Saturday, March 06, 2010

Home Remedies For Hair Loss - Pros and Cons

Are you trying to find a way to overcome your hair loss problem? Worried about that receding hair line or hair that's thinning out fast? If you are facing hair loss problems, finding a solution is an urgent matter. After all, it's about your physical appearance which indirectly affects your self esteem. People have experienced depression because of their hair loss dilemma.

The desperation to restore back lost hair is so great that 47% of hair loss sufferers are willing to fork out their life savings to do it. That is what the survey conducted by Optima Hair Specialist revealed. Yes, hair loss treatments can be very expensive. At the moment, FDA has only approved 2 hair loss drugs which are Propecia (finasteride) and Rogaine (minoxodil). Unfortunately, when taking drugs there's always the risk of side effects. Some possible side effects with these hair loss medications include erectile dysfunction, impotence, low libido, breast enlargement, fall in blood pressure and an increase in heart rate.

Not everybody has money to spend and not everyone likes the idea of potential side effects from medication. That's why many people are willing to try home remedies. The question of "what's a good home remedy for hair loss" is a popular one in many hair restoration forums, even at Yahoo! Answers. Even though the idea of using a home remedy is appealing, there are some down sides that people don't normally talk about. Here is a heads-up on some of them:

- While many people are willing to share their homemade secret to hair loss, it's difficult to know which will work for you. It's not like there are clinical research to back up these people's claims. Combing through the many home remedy suggestions, you must remember that like most health treatments, each person's body is different. The same treatment may produce different reactions in different people. Also, you have to know what is the real reason for your hair loss. There are many factors that contribute to hair loss such as nutritional deficiency, illness, tension, stress, diets, and certain medical problems. So unless you know the true reason for you hair problem, how will you know which home remedy is the right treatment? Most of the time, homemade solutions are a trial-and-error affair.

- You may not be able to stand the smell of some homemade treatments. For example, some home remedies have you apply egg yolk onto you scalp for 1/2 - 1 hour. The smell of a raw egg on your head may be hard to bear for some. Then there is one suggestion to massage garlic cloves onto your bald spots to encourage hair growth. Obviously this may not be suitable for you if you find the smell of strong garlic annoying and disgusting. Coconut oil is said to be excellent for your hair's health. But did you know coconut oil smells quite bad? Many Indians use this hair treatment and they have beautiful long black hair. But if you ask them further, they will probably tell you how they have to sleep in a different bedroom from their husband when doing the treatment because of the smell. Some describe it as a sour aroma, as bad as body odor. There may be unscented coconut oil available on the market but they are difficult to find. There are also scented ones but apparently, they are not as effective. You might also want to know that there are many grades to coconut oil.

- Some home remedies have you look for things that you've never heard off. It's so impressive to read that Reetha, Amla and Shikakai do wonders to rejuvenate hair growth and that it will stop your hair loss. With it you can obtain lustrous, black, strong and smooth hair. However, where can you find these ingredients? Have you even heard of them before? It's not something you come across everyday.

- When you really try out some of these home remedies, you will find out how time consuming it can really be. Most of these treatments require you to leave the treatment on for 1/2 hour, 2 hours or even overnight. They will also suggest that you do the treatment 2-3 times a week. Let's not forget too that you have to first prepare the mixture or concoction. It's not as convenient like pouring it from a bottle. If you have a busy schedule, you may not have time to spare to do these treatments.

- If you are really serious about natural treatments, then do more than just apply home remedies. Change your shampoo and stay away from chemical laden hair products that damage your hair. Live a healthier lifestyle and eat a better diet.

- Home remedies are not miracle cures. It may take a long while before you see results. You will have to exercise a lot of patience. This is tricky since you don't really know if it works in the first place.

Home remedies for hair loss may be the safer route to go compared to medications or expensive treatments. It does have it's benefits but not everything about it is rosy.

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