Receding hairline, decrease in size of the ponytail, thinning hair, clumps of hair on the bathroom floor or pillow or comb.. These are a few of the phrases that has terrified most of us at some point of time in our lives.
It could be due to various reasons like stress, pregnancy, chemical hair treatments, anemia etc. Whatever may be the reason, the important thing is that we control it.
That’s why we’ve put together a guide to the myriad of ways a person can control this embarrassing problem.
Hot oil treatments:
Heating the oil works wonders, as it helps it to penetrate the hair shaft, adding both shine and manageability. Tame those thirsty strands with a super-hydrating hot oil, and watch those frankenlocks turn into glorious locks.
Take any natural oil – olive, coconut – and heat it up so that it is warm. Massage it gently into your scalp. Put on a shower cap and leave it on for an hour, then shampoo your hair.
The anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antibacterial, and the exfoliating properties present in Indian gooseberry can help maintain a healthy scalp and promote hair growth.
1. Mix amla and shikakai powder to make a paste. Apply this to your hair. Leave it on for a few minutes and wash off after a few minutes.
2. Mix powdered amla with lime juice. Apply this on your scalp and leave on for some time. Wash off.
Licorice root is another herb that prevents hair loss and further damage to the hair. The mollifying properties of licorice roots open the pores, soothe the scalp and help get rid of irritations like dry flakes. This remedy is good for dandruff, hair loss and baldness.
Add one tablespoon of ground licorice root to one cup milk with a quarter teaspoon saffron. Mix it thoroughly. Apply the paste on bald patches at bedtime and leave it on overnight. In the morning, wash your hair. Follow this remedy once or twice a week.
Sometimes, the root cause for hair loss is stress. Meditation can help to both reduce stress and restore your hormonal balance. Practicing meditation can also help you in other aspects of your life. Herbs like chamomile and Tulsi have been known to soothe your fraught nerves.
Hair masks can be made out of a variety of basic ingredients like henna, coconut cream, banana, hibiscus, besan etc. Below are 5 effective homemade hair mask:
Potato hair pack : Peel one large potato and grate it. Squeeze juice from the grated potato into a bowl. Mix 2 tbsp aloe vera gel and 2 tbsp honey to this. Mix well this all the honey dissolves into the solution. Massage onto hair roots for a few minutes. Cover head with a shower cap and towel. Leave on for 2 hours and then wash off with warm water. Use the mask twice weekly.
Fenugreek Hair Mask : Soak fenugreek (methi) seeds in water overnight. Grind into a paste the next day and massage into scalp and hair. Leave on for 20 minutes before washing off.
Banana hair mask : Mash a ripe banana in a bowl. Do this using a fork. Add almond oil (3-4 drops) and amla powder (2 tablespoons). Mix to make a paste, and leave it on your hair and scalp for about 10-15 minutes.Now rinse your hair using warm water. Shampoo and condition like always.
Hibiscus hair pack : Soak hibiscus petals overnight in a cup of water. Then blend it with olive oil and raw milk.Apply this pack on hair. Keep the hair mask for 20 to 25 minutes and then rinse it with water.
Egg Yolk and Onion Hair Mask : This is another efficacious mask to prevent hair loss and make hair super lustrous. Mix together 1 egg yolk, 1 Tbsp olive oil, 2 Tbsp Onion juice and 1 tsp honey. This mask is applied in two steps –firstly, it is applied only in the roots with a brush applicator; and secondly, it is applied onto the entire length.
As the body turns food into energy, it creates byproducts known as free radicals. These chemicals have the potential to damage human cells and genetic material. Free radicals are also in the air you breathe, and may be found in food or even produced when the sun shines on your skin. Evidence from scientific experiments indicates that this happens in hair follicles and melanocytes as well, which can promote hair loss. Antioxidants are substances that fight free radicals.
Apply warm green tea (two bags brewed in one cup of water) on your scalp and leave this mixture on for an hour and then rinse. Green tea contains antioxidants which prevent hair loss and boost hair growth.
Include more high-protein foods in your diet
Lustrous, beautiful and healthy hair is a result of a healthy body and a healthy diet. Any nutritional deficiencies can lead to problems like dryness, brittleness, dandruff and ultimately hair loss.
Protein is the building block of hair, so a diet for healthy hair should make up at least 20% of your daily calories. Protein provides strength to the shaft of the hair and reduces chances of hair fall by snapping and splitting.
Inadequate protein intake over a lengthy period can cause major hair fall, which will affect its texture and quality.Eating lean meats, fish, soy, or other proteins may help to curb hair loss. Besides containing protein, many foods rich in protein also contain Vitamin B-12.
Omega 3 fatty acids have anti-inflammatory properties, which can help to open the hair follicles, promoting healthy hair growth. Foods rich in Omega-3 are flaxseed, fatty fish, egg yolks, fish eggs (caviar) and milk.
If hair fall is persistent, it is always best to contact a dermatologist and get his advice.