Emu Oil and Telogen Effluvium (TE), Hair Shedding, and Hair Loss

I often write about TE (telogen effluvium) hair loss and it’s recovery.  Recently, I received an email asking about whether emu oil can help to stop shedding, loss, or can enhance regrowth.  The answer to this question is yes, but there are a few cautions to take because if used incorrectly, the emu oil can actually impede your progress.  I’ll explain why in the following article.

Telogen Effluvium (TE) and Inflammation: When many people think of inflammation of your scalp and hair follicles, (or issues like “burning scalp syndrome”), they usually think of dermatological issues like AGA (patterned, genetic thinning caused by androgens and DHT).  But, TE has quite a bit of inflammation associated with it as well.  Your scalp and hair cycle is going into overdrive – with MANY more hair follicles being active at one time.  This is why you’ll often see a pink scalp or feel tightness, tingling, pain, or itching. 

It’s important to beat this inflammation back (no matter what type of hair loss you have) as allowing it to go on and worsen can create a cycle that feeds upon itself and keeps repeating.  This is where emu oil comes in.  It’s an excellent anti inflammatory.  It promotes healthy skin turnover.  It soothes and it has natural anti bacterial properties which can take care of many problems and issues with your changing, damaged scalp.  It also contains important nutrients like omegas 3 and 6, as well as fatty acids like linoleic acid, all of which can help to nourish your scalp and hair follicles. 

Why You Should Use A Bit Of Caution With Emu Oil On Your Scalp: As great as emu oil is, it’s a very thick substance which has the potential to clog your hair follicles, impede your regrowth, and do more harm than good.  Many people will realize this and opt for an emu containing product that has been watered down – like shampoo.  The problem with this is that often the oil in the product has been watered down so much that it looses much of it’s effectiveness.

It’s better to use high quality, pure oil, but to water it down yourself and to alternate it with other things.  You wouldn’t want to use the oil every single day as it’s just too heavy and may clog.  But, you can alternate it with other things like rosemary, tea tree, and lavender which are much lighter and are also very effective. 

Often, the combination of different topicals are much more effective and don’t allow any one thing to build up onto your follicles.  Because clogged follicles that choke off the nourishment to your hair can cause just as much hair loss as TE and inflammation.

Source by Ava Alderman

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