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QUESTIONS TO ASK IF YOU’RE LOSING HAIR

Are you or is someone close to you struggling with hair loss?  It’s always useful to see a Dermatologist who can examine your hair follicles to confirm whether or not they are healthy.  If they are healthy, it means that there’s potential for hair to grow.  Regardless of whether the follicle is healthy or not, try the following:

  1. Supplementation: Take a good multivitamin every day.  Make sure that it also contains biotin, vitamin E, vitamin C, vitamin A (beta carotene) and B vitamins.
  2. Blood Circulation:
    • Massage the scalp gently every day. You can do this with your favorite moisturizer or you could make a mix of coconut oil with a few drops of peppermint oil.  Peppermint oil stimulates blood circulation in your follicles while coconut oil nourishes the hair to support hair growth.
    • Try a laser gun but first talk to your dermatologist and obtain some recommendations.
    • Exercise regularly to get your blood circulating through out your body.  This way, precious nutrition can get to all corners of your body to in the end benefit your hair. 
  3. Power Up Your Diet: lots of Omega 3 from your preferred sources like cod liver oil (lemon infused), chia seeds, avocadoes etc., green vegetables (spinach, kale), eggs, beef liver, lots of water (2.5 Litres), fresh juice, wheat grass juice, carrots, quinoa
  4. Anemia: If you’ve been feeling tired lately and noticing your hair thinning, ask your doctor to check for anemia.  One of the side effects of anemia is hair loss. 
  5. Menopause: If you are menopausal or past menopause, you might notice hair thinning hair as well due to hormonal changes. 
  6. DHT: Men usually get affected by an enzyme called 5 alpha reductase that changes testosterone into Dehydrotestosterone (DHT).  DHT is poisonous to the hair follicle and will make it go to sleep and not grow hair. 
  7. Genetics: Due to genetics, women can be affected by DHT and may notice a balding pattern similar to other family members.  There may be ways to slow hair loss and we’ll explore those later.
  8. Environment: Are you stressed out?  Have you had some really difficult events like a death in the family or a loss of some sort?  Intense and sustained stress can cause hair to fall out.  Find constructive ways to deal with stress like exercise, taking walks and discussing stressors with people you trust, changing your environment, facing what’s not working and fixing it etc.    
  9. Patience & Self: Be patient – it takes time for hair to grow back.  Practice positive affirmations and repeat them to yourself.  Reassure yourself and visualize a full head of healthy hair.  Do this at least twice a day.  In the morning as you look at the mirror and at the night before you go to sleep.

You never know what miracles you can create in your life.  Diet, supplementation, exercise, rest, acceptance, and visualization can make a huge difference inside your body that expresses itself on the outside.      

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