After reading about possible side effects of ingredients such as Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) used in shampoos, conditioners, particularly towards causing cancer, we are more careful in our choice of products to manage our hair loss.
Hair Loss Treatments That Work
I was talking to a close friend, K, the other day. She was telling me how she has switched to a healthier diet – one that includes buckwheat on a daily basis. Our usual staple of rice, as Asians? Well, that’s long gone as far as K is concerned. Too starchy, she says.
Anyway, I thought the most interesting part of our conversation was the subject of thinning hair (something that most of us above 40 – men and women, could identify with).
She brought up the issue on using potatoes for hair loss. I responded, “Huh?”, as I’ve not heard about this before.
K claimed it’s not that difficult to do and has proven to work. All you need is ONE ingredient – potatoes. I must admit, that’s the cheapest remedy I’ve ever heard for hair loss woes!
Anything that’s proven to work for hair loss is something I’m always interested in and game to try … And why not when it seems to be one of the best natural hair loss treatment!
In this case, there’s really nothing to lose – with an everyday ingredient that’s within reach. Talk about a cheap solution (compared to the hundred of dollars (or was it thousands) hubby and I already spent on other products!)
1. Potatoes for Hair Loss
OK one of the first questions in my mind was if there are certain types of potatoes to be used for this purpose. The answer is “No”.
As long as you are using fresh potatoes, it should work.
But the key is in what you do with those potatoes. Apparently, if you are looking to control hair loss, then it’s the juice from the potatoes that you’d need.
Juicing It Out
Here are the steps to getting that anti-hair loss potato mask :
- Take one large or two medium-sized potatoes. Wash them clean.
- Peel the potatoes.
- Cut in small pieces
- Blend the potatoes with a little water added
- Strain the mixture using a strainer or muslin cloth.
- Apply the potato juice thoroughly on your scalp.
- Leave it for at least 30 minutes before washing your hair with a mild shampoo. (My preference would be Art Naturals Argan Oil Shampoo – my current favourite, in fact)
Variations of Mixture
There are variations to this treatment, depending on your specific objective of using the potato juice.
If in addition to hair fall, you have a dandruff problem, then you might want to add an egg yolk and two tablespoons of lemon juice to the potato ‘mask’ before applying the mixture to your scalp. Leave it for at least 30 minutes before washing your hair.
Some people claimed applying potato mixture to their scalp twice to thrice a week have provided desired results in terms of reduction in hair loss.
Personally, this ‘potato’ thing is new to me – having been introduced by my friend, K, only recently.
Since it’s the simplest and cheapest possible solution to hair loss, I am bent to give it a go and will update my experience on a later date.
2. Castor Oil
It seems to work for him although I don’t plan to use it anytime soon, owing to the fact that I don’t particularly fancy using oil on my scalp.
March 2017 Update on Use of Castor Oil
It’s been three months since hubby suddenly had a ‘bad hair fall’ (more hair strands lost than usual), to the point that his scalp on the vertex area is showing.
He was alternating between the Art Naturals Argan Oil shampoo and Lipogaine Big 3 to wash his hair. On a daily basis, he also applies the Nanogen hair serum. This routine had improved his hair condition in the months prior and in fact, gradually grew his hair.
So where’s the fault?
Tracing back, he checked on the hair dye that he had used a few days back. Guess what? The dye had expired!
Important lesson (often ignored) : Never use nor consume expired products!
So it was like going back to square one, months after we see positive results on his hair.
Just using the shampoos wasn’t enough, as he was still losing more hair than usual.
We researched and came across Black Jamaican Castor Oil that can be applied on hair. Many users claim it works if you apply hours before washing your hair (two to three times a week).
We got the Jamaican Black Castor Oil from Amazon and it’s been three months since he started using it.
The texture is thick so you have to be patient when applying it on your scalp.
Hubby applies the oil on his hair twice a week and after three months, there’s a marked reduction in his hair loss.
Hubby’s left frontal part has always been his biggest problem as hair just refuses to grow on that area.
Having said that, I can see that the combination of the castor oil, the two shampoos and Nanogen serum not only reduced the hair loss (now he loses less than 10 strands after every wash).
However, it was only after three months that I begin to see significant growth of fine hair on his vertex. As for the frontal area, that’s really a tough spot to beat (particularly his left side).