It can be a temporary situation brought about by a viral infection, or something more serious such as cancer treatments. Whatever the cause, it is very distressing, especially for women, so here are some pointers that you can try.
Neat lavender can be rubbed directly into the scalp twice daily for small patches. Also get a simple shampoo and add to it a few drops rosemary oil at each hair wash to stimulate the follicles. Rinsing with a nettle infusion is also good for the problem.
If the problem is more serious, use a daily massage mixture. Add 5 drops each rosemary and lavender to 1 tbsp cider vinegar, then add to 100ml rose or lavender water and shake well. Massage into scalp.
A weekly application to encourage hair growth is to warm 5tsp jojoba oil and add 12 drops each rosemary and lavender. Now massage the mix into the scalp and wrap the hair in a warm towel and leave for an hour or two (depending on the amount of time you have). Then apply shampoo directly, shampoo in and then rinse. Shampoo again to ensure hair doesn’t remain greasy. All this and patience should help improve things greatly.
In addition, take a good vitamin tablet, plus yeast tablets, and eat a good healthy diet full of essential fatty acids and vitamins B, C and F.
Another wee factor – don’t make the problem worse by using chemical treatments such as colours and perms. It may make you feel better but will make things worse.
Avoid hot hair dryers too.