By Terez Howard
You basically have two options when it comes to natural hair loss treatments. You can either look for a medical hair loss treatment, such as surgical hair restoration, (also known as a hair transplant), oral or topical treatment. Your other option is to seek more natural treatments, such as essential oil or an oral supplement to stimulate hair growth.
With either of the types of natural hair loss treatments, you must be aware of any serious as well as non life-threatening side effects. You might also want to make sure natural hair loss treatments are approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration).
Natural Hair Loss Treatments From the Doctor
Before you make any decisions regarding natural hair loss treatments, you should consult with your physician and perhaps more than one, if necessary.
First, let’s examine surgical hair restoration, otherwise known as a hair transplant. According to the American Hair Loss Association’s (AHLA) website, a hair transplant can only occur when you are your own donor, unless you have an identical twin with the same genetic makeup as you. If another person were to donate hair, current medical studies reveal that your body would reject it.
Men and women who experience hair loss along the sides and back have no guarantee that hair would continue to grow with surgical hair restoration because that hair seems to be inherently unstable, according to the AHLA, and the AHLA suggests women never get a hair transplant.
Your second choice for natural hair loss treatments come from pharmaceutical companies. Presently, only two hair loss treatments are approved by the FDA for hair follicle miniaturization, which is when healthy hair produces shorter, thinner, more brittle hairs. One topical treatment is minoxidil, found in Rogaine, Loniten and EXT (Extreme Hair Therapy). Minoxidil promotes hair growth by increasing blood flow to shrinking hair follicles, according to a Livestrong article.
The other hair loss treatment approved by the FDA is an oral treatment called finasteride, found in Propecia and Proscar. This drug reduces active levels of DHT (the body’s natural metabolite that causes hair loss), thus preventing hair follicle miniaturization.
Other Natural Hair Loss Treatments
If you do not wish to take a trip to the doctor for hair loss treatments, you can opt for more natural hair loss treatments. Essential oil has been known to promote and stimulate hair growth. Types of essential oil that can help you to grow more natural hair include basil, rosemary, arnica, sage, bay and jojoba.
Other natural hair loss treatments include oral supplements. An effective oral supplement should contain hair vitamins, like folic acid, Vitamin E and B, iron and amino acids.
You can also try massaging aloe vera gel on your hair and scalp and leaving it on for 30 minutes. Aloe vera may contain enzymes to stimulate hair growth and thus prevent hair loss.
Henna, known as a natural hair color and conditioner, is believed to repair damaged hair shafts. When you apply henna, you are preventing yourself from getting hair breakage and hair loss.