Hair loss happens. It is certainly normal to loose strands of hair every day, sometimes hundreds. These strands regrow as part of the normal growth and loss cycle. Typically, this is not a cause for concern, until it is. If you have ever been the victim of clumps of hair coming out throughout the day, you know how scary an experience this is.
Are you tired of hair loss remedies that don’t work? Did you know that there is a simple way to prevent hair loss and re-grow hair? I’m talking about coconut oil for hair loss. But before we get to that….
What Might Cause Permanent Hair Loss?
- Hormonal problems. An overactive or underactive thyroid gland may result in hair falling out and can typically be reversed by normalizing thyroid hormone levels. Female or male hormone imbalances can also cause hair loss. Women can experience hair loss following a sudden drop in estrogen levels after discontinuing the birth control pill, after childbirth and after entering the menopause. Low progesterone levels have also been implicated. Male pattern baldness (MPB), also known as androgenetic alopecia, is thought to develop when the male hormone, testosterone, is converted to another hormone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT). An excess of DHT may cause the hair follicles to shrink, resulting in thinner hair and eventually baldness.
- Nutritional deficiencies. A suboptimal intake of a number of nutrients may have a negative impact on the health of your hair.
- Lupus erythematosus and Alopecia areata. These are examples of autoimmune diseases, whereby a person’s immune system creates antibodies, which, instead of protecting the body from bacteria, viruses and other germs, mistakenly attacks the person’s own body tissues. This can lead to a range of symptoms and, if the hair follicles are attacked, can also result in hair loss. This is what happens in lupus, which is associated with a range of symptoms, including hair loss, in approximately 50% of the sufferers, whereas Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disease where the immune attack is directed at the hair follicles only.
- Fungal infections of the scalp
- Dermatological skin conditions
What Might Cause Temporary Hair Loss
- Hormonal issues related to pregnancy and breastfeeding.
- Iron Deficiency. Iron deficiency is the most common nutritional deficiency in the world and is a known cause of hair loss. Women experiencing perimenopause and menopause are at risk of iron deficiency, as are vegans, vegetarians, and people with certain conditions, such as celiac disease. In a study on mice, the reversal of iron deficiency also leads to the restoration of hair growth.
- Drugs. Over-the-counter and prescription drugs can result in hair loss as an unwanted side effect, which often stops when the medication is stopped. Examples of drug categories that may cause hair loss include blood thinners, cholesterol-lowering drugs and medications used to treat gout and high blood pressure.
- Physical or severe emotional stress associated with illness or major surgery can result in a sudden loss of a large amount of hair. Chronic (long-term) stress can also cause excessive hair loss.
- Hair treatments, including chemical dyes, bleaches, straightening/curling agents and extreme pulling of hair.
- Rapid weight loss.
Coconut Oil For Hair Loss
Coconut oil may not work for everyone. However, there is a lot of evidence that suggests it may potentially slow or stop hair loss for certain people. Here’s how:
- The lauric acid found in coconut oil binds to the protein in hair and protects both the roots and strands of hair from breakage. It also reduces protein loss in the hair both in damaged and healthy hair.
- Coconut oil is known to mimic Sebum. Sebum is the body’s own natural oil that helps keep the scalp from drying out and also coats hair roots to protect them from damage. A well-oiled scalp with happy follicles is key to stopping continued hair loss.
- Coconut oil penetrates the hair shaft, protecting it against environmental impurities and excess heat.
- The natural antioxidants and nutrients (vitamin E, vitamin K and iron) found in coconut oil boosts hair growth and regrowth.
- Coconut oil contains both antifungal and antibacterial properties to protect against potential fungal or bacterial problems that limit hair growth.
- When you massage your scalp with coconut oil it improves the blood circulation to the scalp and hair follicles, which helps hair follicles to absorb the valuable nutrients in the oil necessary for hair re-growth.
How To Properly Use Coconut Oil For Hair Loss
This method works well for preventing further hair loss (aka slowing hair loss) and may even stop it completely. We address the question of ” does coconut oil regrow hair” in a moment.
- If your coconut oil is in a solid or semi-solid state, place the jar in hot water until it turns to a liquid.
- Dampen your hair with warm (not hot) water.
- Wake up the pores in your scalp by vigorously rubbing it with your fingertips.
- Pour some coconut oil into your hands and apply directly to your roots. Be sure to cover your entire scalp.
- Massage the coconut oil into your scalp for at least three minutes. Nothing rough – a nice gentle massage.
- Put your oiled hair in a shower cap and let it set. Ideally, you will leave this on overnight but at the very least, keep it on for 30 minutes.
- After your desired length of treatment, wash the oil out with a gentle, ‘non-shampoo’ like the ones from Morrocco Method.
- Repeat at least once per week. Twice is ideal.
Does coconut oil regrow hair?
If you are into studies, then you will have a tough time finding one that says yes, coconut oil regrows hair. It has been proven to slow hair loss but not actually regrow hair.
Anecdotally you can find a LOT of people talking about how they used coconut oil for thinning hair (not genetic hair loss). Many people battling hair loss report that coconut oil appears to be counteracting hair loss and promoting hair growth. After regular use for about 2-3 months, these people have noticed that they are no longer losing their hair. Receding hairlines are filling in.
While this is exciting I in no way want to give you false hope. I personally believe that coconut oil DOES have the potential to support the scalp in hair growth. But I won’t promise that it will work for everyone out there.
If you liked this post, don’t forget to check out the many uses of coconut oil in this post!
Wondering what coconut oil I use and love? Check out my coconut oil recommendations here.
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