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.
What Might Cause Permanent Hair Loss?
- Hormonal problems. An overactive or underactive thyroid gland may result in hair falling out and can normally 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 is likely to 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.
- 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.
How Does Coconut Oil Potentially Work To Prevent or Stop Hair Loss
Coconut oil may not work for everyone. However, there is a lot of evidence that suggests it may potentially aid in the prevention of 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.
- 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 To Prevent or Stop Hair Loss
- 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.
Don’t just take my word for it! A lot of people battling baldness 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. Here is a fun article with a first-hand account of how successful coconut oil was for one Fijian man.
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