“A woman’s hair is her crowning glory,” the doctor said to me with compassion-filled eyes.
I was sitting on the cracked vinyl exam table, unable to believe my ears. The specialist I had been sent to, because my hair was falling out at an alarming rate, had just told me I was experiencing Male Pattern Baldness.
He tried to console me with the explanation that, in woman, Male Pattern Baldness usually just thins the hair, and wasn’t as likely to leave large empty patches, as it does in men. He explained that it was a permanent state, and there was nothing he could do about it, other than prescribe Rogaine. Apparently, once one starts Rogaine, they must stay on it forever, or the hair they grew back will all fall out. My throat felt as dry and dusty as the fiber art decor hanging on the walls, there since the early 1970’s.
Male Pattern Baldness? Well, I wasn’t about to accept that diagnosis!
So, I immediately made an appointment to start acupuncture treatments, and created the following hair loss essential oils recipes:
Hot Oil Treatment
1/2 cup olive oil
3 drops tea tree oil
4 drops of rosemary essential oil
3 drops of lavender essential oil
Warm the oil.
Gently massage the mixture into the scalp. Cover with a shower cap. A plastic bag or plastic wrap will do in a pinch.
You may increase the effect by wrapping all of this with a towel that has been soaked in hot water and wrung out.
Leave it on for at least 30 minutes, then shampoo as normal.
To a mild shampoo, add 8 to 10 drops tea tree oil
1 cup boiling water
1 teaspoon (or more) dried stinging nettles
1 teaspoon (or more) dried sage
1 generous splash apple cider vinegar (Get the good kind, with apple sediment at the bottom)
Add the herbs to the boiling water to make a strong tea. I use tea balls, but you may also add the herbs directly to the water and strain before using. Allow the tea to steep until it has cooled to room temperature.
Add a generous splash of apple cider vinegar. Use after shampooing and conditioning. Rinse thoroughly. The vinegar smell will disappear as the hair dries.
I am happy to report that a year has passed, and once again, I have a full, healthy, head of hair!