Natural Treatments for Hair Loss
What to know about natural ways to treat hair loss.
Know Your Supplements
If you are going to use supplements with your hair in mind, be sure to tell your doctor before you start taking them. That way, your doctor can watch out for any possible side effects, including interactions with other drugs you're taking.
Even though supplements don't require a prescription and may be "natural," they're still something your doctor needs to know about, so he or she has a complete picture of everything you're taking.
Though a seal doesn't guarantee safety, the approval of organizations like US Pharmacopeia, and NSF International mean that a supplement was manufactured properly, contains what is on the label, and does not contain harmful levels of contaminants.
Rubber bands, dyes, and perms can be hard on your hair. If your hair is thinning, you don't want to add breakage as well. Be gentle with your hair -- don't overdo brushing or washing, Roberts says.
Some patients quit styling their hair altogether, Mirmirani says. This can lead to thin, unstyled hair, which makes them less satisfied with it.
- Use scalp coloring products to minimize the contrast between your hair and scalp if it beginning to show through.
- Try hair extensions to boost volume.
- Keep your hair cut short so it doesn't hang and appear thinner.
- Try parting your hair on the side. That takes the focus off the crown, where hair often thins.
- Using body-boosting hair products, which can make hair look thicker.
Losing your hair can be stressful. And unfortunately, stress (physical and emotional) can sometimes increase hair loss.
"Before you start to worry about it, go to a doctor to see if you should worry about it," Roberts says.
More hair in your brush may not be the beginning of the end for your tresses. Roberts says there are times when some extra hair loss is normal -- for women, that includes during menopause, and after pregnancy.
"Hair loss is an emotional thing for a lot of people," she says. "Clearing out that stress may help them hold onto it longer."