Prevent Hair Loss
When used as a topical treatment, honey can improve the look of thinning hair and hair loss. In a study of patients experiencing seborrheic dermatits, which includes scaling, itching, and hair loss, those who applied a solution of 90% honey and 10% water to their scalp every other day for 4 weeks reported an improvement in hair loss at the end of the study.
One study found that women with hair loss have significantly lower iron and
vitamin D2 levels than age-matched controls. Spinach is a good bet because
it’s rich in iron and high in vitamin C, which aids in iron absorption. Toss a
spinach salad with hardboiled eggs or mushrooms, both of which are
loaded with vitamin D, to give yourself the best shot at slowing hair loss.
Zinc seems to be a super nutrient when it comes to preventing and treating hair loss. In one study researchers compared the zinc levels of 50 people with hair loss due to alopecia areata to 50 healthy controls and found that all of the alopecia patients had significantly lower zinc levels. Another study examined the zinc and copper levels in 312 men and women experiencing hair loss. No matter the cause of the hair loss, all subjects had significantly lower zinc levels than controls.
A recent study found that a supplement containing cistanche tubulosa (a desert plant used in traditional Chinese medicine) and laminaria japonica (an edible brown seaweed) promoted hair growth in people with mild to moderate hair loss.
After 16 weeks of supplementation, volunteers saw a 13% increase in hair
volume and a 27% increase in hair thickness. The supplement was also
effective at treating scalp inflammation and dandruff.
Hair is a protein fiber (as are nails), which means you need to eat protein to grow new strands and keep the existing ones strong. Protein is also required to produce keratin, a key structural component of hair.
A smart choice is marine-based protein, like salmon, which has been shown
to boost hair health in women thanks to its omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin content.
Nuts and seeds
Some of the most promising research on reversing female-pattern hair loss was released in January 2015 in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology. Subjects
in the study received a nutritional supplement containing omega-3 and
omega-6 essential fatty acids and antioxidants for 6 months. The results
were overwhelmingly positive: After 6 months, 90% of the subjects reported reduction in hair loss, 86% reported an improvement in hair growth, and 87% reported thicker hair.
To achieve similar results, eat nuts and seeds high in omega-3s and
omega-6s, like walnuts flaxseed, and oils such as grapeseed, sunflower, and sesame.