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There is no one-size-fits-all solution to hair loss. Every person, male or female, has different body chemistry that contributes to how their hair responds to treatments. Likewise, the reasons for hair loss are varied. One simple solution may not be that simple depending on the cause of thinning hair. Still, there are a number of steps every person can take to improve the quality of their hair and, simultaneously, their overall health.
In this article, we’ll introduce you to several of the main contributors to hair loss as well as several solutions for combating it, even if your hair loss is genetic. You’ll notice that we pay special attention to solutions that are natural, proven, and sustainable in an easy-to-follow format so that anyone can begin designing their own hair regrowth regimen right away.
And this is just the beginning. Keep an eye out for our upcoming eBook on the topic of Holistic Hair Health, in which we’ll address each of the following sections in significantly more detail, including specific recommendations and proven, easy-to-follow methodsto re-grow thicker hair, based on many years of research and direct experience. You can learn more about the eBook at the bottom of this article.
In the meantime, remember: no one needs to be a victim of hair loss. The keys to hair health and improved confidence rest in your own hands. We’re here to show you how to make the most of them. ENJOY.
TREATING THE WHOLE PERSON
Healthcare professionals know that a body cannot function well when one part is ill, in some way diseased, or even just functioning inefficiently. A balanced diet, proper exercise, and avoidance of tobacco are just some of the things all physicians recommend. Practitioners of holistic health take this approach of whole body health one step further.
Holistic health is the practice of taking care of the entire body. This includes the physical body as well as the mind and the spirit. Holistic health practitioners believe that a troubled emotional state or even lack of sleep can lend to poor health, so holistic health care focuses on treating ailments or imbalances within the context of the whole person.
Holistic hair care may include eating healthy foods with ingredients known to stimulate hair growth while keeping the body healthy. Foods like fresh berries, eggs, and almonds are filled with nutrients that may improve the body's overall health while also promoting strong hair.
But food is not all there is to consider. Along with a balanced diet, exercise is an important part of holistic health. Cardiovascular exercise helps to stimulate the scalp by allowing blood to flow more freely to the cells that produce hair follicles.
Some familiar examples of appropriate cardiovascular exercises and techniques may include inversion tables, yoga postures, scalp massaging, micro needling, “flushing supplements”, PRP, and more - all of which we will discuss in more detail inside our upcoming eBook.
In addition to basic healthy living techniques, it is wise to nurture the spirit. Meditation, yoga, and other relaxing activities can help to lower stress. A stressed mind is known to contribute to poor health. It can also be a factor in hair loss.
On this page, we’ll provide a basic introduction to the concept of Holistic Hair Health. Make sure you read all the way to the bottom where we invite you to explore your own road to hair health in a whole new way!
INVASIVE VS. NON-INVASIVE
When it comes to treating hair loss, there are two primary methods of treatment: invasive and non-invasive. Invasive procedures are those that involve breaking the skin. Surgery and needle injections are good examples of this. A non-invasive procedure does not involve a break in the skin and, as a result, is generally both safer and less painful. Low Level Laser Therapy (like that used in the illumiflow Laser Cap) is a perfect example of this.
Invasive hair loss treatments can be risky. Hair transplant surgery is a common example and is known to be painful. Additionally, as with any surgery, hair transplant surgery puts the patient at risk of infection. There is also a significant recovery time related to the transplant. Perhaps most surprising to those considering this invasive technique is that it is not often successful. Once the transplant is complete, all hair that has been transplanted falls out. Only about 60 percent of that hair returns. Lastly, hair transplant surgery is very expensive. It can cost $15,000 or more, whether it is successful or not. In fact, it is our belief that hair clinics often recommend hair transplants prematurely based on a desire to drive profits and hit sales goals. Especially when it comes to hair health, these sorts of motivations tend to do more harm than good.
There are many noninvasive choices when it comes to re-growing hair. Few of these have risks comparable to surgery. Not surprisingly, hair clinics will recommend natural, noninvasive techniques after surgery in order to increase chances of success. They are rarely as expensive and, best of all, many of them have a similar success rate as hair transplants. For example, Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) has been shown to be very effective for users with all types of hair loss, without any adverse side effects and no pain whatsoever. Even better, it is safe to use in tandem with any other hair growth regimen or technique, including invasive treatments.
CHEMICAL VS. NATURAL
Even those who have never experienced hair loss have likely heard of the various chemical treatments on the market today. Minoxidil is arguably the best known of these chemicals, though many others are available. Minoxidil is a vasodilator used to widen the blood vessels. A holistic approach to increased blood flow is much safer and can be achieved naturally through proper nutrition and exercise. We address several natural alternatives in our upcoming eBook.
Chemical treatments can sometimes be effective;however, their effect is often short-lived. Those considering using gel or cream solutions should thoroughly understand how they are to be applied and should educate themselves on any accompanying side effects.
Chemicals tend to be harsh on the hair and skin, often leave behind a greasy residue, have an unpleasant smell, and can cause burning or rashes where they are applied. For many, the possibility of benefits does not justify the risk of using chemical-based treatments.
Natural treatments for hair loss present amuch healthier alternative. Natural gels, like aloe vera, are known for their restorative properties. Often used to combat scrapes and burns, aloe vera may also rejuvenate the cells that produce hair follicles when massaged into the scalp.
Essential oils like rosemary, sage, and peppermint are natural alternatives that may be effective in regrowing hair, too. In fact, the benefits of natural alternatives like essential oils are too numerous to get into at length here, but deserve much more attention than they get.
Aside from topical treatments, other natural hair restoration methods have proven to be effective without harmful side effects. LLLT and scalp massages are often recommended as primary solutions for hair re-growth, naturally stimulating the scalp to increase follicle density by re-growing dormant hair follicles and strengthening the hair.
A body that is healthy on the inside shows those effects on the outside. Proper health is vital to growing strong, lasting hair. The body uses the vitamins and minerals from foods to create a fertile ground for hair follicles. Because of this, it is important to eat foods that are high in protein, healthy fats, and vitamins.
Lean protein, like egg whites, are an excellent choice. Accompany this protein with olive oil, leafy greens, and citrus fruits for a well-rounded, excellent diet that is sure to support your goals for a healthier, thicker head of hair.
Just as the food you eat provides important nutrients for the processes related to hair health and hair regrowth, nutritional supplements offer additional support, often in areas that can remain deficient due to the quality of our diets. Supplements like amino acids and natural DHT blockers can have a significant effect on the health of your hair and naturally support any other hair growth techniques you may be applying.
We’ll go into significantly more detail on the importance of nutritional supplements in our upcoming eBook on Holistic Hair Health. We’ll also include specific recommendations for which supplements you should choose based on our own experience and extensive research.
Not enough can be said about the importance of hydration. Drinking plenty of water helps to flush out toxins while also rejuvenating cells. The amount of water a person needs per day depends on height, weight, physical activity, and other foods and drinks consumed. Most adults should consume between eight and 10 glasses of water per day. Also, research the purity of your drinking water to avoid exposure to chemicals, heavy metals and other toxins.
While there are certain specific foods that should be eaten in order to support hair growth, there are also certain foods that should be avoided. Those items that are high in sugar, fat, and artificial colors and flavors can be detrimental to hair growth.
Any food that is overly processed is likely to be a culprit in poor overall health. The same can be said for fast food items as well as excessive amounts of fatty proteins and dairy. When trying to improve overall body health, both caffeine and alcohol should be avoided as much as possible.
Exercise can only serve to improve the body. A good exercise regimen increases blood flow, lowers body fat, and decreases both cholesterol and blood pressure. Exercise is also known to stimulate hormones that create a feeling of happiness and serenity in the body. All of these things combined pave the way for a healthy body that can more easily and sustainably produce happy, healthy hair.
No matter what a person's physical limitations may be, there are suitable physical activities. Running is one of the most popular forms of physical exercise because it can be done anywhere with virtually no monetary investment. Walking may be a more appropriate exercise for some who are not physically able to run.
Those with muscle or joint weakness might find swimming or water aerobics to be both helpful and healthful. It is vital to consult a physician before deciding on any type of exercise routine, but the overall benefits are noteworthy and evident.
Numerous studies have shown the correlation between emotional health and hair loss. Excessive stress can cause hair to fall out in small and large amounts. Telogen effluvium and alopecia areata can be caused by a stressed, fatigued mind. Of course, these are extreme examples of stress contributing to hair loss, but even the more commonly known male and female pattern baldness cycles can be significantly accelerated by undue levels of stress adversely affecting the natural growth cycles of otherwise-healthy hair follicles. Luckily, hair loss resulting from stress factors can be the easiest to reverse.
Stress is not simple to combat, but it can be managed. Small changes, like exercise and diet, can be enough to keep stress at bay. Getting an adequate amount of sleep is also a good option for dealing with stress. Anxiety that is more severe may be managed with yoga, acupuncture, qigong, or tai chi.
Sometimes stress cannot be managed alone. If suffering from severe anxiety or depression, consulting a psychologist may be the best option for finding ways to become emotionally healthy.
Regardless of the form encountered, stress has been well-noted as one of the primary factors contributing to hair loss in both men and women. Getting a handle on stress levels can have a direct and significant effect on the quality of one’s hair.
REST & SLEEP
Sleep is often sacrificed in our busy modern culture. However, lack of sleep directly contributes to obesity, heart disease, stress, and poor health. Additionally, a body that is fatigued may have a depressed immune system, which is another common factor in hair loss.
It may be difficult to start a new habit of getting appropriate sleep. However, sleep is important for a fully functioning, healthy body. Most adults need a minimum of seven hours of sleep per night, and prioritizing this often has a very noticeable effect on the quality of one’s hair.
Those who find it difficult to sleep at night could try listening to relaxing music or white noise. Meditation just before bedtime can help to calm the mind. Other ideas include limiting the amount of caffeine consumed and avoiding exercise directly before bed.
Even if sleep cannot be obtained, resting the body can be an excellent step in restoring health to body, mind, and hair. Lie still in a quiet, dark room for 5-20 minutes to refresh the body.
TYING IT ALL TOGETHER
A full body approach to health is a smart alternative to quick fixes that are often accompanied by harmful side effects and may or may not even work. Incorporating all aspects of holistic health into a new plan will lead to a general feeling of wellness that cannot be obtained with basic creams or even surgeries.
Even better, healthy living that includes nutritious food, rest, and exercise does much more than aid in hair regrowth. It can help you to have a stronger body, healthier skin, and a more positive self-image, too. Designing a Holistic Hair Health regimen is vital to restoring both health and confidence long-term.
Adding noninvasive techniques for hair growth to your new full body health approach is of the utmost importance. This is why we recommend the illumiflow Laser Cap as the #1 noninvasive hair growth technique as it utilizes the proven technology of Low Level Laser Therapy to safely and painlessly stimulate follicles at the root level to support your holistic plan. The Laser Cap serves as a solid foundation for fighting thinning hair loss, supporting and amplifying the effects of ALL other hair growth techniques recommended in this article.
When considering a new approach to healthy living, it is necessary to have a full plan in place. Put together a list of the changes that need to be made and how to incorporate them. Look for emotional support from trusted friends and family members. Also, seek as much information as possible about holistic health and how it relates to hair regrowth.
And if that last sentence felt a little intimidating - fear not! We’ve made the process of additional research and plan development easy in our upcoming eBook, where we’ll walk you through each of these relevant areas in detail, along with specific recommendations backed by many years of careful research and direct personal experience!
SO, WHAT’S NEXT?
This is just a glimpse into the fascinating world of holistic hair health. Because we believe that treating our hair within the context of the total person, regardless of hair loss type, gender, or age, is of the utmost importance. We’ve been hard at work developing a comprehensive guide that can be used by anyone to support even the most aggressive hair health goals.
The Holistic Hair Health eBook is NOW AVAILABLE for purchase! Also, a FREE copy will be provided with the purchase of either our 148 diode or 272 diode laser caps!
This book is jam-packed with proven methods for re-growing hair safely and naturally - methods that you will be able to incorporate seamlessly into your everyday routines. In addition to supporting your hair health, we share techniques that also serve to reset the overall health of your body, leading intrinsically to a healthier, happier life.
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