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iVillage.com: How to Treat Beauty Disasters

Do You Have Male Pattern Baldness?

If you have a receding hairline or a thinning patch on the top of your head, welcome to the world of male pattern baldness. It’s a genetic glitch that makes hair follicles super-sensitive to testosterone, hence being a predominately male misfortune.

Rx: Essential Oils

Try whipping up this essential oil blend: Mix four teaspoons of grapeseed oil, half a teaspoon of jojoba oil, two drops each of thyme and cedarwood oils and three drops each of lavender and rosemary oils (you’ll find everything you need at your local health food store), then cover your head with a towel for 10 minutes before showering. In a study published in the journal Archives of Dermatology, when 44 percent women spent two minutes nightly massaging a few drops of this aromatic blend into their thinning patches and gave the oils time to absorb, their hair growth was back to normal within seven months. The secret: These medicinal oils strengthen and repair hair follicles, helping them produce healthy hair strands, despite testosterone fluxes, say the study authors.

(CREDIT: J.L. Pelaez Inc./Blend Images/Getty Images)
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