Miracle Hair Loss Cures?
SPOILER ALERT: These hair loss 'cures' don’t work!
You only have to spend a short time on Google or Facebook to be inundated by some pretty weird hair loss ‘cures’. There’s no shortage of claims that one thing or another has worked miracles to stop hair loss and grow new hair! For women who are experiencing hair loss, who are already feeling vulnerable and self-conscious this can be such a slippery slope.
We’re looking into it for you, so you don’t have to. So put down that onion and lets have a look at some of the weirdest hair loss cures we’ve seen suggested.
Onion Juice is first on the list for smelly solutions. The theory is onions are high in sulphur which helps promote thicker hair, and increases collagen production, which in turn helps the production of healthy skin cells and hair growth. However, the scientific evidence is severely lacking. And what little there is out there, tend to agree that the onion juice may help existing hair, but not promote new growth where shedding has occurred.
The very most the onion juice is bound to do is keep your friends and family away.
Now rice water may seem a more tolerable solution than onion juice. And indeed it seems to be the one that’s taking over Tik Tok, with beautiful before and after’s of thick and shiny hair! Tempting?
So what is the claim? The claim is that the water left over from soaking rice is full of nutrients and vitamins that could benefit hair growth if applied topically. Rice water contains 8 of the 18 amino acids that make up the protein of keratin, which is what your hair is made of. So a dose of amino acids and antioxidants could potentially mean an extra boost for hair growth! Well, kind-of, maybe, not really. Dr. Rabach, a New York board certified dermatolagist says “There haven’t been any large, randomized, controlled studies to support the claims that rice water helps with hair growth.”
In fact, the great results may not only be non-existent, but could also cause some unwanted damage. Rice water has a heavy starch content which, for fine and thinning hair, can lead to a protein overload on the hair cuticles, leading to dryness and breakage.
Not what women with thinning hair are after at all!
You may be thinking that must be a typo, or perhaps you’ve seen this yourself on hair loss groups or Google articles. But men in India have claimed that drinking cow urine can be a cure for baldness. The claims go further that just curing baldness, but also diabetes and cancer as well.
I’ll stop right there. It doesn’t work. Don’t try it.
Yeast Fungal Cream
This is not the first over the counter product to be used for something other than it’s intended use. But Monisat (a vaginal yeast infection cream) has hit the spotlight for use on the scalp. The idea is to create a healthier scalp environment if you believe a fungal issue is causing your hair loss.
However we all know that the reasons for hair loss can be numerous and multifaceted so it would be unusual for the hair loss to be caused only by a fungal infection. Once again let’s remind you, there is no scientific evidence that this can work to regrow hair. We are all about promoting a healthy scalp for healthy hair growth, but there are definitely better ways to go about it.
Boost N Blend has developed a full range of shampoos and conditioners to be kind to hair and nurture the scalp.
Understanding your hair loss triggers
While some of these treatments and ‘cures’ might give you a bit of a giggle, the fact remains that experiencing thinning hair, or a period of shedding can be devastating for women, and often we are ready to try anything.
We might be surrounded by people ready to give advice about what has worked for them, but it is important to remember that everyone responds differently depending on what has triggered their own hair loss.
If you’re looking to get to the bottom of what may be causing your hair loss, Bambi Staveley’s new book ‘Hair Loss in Women: Understand why this is happening to you and learn how to turn your hair growth back on” is packed full of information you will want to read. Not only does Bambi cover her personal journey with hair loss, and her road to complete recovery, including exactly what she did to get her hair back (no there are no miracle products involved!) she provides you with the benefit of over 10 years of painstaking research.
Her knowledge picks up where most medical practitioners leave off. If you are not satisfied with the medical advice you are getting, then you need this book. Bambi's research and her wisdom as an RN ensures that this comprehensive book answers every conceivable question you may have.