Our hair is the reflection of our identity, and that is why people spend thousands of dollars on hair products and treatment every year. Normally, we lose 50 to 100 hair per day, which eventually grows back again, replacing the lost hair. But still, there’s nothing scarier than seeing our hair fall out during/after a shower, or after blowing them dry. Again, losing 100 hairs per day is no cause for concern and won’t make much of a difference on your head, but if hair stops growing back, well, that’s when you start worrying.
Hair loss can happen to everyone, both men and women, especially after a certain age. Causes range from vitamin deficiency to an underlying health issue, with hereditary male and female baldness being the most common one. Other reasons include conditions like telogen effluvium, hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, and scalp conditions. Those thin spots of hair on your head can appear suddenly or gradually, and might be temporary or permanent.
Thankfully, there are simple ways to treat this condition, of course, depending on the cause. While genes play a significant role, you can also treat hair loss with ingredients you will most likely find at home. Get your hair back on track, and follow us for some effective hair loss remedies.
Essential oils are liquids obtained from seeds, flowers, fruits, or other parts of plants that are used in aromatherapy and alternative medicine. They nourish roots and improve blood circulation.
Lavender oil has proven to be successful for pattern baldness, according to Mayo Clinic. You can mix the oil with other types as well, like the ones made from rosemary and thyme.
Rosemary oil increases cellular metabolism that stimulates hair growth. According to research, rosemary even works as minoxidil, a conventional topical hair loss treatment.
Spikenard oil also stimulates hair growth and is known for slowing down the process of graying. In a 2011 study done on animals, the spikenard extract reduced to 30 percent the time it took the hair to grow back on the tested rats, suggesting future human use.
Lavender, cedarwood, thyme, sage, and peppermint are also great for scalp circulation. For hair growth, combine three to four drops of each; peppermint, sage, and rosemary in a tablespoon of olive oil, and then gently massage the concerned areas.
Always remember to apply a small amount of any of these oils in your hand and wait for 24 hours to see for any reaction. If you notice redness, rash, or hives, these are usually the indicators of an allergic reaction.
In case of malnourishment, or certain eating disorders, new hair can’t generate from follicles. Anyway, if you’re not sure you’re getting enough nutrients, a blood test will resolve that. If the blood test shows you lack in many essential areas, your doctor will recommend a daily multivitamin, to increase the intake of key nutrients for better overall health. However, if you’re already getting all the nutrients you need, it is not recommended to take extra vitamins. Too much of certain nutrients can do you more harm than good, so be careful.
Antioxidants help minimize hair loss and speed up hair growth, and it’s important to know which foods contain the most antioxidants. However, if the antioxidant foods you’re eating are poorly combined, no matter how much antioxidant they provide, it’s likely you’re not really benefiting from them. So, consume them in the right combinations, and ideally, you’ve gone through a 7-day detox first, to clean out your colon. Scroll down for foods that are ‘bursting’ with antioxidants.
– Fresh fruits and vegetables: the more colorful the better, and keep it organic.
– Dried fruits: prunes, figs, apricots, raisins, etc.
– Nuts: hazelnuts, almonds, walnuts, pistachio, brazil nuts, etc.
– Spices: vanilla, turmeric, cloves, cinnamon, sage, etc.
– Berries: acai, goji, blackberries, blueberries. strawberries. cranberries, etc.
Apple cider vinegar – cleanses the scalp and maintains the pH balance of the hair. Combine 75ml of vinegar in one liter of water for a larger batch, or 15ml of it in a cup of warm filtered water for a smaller batch. Use it after washing your hair, as a final rinse. This will not only boost hair growth but will also make your hair shiny.
Egg mask – eggs are rich in protein, B vitamins, and key nutrients for hair health. Take 2 eggs and break them in a bowl, but remember to separate the yolk from the egg white. Mix the egg white until you get a thick and even consistency. Use a hair dye brush to apply the egg white on your scalp and hair and leave it for about 20 minutes. Rinse it with cool water.
Green tea – stimulates hair follicles and improves hair production. It also increases metabolism which is linked to hair growth. You need 2 green tea bags and 2 or 3 cups of hot water. You steep the tea bags into the hot water and wait for it to cool down. Remove the tea bags and use the solution to rinse your hair, and gently massage the scalp. You can use this method as an after-shampoo conditioner and repeat the procedure twice a week.
Onion juice – onion has antibacterial properties that can eliminate the bacteria causing scalp infections. It is also high in sulfur that will improve blood circulation that stimulates hair growth. You need to squeeze the onion to extract its juice and add 1 to 2 tablespoons of honey to it. If you want to eliminate the scent, mix rose water with onions. After applying this to your hair, leave it for 40 to 50 minutes then wash off. Apply the onion juice once a week.
Beetroot juice – beetroot contains potassium, protein, and vitamins B and C, very important for healthy hair. You will need a few beetroot leaves and 1 tablespoon henna. First, boil the beetroot leaves in the water until the water level comes to half its quantity. Then grind the leaves and add henna. Make a paste of it and apply it to your scalp. After leaving it for 20 minutes, rinse it off with water. It is recommended to do this thrice a week.
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