How to Stop Hair loss Naturally
Hair is an important part of the body that indicates a person’s gender, health, age, race, religion and social status. It plays an important role in their personal identity and is a symbol of youth and vitality. Hair loss is one of the biggest cause of concern among youngsters. So people spend a lot to prevent hair loss and improve hair growth.
Normal persons may have around 1,25,000 to 1,50,000 strands of hair on their scalp. The normal life span of a strand of hair is about 3 years after which it sheds naturally. Normally a person sheds around 80 to 100 hairs per day. When hair shedding is more it may lead to thinning of hair and baldness (Alopecia).
Types of Hair fall (Alopecia)
Androgenic hair fall
Mail pattern hair loss which occurs in male after the age of 35 to 40.
It is due to the over action of male hormone.
Female pattern hair loss occurs after 40 to 50 years of age. the pattern will vary from male pattern hair loss as shown in figure.
In alopecia areata the hair fall is in small patches, it may be due to auto immune disease.
In alopecia potalis hair from the entire scalps, eye brows, eye lashes and rest of the body may be lost.
Telogen efluvium is due to dietary deficiency like vitamins and minerals. In telogen efluvium there is generalized thinning of hair.
Traction hair fall
This type of hair fall is due to hair styles that pulls the hair root from the scalps.
Causes of Hair fall (Alopecia)
There are many causes of Hair loss. They are advancing age, genetic factors, conditions where there is hormonal imbalance like pregnancy, people on birth control pills, and lactating mothers.
Mental and physical stress, sudden severe weight gain or weight loss can also produce hair loss.
Side effects of drugs like antibiotics, steroids, chemotherapy drugs for cancer and radiotherapy can increase hair loss.
Diseases like hyper thyroid and hypo thyroid, auto immune disease and other severe general infections can also induce hair loss.
Infections of scalp, lice infestation, dandruff, seborrheic dermatitis of scalp and allergic conditions can produce loss of hair.
Nutritional deficiencies like protein deficiency, deficiencies of iron, calcium, vitamins (mainly vitamins A, Biotin and pantothenic acid) and deficiency of minerals like Zinc can induce loss of hair. Over dose of vitamin A can also cause hair loss.
Other causes like vigorous massaging or vigorous combing of wet hair, using very hot hair dryers and hair straightening rods and tying hair very tightly can also cause hair loss.
Frequent hot water bath can cause hair loss. Using hair tonics, shampoos, conditioners, hair dyes and hair oils with lots of chemicals can cause hair loss.
How to Stop Hair loss Naturally
Do’s to stop hair loss and promote hair growth
Correct nutritional deficiencies. Take high protein diet like eggs, fish, meat and nuts to correct protein deficiency.
Take milk and yogurt (contain Biotin)
Treat and prevent iron deficiency by eating lots of green leafy vegetables, dates, dry fruits and liver.
Eat lots of multi colored fruits and vegetables which are rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Add almonds, walnuts and ground nuts which are rich in protein, zinc, vitamins and minerals.
Drink plenty of water. Drink amla (Indian goose berry) juice and green tea.
Take bath with luke warm water. Give a gentle massage to the scalp.
Dry your hair gently. Allow it to dry naturally.
Use clean combs and brush.
Trim the split ends regularly.
Reduce stress and exercise regularly.
Treat the cause of hair loss and associated diseases.
Use natural remedies to stop hair fall.
Don’ts to stop hair loss and increase hair growth
Do not tie hair too tightly. Avoid shampoos, conditioners, hair oils and hair dye with lots of chemicals.
Do not use hair dryers, hair straightening rods or hot hair curlers.
Avoid vigorous combing and toweling wet hair.
Do not use chlorinated water for bath.
Avoid smoking. It will reduce blood supply to scalp and hair follicles.
Natural Ways to Prevent and treat hair loss
Gently massage scalp with coconut oil or coconut milk and wash it after 1 hour. Coconut oil is a good conditioner.
You can also massage with olive oil, almond oil or mustard oil. Heat the oil a little and give a gentle massage to the scalp to improve circulation. A mixture of lemon juice and coconut oil can be used.
oregano oil helps to treat dandruff. It stops hair fall and promotes hair growth. It acts as an antifungal and antibiotic.
Aloe vera gel
Massage scalp with aloe vera gel and wash it off after 45 minutes.
Curry leaves are rich in vitamins, anti-oxidants, proteins and minerals which prevent hair loss. Amino acids present in curry leaves strengthen hair follicles and promote hair growth. Curry leaves help to retain the luster and color of the hair.
Rubbing cut end of onion or massaging scalp with onion juice improves the blood circulation to hair follicles and scalp and promote hair growth. Onion acts as a good anti bacterial. An enzyme called catalase, present in onion prevent pre mature graying of hair. Sulfur and poly phenols present kills lice and prevents dandruff.
Garlic destroys harmful bacteria and stimulates hair growth.
Indian goose berry (Amla)
Amla contains anti-oxidants, Vitamins, minerals and amino acids which strengthen hair follicles. It acts as a good conditioner and effective to treat dandruff. It stimulates hair growth and prevents premature graying of hair.
Hibiscus flowers and leaves are rich in vitamins and amino acids. They stimulate hair growth, prevent dryness, breakage of hair and prevent premature graying. They add volume to hair and give color and luster to hair.
Best homemade hair oil to prevent hair fall and improve hair growth
Boil Amla (Indian goose berry) pieces, curry leaves and few hibiscus flowers and leaves in 100ml of organic coconut oil.
Filter it and store it. Gently massage it into scalp, cover scalp with a shower cap. Leave it overnight and wash it off with luke warm water.
Fenugreek seed paste, yogurt, and apple cider vinegar can be used as mask. They can be used individually or together to stop hair fall.