Most of us have experienced that awful moment when we realise things have gone horribly wrong. We look in the mirror and realise everything about our hairstyle, or hairstyle that was, is completely different, and not in a good way. Too much has been cut off. Or too much has been cut off where it was unnecessary and too little where a little more was needed. Or, as in my case, sections of my hair have been "thinned out" with no obvious motive or request to do so!
It's in that same moment that we know we are back to waiting months for our hair to grow back and/or thicken up and hoping that when our hairdresser is called on to simply cut those sections that need to be cut and leave the ones that need to grow back during this waiting process, she will do just that and nothing else.
From a self-esteem point of view, not feeling right because we don't look as we feel we should, can bring us down and feel we want to hide away until it grows out. The options we resort to for being seen with our overcut/undercut/thinned out hair we can barely style become our best friend: accessories. For me, head bands or head wraps are my go-to remedy to see me through.
However, all is not lost. Although we cannot produce overnight miracles for our hair or appearance, we can look to nature for non-chemical, inexpensive remedies to help our hair on its way.
First of all, seeds are not only great for promoting hair growth, they are also natural producers of serotonin (nowhere near in the quantities of chemically manufactured medicines). With that, they can be mood enhancing to a degree which depends on the individual and their constitution. On top of that, they are a healthy snack to grab when one is needed. In particular, a handful of sesame seeds every morning is enough to strenghthen hair follicles and encourage healthy growth thanks to its (approximately) 1200mg calcium and magnesium content.
A second more hands-on remedy option and two items that have become increasingly easy to buy in recent years are coconut oil and aloe vera. Coconut oil is suitable for external use on most constitutional types and is very nourishing to the skin including the scalp. Meanwhile, aloe vera is a real friend to females young and old with its multiple uses in different forms. Its renowned moisturising qualities, the nourishment it provides the skin and scalp and the reality that only a small amount is ever needed make it a wonderful product to keep to hand. Combine both coconut oil (raw, cold pressed - I get mine from Aldi!) and aloe vera mixing pea-sized amounts of each and you have a highly nourishing and moisturising scalp treatment that will ultimately promote healthy hair growth. This is particuarly good for recovering moisture into dry, damaged hair.
Rather than rub the mixture into your hair, part the hair in different sections to apply the mix onto the scalp itself, gently massaging it in from the top downward toward the ears and base of the skull.
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Julie Anne is a mental health speaker offering CPD accredited workshops on trauma and diversity. Her interest in natural home remedies and healthy living and a holistic approach to physical, mental and emotional wellbeing led her to study Ayurveda and gain the Diploma in Ayurveda with distinction in January 2020. She is now a registered holistic therapist with strategies for improving mindset to overcome anxiety, stress and trauma triggers and manage symptoms.