Hair fall is very common but a serious problem that needs a proper diagnosis to figure out the cause leading to loss of hair. Hair fall is common in both men and women and genes play a major role in hair loss. On average one loses 100 hair a day but excessive hair loss is a cause of concern and should not be taken lightly.
Hair fall can occur at any point in an individual’s life. It could be due to nutritional deficiencies, hormonal imbalance, thyroid problem, Polycystic ovary syndrome, the side effect of birth control pills, overuse of hair styling products and being in stress. Aging/menopause also plays a vital role in hair fall. Certain medical conditions like Alopecia, Androgenetic Alopecia are also responsible for rapid hair loss. Exposure to pollution is also one of the reasons behind hair fall. Excess of Pitta energy in the body is the main cause of hair loss according to Ayurveda. There are a number of natural home remedies to control hair fall effectively.
All methods are safe and can be performed easily at home. Natural treatment gives long-lasting results. Some of the most effective ways to prevent hair loss are listed below
1. Egg White Masks
The age-old way to treat hair fall is the application of egg white onto the scalp. Eggs are great source of protein, vitamins and essential nutrients like Sulphur, phosphorous, selenium, iodine, and zinc needed for healthy hair. It can be done using a hair dye brush and left on for about 20 minutes. Once dry, it can be rinsed off with cool water using a mild shampoo. A spoon of olive oil may be added to the egg whites to make a thicker paste. This natural treatment can be done twice a week.
2. Coconut Milk
Coconut milk is a great source of all nutrients especially iron, potassium and essential fats needed to prevent hair fall. Massaging it on the scalp helps in reducing hair fall eventually. Prefer fresh coconut milk, add some lemon and some drops of lavender oil to it and massage it thoroughly into the scalp. Leave on the solution for 5 hours before rinsing it off. Massages
3. Garlic Juice, Onion Juice, Ginger Juice or Potato Juice
Rubbing the scalp with garlic juice, onion juice or ginger juice and leaving it overnight helps in preventing hair loss very effectively. The juice should be rinsed off in the morning with lukewarm water. Onions contain sulfur that boosts collagen production in the tissues and helps in regrowth of the hair. Onion juice may be squeezed fresh and applied for 15 minutes instead of leaving overnight.
4. Aloe Vera Gel Massage
Massaging the scalp with Aloe Vera gel and leaving it on for few hours before washing it off with lukewarm water is a great remedy for hair fall. A mix of aloe Vera gel, coconut milk, and wheat germ oil acts as a great hair conditioner. A paste can be prepared using Aloe Vera, Indian gooseberry, Shikakai, and neem powder and applied twice a week onto the hair and scalp. The ingredient mixed in equal quantities
5. Apple Cider Vinegar
A diluted solution of apple cider vinegar may be used as a final rinse after washing the hair. It gently cleanses the scalp and maintains the pH balance of the hair.
6. Green Tea
Green tea is very rich in antioxidants which boosts hair growth and prevents hair fall. To prepare Green tea solution, just soak two to three bags of green tea in hot water and once it cools down, gently massage it onto the head. It should be left for one hour and then rinsed with normal water.
Diet for Healthy Hair
To manage hair loss, one needs to pay attention to their diet. It is very important to include proteins in everyday meals like milk, egg whites, and fish. Proteins are the building block of the tissues in our body. One also needs to include Omega 3 fatty acids in diet twice a week.
Food rich in Vitamin A should be consumed as much as possible. Vitamin A works with fat synthesis and is crucial for healthy hair. It encourages the healthy production of sebum in the scalp. Intake of Vitamin B 12 and Vitamin E rich foods should increase as they support production and circulation of red blood cells which leads to more oxygen in the body and also maintain color. It is very important to include nuts, seeds in
A balanced meal (fresh fruits and vegetables) should be consumed so that the hair gets all minerals like copper, calcium, iron, magnesium, and zinc.
Life Style Changes to Prevent Hair Loss
- To prevent hair loss, one needs to break all bad habits like smoking and not drinking enough water. Alcohol and too much caffeine also
leadto hair loss.
- Regular exercise leads to sweating, which helps to clean out and unclog hair pores. Exercise reduces stress levels too. But one should try to keep the scalp sweat free during summers as the sweat accumulates in the pores and weakens hair roots leading to hair fall
- Regular washing of hair with mild shampoo helps to keep the scalp clean and lower the risks of infections and dandruff. It is needed to