Your head of hair has a programmed life cycle which includes:
- Growth phase
- Resting phase
- Shedding phase
One-tenth of your head of hair is in the resting phase at any given time. Your hair goes through the shedding phase after three to four months in the growth and resting phase. However, some people experience damage that causes the hair to shed for a longer period of time or to cease growing at all.
What Causes Hair Loss And Damage
What can case hair loss and damage? One reason can be due to over bleaching your hair or dying it. Over use of excessive heat, such as from a blow dryer. Hairstyles that pull too tightly or excessively on the scalp, like pigtails and cornrows can case damage to hair follicles, causing it to fall out.
Other causes include: inherited factors, stress, over-the-counter or Rx medicines, injury, anemia, protein deficiency, chemotherapy, low vitamin levels, and aging.
Some chronic disease can also cause hair loss, such as Lupus, in which the hair tends to become brittle and can fall out in patches. Autoimmune diseases like Alopecia Areata, which is a skin disease, causing hair loss on the scalp, face and sometimes on other areas of the body.
Ringworm of the scalp, also referred to as tinea capitis (TC) is a fungal infection which invades the hair shaft, causing damage to the follicles and therefore the hair falls out.
Many of the causes of hair loss is most often accompanied by inflammation. Short-term inflammation in the body serves a purpose, which is to eliminate the initial cause of cell or tissue damage as it repairs the damage. But chronic inflammation can damage the hair follicles causing excessive hair thinning and loss.
If you suffer with your hair falling out or you have damaged hair, how can you fix the problem?
How To Prevent Hair Loss With Coconut Oil
Losing your hairline is not something that has to be permanent. Coconut oil can quickly regrow your hairline, making it thick and healthy.
A well-oiled scalp with happy follicles is key to stopping continued hair loss. According to Hair Loss Evolution coconut oil can help reduce hair damage (protein loss) by up to 39%, helping to stop your hair from falling out.
The oil has antibacterial properties which may ward off folliculitis, an infection of the hair follicles.
Coconut oil penetrates the hair shaft, protecting it against environmental impurities and excess heat. The natural antioxidants and nutrients the oil contains, like vitamin-E, vitamin-K and iron help to boost hair growth and regrowth.
Essential fatty acids along with the vitamin profile of coconut oil, naturally nourishes the scalp and also helps to remove sebum build-up from hair follicles.
The lauric acid present in coconut oil binds to the hair proteins and prevents the hair strands from breakage.
Applying The Oil To Your Hair And Scalp
Apply the oil to your scalp, paying special attention to the balding edges or any area of your scalp that is thinning and losing hair. Make sure to massage the area that is thinning or balding, as this will help stimulate hair growth.
Applying the oil:
- Slightly warm 2 tablespoons of coconut oil
- Apply it all over your scalp and hair from root to tip
- Massage your scalp gently with your fingertips for about 5 minutes
- Wrap a towel around your head and leave it alone for an hour
After the oil has been in your hair for a least 1 hour, you can easily remove it with your favorite shampoo, a dry shampoo, black tea, baking soda, apple cider vinegar, or aloe Vera gel.
Repeat the process 3 times a week until your hair stops thinning or falling out.
Is Coconut Oil Right For My Hair
Coconut oil works well for those who have soft, fine or medium thick hair. The oils protein retention abilities will add body and volume to such hair types and helping to stop hair loss. It will also minimize damage and breakage while combing and styling your hair.
Hair Buddah says that coconut oil is not for every hair type though. They explain that if your hair is dry, stiff, brittle, or coarse, then it's better not to use coconut oil. With repeated use of the oil, it can cause protein build-up, making your hair further stiff, hard and less elastic. And less elasticity means more breakage when combing or styling.
Hair Buddah notes that if you hair feels dry, stiff, rough, tangly, or brittle, then you need to add moisture to it. Treat your hair with natural moisturizers, which include aloe Vera, flax seed gel, honey, or glycerin (plant derived).
You can choose to combine one of the moisturizers with a conditioning oil, like extra virgin olive oil, almond, sesame, avocado or jojoba oil.
You do not have to forgo coconut oil altogether as it can be combine with the moisturizing oils mentioned above.