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Help Preventing Hair Loss 3 months, 3 weeks ago #52

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During pregnancy, I seemed to lose quite a bit of my hair, to the point that I felt the need to mention it to the doctor. I was assured that it would be minimal (try telling that to the clumps that were falling out) and was a temporary reaction to all the hormonal changes taking place. The medical opinion was that I shouldn't be unduly worried and to try to avoid becoming stressed by the situation. I ask you, who can avoid being stressed during such episodes?

Being a huge fan of all things simple, I spoke to a dear, like-minded friend and neighbour about my 'little problem'. She swore by her old-fashioned remedies. It was her belief that nature provided us with everything intended to keep us fit, healthy and, more importantly, with a full head of hair. She had gloriously long hair, always neatly braided and tied up in a way that hid its length.

Each weekend, I would see her outside rinsing her hair with the fresh spring water from our nearby well. I haven't a clue how she endured that freezing water when there was snow on the ground and frost in the air, I was never brave enough to try it at anytime other than the height of summer. But by following her advice during subsequent pregnancies - no chemicals, no fancy conditioners, just a lukewarm wash and then a cold rinse, I lost no hair.

"Hair can't feel the cold" she used to say, while wringing out the surplus water from her dripping tresses, before kneading her scalp with her fingertips to help shake her hair dry. Her theory was that the cold water rinse closed all the pores tightly and those roots were clinging on for dear life as they waited on the warmth of the circulation returning to them.

She was also a great believer in 'we are what we eat', so was forever plying her wares - fresh eggs (she also used these as a hair conditioner), fresh vegetabls and bottles of natural spring water.

I would be very interested in hearing from anyone who uses traditional methods of keepig their hair in good condition and if it has helped to prevent hair loss, both in men and in women.
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Re: Help Preventing Hair Loss 3 months, 3 weeks ago #58

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I used to have masses of hair that was so long I could sit on it, but recently had to have it chopped to shoulder length as it had become so thin it was awful, and masses of it were falling out every day. Because I always had it tied back, I lost masses of hair at the front of my head, due to the strain. I don't use hair driers or styling equipment so heat isn't to blame.

I have found it has really thickened up again due to a cut, and I've also started taking Kelp supplements, which makes your nails stronger too, in my experience. I did used to use egg as a conditioner, but find a bottle of beer rinse is the best way to keep it looking healthy and shiny. Stress is a big factor in my hair loss too, and also my fairly naff diet from time to time - I run my own business, have 5 kids and 2 of them are disabled, which as a single mother is tough. Also, the medication which I need to take daily has a side-effect of hair loss, so I shouldn't be that surprised I suppose...

So I reckon kelp and less stress are the best remedy! (or less kids)
'We're all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars' Oscar Wilde

Re: Help Preventing Hair Loss 3 months, 3 weeks ago #66

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No pun intended, but my hat's off to you for managing to juggle five kids, health issues, child disabilities, self-employment and medication-related side effects. That would certainly be enough to make my hair fall out, without a doubt.

The kelp sounds like a good idea, as it's high in protein, vitamins and anti-oxidants. With hair and nails both being made up of keratin, it would be my guess that anything that benefits one should benefit the other - what do you think?

Seaweed supplements have been recommended for so many reasons and for so many years that there has to be some truth in all the claims. It's a completely natural product that should be relatively chemical free, so that is something I would be prepared to give a try. (Fussy Mr May would never notice it mixed with his winter greens.)

Beer shampoo used to be readily available in most of the shops but I haven't seen any on the shelves in years. My gran used to give us a beer rinse many years ago, but the men in my household would never agree to pour it down the sink in the name of vanity nowadays. You have got me thinking, though: if beer helped prevent hair loss, there would be no receding hairlines propping up our local bars, so I'm now wondering if they all have shaved heads? I feel a little research is needed in this department.
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Re: Help Preventing Hair Loss 3 months, 3 weeks ago #67

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Lol - yup, my life can be 'complicated, but never dull

Kelp is an old traditional remedy for hair loss, and to improve what's there. I have still found Linco Beer shampoo at independent chemists and our local Tesco, strangely enough. I agree that maybe some people may balk at the thought of pouring beer over your hair, however, looking at the price of intensive conditioners, it's a lot cheaper!!

As for the shaved heads - I think it's law around here for any man over the age of 16! No, seriously, the trouble with male pattern baldness is it is caused by the body actually trying to fight off the effects of testosterone and failing quite miserably. I had to research some baldness cures not so long ago, and came to the conclusion that male pattern baldness may not be treatable without cosmetic procedures or very expensive cures and tonics, whereas women seem to respond better to the prescription cures. I'd love to hear from any ladies who've been successfully treated for the condition, as it's often so traumatic for the lady concerned.
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Re: Help Preventing Hair Loss 3 months, 3 weeks ago #75

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Wow - I suppose it makes sense. Eggs are good for dogs' fur (it makes it shiny!) and cold water is generally really good for your hair and skin.

I also find that exfoliation / massaging the scalp really helps. Also, pretty much everyone loves head massages My father is balding but has managed to regain loads of his hair through regular head massages and other treatments (a combination of treatment and prevention will help in the long run).

I've been told by various beauty specialists that a diet high in Vitamin E will generally boost hair, nail and skin health. As Vitamin E is healthy in numerous ways, it can't hurt to include it in your diet. Avocados, sunflower seeds and almonds are high in Vitamin E - I started making green smoothies using many of these ingredients and I like to think that it might be preventing hair loss in later years

Re: Help Preventing Hair Loss 3 months, 3 weeks ago #99

Hi Millie May!

I've found the same thing as your neighbor -- for whatever reason, my hair sheds less when I use cold water. And, incidentally, I used to have really bad seasonal allergies, and taking cold showers stopped them. There's a lot of information out there about "water therapy." I'm not an expert in it, but people claim it can do some pretty amazing things. My theory is that it helps by reducing inflammation in the body -- sort of like putting an ice pack over a swollen joint!

That said, I can't take cold showers in the winter. Too much a creature of comfort, I guess. I do try to always rinse my hair in lukewarm water though.

My hair is long, down to my hips, and pretty thick. I think that it's partly genetics, but I also try to eat healthfully (getting enough protein is especially important). Unfortunately, I have seborrheic dermatitis and I've never found anything that helped other than Head and Shoulders shampoo and making sure my blood sugar levels remain stable -- but natural shampoos are sadly a no-go for me, they don't control it and I shed much more. However, if you don't have any trouble with that, I've heard from a lot of people that using SLS-free shampoo helps to reduce shedding.

I do use henna, which always, always reduces my shed rate. It's fine for me because my hair is dark, but as a caution... don't use it on light hair if you don't want your hair to be RED!

I also use coconut oil on my scalp and hair. My grandmother taught me to do it when I was little -- basically, you saturate your hair with it and massage it into your scalp, then leave it in overnight and wash it out in the morning. It makes hair really soft and silky, and I think it does help reduce shedding (the scalp massage is probably part of that).

An apple cider vinegar rinse (1-2 tbsp apple cider in 2 cups of water) also reduces shedding and makes my hair REALLY shiny.

I'll come back and post more if I think of anything else.
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Re: Help Preventing Hair Loss 3 months, 3 weeks ago #132

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Apple Cider Vinegar! Wonderful stuff for so many different reasons.

I use it as part of my secret recipe for 'elixir' .
Trying to be helpful, but Mr May says I'm just trying!

Re: Help Preventing Hair Loss 3 months, 3 weeks ago #135

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Millie-May wrote:
Apple Cider Vinegar! Wonderful stuff for so many different reasons.

I use it as part of my secret recipe for 'elixir' .


Do you drink apple cider vinegar or apply it to your hair? Because I've heard of people doing both x

Re: Help Preventing Hair Loss 3 months, 3 weeks ago #136

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Far too expensive for my hair, standard vinegar good enough for that squeaky clean shine. The ACV is used like a dietary supplement, available at a fairly reasonable price from the supermarkets. The 'elixir' has garlic and honey in it, too. Tastes disgusting, so best well diluted in boiled water.

For the livestock, it's cheaper buying it in 2.5L or 5L containers from the farm stores.
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Re: Help Preventing Hair Loss 3 days, 1 hour ago #232

Almond oil and coconut oil is best for hair.You nay try this one...
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