Hair falling out in large amounts? Seeing the shine of your scalp in areas you never did before? Not sure what to do? We’ve got some great tips on ways to regrow your hair – quickly. At the end is a surprise homemade remedy you might want to try too!
Let’s talk about preventing hair loss, breakage, and balding.
A few years ago my hair started thinning.
Coloring, heat abuse (flat irons & blow dryers) and lots of braid or pony tail styling combined with vitamin deficiencies and stress made it so that I was increasingly losing hair.
I have always had massive amounts of hair so I didn’t think it was a big deal until I was starting to see some of my scalp which was a bit shocking.
I freaked out and relentlessly read everything I could find on the subject matter.
Men are expected to bald and while that is unfortunate for them as well, it’s a much more emotional thing for women.
Hair is such an important part of a woman feeling good about herself and having confidence, so it’s pretty crucial that it exists to begin with.
There are medicinal things you can do to help hair loss internally, including taking a vitamin supplement specifically formulated to regrow hair. For example, this one: Hair, Skin & Nails. Vitamins like these aim to restore some of those natural ingredients we aren’t getting enough of on a daily basis – these help form the inner building blocks of healthy skin and hair.
In learning about how to regrow hair, I also came across a forum that discussed a product highly touted for its ability to restore and rebuild hair in bald spots. I will reveal this in just a bit.
Causes of Hair Loss
People start to lose hair for different reasons.
Often times, this change comes from other physical changes, like hormone fluctuations from pregnancy or diets where you’re not getting enough vitamins.
These are the most common reasons for female hair loss:
- hormone changes
- vitamin deficiencies
- excessive use of hot styling tools
- tight ponytails or hats
- thyroid issues
- poor diets
OTHER HAIR LOSS FACTORS
A cause of hair loss can be blocked hair follicles. Using products with silicone and waxes in them (which most products have today) can sometimes self-create a layer of build-up which is not allowing new hair growth to come in at the rate it should.
Because of this, it is important to use a purifying shampoo once a month or so to remove any of the film left behind by shampoos and conditioners with heavy emollients. You will notice doing this once a week will actually make all of your favorite products work much better. It’s like a clean slate/reset.
I recommend Neutrogena’s Anti-Residue Shampoo which is inexpensive and you can find pretty much anywhere – that link is to Amazon which should at least give you an idea of the usual price it runs.
Society seems to be overly obsessed with hygiene and most people shampoo every day, but the scalp actually creates the best natural oils for your hair if you let it.
Wash your hair every other day or less if you can – and use a boar bristle brush to bring the scalp oils down from the roots to the end. The stimulation of your scalp with the natural brush will also be beneficial. I remember reading that you should brush your hair with 100 strokes every night but, really, ain’t nobody got time for that.
BRUSHING WHILE WET
Another important factor is making sure you use a wide tooth comb if your hair is wet, otherwise you are damaging and pulling out more hair than you should be. I added a link so you know what I’m talking about but I usually purchase mine from Sally’s.
I know that this is true although I have a hard time following this myself, but try to minimize the amount of heat you use on your hair. Unfortunately, most of us have a busy lifestyle and can’t rush out of the house with wet hair, but as much as possible try to let it air dry or wash it at night and wrap it with a (microfiber like this one is best) towel if you can.
Hey(air) Is For Horses
On my search for a remedy I came across a forum where someone posted that her Grandma had always used this “secret” weapon on bald spots or thinning areas of hair. She had learned about this while she was going through Chemotherapy – it had brought her hair back quickly after being completely bald.
Come to find out it has a lot of ingredients similar to the popular hair treatment Ovation Cell Therapy which is highly rated for regrowing hair. I haven’t tried Ovation myself but I did buy some for my Mother as a gift a while back. I believe the main ingredient in both of these formulas is protein, which has been proven to help aid in hair growth. The difference is Ovation is much more expensive.
This may seem weird because it’s a horse product and not a human product. But, if it works on horses why wouldn’t it work for us too? When I was growing up Mane & Tail (a horse shampoo) became a fad and then they began to sell it in stores for humans. They still sell it for humans, so we must not be all that biologically different from horses after all. *Eeeehehehehhhhh – whinny noise.
Horses will often either bite or rub chunks of their hair off and their blankets will create bald spots on their backs. When people show their horses, this looks unsightly – so they use a cream called Eqyss Mega-Tek Rebuilder to quickly restore hair to those areas. This cream quickly fixes those bald spots.
So I bought it, and used it – and I love it. This stuff works for me.
It smells great, tropical, like coconuts. I use it on my nails, balding/thinning spots, and sometimes just all over my hair. People swear by this stuff for helping them grow their hair longer, but personally I use it more as a bald spot treatment than for lengthening.
It’s a bit expensive, but I have had my bottle for years since I only use about a quarter size every week or so. I have a few of their other products as well and they are all amazing, but this is the only one of their products specifically for hair re-growth.
Home Solution for Hair Regrowth – bonus section
So, as I continue to read about hair growth remedies, I am finding some new alternative home solutions that are known for their hair-growing properties.
And, if you can believe this – people actually say that potatoes – YES, I SAID POTATOES, have follicle-growing and scalp-stimulating abilities.
Why am I amused by this? Because, this site is the Hairy Potato.
Maybe it’s just me, but I find this hilarious – and I had no IDEA this was a thing – but it makes sense, because potatoes are loaded with vitamins.
You can try this out (if you do, and it works, please comment below) by putting an organic potato in a juicer (if you have one), or you can cut one up and throw it in a blender.
Then, take a cotton ball or your finger and apply it to your scalp areas that need regrowth.
Leave the potato on for 2 hours, then wash as usual with shampoo and conditioner (or whatever your normal routine is).
Some variations of this recipe also include adding an egg and some honey to the mixture.
Another great homemade hair growth aid is castor oil. Just make sure that you are using a high quality organic castor oil (and definitely not the stuff you put in your car).
You can add this to your shampoo or use it separately as a night-time mask/oil treatment. Don’t use too much, just enough to soak into your head.
Be careful as your sheets and pillow will get oily if you use too much.
If you are worried about it rubbing off on your sheets, you might opt to just leave it on for an hour or so and wash as usual instead of leaving it on overnight.
Tips for Growing/Restoring Hair:
- Take a good vitamin supplement made for hair/skin/nails.
- Do not brush your hair when wet except for with a wide-tooth comb. Start at the bottom and work your way up to the top.
- Minimize use of heat and styling tools you use.
- Use a microfiber towel to absorb most of the moisture before styling.
- Use a shampoo that removes residue once a month.
- Don’t over-wash – try to skip a day or two between washing.
- Use a boar bristle brush to distribute scalp oils and condition hair.
- Massage your scalp when you shampoo and condition, it will stimulate growth.
- If needed for bald spots or to lengthen hair, use a cream like Eqyss Mega-Tek Rebuilder a few times a week.
Using these tips you should be back to stronger, fuller hair in no time.