For people of all genders, hair loss is a common development. But a bald spot can still trigger feelings of frustration and embarrassment while also affecting your self-confidence.
Including, causes of hair loss can vary widely:
- Certain hair care practices
- Hormone levels
- Cancer treatment
- Medical conditions that are inherited or are related to the body’s immune system
- Skin health
In many cases, treatments are available to help thicken up hair growth or on a bald spot where thinning has occurred.
But to be wary of products and treatments that make big promises with little scientific data to support them and it’s important to rely on proven hair growth methods. Sometimes, you may need over-the-counter (OTC) or prescription medications to regrow hair, but simple home remedies can produce good results if home treatments aren’t working for you.
If these approaches aren’t medical, effective or surgical procedures may be needed. Read on to learn more about how to treat it yourself, how a bald spot can be caused and when you may need medical treatment.
What are some natural treatments for a bald spot?
Natural hair growth methods typically focus on promoting hair follicle health or on improving circulation in the scalp and restoring hair quality. Many products associated with hair growth often used for other purposes and are found in the home.
Here are some options:
Rosemary oil helps improve circulation and has anti-inflammatory properties, so it’s a natural choice for treating hair loss. Each night rub a small amount gently on your bald spot or consider using a natural shampoo containing rosemary oil.
Peppermint oil is used to treat irritable bowel syndrome, headaches and other illnesses. But to safety boost hair growth it may also be an effective topical treatment. Use a shampoo with peppermint oil or rub some peppermint oil into your scalp with your fingers.
Aloe vera is usually thought of as a skin treatment for burn relief and healing. But aloe vera may also help to protect the scalp from the disease and to regrow hair.
The Journal of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Research notes that aloe vera’s anti-inflammatory properties and many, minerals, enzymes and other healthy ingredients make it an often and, soft, effective hair growth treatment. To use it, before shampooing your hair massage it into your scalp. Try mixing it with coconut milk and wheat germ.
Requiring no products, stretch hair follicle cells to promote thicker hair growth and a vigorous scalp massage is one of the simplest ways to help boost circulation in the scalp Against your scalp firmly (but gently) press your fingers and for at least 5 minutes rub them across your scalp.
What are some over-the-counter treatments for bald spots?
There’s no shortage of OTC products promising to slow it down or at least reverse hair loss. Some are well regarded and more established than others.
Certain minerals and vitamins are associated with hair growth, including:
B-vitamins, including biotin, which is the key ingredient in many hair growth treatments.
- Vitamin D
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin E
For complications, taking high doses of any supplement may put you at risk. Before starting a regimen discuss supplementation with your doctor.
One of the proven treatments and most widely used is minoxidil. It’s available in the form, liquid or shampoo options. By prescription stronger forms of minoxidil are also available
Minoxidil may cause side effects like unwanted hair growth or skin irritation on the skin near the scalp. It must be used indefinitely or its effects will start to wear off if minoxidil does restore hair growth.