Women mark their territory by leaving their hair everywhere; this is a well-known fact.
The shower, hair.
The bed, hair.
Open a packet of chips, and a clump of hair jumps out.
Hair loss is all fun and memes until it becomes a problem.
A little bit of hair loss is natural and nothing to worry about.
But when it becomes chronic and starts to affect the thickness and condition of your hair?
Well, that's no laughing matter.
Hair loss doesn't always have to be treated with expensive products or by a medical professional.
In fact, hair loss home remedies can be just as effective as salon products, supplements or expensive products.
For any hair loss home remedy to work, you first need to get to the root of the problem.
(See what I did there, lol)
Unfortunately, there are a lot of reasons you might be losing your locks.
So figuring out precisely what is triggering your thinning might not be entirely possible.
However, there are a few widespread causes of hair loss in women that are worth considering.
One of the most obvious causes is stress.
Stress doesn't always cause us to go “full Britney” and shave our heads, but it can cause our hair to exit all on its own.
Hormonal imbalances and nutritional deficiencies can also cause sudden and prolonged hair loss.
There is also a range of medical conditions such as alopecia, PCOS and Thyroid issues that cause hair loss, along with various other symptoms or conditions.
While there are lots of sciencey reasons that your locks may be lacking, it can also be as simple as the kind birth control you're taking, the hairstyling tools and products you're using or just plain old genetics and age.
So before you go dialing 000 or loading up on supplements, try making some small changes to your daily routine first.
If you do suffer from associated health problems such as PCOS, have noticed your hair loss worsening or if the hair loss is severe, sudden and extremely prolonged, it is probably best to consult your GP.
In the meantime, I have rounded up my top 10 hair loss home remedies that you can do right now.
Whenever I write about shampoo and conditioner, I find myself thinking about Billy Madison.
While the argument of what is better still has not been solved, turns out, both shampoo and conditioner are equally as important when it comes to preventing hair loss.
Something to keep in mind when washing your hair is the type of products you are using.
The wrong kind of shampoo can cause your hair more harm than good.
While it's tempting to take advantage of the discount haircare in your local Coles, dropping a few extra dollars on salon-quality stuff could save you more than a few strands.
Drug store or supermarket shampoos are more often than not loaded with chemicals, including sulphate and paraffin, which can cause your tresses to become brittle and break.
As Billy says, conditioner "leaves the hair silky and smooth.”
This is, of course, true, and very important to prevent breakage.
To achieve silky, strong and smoother hair, look for a conditioner which is loaded with amino acids.
Your scalp type should also be taken into consideration when purchasing shampoo and conditioner.
You should also structure your hair washing schedule around your scalp type, not your social life.
For example, over washing a dry scalp can cause your hair to fall out and vice versa with under washing an oily scalp.
Seriously, this hair loss home remedy had me at aloe.
With it's soothing and regenerating properties, it is vera much helpful when it comes to preventing hair loss.
Aloe Vera doesn't just help to rejuvenate your damaged hair and scalp; it also cleans your hair by removing sebum, an oil which clogs hair follicles and prevents hair from growing back.
(Maybe it should jump in the ring with shampoo and conditioner, aye Billy?)
To use this home hair loss remedy, extract the pulp from one stalk of aloe vera and apply it directly to your hair and scalp.
Leave the treatment for 45 minutes before rinsing with lukewarm water.
Repeat up to four times per week.
The pintre-sphere is full of DIY oil masks claiming to the next big cure-all when it comes to hair care.
But those whose hair is thinning may find that oil treatments aren't for them.
(Based on personal experience, I tend to look like the human equivalent of fast food fries if I dare to add any oil to my hair)
To avoid looking like you lost a battle with a grease vat, thin-haired honies should opt for some honey in their thin hairs.
This sweet substance is perfect for hydrating and cleaning your locks, locking in moisture as well as scrubbing away any dirt and grime from your scalp.
Combine one tablespoon of honey with two tablespoons of natural yogurt for the perfect home hair loss remedy.
Full of protein and fat, yogurt is the ultimate home hair loss remedy as it not only strengthens and protects your mane but conditions it too.
After combing the ingredients massage the mixture into your scalp and ends, leaving it in for 15 - 20 minutes.
Wash thoroughly as you normally would, using only a small amount of conditioner.
Use this mask once a week.
**puts down pizza.
Your hair, just like your skin, your metabolism, and your general health and wellbeing all comes down to what you put in your body.
So, just like your body, your hair needs the right food to grow.
Specifically, it needs plenty of protein and iron.
So, if your hair is falling out, you may want to look at upping your leafy greens or introducing some supplements, especially if you're a vegan or vego.
Exercise and healthy eating are also great ways to reduce stress which can also lead to hair loss.
HEAR ME OUT.
Some really smart science dudes and dudettes published a study in the Journal of Dermatology which proves that onion juice supports hair growth in a big way.
The onion, which you may know as a humble kitchen staple, or of Shrek fame, makes a fabulous home hair loss remedy for many reasons.
They contain high levels of sulphur which helps to increase blood circulation, they promote collagen growth and provide antibacterial properties to fight scalp infections.
This means onions don't just prevent hair loss but, also promote hair growth too.
Grind and squeeze one onion to extract the juice.
Apply this directly to your scalp using a cotton swab or your hands and leave for 20 - 30 minutes.
Rinse your hair with lukewarm and wash it as usual.
Repeat this once a week.
As females, we tend to have our showers hotter than hades.
But did you know hot water can damage your hair and burn your scalp?
Hot water dehydrates your hair, causing your strands to become dry and brittle.
As well as washing away your sins, it also washes away your scalps protective oils and causes its pores to open.
This causes your scalp to create more oil, essentially making the entire hair washing process redundant.
In simple terms, washing your hair in water which is too hot makes your hair oilier, causing you to wash it more often.
Not only is that v annoying, but it is also v bad for your hair.
Because, the more you wash your hair, the more hair you lose!
So, instead of scolding your scalp, keep your showers cool.
Coldwater is better for your hair and skin as it helps to minimise pores and close cuticles.
This will not only mean your hair is shinier and stronger, but it will also to stay in your damn head.
Coconut oil is the basic b*+@# of hair care.
Level up your locks with its creamy cousin, coconut milk.
A dry scalp is the leading cause of hair loss, luckily coconut milk is extremely rich in moisture.
Massaging coconut milk into your scalp and leaving it for just 10 minutes a day will reverse almost all the damage caused by dryness.
For a real pamper, why not have a lil family reunion and put some coconut oil on your lashes to help stimulate growth too.
Get your hair to name'stay in your head by reducing your stress levels.
Mediating just five to ten minutes a day has been shown to reduce or even reserve stress-related hair loss.
You might be wondering how stress causes hair loss?
Stress on its own can not only cause your hair to weaken and shed but, it can also cause people to pull their hair out to relieve frustration.
It has also been known to trigger a range of conditions such as Telogen effluvium, Trichotillomania and Alopecia.
Meditating helps to calm the nervous system, focus the mind and reduce stress, which in turn will prevent future hair loss.
If you are experiencing above-average levels of stress, you should consult your GP.
Stepping out of the shower with freshly washed locks, the temptation to reach straight for the brush is strong.
However, straight after shampooing is when your hair is the most prone to breakage.
So brushing your hair or even giving it a rough towel dry can be enough to make your fragile cuticles snap.
Instead, wrap your wet strands up in an old T-shirt and leave them for 10 - 15 minutes.
Once your hair has had time to dry, detangle it with a soft brush such as a tangle teaser or a wide-tooth comb, then gently blot (not rub) out the remaining moisture.
Leave your locks to air dry.
Apple Cider Vinegar is my go-to for just about any natural home remedy, so why should home hair loss remedies be any different?
Fo real, whether it’s skin, hair, sunburn or cleaning products, if you're not team ACV, you can't sit with us.
So, why is apple cider vinegar good for hair loss?
Well, like dryness, clogged hair follicles are another reason hair falls out.
Blocked hair follicles cause a build-up of bacteria and decrease the presence of natural oils.
This causes hair loss.
Apple Cider Vinegar helps clean the hair, preventing the hair follicles from becoming clogged in the first place.
Simply pour apple cider vinegar over shampooed hair and leave it for 20 minutes.
Rinse thoroughly and condition as usual.
Enjoy stronger, cleaner, frizz-free and ultra-shiny hair as a result.