How to Naturally Fight Hair Loss
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How to Naturally Fight Hair Loss

Not too long ago I started noticing that larger and larger clumps of my hair were falling out every few days. And as you can probably imagine, I didn't handle it very well (I am human, after all!).

Sure, I had great luck with healthy, thick hair most of my life thanks to genetics, but now that I'm in my 40s, my hair becomes brittle, dry, and thin the minute I start neglecting it. 

As a health professional I know that many of the hair and skin problems women (and men) suffer from can be linked to 3 things:

  • 1. Stress
  • 2. Nutrition
  • 3. Chemicals

I hate to admit it, but I was guilty of all 3 culprits at the time.

My workload was more than I could handle, my coffee consumption was off the charts, and my hair care included a long list of shampoos and potions filled with scary and toxic ingredients.

YIKES!

But here's the thing about hair – it can be healed

So what did I do to naturally fight hair loss?

Starting with the first, I've discussed managing stress in great detail before, so I won't rehash just how detrimental it is to your health. Just be sure NOT to overlook it until one day your body starts screaming that something is wrong (like big chunks of hair falling out).

Reduce stress levels to prevent rapid aging and brittle hair.

According to the Mayo Clinic, "significant stress pushes large numbers of hair follicles into a resting phase. Within a few months, affected hairs might fall out suddenly when simply combing or washing your hair."

Pretty terrifying, right?

For me, managing my stress meant asking family members for more help with the kids, letting go of some work projects, and getting more sleep. I even started doing yoga most mornings to reduce physical and mental stress on my body (I could talk about the benefits of yoga for days). None of those things happened instantly. I slowly tackled each one and the positive results showed themselves much faster than I expected.

Next, on to what I was putting on my hair...

Ditch the nasty chemical products to prevent hair loss.

I never thought this change would be "easy." The reason I hadn't done it before was because I thought my hair just wouldn't look the same without all of those chemical laden shampoos, conditioners, and creams.

So, I have been healing my hair ever since with this special rinse.

Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) Hair Rinse (use once or twice a week)

Ingredients:

  • •½ cup apple cider vinegar (make sure to look for "raw" and "unfiltered" on the label)
  • •½ cup cold water
  • •5-10 drops lavender essential oil
  • •1-2 drops of Tea Tree oil to help with dandruff (optional)

Directions:

Before showering, fill a mason jar with apple cider vinegar, lavendar essential oil, and cold water. Shampoo and rinse your hair with a natural, toxin-free shampoo. Tip your head back and slowly pour the apple cider vinegar rinse over your scalp and hair. Be careful not to get the mixture in your eyes! Comb and massage mixture into your scalp and hair. Rinse and condition with a natural, toxin-free conditioner. 

Raw, organic apple cider vinegar has been called a "miracle cure for all" for centuries, so using this rinse for thicker, shinier, hair with less tangles was a no-brainer.

But the easiest and best change of all was that I started taking an Omega-3 supplement every single day while cutting back on coffee. 

Eliminate foods that thin hair and incorporate foods that help heal it.

You would think I had this one perfect right? Not quite. What I didn't realize was that my coffee consumption had reached the unhealthy amount of 3 cups per day.

Don't panic, organic coffee can be beneficial to your health. I was just drinking way too much of it, which is no good for stress levels (see above) or overall health. 

This much caffeine was greatly impairing my ability to absorb vital nutrients, vitamins and minerals. Hacking away at my coffee problem wasn't easy but eventually I got down to 1-2 teas each day (Woohoo go me!).

But eliminating coffee wasn't enough... something was still missing in my diet.

I know the incredible anti-inflammatory and healing properties of Omega-3s, but it was exciting to really see the wonderful, positive effects in every area of my body... including my hair! 

The natural oils that lubricate the scalp, hair and skin tend to lesson as we age, so making sure to include quality Omega-3s in your diet to supplement is essential to shiny, thick hair.

Not only will fish oil make hair stronger and healthier, but these essential fatty acids reduce skin dryness that can lead to dandruff and an itchy scalp. 

That's it! Give your body the attention and nutrition it needs and you will see the results shine through beautiful hair.

Not sure which brand of Omega-3 fish oil is best for regrowing hair?