Have you ever found a Native American who had gone bald? Do you know why your answer most likely was “No?” When it comes to the secret behind why Native Americans rarely, if ever suffer from hair loss–and particularly male pattern baldness— is found in one place, and only one place–with the elders of the tribe, to whom these hair care rituals have been passed down by the elders, and follows this established method by which all ancient knowledge belonging to the tribe is preserved for all the generations to come. The good news is that by following the ancient hair care regimen prized and guarded by Native Americans, anyone can enjoy the same benefits, beginning today. What follows represents the top conclusions from dedicated scientific research to find a cure for baldness and thinning hair in humans.
Looking for Reasons–Genetic or Environmental?
There’s no wonder why, when thoughts turn to Native Americans as a whole, one of the first images that comes to mind is the long, thick, straight and jet black hair, sometimes braided in different patterns, sometimes beautifully unadorned. It has been the quality of hair that Natives have always sustained along with their apparent immunity protecting them from hair loss that has prompted hair loss research efforts to focus on finding out why. What emerges are many hair care methods employed by Natives that greatly contrast practically everything TV commercials, billboards and much Internet content advises us to follow for supreme full, shiny, sleek hair. While there is evidence to indicate that those Natives most likely to avoid male pattern baldness have a strong heritage within their tribe that stretches back generations, the Native hair care practices are responsible for the health, fullness and shine we all desire.
Hair’s Importance in Native Culture
We may never understand all of the ritualistic ways Native Americans include hair, we know it’s important, and traditionally Navajos would give their children only one haircut on their first birthday, after which it was to be uncut for the rest of their lives. There must be something further associated with the ability of the scalp to generate hair and how the once-standard practice of scalping enemies was prevalently performed. In looking at environmental causes, these are among the leading hair care tips we can learn from Natives:
Watch Those Products
Natives avoid commercial hair care products, including shampoos and conditioners that contain many ingredients that impair hormonal balance that actually causes thinning and baldness and brittle, split ends. Instead, water and herbal infusions replace harsh chemicals, and Natives swear by oiling, or greasing the hair, using a blend of natural extracts and some depend on Vaseline as their only hair product.
Keep it Active
Frequent scalp massage is a practice of Natives. This is an excellent way to promote healthy blood flow to the scalp and follicles, and stimulate resulting healthy growth.
Eating for Hair Health
The Native American diet is rich in hair-supporting nutrients, packed with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory elements. They grow much of their food, and it tends to be organic and not chemically laden like what the foods sold in grocery store chains.
Topical and Internal Care
Topical hair care relies on natural ingredients blended and included in washes, potions and salves to benefit hair, scalp and hair-influencing hormones. The most commonly used are calendula, yarrow, sweet grass, creeping juniper, Saw palmetto, and yucca. While also used in topical preparations, there were many botanicals brewed as teas to be consumed for their hair benefits.