You must be on the verge of tears every time you see hair on your pillow or hair brush. We have more than 10,000 strands of hair on our head and it is normal to lose 50 strands daily, the problem starts when you lose clumps of hair. Excessive hair fall can be due to various reasons like hormonal imbalance, thyroid disorders, stress, pollution, scalp problems, polycystic ovary syndrome, iron deficiency anemia and other chronic illness, genetic factor and lifestyle. Hair fall is a very common problem, and the solutions are very easy to find.
There are many products in the market that claim to prevent hair fall and ensure healthy scalp. These products can give instant results no doubt, but the chemicals can do more harm than good. Since, most of us lack time, we go for the options that are readily available in the market. It is true that natural home remedies work when used on a regular basis, so you have to be a little patient to see the results. These natural products are not only safe for your hair, it will make them lustrous and healthy.
Here is the list of natural home remedies to stop hair fall and prevent it recurrence-
Hair oil Massage: You can use any hair oil of your choice to massage your hair. Stick to natural oils like almond oil, coconut oil, olive oil, castor oil and amla oil. Add some rosemary essential oil to these carrier or base oil. You can also use argan or wheatgerm oil. Lavender oil has antioxidant properties that can help promote hair growth and cover the bald patches. You can use jojoba or grape seed oil as a base or carrier oil for lavender essential oil. You can also use hair lotion to massage your hair, here is a simple recipe to prepare it at home.
A good hair and scalp massage can go a long way to reduce hair fall and stress. It promotes relaxation, increases blood circulation, conditions the scalp and makes the hair roots really strong.
Apply little pressure with your fingertips while massaging the oil in your scalp, it ensures better absorption. Do this atleast once a week.
Indian Gooseberry or Amla: Amla is rich in vitamin C which is essential for healthy hair. Sometimes lack of vitamin C due to nutritional deficiency can cause hair fall, so amla addresses this problem effectively. Grate amla and make it into a pulp. Blend one tablespoon of amla pulp with lemon juice. Massage this mixture on your scalp thoroughly and leave it overnight. Cover your hair with a shower cap. Shampoo your hair in the morning and make sure there is no residue in your hair, as this may trigger hair fall.
Amla also has an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, exfoliating and antibacterial property that helps to maintain a healthy scalp. If your scalp is clean and healthy then your hair will naturally shine.
Fenugreek Seeds or Methi:
Fenugreek seed extract is often used in many hair care products like shampoos and hair oil. Fenugreek seeds or methi contains hormone antecedents, proteins and nicotinic acid that promote hair growth and nourishes the hair follicles.
Soak fenugreek seeds in water overnight. Grind them into a paste the next day and apply it on your hair, cover your head with a shower cap. Rinse your hair after 40 minutes. Follow this routine daily for a month to observe the changes.
Onion Juice: Onion juice has high sulphur content that increases blood circulation, reduce inflammation in the scalp and helps in hair regrowth. The anti-bacterial properties also kill germs or parasites that can cause scalp infections that trigger hair loss.
Grate one onion and strain it. Apply the one juice or the pulp directly on your scalp. Leave it for half an hour and then wash it off with a mild herbal shampoo. Blend three tablespoons of onion juice with two tablespoon of aloe vera gel, you can add one tablespoon of olive oil to this mixture. Apply this mixture on your scalp and leave it for half an hour. Rinse off with a shampoo.
You can use anyone of these remedies twice or thrice a week for a month.
Aloe Vera: Aloe vera has enzymes that not only promote hair growth, it also helps to maintain the pH balance of the scalp. Aloe vera also helps to reduce scalp itching, redness, inflammation, adds strength and luster and reduces dandruff. Apply aloe vera gel or juice directly on the scalp. Keep it for few hours and wash it off with lukewarm water. Repeat the process thrice or four times a week. You can also drink aloe vera juice on empty stomach every morning to achieve better hair growth.
Licorice Root: Licorice is a great remedy for dandruff, hair loss and baldness. It opens up the pores and soothes the scalp.
Blend one tablespoon of ground licorice with one cup milk and add quarter teaspoon of saffron. Blend this mixture well and add it to the bald patches. Leave this mixture overnight and wash it off next day. Follow this hair care regime once or twice a week.
Drink licorice tea three times a day to promote hair growth.
Chinese Hibiscus: Hibiscus is a one stop solution for all your hair woes. It prevents split ends and premature graying, clears dandruff and ensures strong hair.
Make your own hibiscus oil at home by blending 10 Chinese Hibiscus flowers with coconut oil. Heat the mixture till it chars. Apply this oil on your head and leave it overnight. Wash it off next morning. Use freshly made oil every time and repeat the process few times a week. You can also make hibiscus tea and use it as a rinse for your hair.
Beetroot Juice: Add beetroot juice to your daily diet to get healthy hair. Beetroot is rich in carbohydrates, protein, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, and vitamins B and C. All these nutrients help to promote hair growth. You can also have spinach juice, alfalfa juice, lettuce juice and carrot juice to get a healthy mane.
Boil a few beetroot leaves in water and grind it along with henna. Apply this paste on your scalp and leave it for 15-20 minutes. Repeat this hair care regime several times in a week.
Flaxseeds: Flaxseeds is rich in omega 3 Fatty acids that ensures hair growth and prevents hair loss. Add flaxseeds to your daily. You can have freshly ground flaxseeds on an empty stomach every morning with a glass of water. Also add flaxseeds to yogurt, salads, smoothies, soups and other dishes to get your daily dose of omega 3 fatty acids. You can also apply flaxseed oil to your hair to prevent hair loss.
Coconut Milk: The essential fats and protein in coconut milk makes it a perfect hair loss remedy. Prepare coconut milk at home rather than purchasing it. Add freshly grated coconut to a pan of water. Let it simmer for five minutes and strain it. Rinse your hair with coconut milk and keep it for 20 minutes. Wash it off with a mild herbal shampoo. You can add black pepper and powdered fenugreek seeds to the coconut milk before using it.
Other than the above mentioned remedies, you will find many common remedies for hair fall like neem, curd, bhringraj (Eclipta Alba) and brahmi (Bacopa Monnieri) oil. You can also make your own hair fall preventive hair packs at home.
These remedies might read to you as time consuming procedures. They are not so, you can use one remedy at a time rather than using all at once. Test the effectiveness of each remedy once and see which suits your hair the best. You can also get some luster back to your crowning glory by eating green vegetables and fresh fruits. Avoid junk foods at all costs. Daily exercise and meditation will also help to increase blood circulation and beat the stress. Follow these easy ways to bring about a complete lifestyle change that can prevent further hair damage.
If hair fall still persists then the root of the problem is quite deep. You need to visit a dermatologist or trichologist and find out the cause of hair fall. Sometimes excess production of DHT (a metabolite of testosterone) can cause hair loss, so doctors suggest saw palmetto supplements to block DHT production. It mainly works for men who have enlarged prostrate. You also need to take your vitamin supplements regularly. Sometimes diet can’t fulfill the nutritional requirements, in such cases vitamin supplements like A, E, B, and Omega 3 Fatty Acids needs to be taken orally. The healthy lipids in the egg oil also boosts hair growth. It is free of salmonella so no risk of scalp infection. Use it 2-3 times a week for 12 weeks to notice the changes. You can also do green tea treatment or a hot oil treatment (follow it up with turban therapy).
Use the remedies according to your hair type, for instance if you find a certain natural product is making your dry or too greasy discontinue use. Wash your hair and towel dry it always. Hot air of your blow dryer makes your hair rough and damage prone. These home remedies will help you stay away from chemicals that cause more hair fall. Your hair adds to your beauty, so always be gentle on it.