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Home Remedies for Thinning Hair in Women

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Melissa King began writing in 2001. She spent three years writing for her local newspaper, "The Colt," writing editorials, news stories, product reviews and entertainment pieces. She is also the owner and operator of Howbert Freelance Writing. King holds an Associate of Arts in communications from Tarrant County College.
Home Remedies for Thinning Hair in Women
The right foods can promote hair growth. Photo Credit Fuse/Fuse/Getty Images

It's normal to find a few strands of hair in your brush, sink or shower drain. Losing clumps of hair, however, may indicate that something in your body is amiss. Elderly women aren't the only ones who struggle with thinning hair; stress, hormones and even your diet play a part in hair loss. Topical hair-growth medications can help, but these aren't ideal for every woman. Natural remedies, such as scalp massage and relaxation techniques, offer a gentler way to potentially boost hair growth.

Step 1

Home Remedies for Thinning Hair in Women
Eat more eggs. Photo Credit MeePoohyaphoto/iStock/Getty Images

Eat foods rich in iron, folic acid and B vitamins. Vitamin B-7, also known as biotin, may contribute to healthy hair and nail growth. Hair-friendly foods include eggs, carrots, beans, rice, nuts, spinach and other leafy green vegetables. Consult your doctor to determine whether you may have a vitamin deficiency, and take supplements if your doctor recommends them.

Step 2

Home Remedies for Thinning Hair in Women
If you feel anxious, go to your happy place. Photo Credit anyaberkut/iStock/Getty Images

Practice relaxation techniques if you're feeling stressed, because stress can shock the hair follicles and cause them to stop producing. When you feel anxious, close your eyes and inhale slowly through your nose. Hold your breath for a second, then let the air out through your mouth. Imagine yourself in a peaceful place, such as a forest or the beach, or play soft music as you relax.

Step 3

Home Remedies for Thinning Hair in Women
Let your hair dry naturally as often as possible. Photo Credit DAJ/amana images/Getty Images

Brush your hair gently to avoid breaking strands. Cut back on the use of blow dryers, curling irons and other heated styling tools, which can weaken hair and make it prone to breakage.

Step 4

Home Remedies for Thinning Hair in Women
Shampoo normally after the oil treatment. Photo Credit Choreograph/iStock/Getty Images

Practice scalp massage, which may stimulate hair growth. Pour 2 to 4 tablespoons of sesame oil into a small cup. Dip your fingers into the oil, then massage the bony ridge above your neck with firm, circular motions. Repeat these motions as you massage your entire scalp. Rinse your hair off in the shower, then shampoo as usual.

Step 5

Home Remedies for Thinning Hair in Women
Use unsweetened coconut milk. Photo Credit Monkey Business Images/Monkey Business/Getty Images

Create a scalp-enhancing paste by combining 1/2 teaspoon fenugreek powder with 3/4 cup unsweetened coconut milk in a small bowl. Massage the mixture into your scalp, then cover your head with a shower cap and let it set for 30 minutes. Shampoo as usual. Repeat twice per week for two months.

Step 6

Home Remedies for Thinning Hair in Women
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Drink tea that contains nettle, horsetail, licorice, rosemary, burdock root or saw palmetto, which are herbs that can help promote and sustain hair growth. For example, horsetail contains selenium and silica, which can boost scalp circulation. Burdock root dissolves fatty deposits thought to obstruct hair growth.

Step 7

Home Remedies for Thinning Hair in Women
You can use store-bought or fresh aloe. Photo Credit ChViroj/iStock/Getty Images

Apply aloe vera gel to your scalp to stimulate hair follicles and promote a fuller head of hair. Apply a quarter-sized amount all over your scalp, leave it on until your scalp starts to tingle, then rinse it out in the shower.

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