There are lot of natural treatments for regrowing thinning hair. Using Tea Tree Oil is one such natural way to open the hair follicles and regrow hair.
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The message says that there are lot of natural treatments for regrowing thinning hair, also suggesting tea tree oil to open up the hair follicles and regrow hair.
Thinning and Hair Loss
Hair loss and thinning is a common but a challenging experience for anyone. If you search for "natural hair loss treatments" in Google or any other search engine, you will see a long list of tonics, creams, and supplements. However, experts suggest that most of these natural hair treatments are hoaxes and do not work. Nevertheless, there are few natural treatments that have been well studied for hair loss, and as mentioned in the message, they can help reverse the damage done to hair follicles. But the effectiveness of a natural hair treatment depends on the cause of hair loss and the depth of the damage.
The Causes of Hair Loss
The most common reasons for hair loss and thinning are genetics, aging and hormones. Infections like fungal infections can damage the hair follicles and lead to hair loss. Hairstyles that are tight on the scalp can also damage hair follicles and cause hair loss and damage to scalp - for example, Pigtails and cornrows. Fluctuations in hormones can cause inflammation of hair follicles that leads to damage. An under active thyroid gland or even imbalanced sex hormones can result in scalp inflammation and hair loss thereafter.
Depending on the cause and severity of the follicle damage, hair can in fact regrow. For example, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians, most of the fungal infections can be treated easily with medications. However, significant scarring of the hair follicles may be a permanent damage. Also, the follicle damage in case of common baldness may be more difficult to reverse, as it is an inherited trait. However, some of the available natural treatments can minimize the follicle damage.
Use of Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is derived from the leaves of a tea tree. Note that this tea tree should not be confused with the unrelated common tea plant used to make black and green teas. If your hair loss is due to clogged follicles or a scalp condition like dandruff, tea tree oil may help to remove the dead skin, get rid of fungi and bacteria, and then promote healthy hair growth. When you apply tea tree oil, it acts as a moisturizer to your hair and scalp, helps control excess oil, inhibits growth of strands and thereby avoids clogging your follicles. According to Mayo Clinic, a tea tree oil shampoo may be an effective treatment for dandruff and similar scalp conditions. In these cases, the tea tree oil acts as an antifungal and antibacterial agent. However, more research is required to determine the efficiency of this treatment.
It should be noted that tea tree oil may not be effective in all types of hair loss, like those associated with heredity, age or autoimmune conditions. Moreover, if your dandruff or similar scalp condition is severe, you may require stronger treatments to stop the associated hair loss.
- Tea tree oil is NOT SAFE when taken by mouth.
- Tea tree oil as skin application is likely to be safe for most people, but in some people, it can cause skin irritation, swelling and allergic reactions like redness or a rash.
- Applying large quantities of tea tree oil over skin can lead to severe side effects.
All those many natural treatments for hair loss and thinning that you see and hear everywhere may not work always, most of them are in fact hoaxes. However there are few natural treatments that have been well studied for hair loss. Choosing the right one that works depends on the cause and condition of your hair loss. Limited studies have suggested that tea tree oil can be helpful in opening the clogged hair follicles, treat dandruff and similar scalp conditions, and thereby regrow your hair. More research is needed to conclude the efficiency of tea tree oil in this case. So, it is advisable to consult a doctor who can pinpoint the cause of your hair loss and then suggest the right medicine. If you are to use tea tree oil, you should also tell your doctor if you had any other hair/skin problems lately.
As always, prevention is better than cure, so it is better to take good care of your hair.
Tips for Healthy Hair
- Practice and maintain good hair hygiene habits that will keep your hair strong for a long time.
- Eat a balanced diet that will give your hair enough nutrients and minerals. Protein and Iron are important to strengthen your hair and promote growth.
- Omega-3 fatty acids help in reducing inflammation and creating a healthier scalp, so include nuts, seeds, eggs, and fish in your diet.
- Avoid hairstyles that pull your scalp tightly, also avoid excess heat styling and brushing.
- Keep a check on your daily stress levels.