Hair loss is distressing for some people, inevitable for others and can take place with alarming speed leaving you to weigh up the options for hair regrowth. Harder to accept and perhaps even more alarming is eyebrow hair loss. Sometimes you can achieve a satisfactory eyebrow restoration if you take action early enough and you take the right action that will correct the reasons for the eyebrow loss.
Poor nutrition has been known to result in hair thinning and this comes about through the health of the hair follicles. If you body is generally unhealthy then there will be a risk that the body’s ability to produce healthy hair will be reduced. Your eyebrows are included in this growth ability and if it is something that concerns you then it is advisable to give some consideration to increasing the intake of the following vitamins and minerals.
- Protein – needed to grow healthy hair, if you don’t get enough protein the hair may thin to the point of balding.
- Beta-Carotene – found in fruits and vegetables this is converted to vitamin A. Vitamin A is required to aid in the making of healthy sebum.
- Vitamin E – needed for increased circulation near the surface of the skin
- Vitamin C
- Folic Acid – required to stimulate the hair follicles into action, this is one of the most important factors to increase the possibility of regrowing your eyebrows.
Basically, each of these supplements constitute part of a healthy diet and should be able to be attained by eating the right foods. Even though the diet may improve, don’t expect an immediate regrowth of eyebrows. Eyebrows are extremely slow growing and even if you create the perfect growing conditions for them it will still take at least 8 weeks before any real difference is noted.
It should also be noted that sometimes eyebrow regrowth may simply not be possible. If the eyebrow follicles are damaged to the extent that they cannot be revived then no matter how good your diet is and how much extra protein you take, there won’t be any new growth forthcoming. In that case other options will have to be taken.
Let’s take a closer look at the various main vitamins that are acknowledged as being important for healthy hair growth.
The main component of hair is protein and so it stands to reason that a consistent source of protein introduced to the body is going to be valuable in producing hair. When consuming protein-rich foods the protein breaks down to amino acids which can be used by the body for cellular construction. In other words, growth. The eyebrows are just as dependent on this protein source and so the diet should contain a good balance of proteins.
Excellent sources of protein that should be included in the diet include fish, eggs, lean beef, yoghurt and wheat germ.
A quick and easy way to introduce a solid supply of protein each day is to drink a healthy protein shake for breakfast each morning. Not only will it give you a solid hit of protein each day but they are also a very tasty treat to start the day with.
Another way of introducing protein to the hair in a bid to strengthen it and make it healthier is through direct contact such as with hair oils. A study that has tested the effects of three types of oil on the prevention of hair damage has been conducted comparing coconut oil, mineral oil and sunflower oil. The findings of the study indicated that coconut oil was the only oil to reduce the protein loss for both damaged and undamaged hair when used as a pre-wash and post-wash grooming product. The reason for its effectiveness was put down to its chemical composition because, being a triglyceride of lauric acid, it has a high affinity for hair proteins. Its low molecular weight and straight linear chain means that it is able to better penetrate the hair shaft.
Biotin (Vitamin B7)
Biotin is a B vitamin that is found naturally in many different foods such as leafy green vegetables, peanuts and liver. It is acknowledged as being necessary for cell growth and the metabolism of amino acids and fats.
It is useful in nail growth but has also been linked to the growth of hair including eyebrows and eyelashes.
It is important to understand that biotin will not stimulate new hair growth. It works as a means of increasing the health of the follicles and roots of hairs that are already growing. The growth cycle of the hair is extended which means that hair loss is slowed.
Biotin is considered safe to take, even in high dosages. There have been few noted adverse reactions from those who have taken biotin although skin reactions have been mentioned in relation to using it. A noted exception is for pregnant and nursing mothers who should never begin biotin supplements without the advice from their physician.
The presence of Vitamin E is necessary for general health and wellbeing. It is only needed in small amounts and is available in just about everything we eat. It prevents a chemical reaction called oxidation which can cause harmful effects in the body. It is rare that a normal healthy person suffers from a lack of Vitamin E so it is rare that supplements are required.
Where vitamin E has been found to be effective in relation to hair loss is as a means of reducing the harmful effects of dialysis and radiation. The unwanted side effects of hair loss through taking doxorubicin, for example, can be reduced.
Vitamin E is helpful in the maintenance of the integrity of cell membranes of hair follicles. It provides physical stability to the cell membranes which can be helpful in producing healthy hair as well as skin. Attacks by free radicals on cell membranes can be prevented by the presence of Vitamin E working together with selenium.
Folic acid, or vitamin B9, is important to hair growth because of its job at ensuring the hair follicle reproduction process is strong. The part that folic acid plays is through its part in the proper formation of red blood cells which carry oxygen to body tissues including hair follicles. Folic acid is in many fruits and vegetables such as green leafy vegetables, whole grains, bananas, citrus fruit, tomatoes as well as liver.
The role that vitamin C plays in hair growth is not so much in the benefit it will give by being present but rather, the effects that its absence will have. A lack of vitamin C in the body can lead to hair becoming thin and brittle and prone to breakage. It is a necessary vitamin for collagen production and collagen provides structure to tissue, hair included. A regular intake of citrus fruits, berries, peppers, tomatoes and sweet potatoes will ensure your natural levels are sufficient to protect the hair strength.
You local doctor can help with advice on whether a dietary change is necessary to help with your eyebrow loss. While we’re at it, never undertake a new vitamin supplement regime without first consulting your doctor. There may be other medications or conditions that will be adversely affected by the vitamins you start taking.
Eyebrow growth is not always certain and there may be contributing reasons for the loss of eyebrow hair. It may be an indicator that there are other related medical reasons causing the loss. Medical advice is the best way to determine the exact reasons for any sudden eyebrow hair loss.