Referred to as ‘crowning glory’, tresses are a direct expression of an individual’s personality and style. Excessive hair fall can be a troublesome problem, often causing worry and affecting self-esteem, especially for women. However, if diagnosed right, you can control hair fall with certain home remedies that are natural and effective in saving your locks
Causes of Hair Loss
1. Nutritional deficiencies
It could be possible that essential nutrients may be missing from your diets such as iron, copper, zinc and proteins. The deficiency of vitamin D is another cause of hair loss. In order to avoid this, make sure to get out and soak up some sun.
2. Hormonal Imbalance
After the age of 30, women can experience hormonal imbalance which can cause hair loss. This is usually caused by excessive dihydrotestosterone (DHT) conversion. Even though estrogen is the main hormone that women produce, testosterone and other androgens such as DHEA also occur in the female body. As women reach a certain age, they may begin to convert these androgens to DHT.
3. Thyroid issues
If the thyroid gland, which is at the front of the neck, produces an excessive or insufficient amount of the thyroid hormone, then the hair growth cycle may change. However, if you do have a thyroid issue, you will notice other symptoms along with hair loss such as weight gain or loss, sensitivity to cold or heat, and changes in heart rate.
4. Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
Women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) have a hormonal imbalance that creates higher levels of androgens than normal. This often causes hair to grow on the face and body, while the hair on the head grows thinner. PCOS can also lead to ovulation problems, acne, and weight gain.
Extreme stress can cause sudden hair loss which could last for several months. Minimizing stress through exercise, meditation yoga and massages will reduce your chances of experiencing hair loss.
Medical Treatment For Hair Fall
This over-the-counter medication comes in liquid, foam and shampoo forms. To see the best results, apply the product to your scalp once daily for women and twice for men. Most people go for foam, which can be applied when the hair is wet.
Minoxidil products assist in the regrowth of hair or slow the rate of hair loss — or sometimes, both. It takes at least six months of treatment to start regrowth or for it to prevent further hair fall. The time period is also dependent on the individual. Side effects might include scalp irritation.
2. Prescription Spironolactone Pills
Also known as Aldactone, this drug works in order to treat hair loss by addressing hormones. It binds androgen receptors and decreases the body’s processing of testosterone. It is recommended that you speak to a doctor or pharmacist about the possible benefits and risks of spironolactone.
3. Light And Laser Therapy
Laser devices might stimulate hair growth for people who have androgenic alopecia and pattern balding. Other names of laser treatments are as follows:
- Red light therapy
- Cold laser
- Soft laser
Exercises And Yoga For Hair Growth
Follow these exercises in order to see better hair growth, naturally.
Jogging: We often neglect the pores in our scalp. The sweating that takes place while running is extremely useful for hair growth.
Neck Exercises: Neck exercises are the best ways to help you with hair growth.
Side To Side Hops: Along with keeping your cardiovascular health in check, side-to-side hops assist in hair growth as well.
Here is a list of yoga asanas that help with hair growth:
- Adho Mukha Svanasana
Essential Oils That Help With Hair Fall
1. Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender is known for speeding up hair growth. It has properties that help in the generation of cells and the reduction of stress. Researchers have observed that it also helps with hair growth. An additional benefit that is offered is that it has antimicrobial and antibacterial properties, which help in improving your scalp health as well.
In order to apply this oil, mix lavender oil into 3 spoons on carrier oil, like olive oil or melted coconut oil and apply it to your scalp, directly. Let is stay and soak into hair for 10 minutes before washing it with shampoo. You can follow this process several times a week.
2. Peppermint Essential Oil
Research conducted with peppermint oil has proved that it increases the number of follicles, follicle depth and overall hair growth. It also helps in promoting hair growth during the growing phase.
Mix 2 drops of peppermint essential oil with any carrier oil of your choice. Massage your scalp — this also acts as a stress buster — and leave it on for 5 minutes before washing your hair thoroughly with shampoo and conditioner.
3. Rosemary Essential Oil
Apart from hair growth, if you see hair thickness as an issue as well, rosemary hair oil is a great choice for you. It has the ability to improve cellular generation and it performs as well as minoxidil with lesser side effects.
The process of applying rosemary oil to your scalp is the same as the application process for lavender oil.
Tips For Controlling Hair Fall
It is extremely important to understand your scalp type and choose the right shampoo. Also, you need to wash your hair depending upon your scalp. For instance, over washing hair with a dry scalp can lead to hair fall, or not washing oily locks thrice a week can lead to the same.
Further, make sure the shampoo is not loaded with chemicals including sulfate, paraben and silicone that can make your tresses brittle and hence, prone to breakage.
A good conditioner can work wonders for your locks. It contains amino acids that help to repair damaged hair, and also helps to keep them smooth.
3. Diet and Exercise
You need to feed your hair all the right nutrients particularly plenty of protein and iron. However, along with eating a balanced diet ensure you are exercising side by side. Yoga and meditation are effective in reducing hair fall.
4. Chemical Treatments
Undergoing rigorous hair treatments like straightening, perming and colouring are definitely not kind to your tresses. Further avoid using blow dryers, curling rods, especially on wet hair as they actually boil the water in your hair shaft and make them brittle.
If you really need to use a blow dry, then keep it in the lowest heat setting. If using other products that heat your hair, start with a fortifying leave-in conditioner and finish with a protective spray.
Oiling improves blood circulation and nourishes the roots. Make sure to massage your tresses once a week with oil that suits your scalp. Cover it with a shower cap and wash it off with a mild shampoo after two hours.
6. Too many styling products
Using too many chemically laden products on your hair could prove harmful in the long run. It’s best to give them a break and try natural homemade recipes instead.
Natural Remedies To Treat Hair Fall
1. Egg Mask
Eggs are rich in sulphur, phosphorous, selenium, iodine, zinc and protein, which together help promote hair growth.
To prepare the mask:
- Separate one egg white in a bowl and add a teaspoon each of olive oil and honey.
- Beat to make a paste and apply it all over from root to tips.
- After 20 minutes, rinse with a mild shampoo.
2. Licorice Root
This herb prevents hair loss and further damage to the hair. It helps soothe the scalp and get rid of any dry flakes/dandruff.
- Make a paste by adding a tablespoon of ground liquorice root and a quarter teaspoon saffron to one cup of milk.
- Apply this to your scalp and hair length and leave it on overnight.
- The next morning, wash your hair.
- Repeat this twice a week.
3. Coconut Milk
The protein and essential fats in it promote hair growth and prevent hair loss.
To prepare the milk:
- Grate a medium-sized coconut and simmer it in a pan for five minutes.
- Strain and cool.
- Then add one tablespoon of each crushed black pepper and fenugreek seeds to the milk.
- Apply on your scalp and hair.
- After 20 minutes, rinse with a shampoo.
4. Green Tea
This tea is rich in antioxidants, which help boost hair growth and prevent hair loss.
- Soak two three teabags in one-two cups of hot water depending on the length of your hair.
- When it cools, pour this over your scalp and hair, while gently massaging your head.
- Rinse with cool water after an hour.
5. Beetroot Juice
Beetroot is rich in vitamins C and B6, folate, manganese, betaine and potassium, all of which are essential for healthy hair growth. Besides, it acts as a detoxification agent by helping keep the scalp clean.
- Boil 7-8 beetroot leaves and grind along with 5-6 henna leaves.
- Apply this paste on your scalp and leave for 15-20 minutes before rinsing with warm water.
6. Greek Yoghurt and Honey
- Mix 2 tablespoons of yoghurt with 1 tablespoon of honey and lemon in a bowl.
- Using a dye brush, apply this paste to the scalp and roots.
- Leave it on for 30 minutes before rinsing with cold water.
- Apply this paste once a week.
7. Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera is an effective home remedy for hair loss and to boost hair growth. It is also effective in reducing problems of the scalp like itching and flaking.
- Take the stalk of Aloe Vera and extract the pulp.
- Apply it to your hair and scalp and leave it for about 45 minutes.
- Rinse with normal water. You can do this three to four times a week to see better results.
8. Fenugreek Seeds
Fenugreek or Methi seed is among the most effective home remedies to stop hair loss. It repairs the hair follicles and helps in the re-growth of the hair.
- Soak the fenugreek seeds overnight in water.
- Grind it to a fine paste and apply it to your hair and scalp.
- Leave the paste on your head for about 30 minutes.
- You can cover your scalp using a shower cap to keep it moist.
- After 30 to 40 minutes, rinse it with normal water.
- You don’t have to use any shampoo.
- Do it twice a week for a month to control hair fall.
9. Onion Juice
The antibacterial properties of onions help fight against scalp infections, while the sulfur content improves the circulation of blood to the hair follicles. It promotes hair growth and controls the loss of hair.
- To extract onion juice, grind the onion and then squeeze out the juice.
- Dip the cotton ball in the onion juice and apply it to your scalp.
- Leave it on for 20 to 30 minutes and then wash it off using normal water and a mild shampoo.
- Follow this procedure once a week and see the difference.
Indian Gooseberry or Amla is another effective home remedy to stop hair fall. One of the causes is the deficiency of vitamin C, hence consuming amla will strengthen the hair follicles and help you to control it. Thanks to its anti-inflammatory and exfoliating properties, amla help promote faster growth of hair, maintain a healthy scalp and prevents premature greying.
- 1You can mix lime juice and the amla powder to make a paste.
- Massage it to your scalp and hair.
- Use a shower cap to cover your head so that the paste doesn’t dry out.
- Keep it for an hour and then rinse it off with normal water.
Diet For Healthy Hair
While treatments and shampoos do play a role in maintaining healthy hair, the secret to thick, shiny, strong tresses is a healthy diet.
Iron deficiency is the main cause of hair fall. Spinach is not only a great source of iron but also vitamin A, C and protein. It also contains sebum which acts as a natural conditioner for hair and provides us with omega-3 acid, magnesium, potassium and calcium. These help in maintaining a healthy scalp and lustrous hair.
Known to be good for the eyes, carrots contain Vitamin A that also improves hair growth. Deficiency of vitamin A may lead to a dry and itchy scalp. Carrots are known to add to the thickness of hair, make hair lustrous, improve blood circulation, strengthen the hair, protect hair from external damages like pollution and also help prevent breakage of hair and hair fall.
Since hair is composed of 68 percent keratin protein, eggs help rebuild damaged hair. They are also rich in a B vitamin called biotin that helps hair grow.
Oats are rich in fibre, zinc, iron, omega-6 fatty acids and polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) that stimulate hair growth and will make your hair thick and healthy.
Walnuts contain biotin, B vitamins (B1, B6 and B9), Vitamin E, plenty of protein and magnesium – all of which strengthen hair cuticles and nourish the scalp. It helps protect your cells from DNA damage that may be caused due to sun exposure.
Lentils are a great source of protein, iron, zinc, and biotin. They are also loaded with folic acid which is necessary for restoring the health of red blood cells that supply the skin and scalp with much-needed oxygen.
Lean meats like chicken or turkey are rich in high-quality protein which strengthens fragile hair and prevents breakage.
8. Strawberries and Guavas
Strawberries contain high levels of silica. Silica is a trace mineral vital for hair strength and hair growth. Other foods rich in silica include rice, oats, onion, cabbage, cucumber and cauliflower. Vitamin C also prevents hair from becoming brittle and breaking. While we often think of oranges as the best source of vitamin C, one guava packs four to five times as much.
Yogurt is packed with Vitamin B5 and Vitamin D that are known to promote hair follicle health.
10. Sweet Potatoes
Beta carotene protects against dry, dull hair and stimulates the glands in your scalp to make an oily fluid called sebum. Orange coloured fruits and vegetables such as carrots, pumpkin, cantaloupe, mangoes and sweet potatoes are a great source of this.
How To Avoid Hair Fall
1. Regular Trims
Hair tends to be the most damaged near the tips, and a good trim every six to eight weeks can help solve your woes. Damaged hair has a straw-like texture, and can be chopped off to promote growth and remove split ends.
Stress is one of the root causes of a lot of health problems, including hair loss. It can also disrupt the process of hair growth and lead to premature greying. Again, meditation and yoga on a regular basis can prove to be a good stress buster.
3. Avoid Taking Hot Showers
As comforting as hot showers are, it dehydrates strands (just like skin), and strips the scalp of its natural oils, leading to dry, brittle hair that’s more prone to breakage. Instead, opt for lukewarm water and try to rinse hair with the coolest temperature.
4. Combing Wet Hair
Our strands are never more fragile and prone to breakage when wet. Hence it’s important to use a wide-toothed comb or let them air-dry first before any form of styling.
5. Wearing Tight Hairstyles
Pulling your hair too tight from the roots causes damage and hence, should be avoided. It is also best to not tie your hair tight while sleeping.
FAQS on Hair Fall
Q. My hair loss is quite severe, what do I do?
A. It’s best to visit a dermatologist or trichologist in cases of any kind of hair fall. A specialist can give you the right kind of direction regarding this.
Q. Can alopecia be reversed?
A. As of now, there is no cure for alopecia areata. However, with the right kind of medication and a healthy lifestyle, there is almost an 80% chance of your hair growing back within the next year.
Q. Is a hair plant advisable in case of balding?
A. Having a natural mop of hair post hair transplant is not something that happens instantly. It takes around 6 months for the roots to take. Along with this, there are complications associated with the recovery period. It’s best to consult a trichologist regarding this as only after a full check-up you can understand whether this procedure is needed or not.