Their vibrant red leaves are synonymous with the holiday period but it seems the poinsettia plant has a hidden danger…
Sap from this festive foliage has a depilatory effect, meaning – if left on the skin for too long – it can cause hair loss, according to the highly respected hair transplant specialist, Dr. Bessam Farjo.
Unless your Christmas food coma sees you accidentally using a poinsettia as a pillow for the traditional post-dinner snooze, this is unlikely to be of concern to scalp hair. However, it is certainly worth being aware of.
Other plants may be beneficial for hair loss
Poinsettias aside, some house plants may actually help to prevent hair loss.
Various plants are known to offset air pollutants in the atmosphere which contribute to oxidative stress and, therefore, may help to lower the risk of this developing.
Additionally, the botanical extract saw palmetto, which is taken from the berry of the saw palmetto plant and features in the formulation for Belgravia Hair Vitalics for Men supplement, is believed to inhibit dihydrotestosterone (DHT). This is the hormone which causes thinning hair in men and women with a predisposition to genetic hair loss.
There are numerous other plants – including aloe vera – which are often touted as helping healthy hair growth, however, far more research is needed before a true connection can be established.
The Belgravia Centre is an organisation specialising in hair growth and hair loss prevention with two clinics and in-house pharmacies in Central London, UK. If you are worried about hair loss you can arrange a free consultation with a hair loss expert or complete our Online Consultation Form from anywhere in the world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which includes the world’s largest gallery of hair growth comparison photos and demonstrates the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time to arrange a free consultation.