Baldness / Hair Loss

Man Hair Loss

New hair growth begins in the hair follicle in the dermal layer of the skin. The growing phase of a hair produces growth of about 0.5 inches per month and lasts 2 to 6 years. This is known as the anagen phase and is followed by brief period called the catagen phase. The catagen phase is a transition to the last or telogen phase where the hairs rest before they go through the natural shedding cycle. Normally after hairs fall out another hair starts to grow from this same follicle. In baldness, for generally unknown reasons, a new hair does not begin to grow from the follicle. Excluding the cases of medical or illness induced baldness the answers to where and why this occurs are not well understood. In the majority of cases it appears to be connected to genetics and aging but not with diet, nutrition, nor is it a disease.

Some health conditions such as thyroid issues or iron deficiency anemia and health treatments such as chemotherapy will result in baldness with the hair usually growing back in 6 to 12 months. Hormonal changes (pregnancy, menopause), severe stress, major illnesses, major surgery, or dramatic nutritional changes may also induce temporary loss of hair. These less frequent types of hair loss are known as alopecia areata or patchy hair loss, alopecia areata or alopecia totalis is the loss of all head hair, and finally alopecia universalis is the loss of all hair from the head and the body.

The more common bald hair is associated with genetics and aging manifests itself differently in men and women. Male pattern baldness (androgenetic alopecia in men) follows a pattern of a receding hairline that progresses to an “M” shape and then continues to the familiar “U” shape. There are medications commonly used today that will stimulate the hair follicle growth (Minoxidil – Rogaine, and Finsteride –Propecia, Proscar) but hair loss resumes if the medication is not continued.

Female pattern baldness (androgenetic alopecia in women) is characterized by thinning on the top or the center of the head. Unlike with men, the front hairline is not affected and the thinning on the top usually stops before total baldness happens.

Suggested Oils to Use

Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint, Rosemary

Also consider: Clary Sage, Cypress, Roman Chamomile, Sandalwood, Thyme, Wintergreen, Ylang Ylang

Suggested Ways to use

Basic hair health:

• Eating well with, taking vitamins, as well as omega3s builds strong and healthy hair.
• Consider oils for hormonal balance if needed

Stress Related Hair Loss

Lavender is found in many hair formulas for all types of hair and scalp conditions. It is balancing, soothing, regenerative, and antibacterial. The most commonly used oil for stress reduction. If stress is playing any part in preventing you from having the head of hair you’d like, add a little Lavender!

B vitamins also reduce the stress that can cause hair loss. The best way to take B vitamins is in a supplement or food where all of the B vitamins are combined. (natrualnews.com)

Mild hair loss:

• Add 1 – 2 drops of Rosemary to shampoo daily to stimulate follicle

Serious hair loss:

• For more serious loss consider one of these blends:

• 3 drops Rosemary
• 5 drops Lavender
• 4 drops Cypress
• 4 drops Clary Sage

• Blend 2:

• 8 drops Rosemary
• 10 drops Lavender
• 10 drops Sandalwood

Use a good regular hair care routine:

•Shampoo with 1 – 2 drops of Rosemary to slow hair loss.

•Condition with Conditioner, add 1 – 2 drops of coconut or olive oil for dry hair, only use on tips and/or outer half of hair shaft for oily hair. Let the conditioner remain in hair 2 – 3 minutes before rinsing for best results.

•Dry hair and spray (spray is especially effective after hair coloring or perms.) with the following blend:

• 2 ounces of water
• 4 drops of Peppermint (or other oil of choice)

Research

University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC)

In one study of 86 people with alopecia areata (an autoimmune disease that causes hair to fall out, often in patches), those who massaged their scalps with Lavender and other essential oils daily for 7 months experienced significant hair regrowth compared to those who massaged their scalps without the essential oils. However, there is no way to tell whether it was one or the combination of oils that was effective.