When it comes to hair loss, when is it time to hear the alarm bells? It’s normal to lose 50 to 100 strands of hair a day, but if you’re losing considerably more than that, you may have reason to worry. However, keep in mind that stress only worsens the situation- instead, give these hair loss natural remedies a try! While there are a number of cosmetic hair loss solutions available, it is always better to stick to natural elements that are readily available at home.
Hair loss reasons
First of all, try to understand the cause of your problem. For instance, if the trigger is a medical condition, then you probably need medical attention to strike at the root. However, hair loss causes range from medical conditions to lifestyle factors and often, hair loss remedies could come right from your kitchen or garden. Some illnesses that can cause hair loss include thyroid, autoimmune diseases, polycystic ovary syndrome and iron deficiency anemia. Other environment and lifestyle related triggers for hair loss include age, menopause, pregnancy, smoking, nutritional deficiencies, hormone imbalance and excessive use of chemical products on the hair. Genetics may also play a role. Hair loss and stress are also linked.
Hair loss natural treatment
It’s effectiveness in combating hair loss is debated, but saw palmetto blocks the production of DHT (a metabolite of testosterone), a contributing factor to untimely hair loss in men.
Hair loss vitamins
As far as your hair is concerned, Vitamins A, B and E are very important. Vitamin A helps to produce sebum that in turn helps to maintain a healthy scalp and also promote hair growth. The B vitamins help produce melanin, which apart from giving color also stimulates blood circulation in the scalp. So does Vitamin E. Take foods that are rich in these vitamins. For example, sweet potatoes are rich in Vitamin A.
Omega 3 fatty acids
Omega 3 fatty acids help to lower inflammation and give you a healthier scalp. Include nuts and seeds, eggs, milk, fatty fish etc. in your diet- all these are rich sources of Omega 3 fatty acids. Egg yolks especially and even fish eggs are good sources of Omega-3 fatty acids.
Iron rich food
If iron deficiency anemia is found to be your root cause of hair loss, try including iron rich food in your diet like beans, spinach, raisins and apricots, green leafy vegetables and even iron-fortified cereals, bread or pasta.
Hot oil treatments
Heat up oil- coconut, safflower, canola or olive oil till it is warm- not too hot. Massage onto scalp and cover your head with a shower cap. Leave on for an hour and then shampoo off. Alternatively, mayonnaise also works as a good conditioner. However, hot oil treatment should not be used too often as it might lead to premature graying.
Hair oil massage (include essential oils)
One of the simplest first steps to take is to massage your scalp properly with an appropriate hair oil. You could use coconut oil, castor oil, almond oil, wheat germ oil, sesame oil or olive oil. For better results, you could add a few drops of essential oils (like lavender oil, bay oil or rosemary oil) to your base oil, and massage applying light pressure with your fingertips. A good scalp massage helps to strengthen your hair roots along with improving blood circulation and this helps in reducing hair fall.
Egg has a lot of elements like sulphur, selenium, iodine, protein and zinc that are good for your hair. Avoid the stench and mess of egg yolk masks by choosing an egg oil massage instead. Leave overnight and wash off with a mild shampoo next morning. However, you do have to use it regularly, twice or thrice a week for at least 12 weeks to see results- discontinuing use might bring back your problems.
Straight from the kitchen
Massage the scalp with either onion or garlic juice (don’t mix the two), leave overnight and shampoo off in the morning. Their high sulphur content helps improve blood circulation and regenerate hair follicles, reducing hair fall.
Massaging your scalp with aloe vera gel or consuming the juice/gel of a freshly scraped leaf ( if it’s readily available) on an empty stomach is an effective remedy.
Hair loss diet
A high protein diet is considered good for those with hair loss problems. It is best to eat a variety of foods (fruits and vegetables) every day- which should include protein rich stuff like grains, legumes, lentils, soy, fish and lean meats.
Hair loss because of stress
If mental stress is the culprit behind your loss woes, keep stress at bay with techniques like exercise, walking, swimming, biking or meditation. Talk to a friend or your spouse or write it out. Sharing or otherwise giving a vent to your troubles helps take stress off the mind.