Last September I posted on Instagram about my hair loss and how much it was concerning me. I was losing clumps of my hair not only every time I shampoo’d or brushed it but also just by running my fingers through my hair. It was starting to have a real impact on my confidence particularly because I had experienced this exact same issue a few years earlier due to a Keratin Treatment I had mistakenly tried and reliving this experience was quite painful and hard to deal with. In an attempt to remedy the hair loss I was currently experiencing I started to do a lot of research into the subject and concluded that the best route of action would be to put in place an effective natural care routine. I now feel happy and proud to say that I solved the problem through perseverance and the careful application of my care which has made me feel so much better about myself again. My hair loss issue has been greatly reduced and new healthy baby hair has once again started to appear! So today I thought I would break down the routine that helped me in the hope that it could help others who might be similarly afflicted.
FYI, hair loss can be due to a myriad of varied reasons: fatigue, stress, change of season, hormonal variations, psychological shock, poor diet or too aggressive hair care … so it goes without saying that it is vitally important to first identify the reasons of your hair loss before trying to tackle it as there will never be a one fix solution.
1- Scalp Massage
Scalp massage is one of the most effective techniques for promoting hair growth and preventing hair loss. It activates the micro-circulation, which helps oxygenate hair follicles and provide the necessary nutrients for hair growth.
As soon as I have a free moment during the day I massage my scalp for 3 to 5 minutes. I put the tips of my fingers on each side of my skull and I move the skin in small circular motions. I start from the neck, to gradually go up to the top of the skull.
2- Hair Mask Before Shampoo
I alternate between 2 masks that I make myself to provide everything my hair really needs covering hydration, nutrition and protein. These masks also are tailored specifically to help curb any hair loss.
→ Mask to boost hair growth and prevent hair loss
60ml Mustard Oil
40ml Jojoba Oil
2 tbsp Amla plant powder
2 tbsp Fenugrec plant powder
40 drops of Grapefuit Essential
1/ In a jar pour 40 ml of jojoba oil and 60ml of mustard oil.
2/ Add 2 tsp of each plant powder, amla and fenugrec.
3/ Mix everything, close the jar and let it macerate for 1-2 weeks away from light (remembering to shake the pot once a day). During the maceration, the active ingredients of these 2 powders will be released and mix with the oils.
4/ Once the macerate is ready, filter the mixture before pouring the oil into an amber glass bottle and adding 40 drops of grapefruit essential oil.
Apply to your scalp and massage gently for a few minutes, then apply to your lengths. Leave it for 2 hour and wash your hair. Make sure to do this twice a month.
Why these ingredients?
PS: Always check the directions and restrictions on the bottle of any essential oil before use.
→ Mask to moisturize and strengthen the hair structure
2 ½ tbsp Aroma-Zone Neutral Base Mask
½ tsp of Phytokeratin
1 tbsp Avocado Oil (or the carrier oil of your choice)
In a bowl mix everything and apply this mask from roots to ends. Cover the hair with cellophane to create heat and assist penetration. Leave for at least 2 hours or a whole night and wash your hair. Do this twice a month.
Why these ingredients?
Neutral Mask Base does wonders for hair! It hydrates really well leaving your hair soft and shiny.
Phytokératine is the key ingredient of this mask. It contains amino acids similar to your hairs natural keratin (keratin represents 97% of hair composition). It strengthens the structure of the hair and helps to better maintain its hydration.
Avocado Oil because I love it :). It’s my all time favourite oil for hair and is renowned for stimulating hair growth.
3- Shampoo & Conditionner
When washing my hair, I mix 2 drops of Grapefruit Essential Oil with a shampoo. I then massage my scalp for a few minutes to stimulate blood circulation and allow the essential oil to penetrate more effectively. Then I rinse before next using a conditioner to disentangle and smooth my hair. You can replace Grapefruit essential oil by Cedar Atlas or Bay Saint Thomas. These 2 essential oils are also known to stop hair loss.
On the day I am going to use my “Mask to strengthen the structure of the hair” I only add an essential oil however it is not necessary to do he same with the “Mask to boost hair loss and prevent hair loss” as it already contains essential oil.
PS: use a mild natural and organic shampoo, without silicones or sulphates.
4- Leave In
3 times a week I spray Bay Saint Thomas Hydrolate on the roots of my hair and massage my scalp again. This hydrolate is a hair tonic that promotes hair growth and fights hair loss. Also, as an added little bonus I found that since I started using it my hair gets greasy much less quickly.
On a daily basis, to moisturise my hair, I apply Linen Gel (see my recipe here) or Aloe Vera Gel to my wet lengths. I end with a few drops of Broccoli Oil to seal the moisture and nourish my hair. Broccoli oil is my favourite for this little ritual, but other oils will do just fine too. Do not skimp on the hydration stage as dehydrated hair snaps and breaks far more easily.
So this is my current routine, including all my favourite and most effective remedies to boost the hair growth and simultaneously curb hair loss. I hope it might help some of you too and if you have questions do not hesitate to drop them into the comments section below or hit me up on Instagram!
Of course I would urge everyone that alongside these treatments to always eat a varied and balanced diet as without this your hair is far more likely to be in a bad condition. Also try to avoid heating devices because they damage the scalp and weaken hair fibres. Some other little tips I might suggest is to not wash your hair more than twice a week and take vitamins to boost hair growth (see my previous article here).