Female-pattern hair loss, also known as alopecia, can begin as early as the late teens. It is often genetically caused and, instead of a bald spot on the top of the scalp as is common in men, there is thinning over the crown.
Several natural solutions have proven effective.
As if improved cardiovascular health weren’t enough, the nutrients in omega-3 fatty acids (found in many supplement forms and in fatty, cold-water fish like salmon and sardines) can help you maintain a healthy head of hair. Freshly ground flaxseeds also offer omega 3s.
The essential omega-6 fatty acid known as gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) can be found in black currant oil and evening primrose oil. GLA taken in capsules or soft gels can reduce hair loss. The results could take six to eight weeks, so be patient.
The Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology reported a study in which 80 women with mild female pattern hair loss took a combination of fish oil, black currant oil, vitamin E, vitamin C, and lycopene supplements daily for six months.
The results were noteworthy: 87 percent had increased hair density, the diameter of their hair strands became measurably thicker, and nearly 90 percent of the women reported decreased hair loss.
Here’s what they took each day:
|Fish Oil||460 mg|
|Black Currant Oil||460 mg*|
|Vitamin E||5 mg|
|Vitamin C||30 mg|
*Black currant oil may lower blood pressure in those who already have low blood pressure, and it can also slow blood clotting, so consult your healthcare practitioner before using.
“Effect of a nutritional supplement on weight loss in women” by C. Le Floc’h et al., J Cosmet Dermatol, 3/15
“The root of hair loss in women,” Johns Hopkins Medicine, www.HopkinsMedicine.org, 7/1/15
“Six tips for healthy hair and skin,” www.DrWeil.com