which manifests when one is under pressure or is suffering from a traumatic event. At times, an impulse control disorder called trichotillomania also takes place as a response to stress. This involves the urge to pull out the hair from the scalp or other parts of the body.
One’s lifestyle choices also dictate his susceptibility to hair loss. Some examples are poor diets lacking in nutrients, hairstyles such as tight ponytails that put pressure on the follicles, and—surprisingly—even the excessive wearing of caps.
Is there a natural way to prevent this?
At times, a change in lifestyle can help solve the problem. If hair loss is caused by stress, the simplest solution would be to step away from the source. Practicing relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, meditation, and yoga, as well as regular exercise can help alleviate this as well.
A diet rich in oils and protein also helps in nourishing the scalp. An excellent source of protein, eggs are also rich in biotin, zinc, and selenium, which are essential for optimum hair health. Meat, chicken, fish, tofu, beans, and nuts contain significant protein as well as other beneficial nutrients. It would be advisable to consult a nutritionist to make sure you are getting exactly what you need.
Switching shampoos and changing hair washing habits may prove effective as well. Not shampooing enough leads to the buildup of pollutants on the scalp, disturbing hair growth and cause breakage. At the same time, shampooing too frequently can result in dry, brittle, and fragile hair strands, which can then cause breakage and fallout.
How often you wash your hair depends on its type and texture. It is also recommended to apply conditioner after, making sure to leave out the scalp and use only on the body of the hair, concentrating on the ends. This can be followed by moisturizing scalp treatments that help hair follicles reproduce faster. Natural oils such as jojoba, rosemary, and safflower can be massaged into the hair, left on for 10-15 minutes, and then washed out.
What is the best shampoo for hair regrowth?
With its team of scientists, Scandinavian Biolabs developed hair care products that combat hair loss for both men and women. These products rely only on all-natural (no sulfates, silicones, and parabens) key active ingredients that help reverse the hair’s biological clock.
First in line in the 3-step Hair Growth Routine, the Hair Strength Shampoo for Men and Hair Strength Shampoo for Women are formulated with 100% vegan ingredients that gently cleanse and nourish the scalp. Aside from sebum reduction, it also supplies vitamins that improve the strength, thickness, and volume of hair. Over time, itchiness, flakiness, and dandruff are also reduced.
Both formulations include key active ingredients, including the following:
- Curcuma Longa, also known as turmeric, helps reset the hair bulb, promoting hair follicle regeneration to create new strands.
- Aloe Barbadensis (or Aloe Vera) improves the delivery of oxygen and nutrition to hair follicles through its moisturizing properties.
- Amaranthus Caudatus L is an oil extract that reduces friction between hair strands, lessening the risk of damage. It also contains components that give hair fibers a fuller, thicker appearance.
- Niacinamide, a form of Vitamin B3 with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, contains circulation stimulating properties that assist in blood flow in the scalp.
- An amino acid blend takes care of the rest, reducing frizz and enhancing the hair texture.
Best way to shampoo to stimulate hair regrowth
The frequency of washing your hair depends on your hair type. Hair can be fickle; wash too much and it will become dry and brittle, wash too little and it will accumulate oil and dirt.
If you have dry hair, it is recommended that you shampoo twice a week at most. For those with oily hair, daily (or every other day) washes may benefit you more. Thicker hair can also go longer without cleansing, while thinner hair can get dirtier and oilier more quickly. If you frequently color your hair, it’s also recommended that you wash less to preserve the vibrance of your dye job.
The kind of lifestyle you lead can also affect your wash schedule. If you lead an active lifestyle and work out frequently, you’ll have to wash your hair more often. Sweat piles up, clogs your pores, and dirties your scalp and roots faster.
We recommend using the Hair Strength Shampoo daily to maximize the scalp’s exposure to the key active ingredients.
Here is a step-by-step guide for usage:
- Wet hair thoroughly.
- Use an amount adequate for your hair length.
- Apply shampoo directly onto the scalp and massage.
- Follow this up with the Hair Recovery Conditioner.
It is essential to know that while the shampoo facilitates the growth of new hair, it cannot do so on its own. To get the best results, it should be used alongside the Hair Recovery Conditioner, followed by the Hair Growth Serum. Both products are developed alongside a team of scientists and have gone through multiple laboratory tests to prove their efficacity.
Our Hair Recovery Conditioner naturally strengthens revitalization and regeneration of hair growth, while restoring and protecting hair. Meanwhile, the Hair Growth Serum naturally counteracts depletion of hair and receding hairlines.
Summing it all up
A natural, inevitable aspect of aging, hair loss is a common condition that can be attributed to numerous factors. Whether it’s temporary or permanent, some of us struggle more in dealing with it than others. Fortunately, there is a multitude of solutions available to us, whether it be through home remedies, medication, procedures, or expertly developed products such as Scandinavian Biolabs’ 3-step hair care routine.
When used together, our Hair Growth Routine will stimulate regrowth. Formulated with potent active ingredients, it improves the quality of hair over time. With continued use, you can expect to say hello to strong, thick, and healthy hair sooner than you think.