What Is Alopecia And How To Treat It Naturally

Watching clumps of hair fall out of your scalp can never be something you can take lightly. When it gets to the point where you can see bald spots appear on your scalp, it can induce real fear in your heart. After all, anything that affects your hair can hit hard on your self confidence. So, it’s no wonder that alopecia is a hair condition that distresses everyone who is affected by it. But, what is alopecia, you ask? Well, let’s take a closer look…

What Is Alopecia?

Alopecia is a hair condition in which clumps of hair start to fall out. This then causes spots of smooth and completely hairless patches to start appearing on your scalp and other parts of your body. In some cases, you may notice your hair getting visibly thinner or breaking off a few inches above the roots (resulting in “exclamation point” hair, without actually causing bald spots. The hair loss caused by alopecia tends to come and go and the hair usually grows back within a few months. However, it can also so happen that the hair may grow back in only one area or the hair that grows back could be fine textured and white.

While alopecia can affect as many 50% of the men in the US, 25% of women can experience it by the age of 50. Out of these people, 10% may never regrow hair.

Now you must be wondering what could possibly cause your hair to fall out by the handfuls. There are a number of possible reasons, actually. So, let’s check them out…

What Are The Causes Of Alopecia?

If the question “How do you get alopecia?” has been troubling you, let me tell you that there’s no straight answer for that. Though it is still not totally understood, it could be any one of the following reasons:

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Besides these factors – and the many others not listed here – you can be at a higher risk of developing alopecia if there are other people in your family who have it, if you have had the symptoms since before puberty, have an autoimmune disease or you have nails that are abnormal in color, texture, or shape.

You may think that you can lose hair just one way when you have alopecia. However, there are actually many different types of alopecia that are caused by different factors and have their own unique characteristics. So. let’s take a quick look at them…

What Are The Different Types Of Alopecia?

  1. Alopecia Areata: Alopecia Areata is caused by an autoimmune condition that makes your immune system attack your hair follicles, damaging them, and making your hair fall out as a result. This can cause a single bald patch or several bald patches to appear on your head.

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  1. Alopecia Totalis: The advanced stage of alopecia areata is alopecia totalis, which is characterized by total loss of hair on scalp.
  1. Alopecia Universalis: The complete loss of hair all over your body (including eyebrows and eyelashes) is known as alopecia universalis.

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  1. Alopecia Barbae: Loss of hair in a single patch or extensively across the beard area is known as alopecia barbae.
  1. Androgenetic Alopecia: Commonly known as male/female pattern baldness, androgenetic alopecia is the extreme thinning of hair until it is almost transparent.
  1. Cicatricial Alopecias (Scarring Alopecias): These are a group of rare disorders that cause permanent hair loss.
  1. Traction Alopecia: Traction alopecia is mostly seen in women of East Indian and Afro-Caribbean descent who do their hair up in protective styles. The extensive pulling of hair and tying it up tightly in braids, knots, and cornrows can damage the hair shaft and follicles and lead to permanent hair loss.
  1. Anagen Effluvium: Partial or total hair loss caused by certain medications and chemotherapy is known as anagen effluvium. Hair usually grows back a few months after you stop these treatments.
  1. Telogen Effluvium: Telogen effluvium is temporary thinning and hair loss in which your hair falls out more than the normal. Your hair usually recovers and grows back in this case.

Though there is no complete cure for alopecia, there are treatments that you can try out to make your hair grow back faster. Some conventional treatments include corticosteroid injections; topical medication like minoxidil, anthralin, and diphencyprone; and immunosuppressant medications like methotrexate and cyclosporine that stop your immune system from attacking your hair follicles. But if you would like to go the natural way with your alopecia treatment, then there are tons of home remedies that you can try out. Here are some that work the best…

What Are The Best Natural Treatments For Alopecia?

  1. Onion
  2. Coconut Oil
  3. Honey
  4. Lemon
  5. Garlic
  6. Egg
  7. Coconut Milk
  8. Aloe Vera
  9. Green Tea
  10. Chinese Hibiscus
  11. Licorice Root
  12. Fenugreek
  13. Rosemary Leaves
  14. Cinnamon Powder
  15. Mustard Oil

1. Onion

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Yes, onions are great and elevate any meal that they are added to. But they also work amazingly well when it comes to treating alopecia. This is because onion contains sulfur, which stimulates the growth of new hair.

What You Need
What To Do
  1. Grind an onion and put it through a strainer to extract its juice.
  2. Apply the onion juice all over your scalp.
  3. Leave it on for 15 minutes.
  4. Wash off the onion juice and shampoo your hair.
  5. Let your hair air dry.
  6. Follow this routine twice a week.

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2. Coconut Oil

Is any list of home remedies for any skin/hair condition without coconut oil figuring on it? I think not. Coconut oil is a great treatment for alopecia because it contains nutrients like vitamin E, vitamin K, and iron that stimulate hair growth and regrowth.

What You Need
What To Do
  1. Heat a couple of tablespoons of coconut oil in a microwave.
  2. Massage it onto your scalp.
  3. Leave the oil in overnight.
  4. Wash and shampoo your hair the next morning and let it air dry.
  5. Follow this routine daily.

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3. Honey

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Yes, honey is a great topping to pour over your waffles and pancakes. But, you can also slather some of it onto your scalp to treat alopecia. Not only does honey clean away the impurities that could be clogging your hair follicles, but it also strengthens them to stimulate hair growth.

What You Need
What To Do
  1. Mix the honey and olive oil together and heat them in the microwave for a few seconds.
  2. Add buttermilk to this mixture.
  3. Apply this mixture all over your scalp and leave it on for 30 minutes.
  4. Wash off and shampoo your hair.
  5. Follow this routine once every two weeks.

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4. Lemon

When life gives you lemons, make sure you use it to treat alopecia! Lemon is a citrus fruit that is rich in vitamin B, vitamin C, folic acid, and many essential minerals that are responsible for good hair growth. Additionally, lemon juice helps restore your scalp’s natural pH level and cleans away the dead cells that could be clogging your hair follicles to aid hair growth.

What You Need
What To Do
  1. Squeeze out the juice of half a lemon.
  2. Mix the lemon juice and aloe vera gel together.
  3. Apply the mixture all over your scalp and leave it on for 30 minutes.
  4. Rinse off the mixture with cold water and wash your hair with a mild shampoo.
  5. Follow this routine thrice a week.

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5. Garlic

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Now, garlic may seem a bit unusual to put on your hair but it actually contains essential minerals like sulfur, zinc, and calcium that are essential for hair growth and curbing alopecia. It also stimulates blood circulation in your scalp, boosts collagen production, and cleanses and strengthens hair follicles – all of which aids hair growth.

What You Need
What To Do
  1. Extract the juice from the cloves of garlic.
  2. Mix the honey and garlic together.
  3. Apply the mixture all over your scalp and leave it on for 20 minutes.
  4. Wash off the mixture with a mild shampoo.
  5. Follow this routine thrice a week.

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6. Egg

Throughout our life, we’ve all been told by our elders that eating lots of eggs will give us beautiful hair. Turns out that there’s tons of truth in this traditional remedy. Egg contains biotin, folate, vitamin A, and vitamin D that not only treat alopecia and help grow hair back faster, but it also nourishes your hair from within.

What You Need
What To Do
  1. Whisk the egg and mix the coconut oil into it.
  2. Apply this mixture all over your scalp and leave it on for 20 minutes.
  3. Wash off the mixture with cold water and condition your hair.
  4. Follow this routine twice a week.

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7. Coconut Milk

Coconut milk is one of those lesser known home remedies that very few people know about. It contains folate and niacin that improve the blood circulation in your scalp and improve hair growth, thus treating alopecia. It also contains vitamin E that fights damage and improves the health of your hair

What You Need
What To Do
  1. Heat the coconut milk in the microwave for a few seconds.
  2. Massage the coconut milk onto your scalp for 15 minutes.
  3. Apply the remaining coconut milk all over your hair and put on a shower cap.
  4. Leave it on for 45 minutes.
  5. Wash and shampoo your hair.
  6. Follow this routine once a week.

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8. Aloe Vera

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We all know aloe vera gel has a ton of skin and hair benefits. One of them is aiding hair growth to treat alopecia. This is because it is highly stimulating in nature and increases the blood circulation in your scalp.

What You Need
What To Do
  1. Apply liberal amounts of aloe vera gel (extracted straight from the leaf) onto your scalp and massage it in.
  2. Leave it on for 20 minutes.
  3. Wash it off with cool water and shampoo your hair.
  4. Follow this routine every alternate day.

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9. Green Tea

Yes, we all love green tea because drinking it makes us feel like we are doing something right with our lives. But the catechins, saponins, and the antioxidant “EGCG” (or epigallocatechin gallate) found in green tea stimulate the hair follicles on your scalp and promote new hair growth, while also getting rid of the free radicals that may be causing hair loss.

What You Need
What To Do
  1. Put the green tea bags in hot water and let them steep for 15 minutes.
  2. Remove the tea bags and let the water cool down for a bit.
  3. After shampooing and rinsing your hair, pour the green tea all over it.
  4. Massage your scalp and leave the green tea in for 10 minutes.
  5. Wash off your hair with cool water.
  6. Follow this routine thrice a week.

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10. Chinese Hibiscus

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When it comes to treating alopecia, Chinese hibiscus is one of those miraculous home remedies that you absolutely need to try out. It has been known to boost hair growth even in the bald patches left behind by alopecia thanks to its vitamin C content that boosts collagen production.

What You Need
What To Do
  1. Grind the hibiscus flowers and leaves until they form a paste.
  2. Mix the ground hibiscus into the yogurt until it forms a smooth paste.
  3. Apply this paste all over your scalp and hair and leave it on for an hour.
  4. Wash and shampoo your hair with the lukewarm water.
  5. Follow this routine twice a week.

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11. Licorice Root

Licorice root contains amino acids and polysaccharides that make it a great home remedy ingredient for treating alopecia. It helps your scalp absorb more nutrients by opening up pores that in turn helps nourish hair follicles and aids hair growth.

What You Need
What To Do
  1. Put the licorice root and water in a saucepan and bring to a boil.
  2. Let it simmer on a low flame for 15 minutes.
  3. Remove the saucepan from the stove and let it cool.
  4. Strain and separate the water from the licorice root.
  5. Massage the licorice water into your scalp and leave it in for 3-4 hours.
  6. Wash off with plain water.
  7. Follow this routine twice a week.

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12. Fenugreek

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If you have begun to see the signs and symptoms of alopecia appearing on your head, then you need to stock up on fenugreek. This is because it contains nutrients like protein, nicotinic acid, and lecithin that work together to strengthen your hair follicles and promote hair growth.

What You Need
What To Do
  1. Grind up fenugreek seeds into a powder in a food processor.
  2. Mix the coconut oil into the fenugreek powder until it becomes a paste.
  3. Apply this paste to areas where you are experiencing hair fall and where bald spots have started to appear.
  4. Let the paste dry for 20 minutes.
  5. Wash it off with a mild shampoo.
  6. Follow this routine daily.

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13. Rosemary Leaves

We’ve all heard about the benefits of rosemary oil. But rosemary leaves can also be used to treat alopecia quite effectively. Rosemary leaves are chock-full of natural compounds like phenolic diterpenes, flavonoids, carcbonic acid, and rosmarinic acid that stimulate the blood circulation in your scalp and promote new and faster hair growth.

What You Need
What To Do
  1. Bring the 4 cups of water to a boil and then remove it from the stove.
  2. Add the rosemary leaves to the boiling hot water and let it steep overnight.
  3. After rinsing out the shampoo from your hair, pour the rosemary water all over your head.
  4. Leave it in for 5 minutes.
  5. Wash it off with cold water.
  6. Follow this routine thrice a week.

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14. Cinnamon Powder

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The very simple reason why cinnamon powder works as a great alopecia treatment is that it works as a great stimulant. Thus, it increases the blood circulation in your scalp, which helps strengthen and nourish the hair follicles.

What You Need
What To Do
  1. Add water to the cinnamon powder, one tablespoon at a time, until it forms a thick paste.
  2. Apply this paste all over your scalp, concentrating more on the bald spots.
  3. Leave it on for 30 minutes.
  4. Wash it off with cold water and a mild shampoo.
  5. Follow this routine every alternate day.

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15. Mustard Oil

Everyone keeps talking about coconut oil, olive oil, and almond oil when it comes to alopecia treatment and hair growth. But one oil that is overlooked is mustard oil. Mustard oil contains protein and omega-3 fatty acids that nourish your hair, prevent hair loss, and encourage new hair growth.

What You Need
What To Do
  1. Massage some mustard oil all over your scalp and hair and leave it on overnight.
  2. Wash off the next morning with a mild shampoo.

Well, what more do you need now that you have a whole repository of natural treatments for alopecia? Try out the ones you liked best and comment below to let us know which ones worked best for you!

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Expert’s Answers for Readers Questions

What are the early signs of alopecia?

Losing clumps of hair at a time is one of the earliest signs of alopecia.

Can your hair grow back if you have alopecia?

Yes, your hair can grow back if you have alopecia.

How do you know when your hair follicles are dead?

If you cannot see new hair growth in areas where you have lost your hair or where your hair is thinning, then your hair follicles are dead.

Can alopecia be deadly?

No, alopecia is not deadly and is usually not a sign of serious illness.

Is alopecia hereditary?

Yes, alopecia can be hereditary.

Is alopecia areata caused by stress?

Yes, severe stress can lead to alopecia areata.

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