Hair: Very few people are satisfied with what hair they’ve got.
It’s either too little or too much or it grows in all the wrong places! Dealing with unwanted body hair is a nightmare for some women, but not enough hair on their heads is a condition almost all men have to deal with at some time in their life.
While, for most people, hair thins with age, younger men can find it traumatic having to deal with prematurely thinning hair or worse, premature baldness. Although many miracle cures have been touted, the general consensus in our community is that loss of hair is tied to heredity. If your father or grandfather was bald, you will be too.
There is some truth in that observation, but all hereditary baldness proves, as does hereditary obesity, is that you subjected your body to the same bad habits your parents did. In other words, if you neglect your hair in the same way your father did and your grandfather did, you’ll end up just as bald as they were.
Now, before we learn how to look after hair, it’s important to understand what hair is. As unromantic as it sounds, hair is a structure of dead cells. What we wash, what we preen, what we wear so proudly as our crowning glory is a mass of dead cells! As are our nails and our most outer layer of skin.
Normal hair grows from the follicle at the rate of about one centimetre a month and each hair has a natural life span of up to five years. When a hair falls out it is pushed out by a new one growing from the same root follicle.
Bad health and faulty circulation conspire to constrict blood capillaries in the scalp which restricts blood supply to the hair roots. When this happens falling hair is replaced by weaker hair or not replaced at all.
And yes, there is something you can do about it. For thousands of years, men and women with this problems have turned to herbs for the answer, and there are four main herbs which fall into this category:
- Stinging nettle root which, along with the stinging nettle roots promotes hair growth by stimulating the hair roots.
- Rosemary, which has been more commonly recognised as a hair restorer and conditioner. Rosemary massaged into the scalp has long had a reputation as a substance which prevents premature baldness.
- Birch, which was used by the Red Indians as a scalp cleanser and hair stimulant. Birch is a common ingredient in pharmaceutically-based hair restoration recipes.
- Walnut, which not only “stays falling hair” (Culpeper 1616-1654) but also has a wonderful curative effect on skin diseases.
Recipe to counter hair loss
- 30g Walnut leaf
- 30g Stinging nettle root
- 30g Birch leaf
- 30g Rosemary
Weigh the listed herbs into a bowl and mix them well. Store the herbal mixture in a glass jar away from sun light.
Put one heaped teaspoonful of the mixture in one cup of cold water, bring to the boil, simmer for 10-15 minutes. Allow to cool and massage into the scalp twice daily.
An odorless hair tonic called HairTone Plus made of these herbs to which is added a herbal-based conditioner and available in a 100 per cent environmentally safe container to enable you to spray it on your head twice daily. It will help you safe what hair you have and help restore what you might have lost.