Lemon juice and 8 other tips for natural hair growth

Lemon juice and 8 other tips for natural hair growth

Hair loss is on the rise, and while it may not have any direct physical effects on your health, its emotional impact can be significant. There are various reasons for hair loss: genetics, hormonal imbalances, scalp fungus, stress, autoimmune diseases and nutritional deficiencies, but there are a few things you can do to help it grow naturally.

What is hair loss?

Hair loss can be classified based on several symptoms. Male or female pattern baldness, also called androgenic alopecia, is more common in men over 50 and women who have already gone through menopause.

male pattern baldness

The causes of male pattern baldness are:

thyroid disorders
nutritional disorders
high levels of sex hormones called androgens

female pattern baldness

Women are less likely to go completely bald, but hair thinning is common. Doctors divide female pattern baldness into three types:

Type I. This is the appearance of slight thinning around the hairline.
Type II. This is a widening of the division and an increased thinning around it.
Type III. This is overall thinning, with transparency at the top of the scalp.

Female pattern baldness can be natural, genetic, a side effect of medication or treatment, or hormonal changes caused by pregnancy or menopause. Women are less likely to experience thinning hair in their 20s and instead may start seeing symptoms in their 40s, 50s and beyond.

Tips for natural hair growth

1. Massage

Scalp massage, which can be used in conjunction with oils and hair masks, stimulates the scalp and can improve hair thickness. Stretching during massage is believed to promote hair growth and thickness in the dermal papilla cells, which are located deep within the hair follicle. These cells play a key role in hair formation, hair growth, and the cycle of hair loss and regrowth.

Massage is also known to improve blood flow and scalp health. A 2019 study found that growing hair improved blood flow and scalp health. Taking the time to massage your scalp each day can also help relieve stress and tension, which is an added bonus if these emotions are causing hair loss.

Massage your scalp with your fingertips, not your nails. Work on the scalp in small circles with light to medium pressure. Although the duration of scalp massage is not specified, each scalp massage was performed daily for 4 minutes for 24 weeks in the above 2019 study.

Conclusion: Be patient and consistent.

2. Aloe vera

Aloe vera has long been used to treat hair loss. It also soothes the scalp and cares for the hair. It can reduce dandruff and unblock hair follicles that can be blocked by excess sebum. You can apply pure aloe vera gel to your scalp and hair several times a week. You can also use shampoo and conditioner that contain aloe vera.

3. Coconut oil

Coconut oil contains a fatty acid called lauric acid, which penetrates the hair shaft and reduces hair protein loss. Coconut oil can be used before or after washing your hair, depending on your hair type. If your hair tends to get greasy, you can do a leave-in treatment overnight or a few hours before washing.

Massage the scalp and all hair with coconut oil. If your hair is dry, you can also use it as a leave-in treatment. More research needs to be done on coconut oil as a hair growth stimulant, but it has been shown to lubricate the hair shaft and prevent breakage. The study also found that coconut applied to the scalp helps enrich the microbiome of the scalp, making the scalp and hair follicles healthier.

4. Fish oil

Consuming omega fatty acids can help improve your hair from the inside out as they are full of nutrients and protein. Taking an omega supplement along with antioxidants can improve hair density and diameter. It also reduces hair loss. Omega fatty acids help your cells function properly and can boost immunity, leading to better overall health. You should follow the dosage recommended by the manufacturer and consult your doctor before introducing any new supplement into your diet.

5. Ginseng

Taking ginseng supplements can promote hair growth by stimulating hair follicles. Ginsenosides are the active ingredients of ginseng and are believed to be responsible for the positive effect on hair. You should always take supplements as directed and be sure to check for side effects.

6. Onion juice

If you can stand the smell of onion juice, you may find that the benefits are worth it. Onion juice has been shown to promote hair growth and successfully treat plaque alopecia areata, an autoimmune disease in which the body attacks hair follicles and causes hair loss on various parts of the body. Onion juice is also believed to improve blood circulation. Animal studies show improvement in keratinocyte growth factor, an important mediator of hair follicle development and growth. To consume onion juice, blend some onion and squeeze the juice. Apply the juice to your scalp and hair and leave it on for at least 15 minutes. Then continue with shampoo.

7. Rosemary oil

Rosemary is a common essential oil that people use to promote hair growth and reduce hair loss. Rosemary oil has been found to stimulate new hair growth and can even be used to treat androgenetic alopecia. Mix a few drops of rosemary oil in a carrier oil such as argan oil or jojoba oil and massage into hair and scalp before rinsing. You can do this several times a week.
You can also add a few drops of rosemary oil to your shampoo and conditioner daily. However, essential oils should not be used directly on the skin and should always be mixed with a carrier oil or shampoo.

8. Geranium oil

Geranium or Pelargonium graveolens is a fragrant plant native to South Africa. Geranium oil is a concentrated essential oil that is extracted from its leaves. You can use geranium oil to promote hair growth and stimulate blood circulation. Mix three drops of geranium essential oil with eight drops of carrier oil and apply directly to hair. You can also add a few drops to your shampoo and conditioner.
Geranium oil can help strengthen, hydrate and restore your hair.

9. Lemon

You can use fresh lemon juice or lemon oil as both have been found to improve hair quality and growth. Lemon oil can help you maintain a healthy scalp and promote hair growth. Apply fresh lemon juice to your scalp and hair 15 minutes before shampooing. You can also use lemon essential oil diluted in a carrier oil as part of a hair mask.

Can I use natural hair regrowth methods with other treatments?

Natural hair regrowth often requires a multi-pronged approach, meaning you may need to combine different approaches to achieve the best results. If you are currently being treated by a doctor for hair loss and want to combine natural methods with treatment, consult your doctor to make sure there are no problems or contraindications.

What are the causes of hair loss?

Hair loss can have many causes. In some cases, there is a genetic component. In other cases, it is the result of an autoimmune disease, high stress, recent surgery or illness, hair damage from bleach or dye, a scalp condition, or vitamin deficiency. Hair loss can also develop in response to hormonal imbalances or thyroid problems. Pulling your hair and wearing tight hairstyles can also contribute to hair loss over time.

in total

If you want to improve your hair, make a plan and stick to it. Remember that treatment may take several months before visible results appear. Get creative with the drugs and mix them up as much as you like. It is important that you make time every day to nourish your hair. This approach and self-care practice is beneficial if your hair loss is related to emotional issues or stress. Try to maintain a healthy lifestyle that complements your hair treatment plan. If these natural methods are not suitable for you, consult your doctor about medications or procedures.

* Presse Santé strives to convey knowledge about health in a language accessible to all. IN NO CIRCUMSTANCES can the information provided replace the advice of a medical professional.

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