Last June I got serious about stopping hair loss and now ten months later I am more than happy with the results of my treatment.
Hair loss is a major concern for many people. Having had thick healthy hair all my life I had never given it much thought. Things changed pretty quickly when I started to see more hair than usual in my hairbrush. Of course the first thing most people do when they realize they are losing their hair is stress about it. This is a bad move since stress will make it worse. However as much as I tried not to, I still worried about it.
After having ruled out most of the obvious causes; lifestyle, diet, medication etc. I decided there was nothing untoward. I then went to the internet for more help. There was plenty of information and discussion about hair loss and several remedies. Massaging the scalp with oils and leaving it in to be absorbed seemed to be the common thread. Quite a few people said they had had success with this method. The oil of choice for this was castor oil.
Castor oil comes from the castor bean and was used a lot at one time for all sorts of things, the most common being as a laxative. It is rich in vitamin E which is very good for the hair. As a by the by, just in case you have moles in your garden, they dislike it intensely and will move away if you put it near their holes!!
A major drawback for castor oil is its thick gluggy texture, probably why moles don’t like it, which makes it less than ideal for massage. The best way to use it is to cut it with another oil such as almond oil or coconut oil which is what I have been doing. I have also recently tried Argan oil which is now considered to be very good for hair care.
A Bad Hair Day
The other issue is leaving it on long enough to do some good. The most common suggestion was to leave it in overnight; however the idea of all that gunk on the pillow put me off. Luckily for me being retired means time isn’t an issue so I do it during the day. I apply it in the morning and leave it in for six or seven hours. Warm sunny days help with absorption and on cold days I wear a shower cap to keep the warmth in.
Well as I said, I got serious about stopping hair loss last year and I knew when I started the treatment that I couldn’t expect results for at least 3 months. There are no instant results with hair regrowth, it’s a slow process and patience is the key. After the first couple of months of twice weekly treatment, the hair fall was greatly reduced then ceased altogether. My hair looked good and my hairdresser said the hair was strong and well attached, to say I was relieved was an understatement.
The Stopping Hair Loss Method I use.
You will need two bowls, a small one and one about the size of a serial bowl. Pour a small amount of castor oil in the small bowl, add coconut oil and mix together. Put boiling water in the cereal bowl and stand the small bowl in it to warm the oil. Massage it into the scalp and leave as long as possible. I generally sit down with an old towel on my lap, lean forward and start from the back and work forward. Any oil I have over I use for the backs of my hands and if there is still some over I use it on Chris.
Cod Liver Oil Supplement
After my success with the oils I decided to supplement my diet with cod liver oil. We don’t eat as much fish as we should and although cod liver oil isn’t as trendy or well known as omega 3 capsules it works just as well. I take a teaspoon a day and yes it’s pretty gross but I reckon it is worth it. The only downside is I spend more at the hairdressers getting my hair cut.
I’m happy with the results of the oil treatment but now I would like a bit more thickness. Dr H. C. A. Vogel who wrote, “The Nature Handbook” suggests an old fashioned remedy for thickening hair. Apparently rubbing half a raw onion into the scalp prior to washing works wonders.
I haven’t tried it yet but I am thinking about it, after all after my success with stopping hair loss, why wouldn’t I?