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Ancient Wisdom: Natural Oils Can Prevent Hair Loss And Hair Thinning

Have you ever had your fallen hair blocking a drain? There is a certain amount of hair loss that is considered normal: alopecia is diagnosed when you are losing more than a hundred strands of hair a day. Alopecia is the second leading cause of baldness in the USA, and it affects women too. If you’re troubled by hair loss, you may want to try natural oils: they can’t cure baldness, but they can help stop hair loss and promote hair growth.

The ancient wisdom of Ayurveda recommends scalp massage with warm (not hot!) oil: chose between coconut, olive, almond, jojoba, canola, sesame or mustard oil. The massage should last for at least an hour, to promote body relaxation (stress can worsen the condition!), stimulate circulation, and let the oils nourish those layers of your skin where hair follicles are located, regenerate the roots, and restore the natural hair moisture. You can also let the oil sit on your hair overnight, and wash it in the morning.

Natural oils that can stop hair loss include lavender, rosemary, sage, thyme, cypress and roman chamomile. Lavender, rosemary, sage, thyme, geranium, ylang ylang, cedar wood, cypress, and grapefruit oils are used to promote hair growth. Henna can be combined with mustard oil to use as a hair strengthening remedy.

What else can you do? Never comb your hair when it is still soaking wet, because its roots are at their weakest when they are wet. Instead of rubbing your hair with the towel, just gently dab the excess moisture from your hair. If you can, let it dry naturally – too hot air from a hair dryer can do a lot of damage to your hair. Did you know that taking hot baths can be damaging to your hair? It is true: since hot water opens your pores, the follicles become so brittle that they can cause the hair to fall out.

They say your that hair is the barometer of your overall health, so – take good care of yourself, keep stress at bay, have enough shut-eye, and follow a healthy diet (say goodbye to crash diets and remember to drink plenty of water!). In case you forgot, your hair is a living thing: don’t fry it with excess heat and harsh chemicals! If you are still losing hair at an alarming rate, it may be time to either make peace with your genetic heredity, or pay a visit to a trichologist.

Anita Bern