Can Argan Oil Help Protect Against Hair Loss?
Argan Oil maintains stronger hair growth and fights loss of hair by keeping both the hair and scalp in a naturally healthy condition.
In fact, many natural oils are a gentle, long term therapy for strengthening hair shafts, repairing fragile hair, cleansing the scalp and hair follicles.
One study discovered that regular treatment with certain oils showed clear hair regrowth of up to 44% in 6 months.
So, what’s the truth about Argan Oil for hair growth and thinning hair?
Argan Oil & Natural Oils Stronger Hair Growth
Hair loss products are usually very expensive. By contrast, conditioning using oils like Argan Oil is a safe, lower-cost option.
Chemical products for treating baldness have very little effect. Some help prevent temporary hair loss but no permanent regrowth.
So, to avoid wasting time and money we need to be careful when looking for treatments with hair loss.
It is important for long term prevention to understand seasonal and biological hair growth cycles.
In the natural hair growth cycle, there are periods of natural hair fall. These are early springtime and autumn / October-November.
During these temporary cycles, scalp treatments can prevent some hair loss from shrinking hair follicles. This helps with more complex problems such as male pattern hair loss.
Identifying the cause of your hair loss means you can choose the best treatment. It allows us to estimate how much we can expect to stop hair falling out and promote growth.
The natural options for minor or temporary loss include:
- Specialist Vitamin Supplements
- DHT Blockers ( for men )
- Scalp Tonics
- Natural Oil therapy
Use vitamin supplements to improve hair thickness and follicle health.
Apply topical lotions to help block the effects of DHT on the scalp.
Stimulate stronger hair growth by massaging natural oils such as Argan Oil, Thyme, Lavender, Rosemary and Cedarwood into the hair and scalp.
In Morocco, we use Argan Oil treatments for hair as soon as possible after noticing any hair fall. Regular conditioning strengthens weak or damaged, fragile hair.
With regular use hair to grows stays healthy for a fuller, stronger, healthier head of hair.
Types of Hair Loss
There are many types of hair loss. Each has a different cause and needs treating in a different way.
Hair that is lost due to aging and hereditary hair loss, Androgenetic alopecia (AGA), is the most difficult to recover. However, if treated early on even hereditary hair loss or conditions such as Alopecia Areata may be slowed or even reversed.
Others types of Alopecia and hair loss are temporary. In these cases, hair loss can treated effectively with a good chance of it growing back.
Temporary hair loss is caused by things like stress or hormonal changes which disrupt the natural hair cycle.
In both cases hair that hass been lost may not regrow so preventing weak or fragile hair from breaking or falling out is the best plan of action.
Create a plan and start to take better care of your hair and scalp as soon as any loss is noticed.
This way permanent hair loss can be reduced.
Identify a Suitable Regimen
To slow or stop hair from falling out we must:
1. Find a solution to maintain a healthy scalp avoiding inflammation and dryness caused by strong chemicals.
2. Nourish hair – prevent breakage.
3. Follow a regular hair repair and care regimen of stimulating tonics, vitamin supplements with stimulating natural oils that repair, protect and condition.
Argan Oil is popular for hair care because it addresses many of these problems with scalp and hair shaft, in a single, simple treatment.
When selecting Argan Oil for hair treatment you need to be aware that there are two types of genuine, pure cosmetic Argan Oils sold for hair treatments.
Both are genuine and pure oils however one grade is filtered twice and has no Argan Nut smell. The other, most commonly available, is filtered once and retains a natural Argan nut scent.
Argan Oil Direct are the only supplier to provide both scented and unscented Argan Oil for your hair. However, our clients overwhelmingly choose our pure, double filtered, odourless Argan Oil for hair treatments. This is because the Argan nut scent can be a little too strong for most people when used on a large surface all over your hair. Be aware that most Argan oil for sale is single filtered and has an Argan nut smell so do check. Buy Unscented Argan Oil for hair and scalp conditioning.
Use Argan Oil as a carrier oil base then add your other essential oils to create a hair growth serum.
Look at our list of oils – shown below – which were tested for their hair growth benefits in studies.
The Science of Hair Growth Cycles
We all lose hair as we age. Hair growth products often don’t work for hair loss because there is simply no magic chemical that will suddenly make missing hair grow back by changing our body chemistry overnight. On average, men and women lose about 50 and 100 hairs per day.
There are 3 stages in the cycle of hair growth during which hairs grow at the rate of about 1.25 centimeters or 0.5 inches per month. There is an “anagen phase” known as the growth phase which can last up to eight years About 85% of the hairs on one’s head are in the anagen phase at any given time during which they grow faster and longer. When the anagen phase ends the catagen phase begins. The catagen phase lasts about two weeks during which the hair follicle shrinks.
The final phase is called the telogen, or resting, phase the hair. During this phase follicles remain dormant anywhere from 1–4 months. The anagen phase starts again after the telogen phase is complete. The old hair strand is pushed out by the new strand. The process causes the normal hair loss known as shedding. Additionally, in the autumn, for around 4 to 8 weeks there is a more noticeable loss of hair but this seasonal variation is normal.
If seasonal loss persists after its normal period or if abnormal hair loss lasts for several months, this may be a cause for concern and specialist advice should be sought. You may unknowingly have a scalp condition, general health problem or medical condition such as Eczema or Psoriasis of the scalp even dandruff. These conditions can disrupt hair growth in a number of ways and inflammation is often at the root of the problem. Argan Oil has anti-inflammatory properties and can be of great benefit for dandruff and so also with preventing hair loss. If you suspect a scalp condition or unusual prolonged hair loss consult a Trichologist. You should also look at dietary changes to address the causes of such conditions.
Argan Oil & Natural Oils Hair Growth Formula
This hair growth formula is the result of studies done in Scotland  and South Korea .
These studies tested the effectiveness of essential oils for hair loss problems. Results showed that 44% of the subjects experienced “clear hair regrowth”.
This is a boost in growth as good as the most recommended commercial product minoxidil but without the possible side-effects. 
Step by Step Formula
Mix ingredients and store in a suitable container for use.
1: Create a base “carrier oil”
Essential oils can have strong effects and should not be applied in a pure undiluted form.
They must be added to a “carrier oil” such as pure Argan Oil or the carrier oil used for the tests – shown below.
- 30ml Pure Argan Oil*
- 15ml Coconut Oil*
- 15ml Jojoba*
- 20ml Grape Seed Oil
Tip: To simplify making this carrier oil you could use our Hair Magick serum which contains all these oils ( except grape seed oil ).
2: The active essential oils to stimulate circulation and hair growth.
- 1ml (15-20 drops) of each
- essential oil of thyme,
- essential oil of lavender,
- essential oil of rosemary
- essential oil of cedar wood ( Chamaecyparis obtusa )
Common Causes of Hair Loss
Irregular hair loss could be caused by a number of factors.
- Certain medications ( such as amphetamines or anticoagulants
- Dietary deficiency protein, iron, zinc
- Stress and emotional trauma disease can cause loss of hair
- Shampoos or hair dyes used too frequently can also literally attack and weaken the hair
- A medical condition such as Eczema of the scalp or even dandruff
- Harsh treatment such as excessive heat
The Aging Process
The main cause of baldness is an excess of male hormones due to the ageing process. This is known androgenic alopecia and concerns both men and woman. In these cases treatments, discussed below, can slow the process or even improve hair regrowth where the hair still exists.
Male Hair Loss
Normal Hair loss is to a large extent hereditary and is passed from father to son. So if your father was a victim of hair loss, there is a strong probability that you will also have hair loss. It is the male hormone DHT that shortens the life of the hair. Excess DHT in prostate tissue is thought to lead to prostate growth, and excess DHT in hair tissue leads to hair thinning in men and women.
Female Hair Loss
Among women, androgenic alopecia occurs at the menopause when the production of female hormones (oestrogen) is no longer sufficient to combat the androgens responsible for hair loss. The same hormonal imbalance that is the case in Women after pregnancy or even because of some birth control pills.
Women experiencing higher hair loss than normal should also consider tests for anaemia, a thyroid disorder, autoimmune diseases, poly-cystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) or even skin conditions such as psoriasis and seborrhoeic dermatitis.
Temporary Hair Loss
For both men and women stress or shock can result in temporary hair loss which is caused by an interruption of the natural loss/growth cycle. This can be Telogen effluvium a form of non-scarring alopecia characterized by diffuse hair shedding, often with an acute onset. Telogen effluvium is a reactive process caused by a metabolic or hormonal stress or by medications. Generally, recovery is spontaneous and occurs within 6 months as the hair returns to its normal cycles.
The Optimum Conditions for Natural Hair Growth
For the best chance of success to encourage regrowth and slow loss of hairs a complete plan of action must include:
– An internal program of foods and special vitamin supplements to give our body more of what it needs to make healthy hair.
– An external program for better care of the scalp by careful shampoo and conditioner selection.
– Applying external hair growth stimulants.
– For men using DHT blocking supplements.
– Combat hair loss by looking after your scalp with Argan Oil & essential oils as part of your hair growth regimen.
Food & Oils that Increase Hair Growth
Consuming oils rich in certain Phytosterols can help reduce or even reverse male hair loss due to androgenic alopecia.
A pilot study of 26 male subjects looked into the possible benefits of consumption of beta-sitosterol rich natural oils for delaying hair loss in androgenic alopecia. At the end of the study subjects were examined to see if there was increased hair density.
In one study a supplement containing beta-sitosterol 50mg, and saw palmetto extract (standardized to 85-95% liposterolic content) 200mg was used. An additional supplement of lecithin 50mg, Inositol 100mg, phosphatidylcholine 25mg, Niacin 15mg, biotin 100mcg was given to enhance the bioavailability. Beta-Sitosterol and these nutrients are also found in high amounts in oils such as culinary Argan Oil and Pumpkin Seed Oil. 
The results of this test showed that 60% were rated as improved at the final visit.
This is the first link established to support the use of natural products, such as beta-sitosterol and saw palmetto, for androgenic alopecia. 
In another study of Pumpkin Seed Oil 44% taking the Pumpkin Seed Oil supplement experienced some regrowth. 
Using Beta-Sitosterol supplement on its own may be a slow process. Studies observed effects over a 6 to12 month period for clear hair regrowth.
Dosages varied but around 5ml Pumpkin Seed oil or 15ml culinary Argan Oil should provide an equivalent beta-sitosterol dose.
Saw Palmetto extract was also given in some studies. This extract is very widely used supplement to combat hair loss.
It contains a mix of fatty acids – such as laurate, myristate, palmitate, stearate, oleate, linoleate – as well as phytosterols – campesterol, stigmasterol, ß-sitosterol.
Saw palmetto (Serenoa repens) has been used as a natural treatment for androgenetic alopecia and has a similar mechanism.
Studies found that 38% of males with that received Serenoa repens supplements at 320 mg every day for 24 months showed increased hair growth. 
How Can Natural Oils Help Prevent Hair Loss so Effectively?
Hair loss in men is primarily caused by dihydrotestosterone (DHT) – a male steroid hormone. The effect is determined by your genetics.
DHT binds to receptors in the scalp resulting in an effect called miniaturisation. Hair follicles shrink and finer hair is produced. Worse still the “growing stage” – anagen stage – of the hair cycle becomes shorter. The total effect is thinning hair and slower new hair growth.
DHT is made by the conversion of the male hormone testosterone to dihydrotestosterone – ( DHT ). This occurs through a “pathway” enzyme 5-alpha reductase.
In conclusion, ingredients tested contained a wide range of bio-active ingredients. However, consistent results suggest that the natural plant sterol – beta-sitosterol – inhibited 5 alpha-reductase and therefore the production of DHT and so may be responsible for the hair growth benefits observed. 
External Hair Growth Tonics & Stimulants
For temporary hair loss there are many products that can be of great value in slowing or preventing the hair loss until the hair/scalp recovers its normal cycle. They can also be of benefit in slowing hereditary hair loss.
Hair growth products Minoxidil, Rogain & Regaine
Minoxidil is currently in the only officially recognised treatment for hair loss. Originally created to reduce blood pressure patients using minoxidil noticed increased hair growth.
Although these products work over a period of 24 weeks or more Minoxidil can cause initial hair loss and hair shedding if discontinued. Hair regrown during treatment is also lost when the application is stopped. Minoxidil can also cause temporary hypertrichosis, hair growth on the face area, in women.
Minoxidil can also cause heart reactions, irritation of the scalp can affect hair colour and in a liquid form is oily.
Minoxidil ( the popular Rogaine formula ) or Propecia can reduce DHT levels and slow hair loss. It is reported to help stimulate growth of hair.
NUHAIR Hair Thinning Serum
Success is also reported for the NUHAIR Hair Thinning Serum which is a much more natural option. Like our Hair Magick Formula it contains Jojoba Oil. It also has a range of plant extracts and nutrients. Learn about a natural hair tonic that stimulates hair growth.
3 Block DHT
DHT, is a testosterone by-product. It causes hair growth early in life but as men age it restricts the follicles ability to produce hair growth. DHT stops proteins, vitamins and minerals from providing nourishment to hair follicles which causes them to shrink. Hair reproduces at a slower rate so that it either shortens the growing phase or lengthens its resting stage. As a result hair thinning begins as the hair shaft gets finer with each new growth cycle. In the end, the hairs can stop growing.
For men, in particular, blocking or neutralising DHT on the scalp is an important weapon against hair loss.
Internal supplements can also be very effective at reducing DHT production. A popular herbal supplement, Saw Palmetto, is often suggested to slow hair loss. Saw Palmetto is thought to work by lowering levels of the male hormone testosterone – of which DHT is a by-product. It is also thought to work for women by regulating hormone levels in the blood.
There is also a specific DHT blocking herbal formula which is part of the NUHAIR products range suitable for both men and women.
Washing and Conditioning of Hair and Scalp
As part of a long term program to keep hair healthy a scalp cleansing and conditioning program is essential.
Some “stimulating shampoos” such as Kerstase are said to be formulated for use in the case of hair loss.
However, the strong chemical shampoos that are commonly used have a very harsh action stripping hair of its natural oils. Silicates and Keratin based shampoos are best avoided.
To cleanse the scalp Argan Oil or Jojoba oil are very good for removing excess sebum, the oil secreted by glands in the scalp.
This is essential to ensure hair follicles have a healthy growing environment.
Nizoral shampoo is an interesting anti fungal shampoo that contains ketoconazole.
It is used primarily to treat dandruff and cleanses the scalp. In addition it has the ability to block androgen receptors helping to reduce inflammation which could be contributing to hair loss.
It is also said to help with seborrhoeic and follicular eczema.
Juniper Mint Scalp Therapy Shampoo is a unique product, recommended to us. It is a shampoo clinically developed by a Trichologist designed to optimise conditions for hair growth and condition hair.
The Jason Brand is a good organic range of gentle cleansing shampoos that a widely available. This healthy care regimen will help prevent breakage, fortify the hair shaft and providing optimum conditions for the health of hair follicles.
4 Steps to Thicker, Fuller Healthier Hair & Treating Hair Loss
1. NUHAIR is a 3 part hair rejuvenation program. It has a hair nutrient supplement that contains the famous Chinese herb for hair He Shou Wu, a DHT blocking supplement and external hair serum.
Women may find Florisene a better alternative hair supplement for growth.
2. Use either a specialist anti-hair loss shampoo or try a natural cleansing shampoo free of strong chemicals.
3. Do hot oil hair treatment that includes Argan and Jojoba Oils once a week.
4. For men, in particular, adding Beta-Sitosterol rich oils or foods and foods rich in Biotin will give excellent long term results.
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