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Help Me Choose a Natural Shampoo For Hair Loss
What is it?
There are many causes of true hair loss, such as genetics, general health, medications, hormonal changes, etc., that no hair care product can reverse.
Everyone sheds hair! Our hair grows in a cycle with three distinct stages: active growth, resting and shedding. Even a healthy person who is not experiencing excessive hair loss can expect to lose about 100 hairs per day! The hairs on an adult scalp do not grow or shed in unison. The growing and shedding of hair happen at random, but individual hair follicles do have their own pattern. If all of the hair follicles on your head were on the same schedule, we would all go temporarily bald from time to time as we shed to make room for new hair growth.
The shampoo bars and other products recommended below are formulated with natural botanicals and essential oils that promote a holistic approach to scalp stimulation and excessive hair loss.
If hair loss is sudden or patchy, you should talk to your doctor, as it may be a symptom of a larger condition.
Symptoms of Hair Loss
Things to Look For
- Your hair is shedding or falling out more than usual
- It looks and feels thinner
- Your hair seems to be growing more slowly.
Treating Hair Loss
Wash With a Natural Shampoo
Check your current shampoo! Does it contain ingredients like Sodium Laurel Sulfate (SLS)? SLS was developed to clean grease off of automotive garage floors! Our scalp and hair were never meant to be exposed to ingredients like this.
We put a lot of care and research into our recipes, but I often believe that what is not in our natural shampoo bars is even more beneficial, than what is in them.
With all the synthetic ingredients in commercial shampoos, specialty shampoos, and even some handmade shampoos, it is no wonder that so many people have problems with their hair and scalp.
Excess shedding is often the result of simply mistreating your hair! Commercial shampoos are actually made from harsh detergent cleansers, detergent foam boosters, synthetic chemicals and stabilizers that are tough on the hair and scalp. Harsher shampoo formulas may cause hair to become dry, brittle, and prone to breakage.
Often simply switching to a gentle shampoo with natural ingredients helps with shedding.
Apple Cider Vinegar Rinses
Our apple cider vinegar rinses are packed with nutrients, can help with tangles and frizzy hair, bring back body, bounce, and shine.
They can also help decrease residue and clarify, stimulate the scalp, decrease dandruff, and unclog hair follicles which may help with excess shedding or hair loss.
Herbal Hair Tea Rinse: Stimulation Blend
Hair Tea Rinses have been used for centuries to help with hair and scalp problems. Our stimulation blend hair rinse is formulated for a holistic approach to scalp stimulation. This blend of specially selected organic herbs and botanicals may help with excess shedding and hair loss.
Treating Dandruff May Help With Hair Loss
While dandruff itself is not associated with hair loss, an itchy, inflamed scalp can cause temporary hair loss. Please read Help me Choose Products for Dandruff.
Tips Help to Decrease Hair Loss
Be sure that you are getting enough protein in your diet from sources like seafood, lean meats, eggs, and legumes. Many believe that fatty acids like omega-3s, available in some seafood and flaxseed, are also important for maintaining healthy hair and scalp.
Some studies have also shown that food high in vitamin A, like leafy greens, carrots, and sweet potatoes may help prolong the active growth stage and thereby promote hair growth.
Avoid Heated Styling Tools
Heat is always hard on hair. It causes bonds within the hair strands to fracture, causing brittle hair that breaks and sheds.
Allowing hair to dry naturally is best, but if you need to use a blow dryer use cooler settings.
If possible stay away from hair straightening or curling irons. If you use a heated styling tool, do not leave it on one area of your hair for too long, and keep the heat settings as low as possible to lessen the damage to your hair.
Avoid Chemical Processing
Many people put tremendous stress on their hair. Over-processing and using harsh chemicals on your scalp and hair like frequent perms, bleaching, dying, or chemical straightening or relaxing can damage the hair follicles and hair shaft, weakening the hair causing dry, brittle, thinning hair and hair loss.
Always try to stick to your natural style and color as closely as possible if you are experiencing hair loss or thinning or the problem will not improve.
Depending on your hair type proper hair brushing can help condition your hair. Using full strokes from the scalp to the tips helps to distribute the natural hair oils. Be gentle, and do not brush hair when wet or tangled to prevent breakage.
Some studies have suggested that scalp massage has the potential to stimulate hair growth by improving blood circulation to the scalp and hair follicles.
An easy way to incorporate a scalp massage into your hair care routine is in the shower after applying shampoo or conditioner,
Spread your fingers, and then place your fingertips on the scalp. Avoid using fingernails which can break hair strands or damage the scalp. Use slow, gentle movements to move fingertips in a circular pattern around the whole head alternating fingertips around different areas of the scalp.
YOu can do a gentle scalp massage as often as you would like.
There are a variety of products you can incorporate into a massage routine.
- If you suffer from dry hair add a few drops of natural hair oil to your fingertips before massaging the scalp.
- Some like to add a few drops of essential oil like rosemary, lavender, or cedarwood to the fingertips to provide a more relaxing or stimulating experience.
- Apple Cider Vinegar can also be helpful to tone the scalp, decrease tangles and cleanse hair follicles
Be Gentle With Your Hair
- Go as natural as possible: Leave hair its natural color and texture.
- Minimize the use of heated hair styling wands or irons
- If must dye your hair, try not to go more than one or two shades lighter or darker than your normal color to minimize damage
- When your hair is wet, use a wide-toothed comb instead of a brush
- Gently comb hair from the bottom up to avoid any pulling and tugging
- Very hot showers can decrease natural hair and scalp oils and make hair dry and brittle
Shampoo Bars Are One Of Our Favorite Discoveries!
The wholesome goodness of our handcrafted soap is available for your hair.
Shampoo bars are an all natural conditioning shampoo in a solid bar form. Yes, this is real shampoo in a solid bar. Shampoo bars are not a new idea.
They were commonly used before liquid detergent shampoos and conditions were invented in the 1940's.
Although the process for making a shampoo bar is the same as making soap, our shampoo bar "recipes" are specially formulated with natural plant oils, butters, botanicals and essential oils that nourish your hair and scalp.
Our shampoo bars contain no artificial fragrance, color, preservatives, detergents, alcohol, urea, formaldehyde, sodium lauryl sulfate, DEA, propylene glycol - or any of the other synthetic hair care additives.
Each of our shampoo bar selections contains a different blend of natural plant oils, essential oils, and herb infused oils. No two recipes are the same.
Which Shampoo Bar Is Best For My Hair?
Everything You Want To Know About Shampoo Bars!
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