Top Causes Of Hair Loss

list of common causes of hair loss

list of common causes of hair loss

There are many different reasons why you may be losing hair and it can be frustrating, confusing and just downright annoying if you can’t get to the bottom of why it might be happening.

To help you think of all angle when it comes to seeing why you might be losing your hair, I have created you the following list of the most common causes of hair loss.

It will help you see which causes of hair loss might apply in your case and give you a few others that you may not of thought of as being a potential problem.

You also have to remember that your hair is constantly changing and going through different cycles of growth, resting, shedding.

It is usually only when hairs that are lost naturally are not replaced with new ones that your hair loss becomes noticeable.  It could also be that more of your hair is in a “resting” phase than it should be.

Because there are so many reasons why you might be having hair issues, the short list below will highlight many of the common factors that contribute to hair loss in men and women.


This is a fairly obvious one, but the normal time frame for hair loss from older age is actually when you are between 20-50 years old.

Unfortunately, some people can enter this stage of hair loss a lot sooner than others.  However, as you might expect, it is more common in older people, where the healthy follicles being to die off and no new hairs are grown to replace those that have fallen out.


Most shampoo, conditioners, hair treatments and colors contain very powerful chemical ingredients that are not great for your hair or your scalp.  Although they are good for keeping your hair clean, extended use over time can cause dry or brittle hair and a dry scalp.

These problems can cause the scalp to not allow any new hair growth.  Try using products with as many natural ingredients in as possible and read our article where we have reviewed the best shampoo for hair growth.

Taking medication

There are many side effects to a lot of drugs or medications that people take and hair loss can be one of them.

It is especially present for people who are getting cancer treatments or if you are taking anti-depressants or hormone type drugs.

If this might be an issue, speak to your doctor who can advise you.

Hereditary causes

Usually found in men and known as “male pattern baldness” Androgenetic Alopecia is the name for the genetic predisposition in men (or women) to hair loss.

Unfortunately, some people get it and other don’t – it just depends on the family history.

Hormonal imbalance

A lot of “processes” in your body are regulated by your hormones and if your hormones are out of balance for any reason, then you might experience hair loss as a result.

Thyroid problems

Similarly to hormonal problems, an overactive or under-active thyroid gland can contribute to hair loss.  This is due to the balance of your body being incorrect, causing less growth of new hairs.


Our hair always looks lank and horrid when we are ill and it can be a good mirror of how we feel inside.

Other illnesses that can affect hair growth are things like scalp fungal infections or diabetes.

If you suspect that you might be losing hair for a reason related to being ill or having some sort of infection, see your doctor immediately.


Alopecia Areata is a disorder of the immune system causing your scalp and hair follicles to stop growing any new hairs.  Alopecia can cause small patches of hair to stop growing.

This is quite a common issue, although you might be more familiar with Alopecia Totalis when all of the hair on you head disappears or Alopecia Universalis where all of your body hair is lost.

Female menopause

Due to hormonal changes after the menopause, many women begin to experience hair loss.  This can be a main cause of hair loss in women although drugs and treatments like HRT (hormone replacement therapy) can help reverse this problem.

Poor circulation

Your scalp needs to be very healthy to promote hair growth and problems related to poor blood flow can contribute to hair loss.

Being pregnant and giving birth

Around 3 to 6 months after having a baby, many women may notice an amount of hair loss.  This is because the hair goes moves into a resting phase, mainly due to the physical impact of the pregnancy on the body.

Pulling and tight hair

If you have hair styles such as braiding or pony tails, the hair becomes pulled all the time, leading to hair loss (known as Traction Alopecia).

You might also see this kind of Alopecia from not using curling tongs or rollers properly, so that the hair becomes weak and damaged at the root.

Stress and nervous disorders

You have probably heard the saying where someone has “lost their hair overnight” or where a sudden shock has lead to people’s hair going white.

Actually, although this sounds like something from a story book, Telogen Effluvium is the term used to describe the slowing down or stopping of new hair growth due to sudden or severe emotional stress.

The stress can trigger a large amount of your hair follicles to swap from the “growing stage” to the “resting stage”.  Therefore, after you have experienced the stressful event the hair will eventually start to die off and fall out.

This is just a very small list of the possibilities for you hair loss and it is definitely not complete.  The causes of hair loss can be a complicated problem to unravel, but this list describes the most popular issues.

Hair Loss Remedy Facts Tips And Treatments

what are some hair loss remedies

what are some hair loss remedies

You might think that this is obvious, but when you have a healthy body, you also have healthy, great looking hair.  When you get sick, have a cold or the flu, your hair is a perfect reflection of your health.  Often, people notice your hair looking horrid, before they know you are ill.

When it comes to hair growth, around 90% of the hair on your scalp is in a “growing phase” which can last between 2 to 6 years. During this phase, each hair will grow around 1cm each month.  Not being well, can affect this growth pattern, leading to slow growing hair or even hair loss.

The other 10% of your hairs are in a “resting phase” and after 2-3 months, they will fall out and (hopefully) a new hair will grow in its place.  As you will know, it is normal to lose some hair each day, when brushing or washing for example and these are hairs that are in this dormant cycle.

However, it is also possible that you might get excessive hair loss if the balance between the “growing” and “sleeping” phase becomes unbalanced for any reason.  Let’s look at some of the reasons around hair loss, some causes, treatments and tips for keeping your hair and preventing any further loss.

Hair loss facts and fiction.

  • Losing up to 100 hairs from your head each day is quite normal and is just the scalp shedding the old hairs to make way for new ones.
  • Using shampoo and conditioner more frequently does not cause hair loss.
  • Wearing a hat on a regular basis does not cause hair loss.
  • Plaiting, braiding or having hairstyles that are “tight” can cause hair loss.
  • Regularly blow drying your hair can worsen hair loss, due to the heat.  The sun can also cause the same damage over time.
  • Your hair only grows about 1 cm a month.
  • Every hair on your head will grow for about 3-6 years before dying and falling out to make way for new growth.

What are the causes of hair loss?

  • Stress – This is quite a common cause of hair loss and although usually temporary, stress can be the trigger for people to begin to lose their hair.  This stress can be physical or emotional.  I am sure you have heard the saying, where peoples hair “turns white, overnight” – which can usually be attributed to stress.
  • Women who use oral contraception pills can be prone to hair loss, if used excessively.
  • Hormones – If the male or female hormones are not balanced in the body, this can lead to and increase in hair loss.  Women who have recently given birth can also notice hair loss as the hormones in their body have undergone such a huge change.
  • Your diet plays a huge role in the health of your hair.  If you are deficient in any vitamins or nutrients, such as protein, iron or zinc, your hair growth and health can be affected.
  • Too much fried or oily foods, spices, tea, coffee and alcohol can hinder any “good nutrients” getting all the way to your scalp and hair follicles and may lead to premature hair loss.
  • Common drugs and medicines can cause hair loss.  Especially ones that are used to treat cancer or depression.
  • Some hair conditions can be hereditary and have been passed down through the family to you.  Unfortunately, these are usually unavoidable.
  • Any sort of fungal infection of the scalp can cause hair loss, especially if not treated quickly.
  • Unfortunately, increased hair loss is a normal symptom of getting older.

Is there any treatment for hair loss?

I guess the answer to this is “it depends”…

It is all dependant on the type of hair loss you are suffering from and also any underlying or external cause.  For example, if your hair loss is related to medication you are taking, a simple visit to the doctor or a change in the medicine might be an easy fix.  Getting the right diagnosis quickly, along with treating any scalp infection may help prevent any further hair loss.  This is the same if your body is out of balance hormonally – correcting any problems in this area may also prevent any further hair loss.

Treatments for hair loss.

  • If your hair loss is due to an external problem such as if you are taking drugs or have any vitamin/mineral deficiencies, you can be rest assured that it will stop when this cause has been eliminated or treated.
  • If you have any infection of the scalp, your hair loss will only stop when the underlying problem has been treated.  It is important to have this treated as soon as possible to prevent any permanent damage.
  • There are many shampoos and hair treatments that promote a healthy and stimulated scalp.  These products do work (although the results do seem to vary) and there are many different types available.  See our article on our pick of the best shampoo for hair loss products.
  • If want to hide, rather than treat any hair loss, or look great whilst it is being treated, chose a hairstyle that is good at hiding thinning hair.  Your hairdresser will be able to advise you best on this.
  • If you have severe hair loss, you may want to think about using a wig.  Modern wigs look amazing and very realistic, so there is no need to worry that you are going to look strange.
  • Hair transplantation is a more expensive option which has improved over the years.  If you can afford this sort of treatment, it can be very effective, with hairs transplanted into your scalp to promote new growth.  It’s a bit like planting a new tree in your head.

Our top tips for beautiful hair.

  • The key to having and keeping beautiful hair is to have a very clean scalp.  If you are looking for a natural way to help your scalp pores stay clean, try gently rubbing lemon juice into your scalp and then leave it in for around 15-20 minutes before rinsing off.
  • Calcium is great for hair and you should make sure you include it in your diet.  This can be as simple as increasing the amount of dairy products, eggs, cheese, milk and other foods such as sesame seeds or figs.
  • Avoid using man-made chemical type shampoos and conditioners.  It is better to use natural shampoos that will not strip any oils from your hair, which might leave it brittle.
  • Try to avoid regularly exposing your hair to harsh weather such as strong sunlight for any long periods of time.
  • If you suffer from dry hair, try increasing the intake of natural oils such as polyunsaturated sunflower oil or margarine and try eating foods that are rich in Vitamin B.

Does Hair Growth Shampoo Really Work?

does hair growth shampoo really work

does hair growth shampoo workThere are lots of shampoos that are being marketed as hair growth hair shampoos but do they actually help hair growth or are they simply an advertising and marketing trick?

For you to make an objective decision as to whether these work or not, one has to look at the science behind how they work. The very first reality that you need to understand is that your hair is basically dead and there is most likely no product that can make the lifeless hairs come back to life or regrow.

Nonetheless, there is hope – what these shampoos do is promote growth at the scalp and origin level.

A typical person’s hair will grow only half an inch to 3 quarter of an inch a month although research has actually shown that hair could expand quicker, given the right conditions. Even more intriguing is the discovery that certain minerals, vitamins or herbs could aid to promote the anagen stage by up to 40%.

Which herbs are good for hair care?

It has been found that one of the most reliable natural herbs is Hibiscus and its results on increasing hair are remarkable.  Other herbs that could be used, that showed promising results when tested, include the following:

  • Peppermint
  • Eclipta Alba
  • Nettles
  • Aloe Vera
  • Jojoba

The best shampoo for hair growth will certainly not just induce the growth of new hair and as we have said already, it will additionally assist to enhance the Anagen stage, which is the development stage of an individual strand, eventually making the hair look and feel fuller and thicker.

Not all hair growth shampoos work the same way and there are many natural hair shampoos that will help you keep your scalp clean, stimulated and prime for growing new hairs.  However, very few have the appropriate herbs and are often packed with vitamins that are not really useful, but sound effective.

Some hair shampoos also lack an adequate quantity (and good quality) of these natural ingredients for it to work anyway. Many of these shampoos and conditioners only have tiny quantities included and the product suppliers do this simply to put on the herb’s name on the label.

Which shampoo should I buy?

There are lots of hair shampoos that are being advertised as hair growth shampoos.

However, if they are used appropriately and correctly and uses as a component of an overall hair treatment, the hair growth shampoo can really work well.

For more information about which herbs, vitamins and minerals really work and which products have the best reputation, read our article where we list the top 5 shampoos for hair growth.

FAST Shampoo And Conditioner Reviews

fast shampoo and conditioner reviews

One of the more popular hair products that has been designed to help with hair growth or to prevent hair from thinning any more than before, is called FAST.

The FAST shampoo and conditioner has been specifically created to help people grow their hair quickly (hence the name!) and there are many people that have left positive reviews across the Internet.  These range from people who have used the shampoo to help grow out a short hair cut more quickly, to people who have used it to help grow additional hair on patches that are balding or thinning.

Nisim, who make the shampoo also claim that over 1.5 million bottles have been sold and that there are over 5000 positive reviews, so that can only mean that it is really good – right?  Let’s look more into the detail.

FAST shampoo and conditioner does contain a heck of a lot of chemicals and ingredients, all of which sound pretty scary, but it has been positively reviewed by magazines and other media, with favorable results.

This is definitely not an off-the-shelf natural, organic shampoo product.  The makers of FAST do say that the product contains non-toxic, vitamins, amino acids and herbs and that it is totally safe, so please don’t let the following list of ingredients put you off.

Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamide DEA, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Glycol Distearate, Cocamide MEA, Laureth -10, Pantenol, Inositol, Cystine, Cysteine, Biotin, Methionine, Sodium Chloride, Fragrance, Citric Acid, Benzophenone-4, Tetrasodium EDTA, Methylchloroisothaiazolinone Solution, Methylisothiazolinone Solution, Blue 1, Glycerin, Cetyl Alcohol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Polyquaternium -7, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Certrimonium Chloride Solution, Cetearyl Alcohol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Aloe Barbadensis, Dimethicone, Camellia Sinensis, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Hydrolyzed Wheat Starch, Polysorbate 20 and Propylene Glycol.

Also read: Natural and organic hair growth products – why they are the best!

FAST Shampoo And Conditioner Reviews

In order for you to make an educated decision over whether you buy this shampoo, I have gathered some reviews from the internet, which will show the positives and the negatives.  The manufacturer do say that the shampoo needs to be used daily to have the most effect, so you have to take into account that some bad reviews might be due to people not using it properly and take everything you read with a pinch of salt anyway.

Nisim do recommend that the shampoo is used every day (or at least every 2 days) and that failure to do this might not show good results.  However, as you will see from some of the Nisim fast shampoo reviews, the result of using it so aggressively can risk damage to your hair.

Positive reviews

Since using ‘FAST’ my hair has grown so much (2inch per month approx) and has never been in such good condition, I am actually amazed!

Finished chemo about 4 months ago and already my hair is thick and over an inch long! It might work it might not, however makes me feel like it does :). Worth every penny.

Boots – UK Chemist

After using almost every hair growth product on the market I finally purchased and used this one. In three weeks my hair has grown one inch and is still growing. I can honestly not believe it.

Beauty With Chantalliscious

If your hair grows slowly, it will grow longer, faster, but it’s not going to add Rapunzel inspired locks immediately to your head. Let’s be honest here. That’s just unrealistic.

LongHairComminity Forum

Just a quick update on my experience using fast shampoo for the past week, I’ve noticed tonight while putting coconut oil throughout the length of my hair that all the little baby hairs along my hairline have seriously grown a lot longer, some I didn’t even know existed it’s so strange!! It’s been little over a week and although I dislike having the wash my hair everyday it seems to be working.

Testimonial at the NISIM FAST website.

I just wanted to let you know I think your F.A.S.T. shampoo and conditioner are great products. I have curly hair that never seemed to grow. I’ve tried other products that never seemed to do what they claim to. I gave F.A.S.T. a shot. I’ve used it for a month and a half and my hair has grown at least an inch. It is wonderfull to find something that really works. I wanted to say thanks.

Negative reviews

Amazon Reviews

I used this product for the better side of a year, and it did nothing, apart from ruin my hair. Dont waste your money.

Had such high hopes for this after reading the reviews. But immediately after using it I could tell I made a big mistake It was like washing your hair with acid.


This product has taken all the moisture out my hair . After the first wash my hair felt different , and because it was drying out my hair it was causing more split ends and frizz.

L Is For Ladybird

I used it and wasn’t that impressed! Also my friend who has dyed dark hair said it completely stripped her colour out!

Cosmopolitan Magazine Forum

DONT DO IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Seriously! bought this a couple of years ago (insanely short hair cut too traumatic 2 describe) and it was a complete waste of money.  Not only did it not make ANY difference 2 the length of my hair it left it feeling really… gross.

Does FAST Shampoo really work?

I have been looking on YouTube to see if I can featured a video that shows a non-positive review of the FAST shampoo, but to be honest, I can only find good ones!  I suspect that, based on the content of the videos, that Nisim offer free trials to people under some obligation of doing a video review?

After all, there are many health and beauty YouTube’rs out there, so getting them to do video reviews of the shampoo working, would be great for Nisim.

What do these reviews make you think?  Are these FAST shampoo and conditioner reviews enough information to help you decide to use it or not?

I would be interested to hear your thoughts on if you think this will work as a hair care product, or one that might be the best shampoo to help grow hair.

Horse Shampoo For Human Hair Growth

horse shampoo can be used on humans too with good results

Now, I know what you are thinking… using horse shampoo for human hair growth or stimulation is just plain weird, wrong and odd. I fact, you might think that this idea is one of those mad old wives tales and that there is no basis for even thinking about it – however, you might be surprised by what I am about to reveal.

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Horse hair has a very similar genetic design when you compare it with human hair and many people have found that using a horse hair shampoo, works very well on us humans too.

I guess that if you looked at the ingredients and compared them side by side with any other popular shampoo, you would find that it is very similar, but the horse shampoo is designed to make their hair and tail look and feel very thick, soft and strong.

This is why people have tried it and have reported very good outcomes. Not only does the shampoo make their hair clean, look good, feel soft and be manageable – the ingredients that are designed to make a horses mane and hair become thicker, also work with humans too.

Horse Shampoo For Humans? Here’s the science bit…

The real reason that this works is that it helps the hair swell and become thicker after use. The shaft of your hair becomes thicker and swollen, making it look thicker and fuller.

?As far as I can tell, there is no added ingredients that help hair growth in humans. The shampoo is actually very free from chemicals and man-made substances, which tends to be the case for many animal related products like these (they seem to enforce more natural products for animals than humans these days).

Using a horse shampoo for human hair growth can be likened to taking Botox for your hair. However, if it helps keep your head, hair, scalp and pores clean, this will also help with the overall health of your head and hair – which can improve hair growth.

Should I use horse hair shampoo?

There is no reason why you can’t use this type of shampoo as part of your normal routine. Many people swear by it and have spent their whole lives using it, singing it’s praises as a great product.

The most popular product is called "Mane N Tail" and there are a range of different products available, including shampoo, conditioner, herbal hair treatments and sprays.

In fact, even though this is designed for the equestrian market, you will find it on Amazon under the "Health and Personal Care" section, with many reviews from people, saying how good horse shampoo is for human hair growth.

The general consensus is that Mane n Tail provides the following benefits to the user:

  • It leaves you hair feeling very soft.
  • It is a great treatment for people who have very brittle or weak hair that breaks easily.
  • It is very effective at cleaning your hair and scalp, which will help with hair growth.
  • Good for people with fine, frizzy hair, adding volume and making hair silky and smooth.

Are there any side effects?

To be honest, none that I can determine. There are many people that have been using products like Mane N Tail, since the 1970's without any ill-effects or problems.

However, there is other anecdotal warnings that people with fine hair may end up with problems as the swelling effect can actually damage the hair. This only applies to people with this sort of hair and is something you need to be aware of if you are thinking of trying it.

Horse shampoo before and after images:

I have been looking for some good before and after shots where people have been using the horse shampoo to help their hair look better, but I can't really find any. There are some good video series on YouTube though where people have been trialling the shampoo and have been reporting on the outcome.

Here are some of the best videos that will help you see the before and after effect of horse shampoo when you are using it on your hair.

You can check for yourself from these videos, does horse shampoo work or not?  - it is pretty clear that it does - but see for yourself.?

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Where can I buy horse shampoo?

Mane N Tail definitely seems to be the most popular product amongst us humans and can be bought on-line from sites such as Amazon.

There may be some local horse care shops that sell it too, or they might be able to advise of a similar product, but getting it online is probably the easiest option.

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Does horse shampoo make your hair grow faster and longer?

There is no real evidence that using this type of product will make your hair grow any faster or any longer, but any shampoo that is made from natural ingredients will help.

Often, the issue with poor hair growth can be linked to either a bad diet or using hair care products that are too harsh for your head. Chemicals strip away the natural oils from your hair and scalp, leaving it dry and in not the best shape to grow new hair.

Using this horse shampoo should help manage your scalp and hair better and therefore will help promote better, faster hair growth. After all, if you hair grows faster it will also grow longer at the same time!

Is there a horse shampoo conditioner?

In a word, YES!

The people who make Mane N' Tail also make a great conditioner too, packed with great herbal nutrients and minerals to make your hair smooth, strong and free from frizz and problems such as split ends.

Mane N' Tail also make a product called Straight Arrow Herbal Gro, which is a herbal styling product.  To help give you hair extra smoothness and body, simply massage this cream into your hair and scalp after washing for an extra boost in silkiness and a great look.

Many people who have used the conditioner and "straight arrow" have recommended it, along with the Mane N' Tail shampoos.

Where to buy horse shampoo:

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What do you think?

Is using horse shampoo for human hair growth a good or bad thing? Is it something you would do, or have done? Is this possibly the best shampoo for hair growth?

Please use the comments box below to share your thoughts and experiences.

Shampoos Containing Biotin

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what is the best biotin shampoo to buyI am sure that, if you are looking for conditioners or shampoos to help your hair grow, or to stop your hair from thinning, you have heard of Biotin already.

What many people do not realise though, is that Biotin is natural, not man made. Actually, it is a vitamin that is essential to your health for quite a few reasons.

Biotin is sometimes called Vitamin H and is a complex B vitamin. Research has shown that Biotin is needed to help your body deal with amino and fatty acids. These need to be processed well because your body uses them for energy.

How do shampoos containing biotin work?

Scientific research has been undertaken to prove the link between the levels of Biotin in your body and hair loss. A tell-tale sign of your body having low Biotin levels, is fragile nails and unexplained hair loss. So therefore, by having a higher level of Biotin in your body, the less chance there is of your hair stopping growing or falling out.

A recent study of men with male pattern baldness found that they ended up regrowing lost hair, when Biotin was taken as a supplement over a period of a few months.

However, despite the facts surrounding the increase of Biotin when taken internally, there is controversy around whether it works as the best shampoo for hair growth. Some people report that they are very effective, seemingly as the added Biotin gets right into the roots of their hair, but others have not reported any effects.

My opinion, is that it can’t be a bad thing to use these shampoos. After all, even if it helps a little, then there is a benefit. Combined with a good diet of foods like liver, eggs, wheat, soy and mushrooms. This is just a very small selection of foods that are rich in Biotin.

Biotin Shampoo – Bestsellers Right Now

According to the number of sales and positive customer reviews on Amazon, the best selling biotin shampoo Right Now Is The:

Avalon Organics Shampoo, Biotin B-Complex, Thickening, 14 Ounce

This organic shampoo is fortified with Biotin and Saw Palmetto extract, designed to help nourish and treat your hair, scalp and follicles to stimulate hair growth.  This shampoo builds strong hair, right from the tip down and is especially designed to treat thinning hair and reduce hair loss.

If you are looking for an organic shampoo that contains Biotin, the Avalon Organics Thickening Shampoo is the one for you.

The next top 5 selling shampoos containing biotin:


  1. Nexxus VitaTress Biotin Shampoo
  2. JASON Natural Cosmetics Dandruff Relief Shampoo
  3. DS Laboratories Revita Hair Growth Stimulating Shampoo
  4. Peter Thomas Roth Mega-Rich Shampoo
  5. Nexxus VitaTress Biotin (ONE) Shampoo

The above list is the best selling biotin shampoo right now according to Amazon.  All biotin shampoo reviews listed above are available at incredible deals via the links. Just click on them for more information, and to read the customer reviews.

Natural Ways To Prevent Hair Loss

head massage is great for hair loss

Although this website is all about shampoo that helps grow hair and reduce thinning hair, no one treatment is a sure fire guarantee.

Sometimes, there are physiological or metabolical reasons why you are losing your hair. However, some of the shampoos and conditioners you can buy online have worked for many people and there are also a number of low cost, natural solutions for treating hair loss that you can try too.

So if you can’t afford to buy the best shampoo for hair growth, then these natural options might be a great idea to try.

Head and hair massage.

head massage is great for hair lossMassaging your scalp and head is a great way to simulate the hair follicles and therefore increase the chances that your hair will grow more. When you perform the massage, blood slow will increase in this area and can really help with your hair problems.

This is why you might find hairdressers massaging your scalp if you have ever been for a professional hair cut.

There are also electric massagers available too, which have settings and attachments that are suitable for massaging your head, but a simple massage using your hands and fingers is good enough.  See if you can get someone else to do it for you, as this will be easier.

Check out this video for examples of how to perform a great head massage.

Aromatherapy and essential oils.

Although aromatherapy has been rubbished by many people and experts over the years, any natural oils and treatments that can help stimulate your scalp and hair can’t be bad – right?

Many aromatherapy specialists recommend using around 4 ounces of the following oils, massaged into the scalp and left to sit for around 20 minutes before being rinsed out.

  • Almond oil
  • Soybean oil
  • Sesame seed oil

These simple and natural treatments are ideal for using at home.  You can buy these essential oils online at Amazon if you wish.

Saw Palmetto Extract.

Saw Palmetto can be used to lower DHT for hair lossIt has been found that in men, there is a link between the prostate and hair loss. The reason for the hair loss is the increase in levels of DHT (Dihydrotestosterone) which is produced as a male sex-hormone in the body.

In some men, it has been found that the part at the base of your hair inside the scalp can be sensitive to the levels of DHT and stop working properly when the levels rise. DHT can also cause this part of the hair to shrink, making the hair thinner and less healthy.

It has been discovered that Saw Palmetto is effective in reducing the levels of DHT. This in turn stops potential damage to your hair and can stop or reduce the risk of male pattern baldness.

Also, it is not just men that suffer from too high levels of DHT, as this chemical is also present in women. However, it is more common in men.

Saw Palmetto extract can be taken as capsules or as a liquid drink.

Extract of nettle roots.

nettle roots can be used to treat hair lossYou might think that nettles are just those annoying plants that you hurt yourself on all the time, but actually, they are very rich in Vitamin A and C and contains some key minerals that are good for your hair and scalp.

There are 2 different ways that nettle root can be applied to help with your hair problems.

It can be taken in capsule form (usually 500mg), which are available online or from health food shops across the world.

The other (and easier option) is to mix up the nettles in some water and leave them to soak for 24 hours. This will help the vitamins and minerals seep into the water, which can then be used direct to the hair and scalp (after the leaves have been drained).

Jojoba Oil and Aloe Vera.

aloe vera treatments for hair and scalp

Jojoba is very mild and is a great treatment for anyone who suffers from eczema, dandruff or psoriasis of the scalp. These conditions, although not too serious, can cause damage to the scalp and stop hair from growing correctly.

The oil can be applied directly to the hair and scalp and works very well as a moisturiser, keeping your head in great shape, which will stimulate hair growth.

Like Jojoba, Aloe Vera is the perfect natural treatment for hair loss as it helps moisturise and balance the pH of your skin.

It is also very effective at keeping your pores clean, which is another good way of ensuring that your scalp in in the best shape to grow new hair.

There are many Aloe Vera shampoos on the market, but using a small amount of Aloe Vera gel, mixed with some coconut milk or another natural oil such as wheatgerm, can be just as effective.

You can also leave the oil on your hair for a longer period of time than shampoo, which will give you more benefits.


It’s not just for tattoo’s – Henna is great at healing hair and making your hair look amazing. It is a natural herb, found in India and helps prevent hair loss by repairing the cuticle, which will help protect your hair from any damage.

Henna has been used for thousands of years in India to treat and condition hair and is very effective as an all over hair treatment.

Cleansing and Detoxification.

detox for healthy body and hairOne of the common themes I find when people talk about using any treatment for hair loss is that you need to keep your skin and body healthy and clean to get the most benefit.

If you have blocked pores in your scalp due to dirt, then hair cannot grow properly. Scalp diseases or problems such as blocked pores can be caused by toxins in your body and therefore, cleansing or detoxing can be an effective way to help treatment.

There are many ways to cleanse your body (from the inside) such as colonic irrigation or diet and there is no one method that is effective overall. If you think that a detox might help, then look at your diet and see which fatty foods can be removed.

Increasing the amounts of fruit and vegetables is also a good way to get your body in the best shape. You might not think that the food you are eating or your lifestyle is having an effect on your hair – but you would be surprised what effect a few weeks of late nights and junk food can do to your hair.

I am sure we are all aware of how horrid our hair looks after a few nights of living it up!


This can also be filed under the “what!?!” section of helping to reduce hair loss.

If you can keep fit, exercise regularly and make sure that you are looking after yourself, it will have benefits to your hair too. The increased blood flow whilst you are exercising will help stimulate your scalp and the extra oxygen you are taking in will help your body process the vitamins and minerals from your food better than before.

I think everyone knows that stress is bad for your hair. Exercise is a great way to reduce stress and therefore help your hair grow!


So, there you have it – there are many different natural ways to help prevent hair loss and some which are free and don’t take up too much of your time either.

If you have any other recommendations or questions, please leave a comment below and we can discuss it.

What Is The Best Shampoo For Growing Hair?

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Choosing the right shampoo to help grow hair that might be falling out or thinning can be a minefield. Each product claims to be the best and that each special ingredient they contain will be the miracle cure for hair growth.

In this article, we will examine the top 3 things that a shampoo has to have to help you grow hair and also we will look at some things to avoid when buying.

Circulation And Cleanliness.

Ideally, you will want to find a shampoo that has ingredients in that help improve circulation on your scalp. One such ingredient is Niacin, which can be found added to many premium shampoo’s that are designed to help with hair problems.

You hair grows from your scalp, so making sure that it is in the best possible health, will help you grow more hair.

You will also need to ensure that the shampoo you choose will keep your scalp very clean. You might think that all shampoo keeps your hair and head clean, but you need to make sure that it is powerful enough to keep pores clean to prevent them from becoming blocked.

Shampoo with ingredients such as Salicylic Acid will help with keeping your pores clean, promoting hair growth.  You can see a list of these products here on Amazon.

Reduce DHT.

Reducing DHT (Dihydro-testosterone) from building up in your hair follicles can be the best way to reduce the risk of losing your hair, so look for a shampoo that helps block this chemical.

DHT plays a major role in hair loss, with men suffering from the effects more than women.  Changes in you metabolism can trigger a build up of DHT, which causes hair loss.

So to recap on the three main items you are looking for when buying the best shampoo for growing hair:

  1. Choose one that helps circulation around your scalp.
  2. Choose a shampoo that keeps your pores unblocked.
  3. Choose one that helps block DHT.

Once you have found a shampoo that does all of these, you will have the ideal product that can help stop hair from falling out – but you will also need to stimulate hair growth too, which is where the additional nutrients, vitamins and minerals come in.

What to avoid when choosing your shampoo.

Many shampoo’s contain quite harsh chemicals and therefore it is important to ensure that you are not buying one that has such nasty stuff in. Ingredients such as Sodium Laurl Sulfate is found in many products and can be likened to bleach.

This can be very toxic for your scalp and hair and may lead to additional hair loss, not new growth!

If you are looking for a shampoo that helps hair growth, look for one that is made from organic ingredients. There is less chance that this will be harsh to your skin and hair.

Which shampoo is best for growing hair?

Obviously, the main reason for shampoo is to keep you hair and head clean, free from oils and greases that are just part of everyday life.

Using a more gentle shampoo will help you keep your head clean as you can use it more often and they are also cheaper to buy. Some shampoos can have bad effects if they are left on for too long, which is why a more gentle product works better to keep your scalp pores clean.

Make sure you are not buying a shampoo that contains too many harsh chemicals that can damage your hair and skin. As we mentioned earlier, try to avoid using shampoo with Sodium Laurl Sulfate as one of the ingredients.

Choosing a shampoo that increases the amount of circulation in your scalp is also a great way to promote hair growth. It is also important to eat a healthy and balanced diet with plenty of protein and vitamin B12 as these are key nutrients for healthy hair. This good diet, combined with increased circulation of the scalp will help stimulate the right parts of your head for growing new or thicker hair.

Even if your diet is good and you think you are getting the right levels of vitamins and minerals, then using a shampoo that has additional ingredients such as Biotin or proteins is an option.

These will penetrate directly into your scalp for additional help where it is needed. Also, these do not cause any harmful effects to your skin as they are 100% natural chemicals.

Many people think that the DS Laboratories Revita shampoo is the best choice as a shampoo for growing hair.

DS Laboratories Revita on amazon

This shampoo contains all of the correct ingredients for the three main areas we talked about earlier in this article, so it fits what you need almost perfectly. However, the price of this shampoo can put people off, especially if you are not sure if it will work properly or not.  Check out the reviews and prices for this excellent product by clicking this link.

If buying this product is going to cause a problem (with your cash ) then opt for an organic shampoo that contains the least amount of man-made chemicals you can find. Make sure you read the labels properly as this will help you determine if harsh chemicals are present.

Let us know, using the comment box below, which product you have used to help grow your hair and if you agree that our top pick is a good choice for people looking for the best shampoo for growing hair.

Quick Tips And Tricks For Healthy Hair

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hair loss tips and tricks imageThis covers the subject of hair loss too and you need to have good information before you are wanting to attempt to regrow your hair.

The quick tips I have summarised below are a must read if you are interested in stopping hair loss.

Increase protein and vitamin B12 in your diet.

Protein will help ward off hair loss. Protein is what hair is made out of.  To get more protein, eat fish, eggs, fish and poultry.  If you don’t want to eat meat, you could try other sources of protein, high-protein alternatives.

Eating more protein can actually reduce the amount of hair loss significantly.

You can find vitamin B12 in a lot of different places. You can also find it as a supplement or just eat more foods such as chicken and dairy intake.  Read our article about how your diet equals great hair.

Cut down on stress.

Stress is a huge cause of hair loss and if you can’t control it, so it must controlled or the hair loss will continue.  Learn how to control over stress in your life.

You must take action to get rid of the stress you deal with on a daily basis.  The higher your stress level is each day, the more possible it is that hair loss will follow.

Stress accelerates hair loss in progress, and will impede the effect of any treatment you use.

Reduce the rub.

Change what you do when you get out of the shower routine to cut down on hair loss.  Rub your hair gently when drying your hair. You may also want to stay away from hair dryer.

If you have to use a hair dryer, use the lowest heat settings.

Massage to stimulate growth.

Massaging your scalp on a regular basis can actually help to reduce the amount of hair loss. This helps the blood vessels in your scalp.

Rub your scalp for approximately 5-10 minutes every day.

Use hair treatments.

Liquid saw palmetto is a great for men who are losing their hair.  The natural extracts will work to stop DHT from growing, which can be a contributor to hair loss.

To use this natural method, take the juice from the fruit and apply it to your scalp and hair.

Be careful to protect your clothes when using treatments for growing hair. Make sure the product enough time to dry before your head touch anything.

See, with the right information in hand, you can begin to understand your hair loss and begin to work on rectifying it.

You may not see the results of your efforts overnight, but you are sure to see an increase in hair growth if you just apply all that you have learned from this article.