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Hair Loss (alopecia, baldness)

Parts of this were taken with permission from Essential Oils Overview and Reference Guide, published by: The Family Tree, 2008

Summary

see also Dandruff, Hair Care

Hair FollicleNew hair growth begins in the hair follicle in the dermal layer of the skin.  The growing phase of a hair produces growth of about 0.5 inches per month and lasts 2 to 6 years.  This is known as the anagen phase and is followed by brief period called the catagen phase.  The catagen phase is a transition to the last or telogen phase where the hairs rest before they go through the natural shedding cycle.  Normally after hairs fall out another hair starts to grow from this same follicle.  In baldness, for generally unknown reasons, a new hair does not begin to grow from the follicle.  Excluding the cases of medical or illness induced baldness the answers to where and why this occurs are not well understood. In the majority of cases it appears to be connected to genetics and aging but not with diet, nutrition, nor is it a disease. 

Some health conditions such as thyroid issues or iron deficiency anemia and health treatments such as chemotherapy will result in baldness with the hair usually growing back in 6 to 12 months.  Hormonal changes (pregnancy, menopause), severe stress, major illnesses, major surgery, or dramatic nutritional changes may also induce temporary loss of hair. These less frequent types of hair loss are known as alopecia areata or patchy hair loss, alopecia areata or alopecia totalis is the loss of all head hair, and finally alopecia universalis is the loss of all hair from the head and the body.

BaldnessThe more common baldness associated with genetics and aging manifests itself differently in men and women.  Male pattern baldness (androgenetic alopecia in men) follows a pattern of a receding hairline that progresses to an “M” shape and then continues to the familiar “U” shape.  There are medications commonly used today that will stimulate the hair follicle growth (Minoxidil – Rogaine, and Finsteride –Propecia, Proscar) but hair loss resumes if the medication is not continued.

Female pattern baldness (androgenetic alopecia in women) is characterized by thinning on the top or the center of the head.  Unlike with men, the front hairline is not affected and the thinning on the top usually stops before total baldness happens.

The most common types of baldness are:

  Male pattern baldness - discussed above

  Female pattern baldness - discussed above

  Alopecia areata - sudden hair loss in an area, usually grows back

  Toxic alopecia - fever, medical conditions, medication and usually grows back

  Scarring alopecia - scarring may prevent normal hair growth

  Tricholtillomania - hair pulling, a habit most common in children

  

[search helps: androgenic alopecia, alopecia areata, alopecia androgenetica, alopecia seborrheica, balding, falling hair]

Oils, blends & products recommended:

Oils & Blends:  LavenderEC, LemonC, Peppermint, RosemaryEC, Whisper

Essential oils based products: Life Long Vitality supplements,  Salon Essentials Protecting Shampoo, Smoothing Conditioner and root to tip Serum.

Also consider: Clary SageC, CypressC, Roman ChamomileC, Sandalwood, ThymeEC, WintergreenC, Ylang YlangC

Note: to understand the E and C superscript go to Home and scroll to New Helps.

Suggested protocols:

Start with basic hair health:

  Eating well with Life Long Vitality supplements builds strong and healthy hair.

  Consider oils for hormonal balance if needed

  Also consider regular use of Salon Essential root to tip Serum that includes the following oils known for helping healthy scalp and hair (Cedarwood, Eucalyptus, Lavandin, Lavender, Marjoram, Niaouli, Peppermint, Rosemary and Tangerine)

Mild hair loss:

  Add 1 - 2 drops of Rosemary to shampoo daily to stimulate follicle

Serious hair loss:

  For more serious loss consider one of these blends:

  3 drops Rosemary

  5 drops Lavender

  4 drops Cypress

  4 drops Clary Sage

  Blend 2:

  8 drops Rosemary

  10 drops Lavender

  10 drops Sandalwood

Use a good regular hair care routine:

Shampoo with Salon Essentials Protecting Shampoo, add 1 - 2 drops of Rosemary to slow hair loss.

Condition with Salon Essentials Smoothing Conditioner, add 1 - 2 drops of coconut or olive oil for dry hair, only use on tips and/or outer half of hair shaft for oily hair. Let the conditioner remain in hair 2 - 3 minutes before rinsing for best results.

Dry hair and spray (spray is especially effective after hair coloring or perms.) with the following blend:

  2 ounces of water

  4 drops of Peppermint (or other oil of choice)

Experiences and Testimonials of others

Michael - Hello all, I've read online that castor oil, evening primose oil, and maybe a couple others could help slow/stop hair loss in men. I am wondering if any men have tried oils as a hair loss treatment and/or results? Or other methods which may help improve the hair?

Rob - I'm not sure if root to tip will stop hair loss, but it does thicken hair for sure.  I've been using it for a couple months now and i definitely feel/see a difference  in my hair. It just seems to be thicker and fuller. Niaouli oil is in Root to tip and if you Google it you will find a bunch of claims for helping hair loss.  Does it really?  I don't know.

Brenda - And don't forget the Life Long Vitality (LLV).  I know it for sure makes my hair grow faster.  Rosemary is known to regrow hair, but I am with Rob:  try the Root to Tip Serum.

 

Kweeno - Just curious if anyone has had any experience with the dōTERRA shampoo.  I'm experiencing hair loss and am interested to know if this will help or is it just for damaged hair.

Charly - I have no idea if it will help--but I know people who swear by Rosemary and the shampoo.  Personally, I love the shampoo. I like its formulation, but also-- It's really dumb, actually--but I LOVE the smell in the morning and the sparkly.  I am NOT a morning person.  As far as I'm concerned, any hour before 8 am should not happen twice a day.  This shampoo makes me happy!

Nora - I stopped using the shampoo and conditioner because it left my hair really oily in the evenings. As for hair loss...I did not notice any, just the oily hair. I was so bummed because I love the smell of it.

Carolyn - I had to use the shampoo for about two weeks before my hair stopped producing the extra oils. Now, I have no problems with them. Love the shampoo!!!

Megan - I use the shampoo/conditioner, however I only wash my hair 2-3 times a week.  Otherwise my hair becomes extremely dry. I have not noticed any extra oiliness or anything like that. I also use the root to tip serum after every time I was my hair.  I haven't experienced any hair loss either, I'm using it because I want to try to improve my hair growth because my hair is thinning, so I would surely notice if it was getting even thinner I think.  With that said, everything works for everyone differently. 

JasAK - I carry the hair care line at my salon and I love it! It seems to work great for fine hair and course hair as well. Light weight for fine hair and conditioning enough for courser hair. The shampoo gets the hair really clean so it's hard to imagine having an oily problem from it...The trick to the conditioner is to make sure you squeeze the water out of your hair before you put it in and to make sure to let it sit on the hair for a few minutes before you rinse. It has been amazing for preventing static electricity! Which is a huge problem where I live. Maybe just using the conditioner on the ends and not at the scalp area would help with the oily problem....Or just adding enough water to make sure it gets sudsy enough to clean all the hair....

 

Michelle - Anything you would recommend to stimulate hair growth?  A lot seems to fall out each day just combing it.

Loryjean - I put 3-4 drops of Rosemary in my shampoo a couple of times a week; my hair is longer and fuller than it has been for years, and stopped falling out as much.

Pat - I also have been using Rosemary, it is supposed to stimulate hair growth. I have not seen a huge change in re-growth but it no longer is falling out.

 

Aloha - I have a teenage niece with Alopecia ( hair loss disease). I have been checking our books and cannot find a recommendation to try any particular oils for it. Any ideas?

Kitty - Rosemary may help with hair loss.  Add to shampoo or rub on after.

Kathy - I have read recently that current research suggests that Alopecia is possibly an autoimmune disorder. Candida can be the culprit behind a lot of these problems. Sometimes we like to treat the symptoms and not look for the cause so the problem will just keep coming back. I am not a doctor but if it were me I would go with the GX Assist and PB Assist. I love the LLV and I would try doTERRA SanoBella shampoo. My adult disabled son has had a bad problem with his scalp for a long time and has had to use strong medicated shampoo to clear it (which I hate). I tried SanoBella shampoo and his scalp is clear and never looked healthier. Maybe someone may have suggestions on oils you could add to it?

 

Debbie - What oils would you give a man who is starting to bald?  Are there oils that will help the hair come back in?  Thanks.

Pat - My hair is quite thin and especially on the top so I started the Rosemary regiment by adding it to my shampoo in the shower and then after rinsing the shampoo I added a few drops to the thin areas and left it on. I have been doing this for about 2 months and am just starting to notice some new hair growth. I would imagine it takes a bit of time, he just needs to make it part of his regiment. Be sure and remind him that he doesn't want to get the oil in his eye, that is a big ouch.

Monica - I have personally noticed a significant increase in the amount of hair on my head, the rate of hair and nail growth, as well as improvement in the condition of both hair and nails, after using the LLW trio for approximately six months.  It seems that the supplements have really helped to rebalance my body's systems, and now are also able to help the outer bits look healthier also!

And yes, besides the LLW, Rosemary is AWESOME - does indeed take time, but it does help!

Pat - Thanks Monica for mentioning LLW. I did not and should have. I have also been taking the LLW and for the first time in 65 years have been growing nails that are strong.

Pat - I do not know about men, but my hair is getting new growth on top where I am quite thin, and I put Rosemary (a couple of drops) in my shampoo every other day.

 

Lynda - Anyone know of any other oils that are good for thinning hair?  Rosemary and Peppermint are two oils that those of us who have had or currently have seizures should avoid. I have very thin hair and would like to find something that could help

Pat - I have been doing some research for my own situation and this is what I have found, at least the condensed version. Hair loss and thinning is caused by hormonal imbalance (such as increased testosterone), or inflammatory conditions, and genetics. Essential Oils are excellent for cleansing, nourishing, and strengthening hair follicle and shaft. Rosemary, above all encourages hair growth.

Single oils: Lavender, Rosemary, Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang, and Clary Sage

Blend for thicker hair #1

·  3 drops of Rosemary    

·  5 drops of Lavender    

·  4 drops of Cypress    

·  2 drops of Clary Sage

Blend for thicker hair #2

·  10 drops of Lavender      

·  10 drops Sandalwood 

·   8 drops Rosemary

I suppose you could try these without the Rosemary, but it is the best ingredient that I have found so far. I am still looking but this might help for now.

 

Mommy T - My  hair is thinning for some reason and it seems to just be breaking off easily.  Do any of you have any suggestions?

Pat - You need to be on the LLW nutrition. My hair is so healthy, I also put Rosemary on it, every time I shampoo.

Ramona - I second the advice for LLW for hair.  I had a baby last April and by July, most of my hair had fallen out.  This has happened with previous 5 babies and it never grew back, so by #6, my hair was so thin, you could see my scalp.  It was horrifying.  I didn't even want to leave the house.  I researched everything I could about what I could do, and came up empty.  I discovered DoTerra about the same time, so I started putting Peppermint on my scalp every night and then in August, I started on LLW.  Within a month, I began to see re-growth all over my head, and now it's about an inch long.  I feel like my 3 year old, with all of her new growth, but I'm not complaining!  I 100% attribute it to LLW.  I also now add Rosemary, when I remember, to my scalp per advice I read here, but I think the LLW was the main thing for me!

 

Student - My neighbor has a 4 year old daughter who has contracted alopecia (it is autoimmune disease).  She puts a steroid cream on the small bald spots and the new hair does grow back.  But I hate to see her using steroids for an extended amount of time on a child.  Does anyone have any suggestions that might help?

Lisa - Every hair growth item out there contains Peppermint so that is what I would try as it stimulates the hair follicles and thus stimulates growth! I personally just add it to my Sauve conditioner and let it set on my head for 2 minutes and my thinning hair isn't as thinning any longer.

Pat - Rosemary is an excellent root stimulator, along with the alternant of Peppermint. Use one one day and then the other. Both of these oils would irritate the eyes so by careful when applying. I put Rosemary on my scalp before I go to bed at night and then wash it in the morning in the shower. I too, can notice a difference in the thickness of my hair.

Deborah - So as a clarification...when putting your hair conditioner into the palm of your hand, do you add 1 drop of Peppermint (or Rosemary) or more than 1 drop?

Denise - I get 2 little bottles and put some shampoo in them. One with drops of Rosemary added, and one with drops of Peppermint added. Then I rotate what I use, either plain, with Rosemary, or with Peppermint.

Pat - I put two drops each of Rosemary and Peppermint.

Lisa - I add it to the whole bottle, about 15 drops for a 12 oz bottle.  That way it has time to  work itself into the conditioner otherwise it is way too much of a stimulation.

 

Terry - A lady I know seems so healthy. She runs around all the time, taking care of other people and leading a huge group of women in a church organization etc. She's even on vacation in the Dominican again right now. but, she has absolutely no hair anywhere on her body! The doctors don't know why and neither does she. Any clues out there? Anyone with experience growing hair back? She used to have hair, but don't know why it's gone now. To never have to shave your legs etc again...how would that be?  I would love some help with this.

Netti - Wow that's a big ask because it all depends on the reason. A friend of mine used Rosemary and Ylang Ylang which she rubbed straight into her scalp.  She has fibromyalgia and temporary hair loss is a symptom.  Her hair has grown back and is thick and natural.  She is thrilled with the results from using those doTERRA oils.  

Pat - At a meeting at my home this week, my friend Sue told about using Rosemary to thicken her hair. She rubbed a few drops in the area needed after shampooing. You know it working just by looking at her.

Heather - I have an aunt that is losing hair a lot of hair. In my research I have found that low silica is the cause. Most men bald because of it. There is usually an under lying problem.  I would do as many of the following as I could for as long as I could.  Where she is totally hairless, which I would love for all but my head, but I am not sure if she can grow it back but it is worth a try, right? If it works you should see stubble within a month.

  Look for underlying causes

  Increase silica.  Nettles tea has a lot of silica in it and oatmeal is high in silica (eat the least processed one)

  Only use non chemical things on your body.. ie.. shampoo, lotion, soap etc.

  Use doTERRA shampoo, it rocks!

  Adding zinc and b6 will help also.

  Use the doTERRA LLV supplements, they will help a lot because of the nutrients

  Use Rosemary to invigorate scalp.

Hope this helps.  

Protocols folks recommend for children

 

 

Diet and Nutritional complements to essential oils

 

What Science & Research are saying

Alopecia areata

University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC)

In one study of 86 people with alopecia areata (an autoimmune disease that causes hair to fall out, often in patches), those who massaged their scalps with Lavender and other essential oils daily for 7 months experienced significant hair regrowth compared to those who massaged their scalps without the essential oils. However, there is no way to tell whether it was one or the combination of oils that was effective.

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