Home Remedies to Prevent Hair Loss

Are you losing sleep over losing hair? Has your hairline already started receding? Are you concerned about your hair which seems to cling on to your brush or the bathroom drain instead of your head? Today hair fall is not a sign of aging but has become a common source of embarrassment to people of all ages, and is one of the most important cosmetic issues on this planet. The cosmetic industry has introduced umpteen number of hair care products into the market which promises to bring back the hair to the place it rightfully belongs- your head.

 Home Remedies for Hair Loss

Causes of Hair Fall

Hair today, Gone tomorrow? The growing levels of pollution, food adulteration, and various hair products and hair colouring agents that have flooded the markets have led to hair fall not only in the older age group but also amongst youngsters who are barely out of their teens. The desire to have shiny straight and coloured or streaked hair, encourages the hair care market to come out with products which, while satisfying the need for a glamorous look, contain harmful chemicals like ammonia, causing hair loss. Apart from this there are various other factors responsible for causing hair fall. Hair loss could also be due to

  • Genetic predisposition
  • Stress, physical or emotional
  • Infection
  • Thyroid problems
  • Old age
  • Medication, chemotherapy or radiation
  • Skin disorders
  • Hormonal changes in your body

 

Hair Loss Treatment 

There are a number of solutions available in the market to prevent hair fall. Shampoos and lotions promise to prevent loss of hair, while beauty parlours offer numerous ‘herbal’ treatments for the same.

 

Premature hair loss or male baldness due to genetic predisposition is not curable. However treatments can ensure that hair fall is reduced. Cosmetic intervention like hair follicle implants and hair extensions are available with cosmetologists, which can provide relief. However, these procedures are often painful, requiring a number of visits to the doctor and are also quite expensive.

 

Hair Loss Home remedies, on the other hand are cost effective, provide better results and at the same time do not have side effect since they are devoid of harmful chemicals.

 

Home Remedies for Hair Fall

Coconut Milk:

Coconut MilkRich in nutrition, the milk of coconut contains proteins, essential fats and nutrients such as potassium and iron and is a perfect and natural therapy for preventing hair loss and breakage.

 

{Grate coconut, add half a cup of warm water and squeeze out the milk. Allow to cool to room temperature and apply on scalp. Leave overnight and rinse it off the next morning with water. }

 

Gooseberry (Amla):

The amla is an effective treatment for removing dandruff, which is a major cause for hair fall.

 

{Boil dried amla fruit in coconut oil till the oil turns black. Massage this oil into your scalp at least twice a week, to check hair fall. }

 

Aloe Vera:

Aloe Vera Plant

Aloe Vera juice is an excellent and natural remedy to combat hair fall, especially in summer, when the scalp tends to become dry which is a cause for aggravating hair loss. Aloe Vera helps in moistening the scalp, helping to reduce hair fall and also promoting hair growth. It is also helps prevent scalp infections and is a good remedy to treat dandruff.

 

{Remove the external scaly skin of the Aloe Vera leaf and blend the fleshy inside part in a mixer. Apply even on scalp, leave for an hour, and wash hair with a mild shampoo. Repeat twice a week for best results.}

 

Neem:

Neem leaves have always been one of the best and most trusted home cure for a number of ailments. It is also one of the effective home remedies for hair fall.

 

{Boil a bunch of neem leaves in water till the water reduces to almost half its quantity. Cool, and rinse hair with this at least once a week}

 

Henna:

Since ancient times, henna has been used as a natural colour and conditioner for hair. Henna also plays a major role in strengthening hair and preventing hair loss.

 

{Wash and dry about 60 grams of henna and boil them in 250 gms of mustard oil till they become black. Strain the oil and store in an airtight container. Use this oil on your hair at least twice a week and you will notice fewer strands of hair on your comb.}

 

{To half a cup of curd mix one cup of dried and powdered henna leaves. Apply this paste on your scalp, allow to dry and wash with water and a mild shampoo.}

 

Hibiscus:

Used with coconut oil, the hibiscus flower has rejuvenating properties; it nourishes the hair, stops premature greying , helps to clear dandruff and also prevents hair fall.

 

{Make a fine paste of three or four hibiscus flowers and a little coconut oil. Apply evenly on the scalp and leave for a few hours before washing off with a mild shampoo.}

 

Fenugreek Seeds (Methi):

fenugreek seeds for hairFenugreek seeds are an excellent remedy for thinning hair and hair fall. It helps in curing dandruff and also helps in reversing baldness. It contains proteins and nicotinic acid apart from large amounts of lecithin which provides strength to the roots of the hair, making it highly effective remedy for hair fall.

 

{Soak half a cup of methI seeds in water overnight and make a fine paste using very little water. Mix two tablespoons of this paste with one tablespoon of olive oil or coconut oil. Massage into the scalp and leave for ten minutes. Wash with water and a mild shampoo.}

 

Oil Massage to Stop Hair Fall:

Used widely during ancient times by the Egyptians, oil massages are perhaps the best and most effective remedy for treating hair loss. A warm oil massage, at least thrice a week, will not only ensure remarkably stronger hair which is less prone to falling, but will also increase blood circulation, promoting hair growth. Most of these oils are readily available, besides being cost effective. Some of these oils are:

 

Castor Oil: Cheap and effective and having no side effects, castor oil contains many naturally beneficial compounds which nourishes and moisturises hair, stimulates blood circulation and provides nutrients to the hair roots thereby encouraging hair growth.

 

Coconut Oil: Coconut oil is a low cost, effective moisturiser for the scalp and hair and is a staple at almost every Indian home, especially in the Southern parts of India, where people use this oil regularly and which is evident by their long lustrous and strong hair.

 

Jojoba Oil: Use of this oil helps to clear the sebum in the scalp and helps in moisturising the hair

 

Peppermint Oil:  Stimulates blood circulation and balances the Ph levels. However it can sometimes cause irritation of the scalp. For best results it has to be used along with almond oil.

 

Vitamin E Oil: Effective oil for treating hair loss, it stimulates blood circulation and nourishes hair roots. However, in some cases, it could cause eczema, or infection of the scalp.

 

Treat Your Hair with Care

A hair in the head is worth two in the brush….. Oliver Herford

Hair care should become a very important part of your daily routine if you want to have strong and lustrous locks. Here are some tips to follow if you are experiencing hair loss

  • Drink plenty of water. A natural remedy for several conditions, drinking plenty of water also helps in preventing hair fall. The water is absorbed by the cells in the body, keeping the hair follicles moist and flexible, thereby improving the strength and texture of hair.
  • A balanced and healthy diet is essential good skin and hair. Healthy hair needs proteins, calcium and minerals which are abundantly available in green leafy vegetables, milk eggs and legumes. Regular consumption of these in your diet will help control hair fall.
  • Avoid using harsh shampoos, hair colours and dyes and other hair treatments especially if you are experiencing hair fall. As an alternate you could use baby shampoos as they contain very less chemicals. Henna could be used as a substitute to colour your hair
  • Comb your hair using a wide toothed comb. Clustered brushes and fine toothed comb cause hair to be pulled hard causing it to fall.
  • Protect your hair from harsh sunlight and pollution. Wear a scarf or a hat when you go out in the sun. If you are driving a two wheeler, then make sure to cover your head with a scarf before wearing a helmet.
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