Hair health

When every day is a bad hair day remember there is always a reason for this. Hair is the barometer of the body, reflecting your health.
Jonathan Stallick Natural Health Practitioner and Co Founder of Swell

Hair loss & thinning

Losing hair is a natural part of the hair’s growth cycle. But when hair is shed faster than it is grown, thinning or alopecia can result.

As each decade passes, for men and women alike,we notice a deterioration in the density and quality of our hair, as we do with the rest of our bodies.This is quite natural and inevitable, but there is a lot we can do to help ourselves.

IMPORTANT : If you are losing hair or you want faster results, make sure you use Swell's Root Nutrient Complex daily (once or even twice daily, morning and night) regardless of whether you wash your hair.

Drugs associated
with hair loss

CHEMOTHERAPY

Chemotherapy and radiotherapy are the two main conventional treatments for cancer. In the case of chemotherapy hair loss is a major side effect which, of course, can be very distressing. The thing to remember is that it always grows back after the chemotherapy has finished.

HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY/ HRT

HRT can have adverse effects on hair growth and volume in some women. Therefore, it may be worth exploring natural/alternative routes before committing to this form of treatment. Homeopathy, herbs and acupuncture all have a long history of success in treating the unwanted symptoms of menopause.

OTHER DRUGS

Long-term use of both aspirin and antibiotics can cause a level of hair loss in some people, but not all. Aside from these, hypertension and cholesterol control drugs are the usual suspects in hair loss from prescription drugs. Many HIV antiviral drugs can cause hair loss, and even antidepressants like Prozac. As for chemotherapy, homeopathy can help with these side effects but this is best managed by a qualified practitioner.

ORAL CONTRACEPTIVES

The ‘pill’ is still a popular form of birth control. Millions of women are prescribed the pill each year in this country, but very few are aware that oral contraceptives are a common trigger of hair loss.

It is important, especially if you have a history of hair loss in your family, to be aware of the potentially adverse effects of birth control pills on normal hair growth.

There are of course other forms of birth control but if you really want to use oral contraceptives it is best to use those with a low-androgen index. It goes without saying that you should consult a health professional if you are worried about taking an oral contraceptive pill or are thinking of taking it.

Heath conditions
associated with hair loss

HYSTERECTOMY

Commonly HRT is prescribed to women who have had a hysterectomy to balance the hormones. However some of these can be detrimental to hair growth.

For all disease conditions alternative approaches of healthcare are definitely worth exploring, including homeopathy, herbal medicine and acupuncture.

Pregnancy

Beautiful hair can help you feel sexier and more attractive during pregnancy and about a third of women say that they see an improvement in the quality of their hair after four to fivemonths; certainly it can feel thicker and fall out less (and it can even grow longer). This may be due to an increase of oestrogen and decrease in androgens during pregnancy. If this is not your experience, don’t worry. You will be one of the two thirds of women whose hair either gets worse or shows no change. It can also change mid way through pregnancy (either getting better or worse); but it is rare for a woman to have problems with her hair throughout the full term and most women have great hair by the end of pregnancy.

If you are pregnant you won’t need telling to take more care of yourself. But do make sure you eat regularly (eating every four hours is the general rule) as your hair may suffer if you don’t.

Some health professionals advise against using products with essential oils during the first 3 months of pregnancy as a precaution. The percentage of essential oils in Swell products is very low (around 0.3%) and if used normally won’t cause any problems. However, if in doubt always check with your doctor or other health professional.

Pregnant hair can become progressively drier through pregnancy. The Swell range contains intensive moisturizing ingredients which will leave your hair looking shiny and hydrated without oiliness or limpness!

POLYCYSTIC OVARIAN SYNDROME

A very common condition in women resulting in the endocrine system over-producing masculine hormones (androgens). This affects the menstrual cycle, causing oily skin, acne and hair loss. The most common treatment is oral contraceptives and other drugs. However, there is a need for anti-androgens applied topically*

* SWELL contains two herbal extracts with anti-androgen properties: Saw Palmetto and Dong Quai that are very effective at combatting hair loss and reduced growth from hormonal causes.

MENOPAUSE

Another time of hormonal change for women is menopause; and this change almost always affects the hair.

Apart from the symptoms of hot flushes, skin feels a little less elastic and perhaps a little drier. Reduction in hair volume can begin long before the menopause and accelerate during the menopause itself. You may also notice a hair falling out more. The reason for these changes is diminishing oestrogens. These feminine hormones prolong the hair’s growth, so as the production of oestrogen slows down the length of the individual hairs slows down. Additionally, masculine hormones called androgens increase which can result in hair loss or loss in hair volume.

At Swell, we have carried out trials on women with fine, limp or thinning hair, pre-, post- and during menopause; and most of these women have experienced much better volume, condition and even growth of the hair itself.

Diet and hair loss

FEEDING THE FOLLICLES

The hair follicle is the incubator of hair growth and has its own blood supply. For your follicles to work at their optimum and produce healthy looking hair they need the right nutrients, obtained through your diet. You will be amazed how making some simple dietary changes can transform your hair. But commit to the long term. Any changes to your diet can take 2 months for the follicles to begin to benefit.

Zone in on foods containing vitamins A,C and E; foods rich in Omega 3, 6 and 9 (essential fatty acids) are also wonderful for creating healthy skin and hair.

Say YES to:

  • Citrus fruits
  • Berries
  • Leafy green vegetables
  • Soy bveans
  • Nuts (especially walnuts)
  • Seeds (especially pumpkin, flax and sesame)
  • Coconuts
  • Sprouts
  • Mackerel, Salmon and Tuna
  • Eggs
  • Garlic

Vegetarians & Vegans

Vegetarians and Vegans can have a tough time as diets without animal protein may affect the quality of your hair. Partly it depends on your genes (some people have great hair whatever they do!) However, vegetarians tend to have more problems with thinning hair than any other group.

Even taking vitamin and mineral supplements may not be enough. Hair follicles need a lot of protein for efficient functioning due to the rate at which they produce hair cells. And the best way to get the complete range of amino acids needed is from meat.

To avoid deficiencies in calcium, iron, zinc, vitamins D, B12 and B6 vegetarians and vegans should take a good supplement containing these vitamins and minerals (look for food state supplements which may be more bio-available than others.)

But remember that over dosing on Vitamin A supplements can actually aggravate hair loss.

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