Have you heard the saying, “your hair is your crowning glory”? I read that I t originated in Biblical times. And yes, as I’ve read the Bible, I have noticed that when a woman’s beauty is described, emphasis is given to her hair.
Our hair is one of the first things people notice about us when we meet them. A hair cut or hair style can frame a woman’s face to look beautiful and elegant or NOT!
It’s no surprise then that hair grooming is a huge business among women of all ages. The market is filled with all types of gimmicks, products and tools to make hair softer, more voluminous, shinier, healthier, thicker, etc.
Then suddenly one day, a clump of hair on the hair brush. What’s going on?Is hair loss really a normal progression that comes with aging and menopause? How distressing it must be and how negatively it must affect the self esteem to realize that there is a huge spot on your head that barely has any hair on it!
We think of hair loss as a common problem in men, so it’s disturbing to learn that less than 45% of women go through their whole lives with a full head of hair.
I’ve learned in my research that there are actually causes of hair loss that we do not even realize. Medicines that are generally designed to “treat” diseases can cause hair loss, it’s a long list of drugs and ingredients that I can’t pronounce, but here’s an example or two, oral contraceptives, estrogen, tamoxifen, warfarin, etc.
There are many different types of hair loss with a variety of potential underlying causes. Several medical conditions are associated with hair loss. Common causes include thyroid problems and hormone imbalances.
Stress, nutritional factors like poor eating habits, lack of vitamins and minerals (you could be taking vitamins and supplements but they may be poor quality or have toxic ingredients).and genetics may also play a role in hair loss.
Some of the causes of hormone imbalances are endocrine disruptors. This is what EWG or Environmental Working Group (ewg.org) says about it:
“There is no end to the tricks that endocrine disruptors can play on our bodies: increasing production of certain hormones; decreasing production of others; imitating hormones; turning one hormone into another; interfering with hormone signaling; telling cells to die prematurely; competing with essential nutrients; binding to essential hormones; accumulating in organs that produce hormones.”
Some of the worst hormone disruptors they identify are: 1) BPA (plastic bottles of water that you buy); 2)Organophosphate Pesticides; 3)Fire Retardants; 4)Dioxin; 5)Phthalates, etc.
What can you do to minimize these? Be aware of the products that your are consuming internally like water in the bottles that you buy from the supermarket and products you are using externally such as shampoo, toothpaste, body lotion, etc.
Getting back to hair loss. What can you do to regrow your hair? It’s easy but it’s not. Remove the toxins from your home, be more aware of what your doctor is prescribing you and ask why plus ask for more natural alternatives, educate yourself and explore wide range of opportunity for self care. Use holistic products like doTERRA essential oils, and seek out holistic and noninvasive treatment modalities like reflexology that ultimately put your healthcare into your own capable hands.
Contact me for more detailed questions about hair loss and how to regrow without using toxic products or medicines with other side effects.