Hair are our crowning glory, no wonder that the sight of our comb filled with falling hair, sends the shivers down our spine. We try to consult our friends, doctors, elderly ladies at home, surf the net; basically a frantic search begins to stop the fall of our lovely locks. This article will help you navigate through this maze of why and how of hair fall, as well as what all that you can do to stop this menace.
Types of Hair Fall
Alopecia areata is a condition in which hair fall in round patches. Telogen effluvium is another condition responsible for massive loss of hair. Androgenetic alopecia affects most of the people, in males the hair recede from the forehead and move inwards into the lateral sides, in addition to this, the thinning takes place in the back of the crown. It is a common type of balding. Whereas, in females the thinning is not at specific places, it occurs all through the head. Pattern baldness is the name given specifically for Androgentic alopecia hair fall of women.
Major Causes of Hair Fall
There are many causes which can trigger loss of hair. Genetics play a major role in hair fall and it is the most common cause. It is very common for women to experience hair fall during pregnancy and after childbirth, because of the deficiencies that arise during this phase.
Typhoid is known to cause hair fall in most of the people. The other known diseases are prolonged fevers. The way all the body functions get impaired when we are under stress, the same way stress and tension take their toll on the hair. Our hair cells need to rejuvenate, our restlessness shows its effect on the hair very quickly.
Certain medications have their side effects which manifest as hair fall. More specifically the life saving drugs fall in this category. Therefore, if you can take good care of yourself and avoid the drugs, you can save yourself from the likelihood of thinning of hair. Hair treatments with strong chemicals are often seen to be the cause of hair fall. Hair straightening gels or shampoos with certain chemicals may not suit your hair and skin. Chemically treated water supply in your house could be another culprit.
Home Remedies For Hair Fall
Massage is the simplest and very effective home remedy. It stimulates the hair follicles. You may use oil or do it without oil. Gently massage your scalp with your fingertips. If you like, you can use coconut oil or olive oil or almond oil to massage your hair. Some say that massage must not be done without oil. Massage your scalp for 15 minutes every day to reduce hair fall. A daily massage will improve the blood circulation in scalp. Massage can also be done while shampooing, while rubbing the shampoo.
Egg Yolk And Olive Oil
If you don’t mind applying an egg on your hair, must try this wonderful remedy.Take the yolk of one egg and 1 tbsp of olive oil. Mix them very well, you can beat it in a blender, or use your hands. What your scalp needs is a gentle application of this hair promoting pale-yellow mixture. Massage the scalp with your finger tips. Leave it for 10 minutes and shower with lukewarm water. You can use a shampoo to wash your hair. If this yolk and olive oil reedy does not irritate your scalp, continue using it every alternate day. Make sure that you are using pure olive oil. The quality of oil is important.
Egg Yolk And Lime
Go exactly as above, just replace oil with fresh juice of one lemon. This is a well known Ayurvedic remedy for loss of hair.
Diet and Lifestyle
Proteins For Hair
American Academy for dermatology says that if you increase your protein intake, the reversal can be done in your hair loss. The proteins that can contribute for the well being of your hair are found in red meat, fish and chicken. The vegetarians must take milk and milk products, nuts, and lentils. Pregnant women need more proteins than what they would have needed otherwise.
Calcium For Hair
Huntington College of Health Sciences report makes a mention of daily need of 100 to 200 mg calcium. It can be easily derived from one cup of milk per day.
Drink Water For Hair
Drink at least 2.5L to 3L water every day. Water will help the body to flush out toxins easily. Toxins and pollutants which get into the body hamper the health of the scalp.
Vitamin B6, A, H and E are required to maintain the health of your hair. Keep in mind to take foods that contain these vitamins. Red and green peppers, nuts, dairy products, green vegetables, eggs, liver, yellow fruits and vegetables. Don’t get into the nitty gritty of food items, but eat a generally healthy and well balanced diet. Deficiency of nutrients can hit the health of the hair very hard. Though lack of appropriate diet is not always the reason for hair fall, still one cannot rule out this important factor.
Tips to Dry Your Hair
The use of hair dryers is another factor for hair fall. You must allow the hair to dry naturally. Hence plan your hair-wash well in advance so that there is no hurry. Dryers damage the hair and follicles. Even scrubbing your scalp harshly with a towel also harms the hair, they become weak when wet and start falling.
Yoga For Hair
There are two very beneficial Yogic postures for stopping your hair fall.
This breathing exercise can do wonders to cleanse the frontal lobe of your brain. You need to sit straight in cross-legged position. Keep your hands on your knees. It should be learnt by watching somebody doing demonstration, otherwise it is not possible to do it properly, though it is not a difficult exercise.
It is a shoulder stand type of exercise, where you raise almost whole of your body with your feet up towards the sky. The entire body rests on your shoulders with back of your head and top of your shoulders touching the ground. Your legs and backbone should be straight and placed vertically at an angle of 90 degrees to the ground. The hands are used for providing support to the backbone and are kept at the waist level.