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People start losing hair for many reasons, but these days there’s a lot of talk these days about people having hair loss from stress. Yes, Pure D. Stress. Sometimes there’s a background cause like medication, an autoimmune disorder, covid-19, hormonal changes, or Stress’s ugly cousin named Trauma. All of these things can cause premature aging, but who wants to lose hair on top of that?
Stress Hair Loss From the Follicles
Whatever type of hair loss you’re enduring, your scalp went through pretty much the same process to get there. It concerns the little pore-like structures on your head that hold your hair in place – the hair follicles. You might be dealing with traction alopecia or are getting little bald spots from playing with one or two spots in your hair. So here, your hair follicles met Pure D. Stress because of your yanking on them, loudly proclaimed they weren’t going to take it anymore and went to sleep.
The only problem is that while your follicles are in this sleep state, your hair falls out. It’s actually normal that about a hundred hair follicles go into the inactive sleep, or telogen, phase and eventually shed hair. What’s not normal is for two or three hundred to go into telogen at the same time and cause more hair loss than usual. That’s not mechanical stress like when you’re pulling on your hair follicles. Hair loss all over is usually emotional stress – what a lot of us have been dealing with this past year sitting at home alone, or with kids that use you as their entertainment, or with a loved one you can’t stand.
This kind of diffuse hair loss can also be related to trauma from losing family members – not because your follicles dropped strands from pulling your edges back too tight.
Hair Loss Cycles
Whatever the reason, we need to get your hair follicles kicking again. Get ’em out of bed and doing jumping jacks, or whatever it takes, to produce hair again.
Hair follicles work in cycles. So a follicle will grow new hair, hold on to it for a time, go to sleep and shed it. If you are losing hair, they are holding on to it for a shorter time and going to bed early.
Unfortunately, if they sleep for too long, they can die and can never grow hair again.
Harsh Styling Means Hair Loss, and Sometimes Follicle Death
There are clinical names for hair follicles going from sleeping to dead, like androgenetic alopecia, frontal fibrosing alopecia and central centrifugal cicatricial alopecia. Those last three are forms of hair loss that disproportionately affect women due to strenuous styling practices like:
- Repeated tight pulling of the hairline or crown with extensions or weave, and
- Years of hair relaxers, perms or hair dyes depositing corrosive chemicals into the hair follicles, and
- Extreme heat on the scalp from flat irons and blow dryers.
Some of us engage in all three practices at once… right?
As a warning sign the scalp sheds hair to let you know that what you’re doing is just too much. If you don’t put a stop to it, the hair follicles of the scalp can become inflamed. You won’t see the inflammation, but it keeps the hair from growing at a normal pace, sheds what is there and eventually scars – after which no hair will grow. Yes. Disaster!
Hair Loss Is (Usually Pretty) Gradual
The good news is that, like most other forms of alopecia, the process is pretty gradual – unless your hair is literally coming out in clumps because of chemo or a traumatic episode. Because most types of alopecia boil down to the same problem, inactive hair follicles, the solution is also pretty much the same, too: putting and keeping as many hair follicles as possible in the growth phase. So let’s get to the good news.
How Hair Growth Products Work
I don’t want you going out shopping for minoxidil, but it works. Luckily, there are natural oils that do pretty much what minoxidil does: increase the blood flow to the scalp to keep the hair follicles from going to sleep. There are other oils that work like the hair growth drug finasteride and wake up dormant hair follicles.
I linked some scientific studies below so you know natural stuff is legit, too, and can do pretty much the same things as minoxidil and finasteride. They also don’t have any side effects, are multipurpose and are cost effective. If you’re into natural hair care already, you probably have some of these in your home already. In case you don’t, I restricted the list of oils to what’s readily available.
Growing Your Hair Again
“Wake up!” It’s time for hair follicle jumping jacks.
- Castor oil or Jamaican black castor oil – mimics the body’s natural hair growth stimulator PGE2.
- Pumpkin seed oil – even when taken orally, it can increase hair density up to 40% for men suffering from genetic alopecia.
- Rosemary essential oil – compares well to Minoxidil regarding the rate of growth after six months
- Peppermint essential oil – works quickly to put more hair follicles into the growth phase.
Natural Substances That Help More Hair to Grow
Your hair follicles need certain building blocks to build hair and help it grow faster. Keratin, which makes up 96% of the hair shaft, can help – that’s if your follicles have more if it available.
- MSM – assists with the production of keratin
- Collagen and biotin also aid keratin production, but these are better taken as supplements.
Natural Hair Growth Extenders
Sounds kind of like we’re adding extensions here. We’re not! I’m talking about keeping your existing hair in for longer. Our hair follicles hold on to hair for two to six years, normally. The longer it stays, the longer your hair grows. If you’re losing hair, it’s not even lasting for the two year minimum, but falling out before that time. So we need to try to extend the time the hair remains in it’s follicles, and keep the hair follicles from falling asleep prematurely.
- Black seed oil – helps the follicle to hold on to the hair, even in the face of anti-cancer drugs. It also contributes to hair growth.
- Lavender essential oil – contributes to hair growth
- Caffeine – A coffee or green tea rinse will work just fine
US Hair Growth Products
Pumpkin Hair Serum– contains pumpkin seed oil and peppermint @NatHairQueen
Groganics Head Full of Hair Creme Hair Dress – contains castor oil and peppermint, but the star of Groganics products is pea sprout extract. Pea sprout increases the number of hairs on your head that are in the growth phase. @My_Groganics
UK Hair Growth Products
Creamy Cafe Latte Leave-In Detangle Conditioner – a rich cream that contains castor oil and coffee for to keep your follicles wide awake and functioning like they should @anitagrantllc
TLC Naturals Grow It Caffeine Stimulating Shamoo – it contains caffeine, DHT blockers adn salicylic acid, to combat inflammation. @tlcnaturals
By Aaron Wallace product line with black seed oil @byaaronwallace
There are so many more. If you make products from some of the ingredients listed here and I missed you, just drop me a line: firstname.lastname@example.org
And whether you whip up your own or choose something that’s pre-made, I wish you a full head of hair… and less stress in your life!