Plenty of attention is given to male hair loss—shampoos, medicines, and even surgical treatments are all over the market—but did you know that thinning hair in women is incredibly common? In fact, it is estimated that over half of all women will experience noticeable hair loss at some point in their lives. If you’ve noticed excessive hair shedding (more than about 80 strands per day) or the hair you lose doesn’t seem to be growing back, don’t panic!
The first step is to consider possible causes for your hair loss. Some hair loss can be caused by medical conditions, such as hypo- or hyperthyroidism, or nutritional deficiencies, so it is worth checking in with your doctor to rule out any underlying problems. Hair thinning in women can also be an effect of aging, as hair tends to get both thinner and finer as we get older. Finally, hair loss can be triggered by stress, so if you’ve been under a lot of pressure or dealing with uncertainty lately, don’t be surprised to see it taking a toll on your locks.
Once you’ve ruled out or taken steps to address any medical reasons for hair loss, then it’s time to look at proactive steps you can take to regrow hair and strengthen the hair you have. Thankfully, there are powerful natural remedies available to nourish the follicles and treat dry, damaged hair. One to consider is batana oil, a rare oil from Honduras that has been used by the indigenous Miskito people of the region for generations.
Batana oil is derived from the Elaeis Oleifera palm, commonly called the American oil palm, which is native to tropical Central and South America. Extracting the oil from the nut of the tree is a labor-intensive process. Each palm produces 10 to 20 bunches of fruit annually. The fruit is first boiled and pounded to remove the outer shell. The nut within is washed, sun-dried, and cracked to release the kernel. That kernel is then cooked to extract the oil. When the oil cools to room temperature, it becomes a smooth brown paste. It takes a huge amount of raw fruit to produce pure batana oil, but the work is worth it!
Batana oil is rich in fatty acids and toctrienols, compounds that are part of the vitamin E family. These not only benefit your hair follicles, promoting renewed and stronger hair growth, but they also nourish the hair itself, smoothing the cuticle, volumizing, and protecting against breakage. The result? Hair that’s thicker and shinier. Use the paste as a mask, leaving it on for 20 to 25 minutes before rinsing out. Batana oil can also be used as a leave-in treatment to tame frizzy hair caused by dryness (use sparingly here—a little of this powerful oil goes a long way!).
Thinning hair may be a common problem for women, but it isn’t one you have to just live with. In this case, nature provides a healthy, simple solution. To give batana oil a try, look for a 100% pure, organic product to ensure that you’re getting the real thing, and look forward to beautiful results.