Home remedies Lifestyle By Andy / May 8, 2013 Occasionally, I wake up screaming in the middle of the night, coming out of a terrifying dream where my hair had all fallen out. You see, I come from a family with hair loss, though thankfully I am blessed with a full head of hair – for now! Who knows, I may start balding in the next few years, something I’m not looking forward to. Interestingly enough: Up to 40% of men will notice their hair receding by the time they hit 35 years old. Genetics are responsible for hair loss in one of every five cases. Both female pattern hair loss and male pattern baldness are the most common causes of hair loss. In the U.S., there are 35 million men and 21 million women suffering from hair loss. Did You Know: The average person loses about 50 to 100 hairs in a day. It’s only when the scalp can’t regrow hair or when the hair grows back in thinner that hair loss becomes a real problem. So, hair loss is a problem that I may have to face, along with millions of other men and women around me. What can we do to prevent our hair from retreating? Natural Hair Loss Remedies Aside from all the dietary, lifestyle, and exercise changes that you can find online, there are some interesting natural hair loss remedies you may want to try… Algae Extract The extract from seaweed contains lots of amino acids (proteins to fuel hair growth), and they will infuse your scalp and hair with antioxidants to counter any damage done by heat, bacteria, and pollutants in the air. The nutrients will give your hair a natural shine and luster, and can protect the scalp and hair from further damage. Channelled Wrack Few people have heard of Pelvetia Canaliculata Extract, but it comes from a common brown seaweed found along the European coast. It helps to stop testosterone from causing hair loss, stimulates natural growth, and even helps to make the hair grow back thicker and stronger! Aloe Vera Not only does this wonderful plant have healing abilities, it can get rid of anything that is throwing off your hair’s pH balance. It will lock the moisture into your hair, and will protect those delicate strands from being damaged by the sun. It is loaded with antioxidants, and it’s one of the best things to use to keep your hair and skin healthy! He Shou Wu This Chinese herb is a remedy that has been around since the early days of the Chinese Empires, and it is taken to stimulate the growth of new hair. It will help to improve the health of your scalp, as it will promote good circulation through your body. The herb stimulates your liver and kidneys to work better, and you’ll find that it’s very effective! Lifehack: Take He Shou Wu to prevent your hair from graying, as many Chinese do. The herb keeps the nutrients coming to the hair, which will keep the pigment-producing cells alive and working well! Rehmania Chinese foxglove is the common name for this plant, which is used by naturalists and herbalists in China to treat baldness. It can also be used for a number of other problems, such as hormonal imbalances and impotence. Reishi Mushroom The Ganoderma Lucidem mushroom is believed to slow the aging process, prevent your scalp from reclaiming territory that belongs to your hair, encourage your hair to grow back in, and block the enzyme that causes DHT — the hormone responsible for baldness — to be produced. Dong Quai The Chinese got it right with all of their herbs and roots, and Dong Quai is one of the excellent hair loss remedies. Also known as Chinese Angelica, this herb stops your balding in its tracks, and it can even help to promote regrowth of your precious hairs. The reason it works is due to the high phytoestrogen content, which stops DHT from being produced. Lifehack: An Egyptian herbal remedy for hair loss involves two fresh ginger roots, three tablespoons of sesame oil, and some lemon juice. Mix the ingredients together, and massage it into your scalp. Let the mixture sit on your head for up to 30 minutes, and wash it. Do this no more than three times a week, and you’ll find that your scalp circulation and hair health will improve! Gingko Biloba Gingko biloba is a common hair loss remedy, and it’s used to stimulate healthy circulation to the scalp. It will help to improve hair health, which will prevent bacteria and other localized problems from causing hair loss. It won’t, however, prevent DHT from causing baldness. Stinging Nettle Aside from its painful stings, this plant has other uses. It can stop your body from turning DHT into testosterone, and it will slow down your hair loss. Some believe that it can even promote the growth of new hair, and it is very effective when it’s combined with saw palmetto – another powerful hair-helping remedy. Lifehack: Care for your hair to keep it healthy. Massage your scalp with warm oil a few times a week, drink lots of fluid, protect your hair while in the pool, wear a hat in the hot sun, eat the right foods, and avoid styling your hair using heat. Do this, and your hair will stay healthy — and less likely to fall out! Henna Rangoli henna can help to seal the cuticle around the shaft of your hair, protecting the roots of your hair and strengthening them. The green, talc-like Henna powder will be the best to protect your hair! Green Tea Make green tea and use it as a hair rinse. The antioxidants will stop hair loss, and will protect your hair. It may even help to stimulate some regrowth, though not much.