Hair Loss

Article by Angela Haldane

Q. I am a 39 yr old female with very thin hair, I have 2 children, 5 and 8 yrs, and work as a teacher. It goes through stages where it is thinner than normal, and at times my scalp can be flaky. After my second child there was a time where bald patches appeared on the top and side of my head, about the size of a 50c piece, but they seemed to have covered in now.

A. Hair loss can occur when experiencing hormonal changes like pregnancy and breastfeeding. It can also occur with stress, and I can imagine with 2 children and work, you would be pretty busy. In these instances, the hair will grow back. You can hasten the process by taking silica mineral supplements and rosemary shampoo. Rosemary oil stimulates hair follicles, you could add a few drops to the conditioner and massage it into the scalp.

To treat the stress, take a vitamin B complex or the herbal formula Stress Less (available from this website). For the flakey scalp, increase your essential fatty acid intake with olive oil, fish, nuts and seeds. If your scalp is itchy, you may wish to do an allergy test (more info under the 'about' section of this website.

Check via a blood test that you do not have an underactive or overactive thyroid gland, and that your iron levels are satisfactory.

Herbal medicine such as Gotu kola can prevent hair loss. This could be prescribed along with hormonal balancing herbs, and relaxing herbs for the nervous system (www.nzamh.org.nz to find a practitioner).