Losing Hair? How to Grow Your Hair Back Naturally


Hair Growth Is Regulated By Hormones And Metabolism

Hair Growth Is Regulated By Hormones And Metabolism

Article By Melva Williams
Photo Credit: Halley Elefante
Magazine: Issue #36

Hair can be considered a barometer of your health because hair cells are some of the fastest growing in the body. Hair growth is regulated by hormones and metabolism, so anything that affects your hormones and metabolism also affects hair growth and hair loss.

Most changes in your body will be noticed through your hair because cells can shut down to redirect energy elsewhere. The types of changes that can cause hair loss include hormonal changes, poor diet and nutritional deficiencies, medications, surgery, medical conditions, and thyroid disease.

When your body’s central regulatory role in glucose metabolism and the way it uses insulin has low activity, one of the symptoms is the ability to grow hair. This can be confirmed through a blood test. As well as certain medications and medical conditions that affect your bloodstream which in turn interacts with your metabolism.

If you’ve just had surgery, started or stopped any kind of treatments, if you are experiencing any kind of hair loss be patient. Once your hormones or metabolism go back to normal range the hair breakage will normally slow down and eventually stop.

There are also ways to help aide in growing your hair back faster by raising your metabolism because it will increase blood flow in your scalp. Exercise is one of the ways to help increase blood flow in the scalp, (like when you give blood and they ask you to squeeze the ball). The other way is to eat a healthier diet of protein which hair is mainly made up of, green leafy vegetables and juicy fruits, nuts and plenty of water.

For hair loss, I normally recommend multi vitamins, zinc, biotin, iron if deficient, and vitamin D. Most African American women are vitamin D deficient for lack of sunlight which causes dry scalp they think is dandruff. All these things are in unison with the healthier diet, they go hand-in-hand, or it’s like putting fertilizer on the grass but not watering it. 

Hair loss can be one of the most frustrating and scary things but don’t be afraid talk to your stylist, doctor, or dermatologist about it.

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