While drugs, surgery, nonsurgical hair replacement, and laser treatments are available to address certain hair loss, these hair loss solutions are not for everyone and certainly not for every type of hair loss condition. Many of us prefer to approach something that is not life threatening (but still psychologically important) as thinning hair in more natural ways.
Hair loss has been with humankind for longer than recorded history, and as such many cultures have developed hoped-for cures that might have some credence. This underscores the historic human preference for having hair, even if the modern fashion more broadly embraces the shaved heads (some even voluntarily, such as movie actors the include Kristen Stewart, Lupita Nyong’o, Charlize Theron, Bryan Cranston, and Colin Farrell did for movie roles).
But we also know from a more modern understanding of human biology that smart nutrition and overall healthy living can contribute to healthier skin and hair (the two are interrelated – dermatologists are the medical doctors to see about hair loss).
For example, traditional Chinese medicine addresses hair loss for by restoring Qi, a focus on how the mind and spirit are holistically part of the body. More specifically, traditional Chinese medicine practitioners believe the health of the liver and kidneys plays into skin and hair health.
To balance one’s Qi, massaging herbs (He Shou Wu) and ginseng into the scalp promotes blood circulation and cell metabolism. Other massage treatments can include aloe vera, coconut oil, onion juice, castor oil, fenugreek (also can be taken orally), rosemary oil, apple cider vinegar, egg yolk mixed with coconut oil, and olive oil.
The respected website, WebMD, offers its own list of natural treatments for hair loss, several items of which borrow from the Chinese. Those include onion juice and egg yolk (for its biotin, also present in wheat germ and mushrooms), the latter of these consumed, not applied topically. But an article written by a medical doctor in 2020 adds other nutrient suggestions for healthier, thicker hair. Suggestions include:
Two additional hair health boosters include exercise, which operates on the principle that increased circulation is good for all organs, the skin included. Circulation brings nutrients, and those nutrients are much needed everywhere.
And when you’re done exercising, you might reward yourself with some dark chocolate (70-85% cacao). A 3.3 mg piece contains 30% of the body’s daily requirement for zinc – because zinc is good for what ails you and your hair.