Falling hair? Well, that’s certainly a problem. Hair is considered any and every person’s crowning glory. And dry, brittle, damaged hair is nothing to be proud of. Thinning hair? Even worse. It’s okay to lose 50 to a hundred hair strands every day. After all, hair goes through a life cycle like any other living organism. It’s when you lose more than the usual and start seeing bald spots that you should consider seeing a professional.
Causes of Hair Fall
Hair fall can be caused by a lot of things.
- Aging – getting on in age means the hair life cycle also gradually changes, with new hair growth slowing down. This results to thinning hair.
- Hormonal factors – the most common is male-pattern and female-pattern baldness, but pregnancy, childbirth, menopause and using or stopping the use of birth control pills can all have effects, too.
- Medical conditions – thyroid problems, alopecia areata, scalp infections, lichen planus and some types of lupus are just some examples
- Medications – those used to treat cancer, depression, arthritis, heart problems and high blood pressure have been known to negatively impact hair growth, too.
- Shock and trauma – sudden and excessive weight loss, death in the family, and high fever are some situations that could make a person lose hair
- Hair-pulling disorder – some people have the irresistible urge to pull their hair out, causing baldness
- Certain hairstyles – too tight hairstyles can cause traction hair loss
Hair Fall Remedies
Many people experience falling and losing hair. And while some factors cannot be helped (pattern baldness for one is largely genetic), there are also some remedies that can maybe help with re-growing hair. The best part? You probably already have all of them stocked in your kitchen.
Kitchen wonders, hair savers
- Garlic and Onion
What does garlic and onion have that could help with hair fall? Sulphur, that’s what.
The element increases the production of collagen. And collagen helps in making hair grow. This is why both have been traditionally used to make herbal medicines for hair regrowth.
So just how do you transform these lowly bulbs into hair growing machines?
- Chop the onion into fine pieces.
- Squeeze the juice out.
- Apply to scalp and leave on for 15 minutes.
- Rinse with mild shampoo.
- Crush some garlic gloves.
- Add coconut oil.
- Cool the mixture down and apply to scalp once warm.
You can achieve the best results if you stick with this routine two to three times a week.
Coconuts have long been called the tree of life and is one of the best hair fall remedies. Every single part seems to be good for one thing or another. For hair though, it’s the milk and the oil you want.
Coconut milk is rich in proteins, potassium and iron. All of these help in strengthening hair and reducing breakage. Massaging coconut oil into the scalp, meanwhile, has been traditionally done to help protect against hair loss.
How do you use this? Just apply the oil into the scalp and leave it overnight. Rinse with mild shampoo the following morning.
Hibiscus is a pretty flower that could also give you even prettier- and thicker – hair. It’s got rejuvenating properties that nourishes and prevents premature graying. It’s also beneficial in curing dandruff. And it helps in preventing hair loss, too. You shouldn’t be surprised to know that hibiscus is a common ingredient in a lot of commercial herbal shampoos.
Crushing a few flowers and mixing with sesame or coconut oil will give you a fine paste. This is applied on the scalp and hair. You can rinse it out after a few hours using water and mild shampoo.
Owing its popularity to being a natural hair color, henna is actually also good for strengthening hair. It works best when combined with mustard oil.
Just boil a mixture of 250ml mustard oil and 60g of dried henna leaves until the leaves are burnt. Filter the leaves out and massage the oil into the hair and scalp.
If coconuts are super trees, eggs are superfoods.
Eggs are also sulphur-rich. On top of that, they also contain selenium, iodine, uron, zinc and phosphorus. Combined with olive oil, it makes for one excellent hair regrowth promoter.
Mix one egg white with olive oil and beat it to a paste-like consistency. Apply the misture to the hair and scalp. After 20 minutes, rinse it out with water and mild shampoo.
More popular in East Asia, amla fruits are rich cources of vitamin C and antioxidants. Juice extracts and powders are available in most herbal stores.
Mix equal quantities of powder or juice with freshly squeezed lime. Apply this to your scalp and leave it until it’s dry. Then rinse.
Hair fall is a serious concern, not just aesthetically. These herbal remedies can help arrest it. But if your hair fall continues or gets worse, don’t wait. Leave the kitchen and see a doctor!