Central centrifugal cicatricial alopecia, or CCCA for short, is a scarring hair loss condition in which hair from the central scalp is lost and moves outward.
While it’s up for debate about why people get CCCA from traumatic hairstyles, too much product, or genetics, you still need to do something about it.
Sure, figuring out how you get your case of this hair loss condition can be useful, but it’s better to take action sooner than later.
That’s why today I’m covering natural remedies for CCCA that won’t hurt your pockets and can be done from the comfort of your home.
Try one of these at a time to determine if they are having effects or consider doing them in combination for added benefits.
1. Brush your scalp to promote blood flow
Getting blood, oxygen, and nutrients to the scalp is critical for hair health. Otherwise, follicles won’t have the nutrition to remain strong, repair, and grow.
This is why one of the best natural treatments for CCCA is to brush the scalp strategically.
Everybody brushes their every hair, right? However, did you know that it’s believed brushing the hair stops hair loss?
Yep, you read that right!
No expensive treatments or procedures when you can simply pick up a brush and do ten to twenty minutes of brushing per day.
You need a special brush like a bristle boar brush because they are coarse and scratch the scalp slightly.
When you use a brush like this, it stimulates the scalp to bring blood to the follicles, enriching them with oxygen and nutrients. Furthermore, the slight scratching tells your skin to produce more collagen which is an amino acid protein that makes up hair and other tissues.
2. Massaging the scalp for elasticity
Similar to brushing the scalp, you can massage it to restore its elasticity which helps more blood and oxygen reach hair follicles in general. This is an excellent practice as it serves as the foundation for others outlined in today’s article.
Massaging is also very convenient because you can to it any time of the day and clinical trials have shown that it only takes ten to twenty minute sessions to see results.
You can begin doing scalp massages by simply placing your index and middle fingers together putting them on both sides of the templates. Create circular motions to stretch and stimulate the scalp. Repeat in both directions.
Then, take both fingers and place them on the corner of your hairline while doing the same circulation motions. I like to massage the center of my hairline after before moving to the sides of my head, too.
I’ll massage the back in the same way and scrunch the top with my thumb on one side and fingers on the other for full head coverage.
3. Eat the right foods and vitamins
Your diet plays a massive role in hair health, preventing further hair loss, and giving follicle the nutrition they require to stay strong. These are some of the main foods and vitamins you need to get in your diet if you’re serious about treating central centrifugal cicatricial alopecia naturally.
As I mentioned previously, collagen is a protein that makes up most of the tissues in the body including hair. Thus, it only makes sense to get more of this amino acid into your system to keep hair strong and growing properly.
Collagen is found in high amounts with bones and cartilage, so bone growth, fish, and chicken are great sources of collagen.
Biotin is a B vitamin that helps produce the protein called keratin. Keratin is the main protein found in hair, so similar to collagen, it’s very wise to get more of this nutrient as it has a very direct effect on hair health.
You can get more biotin every day by eating foods like eggs, milk, sweet potatoes, avocado, salmon, nuts, and different types of seeds.
This trace mineral helps the body create red blood cells which ultimately carry oxygen and nutrients to the scalp and hair. Without enough iron in your diet, you won’t be able to maximize the amount of oxygen and blood reaching the hair follicle.
Good sources of iron include lentils, beans, and whole grains.
Magnesium is another very important mineral for hair health. One of the main functions it has is to ensure the proper growth of hair cells. Seeing as you’re trying to reverse or improve your hair loss condition, it makes sense to maximize nutrients that promote hair growth.
Nuts, seeds, and beans are excellent sources of magnesium. Try snacking on seeds or nuts throughout the day to get more magnesium or add beans to your meals.
Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin that is incredible for your bones, teeth, supporting the immune system, regulating insulin, and stimulating hair follicles.
Some evidence suggests being deficient in vitamin D can lead to hair loss, so it’s crucial to get more vitamin D in your diet if you suffer from CCCA.
Try eating more foods like cheese, eggs, and fish to get vitamin D.
4. Try dermarolling
Dermarollers are small handheld devices that have a cylinder of tiny needles at the end. This can be rolled on the skin to promote collagen production and for stimulating blood flow.
While most people dermaroll their face to fade acne scars and wrinkles, it’s also a very effective treatment for hair loss as found in clinical trials.
A dermaroller requires you to be patient, consistent, and safe. What I mean by this is that you will want to begin using the smallest possible needle size and gradually build up. It’s also suggested to dermaroll once per week and increase frequency if you don’t notice any irritation.
Cleaning and preparing a dermaroller is also extremely important. This is because you don’t want excess dirt or bacteria being pushed into the skin as the small needles puncture it. It’s a common practice to clean the dermaroller before and after use with an alcohol solution.
Final thoughts on natural CCCA treatment
Treating CCCA naturally is a great way to avoid huge medical bills and invasive procedures. Going the natural route also means that you don’t have to worry about side effects that drugs like Minoxidil can have, for example.
Brushing, massaging, and dermarolling the scalp are scientifically effective methods for stimulating the scalp and halting hair loss.
You will also want to clean up your diet and get more nutrients like iron, magnesium, collagen, biotin, and vitamin D as they are great for the scalp.