March 24, 2004
Hair Raising Concerns About Hair Loss
Let’s be honest. Every woman knows that a bad hair
day can sour her entire world. So it’s no wonder that so many of
my patients have run to me in a panic because their hair was thinning
or even falling out. If this sounds all too familiar, the good news
is you can most likely turn your hair loss around.
Medications and Medical Conditions
The average woman loses 50 to 100 strands of hair
every day. But if your hair is falling out with more frequency,
or is becoming thinner and thinner with each passing month, there
are several factors that could be contributing to your hair concerns.
Some medications, such as diuretics, can cause
unpleasant side effects, including hair loss. Similarly, brittle
hair and hair loss can be symptoms of medical conditions like hypothyroidism,
lupus, diabetes, and polycystic ovarian syndrome. So, before you
try any of my natural remedies, make sure you rule out these causes,
Supplements for Healthy Hair
In order for hair to growth thick and healthy,
it needs a constant, nutrient-rich supply of blood to its follicles.
I have found that a healthy hair diet includes adequate amounts
of five key nutrients.
Unfortunately, diminished production of estrogen
often causes hair loss. During your active reproductive years, estrogen
levels tend to be higher, hence your hair tends to be thicker, stronger,
To give your hormones a boost, try taking 1-2
mg of estriol per day, in capsule form. Like other estrogens,
estriol has to be prescribed by your physician. I have found that
physicians in my area will often prescribe estriol when requested
to do so by their patients. Currently, it is only available through
compounding pharmacies, such as the Women’s International Pharmacy
in Madison, WI, which ships estriol formulations to physicians throughout
the U.S. They can be reached by phone at 1-800-279-5708.
Lavender Restores Luscious Locks
Lastly, one of the most widely accepted natural
treatments for promoting hair growth and healthy scalp circulation
is lavender. A study reported in the November 1998 Archives of
Dermatology indicated that 3 drops of lavender (along with 2
drops each of thyme and cedarwood and 3 drops of rosemary in a carrier-oil
blend of 1/2 teaspoon of jojoba oil and 4 teaspoons of grapeseed
oil) promoted hair growth and healthy scalp circulation. In fact,
44 percent of the treatment group enjoyed new hair growth, as compared
to 15 percent of the control group! And there were none of the adverse
side effects frequently found with conventional treatments for hair
If you would like to try this treatment option,
I’ve outlined below three simple ways you can begin using lavender
to treat your hair loss right now, in the comfort of your home.
1. Use a diffuser to disperse micro-particles of the essential oil
in the air.
2. Apply through your skin by bath, massage, hot and cold compresses,
or simple topical application.
3. Spray infused waters in the air or onto your skin.
Essential oils can be purchased in many health
food and beauty stores, but keep in mind that the quality of the
oil may vary. For the highest quality, look for oils packaged in
small dark blue or brown vials. Also, prices within a particular
brand line will vary, as some essential oils are far more expensive
than others. A product line with similar pricing throughout may
be offering oils of inferior quality.
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