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Jul 26, 2016

Say No to Hairfall with these simple tips!

Hair loss affects millions of people. It can affect both men and women. While genes play a vital role, there are usually other reasons as well, including, hormonal imbalances, an under-active thyroid gland, nutritional deficiencies and insufficient blood circulation in the scalp. There are a number of causes behind hair loss, including male pattern baldness, alopecia, fungal infections, and psychological disorders, as a result of chemotherapy, nutrient deficiencies, or hormonal imbalances. Also, a lack of circulation on the scalp can also cause hair loss in men and women, both.

Human hair naturally grows in three phases:

Anagen - Anagen is the active or growing phase.  

Catagen - Catagen is a short phase of the natural hair cycle during which hairs begin to break down.  

Telogen - Telogen is the resting phase. The hairs that are shed daily are often in the resting or late phase in the hair cycle.

Normally, about 10% of the scalp hairs are in the resting or telogen phase at any time. These hairs are not growing and are getting prepared for cyclic shedding.

The human scalp has around 1, 00,000 – 1, 50,000 hair follicles.

Each follicle grows a hair continuously up to age 8.

The average scalp has up to 150,000 hairs.

Each follicle produces a single hair that grows at a rate of half an inch per month.

After growing for two to six years, hair rests awhile before falling out.

It is soon replaced with a new hair, and the cycle begins again.

At any given time, 85% of hair is growing, and the remainder is resting.

Per experts, a normal human being can lose nearly 100 hair strands per day without any significant worry; however, losing more than 200 on a regular basis should attract immediate attention. Hair fall, if within normal limits, is a regular process. As new hair grows, old ones give way by falling off.

Reasons behind hair fall

Stress: Stress is also a primary reason of hair fall. Three types of hair fall are associated with stress; these are trichotillomania, alopecia areata and telogen effluvium. Though the hair fall caused due to stress is not permanent, you can control this by doing yoga or meditation or any physical exercises.

Infections or fungal diseases: Hair fall may also occur due to infections. Fungal infection like ringworm can be a major cause of hair fall. Ringworm starts as a pimple and slowly spreads resulting in bald patches. Some infections can be controlled naturally over time, but you need to identify the problem and opt for the best remedy at the earliest to stop hair fall.

Heredity: Heredity is considered as a primary reason of baldness. If it is there in your genes, you can hardly do anything to stop it. However, the chance of androgenetic alopecia is much rarer in women due to their genetic makeup, but even women can experience hair thinning or small bald patches due to heredity.

Insufficiency of nutrients: If there is a vitamin or mineral deficiency in your body, your hairs are surely going to take the heat. Protein is also vital to make the hairs strong and healthy. So, ensure to intake a proper balanced diet rich with protein, vitamins and minerals.

Aging: Aging can also be a cause of hair thinning in some cases. This generally occurs due to lack of nutrients and collagen in the body. However, it is not an obvious reason, and you may not suffer from hair fall and balding even if you get old if it is not there in your genes.

PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome in women): In many women, PCOS is a primary reason of excessive hair fall. PROS can be caused due to many reasons, starting from obesity to unhealthy lifestyles and hormonal imbalance. It affects the menstrual cycle in women and can trigger extreme hair fall. You need medical assistance to cure this condition.

Pregnancy: One can experience heavy hair fall during or after the pregnancy. It is generally triggered by the changes in the hormonal levels in the body of the mother during pregnancy. However, the hair lost due to pregnancy usually comes back after delivery.

Use of styling tools and chemicals: Many people use styling tools for straightening hairs. Use of chemical filled sprays for achieving a desired hairstyle is also quite common. Use of heat and chemicals destroys the hair texture and makes it prone to damage.  Donning very tight hairstyles can also affect the hair roots causing hair fall.

Medications for hair loss: Certain medications can cause severe hair loss. Medications used for treating infections or hormonal imbalances can trigger hair fall in some cases.  Consult your doctor immediately in case you notice extreme hair fall after taking a particular medication.

Some studies have proven that excessive drinking; smoking and sun exposure can also lead to hair loss.

Let’s take a look at the home remedies of hair fall. Follow these home remedies to control hair loss naturally. These home remedies are a combination of dietary choices and activities that can boost your hair growth and reduce the rate of hair loss.

Fenugreek: One of the most effective home remedies to control hair loss is using Fenugreek /Methi. Seeds of fenugreek are rich in hormone antecedents that help in hair growth and repairs hair follicles. These seeds also contain nicotinic acid and proteins that strengthen the hair shafts and boosts hair growth. Soak some fenugreek seeds in water overnight and grind it in the next morning to make a fine paste. Apply this fenugreek seed paste to the scalp and hairs and let it set for 30 minutes to one hour and then rinse off. Follow this at least twice a week for a month to see effective results.

Aloe vera: Uses of Aloe Vera can effectively reduce scalp problems like, flaking and itching. The mildly alkaline property of Aloe Vera helps in restoring the natural pH level of the scalp which promotes hair growth. Take an Aloe Vera leaf, collect the gel and apply it to the scalp and hair. Leave it on for 45 minutes to an hour and wash off. Follow this treatment for 3– 4 times a week for better results.

Onion: If you are suffering from heavy hair loss, here is the most effective home remedy for controlling hair loss and boosting hair growth. The onion in can actually do wonders for your hairs. The high sulphur content of onion is capable to improve blood circulation to the hair follicles. Onion juice also has anti-bacterial properties that can kill the germs and parasites. Prepare fresh onion juice by grinding an onion and squeezing out the juice. Apply it onto the scalp and leave it on for half an hour. Finally, wash off with a mild cleanser and plenty of water.

Coconut Milk: Coconut milk is rich in nutrients and vitamins that hair needs to grow. Also, it can keep both your hair and your follicles healthy. Grate the coconut and grind it in a mixer. You can extract the milk from this paste and apply the milk directly to the scalp and hair ends. Leave it on for 30 minutes to 1 hour and wash off followed by shampoo and conditioning. It will stop hair thinning and promotes hair regrowth.

Egg Wash: Eggs are very high in protein, which helps to keep hair thick, strong, shiny and voluminous. By whisking a few eggs and creating a paste, you can rub it through your hair and let it settle for a few minutes before washing it out.

Amla (Indian Gooseberry): Vitamin C deficiency can trigger hair loss and Amla is rich in vitamin C.  Take a few amlas, discard the seeds and grind the flesh to make a pulp. Mix this pulp with a few drops of lemon juice and massage your scalp with this mixture. You can also use the pulp directly without adding the lemon juice.  Keep this on for an hour and wash off with plenty of water.

Hibiscus: One of the best home remedy for hair loss. Hibiscus flowers and leaves can be very helpful in preventing hair loss and to promote hair growth. Hibiscus flowers are used as an effective cure for split ends and dandruff as well. Heat few hibiscus flowers’ petal in 2 tablespoons of coconut oil. Strain the solution and collect the oil. Apply this concoction to the scalp and hairs, leave overnight and wash in the morning. Alternately, you can use hibiscus leaves. To use the hibiscus leaves, grind them into fine paste and apply the paste to the scalp and hairs. Leave it on for 30 minutes to 1 hour and rinse off.

Vinegar: Vinegar has a number of beneficial nutrients, including potassium and certain other enzymes that help promote hair growth and also prevent dandruff. Dandruff can clog the hair follicles and the pores, making hair growth impossible. By eliminating that dandruff problem, vinegar can allow the hair to begin growing again.

Beetroot juice: Beetroot is rich in phosphorous, calcium, protein, potassium, carbohydrates, Vitamin B and C. These are very essential nutrients for hair growth. Drink beet-root juice daily or include it in your regular diet for fast and healthy hair growth. Alternatively, you can also use beet-root leaves to your scalp and hairs. Boil the beet-root leaves in water and make a paste. Apply this thick paste to scalp and leave it on for 30 minutes. Rinse off with water. Follow this procedure at least twice in a week for better hair growth and quick results.

Biotin: Biotin is a type of vitamin of the B complex which is considered extremely beneficial to increase the health of skin, hair and nails. Foods that contain biotin include nuts and brown rice, egg yolk, liver and yeast.  So adding these to your daily diet can really help to improve your hair growth.

Spinach, Lettuce and Alfalfa juice: These green veggies are rich in vitamins and minerals. They are also high in Iron and Biotin content, both of which are vital for the health of hairs and hair growth.  To get the goodness of Spinach and Lettuce you can include these vegetables directly into your daily diet. It is best suggested to eat them half- cooked or boiled to get the best effects.  You can also make a delicious smoothie with spinach, lettuce & alfalfa and drink it twice a day to ensure that your hairs are healthy.

Get enough fatty acids: Including essential fatty acids in your regular diet can be helpful to stop hair fall, promoting hair growth, naturally.  Walnuts, nuts, flax seeds, almonds, fish and avocado are common natural sources of healthy fatty acids. So include these nuts and fruits along with fish in your daily diet. Fishes like Salmon and Tuna are the richest animal source of fatty acids.

Thyroid Health: If you suffer from hypothyroidism, then you need to improve it. A way to increase your iodine levels is to add sea vegetables like Kelp, noru, Kombu, and Wakame. Make sure to eat them regularly to increase your thyroid hormone production. Hormonal imbalances are a big cause of hair loss, so maintaining proper hormonal activity is important to keep your hair looking great as you get older, but also while you’re young!

Reduce Red Meat Intake: Sebum blocking the hair follicles and the pores is a big problem that causes hair loss. However, certain studies have shown a positive connection between animal fat intake and an increase in sebum production. This might mean that cutting down on your red meat will help lower that sebum level and allow your hair to grow unhindered.

Add Saw Palmetto supplement to your diet: A recent publication in a world renowned Journal mentioned that alternative and complementary medicine like saw palmetto (Serenoarepens) may increase hair regrowth in men. In the study, better hair growth was observed in men who took 400 mg palmetto in addition to 100 mg of beta-sitosterol (from saw palmetto) regularly. Historically, palmetto continues to be used by herbalists for curing thinning hair in both men and women.

Increase keratin production with MSM : Methyl Sulfonyl methane is great for producing keratin (a hair protein), which helps in strengthening hairs. A study found, all the people taking MSM experienced reduced hair fall combined with increased hair growth in only six months. Milk, tomatoes and corn are naturally rich in the MSM and they can stop hair fall and are also very effective to boost hair regrowth. So, include these foods in your regular diet.

Rub Fingernails: Rubbing left and right hand's fingernails with each other is a powerful technique for curing hair fall and increasing hair growth.  4 fingernails of right hand and left hand rub them each other. Thumb fingernails of left and right hand are not rubbed on each other. Fold both your palms inwards and place the fingernails of both hands against each other. Then with regular swift motions, rub them against each other. You can do it any time anywhere while watching TV or listening music, do it daily 10 to 20 minutes. It is said not to rub your thumbnails because it will accelerate the growth of beard, moustache or facial hairs.

(NOTE: Follow any of these home remedies consistently for 8-12 weeks or more to see improved results. Take a healthy diet. It is always suggested to take an advice of your health care provider in case of extreme hair loss to find the real cause. Always do a patch test before applying anything to your scalp if you have a sensitive skin.)