Normal hair loss is one to two hundred hairs a day. But excessive hair loss- the kind that causes bald patches- is influenced by inheritance, hormones, and excessive stress. Hair, a combination of protein and minerals, responds positively to nutrition, scalp massage, and mental stimulation.
Do-In is a daily stretch-and-touch system originated by ancient Chinese monks. Each day the monks used this system. They worked to achieve flexibility and suppleness with easy stretches, then stimulate mind and body with tapping, rubbing, and massaging of various key points of the body. The combination of Do-ln stretches and self-massage invigorates the body and increases internal and scalp circulation, all of which strongly affect hair health and growth.
Directions: Twice each day, tense the hand and fingertips as if you are holding a ball, then use your fingertips to vigorously tap the scalp all over until it tingles. You can also stretch out on a slant board with your feet higher than your head. This, the Chinese believed, helps hair growth, produces a vital skin tone, and sharpens thinking.
Folks who live in the Ozark Mountains consider red sage a wonderful hair tonic that can also restore the original color of grey hair. Mountain people add about a pint of boiling water to a handful of a mixture of walnut leaves, mullein leaves, and garden sage to produce “the best hair tonic of all.” According to local herbalists this combination makes the hair grow and look good, too.
In Ayurvedic medicine, rosemary (Rosmarinus ojyininalis) is used to remedy hair loss and to mollify psoriasis of the scalp.
Directions: Add a handful of rosemary leaves to a pint of boiling water. Simmer for at least fifteen minutes. Strain, cool, and rinse through the hair. Nettle, another excellent scalp stimulant, is sometimes added to this rinse.
Dioscorides, the first-century Greek physician, traveled with the Roman army and observed Romans applying the following onion scalp rubs to halt baldness.
Directions: Use raw sliced onion, onion steeped in vodka, or onion mashed with honey. Apply any of these to the scalp each evening before sleep. Cover the head to protect your bedclothes. Wash out your hair in the morning.
ln the days of the pharaohs, the Egyptians had developed a great skill in the use of herbs, and their herbal traditions were kept alive by the Copts, early Christians who were their direct descendants.
The ancient Egyptians used an oil made from seeds of the castor oil plant (Ricinus communis), while the Copts employed the root of the plant. The Copts crushed the root in water, allowed it to steep for some time, strained out the root, and applied the remaining water as a wash to the head.
Other peoples from the Far East generally applied castor oil directly to the hair as a treatment to halt hair loss and to promote the growth of new hair. Castor oil treatments were sometimes alternated with slathering the scalp with aloe vera juice, olive oil, equal amounts of rosemary tea and olive oil, onion juice, or onion juice mixed with honey.
Directions: Apply any of these concoctions to the scalp before bed and cover with a plastic wrap to protect the bedclothes. Rinse your hair thoroughly each morning.