I noticed these days, that I am starting to lose a lot of hair, in comparison to what I lost in the past. I gave up ironing my hair during this quarantine and stopped blow drying it, leaving it as natural as I could.
I only used commercial hair masks, hair oils, and simply, breaded the hair or kept it high in a ponytail. I think that the methods used in the past to take care of my hair were harsh and burned my hair strands, making it thin and easier to break.
I want to try some new home remedies for hair at home and see if it will make any difference. I went through moments like these in the past and always my hair regenerated and got better after a period like this.
I don’t want to cut the hair though, because it increased in length and I do like my hair longer, and besides, there is no salon open due to the quarantine. I saw so many hair fails in this quarantine and I don’t want to mess up with my hair, knowing how hard it is to grow it back.
Natural and healthy remedies for a strong hair
Massage – I believe we all remember the scalp massage that our hairdresser does for us (I love it so bad, that I will spend a full day in a salon ❤️). Massaging the scalp can help to restore the hair growth and it can be done simply, without anything or with essential oils and masks. Learning to massage the scalp every day can also reduce tension and stress.
Essential oils like lavender oil, peppermint oil, rosemary oil, geranium oil can improve the hair growth.
According to a 2016 study, the researchers concluded that regular scalp massages can lead to thicker hair. This study involved nine men who received a 4-minute scalp massage each day for 24 weeks. At the end of the study, it was found that the men had thicker hair than at the start.
A traditional scalp massage involves the use of our fingertips only.
- Use the fingertips of both hands to apply light to medium pressure to your scalp, moving in small circles.
- Work your way across your scalp to cover all areas.
- Try to massage your scalp using your fingertips for at least 5 minutes at a time, several times a day.
Aloe Vera – It is known as a treatment for hair loss as it contains proteolytic enzymes which repair dead skin cells on the scalp. Aloe Vera soothes the scalp and conditions the hair, reducing the dandruff and unblocking the hair follicles that may be blocked by the excess oils.
The Aloe Vera gel can be simply applied on the scalp and head for a few times on the week. Shampoo and conditioners with Aloe Vera can help as well.
Dr. Deepali Bhardwaj, dermatologist says, „Aloe vera is rich in vitamin C, E and beta carotene which gives it its nourishing and anti-aging qualities. It can moisturize the skin without making it greasy, which makes it a great buy for those with oily skin.”
Diane Gage, author of Aloe Vera: Nature’s Soothing Healer says, „Keratin, the primary protein of hair, consists of amino acids, oxygen, carbon, and small amounts of hydrogen, nitrogen, and sulfur. Aloe Vera has a chemical make up similar to that of keratin and it rejuvenates the hair with its own nutrients, giving it more elasticity and preventing breakage.”
Coconut oil – Coconut oils have been used for many years for moisturizing and also for its numerous benefits. For hair, this oil can help reduce the protein loss in all hair types. Coconut oil is rich in lauric acid and easily penetrates the hair strand, making it perfect for use as a daily conditioner.
The coconut oil can give shine to the hair, by locking in the moisture and giving an amazing glow and shine. Also, the oil is a good agent for hair growth, helping the hair to grow longer and thicker faster than we can think.
The vitamins and the essential fatty agents found in coconut oil nourishes the scalp and help to remove sebum build-up from hair follicles.
According to specialists, the best time to use coconut oil for hair is at night and it works the best for dry hair. If using the coconut oil in the morning, the hair can end up looking greasy because it takes time to dry.
Saviano says. „I recommend warming the coconut oil so it becomes liquified and rubbing it in your hands to lather on the ends of your hair. You want the coconut oil to be warm (not hot) to open the hair cuticles, which allows the molecules to penetrate the hair.”
It’s important to allow the coconut oil to sit in our hair for 20-30 minutes and then rinse. The time frame can be extended to the persons with dryer hair. To increase its effectiveness, cover your hair with a shower cap, and wrap it up in a hot towel fresh from the dryer or apply heat with a hairdryer for a few minutes to open up the cuticle and help the oil penetrate deeper into the strands.
Fish Oil – Fish oil helps in opening up the hair follicles and promoting hair growth, thereby making up for daily hair loss. Also, since Omega-3 is a healthy fat, it prevents a very dry and flaky scalp.
Ginseng – Consuming ginseng supplements can improve hair growth by stimulating the hair follicle. Ginsenosides are the active components of ginseng and are thought to be responsible for its positive effect on hair.
Lemon – Fresh lemon juice or lemon oil can improve the hair quality and growth. Lemon oil can maintain a healthy scalp and can be used in a massage before shampooing.
Tips for growing a healthy, shiny hair
- Avoid excessive shampooing and brushing.
- Limit the use of chemical treatment dyes and heating styling tools. They can hurt the hair follicle and cause damage.
- Talk with the doctor about testing for nutritional deficiencies. Low levels of zinc, iron, and biotin may all contribute to hair loss.
- Maintain a balanced diet. The foods that we consume should be balanced, containing the required nutrients important for a healthy scalp. Healthy foods list: meat, eggs, fish, beans.
- Avoid brushing wet hair. Brushing wet hair will result in hair fall since, at that time, the hair roots are soft and can easily lose its grip. Brush your hair before you shower.
- Condition correctly. „Apply your conditioner first to the mid-shaft and ends of your hair; then work your way up to the scalp,” advises Brook. It’s important to have a well-conditioned scalp.
- Apply natural hair masks. It’s recommended to keep hair strands hydrated and smooth „use a moisturizing hair mask or deep conditioner at least once a week, and more frequently if you use hot tools regularly,” says Brook.
- Regulate the temperature of your shower. Taking hot baths on a daily basis can irritate the scalp and weakens your hair as it grows up. Maintain the water temperature at the warm side, and at the end of the shower, rinse the hair ends with cold water to seal the cuticles shut, boost shine, and maintain healthy hair.
- Sleep on silk. Make sure you swap out your cotton pillowcase for a silk alternative. „It protects the cuticle of your hair by reducing the amount of friction between your hair and the fabric,” says Brook.
The hair is of so much importance to the face, that the gracefulness of a woman’s head, and the likeness of a man’s portrait, depend in a great measure upon its arrangement. ~Auguste Alexandre Philippe Charles Blanc