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Preventing Hair Loss with Argan Oil


Hair loss can be frustrating and frightening, adding to existing stress and worry for the future. But hair loss doesn't need to be permanent. In fact many forms can be treated quickly and easily with pure, organic argan oil. In this article we'll discuss the various types of hair loss and treatment options for each kind. We'll also explain how argan oil is able to treat such a broad range of ailments with such a simple application.

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Types of Hair Loss

There are many different causes and types of hair loss, nearly all of which are treatable2. To determine what type of treatment will suit you best, it's important to try and figure out what the underlying cause of your hair loss is. Below are a list of causes and some specific information about what can cause hair loss.


  • Stress
  • It's not an old wives' tale; stress can cause hair loss. Sudden or unbroken stress can cause the hair follicles to become dormant. This is called telogen effluvium. It's unclear why this happens or what evolutionary advantage this provides, but it is clear that returning to a state of mental health can reverse the condition. Follicle stimulation may also encourage hair to begin growing again.


  • Damage
  • For many people, the cause of hair loss can simply be physical damage to the hair caused by repeated dyeing, bleaching, or even the regular use of a straightening iron or blow dryer. When hair becomes damaged, it breaks, leading to noticeably thinner hair. Hair is also dry and brittle in these cases. This is not an instance of hair being lost at the root, but rather hair breaking off, leaving the follicle in tact.

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  • Diet
  • Though not very common in more developed nations, poor diet can lead to hair loss. Hair requires certain nutrients in order to stay healthy and strong. When these nutrients are missing from one's diet, hair can become brittle, limp, or thin. In extreme cases, very poor diet can cause the follicle to shut down and stop producing new hair. This is a reversible condition.


  • Hygiene
  • While it's also an early symptom of hereditary hair loss, hair thinning can be caused by poor hygiene. Poor hygiene doesn't necessarily mean self neglect or lack of regular washing. It can stem from an overuse of some commercial products that can cause a buildup on the scalp, inhibiting hair growth. Switching to healthier, chemical-free shampoos and conditioners can help restore the scalp and hair follicles to health.


  • Hereditary Hair Loss.
  • True hereditary hair loss, or baldness, is genetic and can rarely be influenced by outside factors. For true, hereditary baldness, no cure currently exists. The good news is that much of the time, thinning hair isn't a sign of baldness, but of other factors that inhibit hair growth.


    Please note: It's important to consult a physician to rule out the possibility of hair loss as a symptom of an underlying problem, such as a change in the thyroid.

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    Is it hair loss, broken hair, or a lack of growth?


    Though all amount to the same thing – a lack of hair, the term “hair loss” typically refers to hereditary hair loss or loss due to hormonal changes. On the other hand, hair loss due to brittle hair or follicle blockage are entirely reversible conditions that are not caused by the permanent death of the hair follicle (as is the case in hereditary baldness).


    How Can Argan Oil Help?


    Aragan oil is full of amazing health benefits for the skin, scalp, and hair. That means that pure argan oil can treat hair loss problems stemming from scalp conditions, damaged hair shafts, and nutrient-deprived hair all at once.


  • Treating Blocked Hair Follicles
  • As we saw above, some hair loss is caused by a buildup on the scalp that blocks hair follicles and prevents growth. This isn't dissimilar from finding an ingrown hair on one's leg or arm; the follicle is healthy, but it's unable to properly produce the hair.


    To correct this, you'll need to remove the buildup by cleansing your scalp with argan. (It should also be noted that pure, organic argan oil is an excellent alternative shampoo/conditioner, so you may want to consider switching permanently.) First, rinse your hair thoroughly with warm water, using your finger pads to gently massage your scalp. Next, pour a few drops of argan oil into your palm and rub it into your scalp. Use your fingers to very gently work the oil throughout your scalp. Rinse again with warm, then cooler water. Repeat 2-3 times per week (less frequently for very long hair).

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  • Treating Damaged Hair
  • Dyes, bleaches, and any heat-producing tool can cause damage to hair. Heat dries hair out, making it brittle, and improper use of curling or straightening irons can even burn hair. Bleaches strip the natural pigment from hair, weakening the strand, while dyes (most of which contain peroxide) can also damage hair, when using a natural color.


    To prevent damage from heat, massage a few drops of oil through your hair before applying the hair drying or styling iron.


    To help restore your hair to full health, treat your hair to an argan shampoo/conditioner combo. First, rinse your hair thoroughly. Then wash your hair with a few drops of organic argan oil, massing it throughout your hair. Leave in for best results, or rinse out if you prefer.


  • Stimulating Hair Follicles with Argan Oil
  • For other causes, such as stress and poor diet, the best way to fix the problem long-term is to correct the underlying cause. This means seeking mental health treatment and changing one's diet. However, in the short term, argan oil can help. This is especially helpful for cases of severe stress, when having thinning hair or hair that falls out in clumps can add to your existing stress levels. And, because argan is rich in nutrients that help the scalp and hair, topical application can help to meet dietary needs.


    Simply follow the instructions above for “treating blocked hair follicles.” The same method for treating buildup can promote circulation and stimulate hair follicles, encouraging them to begin new growth.

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    Maintaining Healthy Hair and Preventing Future Hair Loss


    Like all health matters, keeping hair full and healthy requires more than just a quick fix. Many of the problems that lead to hair loss develop over time, only gaining attention when hair starts to thin, break, or fall out. Likewise, strong, healthy hair is the result of a long-term commitment to your overall health. It's important to continue caring for your hair even after the symptom of hair loss disappears.


    Once your hair has returned to its fuller, healthier state, keep argan oil treatment as part of your regular beauty regimen. Keeping your scalp healthy and clean, keeping hair moisturized and nourished, and limited the amount of damage styling products and tools can cause will help prevent future hair loss problems.


    Interested in using argan on your hair on a daily or weekly basis? Refer to this article for information on using argan oil as a regular shampoo alternative.

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