All of my life I’ve had thick, luxuriant hair that needed to be thinned when cut. Although still very nice, my hair is thinning and Bob is slowly balding. This is a very common problem as a person ages, but also bothersome. Many women go to perms which further damages the hair and adds to breakage creating a vicious cycle of hair loss. And you can spend a lot of money on expensive shampoos and conditioners that say they will regrow your hair, etc.
Save your money for preparedness supplies and try one or more of these natural remedies for hair thickening/regrowth and dandruff/itchy scalp. Yes, these work. They may work differently for different people, but you will find one or more you will just love. This winter with the cold and lack of humidity, I have been using olive oil massaged into my scalp to reduce the itching of a dry scalp. Soothes on contact and I can’t ask for better winter hair! Also good for eyebrows and itchy eyelashes.
Nutrition is a huge factor in hair growth and thickness. Be sure you are getting enough E, C and B complex vitamins in your diet. Be sure you are getting enough calcium, silica and iron in your diet. The more fresh fruits and vegetables the better as refined foods can damage hair by making it brittle and even cause hair loss. At least take a multivitamin everyday.
Here is one from grandma’s day, massage an egg into your hair before shampooing and then rinse with cool water. The protein in the egg is good for the hair and hair comes out shiny and thicker. Some people even use eggs as a substitute for harsh shampoos.
Try more natural shampoos as chemicals can cause hair loss and clog hair follicles.
Never use a rubber band to tie your hair back or up in a bun. Rather use the elastic hair bands that usually come out without pulling hair out with them. Also, don’t pull your hair into tight pony tails or buns as these just promote breakage. Grandmother’s loose bun was ideal for keeping hair out of the way but still beautiful.
Rinse hair with apple cider vinegar as it clears away dead skin cells that can stimulate hair growth, also good for cradle cap as is olive oil.
Remember grandma saying that 100 brush strokes a day would make your hair lovely? It massages the scalp, pulls the natural oils that help promote shine along the hair shafts and improves scalp circulation, all of which are beneficial to hair growth. And a scalp massage is always soothing.
A mixture of 1:1 whole milk and beer mixed together and left on the hair approximately 15 minutes, then shampooed out and thoroughly rinsed can promote hair growth. Personally, I just work a can of beer (I prefer the micro-brewery varieties that contain more yeast) through my hair and when it is saturated, I drink the rest. Let it sit a while then rinse out or shampoo and rinse.
Drink a tonic of organic apple cider with a pinch of baking soda (4-8 oz. – 8 oz. being a cup) morning and night to promote hair regrowth. The apple cider is high in potassium which is also good if you get leg cramps..
Do not blow dry your hair, that one act is responsible for a lot of hair breakage. Let it dry naturally and lift with your fingers to promote body.
Caster oil massages worked through your hair 3x a week can do wonders for regrowth.
Another wonderful natural oil/juice comes from aloe vera. You can break one of the thick, succulent leaves from a plant and massage it through your hair. Like caster oil, let it sit for from half an hour to an hour on the hair before shampooing and rinsing.
Olive oil, almond oil, and coconut oil (alone or combined) massaged into the scalp and left on, even overnight, once a week will bring drab hair new life and shine. These also have antibiotic and anti-fungal properties.
Apple cider vinegar as a rinse before shampooing can be effective for regrowth of hair as well as after shampooing.
Green tea applied to the scalp, let sit for however long you care to and then rinse out, is another hair thinning antidote. Drinking green tea fills your body with antioxidants and is good for you and your hair.
Adding rosemary to olive oil helps in that treatment as well is simmering rosemary in water, straining out the leaves and using as a rinse after shampooing.
Mayonnaise (replete with eggs and oils) massaged through the scalp and let to sit for an hour then washed and rinsed out really adds shine to the hair. It is also used as a natural means of killing head lice. It does work if you catch the lice infestation quickly and treat all the clothing (wash in hot water and dry very well or put out in bags in freezing weather for 3 days), bedding, couches, etc. If you have a true infestation, it just creates “super lice” that are very, very hard to get rid of even with prescription treatments.
Garlic and onion rubbed into the scalp both help stimulate circulation and thereby promote healthy hair.
With the odor of garlic and onion in mind, baking soda is a natural odor eliminator and to be used after you do a treatment such as the above – if smelling like garlic or onions bothers you. Tomato juice will also cut odor but is very acidic.
Diluted lemon juice 1:1 or 1:4, is a great hair rinse after shampooing.
Dandruff and an itchy scalp can be a major factor in thinning of the hair because it blocks the pores of your scalp and itching causes breakage. One half of the adult population is affected by dandruff and it worsens in winter. And dandruff shampoos can be very harsh. Some home remedies for dandruff and itchy scalp include:
- Rubbing baking soda into wet hair and leaving it on for two to three minutes then rinsing with water but not shampooing for a day. The baking soda is gritty and will clean the dandruff off the scalp and from around the hair follicles and will strip away harmful oils while leaving natural oils on the scalp.
- Massage in olive oil and leave in overnight to smother the dandruff. Apply straight apple cider vinegar, let it sit for about 2-3 minutes, then shampoo, and rinse with diluted apple cider vinegar. Or just use the olive oil if you have scratched your scalp.
- Always rinse your hair with a diluted, usually 1 part vinegar and 1 part water, solution of apple cider vinegar for dandruff prevention maintenance.
- Tea Tree Oil in a dosage of 1/2 to 1 drop of oil to 1 oz. of shampoo, in the bottle and mix thoroughly, has antibiotic, anti-fungal and antiseptic properties.
- Any product with coal tar in the label is good for dandruff relief.
- Egg shampoos are prescribed for dandruff relief in most of the orient.
- Any product that has antibiotic or anti-fungal agents may be effective – these include olive oil, almond oil, and coconut oil.
Don’t want to take the time for maybe results from natural remedies? I, and many other people, have had great luck with Mane ‘n Tail Shampoo and Conditioner. You will be able to find it in the horse aisle and you may be able to find it with the regular shampoos and conditioners.
I also like most of the horse “shine and condition” products for manes and tails. They usually have a detangler in them which is great for curly hair and wind tangles, plus they add shine. Many even come in a convenient spray form for dry hair application which is perfect for kids who don’t like their hair brushed because it hurts when you pull on it. However, don’t expect hair bands or barrettes to stay in place as they will slide out.
FYI guys, a spray “coat conditioner”, pump or aerosol, on your beard a couple of times a week will keep those crumbs from embedding in your beard and make that egg yolk from breakfast easy to remove. My personal favorite is Show Sheen.
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